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Firefighters battle through the night to control wildfire outside Mijas on Spain’s Costa del Sol

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FIREFIGHTERS battled throughout the night to control a wildfire that broke out after midnight on Monday night in the hills near Mijas on Spain’s Costa del Sol. Some 50 firefighters and two fire trucks rushed to the scene in the Atalaya area of Mijas after the fire was reported around 1.30am on Tuesday. https://twitter.com/Plan_INFOCA/status/1541741404887605248 Thick smoke forced the closure of a 2km...

LATEST: What are the Covid-19 rules for travellers arriving in Spain?

Costa Blanca airport breaks million passenger mark for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic started in Spain
SPAIN has dropped the need to show Covid-19 pass in early June for anyone arriving into the country from the EU or Schengen area meaning that for the first time in more than two years, there are no restrictions on entry. However, holidaymakers travelling from outside the EU zone – such as from USA and UK - are still subject...

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Rome’s Trevi Fountain

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When most people dream of Italy, they dream of Rome, the country’s capital, and most famous city. It is filled with some of the most famous Italian monuments, structures, and art of all time, the most beautiful of which may just be the Trevi Fountain. La Fontana di Trevi is one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of...

WATCH: Haaland enjoys kickabout with local kids at Marbella beach on Spain’s Costa del Sol

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NEW Manchester City signing Erling Haaland was spotted having fun in the sun enjoying a kickabout with local kids on a beach near his home in Marbella on Spain’s Costa del Sol. The Norwegian striker who was recently signed for €60m showed off his football skills to the local youngsters on Playa del Cable in a video that was shared...

Costa Blanca drugs traffickers use post offices in Spain to mail narcotics to UK and USA

Costa Blanca Drugs Gang Used Post Offices In Spain To Mail Narcotics To Uk And Usa
THREE Czech nationals have been arrested for running a mail order drugs service out of the Costa Blanca. They were based in Playa de San Juan in Alicante and the Playa de Muchavista area of El Campello. The traffickers mailed out so-called 'zombie' drugs and amphetamines to the USA as their main destination. The Guardia Civil received co-operation from the US National...

EXTRACT: A Chancer’s Guide to Rural Spain by Andy Bailey

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BRIT Andy Baily, an ex-farm manager, rugby player and inseminator, moves his family from Somerset to a remote mountainous region in Andalucía. In his book, 'Orgiva: A Chancer's Guide to Rural Spain', he shares his insight to life as experienced in La Alpujarra. Here is an extract: Orgiva doesn’t actually celebrate Saint Michael (September 29), but it does have its annual...

QUE? 10 Spanish phrases that make no sense in English

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LEARNING another language is never easy, but as expats, we should at least give it a try. But whether you're beginner or near fluency, there are some phrases that will always leave you scratching your head. Here are 13 phrases that will have you sounding like a true native, even if you're not quite sure of what they mean. Por si las...

Recently opened treasure cave in Spain’s Malaga popular with international tourists

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INTERNATIONAL tourists have flocked to visit the recently opened ‘Cueva de la Victoria’. In the three months that the cave has been open to the public, tourists and visitors of up to 14 different nationalities have graced the ‘Cueva del Tesoro’ (treasure cave). The treasure cave, which is of marine origin, is one of only three known to date in the...

Spain’s Malaga to restore Mount Gibralfaro with a €11 million budget

MOUNT Gibralfaro to receive a €11 million facelift with works to begin in 2023. The Gibralfaro Special Plan, approved in 2015 after a lengthy administrative process which started in 2008, will finally be put into motion. The aim of the Gibralfaro Special Plan is to ‘enhance the value of the natural heritage and its ecological connection with the surrounding mountains’ as...

U-TURN CAMPAIGN: Plea as petition for expat drivers in Spain nears 5,000 signatures

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A PETITION demanding an answer from the British government over the right for expats to drive in Spain is nearly halfway there. Nearly 4,500 people have signed the demand for action, supported by the Olive Press’ U-Turn campaign. The petition needs 10,000 signatures to force the government to give an official response, with its creator, Stuart Hudd, urging a final push...

Spain’s Rugby World Cup expulsion appeal fails

Spain's Rugby World Cup appeal over expulsion from 2023 tournament is thrown out
SPAIN has lost its appeal over its exclusion from the 2023 Rugby World Cup for twice fielding the same ineligible player in qualifying matches. An independent judicial committee in April found that Gavin Van den Berg, who is of South African origin, had falsified his date of entry into Spain in order to comply with eligibility requirements. He came on twice...

Gibraltar placed on ‘grey list’ by global money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog

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GIBRALTAR has been grey listed for strategic deficiencies in its anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing regimes.  The Rock has joined the United Arab Emirates on the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) grey list, which will subject it to additional monitoring. https://twitter.com/FATFNews/status/1537847513688031232 The move comes after FATF concluded Gibraltar is not issuing fines to money launderers in line with the prescribed penalties or...

Wildfire finally extinguished after 18 days burning in hills above Marbella on Spain’s Costa del Sol

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OFFICIALS have finally declared that the wildfire which raged in the hills above Marbella and Estepona on Spain’s Costa del Sol has been extinguished. The blaze which broke out on June 8 in the Sierra Bermeja has ravaged 4,680 hectares of woodland and forced the evacuation of residents from their homes in Benahavis. Areas within the municipalities of Benahavís, Estepona, Faraján,...

Costa Blanca man admits financing terrorism and recruiting supporters at Spain’s National Court

Costa Blanca Man Admits Financing Terrorism And Recruitment At Spain's National Court
A San Vicente del Raspeig man has been jailed for six years and fined €1,300 after admitting to financing terrorism and trying to recruit people. Syrian-born Amir EG, 21, took a plea bargain deal ahead of Monday's hearing at Madrid's National Court. Prosecutors before the trial wanted Amir EG jailed for 15 years after accusing him of being a member of...

Filming for Netflix’s Black Mirror takes place across Spain’s Costa del Sol

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FILMING for a new series of popular Netflix show Black Mirror has taken place across Malaga province. The British dystopian series has been revealed to be filming in San Pedro, Marbella, Estepona, and the Loasur studios in Coin. In 2017 some of the series’ filming took place in a former prison in Cruz de Humilladero. Netflix productions are notoriously secretive affairs, and...

Serial stealer racks up 142 robbery charges but gets bailed again in Spain’s Valencia City

Repeat Thief Facing 142 Robbery Charges Gets Bail Yet Again In Spain's Valencia City
A serial robber has been charged with 142 crimes in Valencia City so far this year. The Policia Nacional say the man has around 70 previous robbery arrests and was bailed yet again after his latest court appearance. The 38-year-old Spaniard struck at businesses, warehouses and cars in the Maritim, Russafa, and Patriax districts of Valencia. Police caught up with him after...

Is Spain really ugly? You decide, after leading writer slams overdevelopment and awful architecture

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SPAIN has more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than almost any other country in the world. From its white villages to grand cities, the architecture is part of the attraction for millions of tourists who visit every year.  But for Andres Rubio, the country has gone through a ‘cultural catastrophe’ when it comes to construction. So bad has it been, the former...

McGrail Inquiry: Ex-Police Commissioner claims ‘improper pressure at highest level of Gibraltar government’ forced early retirement

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THE former Commissioner of Royal Gibraltar Police claims he was forced from his job amid ‘improper pressure at the highest level of government’ as a much anticipated public inquiry gets underway. Ian McGrail announced he was retiring as Commissioner of Police in June 2020 after serving just two years of a four-year term without revealing his reasons behind the move...

Benidorm ‘English’ zone bars and clubs raided by police on Spain’s Costa Blanca

Benidorm Bars And Clubs In Resort's 'english' Zone Get Police Checks On Spain's Costa Blanca
SIX people have been arrested by Benidorm's Policia Nacional during a crime sweep targeting bars and clubs called 'Operation Summer'. The detainees, aged between 20 and 40, were described as being of 'various nationalities'. Officers visited leisure venues in the city's 'English' zone of Rincon de Loix. The Policia Nacional said the operation was about visitors 'enjoying their holidays safely' inspections carried...

3 bedroom Beach Apartment for sale in Salobrena – € 110,000

3 bedroom Beach Apartment for sale in Salobrena - € 110
Beach ApartmentSalobreña, Granada   3 beds   2 baths € 110,000 In the valley, 3 kilometers from Salobreña we arrive to Lobres. A quiet and beautiful village to stroll through its streets and country roads, with hospitable people and an ideal location, with good access to the motorway, by which you can reach in 45 minutes Granada airport or...

Drone flying into protected airspace causes emergency alert at busy Costa Blanca airport in Spain

Drone Causes Emergency Alert At Busy Costa Blanca Airport In Spain
A drone owner faces a fine of up to €225,000 after causing an emergency alert at Alicante-Elche airport. An airline pilot sighted the drone flying over the airport's air space and alerted authorities. The incident occurred on May 16 but details were only released on Monday by the Guardia Civil. Given the security threat posed by the drone, Guardia officers swung into...

Cuisine of La Alpujarra: Dishes you must try while visiting the mountain villages south of Granada

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THE Alpujarra region has various signature dishes served to visitors in its countless bars and restaurants. Best of all, during certain hours of the day, you almost always receive a 'tapa' if you buy qualifying drinks - such as beer, wine, mosto and canned refreshments. Alternatives exist to the traditional cuisine, which some people adore, while others feel is ‘too...

Irish man raped by two assailants during holiday in Spain’s Valencia City

Irish man raped by two assailants during holiday in Spain's Valencia City
THE Policia Nacional are searching for two men who raped a 28-year-old Irish tourist in the El Carmen area of Valencia City. The assault happened in the early hours of June 18 with the male victim telling police that the assailants were of 'Arabic origin who spoke English in a French accent'. News of the attack was only released a week...

British climber dies after plummeting from notorious ‘Devil’s Pass’ in northern Spain

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A 25-year-old British man was killed on Thursday after plummeting from the notorious 'Devil's Pass' mountain in Spain’s Basque Country. The Brit, who has not been formally named, was attempting to reach the peak of Anboto when he was caught in a storm. He and a friend had set out from the nearby town of Eibar for the peak but had...

US fugitive wanted in fraud case arrested in Spain’s Malaga

US fugitive wanted in fraud case arrested in Spain’s Malaga
A US fugitive with an international arrest warrant (IAW) has been arrested by Policia Nacional. The National Police have arrested a 50-year-old woman in Monda (Malaga) with an IAW issued by the United States authorities in connection with fraud and forgery involving more than half a million dollars. The arrest took place at midday on Friday, June 17, on the A-355,...

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