Changes to Valencian laws could restrict shop opening hours

Many of our readers may remember Torrevieja’s concern when the new, at that time, La Zenia Boulevard ‘stole a march’ commercially by managing to get agreement that its stores could open seven days a week. Despite rumblings from small and medium-sized businesses in Torrevieja at the time agreement was achieved by the town in October 2013 for larger stores to be able to open and essentially remain competitive with those in the shopping centre in Orihuela Costa.

Alicante drug haul

Half-a-ton of cocaine has been found off the Alicante coast. The 560 kilos was found in the water between Dénia in Alicante and Gandia in Valencia. This is one of the most important hauls of the drug so far this year, and according to the Tax Office the cargo could be nationally, one of the best hauls for some months. The Customs Vigilance Vessel Arao found the 560 kilos of highly pure cocaine last weekend drifting in the sea. The 18 bales were floating between Dénia and Gandia, and the Guardia Civil believe it was a drug running operation which had gone wrong.

Spanish Eurovision candidate upsets Mancunians

Spain’s Eurovision entry is heading for a ‘nil point’from grande-Bretagne or at least from viewers in Manchester – after she said the north-western city was ‘not very pretty' on live TV. Edurne, originally from Madrid, is engaged to Manchester United FC goalkeeper David de Gea, and was asked what she thought of the metropolis on the chat show El Hormiguero. Presenter and comedian Pablo Motos asked: “I've heard Manchester is uglier than the back of a fridge. Is this true?” To which Edurne replied: “You wouldn't say it was really beautiful. No, it's not, in truth. You have to know where to go, to look for specific places. But in summary, Spain is much prettier.” “David de Gea is in Manchester, though,” countered Pablo Motos.

Semana Santa (Holy Week) 2015 Timetable of processions

All this week final arrangements are being put in place for the processions taking place during Holy Week in Torrevieja. Each of the groups or cofradias taking part will be ensuring that the pasos or floats that they carry through the streets have been thoroughly prepared. This is the most important week in the religious calendar and in Torrevieja the processions have been declared an item of Provincial Tourist Importance, signifying the quality, magnificence and splendour of the occasions. The town will be busier than usual with many visitors coming to watch the processions

Interior Ministry increases security around Royal family

Spain’s Interior Minister, Jorge Fernández Díaz, confirmed to journalists last week that extra security measures were being taken to protect the Spanish Royal family. The move follows the discovery of a note found during the capture and arrest of eight suspected members of a terrorist cell. The arrests were made in various cities across the country but during arrests in Catalonia a handwritten note

Consumer groups call for more action and greater protection

It was World Consumer Rights Day on Sunday, March 15th, a day that has been celebrated worldwide by consumer groups for over 30 years. Here in Spain several of the large consumer groups issued statements about the state of consumer rights in Spain and actions they would like to see taken to improve and strengthen the power of purchasers. The Organisation of Consumers and Users (OCU) and many other consumer associations want to see specialised courts set up

Useful Numbers - Torreveija

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  • Guardia Civil 062
  • Policía Local 092
  • Policía Nacional 091
  • Hospital 965 721 200
  • Samaritans 902 883 535

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