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Cancer charity celebrates special relationship with Marbella

Marbella showed its charitable side again as it hosted the 37th Gala Dinner of the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC) at Finca La Concepción. The mayor, Ángeles Muñoz, highlighted the tremendous work of the AECC and underlined the “close collaboration” with the Marbella Town Hall, including new offices and the

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Spanish authorities list accomodation options for stranded Brits

The Spanish authorities have published a list of hotels and short-stay accommodation that will remain open during the state of emergency. Whilst mainly intended for workers, they will also be available for tourists who have been unable to return home and include the BlueBay Banus in Marbella (pictured). British Ambassador

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Sunday Morning Mutterings – Lockdown Lowdown

If you read my previous Sunday Morning Mutterings, you will remember, probably with a shudder, that in my (admittedly peculiar case) one of the side effects of the coronavirus outbreak has been the fact that I can’t get cheesy pop songs out my head. At the beginning of the outbreak

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Coronavirus upadate for British Tourists

The British Embassy has published a new video from British Ambassador Hugh Elliott aimed at British tourists in Spain. Some of the main points are Hotels: The Spanish Government has ordered that hotels and short-stay accommodation must close by midnight on 26 March. These instructions do not apply to long-stay

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PM convines COVID-19 group as over 3000 infected in 24 hours

Spanish PM Pedro Sánchez held the first meeting today with the Scientific Committee of COVID-19, a group of scientists and professionals dedicated to combat the coronavirus pandemic in Spain. Held by videoconference from Moncloa, the initial group of six scientists may be expanded with the incorporation of national and international

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Trafico gets tough

Expect to see more police traffic controls over the weekend. The DGT and Civil Guard have set up traffic checkpoints on major routes out of large cities to prevent weekend trips to second homes. There was widespread outcry when a large number of Madrid residents fled the capital, the area

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Hitmen in Marbella murder case arrested

A joint operation between National Police and the Amsterdam Police has resulted in the breakup one of the most active hitman gangs in Europe.  The group was allegedly involved in ten murders, including Marbella businessman Marco Yaqout (below),who was gunned down in his car in the garage of his home

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Spain to close borders at midnight tonight

In a dramatic move in the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the Government has decreed the reestablishment of land border controls within the framework of the containment measures of COVID-19. This measure will take effect at 00:00 hours tonight and will continue for the duration of the state of alarm. The objective

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Foreign Office advises against all but essential travel to Spain

In the latest development in the coronavirus emergency in Spain, Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) this morning advised against all but essential travel to Spain. Spain declared a State of Emergency (“Estado de Alarma”) on 14 March, which introduces a series of measures including significant restrictions on movement throughout

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BREAKING NEWS: Spain finally approves State of Alarm

Spain finally approved the State of Alarm decree on Saturday evening. After a seven-hour meeting with ministers, including vice president and UP leader Pablo Iglesias, who broke quarantine to attend, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced the following measures All state authorities at the disposal of the government. It will

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BREAKING NEWS: Junta raises Coronavirus Alert to Level 2

In a dramatic move. Junta de Andalucia President  Juanma Moreno, called the Crisis Cabinet this afternoon after activating the Andalusian Territorial Emergency Plan and raising the situation due to the coronavirus to a ‘level 2’ emergency. It is the first time that the Territorial Emergency Plan has been activated at

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Anger grows against madrileños as Marbella prepares for Covid 19 crisis

Marbella Town Hall yesterday announced the cancellation of a series of events and the closure of municipal facilities in response to the continuing coronavirus crisis. Mayor Ángles Muñoz issued a statement on Friday that the Town Hall was closing Active Participation Centre for the Elderly, municipal nurseries, libraries, sports centres,

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