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A little summer respite for Saharawi children

A TWO-MONTH break for 13 Saharawi children in Altea drew to an end with a visit to the town hall. Normally the children live in the refugee camps in Tindouf (Algeria) but have spent the last two months with local families. Both Mayor Jaume Llinares and Veronica Lopez, Social Welfare…

Rescuers in action

A search and rescue team in a helicopter have saved the lives of three people in two different areas near Denia. Just before 5pm on August 23 the team was first called into action and helped evacuate two climbers stranded and in serious trouble on the Montgo massif. The pair…

Sand sculptures are under siege

THE PSOE opposition on Benidorm Council sent out a call to reprieve the elaborate sand sculptures on the resort’s beaches. A party spokesman criticised the town hall’s decision to eject artists from the beaches following an announcement by Benidorm’s beaches councillor Lorenzo Martinez. The councillor confirmed that his department had…

Cats and Pokemon in high places

VISITORS are again flocking to the Peñon de Ifach which dominates much of the Costa Blanca skyline. The reopened path to the summit, 332 metres above sea level, was closed 15 months ago after being declared unsafe, particularly the section after the tunnel. The regional government’s environment department has spent…

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THE PSOE opposition on Benidorm Council sent out a call…
A search and rescue team in a helicopter have saved…
VISITORS are again flocking to the Peñon de Ifach which…
A TWO-MONTH break for 13 Saharawi children in Altea drew…

Green route’s black mark

ALTEA’S Camino Verde green route was once a Roman road and an Iberian track before that. Right now in the 21st century it is a traffic nightmare. Despite being a green route closed to traffic apart from the vehicles of residents and emergency vehicles it is reverting to its previous…

Fewer butts on the beach

ALFAZ is stepping up its Eco L’Alfas campaign by giving out ashtrays on the Raco de l’Albir beach. The town hall, together with the SAV street-cleaning and rubbish collection concessionary, has taken the campaign to the water’s edge. “Our cleaning and beach maintenance services do a great job and we…

National Police shut down telephone scam from Benidorm

A WELL known scam which relies upon people calling a high cost telephone number thinking that they were going to earn gift vouchers or prizes from nationally respected companies when of course, the victims literally spent large amounts of money to receive nothing has been broken up by the National…

Row over beach fines call

Sun and sand lovers in Benidorm who rise early to secure a prime position by planting parasols and other beach paraphernalia in the sand and then leave them unoccupied could be fined. The idea comes from local political party Compromis which includes environmentalists, who argue the controversial practice is harmful…

Bathing for all in Villajoyosa

AS in previous years, Villajoyosa has marked out a bathing area for those with mobility problems. A section has been roped off at the Centro beach and installed with equipment acquired with the collaboration of the Valencian Tourism Agency. Railings, awnings and seats set up in the water all make…

Quicker with stickers in Benissa

THE Local Police in Benissa are stepping up security in the town’s districts on the coast. They are at present registering the vehicles of residents who habitually live in the urbanisations to assist controls and surveillance in these areas. Police officers have had several meetings with the presidents of the…

Wi-Fi on the beach

PROVIDING free Wi-Fi on Benidorm’s Levante Beach is a win-win situation. Beachgoers will not be forced to choose between running up big mobile bills or suffering withdrawal symptoms. And between August 15 and mid-October, the Costa Blanca Tourist Board will receive a rundown of users’ preferences, holiday habits, country of…

Persistent teenager gored at bull-running

BULLS are inseparable from Mediterranean culture and local fiestas and danger is part of the fun, or the thrill, that attracts young and old alike. A Calpe boy of 15 was gored in the armpit then tossed at the bous al carrer event during the town fiestas. After receiving first…
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