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British septuagenarian drug gang brought down in Spain


The National Police have arrested 33 members of two networks, one of which is made up of British septuagenarians, who allegedly sold and distributed medicine over the internet in Spain and made profits of over three million euros. The operation is ... the result of two parallel investigations in which 17 searches were carried out across Spain, including in Malaga. As a result, more than 70,000 tablets or gels for erectile dysfunction, various narcotic substances (including MDMA, cocaine and



Spain's border with Portugal reopens in ceremonies attended by both heads of state


Spain and Portugal opened their border on Wednesday, with simple ceremonies on either side of the frontier. The border, known colloquially in Spanish as 'La Raya' (the stripe), was first shut at all crossing points on 17 March. This has been ... opening of the Spain-Portugal border coincided with the start of air bridges from the EU to 15 countries. From 1 July, visitors can now arrive from Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea,



3 July 2005: Same-sex marriage law comes into effect in Spain

Jennie Rhodes

A law allowing people of the same sex to marry and adopt children came into force on 3 July 2005, making Spain only the third country in the world where gay marriage was legal at the time. The law was passed on 30 June by the socialist PSOE ... down in history as one of the most important Pride celebrations in Spain. The event traditionally takes place the first weekend after 28 June, World Pride Day, marking the anniversary of the Stonewall riots. The law would guarantee same-sex married ... challenged it in Spain's Constitutional Court. Demonstrations for and against the law took place throughout Spain around the time it was passed. The first couple to get married under the new law were Carlos Baturín and Emilio Menéndez, then 57 and 50



Country is in official mourning until 6 June


Spain entered a period of official mourning for victims of coronavirus this week. The ten days started on Wednesday and ends at midnight on 6 June. It is the longest period of national mourning since the death of General Franco. Flags outside ... for the common good to show its pain together". In a message, King Felipe wrote, "Spain weeps for so many thousands of fellow citizens that we have lost in this pandemic." A minute's silence was held at 12pm on Wednesday.



Spain-Portugal border set to reopen on Wednesday


Spain and Portugal will reopen their borders tomorrow, Wednesday 1 July, after three and a half months closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. They first closed on 17 March and will now reopen ten days after the rest of the Schengen area opened ... second in the town of Elvas in Portugal. The EU opens up The opening of the Spain-Portugal border coincides with opening of air bridges from the EU to 15 countries. From 1 July, visitors will be able to arrive from Algeria, Australia, Canada,



Spain to be third most affected by the pandemic of the OECD states


Data analysing OECD member countries has said that Spain will be the third hardest hit by Covid-19 economically, with around half its jobs affected. Only Greece and the UK will have more of their workforce affected. The data says that 40 per



In all but name

Mark Nayler

...term carrying connotations of punitive economics and often associated with his arch-enemy Mariano Rajoy, whose right-wing administration implemented austerity measures to help Spain recover from recession ten years ago. The country's leading fiscal ... authorities seem similarly unwilling to use this dreaded term. In the Bank of Spain's latest address on Covid this week, the dirty word wasn't employed directly, but it was lurking just behind those that were. The Bank recommended the adoption of a medium-term ... the unpopular measures enacted by Rajoy a decade ago. The Bank predicts that "deep budgetary reforms" will be required to control Spain's already-swollen public debt and to "prevent enormous social and economic costs". It has stated before that tax



Hidden Andalucía, the insider guide

Andrew Forbes

This summer, take a fresh look at southern Spain, taking the road less travelled, discovering fascinating, uncrowded destinations. Osuna - Seville province The Petra of Andalucía About 90 kilometres south-east of Seville city, just off the ... they also built a football pitch and introduced football to Spain. Riotinto, Huelva. A. Forbes Puerto Serrano - Cadiz province The Sierra Greenway The Sierra Greenway passes along the old Jerez-Almargen railway line. Currently, the 36.5km


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A tribute night in honour of 'The Kings of Disco', the Bee Gees

Tony Bryant

Fever, soundtrack to the film of the same name, sold more than 45 million copies, becoming one of the most successful albums in the history of music. Spain's only tribute act to the 'Kings of Disco' will perform many of their greatest hits, including



Antonio Banderas to host 2021 Goya awards gala at his own Malaga theatre


Local actor Antonio Banderas is to stage the 2021 Goya awards ceremony (Spain's equivalent of the Oscars) in his own Soho Caixabank theatre in Malaga next February. The gala will be hosted by Banderas himself along with presenter and journalist



Upset at Spain's latest Ecce Homo-style botched attempt to restore artwork


...experts to wonder what more Spain can do to stop people destroying works of art with their good intentions. This time it was a valuable copy of a work by Seville artist Murillo, a well-known 'Inmaculada', that its owner gave to a furniture restorer for a



Malaga Airport welcomes first visitors as Spain's borders reopen

nuria triguero

After 99 days under the state of alarm, Spain's borders with the European Union (including the UK, but not Portugal) reopened on Sunday, bringing with it the arrival of foreign tourists, vital to the Costa del Sol's economy. On Sunday about thirty ... tranquility" of rural life in Spain and couldn't wait any longer to return. Nor could José Luis Sedán, from Cordoba, and Maria Drue, from Germany. "We live in Germany but we have a house in Cordoba and since we retired we've been spending a few months in ... Spain with the family every year. We wanted to come in May but we haven't been able to until now", he explained. "Are we scared? Not at all." In context Arrivals into Spain will have to go through three health checkpoints Those coming



Restaurants as law enforcers

ANDREW J. LINN standards or guidelines. Until you walk through the door you have no idea what awaits you. In Spain, fortunately, people are overwhelmingly peaceful and rarely confrontational, unlike some other European countries or the USA. In many American



The virus is still with us

Ángel Escalera

...much people want to think that it's all over. Big mistake! The pandemic is more alive than ever; you only have to look at the numbers of dead around the world. It's true that Spain has managed to control the coronavirus and that the situation here



Small spike in Covid-19 cases detected in Spain


National data on Covid-19 cases in Spain appeared to confirm a small spike on Thursday, reversing the steady downward trend of recent days. The national Ministry of Health figures came against a background of reports of unexpected isolated



Arrivals into Spain will have to go through three health checkpoints


Those coming into Spain's ports and airports from Sunday, when the country's borders reopen to visitors from most European countries, will first have to go through three health checkpoints, Health minister Salvador Illa announced on Friday. The ... first includes filling in a form stating whether the individual has had coronavirus, as well as where to find them during their time in Spain; the second involves a temperature check; and the third is a visual inspection. If the results of one or more of ... stressed that there would be a sufficient number of personnel to "subject each and every arrival" into Spain to these three checks.



Arrivals from the UK into Spain will not have to quarantine

Daryl Finch

Travellers arriving from the UK will not have to undergo a two-week quarantine when they arrive in Spain, Foreign minister Arancha González Laya confirmed to the BBC on Saturday. On 8 June, the British government imposed a 14-day quarantine on ... travellers arriving in the country from any international destination, raising doubts as to whether this would apply in both directions when Spain reopens its borders to most EU countries, plus the UK, this Sunday. in context Arrivals into Spain



Spain to reopen frontiers with the EU on 21 June


Spain will reopen its frontiers with EU countries on 21 June, earlier than originally announced. Prime minister Pedro Sánchez informed regional presidents in their weekly Sunday morning meeting of a series of new dates on the country's journey



Spain could quarantine UK arrivals if British government maintains current restrictions


Spain could impose a quarantine on arrivals from the UK from next week if the British government maintains similar measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus, according to Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya in an interview on the BBC's ... little better in Spain than in the United Kingdom". The Spanish government had planned to reopen its country's borders on 1 July but brought this decision forward by ten days to receive tourists from the EU and the Schengen area. Portugal, at the ... request of the Portuguese government, will keep its land border with Spain closed until 1 July. This was later confirmed to include the UK. The British Embassy in Madrid tweeted on Monday: "You may have seen the announcement this weekend that Spain will



Andalucía will have the safest beaches in Spain this summer, says Junta

Héctor Barbotta

Andalucía will have the safest beaches in Spain this summer said regional minister Elías Bendodo, who was in Marbella on Monday to launch the 34-million-euro beach monitoring plan. Accompanied by the Andalusian tourism minister, Juan Marín; the ... mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz; and the president of the provincial authority, Francisco Salado; Bendodo said that the region's Safe Beach Plan was pioneer in Spain to help guarantee health and safety as the country emerges from the coronavirus crisis.



Officials from Gibraltar, UK and Spain discuss post-Bresit issues

Debbie Bartlett

Officials from Gibraltar, led by the chief minister, held a preliminary meeting with UK and Spanish officials in Malaga on Tuesday last week, to discuss matters affecting Gibraltar and Spain and the EU post-Brexit, such as mobility and citizens'



Costa del Sol calls for clarity amid talk of quarantine for British tourists


The president of the Malaga provincial authority, Francisco Salado, called on Wednesday for "messages of reassurance and certainty" from the government with regard to the arrival of British tourists in Spain. He referred to the suggestion made by ... what the UK does and we will be in dialogue with the UK to decide whether or not we should introduce reciprocity, as they have different measures from the rest of the EU," said González Laya. Spain to reopen frontiers with the EU on 21 June ... said, is now "a little better in Spain than in the United Kingdom". Salado, who is also president of the Costa del Sol tourism authority, accused the central government of not being aware of the importance of the tourism industry for Spain: "In these



Active EIC community raises over 1,000 euros for the health service

Daryl Finch

Following an immense community effort by the school and parent body at the English International College (EIC) in Marbella, Tuesday afternoon saw the conclusion of EIC's 4,200-kilometre Virtual Loop of Spain. The responsibility of the final 13



UK supermarket chain opens store in Nerja

Eugenio Cabezas

UK supermarket chain Poundland, operating in Spain under the name Dealz, opened a store in Nerja yesterday, taking the total number of shops in Malaga province to three. A spokesperson for the store, which is on Calle San Miguel in the centre of



Temperatures get close to 42 degrees on the eastern Costa del Sol


...highest temperature in Spain for Thursday. However other parts of the Costa, sheltered from the inland wind by coastal hills, had remarkably cooler temperatures, with 28ºC in Fuengirola at the same time. Forecasters said the extreme inland heat in



One of Britain's most wanted held in Spain


Police have arrested one of Britain's most wanted criminals in Sant Adriá del Besós, a town outside Barcelona. Working with the UK's National Crime Agency and Greater Manchester Police, officers held Jamie Rothwell, 33, at an apartment block on Su



Gibraltar border reopens to official residents on both sides

Debbie Bartlett

Official residents of Gibraltar and Spain are now able to cross the border again, following direct contact between the chief minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo, and the Spanish Interior Minister, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, as announced by the ... stressing that anyone crossing the border into Gibraltar or into Spain must comply with the current coronavirus restrictions and should familiarise themselves with these beforehand. Also, of course, if anyone is experiencing symptoms that could be



No new Covid-19 deaths registered on Monday in Spain


For the first time in 90 days the Health ministry's daily Covid-19 case report included no new deaths registered in the previous 24 hours on Monday. The official coronavirus death toll in Spain remains, therefore, at 27,127. Delays in the ... registration of information at the weekend are usual, however, and the fatality figures are likely to rise over the next few days. Also on Monday, 71 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in Spain, 25 fewer than in Sunday's figures. According to the official



Daniel García Peinado, Spain's ambassador for extra virgin olive oil


The extra virgin olive oil (AOVE to using its Spanish initials) produced in Spain now has a gastronomic ambassador from Malaga, the chef Daniel García Peinado. Nicknamed since 2015 as the 'AOVE chef' for his specialisation in this healthy oil that ... is the backbone of the Mediterranean Diet, he is now the culinary reference of the AOVE Spain company, an initiative that developed during quarantine to elevate 'liquid gold' to the place it deserves. His objective is to reach homes and catering ... establishments to spread the advantages of using extra virgin olive oil in the kitchen. To achieve this he has started publishing a series of videos on AOVE Spain's social networks offering recipes, practical advice and some tricks on how to use 'olive juice'.



Opening of Spain's borders to tourists in July could be staggered by region


"Spain will be waiting for you from July," the prime minister said at a press conference on Saturday, when he announced that the country would reopen its borders to international tourism this summer "in conditions of safety". Government ministers ... have since confirmed that the current two-week quarantine requirement for anyone entering Spain would be lifted before tourists started to arrive in July. Airlines include the Costa del Sol on their new summer schedules Foreign minister ... Reyes Maroto, said that the quarantine would only last as long as the state of alarm, which at present is in force until 7 June. She too, encouraged foreign tourists, especially French and Germans, to visit Spain this summer. This came in response to



New coronavirus cases and deaths hit record low in Spain

melchor sáiz-pardo / ángel escalera

There was encouraging news as Spain entered its tenth week of lockdown: the number of new infections and coronavirus-related deaths hit a record low since the beginning of the state of alarm. On Monday, for the second day in a row, the number of



Spain, nostalgic over its bar culture


...where we like. What is it about bars in Spain, that makes us miss them so much? "A lot of things revolve around bars: we see friends there, it's a place to meet up after work, we become fond of them, we like the bursts of good cheer, we form emotional ... regularly, which is like an extension to our home and almost forms part of our domestic routine, and the bar that we might frequent on more special occasions. The Plaza and the Avenida There are nearly 100,000 bars in Spain, and practically as many ... Spain was the country with more bars per inhabitant than anywhere else in the world and I used to spend a lot of time in bars with friends and girlfriends, and the waiters who could be nice or grumpy. The song is about bars I have known all my life,