26 Mar, 2021 @ 15:00
1 min read

SEASIDE SHUFFLE as neighbour exposes Madrid pensioner who illegally travelled to her Costa Blanca holiday home in Spain

Covid 19 Spain Tourism Crisis 3th Of August 2020
COVID 19 SPAIN tourism crisis 3th of august 2020 Illustration of person wearing mask on San Juan beach near Alicante close to Benidorm resort. The coronavirus pandemic has dealt a fatal blow to the Spanish economy, as tourism accounts for 13 of GDP. A sector that provides hundreds of thousands of jobs. Alicante is currently less affected than Catalonia or Aragon (north-east) but the authorities have decided to anticipate by having ready two pavilions of the trade fair, which had served as a field hospital in March-April , in order to send new Covid patients there. Spain, which officially counts more than 28,400 dead from the pandemic, has seen the number of cases jump in recent weeks. Illustration de personne portant le masque sur la plage de San Juan pres d Alicante proche de la station Balneaire Benidorm. La pandemie de coronavirus a porte un coup fatal a l economie espagnole, alors que le tourisme represente 13 du PIB. Un secteur pourvoyeur de centaines de milliers d emplois. Alicante est pour l instant moins affectee que la Catalogne ou l Aragon (nord-est) mais les autorites ont decide d anticiper en tenant prets deux pavillons de la foire commerciale, qui avait servi d hopital de campagne en mars-avril, afin d y envoyer les nouveaux malades du Covid. L Espagne, qui denombre officiellement plus de 28 400 morts de la pandemie, a vu bondir ces dernieres semaines le nombre de cas.//PATTIERMATHIEU_18430011/2008031854/Credit:Mathieu Pattier/SIPA/2008031857 *** Local Caption *** 00975333

AN elderly Madrid pensioner could be fined up to €600 for illegally travelling to her Costa Blanca holiday home after a neighbour alerted the police.

The Valencian Community closed its border in late October to stop people getting in from other parts of the country to potentially spreading the coronavirus.

The 78-year-old woman flouted the rule by deciding that she would like to spend the Easter holiday at her Alicante area apartment at San Juan beach.

A neighbour spotted her in her holiday home yesterday(March 25) and called the police.

Officers from the Alicante Policia Local paid her a visit to tell her that she was going to be sanctioned with a fine.

During last year’s Easter period, which coincided with the first State of Alarm, extra police patrols were put in at Costa Blanca municipality borders to stop visitors from Madrid and areas of Spain like Catalunya trying to get in.

Easter is traditionally popular with ‘Madrileños’ travelling to the region and there were a number of arrests involving people trying to sneak in via minor routes and under the cover of dark.

Alicante’s Security Councillor, Jose Ramon Gonzalez, said: “There will be a very strong police presence to protect the area against new infections and to stop a possible fourth wave of the pandemic.”

He emphasised that an emphasis would be placed on people arriving who have broken border closure rules as well as illegal gatherings.

Alex Trelinski

Alex worked for 30 years for the BBC as a presenter, producer and manager. He covered a variety of areas specialising in sport, news and politics. After moving to the Costa Blanca over a decade ago, he edited a newspaper for 5 years and worked on local radio.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Torrevieja Square
Previous Story

Over 600 self-employed benefit from COVID-19 recovery grants in one city on Spain’s Costa Blanca

Altea Bee Swarm
Next Story

Benidorm area bees create an unwelcome buzz inside a property on Spain’s Costa Blanca

Latest from Alicante

Go toTop

More From The Olive Press