The Valencian Parliament has recently approved a modification to the Commerce Law which
limits the opening on Sundays and fiesta days in places classed as “Tourist Influx Zones
(ZGAT)” to 40 per year. In the Vega Baja this directly affects shopping centres in Orihuela
Costa, Torrevieja and Pilar de la Horadada, which until now could open every Sunday of the
They will now have just 40 of these days between the Sundays and fiesta days at Easter and
between 15th June and the first Sunday in January, when the sales start. As a result,
commercial centres like Zenia Boulevard and Habaneras will have limited opening on
Sundays and fiesta days between February and June. It is expected that big stores will have
to close in this way from Sunday, 25 th February 2018.
It should be noted that small businesses can still open every day of the year.
The modification to the law was promoted by the Socialist (PSOE) and Compromís parties,
and allowed to pass with the abstentions of Podemos and Ciudadanos, and was voted
against by the Partido Popular (PP).
Valencia Councillor for Commerce Rafael Climent said he was pleased to have approved this
agreement that was reached by an observatory of business and workers organisations in
"We have put an end to more than 25 years of controversy over the opening of shops on
weekends and fiestas and now at last we can concentrate on the problems of this sector
which is deeply rooted and fundamental to our economy," he said.
Once again, national rail company RENFE is about to put 25,000 tickets for high-speed
AVE train links up for sale for just €25 each. This is a promotion it is running on the 25 th of
every month to celebrate its 25 th anniversary year. So if you miss out this month, make sure
you put next month’s sale date in your diary.
The first AVE was launched in Sevilla in 1992, and the fast connection can cover distances
such as from Valencia to Madrid – around 350 kilometres – in an hour and a half.
Cut-price tickets went go on sale at exactly one second after midnight yesterday, Monday,
25 th September, and are valid for journeys on the AVE taken between 1 st October and 30th
November to any of its destinations.
With up to 55,000 people excepted to view the offer online every minute and peaks of
1,000 tickets sold per second, RENFE has had to upgrade its server at least once to cope
with the sheer volume of potential passenger traffic during these promotions. The rail
company has had to double its band width, increase the number of servers, block intrusive
IP addresses, and reinforce information and customer service channels.
On more than one occasion, hundreds of travellers bought the same ticket at exactly the
same second, meaning RENFE had to increase the offer to 35,000 or more to accommodate
Finding the reduced-price tickets online can be a minefield when up against the clock to get
your hands on one before they are sold out, so buyers are advised to look out for the 25 th
Anyone who misses out will be able to try again from midnight on Wednesday, 25 th
Torrevieja was visited on the 14 th July by the Councillor María José Salvador
from the Valencian community government. She is responsible for public
works and property in the community and came to Torrevieja to see the
difficulties experienced on its road network.
The mayor, José Manuel Dolón, outlined the work needed to improve the CV-
95 where it meets the N-332 and the councillor visited the site to see first
hand the difficulties there are. The mayor explained that the current situation
is dangerous and requires an immediate solution.
There are problems not only with congestion itself but the difficulties then that
emergency services face when trying to use this route. Particularly as the
main access to the hospital is also from the N332. During the visit the Guardia
Civil had to make way for an ambulance that was unable to get past. ‘This
isn’t a joke or a political tool,’ explained the mayor. ‘It’s a real need in this
town that has to be resolved.’
The first priority is the widening of the N332. The Generalitat, the Valencian
government, has offered its support to Torrevieja’s campaign for national
government to help with this. The N332 is the responsibility of the Spanish
government in the end and the ministry has been asked to address the day-
to-day problems that people experience who use this stretch of road. The
councillor has pledged to go herself to central government and argue the
Another area for improvement is that of the port in Torrevieja. ‘We will study
the options and look for a solution to ensure the better integration between the
port and the town,’ said the councillor.
However, there were some positive topics of conversation. The councillor was
able to see the works done to the CV-95 at Los Balcones which have resulted
in improvements to pedestrian access and increased safety. ‘This is a priority
for our government,’ said Councillor Salvador. ‘Even more so in an area as
densely populated as this.’ María Salvador was accompanied by the mayor,
Councillor Fanny Serrano and Carlos Domingo. Carlos Domingo is the
director general of public works, transport and mobility.
The works cost the Generalitat €233,000 and have included the reinforcing of
1.50km of the road, improving accessibility for pedestrians and extension of
the pavement in front of the Doña Monse Hotel. The people of Torrevieja will
now be hoping that the success in alleviating difficulties in this area will be
extended to the N332 and that the Spanish government will listen to the
request for help with this project.