Author: Suzanne O'Connell

We are destroying the Mar Menor

The Mar Menor is Spain’s largest saltwater lagoon. It is separated from the Mediterranean Sea by La Manga and four towns border it; Cartagena, Los Alcázares, San Javier and San Pedro del Pinatar. For decades it has attracted tourists and visitors due to its warm, clear water. But the Mar Menor has a fragile ecological system, one that environmentalists have warned is at risk for the last eighteen years. In 2013 scientists from the Spanish Institute of Oceanography monitored the contaminants entering the Mar Menor via the rambla at Alabujón and they found 70 different types of pollutant. Now,...

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Wacky Races in Torrevieja

If you used to watch Wacky Races then this might now be the next best thing. Los Autos Locos is the Spanish equivalent to Wacky Races and it made an appearance on the streets of Torrevieja on Sunday 11th December.  The Wacky Race took place on Calle Bazán, which was full of people who came to witnessthe mad cars and all their occupants descend down the street. The race boasted its very own Penelope Pitstop, Dastardly and Muttley and an original Flintstones vehicle. There were a couple of pirates on wheels, and a Buzz Lightyear. The winner with more...

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Good news for sushi lovers

Fresh sushi for Mercadona Supermarket expands its range As sushi has risen in popularity over the past few years, it looks as though Mercadona is the next outlet to make stocking this rice and raw fish cuisine a more prominent part of their business. The news is that the supermarket chain has already started stocking sushi in supermarkets in Valencia and Madrid and from the end of November this will include some supermarkets in the Alicante region. Sushi can already be bought in Carrefour, Consum and Lidl and new stalls in Zenia Boulevard offer sushi as a snack. Four...

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Access to the sea for the disabled

Beach access for all Access to the sea for the disabled Los Náufragos, Los Locos and El Cura beaches will in future have platforms from which the disabled will be able to enter the water. Torrevieja town hall is keen to make its beaches disabled friendly and now has received the go ahead from the Valencian government to install a platform that will extend into the water and enable people using wheelchairs to enter the water. The new structures will be installed in the coming weeks and will remain in place throughout the year. Councillor for beaches, Javier Manzanares,...

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Finding out about the fartet

Park volunteers continue conservation On Thursday 10th November the natural park volunteers were asked if they would like to take part in the release of a number of Fartet (toothcarp) fish that have been bred in the visitors’ centre. This species of fish is in danger of extinction and it is hoped that the introduction of the fish into the Laguna at Torrevieja will help their long term chance of survival. Those taking part met at 10.30am at the information centre in Parque la Mata where a short explanation of the project was given and the group then set...

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