Costa Blanca North


Second osprey electrocuted

JUST a few months after one of the four osprey chicks introduced to the Pego-Oliva marshes was electrocuted a second bird has met the same fate. The female named Marina was found in Valencia’s l’Albufera nature park, eight months after being released into the wild. Her body was found (in a paddy field) thanks to the GPS tracker all the birds are equipped with. The autopsy last week confirmed the cause...


Putting a spring in your step

THE Marina Alta Costa Blanca Floral Club’s next guest demonstrator is Christine Hughes, a member of the Association of Irish Floral Artists and an experienced teacher, judge and speaker in her chosen field. She will be presenting “A Spring in your Step” on 27 February at the usual venue of the Salon de Actos, La Senieta, Moraira where the doors open at 2pm for a 2.45 start. The admittance cost is...

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Port steaming ahead

VALENCIA has consolidated its position as the busiest cargo port in the Mediterranean, registering traffic of 81 million tons in 2019, an increase of almost 6%. Closest rival Barcelona saw a small reduction in traffic to around 68 million tons as the gap between the two giants widened. Valencia has the potential to expand significantly further if the proposed new terminal goes ahead. This would create an...


Plugging the leaks

WORK to repair the roof of the Sant Bertomeu Church in Javea started last week after being classified as an urgent requirement. The work required had been signed off last year and is aimed at stopping the continual leaks and damp gradually ruining the historic old building. The worst affected parts are the top of the interior, the sacristy roof and the communion chapel while the bell tower is cracked in...


No scooters on the sidewalks

GANDIA is updating the cities parking and traffic regulations which have been on the statute books for two decades and are starting to look decidedly out of date thanks to technological and other advances. The main one of these is probably the proliferation of electric scooters, which will no longer be allowed on pavements in the town. They can still use roads which have a 20 kmph speed limit as well as...


New attractions for Volta

THE annual Volta a Peu running race in Javea is scheduled for 23 February and there are plenty of additional things for people to do leading up to that. From now until the race day there is an exhibition called “Medusas” (Jellyfish) at Ca Lambert, artworks made from recycled plastic collected from the sea to help raise awareness of the importance of recycling and not dumping rubbish in the sea. On 18...

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Jail after toddler abandoned in car

A Valencian court has sentenced a man to nine months in jail for leaving his three-year-old daughter in his car while he went to a bar. She had been left alone for at least 45 minutes when passers-by heard her distressed calls. They were able to get her out as the car had been left unlocked, something which would have placed the girl in greater danger. It is understood that the man’s sentence has been...


It’s better working together

BENIDORM is trebling the amount of space dedicated to the concept of co-working in the Marina Baixa town. This is a type of work where people such as small businesses and young entrepreneurs can work in the same space to allow them to share ideas and initiatives. The new office space will be located in the Edificio Anna on Calle Gerona, sponsored by various local business associations as well as the town...


High end goods targeted by shoplifting gang

SERRANO ham and smoked salmon were among the high-value items a gang of shoplifters were caught stealing from supermarkets in Calpe at the end of last week. The three accused were unaware they were under surveillance by the Guardia Civil, who observed them going from various outlets to a waiting car, unloading goods. When they were stopped and searched the Guardia found a bag with a hidden pocket that had...

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Four weeks of tapas

DENIA’S sixteenth Ruta de Tapas organised by GuiaME Denia in collaboration with the Tourist Office, Hospitality Association and Marina Alta Tourism Entrepreneurs (Aehtma) starts on 20 February and runs until 15 March.  Forty bars and restaurants are taking part and will be offering a home-made tapa and drink (caña, vermouth or wine) for €3. As usual, there will be prizes for both the venues and...

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