Javea disco throws in the towel

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HACIENDA: Spain’s first discoPhoto credit: Hacienda

SPAIN’S oldest discotheque, Hacienda closed one day after reopening at the beginning of August.  

The legendary disco, which dates from 1966, issued a communique explaining that it had decided to cease activities “owing to the present health situation and the risk of Covid-19 contagion.” 

The statement went on to explain that with the security of clients and personnel in mind, this was the “safest and most coherent decision” although the disco had complied with all the necessary health regulations.  

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“Remember, this is not goodbye, it’s au revoir.  Hacienda Javea will sparkle again, once it is safe for everybody.” 

The management had insisted on reservations and moved socially-distanced tables onto the dance floor but, according to sources quoted in the local media, it soon became apparent that clients were flouting all the rules. 

“They decided to throw in the towel once they realised that there were people who had learnt nothing from the pandemic,” the same sources said. 


Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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