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elcome to the Almería Focus Magazine and really useful A-Z Directory for the Levante area, with more than 2000 entries and contact numbers! View it online at www.almeriafocus.com. The Focus is free every month and distributed from Mojácar to San Juan de los Terroros on the coast and inland as far as Albox and Huércal Overa.

Contents Not a Good Month ................................................................…...10 In the News ........…................…………................................…….12 So Now You Know ............................................................................52 A Steady Decline ..........................................................................54 The “Spanish” Flu ..............................................................56 Health Care on Holiday ........................................................58 Not Exactly “Justice” ..............................................................................60 A-Z Directory ……………….......……................................................62 Useful Numbers ................................................................110 Community News ............................................................................111 What’s On ..................................................................................113 Activities, Clubs and Associations ........................................119 Your Stars …..........…………......……........................................…123 Jokes of the Month ………………............................................124 Coffee Break …………………….............................................…126 For general enquiries, call Clare on 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com For advertising enquiries, call Rob on 619 833 041.

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eople in Almería province, Andalucía, and the rest of Spain, have been stunned, horrified, and grief stricken following a very large search for a missing boy who lived near Níjar. A woman with links to the family was subsequently charged with his kidnapping and premeditated murder. We expand on this in our “In the News” section.

Transport predicted a daily volume of 30,000 vehicles. The construction crisis reduced this number to an average of 3,000 with the highest total of 5,000 during the high season for tourists. The airport at Covera that has never opened was also supposed to result in a large increase in traffic.

In general, the weather in March has been colder than normal with many days of rain and wind, with the Spanish meteorological office giving continual warnings of high winds in various parts of the province. A side-effect of this is that the cost of generating electricity came down substantially during March with a considerable increase in the electricity generated from wind farms and hydroelectric dams. Reservoirlevels have risen dramatically, and water that is needed badly by agriculturalists in the Almanzora Valley is now being supplied again from the large Negratín reservoir in Granada province. This had been The popularity of Almería province by filmmakers discontinued when this reservoir lacked sufficient continues, and Arnold Schwarzenegger will come here during the summer months to film parts of water. ‘Terminator 6’. Jude Law and Blake Lively will come The Spanish rail company ‘ADIF’ have detailed the to Almería city probably in June, for some filming expropriation of land needed for the ‘AVE’ (high of the American thriller “The Rhythm Section”. speed train) on the 18km stretch from where the There will be a cast of over 1,000 with 250 tunnels finish near Sorbas to Níjar. Work is supposed technicians, and in due course there will be to start in 2019 on all the missing sections that auditions for the “extras” needed. will join the line from Murcia to Almería city. The “promise” is that this will happen in 2023. Beach bars that opened for Easter are hoping that they can stay open until the summer months, On April 1st, the saga of the AP-7 toll road from but if the high winds continue this is a big problem. Vera to Cartagena took a dramatic turn. In common We detail various events in our “What’s On” section, with many other toll roads in Spain that have been and Tuesday, May 1st is a national fiesta when heavily in debt, the Spanish government have now everything shuts down for the “Day of the Worker”. taken it over. To pay off the debts of the If people have the previous Friday and the Monday companies who built and operated the toll road, as holiday this gives them a longer break, known the Ministry of Transport are coming up with 800 as a “puente” (a bridge). The fist Sunday in May, million Euros. The running of the toll road with be so May 6th, is “Día de la Madre”, Spanish Mother’s awarded to a private company, and “in theory” a day, and Friday, May 15th commemorates the large part of the 800 million Euros will be recouped Spanish saint’s day of San Isidro. He is one of the eventually. When the contract to build and operate patron saints of Mojácar, Los Gallardos, Sorbas, the toll road was given to the consortium of Turre, Tijola, and Tabernas, so there will be local companies ‘Aucosta’, the Spanish Ministry of fiestas at this time.

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In the News A Devastating Ending The sleepy, countryside village of La Hortichuelas near Níjar became the centre of the largest search ever mounted in Andalucía on February 27th, codenamed ‘Operación Nemo’. An eight year old Spanish boy named Gabriel had set off from his grandmother’s house in the early afternoon to walk100 metres along a country lane to his home. He was reported missing some three hours later. In the extensive search, 2,800 volunteers and 1,700 emergency services personnel combed the area. Gabriel’s parents were amicably separated, and the father was in constant contact with his son. He had a partner of 18 months standing aged 43 who came to Spain in the 1990s from the Dominican Republic. An apparent breakthrough took place on March 3rd when the father and his partner were searching an area four kilometres away from Gabriel’s home. The woman discovered a white tee-shirt and DNA tests the same day confirmed that it was Gabriel’s, but police were puzzled as the area had been thoroughly searched previously. On Sunday March 11th, search teams were joined by specialist personnel of all descriptions from as far away as Alicante and Granada. The search was called off in mid-afternoon after plain clothes police boxed in the car that the father’s partner was driving. She had been seen putting a large object into the boot of the car at a property belonging to the paternal grandparents where she had been doing some painting prior to her and the father moving in. Gabriel’s body was in the car boot. On March 13th she told police she had taken Gabriel to the property on February 27th but claimed he had attacked her. She admitted that in a struggle that followed she had strangled him, and then put Gabriel’s clothes in a used bottle container 30km away. She has been charged with kidnapping and premeditated murder. Gabriel’s coffin was taken to the Almería Diputación (county council) building in Almería city on the evening of Monday, March 12th where a large assembly room was turned into a chapel of rest. An estimated 15,000 people came to pay their respects including the Spanish Minister of the Interior who had been in constant contact with the parents, along with

the President of the Junta de Andalucía. The funeral took place the next day in the Almería city cathedral.

Very Cheap! We have commented in various issues that electricity from wind farms and hydro-electrical sources (dams) are the cheapest ways of producing electricity. Without sufficient wind or rain, more expensive sources of electricity have to be used. On March 11th, (a Sunday) from 6am-9am and 7pm-8pm the cost of electricity fell by 76% down to 8 Euros per Mw/h, compared to an average of 32 Euros per Mw/h the day before. High winds and rain meant that 40% of the electricity requirements came from wind farms, and another 16% from hydro-electric sources. Production from nuclear power stations is always about 20%, but coal-fired power stations (such as the one in Carboneras) that are the most expensive sources, only had to provide 8% of the requirements. In 2017, the average amount of electricity from wind farms was only 13 % of requirements because of a consistent lack of wind. Energy needs are always less on a Sunday as factories are normally shut. Nobody in Spain wants to see continual high winds and rain, but this shows what can happen as a result. A Megawatt hour, (Mw/h), is the electricity needed for 1,000 water heaters with a one kilowatt element on for one hour. Going Ahead It has been announced that the extension to the ‘paseo’ (promenade) in Mojácar has now been fully approved, with all the necessary permissions. The 740 metre new stretch will go from the Red Cross building to opposite the campsite just past the Maui beach complex, with parking for 164 cars. Various objections to the route and claims that it will badly affect existing beach bars have been dismissed. Mojácar town hall has stated that work will start before the end of this year. Drink Lots of Coffee Scientists from the Italian Institute of Health have published a survey relating to men drinking coffee.

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In the News They followed the risks of getting prostate cancer in 7,000 men. They have concluded that drinking three or more cups of coffee can result in a 53% decrease in the likelihood of men developing prostate cancer. They also measured the results of drinking normal coffee with caffeine and decaff coffee, and found normal coffee was better. They concluded that coffee “significantly” reduced the development of cancerous cells. They made the point that coffee out of machines normally found in bars and restaurants in Italy was not the same way coffee was made in other countries. Spanish coffee machines are almost identical to Italian ones, and many of the large coffee machines in use in Spain are made in Italy.

Large Fines The Spanish Data Protection Agency has fined ‘WhatsApp’ and ‘Facebook’ 300,000 Euros each, the maximum penalty allowed by the relevant regulations. They ruled that when the two companies transferred information between them in 2016, this violated Spanish privacy and data protection regulations. They stated that WhatsApp clients had no say in whether this was done, they were not informed that they could disagree with the transfer, and they did not have an option to stop this happening. When Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014 they told European regulators, and the Privacy Regulator in the UK, that they would not transfer any data. The European Commission fined Facebook 110 million Euros in 2017 for the same reason, A Good Result In 2012, the rates of ‘IVA’ (VAT) in Spain were increased. The 18% rate went up to 21% and the 8% rate went up to 10%. In the case of tickets for concerts, the theatre, cinemas, and bullfights, the rate was hiked up from 8% to 21%. This had disastrous consequences with a large fall off in numbers. Last June, the percentage was reduced back down to 10%. This had an immediate effect and the income from concerts went up 21% by the end of 2017 with regard to 2016, with total ticket sales rising to 269 million Euros. David Bisbal,

our internationally famous local singer, pulled in 138,000 fans from 48 concerts in Spain, and the highest number of 209,000 came from 37 concerts by the female singer Melendi. Three of her largest concerts were completely sold out. Concerts in Spain from people on international tours brought in 116,000 concertgoers in the case of Ricky Martin, 92,000 for Gun N’ Roses, and 56,000 for The Rolling Stones. IVA on cinema tickets was not brought down at the same time, but it has now been announced that this will be done very shortly.

Corvera Airport Open This Year After years of nothing happening, it has been announced that the Corvera airport will be operational by the end of the year. A symbolic ceremony took place recently when the president of ‘AENA’ (the Spanish airport authority) signed a contract with the president of the Murcia Autonomous Community and handed over a set of keys. The contract is for 25 years, and the airport will be known by the name of Juan de la Cierva, the Spanish aeronautical engineer who invented the autogyro. San Javier airport will be shut at the same time as the new airport receives the first flights. Negotiations are now underway with airlines. The airport is designed to handle 4 million passengers a year, compared to the present 1.2 million at San Javier, and is intended to be an alternative to Alicante airport. There will be 500 direct staff with some of them coming from San Javier, and 1,000 indirect employees. Calculations are that for every one million passengers there

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In the News will be 4,000 direct and indirect employees from commercial outlets, catering, and hotels. The San Javier airport is partly a Spanish Air Force base, and they are reported to be taking over the whole of the airport once commercial flights have finished. Certification procedure to allow the new airport to be fully operational is to start shortly which will take several months.

Declared Bankrupt The company Med Golf Macenas S.L. who started building the 18-hole golf course and properties at Macenas just outside Mojácar in 2006, has been ruled by a judge in Almería to be bankrupt. 54,000 Euros owing for maintenance cannot be paid, and Mojácar town hall has embargoed property because of debts of 188,000. The Social Security Department also has large outstanding debts. In 2015, the Ministry of Employment and Social Security tried to auction the golf course and land where 300 properties were to be built for 153,00 Euros added to a total debt of 2.6 million Euros, so the auction reserve was put at 2.8 million Euros. There were no parties interested in bidding and paying off the debt! The judge has instructed that full disclosure of debts and any money available has to be supplied within two months. A Continuing Impasse The democratic elections in Catalonia on December 21st elected the former president Carles Puigdemont and his number two candidate from the same political party, Jordi Sánchez, to be MPs in the Catalonia parliament. Subsequently, Roger Torrent, a strong separatist, was elected as head of a “committee” of seven MPs who are responsible for how the parliament is run. They cannot dictate how MPs can use their votes. Roger Torrent should have called for an election as to who would be the new president on January 31st but he postponed this election. The party that Carles Puigdemont belonged to were trying to have him elected president from Brussels where he fled to after criminal proceedings were announced. It was eventually accepted by him and legal opinions in Madrid and Catalonia that to do this he had to

appear in the Catalonian parliament, but he had no intention of doing this as he would have been arrested. He suggested Jordi Sánchez was elected as president, but he is on remand in prison in Madrid. An application to a judge to allow Jordi Sánchez to be allowed to come to the parliament was rejected on the grounds that he is facing criminal charges. A new election for a president was then postponed by Roger Torrent. Jordi Sánchez is not in prison because he holds strong political views but for committing criminal acts, particularly against the 1978 written Spanish Constitution, and is also accused of the misuse of public funds. Jordi Sánchez then announced he was not standing as a candidate for the presidency, so the separatist parties and sympathisers had to come up with another candidate. One problem is that they only hold a majority of five MPs, including Carles Puigdemont and another MP in Brussels, and neither of these can vote because they have left Spain. This means they only have 68 MPs who can vote, and the parties in opposition still have 65. Another possibility is that parliament is dissolved and new elections take place! Soundings of voters in Catalonia suggest that in general, the population are thoroughly fed up with the continuing impasse, and the separatist parties might not obtain a majority in new elections.

Arrested in Germany To try and solve the deadlock, elections for a new president in the Catalonian parliament took place on March 22nd. The candidate put forward was Jordi Turull, but the four MPs from the separatist CUP party abstained, so there were only 64 votes in favour and 65 against. Jordi Turull had to go back to court in Madrid on March 23rd as he is one of the MPs under investigation. At the court hearing he was remanded in custody accused of new offences of misuse of public funds. The MP Marta Rovira (former vice-president of the “committee” in parliament) who had been freed on bail of 60,000 Euros was also due in court again the same day. She announced on March 22nd that she was resigning as an MP and leaving Spain, and she fled to Switzerland. She cited family reasons for her

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In the News decision. It was quite possible that she might have been remanded in custody on March 23rd as a result of continuing investigations. The Spanish government have been incensed that Carles Puigdemont has been freely travelling to EU countries for propaganda reasons, and a new European arrest warrant for all the persons who have fled Spain was issued on March 23rd when he was in Helsinki. On Sunday, March 25th, the Spanish Secret Service and German police arrested him as he drove into Germany from Denmark on the way back. The German laws “against the state” have similarities to the Spanish ones, more so than Belgium. He was remanded in custody the next day whilst extradition procedures are under way.

New Albox Residents’ Association Residents of Albox now have a dedicated foreign residents association which is to be known as AVEA or Asociación de vecinos extranjeros de Albox. The association aims to promote good relations with other members of the community, to encourage integration into Spanish society and to provide suppor t, advice and most im por tantly representation for its members to the town hall on issues relating to living in Albox. According to its President, Claire Barrett, “The only requirement for joining is that you are registered on the Padrón (the official list of residents) in Albox. Membership is free and is as simple as filling out an application form which can be found on our blog: (https://alboxforeignresidentsassociation.blogsp ot.com.es/) or by emailing us on info.AVEA.Ass @gmail.com. Alternatively, a copy of the application form can be picked up from Girasol Health Food Shop, C/Malaga, Albox.” Claire Bennet states, “The more members we have the better! So please spread the word. Remember this is completely free and is for your benefit. We will keep members informed and up to date on all changes and achievements. We want your input and ideas so that we can make the best use of our time and work on projects that concern you no matter how big or small. This will decide our priorities and help to focus our attention on behalf of our members”. Local Councillor, Maura Hillen, welcomed the new association saying

“Residents Associations are an ideal way of establishing an effective means of communication between the town hall and the community. I wish them every success and they have my full support”.

More Germans The International Tourism Fair in Berlin that finished on March 11th is the largest of its kind apart from the London World Travel Market. This year there were exhibitors from 180 countries and 200,000 visitors came to the fair. Representatives from Andalucía had a 500m2 stand, including the road show ‘Costa de Almería’. In 2017, a total of 1.3 million German tourists came to Andalucía, which is 9% more than in 2016, and the 4.5 million overnight stays was also 9% more. German tourists stayed for an average of 11 nights, three times longer than other nationalities, and they spent an average of 70 Euros per day. From contacts made at the Berlin fair it is anticipated that as many as 1.5 million tourists will come to Andalucía in 2018. One German tour operator is organizing flights from Dusseldorf and Munich that will bring in a minimum of 7,000 additional tourists into Almería during 2018. The total numbers of German tourists worldwide are in third position behind China and the US. New Grants One of the main problems for persons below the age of 35 is being able to pay rent or a mortgage. The Spanish Government have approved plans from 2018 to 2021 to help this sector of the population with an estimated budget of 1.4 billion Euros. If the total income of a person or all the family members is less than 22,300 Euros per year, the government will make a grant of 50% of a monthly rental amount of up to 600 Euros. In certain circumstances, such as areas where renting is very costly, the grant will apply to a maximum rent of 900 Euros. These grants will be available for a period of three years, providing the claimant(s) lives in the property, and does not own another one. It will also apply to persons over the age of 65. The 22,300 Euros is three times the amount of income that is considered a basic level, known

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In the News as ‘IPREM’. In the case of multiple families their income can be four times the IPREM amount. Another problem is young people moving away from small towns or villages, resulting in the population steadily shrinking. In municipalities with less than 5,000 inhabitants a person under the age of 35 on a low income can apply for a grant of up to 10,800 Euros towards obtaining a mortgage, providing the mortgage total is less than 100,000 Euros. Any person obtaining the grant has to live in the property for a minimum of five years. Another grant of 400 Euros per month will be paid to persons who have been evicted because they cannot pay their rent or mortgage, also for a three year period, and accommodation will be provided. The availability of these grants is supposed to start in June with 70% of the money coming from the Spanish State, and 30% from the autonomous community. The grants are retroactive from January 1st, but how they will work and what paperwork will be needed should become clearer in the coming weeks.

charged to the mortgage holder, and banks had to pay them. In June 2017, 54 judges were appointed whose sole purpose was to hear disputes between the mortgage holder and the lender. The judge in Almería who deals with this had received 2,100 complaints up to the end of February, which means he is completely snowed under. Judicial guidelines are that a judge is expected to deal with 900 court cases of this type per year, so the case load in Almería is more than double this amount. Throughout Spain, from June 2017 to the end of the year a total of 154,000 people took their claims to the specialized courts and figures show that 98% of these won their case. If a mortgage holder wins his claim in court, the mortgage lender has to pay all the court expenses.

Tours of Cemeteries At the very large cemetery in the centre of Madrid, people can now go on guided tours. The idea is that interested persons can see the tombs of famous people, learn about cemetery architecture, and visit historic graves. The cemetery is one of the largest in Europe, spread over 120 hectares (about half a square mile), and groups of no more than 30 people can join the three different guided The Parador Hotel at Gredos Parador Hotels tours until June 30th. 2018 is the 90th anniversary of the opening of Snowed Under! the first Parador Hotel, at Gredos in Ávila. It was In 2013, the EU, and subsequently the Spanish High the idea of the Marquis de Vega who decided Court, ruled that mortgage clauses that had a historic buildings that were neglected could be minimum rate of interest that was not actually turned into a hotel chain. King Alonso XIII approved the corrected calculation when the Euribor rate of the plan and provided his hunting lodge to be dropped substantially were “abusive”. These converted. When it was opened it had just 30 minimum interest rates are known as “Cláusulas rooms. Now, in many former castles, monasteries, suelo” (floor rates). Banks were told that they had and historic buildings, there are a total of 97 hotels to make refunds, but mortgage holders can go to that cater for 10,000 guests with 4,000 employees, court if they are not satisfied with the offered and 65% of the persons using the hotels are Spanish. amount. Other court judgements have been that Two of the Parador hotels are five star and the expenses in setting up a mortgage should not be remainder are four star. They are all owned by the

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In the News Spanish state, and in 1991 became the company Paradores de Turismo de España S.A. In 1966, Manuel Fraga, the Spanish Minister for Tourism, opened 16 hotels including the one in Mojácar. He stayed there in 1966 when he came to assure people that there was no danger from the Palomares nuclear bomb accident, and was filmed with the American ambassador wading into the sea at Palomares. This was considered extremely foolhardy! Famous people who have stayed at the chain of hotels include Charles de Gaulle, Mick Jagger, Orson Wells, Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco (on their honeymoon), Ernest Hemmingway, Ridley Scott and Paul Bowes. In 2015, the Spanish State pumped in 152 million Euros to keep the chain afloat, but in 2017 they invoiced 254 million Euros with a profit of 17.5 million. This related to an average occupancy of 62% and 1.3 million night’s stay.

An Amazing Gadget A few years ago, a Cesna 337 aircraft was equipped with a laser measuring device christened “Lidar”, and the equipment measured anomalies on the ground. It was used for geological surveys and seismology studies. It soon became clear that it could map 3D images of ancient buildings, even under dense forests. In a few hours it provided information on archaeological remains that would have taken 25 years previously. In Cambodia, a very large and completely unknown city was revealed, and a circle of stones in Bolivia, very similar to Stonehenge, with many other buildings close by. An enormous city with 40,000 buildings was mapped in Mexico, spread over 26 km2 including several pyramids. The National Geographical Institute organized a complete survey of Spain, and in April 2017 at Linares in Jaén province, the laser system mapped out a Roman circle 400 metres in diameter, and 50 metres tall. The archaeologist Franciso Arías stated that it would never have been discovered otherwise and is thought to be a very large amphitheatre. Other buildings and an aqueduct were discovered nearby. A large Roman military camp has been revealed at Mérida the capital city of Extramadura along with mine workings and

canals. Antonio Uriate from the Spanish Institute of Scientific Investigation considers the “Lidar” system to be the equivalent of the Hubble Telescope for archaeologists.

Expropriation The ‘AVE’ (high speed train) is scheduled to arrive in Almería city from Murcia in 2023. The railway company ‘ADIF’ has announced land expropriations for the 18 km stretch from Los Arejos near Sorbas (the end of the tunnels) to Níjar. They need to purchase, or temporarily occupy, 452 parcels of land, with 359 in Níjar, 68 in Lucainena de las Torres, and 25 in Sorbas. Unless they own the necessary land, work cannot start. The construction company SACYR pulled out of constructing the 12km stretch from Pulpí to Cuevas after ADIF still didn’t own enough land at the time the complete section should have been finished. Recent expropriations announced on this same stretch reveal that ADIF still don’t own enough land! There has been intense pressure that the Spanish Ministry of Transport build two rail tracks on a double width base which has already been built from the outskirts of Garrucha to the end of the tunnels, a distance of 25 km. The new plans are that all sections not yet started will be a single track only, on a single base width. Trains will travel in both directions on the single track. It has now been announced that a 9km stretch towards Níjar from Los Arejos will be double track as well. This will help the slower goods trains to travel a further distance, and will help with the advanced plans for a “dry port” at Níjar accessible from the AVE line, the A-7 motorway, and Carboneras port. A budget price for the 18km stretch from Los Arejos to Níjar is 175 million Euros, as there are many technical complications. Plug-In Cars In 2017, a total of 3,900 cars powered solely by electricity were registered in Spain. This number is more than the figures from 2016, but is still minimal. The cost of these cars is much more than the equivalent diesel or petrol powered versions, and the Renault ‘Zoe’, the electrically powered version

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In the News of the Renault ‘Clio’ costs 4,000 Euros more. The new Jaguar ‘I –Pace’ electric car is stated to have a range of 480km, but they cost just under 80,000 Euros. The special batteries are extremely expensive, and in some cases the purchaser “rents” the batteries, rather than owning them. There are incentive purchase schemes in place from the Spanish government known as “Movea”, and a new scheme for 2018 will be announced shortly. There can be a grant towards the cost of up to 5,500 Euros for the most expensive cars. The range that these vehicles can travel before needing to be recharged is steadily improving, and the latest version of the Nissan ‘Leaf’ is stated to have a range of 285km on conventional roads and 415km in a city. Dealers who offer these types of vehicles for sale all agree that potential customers may be put off because of “range anxiety” in case they might become stranded. The other problem is the recharging time. Recharge points available to the general public are few and far between, and the installation of charging equipment in a private house is expensive. Depending on the power rating of individual houses, it can take from 10-12 hours for a total recharge. 10 hours from a domestic supply is the time needed to re-charge the new Jaguar. Spanish electricity companies offer a cheap supply of electricity overnight, but it still has to be paid for. Some dealerships have their own charging points, but clients wanting a recharge have to leave their vehicles there whilst recharging takes place, although the charging time is greatly reduced. In many countries where electrical powered cars are quite common, apart from street-side charging points, some companies have installed points at their place of work. In Spain, without a comprehensive network of powerful charging points, electrically powered vehicles will not be purchased in large numbers.

Spanish Performers The organizers of the Villaricos ‘Dreambeach’ music festival have announced that the line-up will include four Spanish DJs. These are the internationally famous DJ Uner, Vincent One More Time, a renowned DJ from Madrid, Brain Cross who has

been a well-known DJ for 15 years, and Anna Tur. Anna is a famous DJ who is a founder of the electronic Ibiza Global Radio station. The festival will take place from August 8th -12th.

A Pensioners Centre Arboleas town hall has approved plans for a centre for pensioners in a building they already own, covering 500 m2. The centre will be a meeting place, with areas of recreation, and a room for events with 350 seats. The first phase of the centre has a budget of 160,000 Euros that will come from town hall funds. The mayor of Arboleas, Cristóbal García, states that this centre dedicated to pensioners will provide all the facilities that are necessary, and be a major addition to life in Arboleas. The Fourth Anniversary The Mojácar Bowls Club located at the Hotel Servigroup Marina Playa recently held a celebration of the fourth anniversary of its bowling green. They were joined on the day by members from other clubs in the area for a friendly competition, with the Director of the Cadena Servigroup Hotel Marina Playa, Ricardo Escudero, and Mojácar’s Councillors for Tourism and Sport, Emmanuel Agüero and Ana García. Altogether, there were 100 players from the host Club and the Cabrera, Zurgena and Almeria Lawns Clubs, with the Cabrera team winning on the day. Four years ago, on March 7th, 2014, the green was officially inaugurated by Mojácar’s Mayoress, Rosmarí Cano, along with other provincial officials. Located outdoors and set 100 metres from the hotel, it has a 25m2 artificial lawn with 6 rinks that can accommodate 48 players. There is a clubhouse with a bar, a terrace, all the necessary facilities, along with ball carts, markers, and all the essentials to enjoy a day’s bowling. The Mojácar Bowls Club was founded in 1994 with around 25 members, who played at ‘La Mata’ until it closed. With the collaboration of the local Council and the Servigroup Company, the current rinks were made and have been in full operation since their inauguration, with a membership that continues to grow without losing any of the sporting camaraderie created by its founders.

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In the News Extra Water Agriculturalists in the Cuevas area rely on water sent to the Cuevas reservoir from the large reservoir at Negratín in Granada province through an enormous pipeline. The water is used for 19,000 hectares of agricultural land, but the transfer was stopped last August when the level of the Negratín reservoir became very low. On March 9th , it was announced that a water transfer of 4.5 cubic hectometres per month was being started the same day. Agriculturalists were receiving 43 cubic hectometres annually from the Negratín reservoir until the transfer was stopped, and were supposed to be receiving 15 cubic hectometres annually from the desalination plant at Cuevas, but the plant was heavily damaged in the 2012 floods. Plans to reopen it have never materialized. 1 cubic hectometre is 220 billion imperial gallons A Good Haul Because Andalucía (that includes Almería province) is close to Morocco and Algeria, large amount of drugs are smuggled in. In 2017, specialist police and customs agents seized 13 tonnes of cocaine, 113 tonnes of cannabis resin, 4.5 million packets of contraband cigarettes, and 70 tonnes of handrolling tobacco. The amount of cocaine seized is 400% of the total in 2016, and 42% of all cocaine seized throughout Spain. This large increase is put down to dedicated police breaking up sophisticated gangs of smugglers, which is part of a large effort by multiple agencies to intercept drugs ferried through the Straits of Gibraltar. Off the coast of Almería, police seized 10 tonnes of cannabis resin last May, and 16 tonnes when a boat named “Lady Boss” was intercepted in September. Police and customs officers had been monitoring the progress of this yacht from the air for over a week. Officers from a customs vessel and one belonging to the Guardia Civil police boarded the yacht and arrested the three crew members, despite very stormy conditions. The yacht was towed into Almería port amidst fears it might be swamped in the high seas. In cases like this, any vessel is eventually auctioned off after successful

prosecutions. The same thing applies to luxury cars. Becoming British A few months ago we explained the complicated process for Brits, or other nationalities, who wished to take Spanish nationality. The same thing is happening in the UK with Spanish people who have decided that after Brexit it is better for them if they become British. 276 Spanish people have done this, or are well on the way, and if they then go to the Spanish embassy in London, or the consulate in Edinburgh, they can apply to continue to have a Spanish passport alongside the new UK one. They have to do this within three years of becoming British, and unlike Spain, the UK will recognize dual nationality. The whole process of becoming British costs around 2,000 pounds sterling. Persons who embark on this process have to learn vital facts from a book with 180 pages including the history of the UK and the monarchy. A residency requirement is that a person has to have lived in the UK for five years with a maximum absence period of 450 days, and no more than 90 days in any year. 114,000 Spaniards are registered with the Spanish embassy as being residents of the UK, which is 14% of all Spaniards who live out of Spain. Under present European regulations, that may or may not apply after Brexit, a person who becomes a UK national can apply for their parents, sons and daughters, grandparents, grandchildren, and husbands or wives, to be allowed to come to the UK if they are from European countries. People from Poland, Germany, and France, are also doing the same thing in increasing numbers. ‘Terminator 6’ When Arnold Schwarzenegger was presented with a prize at the Almería Film Festival, and a pavement “star” was unveiled, he stated that he had very fond memories of coming to Almería, and he said, “I’ll be back”. He starred in the film ‘Conan the Barbarian’ partly filmed in Almería in 1982 on his first visit to the province. It has now been

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In the News announced that part of the filming of ‘Terminator 6’ will take place here at the beginning of summer, for about one week. Typical locations are stated to be Cabo de Gata and the Tabernas desert. The mega-production is scheduled to be shown in cinemas in the summer of 2019. Good News for Banks In another item we explain how courts dealing with mortgage claims are nearly at breaking point. Apart from the abusive “floor rates”, various courts in Spain have ruled that expenses relating to the obtaining of a mortgage should be borne by the lender, not the mortgage applicant. These include the valuation cost, legal fees for the bank mortgage, registration at the notary and the consequent fees, and a tax known as “ITP / AJD” (Actos Jurídicos Documentados). This tax is the Spanish equivalent of stamp duty, and is paid to the autonomous community, in our case Andalucía. The Spanish High Court in a judgement made known on March 1st, has now ruled in favour of the mortgage lender, and has stated that the ITP / AJD tax is the responsibility of the mortgage holder. The amount of the AJD tax is very difficult to work out, as it varies with different banks and the tax rate set by the autonomous communities. Typically, it can amount to between 2,500-3,000 Euros. The tax is calculated from the total mortgage amount including all the interest over the whole mortgage term, and some fees. Depending on the mortgage term it is usually 160200% of the mortgage amount. The tax in Andalucía is 1.5% of this amount, but in Murcia it is 2%. This tax throughout Spain currently brings in about 7.5 billion Euros every year, but in 2006 at the height of the construction boom, it brought in 18 billion Euros. The decision by the Supreme Court has various stipulations and conditions, and the full extent and all the “small print” has not yet been published.

the company achieved a market presence in 2.3 million homes, and introduced a new brand ‘Lanjarón Kids’. The spas in Lanjarón continue to be very popular, and in 1830 the first bottled water was introduced. In 1878 the company won a silver medal in a Paris exhibition of mineral waters. 95% of the workers come from the local area, so this is a large motor of the economy in the region.

Gluten Free People that suffer an allergic reaction to gluten can suffer from nausea, stomach pains, vomiting, skin eruptions, and a dramatic loss in weight. For these persons, a “gluten free” diet is essential. Mercadona introduced a range of gluten free products some years ago, as one of the daughters of Juan Roig, the owner of the company, suffers from these problems. Various celebrities have embarked on a gluten free diet including Victoria Beckham, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian, and Ryan Gosling. They claim that a gluten free diet gives them more energy, helps to lose weight, and makes them healthier. Novak Djokovic thinks his sporting performance is improved, and Miley Cyrus considers it helps her skin and general heath. María Van der Hofstadt is the President of the Spanish Federation of Celiacs (persons allergic to gluten) and considers that the more people who opt for a gluten free diet, the greater the range of available products. However, she and food Lanjarón Mineral Water scientists are not at all convinced that a gluten This year marks the 200th anniversary of the free diet for people who have no allergies is a opening of the mineral water company. In 2017, good thing. They dismiss some of the claims

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In the News (particularly a loss of weight) and state that without gluten a person can lack sufficient fibre in their diet which may lead to an increased potential to suffer from heart problems, amongst others. María states that many products that are gluten free are now seen as healthier, but this is not the case. She considers that eating or drinking only gluten free products has become a “fad”, and is not necessary, and can be harmful. Mobile World Congress Since 2006, the annual Mobile (Phone) World Congress has been held in Barcelona. Over 2,300 companies from 200 countries pay to come to the congress, and this year the income from the event is calculated as being 465 million Euros, with 13,000 people from Barcelona obtaining work for the duration. The present contract to hold the event in Barcelona, signed with the host company ‘GSMA’ based in London, expires in 2023. Since 2015, the Spanish King Felipe VI has presided over a celebration meal on the eve of the conference before officially opening it the next day. Because of the current political problems in Catalonia, the mayoress of Barcelona, Ada Calau, and the head of the Catalonia “committee” in their parliament, Roger Torrent, boycotted the meal on February 27th. At the opening ceremony that they did attend, the King stressed the importance of all the organizations working together which included the city of Barcelona and the Catalan authorities. There are fears that after 2023, the site for the congress might change from being held in Barcelona to Dubai or Madrid if there are still problems in Barcelona. Various countries apart from Spain would love to host the congress. A decision is expected to be made in 2019. If it was moved to Madrid the high income would still come to Spain, but if it went to Dubai or another country Spain would lose out totally.

drivers were caught speeding over 100k/h on the N-341 stretch of road between Carboneras and Agua Amarga, and fines totalled 46,000 Euros. On the A-7 motorway at El Ejido 548 drivers were caught speeding, and fines totalled 16,000 Euros. On the border of Almería province on the A-92 motorway going towards Granada, 169 drivers received fines of 7,700 Euros. 10,000 drivers received fines for exceeding the speed limit on the most dangerous stretches of road where there were mobile radar cameras in use by the Guardia Civil police. The vast majority of drivers fined for speeding were males aged from 25-34 who were more than 20k/h over the speed limits. A few years ago the accuracy of radar cameras was improved, and a system known as “7 or 7%” was put in place. At speed limits up to 100k/h the allowable excess speed is 7k/h, and above 100k/h the allowable limit is 7%. A relatively new feature of the fixed radar cameras is that they are positioned to see the front of a vehicle coming towards them, not the rear. This can reveal whether the vehicles have a current ‘ITV’ (MOT) sticker which has to be displayed on the windscreen. The fine for not having a current ITV is 200 Euros, and between 200-500 Euros if a vehicle has been failed for a serious reason and not taken back for an obligatory re-test.

Inherited Debts The amounts of money that a person can inherit in Andalucía (including Almería province) without paying punitive taxes has been drastically increased in the last two years. New limits for 2018 are that minimum tax is payable by direct family members if the inheritance is less than 1 million Euros. Despite this, there can be a big problem if a person dies with large debts that are transferred to the inheritor or inheritors. These people can go to a notary and refuse the inheritance to avoid the debts being passed on. In 2016, a total of 16% of Speeding people in all of Andalucía who were inheritors did In 2017, some 2,000 drivers were fined for speeding this, and in 2017 this rose to 18%. In Almería, the in Almería province where there are fixed radar figures are much higher, and 21% renounced their cameras, and some lost driver points as well. 1,250 inheritance in 2016, rising to 23% in 2017, out of

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In the News a total of 2,400 wills. In 2010, only 162 persons in Almería province renounced their inheritance due to debts, but this rose to 302 in 2013, and peaked at over 560 last year. The only province in Andalucía with a higher number than Almería province was Cádiz. One of the problems is that a mortgage may have been signed for a property that has fallen drastically in value, or a business with debts may no longer be viable. New and Secondhand In 2016, a total of 10,000 properties changed hands in Almería province, but in 2017 this fell to 9,200. The number of new properties changing hands in 2017 went up, but sales of secondhand properties fell. The reason for this is stated to be the large number of new properties being offloaded by banks, with purchase prices very similar to secondhand ones. In Almería province, 12% of all the “stock” of houses for sale are owned by the banks, and this percentage is the highest in Andalucía and the 3rd highest province in Spain. In municipalities with 1,000-5000 inhabitants, the amount of stock owned by the banks is 17%, but in municipalities with 5,000-20,000 inhabitants, banks own 31% of properties for sale. Banks need to drastically reduce the number of properties they own as this makes up a very high percentage of their debts. An Elderly Driver A 75 year old driver has been in court in Almería following collisions when he set off up the slip road for vehicles coming off the A-7 motorway near Almería, and went in the wrong direction for 300 metres. Various vehicles had to take evasive actions, and one crashed into a lorry. The elderly man then turned round and left the motorway. Following pictures of the accident in the press he went to a police station three days later and told them he was the driver. The driver and his two sons who were in the vehicle that collided with the lorry were taken to hospital and the vehicle was a write-off. The lorry also suffered some damage totalling 9,300 Euros. In court, the lawyer

acting for the driver stated that he had become confused, and he accepted a prison sentence of six months (suspended) a loss of his driving licence for two years, and compensation for the injuries caused of 3,000 Euros. His insurance company will pay for the damage to the car and lorry and compensation. Second Best Companies in Andalucía exported goods worth 31 billion Euros in 2017, and came in the second place of all communities in Spain, just behind Catalonia which includes Barcelona. This was a 15% improvement over figures for 2016. The aeronautical industry exported goods to the value of 3 billion Euros (the military version of the Airbus is assembled in Seville) with 3 billion Euros from mineral sales. Olive oil exports totalled another 3 billion, and vegetables and horticultural products clocked up just less than 3 billion. Sales of fruit were more than 2 billion Euros. Exports compared to imports resulted in a surplus of 1.7 billion Euros. Exported goods from Almería province went up 12% to 3.6 billion Euros. Total exports throughout Spain in 2017 were 276 billion Euros and imported goods totalled 300 billion. This “deficit” of 24 billion Euros is an improvement on previous years. Energy requirements accounted for most of the deficit. Town Hall Tax When a property is sold in Spain, town halls levy a tax on a “notional” increase in value, known as the “plusvalía” tax. Last May, the Spanish Constitutional Tribunal ruled that this was totally unfair if the seller had sold for less money than they had paid when they bought it. This applies to a very large number of properties in Spain. The Spanish Government have now agreed with this decision that is retroactive from June 15th, 2017. Municipalities will not be able to charge this tax anymore where there is a loss, and the Federation of Municipalities is asking the government for improved funding to cover the loss of income. Persons who sold at a loss since June 2017 should be able to make a claim for a refund, and advice

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degenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis, arthritis, and fits suffered by children. Apart from reducing pain, cannabis improves anxiety levels, sleep, appetite, and self-esteem in many patients. The President of the Spanish Observatory for Medical Cannabis has called for the study to be put in place. They want cannabis to be regulated and made available under medical supervision. Growing cannabis in Spain is an offence, and fines can be levied from 600-10,000 Euros, depending on the quantity. People with medical conditions who have found that cannabis is helpful risk being prosecuted for obtaining it illegally.

Good Housekeeping Luis Díaz, the mayor of Zurgena, has reported that the town hall debt has been reduced by 40% in the last five years. In 2013 the debt was 1.2 million Euros, and on January 1st this year it was down to 718,000 Euros, and in 2017 the reduction was 110,000 Euros. Luis Díaz has been mayor for the last four years and he has stated that the town hall budget has been steadily rising with benefits to all the inhabitants of Zurgena. Cannabis for Medical Conditions The problems of a young child in the UK whose frequent fits can be helped by taking cannabis as a medication have recently been in the news. In April last year, the Spanish Department of Health and Social Services called for an investigation into cannabis as a legal medication, and parliament announced in September that a study would be made. The study has still not been started, and it appears to be on the back burner. It is accepted in medical circles that taking cannabis can help with the problems of chemotherapy, chronic pain,

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Paying for Pensions For some years now, the income received from persons in Spain paying social security has been less than that paid out for pensions. Each year since the deficit started the social security department has been “lent” money from various government sources. In 2017 they needed 18 billion Euros to keep them afloat. This is a problem that will get worse year by year unless more people are employed. The number of pensioners is increasing dramatically, partly due to life expectancy going up. In 1980 there were just less than two pensioners for every ten workers between the ages of 18-65 in Almería province, but last year this rose to just under three pensioners per ten workers. In 2026, unless there is very large increase in employment, fears are Continued ....


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ruled that whilst he was not at his place of work, the restrictions meant that he was effectively working even when he was at home. New Radar Gadgets Drivers are usually able to spot radar cameras and slow down if they are speeding. Existing radar cameras are either on gantries over a motorway, on poles, or in grey boxes beside the road that are not difficult to spot. An initial 60 miniature laser radar cameras are in the final stages of testing, and will soon be put in use. They can either be mounted on a small tripod that is only about 30 cm high (12 inches) or they can be clipped to the anti-crash barriers alongside the roads. They are completely mobile and information is transmitted by WiFi via 3G or 4G technology. They can detect vehicle speeds from 15-50 metres, and a top speed of 250km/h. At night time they have an infrared capability. The technology employed with lasers will not give any indication to a driver that they are in use, and illegal inhibitors will have no effect. Each assembly has cost the DGT (traffic police) 15,000 Euros, but when 300 speeding vehicles have been detected with a fine of 100 Euros, (that if paid shortly afterwards is reduced to 50 Euros), the cost has been recovered. More units will be delivered in the near future. Present plans are that the units will be put in position by police motorcyclists. Installation only takes a few minutes, as does setting them up in different locations. Helicopters Seized An intense investigation in Seville has led to 18 persons being arrested for drug smuggling from Morocco. A helicopter was found last year hidden in an agricultural building, and it was suspected that it was used in drug smuggling. After police had taken the helicopter away, another one was intercepted last December on a flight from Morocco into Seville. The people arrested, including two pilots, are alleged to have mounted a very well organized operation. In various raids, three luxury vehicles, a large number of mobile phones,

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In the News 18,000 Euros, expensive watches, and large was deputy leader and a vigorous campaigner for amounts of documentation were seized. It is the separatist political party CUP, and had been anticipated that other arrests will follow. summoned to appear at a court in Madrid at the end of February to respond to various charges. Various Reasons Instead, she fled to Geneva and announced from The website ‘Rumbo’ has published a survey of there in an interview in the Swiss newspaper “Le 12,000 European women from six countries which Temps” that she had no intention of going to court marked “International Women’s Day” on March 8th. in Madrid and would exercise her rights as a politician The survey asked 12,000 women aged from 35-55 from Geneva. (It was likely she would have been who went on holiday alone what they most liked, remanded in custody following the court hearing). or expected, from a holiday to a foreign country. Marta Rovira, the second in command of the ERC 2,000 of these women were Spanish, and 55% party, had appeared in the court in Madrid a few considered that a trip away meant they could forget days previously, along with another MP Marta Pascal, any problems and enjoy themselves, and this made and Artur Mas, the former President of Catalonia them more creative when they came back home. until 2016. They all told the court that they accepted 13% gave the experience of having sex with people the independence declaration was illegal and was they met on holiday a big attraction, 11% liked only “symbolic”, and blamed it all on Carles trying food, 10% wanted to shop, and 7% carry out Puidgemont who fled to Brussels at the end of sporting activities. 41% of Spanish women October. Marta Rovira was released on bail of 60,000 considered going abroad an “adventure”, as did Euros, and the other two were released without 38% of UK women, along with 36% of French bail. On March 22nd, Marta Rovira fled to Switzerland women, 29% from Germany, and 25% from Italy. In as she was due in court again on March 23rd. Oriol order of preference the most popular destination Junqueras, the leader of the ERC party, has been were the US, Italy, Japan, Australia, Greece and on remand in prison in Madrid since December 2nd, and various appeals for him to be released or Norway. transferred to a prison in Barcelona have been denied. Full court proceedings against all the people A New Film The authorities in Almería have confirmed that the so far summoned to court, or subject to arrest film actors Jude Law and Blake Lively will come to warrants if they return to Spain, are expected to Almería city for some filming of the American start in October. In the vast majority of the cases thriller “The Rhythm Section”, directed by Reed they have been charged with rebellion, sedition, Moreno. This will take place in June. Mark Burnell misuse of public funds, and disobedience of legal has adapted his novel of the same name as the court rulings. film, which is part of a four novel sequel. There will be a cast of over 1,000, and 250 film technicians. Aiding Terrorism Other filming in Spain will take place in Cádiz and Just prior to the assassinations in Barcelona last Madrid, as well as the US and Ireland. The company August the terrorists travelled to France, and apart in charge of the production in Spain is ‘Babieka from their journey being captured on a radar speed Films’ who did this when Exodus was being filmed camera, they took “selfies” of themselves in front here. It is anticipated that the filming will result in of the Eiffel tower. They only spent 24hrs in France, 5,000 overnight stays in Almería city and the but it was assumed that they were probably liaising with other terrorists or sympathisers. In late surrounding area. February the French police, working with the Spanish anti-terrorist police, arrested three people The 6th & 7th Fugitives Ana Gabriel, aged 42, was re-elected as an MP in and carried out a number of house searches. Since the elections in Catalonia on December 21st. She June 2015, when the Spanish level regarding possible

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special stop the women leave the bus at the front, not the side, and the driver can see what is happening when they get off. Some women groups have welcomed this idea, but stress that better street lighting is necessary and more police are needed during the night. The council may extend this service to old people as well.

Airbnb and Tripadvisor The government in the Balearic Islands introduced legislation last August that required any property used for holiday lets to be registered, and the registration number provided in any publicity. (This is just the same as the regulations in Andalucía). They have fined Airbnb 300,000 Euros for noncompliance, and Tripadvisor is under investigation with a similar fine expected. The fine against Airbnb applies to properties in Mallorca put on their website. Last November, and again in December, Airbnb were given notice that they had to comply with the regulations or face a possible fine of 400,000. Airbnb replied that they brought 500 million Euros to the Balearic Islands in income from properties let to holiday makers, and the fine was unfair to families renting out their properties. Hundredrooms, Atreveo, Tripwell, Rentalia, and Booking are stated to have complied with the new regulations.

Bédar Cat Neutering Animal lovers Jane and Terry Breay recently collaborated with PAWS-PATAS in order to get a tighter control of the feral cat breeding and were able to trap 13 adults and have them neutered and returned to their campo home. Having lived in Spain for seventeen years, the last ten in Bédar, Jane and Terry have been avid supporters of cat neutering, and when they first moved to this mountain village were really happy and impressed that a local woman, Audrey Robson (known as “the cat lady” who has a street named after her in honour of such dedication), had instigated a monthly rastro, asking for stall holders to donate towards a “neutering fund”. Sadly, Audrey died almost 3 years ago, and this regular contribution has slowly dwindled to a halt. This is something that Jane is resurrecting. Jane is also famous for her homemade marmalade and her produce is sold in Bédar at Olive Properties, The Arts Centre, and PAWS-PATAS shops in Mojácar, Turre and Las Buganvillas. All monies collected are given to the neutering programme or to assist an animal requiring medical attention. Over the years, Jane has worked diligently at fund raising and has donated several hundreds of euros towards the neutering programme. She points out that an unspayed female cat, her mate, and all of their offspring, producing two litters per year, with 2.8 surviving per litter, can result in 11,801 kittens being born in 5 years! In Bédar, 13 cats have now been neutered and she states, “It is important to have a small feral cat community in order to keep the vermin statistics low but if all local communities came together in support of neutering, one can see what a massive difference this would make for the future”. The Rastro in Bedar is held in the main car park every second Sunday in the month, beginning at 9.00am.

Stop Here Please Vigo, a city in Galicia in North West Spain, run buses known as “night buses” on various routes after 10.30pm through the night. The number of people who use these buses at weekends is about 1,000. They have put in place a system whereby women can ask the bus driver to stop where they want to get off, even if it is not a normal stop. Apart from women returning from a night out, or going out at this time of night, there are women who have only just finished work. The new service is in place at weekends, and the success or demand will be monitored by the bus companies and the council. A spokesperson from the council has stated that in some parts of the city there are not many people about at this hour, and also areas with less than perfect street lighting, and the service is designed to make women feel safer. Having requested a

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So Now You Know... The World’s Oldest Man Francisco Núñez Olivera (13th December, 1904 - 29th January, 2018) was a verified Spanish super-centenarian who was the oldest man in the world when he died. Francisco reached 113 years 47 days, and always lived in a village in Extremadura. He had four children, nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, all of whom were alive at the time of his 110th birthday, along with a sister aged 91. He was known as "Marchena", a nickname given to him when a boy mistook him for the famous Spanish singer, Pepe Marchena. He is also the second-oldest Spanish (and European) man whose ages were proven. John Doe Often in American detective series an anonymous person is referred to as being “John Doe”, and this may be put on tombstones. This name goes back far earlier than in the US, as it was first used in the 14 thcentury. The name John Doe became used in a UK court if the person bringing a claim wished to be anonymous. The person defending the court action, if they wished to be anonymous, used the name Richard Doe. Why “Doe” was chosen as a surname is unknown. Eventually, the use of the names John and Richard Doe in UK courts died out, but it then became used in the US, particularly for unknown dead bodies, along with Jane Doe. A Shambles If something is untidy to the extent that it becomes chaotic, we term this “a shambles”. The same word is used to describe a very badly organized event. The origin of this word is the Saxon word “scamel” that was a market stall selling meat. It then became used for a street in towns and cities, such as the one in York, where butchers sold meat at market stalls. By the end of the day the streets became littered with remnants of unwanted meat, scavenging dogs, dirty food wrapping material, and a large mess in general. Over time the word shambles became synonymous with any sort of complete untidiness or chaotic situation.

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Willy Wonka and Quaker Oats The Quaker Oats company decided to put up 2.9 million dollars to partly finance the making of the 1971 film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”. They intended to market a new chocolate bar but had changed their minds by the time the film was released and decided to stick to making breakfast cereals. Seven years later, they sold their rights to Warner Brothers for 500,000 dollars. By the 1990s “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” became a cult film, and the Nestlé chocolate company bought the rights to produce their own chocolate bar. The Quaker Oats company could only watch the resulting huge sales that followed. “Ribbit Ribbit” Frogs in films habitually make the noise “Ribbit ribbit” but this is because the Pacific tree frog is found in the Hollywood area. Recordings were made of these frogs and then became used in films all over the world. As with animals, frogs make noises that included grunts, whistles, whoops, croaks, a noise like snoring, and other sounds. Only male frogs make mating noises, and each species have a distinctive noise that female frogs of the same species can recognize. Scientists were puzzled for a long time why frogs didn’t damage their ears from making extremely loud calls, but it was discovered that they hear through their lungs. The World’s Biggest Predator This honour belongs to female mosquitoes that have been estimated to have killed 45 million people, whilst male mosquitoes only bite and feed on plants. It is calculated that a person dies every 12 seconds from a mosquito bite related disease. Mosquitos can carry up to 100 potentially fatal diseases and the most common ones are malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever and encephalitis (acute inflammation of the brain). A British doctor discovered in 1877 that mosquitos could cause encephalitis, and in 1894 a scientist proved that Malaria was spread by mosquito bites. There are an estimated 2,500 different types of mosquitos.

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any Brits of retiring age, who came to Spain some years ago, have found that their UK pensions have dwindled. This is a direct result of the sterling to Euro exchange rate dropping dramatically. The spending power from their UK pension paid in Euros is now considerably reduced, and many Brits have returned to the UK. One result of the poor exchange rate is that if people sell a property in Euros, they get more pounds if they go back to the UK, but the other side of the coin is that they may have to sell their property at a loss.

the padrón, and town halls now have to be much more accurate. Previously, once a person was on the padrón their name stayed there for years. If a person is moving from one municipality to another they must tell the town hall that this is happening, and they should then enrol in their new municipality. If a person dies however, or goes back to their country of origin, or moves to another country, there is no obligation that they deregister themselves from the padrón. Consequently, the number of non-Spanish persons on the padrón in their municipalities became Every year, the Spanish National Institute of unreliable, and not an accurate record. Statistics (INE) publish figures relating to the “official” numbers of foreign residents in Spain. The official number of Brits living in Spain in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the first quarter of 2017 has declined by 157,000. The total in 2012 was 398,000 which fell to 241,000 in 2017. Over the same period, a total of 89,000 Brits registered themselves as living in Spain, so the net loss is 68,000 people. Between 2008 and 2012 there were 40,500 more Brits registering their residency in Spain than the numbers who left. We continually stress that residents of Spain should go to their town hall and register on the “padrón”. The more people there are on the padrón, the more benefits are made available to all the inhabitants of any nationality. Municipalities are able to attract more teachers, health professionals, civil defence personnel, and more monetary grants. It is necessary for many administrative dealings in Spain that persons are listed. A family with children of any age can all enrol themselves on the padrón. If children are being enrolled in nurseries or schools they have to be on the padrón, and this is necessary for health care. 2019 is municipal election year throughout Spain, and residents can apply to have a vote. This can only be done if they are on the padrón on January 1st, 2019, so this is another good reason.

Mojácar Town Hall

To correct this, the Institute of Statistics now requires town halls to have confirmation that nonSpanish persons on the padrón are an accurate number. Persons who are official residents with the appropriate paperwork now have to confirm that they are on the padrón every five years, and for non-official residents this has to be done every two years. Mojácar town hall issued a press release last November pointing out that the new regulations were in force. Municipal Local Police try to reconcile the lists with actual residents by knocking on doors, but the most important thing is that residents confirm their status themselves. If you are no longer on the padrón but are entitled The Institute of Statistics has recently changed to be on it, it is a simple case of re-registering. the requirements for non-Spanish residents on It is important to verify your status.

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his year, 2018, marks the 100 year anniversary of the beginning of the worst flu pandemic in modern history. At least 50 million people died worldwide, with some social historians and medical researchers considering that the true number is 80 million or more. Between 3-5% of the world population died, and the death rate was only about 20% of those who were affected, but it killed at least 25 million people in the first six months. To put the numbers in context, total casualties in World War I were about 17 million. Large groups of combatants in the war died because it spread rapidly amongst this sector of the population, affecting all the countries at war. The flu pandemic was christened the “Spanish” flu, but it didn’t start in Spain. Many countries ravaged by the war suppressed the numbers in their country for a variety of reasons. It was thought that if the true numbers were announced it might encourage “enemy” countries to re-double their war effort. Apart from this, countries were trying to stop wholesale panic and played down the numbers. In neutral Spain, the numbers known to be affected and the amount of deaths were accurately reported, so it appeared that the pandemic had started in Spain. Nowadays, it is thought that it started in the US, possibly in Kansas. Sanitation and general heath at the end of the war was particularly bad, and the numbers of people badly affected meant that overcrowded hospitals and makeshift centres spread the disease even more. Unlike many flu epidemics, it was not the elderly population who suffered the most. It is thought that relatively young people developed antibodies that were so strong that this caused many deaths. In 1918 there were no vaccines against the flu, anti-viral medication didn’t exist, and there were no antibiotics to treat severe bacterial infections for persons who then contracted pneumonia that spread to the lungs. One “remedy” in developed countries was that people were advised to consume very large quantities of aspirins. It appears that aspirin poisoning caused many deaths. Nowadays the various types of flu viruses are

recognized and can be put into categories. Scientists in the US in 2005 determined the make-up of the 1918 virus from tests on a man who was discovered frozen in the permafrost in Alaska.

The weather in Spain since the end of last year has been far colder than the same period in 2016/2017. In the present flu season that started in Spain towards the end of 2017 the exact type of the flu virus is slightly different to the vaccine that was available. More deaths have resulted than from the bad epidemic in 2009. Unfortunately, many people at risk of contracting the flu are not having the anti-flu vaccinations. Only about 60% of people over the age of 65, the high risk group, took advantage of the latest vaccination program. The World Health Organization are very concerned that large numbers of people who should be vaccinated are not coming forward. They consider that the ideal number of elderly people and those in a highrisk category who have the vaccination must be a minimum of 75-80%. So far this year the average age of people dying is eighty-three. 98% of deaths in the elderly population relate to high risk categories, but more than 50% have not been vaccinated. No flu vaccinations can stop all types or strains because the exact composition of flu viruses cannot be 100% predicted. Vaccination programmes only work if large numbers of people take advantage of them.

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eople on holiday in a different country to where they live may well find that they are ill, or have accidents, needing emergency medical attention. In Europe there are reciprocal agreements that include all EU countries, Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein, and Switzerland. Tourists from these countries needing medical attention are entitled to the same health care that applies to residents from their National Health systems.

to tourist numbers, as might be expected. Overall in Spain, with the high number of UK tourists, the total “bill” sent to the UK greatly exceeded the amount of any treatment in the UK that Spain had to pay for.

If a UK citizen comes to Almería province on holiday, the bill for any emergency medical care is sent to the UK by Spain, providing a person is in possession of a current European Health Card, which in the majority of cases is now a plastic card. The time period that the card is in force is slightly different in various EU states. The provision of these cards and the appropriate regulations in countries that operate these reciprocal arrangements came into being in 2004. If a long term UK resident of Spain is plugged into the Spanish National Health service and has no medical cover any longer in the UK, they can obtain the Spanish European Health card for Typical costs that were passed onto other countries emergency treatment in the UK, or the other from Andalucía were 43 Euros if a person went to a medical centre for a consultation, and 49 Euros subscribing countries. for an accident and emergency department visit. In Spain, the health system is the responsibility of The cost of a local ambulance was charged at 165 the various autonomous communities, so in our case Euros, with 2.2 Euros for every kilometre where the Andalucía. Any emergency treatment expenses ambulance went out of the local area. If a patient incurred that are covered by the countries who had to be transferred by ambulance with a medical subscribe to the reciprocal arrangement are team from one major hospital to another one within calculated at every year end, and then sent to the Andalucía, the bill was 3.600 Euros. An emergency Spanish National Social Security department. They helicopter was charged out at 3,900 Euros. Perhaps carry out a “sum and difference” calculation, so in surprisingly, treatment in hospital for alcohol abuse the case of the UK, Spain adds up the total cost of was covered and cost 1,450 Euros, and for drug treatment given to UK tourists, and deducts abuse 2,300. Assistance for a high risk birth was expenses from Spanish nationals, or long term charged out at 3,400 Euros, and an emergency residents entitled to be treated in the UK. The same caesarean cost 5,600 Euros. Intensive care treatment calculations are done for every country that has for a very premature birth costs up to 100,000 Euros. An emergency coronary bypass cost 22,000 the reciprocal arrangement. Euros and a hip replacement 16,000 Euros. In Almería province in 2017, the total bill for emergency health care came to 3.9 million Euros, Holiday insurance is always a good idea. No-one likes relating to 11,500 “occurrences”. The countries to think they might die on holiday, but the cost of whose tourists needed the most emergency repatriation of a body is extremely expensive. Figures treatment were the UK, Germany, France, Belgium, from 2017 give the cost at “about” 4,500 pounds and Ireland, in this order. This is of course related sterling from Spain to the UK.

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n February 16th, Vera Town Hall made a bank transfer to Helen and Len Prior of 235,800 Euros. A local newspaper, and The Sunday Times, used the word “justice” in their headlines, but this was far from the word Helen and Len would have used. Helen announced that the amount of compensation was “very poor”. Their monumental problems started in 2008 when their dream retirement home in Vera, christened “Tranquilidád” (Tranquillity), was razed to the ground by a bulldozer on the instructions of the Junta de Andalucía (the governing body for Almería province). The Priors had employed a reputable builder in 2003 for their 350,000 Euro house, with a solicitor to check that the construction was legal with a building licence from Vera town hall. Unfortunately, and knowing nothing about it, the Junta then started pursuing Vera town hall through the courts. They claimed that the group of houses was a “nucleus” that meant owners might ask for proper roads, street lighting, rubbish collection, and school transport. A demolition order was obtained relating to the Prior’s house, but not then or since, for any other neighbouring properties.

In April 2016, a court in Almería ruled that Helen and Len should be awarded 425,000 Euros, but Vera town hall mounted an appeal. In January 2017, the European Court of Rights ruled that “secret” court proceedings relating to possibly illegal houses, as carried out in Spain, were a violation of human rights as the persons affected had no opportunity to contest them.

Helen & Len Prior

On appeal, the 425,000 Euros was reduced to 220,000 Euros partly because they still owned the land, now zoned only for agriculture or livestock. They were additionally awarded the paltry sum of 9,200 Euros in compensation. On February 16th, Vera town hall paid them the 229,200 Euros, plus interest amounting to 37,300 Euros, but they took off their court costs when the 2012 court case failed, and municipal taxes amounting to a grand total of 31,000 Euros. The money came from the insurance company that covered civil liability for the town hall.

The Junta probably thought that Helen and Len would quietly go back to the UK, but they didn’t! They decided to brave it out, living in the additional garage that could not be demolished as it wasn’t on the original plans, with a bathroom in a camper van. They became locally, nationally and internationally famous as a result, none of which As Helen and Len point out, the 235,800 Euros they wanted. after ten years of heartache are considerably less With the help of the newly formed pressure group than they paid out in 2003. The only good thing ‘AUAN’ from Albox they decided to fight for their that Helen could come up with was that their rights. A court case in 2012 against Vera town hall struggle had “helped others”, and it certainly has. was not successful as the judge ruled that the Helen and Len are both aged 73, and Len has legality of the building licence was unclear. After suffered from heart problems since they came tremendous pressure from AUAN and other here. When the demolition was taking place he pressure groups the Spanish parliament ruled in collapsed and was taken to hospital. Helen is very 2015 that houses could not be demolished if the bitter that they have suffered so much from the owners had purchased “in good faith”. This halted Spanish authorities, but they still intend to stay thousands and thousands of demolition orders for here, and perhaps enjoy their retirement once purchasers of every nationality, including Spaniards. again.

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Asesoría López (Vera) ……...................................….950 393071 Asesoría Torres (Mojácar) .........................................950 472748 Asesoría Sánchez Moral (Mojácar) ...........................670 099726 Barbara Caparros Ridao (Vera) …..........................950 390427 CG Legal & Financial (Mojácar Playa) ..950 472504 / 670 215926 Cazorla Martinez (Turre) .........................................950 479137 Cervantes Alarcon Consulting (Garrucha) 950 106490 / 647 863787

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ACUPUNCTURE Acupuncture Antonio Herrero ......................................670 099725

AIR CONDITIONING ABC (A Better Climate) (See p.6)...647 247494 / 950 092604 Cool Solutions ...........................................................600 621436 DCM Digitek Comms (Mojácar) (See p.19) .950 472947 / 670 084438 Digital Vision (See p.38) ...................950 472081 / 645 294064 Electrotorres ........................................950 472898 / 610 750771 MD Air Conditioning & Refrigeration S.L.607 364917 / 950 432110 Richard Hayes ...........................................................603 567676 Solo Satellite & Air-Con. (See p.55)...950 398146 / 699 909737 Concepción Rivas Gil (Arboleas) ….....950 438092 / 647 577716 Williams Electrical (Andy)........................................…..677 741366

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ART & ARTISTS Adolfo Prado ...............................................................950 472668 Alison .......................................................................630 833873 Caz (art classes) ………................................……….607 444034 Dee Butler (Albox) ................................................….663 341904 Delfos Gallery (Mojácar) …........................................647 163681 Evie Fox ................................................................ 603 493163 Isabel Raths (Bedar) ................................................677 034957 Jeremy Fox-Rayner ...................................................653 714767 Jill Bennett (Mojácar) .........................950 478383 / 600 070188 Living Design (Albox) ...............................................678 308073 MarianMay Simpson …...........................………..……629 113436 Melanie .....................................................................638 495784 Miki ...........................................................................628 458491 Roberto Lombardi ................................950 930757 / 671 800317 The Gallery (La Concepción) ..................................607 146352

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ALARMS AC Security ........................................950 387822 / 657 AXA .........................................................................950 CD Electrical Services ......................662 414043 / 617 Safes & Security (Dean)...........................................666 SE Telecoms (See p.25) .........................................697 Prosegur Alarms .........................................................608

397218 478763 410534 949213 780499 825509 Auction Subasta SL (Zurgena) ...........622 288750 / 681 095096 Location Warehousing S.L. (Antas El Real) ..............950 528565

AIRPORT TRANSFERS (LEGAL)

Exclusive Airport Shuttles (See p.28) .........................950 092602 AUTOMATIC DOORS & GATES IndaTravel .....................................................................950 149539 The Metal Works (Albox).......................950 930520 / 638 900949

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Delfos (Mojácar) ......................................................647 163681 Curtains with Style (Interior blinds) ...950 069032 / 678 811125 Costasol S.L. (Lloyd Dean) (See cover)...........................667 652 888 ARCHITECTS Coverbox (Albox) …................................................…615 992007 Cristalería Omega (Mojácar) …..........950 478137 / 670 500711 Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L. (See p. 9) 950 459060 / 638 063196 PersiVera 2005 S.L. ..................................................627 978635 Sol Shaders S.L. (See p.7).....................................627 907207 Speedyfit ...................................................................600 006032 Toldos Farrago (Vera) ...............................................667 567564

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Alfaix La Venta de Alfaix .....................................................671 272464

Antas Bar Gloria ...................................…….950 453150 / 625 668613

Arboleas Hotel Rural Azabache ...............................................690 258813 Humbugs Cafe …......................................643 123253 / 643 075387

Bédar El Paso ...................................................................678 868963

Cerro Gordo Bistro Bonita .......................................650 599739 / 950 930169

Cortijo Grande Casa Los Pinos …............................................…….950 468236

Cucador La Vida .....................................................................950 634562

El Campico (Bédar-Lubrin) La Montaña .............................................................670 589788

Garrucha Tierra y Mar .............................................................850 992808

Huércal-Overa El Capricho …..........................................................697 297235 The Hub ......…………….....................................……950 135039

La Alfoquía Bar La Unión ...........................................................642 Bar Los Mellizos ……….........................................…667 Cielos …...................................................................634 El Local ……......................................950 634449 / 633

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Café Latino ...............................................................626 717323 Captain's Tapas Bar & Restaurant...............................617 477797 Cave Bar ...............................................................…..950 478799 Delfos .......................................................................647 163681 Dolce Vita ................................................................950 478476 El Ángel (Mojácar Pueblo) ..................950 478343 / 607 537101 El Antler ………...........................................................600 540661 El Barrio Libre .............................................................950 475739 El Deseo ....................................................................670 018035 El Toro .....................................................................622 456560 Enrico ...................................................950 472995 / 642 514738 Fany …………...........................................………….634 312820 Jazz Life Café (Mojácar Pueblo) ........................…….647 724367 Koi ….........................................................................950 615452 Kukis ........................................................................686 038259 La Cantina (Mexican) ................................................950 478941 La Parata (See p.7).....................................................950 478186 La Piká .....................................................................950 930744 La Taberna (Mojácar Pueblo) ....................................647 724367 Los Amigos .......................................…………………950 478489 Lucer ………..................................................……….673 544617 Mesón Felipe San Bernabé ................950 475966 / 631 301368 Mesón Mémé ……………...........……….674 141159 / 647 954405 Mimi’s Bar ..................................................................651 872604 Moca Cafe Bar …......................................................950 452885 No 353 (Mojácar)..................................950 104937 / 662 164424 Playa Blanca (See p.49)......................950 473001 / 639 507520 Rincon de Zahorí ................................630 314400 / 625 103672 Rose & Crown (See p.15)........................................634 796884 Rusty Nail …………....................................................950 472786 San Pedro Belgian Bar .............................................722 485340 Scotty's …...................................................................687 382540 The Emerald Isle ....................................................950 475391 The Irish Rover (See p.29).........................................950 473135 The Lemon Lounge .............................................….950 472659 The Loft …..........................................950 472432 / 690 756196 The Roof Garden .................................................674 113218 Trufibar ....................................................................664 103611 Twister (Mojácar Playa) ........................………………950 472357 Valery Music ..............................................................950 615537 Wine Not? ............................................................... 950 100077

Palomares

Gnomo Feliz II ..........................................................950 132350 102 Tapas Bar …………...........................……………..615 157905. La Colonial ……………….........................................….636 140307 The Oasis Bar ....................................950 467381 / 676 365010 Los Gallardos Centro Plaza ................................................................950 618614 Apolo ……………................................................……600 495182 La Dulce Casa ….................................................…….950 467768 Meson Verfran ………...................................................637 810143

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Mojácar Bar Alizee ...............................................................950 091810 Bar Esencial ...............................................................618 826092 Bar Luz ...................................................................654 866110 Beachcomber (See p.51)............................................634 339216 Burladero ……..........................................................950 615041 Cafeteria Bellagio .......................................…………950 472323 Cafetería Pizzería Alcazaba ………...........................645 414793

Yellow Stone Bar ......................................................634 332178

Pueblo Laguna Bar Restaurant Laguna ……….........................……..950 BB’s Bistro Bar ........................................................950 Pub Millionaire ....................................950 617467 / 637 Restaurante Tibu .....................................................950

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Turre Alice’s Bar ……….......................................................677 Chili ...................................................950 468425 / 608 La Pará ……………............................................……637 Vinilo Bar ................................................................629

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Valle del Este Hole in One Karen’s Bar ......................950 461068 / 677 655790

Vera Casa de la Vega ......................................................950 391208 La Amistad …………….…......................................…666 622085

Aku Aku (Mojácar) ..............................950 478981 / 607 347612 Alma (Mojácar) …......................................................950 805928 Ankara Beach Terrace (Mojácar) ………........………..950 473042 Armony Beach Club (Vera Playa) …......……………..617 745021 Chiringuito Manacá (Mojácar) .....................................600 045599 Costa Tranquila (San Juan de los Terreros)..664701457 El Cid (Mojácar) ...................................950 472063 / 696 056128 El Patio (Mojácar) ........................................................629 287265 Hola Ola (Mojácar) ..................................................664 097279 Lola Bbme (Palomares) ……………….634 062350 / 657 303043 Los Tarahis (Agua Amarga) .......................................950 138235 Lua Beach Club (Mojácar) …......................………… 950 472643 Mandala Beach Club (Mojácar) ................................902 442420 Maraú (Vera Playa) ………...........................…………671 580340 Maui (Mojácar) ……...................................................950 478722 Neptuno (Mojácar) (See p.41) ...............................…616 005387 Sol y Arena (Mojácar) ..............................................950 478308 Tito’s (Mojácar) ..........................................................950 615030 Trufibar ....................................................................664 103611

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24hr Casaserve ...................................950 466438 / 676 306269 ABS Advanced Building Services ..............................687 846016 Cerrajería Jara (Las Buganvillas) ……………………..950 109986 Cristalería Omega (Mojácar) …..........950 478137 / 670 500711 Diamond Bathrooms ..................................................671 717149 Dorothy Bathrooms (Albox) .........................................661 463842 Enrique Aguirre S.L. (Garrucha) .................................950 460028 Mojácar Home Improvements..............950 473104 / 689 296432

Shower Master screens ...........................................677 604497 SpeedyFit (Screens) ..................................................600 006032 Toldos Farrago (Screens)(Vera) ................................667 567564

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Casa Barranca (Huercal Overa) ....... 95 0952947 / 648 250699 Casa Jasmine (La Alfoquía) ......................................950 449513 Casa Montes Guesthouse (Arboleas) ..................... 686 400331 Castellón (Bédar) .......................................................642 435909 Las Persianas Azules (Velez Rubio) ..950 068054 / 630 149622 Hostal La Parata (Mojácar) ........................................950 472670 The Palms (Urcal) …………......................................678 832036

Librería Nobel (Vera) ................................................950 392642 Tabernas Books …..............................663 121256 / 676 256083 The Book Box (Albox) ……................................…….662 585098 The Book People Almería …........……686 817945 / 626 578164 Total Entertainment (Turre) .........................................950 468295

BEDS & BEDDING

BOWLING CENTRES (10 pin)

BOOK PUBLISHING Costa Books ............................................................634 304344

Furniture Plus (Puerto de Mazarron)...968 153907 / 678 083491 Almería Ten Pin Bowling (Arboleas) …...................….950 439013 Me & Mrs Jones (Los Llanos market) (See p.23) ..0044 7850 840288 Ozone Bowling Mojácar ............................................950 473073 Sleepcentre (Albox) (See p.18) ..........868 931872 / 671 715294

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Aridos Mojácar S.L. ……..........................................650 914257 Brico Depôt (Huércal de Almería) …........…………….950 625652 Casa Conchillo (Albox) …..........................................950 430740 Contrucciones Angel Oller (Albox) ...........................950 431453 Comercial Vera (Vera) ........................902 112236 / 950 393329 Enrique Aguirre S.L. (Garrucha) .................................950 460028 Leroy Merlin, Gran Plaza (Roquetas) ….................……950 339800 Sanyfer (Antas El Real) ………....................................950 459082 VeraSur SL (Vera) ....................................................950 393028

BUILDING SERVICES

BICYCLE HIRE Aguila Bike (Las Buganvillas) ........................................950 133063 BiciStar (Vera) ……............................................……667 024001 BikeRun Sport (Albox) …………………950 930190 / 678 166252 Ciclos Mountain Bike Aguilas …..........................……968 413984 Dazzlem (Vera Playa) ...........................627 818719 / 673 589874 Doltcini (Mojácar) ................................950 092600 / 658 028646 Lufran Bike Sport …………....................................….607 074753 Mountain Biking Spain …...............……637 831509 / 661 178656 Rodeca Bike Zone ..................................................950 132525 Weekend Sport (Las Buganvillas) .........................950 460738

24hr Casaserve ..................................950 466438 / 676 ABS Advanced Building Services ..............................687 Adam's Building Services .............................………..600 Alan Barker ........................................950 099913 / 600 AlmeriaBuilders.com ……......................659 685133 / 950

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BICYCLE SALES, MAINTENANCE & CLOTHING Aguila Bike (Las Buganvillas) ........................................950 133063 BikeRun Sport (Albox) …………………950 930190 / 678 166252 Doltcini (Clothing) (Mojácar) ..............950 092600 / 658 028646 Lufran Bike Sport …………....................................….607 074753 Andalucian Con Co Print .................................….…..628 408197 Rodeca Bike Zone ..................................................950 132525 Andaluz Building Services.......................................…950 439094 Antas Building Company …..........…..........................661 075802 Weekend Sport (Las Buganvillas) ............................950 460738 Arboleas Building ………........……….950 930536 / 634 306690 Armadillo ........................................…......................950 528128 BLINDS see Awnings & Blinds Ben Foster Building Services (See p.57)..................642 471236 BOATS & NAUTICAL CES Builders (Paul) ................................................685 017178 Veramotor S.A. ............................................................950 392552 Charlie Fyre ..............................................................686 833444 Construction & Plastering ....................634 327201 / 661 129028 BOAT TRIPS Construcciones DISACA (Mojácar) ...........................639 817778 Glass Bottom Boat (Villaricos port) ….......................662 604456 Constructions Martinez Moreno (Rambla de Oria) ….696 052044 Orca Steve (Mojacar, Garrucha) ..............................634 352873 Cutler’s Carpentry .................................................697 907708 Partylevante (Puerto Deportivo Garrucha) ...............680 942141 Daniel ……………..................................................….642 236810

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DAGA Construction ……...................................……686 846624 David Croft (Urcal) ………....................................……661 148067 David Pritchard Construcciones ................................617 698418 Deco-house (Ismael) …………....................................670 596085 Diamond Plastering and Building Services .................671 717149 Elegant Homes S.L. ..............................950 092603 / 687 629777 Garden Works ...........................................................666 847583 Genco Construction ...................................................607 271869 Hire a Husband …………............……..677 557 190 / 950 930596 J B General Builder ................................................. 687 024884 Jasmine Construction C.B ...................................... 659 185189

Mat Murray ...............................................................647 841750 MD Building Services ..........................628 414861 / 628 414862 Nash Groundworks (See p.51)...................................722 546192 P & S Building Services ……...….…….950 449639 / 671 318982 PR Building Services ................................................662 422170 Paul Acreman (General Builder) ..............……………607 196779 Professional Bricklayer ……………........................…..626 730764 Property Consultation & Project Management (Tom) 603 670218 Saxon’s Complete Building Services ....618 920126 / 968 485729 Valley Construction ..............…………..665 517643 / 610 905173 Valoser Obras .........................................................642 016954

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Vision Design and Build ........................950 459523 / 600 985583

BUTCHERS Ávila (Vera) …….................................................……663 126062 Casa Jose (Garrucha) ..............................................950 132573 Juan’s Carniceria (Mojácar Playa) ….............………950 478409

Europcar ............................................950 615101 / 654 297681 Mo-Car (Mojácar) ................................950 478307 / 626 976973

CAKES TO ORDER Crazy Cakes Almeria .......................634 335821 / 634 Joan's Cakes & Bakes (Albox) ..................................678 Moca Cafe Bar (Mojácar).........................................950 No 353 (Mojácar)..................................950 104937 / 662 Occasion Cupcakes (Velez Rubio) ............................634

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CAMPSITES

Camping el Cantal (Mojacar) ................................... 950 478204 Solvi Car (Mojácar) …………....................................950 478151 Camping Los Gallardos .............................................679 970399 SRS Vehicle Services ................................................950 449095 Campsite Marion (Vera) .............................................607 316553 Tikka RentaCar (Mojácar) ............................................950 472662

CAR WASH & VALETING

CAR HIRE Al Andalus Car Hire ...................................................664 Auto Corner (Limousines) .....................950 069198 / 667 Caracola (Mojácar) .............................950 473157 / 637 Costa Coches (Mojácar) ........................950 459208 / 950

269440 Autos Gowi (Garrucha) ........................950 806066 / 607 863939 439671 Integral Autos (El Real) ...........................................950 459304 545814 Jones’s Mobile Valeting ............................................661 571939 069272

Khaled - Valeting (Mojácar) ......................................671 715285

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Brian’s Furniture (Equipment hire) (Mojácar Playa) ...674 280268 CARD SHOPS C.A.T. Services (La Alfoquía) (See p.31).950 634388 / 627 635514 Mobility Almería (Mojácar Playa) ..............................634 322475 Colin the Card (Albox) .........................................…..650 600032 Meditania, Children’s Activity Centre (Turre) ...........661 751244 Forget Me Not (Las Buganvillas) ............................663 302740 Menudo Park (Mojácar) ............................................627 830499 Funky Monkeys, Pre-school Group (Mojácar) .....……697 264179 Smartie Pants the Clown ............................................617 815221 The Baby Hire Centre ..............................................615 806126

CHIMNEY SWEEPING & REPAIRS Paul the Chimney Sweep …………..617 150300 / 850 993057 Sammy Sweep ..........…............................…………..619 070839

CHINESE & ASIAN RESTAURANTS

Total Entertainment (Albox) ......................................950 121318 Total Entertainment (Arboleas) .................................678 009051 Total Entertainment (Mojácar) ……….................……950 615596 Total Entertainment (Turre) .........................................950 468295

CARPENTRY A.N.S.T.E.Y - Carpentry & Joinery ………...............687 251629 Cutler’s Carpentry (See next page)........................697 907708

Casa Sun (Mojácar Playa) ......................................950 099914 Chino Peking (Garrucha) .............................................950 132948 China Town (Aguilas) ................................................968 414786 Chino Tsing-Tao (Aguilas) ........................…...............968 448548 Dragon Chino (Las Buganvillas) ..................................950 133226 Gran Muralla (Albox) ................................................950 120166 Gran Muralla (Turre) ……............................................950 618880 Palacio Imperial Marina (Mojácar Playa) ….................950 472208 Restaurante Asia - Maribo Kitchen ...........................950 110420

CHIROPODIST & PODIATRISTS Alexandra Coll (Clinic Reverdy-Coll) ......................616 Clinica Podológica (Garrucha) ..................................950 Fit Feet (Ann-Marie) .................................................647 Kim White (Vera Playa) ………...................................637

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CHIROPRACTOR Maximilian Bolté (Garrucha)

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CIVIL ENGINEERS Isabel Morales ........................................................617 749105

Inspired Timberwork ..................................................610 988371 Simon the Woodworker .............................................667 989270 TJ Carpentry (Albox) …….....………….619 584405 / 635 979829 Unicraft …..............................................................…692 176069 Vision Design and Build ........................950 459523 / 600 985583

CARPET CLEANING Jones’s Mobile Valeting ............................................661 571939

CATERING / EVENTS See also Wedding & Party Planning Elite Cuisine ..........................................................610 Hog Roasts .............................................................671 La Capilla Restaurant (Las Alparatas, Mojácar) .......950 The Whole Hog / Hog Roast parties .. 968 485729 / 618 Soft Ice Cream and Frozen Yoghurt Machines............600

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CATTERY see Kennels CHILDREN & BABY Baby Basics (Equipment Hire, Albox) ........................950 104345

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CLAIRVOYANCY / PSYCHIC READINGS Anna (Tarot) ……….........................................………670 897832 Chrissie Cremore ....................................................634 349638 Psychic Karen (Turre) …..........................................678 118108

CLEANING SERVICES A1 Cleaning ..............................................................666 340190 Amba Cleaners ........................................................697 516955 Chris .......................................................................627 565049 Clean Sweep ………..........................950 469345 / 662 390453 Clean Team …………..............………850 993202 / 694 440184 Cherie's Ironing & Cleaning (Mojácar) ............………634 301389 Crystal Clear ............................................................637 229464 Daisy Proaño Alcivar (Contract & private) ……...….663 538596 Elite Cleaning Agency ........................629 113860 / 699 699617 Freshclean …………….........................659 353708 / 638 272482 Idea (Mojácar) .. ......................................................605 162709 Jone’s Upholstery & Rug cleaning ….........…………661 571939 Limpiezas Cristina ….............................................…660 306695. Limpiezas Maxlim (Palomares) ……...678 567783 / 629 680161 Upholstery & Leather Cleaning ...................................636 193256

CLOTHING (Personalized)

Connexions (Turre) (See front cover).......................950 479502 C.Y.G. Vera ...........................................................950 393350 Don Robinson .........................................................646 587746 Dynos Informatica (Albox) …………...................……..950 430806 First Call Computer Solutions …......618 539500 / 628 251399 George Boricean .....................................................661 375489 IKamale-on ……………...............................................950 616521 Mark Adamou (Mojácar) ........................634 324918 / 634 306799 Mi PC (Almeria) …..............................................….950 633015 Mr. Micro (Turre) ....................................................950 479502 Palomares Computer Services ..................................659 353708 PC Playa (Mojácar) ......................................................634 356498

AdverTees (Mojácar Playa) ......................................634 336789

PC-Solutions (Mojácar) ..............................................637 459293 Rascals Designs ............................... 950 064665 / 686 582140 Tikka Uniforms (Mojácar) ….......................................667 479903

COMPUTERS Advance Digital ........................................................616 506569 Beep (Garrucha) ……………..................................….950 133059 Compleo Personal I.T. Centre .................................….950 393689

PhonePC (Garrucha) .................................................950 133502 PRYS Informatica (Antas) ........................................617 382511

CONSERVATORIES Screenmasters (See p.45)......….…..680 777789 / 677 152911 SpeedyFit ........................................950 472357 / 600 006032

COUNSELLING / HEALING Computer Care (Nick) ...............................................600 070075 Computer Services (Dani) ..................678 490639 / 630 007430 Acupuncture & Massage ...........................................637 120429 Barbara Clarke ...........................................................637 469937 To place a box advert or ask for prices, call Rob on 619 833 041

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Chrissie Cremore (Reiki)............................................634 349638 Donald Mackinnon (Hypnotherapist) ........................628 651022 Emotional Freedom Technique/Healer …....................645 290728 Eve Morgan .............................................................647 203652 Fred Smithers (Acupuncture) ...............950 930456 / 618 107351 Gill Ballard (Healer/Counsellor) ...............................663 336655 Heaven Scent Holistics ...........................................663 923733 Hypnotherapy (Karen) ............................................678 118108 Dr. Jane Thompson (Psychotherapy)...968 485729 / 618 920126

Solo Style ………...............................950 528334 / 626 319907 Unicraft Upholstery ...................................................692 176069

CYBERCAFES Can Connect (Albox) …........................................…..950 121149 The Hub (Huércal-Overa) …............…………………..950 135039 Servidea 2020 (Mojácar Playa) .................................950 399726 Total Entertainment (Albox) ......................................950 121318 Total Entertainment (Arboleas) .................................678 009051 Kate Roberts ...........................................................950 469540 Total Entertainment (Turre) ........................................950 468295 Lucy Lovejoy (CraneoSacral Therapist) .....................647 045919 Total Entertainment (Mojácar) …….............................950 615596 Malcolm Forrest-Hazell (Counsellor/Psychotherapist) ...693 489725 DAMP PROOFING Norman & Carole Monro ..........................................950 439205 Sara Vigar (Aromatherapy) .......................................665 334895 Southern Spain Damp Proofing .................................652 358672 Shiatsu (Wendy) ....................................................671 851135 DENTISTS / DENTAL TREATMENT Sue Osman (Healer) ………...............950 473021 / 600 847964 Centro Dental Dr. Cremades (Vera) ........................950 390655 COURIER DELIVERIES Clinica Dental (Aguilas) ….........................................968 449121 Nacex (Mojácar) ………..................................……….950 472940 Clinica Dental (Albox) ..............................................950 120732 Offex Spain ................................…….......................966 765950 Clinica Dental, Multicentro (Mojácar) ........................950 478989 Spanish Property Choice (Easypost) ..950 615388 / 635 722290 Clinica Dental Palomares .....................950 109710 / 670 878427 Clinica Dental, Parque Comercial (Mojácar) .............950 478534 CRAFTS Clinica Dental Saludent (Huércal-Overa) ……………..950 135672 Elaine's Wools (Arboleas) ........................................667 273889 Dental Clinic Belen Oliver (Olula del Río) ................950 443265 Serendipity (Albox) ................................................617 699624 Dentalbox (Albox) .........................................................950 121284 Simply Art (Albox) …...................................................662 443095 Nadal Pérez, M A (Turre) .........................................950 479444 Odonto Stetic (Los Gallardos) ...........722 706732 / 950 398993 CURRENCY Currencies Direct (Mojácar) ...............950 478914 / 626 916443 Puerta de Vera (Vera) ........................................950395319 Eurochange (Mojácar) ................................................615 403877 Valero Martinez (Garrucha) ………............................950 132047 Global Currency Exchange (Mojácar Playa) ..............950 615319

DIET PLANS & WEIGHT LOSS

CURTAINS & SOFT FURNISHINGS

Image (Helen) ........................950 930192 / 665178326 Curtains with Style (See p.21)...........950 069032 / 678 811125 Issysweigh (Albox) ...................................................600 334318 Curtainsandthings.................................................……678 684564 Pam (Turre) ..............................................................639 465631 Vicki (Turre) .............................................................650 764623

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DIGGER HIRE

DRY CLEANERS

Antas Mini Diggers .............................950 069288 / 650 906114 Aridos Mojácar S.L. (Vera) .....................................650 914257 Bob (Mini digger) (Albox) ..........................................642 392922 Diego Ramos S.L. (Los Gallardos) ……..............…..647 841750 Elite Plant Hire (JCB) ………….................................636 092632 Lubrin Plant Hire (Mini and Micro) .......950 592922 / 664 327898 Mick (Mini Digger) .....................................................634 375428 Nash Groundworks (See p.51)...................................722 546192 Paco .................................................................................637 777 238 Tropicana Mini Digger ………………650 906114 / 950 069288

City Sec (Vera) .........................................................950 390255

DIVING See Scuba Diving DOCTORS & CLINICS (Private)

Centro Comercial Almanzora (Olula del Rio) .............950 442012 Centro Ferretería Lopez Mojácar ...........................950 473111 De Pablo S.L. (Vera) ..............................................950 390129 Electro Ahorro (Albox) .............................................950 121069 Electro Hogar Rodriguez S.L. (Garrucha)..................950 460832 Economesticos La Juaida (Viator) ……………………..950 315560 Euronics .............. (Albox) 950 430702 (Garrucha) 950 460832

Centro Médico Mojácar ...............................................950 475105 Clinica Medica Garrucha ……...........950 133157 / 617 404500 Dr. Maria Rose (Garrucha) ..........................................950 132803 Euroclinicas (Vera) ........................................................950 391300

DVD & VIDEO The Hub (Huércal-Overa) ….........................………..950 135039 Cinebank (Turre) .......................................................627 738957 Total Entertainment (Albox) ......................................950 121318 Total Entertainment (Arboleas) .................................678 009051 Total Entertainment (Turre) ...950 468295 ...(Mojácar) 950 615596 VHS to DVD conversion .. ........................................647 202599

ELECTRICAL GOODS

DOG GROOMING Anita (5 Bone Kennels) …………......................……662 344734 Brigbe’s Dog Grooming ...........................................630 557123 Elite Dog Grooming (Albox) …….…..617 313587 / 647 897533 Luis (Clinica Veterinaria Garrucha) ....950 132200 / 628 663616 Lulu’s (Albox) ...........................................................600 046557 Pampered Pooches (All areas)..................................662 344734 Shampooch professional pet grooming ........................642 276442 SoloPerros (Turre) ..................................................674 509382 Ulti-Mutt .....................................+44 7894747657 / 634 332578

ELECTRICIANS A1 Services ………..............................635 810941 / 679 631458 Abbott Electrical ….............................638 010691 / 950 137208 Andrew Morrison .....................................................627 250204 Anglo Electrical ........................................................671 948213 Andy …..............................…................950 438237 / 679 656450 Baltasar .....................................................................655 691107 Charlie Fyre ................................................................686 833444 Connexions (Turre) ……..............................………….950 479502 DJT Electrical Services (Vera) .............686 817945 / 626 578164 ElectroTorres .....................................950 472898 / 610 750771 EMI Electrical Installations .......................................673 502867 Fernando (Huércal Overa)...........................................677 549247 Francisco Montoya (Mojácar) .........................……….687 466352 InstalRep ................................................................651 130059

José Cortés Electrical ……................950 363751 / 619 881325 N.E.Electrics (Arboleas)...........................................634 358777 Peace of Mind 24/7 ............................................... 637 974662 Williams Electrical (Andy)......................................…..677 741366

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES DOG TRAINING

Jules Clothing (Montemar Centre) ...........................633 640918 Didi Arias (Mojácar) ……............................................639 724521 Voluta's Place (Parque Comercial Mojácar Playa) ….699 975552

DOORS See Windows & Doors

ENTERTAINERS Abbie Lou (Female vocalist) .......................................687 340544

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Amy Amy Amy Tribute Band ....................................645 886919 Ashley Cathcart .......................................................693 486788 Bass Player with Vocals .........................................681 286291 Belly Dancer & Fire Eater ....................................... 680 124159 Blues Brothers ........................................................680 355376 Bob Management .......................................................666 310251 Brendan O'Dee (Singer/Guitarist) ..............................610 855964 Brian Dee ………........................................................647 897533 Carmen Yuste GR ...................................................675 101355 Carol George (Female Vocalist) ............................634 285009 Catchlove Music (Varied styles duo)…..950 634402 / 678 397536 Chris (Solo Guitarist) .................................................950 437606 Darren Antony (Vocalist) ......................................... 672 112933 DJ Digit-Al ...............................................................634 338014 Dominic Doolittle ..........................................................681 339778 Don Tadeo ..................................................................670 860386 Driftwood …….............................................................687 672028 Dynamite International Rock Band ............................666 310251 EMI Electrical Services ............................................673 502867 Flamenco Dancer (English speaking) ...............687480694 Francisco J. ‘Pasus’ ..........................950 397401 / 699 510966 Georges Femenias (vocalist/guitar) ……...…………….634 300356 Good stand in drummer ...........................................648 699733 Graham D.(Mobile) Karaoke ......................................662 480966 Infinity (Vocal duo & tributes) ..................................678 821330 Jazz Flautist .............................................................634 326672 Jill Farmiloe (Female vocalist) .................................607 443908 Jim Mackie (Piano Man) ..........................................651 751629 Johnny Slade (DJ Extraordinaire) ............................ 647 202599 JuJu Entertainment ............................950 950797 / 697 462746 Kay Frances (Vocalist) ........................950 069288 / 689 404244 Kayleigh Easton (vocals) ...................................... 642 581198 Kev Moore .............................................................600 762856 Kim Allen .................................................................699 950257 Kris Kelly (Female Vocalist) .................................. 634 374525 Lady Ellen Sings .............................673 459331 / 677 475268 Legend DJ (Ian) ………….....................................…634 313796 M & M's Rock & Roll Revue ...................................699 462859 M Soul & Motown (all music styles) ........................634 340409 Marcela (Belly Dancing) ..............................................666 952089 Maurice Casanove ....................................................671 386947 Maximum Output Karaoke /Disco ............................697 317557 Mel J (Female Vocalist) ........................................664 111990 Melodee (Duo) ................................610 855964 / 664 111990 Melodeemusic (Backing Tracks & Recording Studio).....610 855 964 Menta & Canela Duo ..............................................645 886919 North South Country Boys ........................................634 332135 Northern Lights Karaoke …...............................……..697 500673 Phil and The Invisibles ..................... 950 475752 / 651 045120 Replay Duo ..............................................................950 124154 Richard Hill ..............................................................670 243461 Roadrunner (duo) ......................... 628 122363 / 684 330431 Robin Lamble ..........................................................602 469425 Rocio Starry (Vocalist) .............................................645 886919 Sabrina Lloyd .............................................................661 055440 Shirin (bellydancer) .................................................607 805367

Short-Fuse Blues Band...............................................651 610189 Smartie Pants the Clown ............................................617 815221 Solo Simon ...............................................................667 989270 Spotlight Entertainment (Karaole, disco etc.) .............634 311652 Starry Jazz trio/quintet .............................................645 886919 Sue Moretta .............................................................672 148730 The Fat Lizard Band .....(English) 651 045120 (Esp) 617 464728 The Jaguars ............................................................634 397513 The Opium Buddhas ………………….687 033106 / 667 989270 The Twilight Shadows (Duo) ....................................950 437606 Tom Lee ……............................................................671 754851 Tony Matthews (Quiz organiser) ..............................634 391414 Tony Justice ……….............................950 950797 / 637 159249 Trio Chaos ................................................................687 361440 Triple Trouble Blues Band ........................................671 754851

ESTATE AGENTS Alhambra Holdings (Mojácar)...............950 475199 / 629 673450 AlmeríaCasas ...........................................................950 387852 Almería Homes ................................0044 1273 929286 / 950 930 259 Almería Property Agency (Arboleas) ..850 993099 / 628 872334 Almeria Property Finder (Albox) ................................950 431624 Almería Prop. Investments (Las Buganvillas).950 460874 / 666 260792 Angel Property (Palomares) .....................................950 618054 Antonio Martinez de la Casa (Energy certs)..............950 092094 Arboleas Property Shop .................…....................…958 003391 BMS Huerta Nueva ............................950 615035 / 669 355914 Calida Homes (Arboleas)......................950 430763 / 634 302801 Casas Almería (Huércal Overa) ..........950 134434 / 649 777218 Casas y Sol (Aguilas) …........................................…..968 446663 Citrus Homes ...........................................................638 849254 Cole's of Andalucia ...............................950 469592 / 697 640681 Complete Holiday Care .......................950 478612 / 610 808631

Cortijos Almería …………............……........................676 916088 Destination Spain Property Services .........................672 668803 Euroxan (Vera) .........................................................699 067922 Fincas Vera Playa ..............................950 460670 / 639 314767 Find Me A Home .................................951 914195 / 636 266641 FW Properties ................................634 325152 / 634 352285 Gogo Estates (Aguilas) ........................968 414459 / 615 282151 Grupo Platinum Estates (San Juan)(See p.61).950 466122 / 666 687251 Homes of Spain (Huércal Overa).........950 616516 / 616 562447 Indal-futur S.L. (Mojácar) ……............950 615156 / 609 026526 Indalo Real Estate ...........................950 091137 / 616 760409 Indasol Mojácar S.L. .................................................950 472200

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Inmobiliaria Almanzora ..................... 9501 20406 / 637 251238 InmoTerreros (San Juan) ...............950 096180 / 666 255765 K7 Mojácar ...............................................................950 478555 Okisur (Mojácar) .........................................................950 478386 Olive Property Sales (Bédar)(See cover) .950 469624 / 687 938466 Polansky and Associates ..........................................950 478086 Price Brown Partnership (Mojácar) (See p.64/65)....950 478915 Property Floor Plans ................................................619 672431 Realtors MB Spain .................................................678 347125

Linnitt Properties (Turre).............................................950 479054 Mojácar Estates (See p.46)......................................950 478935

Rural Almería (Mojácar Playa) ................................…950 472200 Santiburi Properties (Cabrera & Mojácar) 694 404971 / 647 901478 Sol y Mar (Albox) ...............................950 064584 / 635 979829 Sonia Cantalejo Bueno (Energy Certs.)......................608 147640 Spanish Estate Agents (Albox) ………950 431855 / 661 143871 Spanish Hideaways (Oria) ....................634 366672 / 676 604008 Spain Assured (See front cover)............950 469622 / 634 300020 Spain Property Finder …..............……........................686 878789 Spanish Property Choice (Mojácar Playa)...................950 615388 Mojacarmar ......................................950 475891 / 636 903184 Sun Med Properties (Vera Playa) ............................…..950 618209 Vaitier SL (Cabrera) .....................................................609 626140 Veritas Homes (Mojácar) ............................950 472430 / 610 053563 VIP Almería (Mojácar Playa) (See back)..950 472524 / 617 587903 Voss Homes (Huercal-Overa) ...................667 891 741 / 950 616 827

Multicasa Aguilas .................................................... 968 493009 New Horizon Villas (Zurgena) ..................................950 438221 New One Stop (Mojácar) (See p.13) .......................950 473040 New Wave Villas (Mojácar) (See back cover).950 475800 / 607 146352

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WPMS Inmobiliario (Villaricos) ..........678 321111 / 950 618697 H & R Men's Fashion (Albox) …................................692 682164 Jules Clothing .........................................................633 640918 EVENT MANAGEMENT Liz Fashion Accessories (Garrucha) .627 970819 / 607 511179 See also Wedding and Party Planning Manumaga (Mojacar Playa) …………..........................659 884479 JuJu Entertainment .............................950 950797 / 697 462746 Modern Times (Mojácar Playa) …..........…………….950 475207 Oasis Fashions (Mojácar Playa) (See p.5)...............950 473222 EXCURSIONS Andinas Buggy Treks ..............................................645 984122 Palme (Mojácar Playa) ............................................950 472813 C.A.T. Services (La Alfoquía) (See p.31).950 634388 / 627 635514 Prins Vitali (Mojacar) ….............................................950 478690 Costa Almería Tours ..................................................646 760389 Saga Boutique (Mojácar) .........................................950 475258 Day Tours Almería ............................651 592836 / 645 253155 FENCING Indalo Quads (Mojácar) ...........................................634 315074 Chain Link Almanzora ………...................................697 801875 Rancho Luz del Sol (Partaloa) …..........……...……………..642 1185467

FINANCIAL SERVICES

FABRICS

AMASS ……......................................................……..678 035992 Curtains with Style (See p.21)...........950 069032 / 678 811125 Blacktower (See p.127) .........................................657 684094 FASHION CG Legal & Financial (Mojácar Playa) ..950 472504 / 670 215926 Bella Donna (Turre) ................................................642 434862 Currencies Direct (Mojácar) …....…...…950 478914 / 626 916443 Indalo Partners .............................................................950 472242

Dandara (Garrucha) ................................................950 Etcetera (Mojácar Playa) (See p.17)...........................950 Garabatis (Children's) Mojácar Playa …..........………670 Glad Rags (Albox) ……….........................................634

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Kennedy Financial Services .........................................678 035992 Offshore Money Management .............952 830916 / 950 398078

FIRE EXTINGUISHERS Aero Extinción S.L. (Almería) …............………………..950 263565 Extin-Torres S.L. (Mojácar) ............................................950 475067

FIREPLACES Chimeneas Mojácar S.L. (Mojácar Playa) ..............950 472135 Tabika (Vera) …...........................……950 390110 / 950 390635

FISH & CHIPS The Chippy (La Alfoquía) ........................................634 324484

FISHING Orca Steve Sea Fishing (Mojacar/Garrucha) ……… 634 352873 Pete Fishing Trips (Mojácar/Garrucha) …..................634 379173

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Rio 600 Boat Fishing (Sid &Graham)………. 647 020929 / 647 803030 Bugs ...........................................................................600 049515 Coastal Mosquitoes ...........................606 040462 / 610 000700

FITNESS & DANCE

See also Activities-Clubs-Associations Alison .....................................................................666 273168 Aqua Aerobics - Marianne (Arboleas) .......................637 435864 Club Deportivo Puerto Rey ......................................950 460545 Betsy Fox Zumba ....................................................603 493163 Debbie James (Personal training) (Mojácar) ...........687 619239 Dorothy Rowntree, personal trainer (Mojácar)..........666 815838 Entrenador Personal I.F.B.B. …….....................……..676 871950 Fitness For All (Bédar) ………..........…………………..647 593323 Gimnasio Formas (Turre) .............................................950 468065 GymXtreme Yoga (Vera) ..........................................643 102335 Indigo Gym (Mojácar Playa) ...........................................950 475 403 Javi Orta, personal trainer (Mojácar) .........................651 693681

Curtains with Style (See p.21).........950 069032 / 678 811125 Dave ........................................................................634 351275 Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L. (See p. 9) 950 459060 / 638 063196 Jova Sport Center (Mojácar Playa) …………………..950 473137 SpeedyFit ..............................................950 472357 / 600 006032 Lotus Integral Yoga Centre (Mojácar) ........................617 719913 Toldos Farrago (Vera) ...............................................667 567564 Mogability ...............................................................643 102335 Tony Justice ...................................…..950 950797 / 637 159249 Ventanas y Puertas Mojacar S.L. ......................…….950 473104

FOOD SHOPS Arkrites (Roquetas) ................................................. 950 Catch of the Day UK Fishmonger ........634 301490 / 634 Centro Comercial Almanzora (Olula del Rio) …..........950 Eurowise (Albox) ……………….............................…..950 Gastronomía (Delicatessen) (Las Buganvillas) .......950 Home Sweet Home (Turre) ...............................……..950 La Maruja (Mojácar) ..................................................664

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Pam - Fitness & Slimming .........................................639 465631 Sansonora (Mojácar Playa) .....................................630 688615 Sierra Club Desert Springs .......................................687 599115 Sol Yoga Centre (Arboleas) .....................................686 400331 Sophia Wellness Centre (Arboleas) .........................950 449451 Valle Del Este Spa & Health Centre ..........................950 548600 Vicki’s Fitness & Slimming (Turre) .........................650 764623

FLORISTS Hortiflor (Mojácar) ....................................................950 478985 Persa Floristas (Albox) …….......................................950 120211 La Venta de Alfaix Minimarket (Alfaix) ..........................950 469660 Las Buganvillas Minimarket ………........................…..635 036408 FLY SCREENS Manoli (Arboleas) …...................................................627 941654 AA Window Doctor ..............…………630 231644 / 636 838484 Price Busters (Albox) .................................................950 951494 Armadillo …......................................…950 528128 / 663 303350 Sol Supermercado (Albox) ….......................................950 430043

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Spar Supermarket (Huércal-Overa) ...........…………..950 Spices n' Herbs in Spain (Albox)...............................689 Super Corner (Turre)..........................950 468303 / 637 The Corner Shop (Albox) ………………950 930539 / 680

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FOOD SUPPLIERS Food4 .............................................................618875394 Fresh Herbs ............................................................695 941724 King’s Foods ...........................................................606 437683

FUNCTION VENUES La Capilla (Las Alparatas, Mojácar) .........................950 479305 Miraflores Restaurant (Camping Los Gallardos) .........650 418954 The Palms (Urcal) ………...................950 958167 / 678 832036 Funeraria Pérez (Mojácar) ........................................950 478102

FUNERAL PLANS Avalon Europe S.L. ............................950 069012 / 634 321296 Golden Leaves Funeral Plans (Benitachell)............. 966 493082 Iberian Funeral Plans (See p.35)...........951 203994 / 965 993498

FURNITURE PACKAGES Furniture Plus (Puerto de Mazarron)...968 153907 / 678 083491 Homes & Beyond (Garrucha) ....................................950 132458

FURNITURE, RUSTIC/HANDMADE Andinas (Antas, El Real) ...........................................950 Artisanos (Antas) …...…….......................................…696 Casa Nativa (Valle del Este) …….............................629 El Pinar (Los Carasoles) ....................950 104272 / 670 La Buena Artesania (Mojácar) ....................................950 Soluciones Rusticas (Carboneras) …950 364835 / 646 The Furniture Doctor .............................................667

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FURNITURE & FURNISHINGS Abodes (Mojácar Playa) ...............................................647 901478 Brian’s Furniture & Removals (Mojácar Playa) .........674 280268 Casa Carma (Turre) ...................................................645 080310 FUNERAL COMPANIES Casas Nativa (Valle del Este) ..................................629 624286 CollyFer (Huércal Overa) …….............617 456259 / 617 456335 Continental Descanso (Antas) 950 459011 (Albox) ...950 633288 El Pinar (Los Carasoles) ……......................…………950 104272 El Rincón de Mueble (Vera)950 460867 (Antas) 950 459071

Funeral Homes Robles (Cuevas) ..............................657 921383 Funeraria Ntra. Sra. de las Angustias (Vera) 950 390884 / 607 705672

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Elleann’s Homestyle .................................................674 514999 Embargos Bestiales (Antas El Real) ......................950 105711 Fig Furnishings (Mojácar Playa) ...............................643 065179 Furniture Plus (Puerto de Mazarron)(See p.4).968 153907 / 678 083491

Clean Team …………..............………850 993202 / 694 440184 Complete Pool & Property Maintenance 634 343541 / 634 891709 Garden Works ..............................…..950 132518 / 666 847583 Indalocio Garden Furniture & BBQs (See p.63) ...........850 993090 Inspired (Furniture & BBQs) (El Real, Antas) (See p.4) 950 147763 Jardin Natural ............................................................685 478187 L & M Landscapes .................................................670 409538 La French Touch (See p.11) ..................................607 226269 Lady Muck Gardening .............................................697 317557 Madera Mania (Garden Supplies) ….........................667 562872 Mediterranean Gardens …….................................. 661 577019 Mel Wood Landscapes ...................................0044 7973843706 Mobile Shredder & Mulch Garden Service .............687 024884 Nash Groundworks (See p.51)...................................722 546192 Potty Finca Services ..................……..950 163930 / 616 855294 Homecentre (Albox) (See p.18)...........868 931872 / 671 715294 Riegos y Conducciones (Antas, El Real) .................950 459146 Homes & Beyond (Garrucha) ..................................950 132458 GAS INSTALLATION & REPAIRS Ideas del Mueble (Antas) ...........................................950 452816 Smith Plumbing (Spanish Authorised).........................950 468041 Indalocio Garden Furniture & BBQs (See p.63) ...........850 993090 Inspired (Furniture & BBQs) (El Real, Antas) (See p.4) 950 147763 Koala Furniture (Antas) (See p.39)...................….........950 392307 La Lonja (Lorca) (See p.27) ........................................968 443322 Linea Nueva (Arboleas) ……………….620 237529 / 950 120630 Me & Mrs Jones (Los Llanos market) (See p.23) ..0044 7850 840288 Muebles Rodríguez (Los Llanos, Arboleas) …...........950 430778 Sofa & Sofa (Las Buganvillas) ................654 596247 / 654 596220 Unicraft (Upholstery) ..................................................692 176069

GAS SUPPLIERS Gas Alboran ..........................................656 662000 / 950 259382

GEO-TECHNICAL SOIL REPORTS Sonia Cantalejo Bueno ............................................608 147640

GIFT SHOPS Isabella (Moácar) .....................................................950 107819

GLASS CURTAINS

GARDENS

Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L. (See p. 9) 950 459060 / 638 063196 24hr Casaserve ..................................950 466438 / 676 306269 SpeedyFit .......................................950 472357 / 600 006032 Acer Garden Services ..............................................697 618320 Toldos Farrago (Vera) ...............................................667 567564 Agave …….................................................................617 826334 Cedar Landscapes …….............……....................…620 112193 GLAZING (Supply & Repair) Clare’s Hanging Baskets …………...............………….634 331440 AA Window Doctor ......................…630 231644 / 950 091128

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Cristalería Mojácar …............................................…..950 Cristalería Omega (Mojácar) …..........950 478137 / 670 Cristalería Rubi (Vera) ………......................................950 SpeedyFit ............................................950 472357 / 600

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GOLF COURSES Aguilon Golf (Pulpi) ......................................………..672 Cortijo Grande ..........................................................950 Desert Springs ........................................................637 Macenas Beach Golf ...................…....................…..950 Marina Golf ..............................................................950 Valle del Este ...........................................................950

GOLF TUITION Gareth Edwards (Cortijo Grande) …...........................950 Marcus (Mojácar) .....................................................610 Neil Evans (Desert Springs Golf Resort) ............... 638 Valle del Este (Vera) ...............................................676

655600 479176 861591 548240 133230 398743 Donna's (Albox)..................................950 930167 / 628 669456 479176 El Rincon de Mary (Mojácar) ................................... 663 561521 526671 El Rincon de Mary (Mojácar) Yasmin .....................656 646257 531821 256923

GRASS, ARTIFICIAL Grass 4 U .................................................................638 Greenfingers Arboleas S.L. ..........……......……………629 Inspired (El Real, Antas) (See p.11) .................... 950 Nash Groundworks (See p.51)...................................722 Tiger Turf ............................................950 431624 / 635

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GUTTERING Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L. (See p. 9) 950 459060 / 638 063196

HAIR, HEALTH & BEAUTY Affinity Beauty Treatments (Turre) ............................678 992093 Anavi Estillistas (Palomares) .....................................670 094722 Avon Co-ordinator (Jane) ……...................................670 722705 Avon Cosmetics (Arboleas) ………........................….691 987454 Avon Cosmetics (Bedar) ...........................................950 398980 Avon Cosmetics (Húercal Overa) …....647 092010 / 950 137208 Avon Cosmetics (Los Gallardos) .............................687 960362 Avon Cosmetics (Los Gallardos camping ) ..............950 469684 Avon (Total Entertainment, Albox) .............................950 121318 Avon (Total Entertainment, Arboleas) ........................678 009051 Beauty by Marilyn ....................................................950 398852 Beauty Center (Mojácar) (See p.37)..........................687 480694 Bonita Hair & Beauty Salon (Mojácar) .........................950 473159

Centro Estética (Mojácar Playa) …..................………950 472680 Claire & Inma (Mojácar Playa) .................................950 147630 Cutting Edge (Hair & Beauty) (Albox) .........................950 633086 Dave Eccles (Mobile Hairdresser) ......950 525790 / 687 033106

Elaine Mobile Hairdresser (Coast & Inland).................634 379424 Elegance (Turre) ......................................................634 308877 Etticut (Turre) .............................................................667 971960 Euphoria Hair & Beauty (Esparragal) ...868 188706 / 657 713571 Farrow's Hair Design (Arboleas) .................................950 634346 Favola (Las Buganvillas) (See p.33)...........................675 622216 Heaven Scent (Huércal-Overa) ……....................…..663 923733 Hollywood Beauty & Hair ..............................................965 326082 IIsabel Castaño (Hairdresser, Bédar) ..666 045552 / 950 469462 Jax Hair & Beauty (Albox) …..................………………645 560367 Jean & Co.(Mojácar Playa) ……..............................…950 615094 Jing ........................................................................622 251432 Julie Rodriguez .......................................................634 338017 Kim White (Beauty)(Vera & Mobile) ………...……….637 149659 Kuts 2 (mobile) ..........................................................662 094372 LAB (Hair & Beauty) (Mojácar) ..............................950 473110 Loulou’s (Albox) …..............................850 993141 / 642 015920 LU & NA (Valle del Este) …….............................…950 461113 Marcela Torres (Manicure & Pedicure) .....................697 421672 Naturalmente Mediterraneo (Skin care) (Garrucha) …655 299494 Oceanic Massage Therapies (Mojácar)...666 710964 / 687 619239 Opulence (La Alfoquía) …...........................................619 467295 Pascal Chevallier Emporium (Mojácar) .........................950 472790 Pampered Beauty Centre (Palomares) (See p.39).......950 618129 Phoebe (at Pampered) .............................................662 573939 Pure Natural Deodorant ...........................................950 066163 R retreat (Cucador) ……...........…...............................626 144680 Room 97 (La Alfoquia) .............................................683 479261 Salon de Peluqueria y Estetica (Garrucha) ...............950 133162 Sarah Noble (mobile hairdresser) ...........................692 195500

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HARDWARE OUTLETS Enrique Aguirre S.L. (Garrucha) .................................950 460028 Ferretería Gonzalez (Mojácar) ……….........................666 471384 Ferretería López (Mojácar) ……..................................950 615026 Ferretería Longo (Albox) ……....................................950 430064 Ferretería Soler (Garrucha) ……..................................950 460073

HEALING See Counselling/Healing HEALTH FOODS Girasol (Albox) ….......................................................639 089170

Home Sweet Home (Turre) ..............................……..950 479487 La Maruja (Mojácar) ...............................................664 647171

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Las Hierbas de Maria (Mojácar) ..............…………….657 513990

HEATING ABC (A Better Climate) (See p.6).......647 247494 / 950 Andrew Morrison (Econo-Heat)..................................627 Barry & Graham (oil heating) ………........................620 Mike Lacey ..........................................950 069073 / 636 Neater Heater ………...................................………….634

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HIRE Baby Basics (Equipment Hire) ...................................950 104345 Mobility Almería (Mojácar Playa) .............................634 322475

Hotel El Paso (Aguilas) …'85…'85......................................968 447125 Hotel Family (Agua Amarga) ......................................950 138014 Hotel Madrid (Aguilas) ................................................968 411109 Hotel Mamabel's (Mojacar Pueblo) .....950 472448 / 663 700542 Hotel Mayari (Calabardina) .................620 629508 / 968 409338 Hotel Puntazo (Mojácar) ...........................950 478265 / 950 478 229 Hotel Rural Azabache (Arboleas)..................................690 258813 Hotel Mexico (Puerto Rey) ......................................950 132061 Hotel Salinas (Cabo de Gata) .....................................950 370103 Hotel & Spa Don Juan (Aguilas) ................................968 493493 Hotel Tikar (Garrucha) ..............................................950 617131 Expecting a Baby (Almanzora Valley) ....950 436581 / 666 375688 Hotel Valhalla (Carboneras) ......................................950 130444 Nursery Hire (San Juan de los Terreros) ….............666 255765 Hotel Valle del Este ...................................................950 398743 The Baby Hire Centre ................................................615 806126 Hotel Virgen del Mar (Mojácar) ..................................902 472222 Las Colinas Suitotel (San Juan de Los Terreros) .........950 466353 HOME CARERS see also Nursing Parador de Mojácar ...................................................950 478250 Almería Angels ..........................................................902 026468 Helping Hands Mojacar (Kirsty Ratcliffe) .................678 590988 HOUSE & PET SITTING Committed2ucommunitycare ......................................684 333442 David .............................................................................. 950 099905 Linda Pettit .............................................................642 016954 HORSE RIDING Centro Hipico Valle del Almanzora .........................691 241878 Sharon Presley ..........................................................648 069200 Didi Arias (Mojácar) ...............................................639 Media Legua Equestrian Centre (Vera) ..............……667 Rancho Luz del Sol (Partaloa) .................................642 Sanctuary Limaria .....................................................628

724521 HOUSE CLEARANCE 243561 Items For Sale Mojácar .......................694 439275 / 950 478753 118546 The Attic (Cucador) ..…….…................672 184354 / 648 250699 239696

HOUSEHOLD GOODS

HOTELS & HOSTALS

Home Store ........………..............………850 993202 / 694 440184 Casona Granado (Nr Lubrin) ...................................950 069077 Hostal El Olivar (Mojácar Pueblo) .........950 472022 / 672 019767 Home Sweet Home (Turre) ................................……..950 479487 Hotel Al Sur (Calabardina) .........................................968 419466 Simone Senft (Tupperware) .................950 068181 / 676 308217 Hotel Cala Real (Aguilas) ..........................................968 414562 HYGIENE & FOOD HANDLING Hotel Carlos 111 (Aguilas) ......................................968 411650 Grupo Sedesa (Vera) ...............................................950 390990 Hotel Carmona (Vera) ..............................................950 390760 Hotel - Casa Rural, Cortijo de la Media Luna (Mojácar) 950 478813

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Sol Insure ………..........................................………..950 472098 INSURANCE Adeslas ............................................950 472701 / 633 431900 Victoria Insurance ..........................................………950 475241 Albox Insurance .......................................................950 121943 INTERIOR DESIGN Evie Fox-Rayner ................................603 493163 / 653 714767 Curtains with Style (See p.21) ..........950 069032 / 678 811125 Deco-house (Ann) .....................................................666 260792 Essential Solutions …….............................................627 245658 Light & Luz (Vera) ...................................................686 457714 Lola Barranco ………..........................950 086116 / 691 261818

INTERPRETING/TRANSLATIONS

Alhambra Holdings (Mojácar)...............950 475199 / 629 673450

ASSSA Seguros (Vera) (See p.31)..............……………950 392487 Asisa (Vera) ................................................................950 391950 Axa .....................................................950 478763 / 609 667333 BWI Bryan White Insurance (Mojácar) ......................950 472098

1-2-1 Translations (Spanish, English, Norwegian)......662 390453 4wayconnections .....................................................646 844708 Alpha Interpreting and Translation .......950 133508 / 677 530690 Andrés Mojácar) ........................................................679 932632 Antonio García Russell (Mojácar) ..............................606 198958 C.A.T. Services (La Alfoquía) (See p.31).950 634388 / 627 635514 Carolyn (Mojácar area) ........................950 132905 / 608 692545 Cristina …….......................................................…..626 741386 Clara Mata ..............................................................629 132529 Starena (Vera Playa) ............................................672 668803 Donna González-Linnitt ...........................................699 067922 Elizabeth ..................................................................662 504734 Espanglish Translation & Interpreters . 950 390037 / 950 392876 Hind (Mojácar - French, Arabic, English) .................616 605341 Joanne Tissington ……………...................................637 267150 Kathryn Jones .........................................................629 931125 Laberinto (Spanish, English, French, Dutch) .............609 781438 Marcela Chávez Riveros (Mojácar) .......................... 676 951352 Marguerite ……....................................................…..687 814157 Marisa .....................................................................636 179128 Michaela Talbot .........................................................608 626708 Milena (Albox) ………....................……654 359607 / 711 794366 Paul Jessop (Aguilas) .............................................626 421623 Simply Solved ………............................................….617 882689 Solutions Almería ......................................................687 632435 Susi ..................................................................................617 920 190 Tom Jones .................................................................608 721334 Traducciones Levante ..............................................606 953775 Wendy Interpreter/Translator ................................. 661 194278 Yamile (Written Translations) ....................................626 207575

INTERNET CAFES see Cybercafes Catalana Occidente (Palomares) ..............................950 618054 INTERNET PROVIDERS Catalana Occidente (Mojácar Playa) .........................950 478307 Albox Online ...........................................................950 091111 Edward William (Marine Insurance) ……………….….952 476090 García & Trinidad (Albox) …….............950 120340 / 620 240563 Gestoría Salvador (Mojácar Playa) ..........................950 473192 Grupo Catalana Occidente (Mojácar Pueblo) 950 478061 / 653 806 908 Ibex Insurance Services Ltd (Mojácar & Albox) ........950 120070 Liberty Seguros (Turre) ….................950 479568 / 620 179206 Liberty Seguros .......................................................902 444311 Linea Directa ………....................................................902 123248 Mapfre (Mojácar) ...950 478151 (Garrucha)................950 617376 Maxine Morgan Liberty Seguros (Las Buganvillas) ........669 074 996 Mojácar Insurance ...................................................634 323399 Sol y Mar (Albox) ……….....................950 064584 / 654 590258

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Connexions (Turre) ……..............................…………..950 479502 Next .............................................................................950 479369 GSF Communications ...............................................950 473102 Satcomms ..............................................951 406556 / 622 524335

INTERNET TV Connexions (Turre) (See front cover).......................950 479502 DCM Digitek Comms (Mojácar) (See p.19) .950 472947 / 670 084438 Europa Digital (See p.59)..................950 133233 / 678 332815 Ezetv .......................................................................950 091112 GSF Communications .............................................950 473102 IPTV Spain UKTV ...............................619 893214 / 699 386277 Mobility Almería (Mojácar Playa) .............................634 322475 S E Telecoms (See p.25) ...............................................697 780499 UKTV Almería (See p.44) ...................850 993202 / 694 440184

IRONING Cherie's Ironing & Cleaning (Mojácar) ............………634 301389 Clean Team …………..............………850 993202 / 694 440184

JET WASHING Aguaclean …………….........................950 064608 / 697 559395 Mobile Jet Washing ………..................950 069121 / 605 376873

JEWELLERY Castellón (Bédar) .................. ....................................642 Jewellery Paula (Albox) ...........................................960 Joyería Pérez (Garrucha) ........................................950 La Luna (Garrucha) .................................................950 Serendipity (Albox) .................................................617

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KENNELS, CATTERIES & PET SITTING Animal Hotel (Águilas) ..............................................639 722197 Berben petsitting (Velez Rubio) ..................................658 087966 Boarding Kennels Los Llanos de Rosa (cats & dogs) ..629 448073 Country Kennel (Turre) .........................950 473011 / 627 564640 Dog & Cat Sitter Service …………………..................676 389592 Gail .....................................................693 769079 / 697 500673 Five Bone Hotel (Turre) ............................................630 234556

Gatotel .....................................................................634 678852 Home from Home ...................................950 069010 / 677 382713 Horse & Dog sitting …………..............................……607 554984 Kareclif Cattery (Albox) ...........................................677 791165 Kit Cat Luxury Cat Suites (Los Gallardos) ..............674 113217 Louise ....................................................................... 680 124159 My Place or Yours ....................................................607 554984

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Palomino Kennels & Cattery …………........................950 093087 LANDSCAPING Paws*A*While (Nr Albox) …....................................…696 562662 La French Touch (See p.11) ..................................607 226269 Personal Pets (sitter/ walker) ….................................634 378193 Mel Wood Landscapes ...................................0044 7973843706 Pet Hotel (Los Gallardos) ........................................634 312821 Pet Sitting in Your Home ………….......................…….637 061482 Sharon Presley ..........................................................648 069200 Sleepy Hollow (Huércal-Overa) ….............................617 313587 The Hilton Cattery ............................950 163489 / 664565479 Woodhouse Boarding Kennels/Cattery (Arboleas)….950 930585

KEY CUTTING

Nash Groundworks (See p.51)...................................722 546192

LAUNDERETTES Bish’s (Mojácar Playa) ...........................................639 161725

LAUNDRIES City Sec (Vera) .........................................................950 Clean Team Laundry Service ...................................634 Costa-Azul (Aguilas) ……..........................................968 Ivi's Lavanderia (Las Buganvillas) ............................950

KITCHENS

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LEGAL SERVICES See also Solicitors

24hr Casaserve .................................950 466438 / 676 306269 Artizan (Vera) ................................…950 390635 / 661 985310

4wayconnections ...................................................646 844708 ALO Services (Zurgena) ......................950 449179 / 667 994682 Asesoría Sánchez Moral (Mojácar) ...........................670 099726 Barbara Caparros Ridao (Vera) …..........................950 390427 CG Legal & Financial (Mojácar Playa) ..950 472504 / 670 215926

Cocinas Puntocom (Huércal-Overa) ...950 921975 / 722 136950 Harlequin Kitchens (Albox) ……........………………….619 584405 J.B. Kitchen Fitters (Turre) .......................................687 024884 KDI Kitchens .............................................................605 163613 La Lonja (Lorca) (See p.27) ........................................968 443322 Mojácar Home Improvements ...........950 473104 / 689 296432

Cam Concepts S.L. (Huércal-Overa) …......…………. 950 471357 Cervantes Alarcon Consulting (Garrucha) 950 106490 / 647 863787 English Wills Spain …......................…...................607 646027

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Gecko Legal Services S.L. (Mojácar) 950 475949 / 638 264621

LIGHTING Light & Luz (Vera) ...............................950 391804 / 697 643653

LINGERIE & UNDERWEAR Bras Etcetera …………...............................................950 Corpore (Garrucha) ………….....................................950 Lunas (Turre) ………................................................661 Manuelas Lenceria (Mojácar) ..................................626 Mya (Huércal Overa) .................................................950

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LOCKSMITHS 24hr Locksmith (See next page)..........950 472982 / 658 828560 Guzman Seguridad (Albox) ................950 431497 / 674 141559 Gestoría Salvador (Mojácar Playa) ........................950 473192 Locksmith (Dean) ....................................................666 949213 Gestoría Soria Bonilla (Mojácar) ................................950 478420 Kim Clark UK Benefit advice ……..….950 169729 / 663 297568 Mayor Consulting (Mojácar & Garrucha) ...................950 615185 Mojácar Playa Asesores ……........……………………950 472710 Pilar Pérez Gestión S.L. (Mojácar) ............................950 478863 Vera Advisors (Vera) .................................................950 390621 MS Legal ..............................................950 479613 / 634 322827 Villalba Asesores (Albox) ..............................................950 431720

LEISURE ACTIVITIES see also EXCURSIONS and TOURIST ATTRACTIONS Almería Ten Pin Bowling (Arboleas) …...................….950 439013 Extreme Adventure Mojácar ......................................687 919840 Indalo Bowling Mojácar ............................................950 473073 Karting (Garrucha) ….........................................……950 460207 Nautarum Sea Museum (Garrucha) ………........…..950 139554 Paintball Almanzor (nr. Arboleas) ..................………..619 559261 Paragliding ………................................635 243539 / 680 358549 Sol-Aero (Vera) ..................................609 685132 / 661 985358 Water Park (Vera Playa) …...................................…..902 361294

Phil the Pick 24hr (Arboleas) …................……………..697 243181

LOGS FOR SALE Antonio Diaz .............................................................689 Colin & Carlos ....................................660 903158 / 630 Leña Ramos (Arboleas) …...............….630 356095 / 616 Lee (Arboleas) …………………....................................636 Levante Logs ............................................................670 Log-On-Tommy ……............................................……619

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Logs for Sale ..............................................................687 314775 Mr. Leña & Logs .........................................................622 883072 Phil (Arboleas) ………………….....................................634 328779 Potty Finca Services .........................950 163930 / 616 855294

Cerrajería Jara (Las Buganvillas) …............………….950 109986 Coastal Rejas ...........................................................610 000700 FS Fabrications …..............…………..627 167167 / 671 424558 Ideal Metal Designs ...................................................656 834064 Metalbox (Albox) .......................................................950 633090 Mojácar Home Improvements ...........950 473104 / 689 296432 MARKETING Edela Media (Social Media) (Mojácar) ....................607 146352 P & D Metals ............................................................638 707406 IndaloMarketing ...................................................... 671 509116 Speedy Fit Security Grilles ....................................600 006032 The Metal Works ..............................950 930520 / 638 900949

MASSAGE

Authentic Thai Massage (Jom) ..................................616 Acupuncture & Massage ..........................................637 Holistic Massage, Lorraine ................950 064484 / 687 Alternativa (Jessica Rippin) ......................................676 Oceanic Therapies (Mojácar) ......................................687 Ray Daniel (Sports massage)………...........................617

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MEALS ON WHEELS Committed2ucommunitycare ......................................684 333442

METAL WORK Angel Welding …………............................................610 601524 Carpentería Metalica Chacón (Albox) …................950 431738

MOBILE HOMES & CARAVANS Camping Los Gallardos .............................................679 970399 Caravan Storage (Antas) …….............................….661 508776 Casa Móviles .....................................637 418906 / 951 161348 Cherribar Park Homes ............…………950 396908 / 629 688153 Flor de Vida (Aguilas) ..........................968 438535 / 660 329907 Hispavan ..................................................................687 845730 Veramotor S.A. ...........................................................950 392552

MOBILE PHONES See Telecommunications

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MOTORCYCLES & QUADS D Perez Motor (Antas) ...............................................950 069022 Harley Dees …………................................................600 685550 Indalo Quads (Guided treks) ..................................634 315074 Montoya Motos (Garrucha) …...............................…..950 133033 Nafta Custom (Antas) ………...............950 619293 / 615 938352

NEWSAGENTS Total Entertainment (Albox) ......................................950 121318 Total Entertainment (Arboleas) .................................678 009051

Federopticas Diaz (Albox) ..........................................950 121122 Multiopticas Indalo (Garrucha) ...................................950 460665 Multiopticas Indalo (Mojacar) .....................................950 472285 Multiopticas Indalo (Campohermoso de Nijar) ............950 385082 Natural Optics (Garrucha) .........................................950 133921 Opticas Indalo (Garrucha) ..........................................950 133865 Opticas Indalo (Carboneras) .......................................950 130707 Opticas Indalo (San Isidro de Nijar) ...........................950 366200 Óptica Albox …………….......................................…..950 121991 Optica Mahis (Vera) ………...................................…..950 390777 Optica Orbera (Huércal Overa) ....................................950 135596 NURSING see also Home Carers Optica Orbera (Albox) .....................................950430101 Almería Angels ..........................................................902 026468 Opticalia M&G (Albox) ................................................950 121084 Committed2ucommunitycare ......................................684 333442 Primera Opticos (Aguilas) .........................................968 493482 Salas (Huércal Overa) ................................................950 135081 + Visión (Aguilas) …....................................................968 414279 Villazar (Mojácar Playa) …....................................….950 472783

OSTEOPATHS Alice Bellot (Mojacar & Arboleas) ….................………633 352259 Centro Physis (Olula del Rio) .................................695 355381 Enrique Arias (Mojácar) .........................950 472974 / 629 289385 Hector Gutiérrez (Vera Playa) ............607 479379 / 950 132765 Osteo Maestra (Arboleas) ......................................950 449451 Yannick Reverdy (Clinic Reverdy-Coll) ...................616 673116

PAINTING & DECORATING

NUTRITION

Alternativa (Anne-Marie Pichon) ...............................666 966573 ABS Advanced Building Services ..............................687 846016 A.J. Painting & Decorating .......................................687 024884 ONLINE MARKETING Alan Barker ......................................950 099913 / 600 268176 Donna González Linnitt .............................................699 067922 Antonio Perez (Mojácar) ………........................…….691 240495 Borders Painting ………..........................................…687 661807 OPTICIANS Cabrera Painting and Decoration Works ...................637 524709 Federopticos (Aguilas) ……........................................968 414468 Casanove Interiors ......................................................680 836166

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C.I.S Services (Arboleas) ........................................634 621747 Curtis Helm Multiservices .........................................610 394815 Daniel ……………..................................................….642 236810 Darpa S.L. ..................................................................691 055726 Darren Hargreaves ...................................................626 855483 Day’s Painting Services ..............................................634 365553 Eurodec ……..........................................................…667 238273 Euro Painters Spain …………….......................………677 557190 Futura España ..........................................................950 615338 Grupo Brideca (shop) (Huércal-Overa) 950 471045 / 950 135881 IPB Painting ........................................661 184848 / 622 524335 JPM ...........................................................................627 090422 Metalwork Painting ………………………699 246932 / 659 185039 Mode Services ...................................950 525790 / 687 033106 Paint Magic ..............................................................617 904774 Paul ...........................................................................649 186107 Phil the Painter ……..............................................…671 227259 S.O.S. Painting ……………........................................651 500670 SWH Painting Services .......................622 899167 / 683 479261 Susana's Painting Services ….............................……649 759053 The Fast Brush .........................................................950 472668

Omar De La Cruz ………..........………950 460213 / 609 284852 Professional Video Services ......................................647 202599 Rod Westwood ………........................950 472321 / 609 611207 The Image Suite …….............................…........................647 918 848 Toros Bravos ............................................................607 117174

PHOTOCOPIES & SCANS C.A.T. Services (La Alfoquía) (See p.31).950 634388 / 627 635514 neö-cöpy (Vera) …...................………..950 390424 / 622 262100 Pronto Printing (La Buganvillas) (See cover).............950 133492 Servidea 2020 (Mojácar Playa) .................................950 399726 Total Entertainment (Albox) ......................................950 121318 Total Entertainment (Arboleas) .................................678 009051

PHYSIOTHERAPY Centro Physis (Olula del Rio) ......................................695 355381 Clinica MOS Fisioterapia (Mojácar Playa) .................644 394335

PATIO & POOL ENCLOSURES See Screened Patio & Pool Enclosures

PERFUMES & COSMETICS Son d’Aromas (Mojácar Playa) ..................................666 348253

PEST CONTROL Jason …….........................................950 064015 / 680 903609 Fisiomar Physiotherapy Centre (Albox) ....................667 425197 Sedesa (Vera) …………............................................950 390990 Fisioterapia Vera-Salud (Vera Playa) ...607 479379 / 950 132765 Ignacio López de la Fuente (Mojácar) ......................627 244730 Physiotherapy Centre (Albox) ...........950 431463 / 657 516247 Remedio clinic (Mojacar) ....................950 472980 / 617 741564 Vitea Fisioterapia (Vera) ...................950 390655 / 663 024255

PIANO TUNER Terry …...................................................................…662 517106

PICTURE FRAMING Casa de Cabra (Albox)

........................................ 633 364329

PIZZERIAS PET SHOPS & TRANSPORT InterZoo (Vera) .......................................................950 390075 Madera Mania (Los Gallardos) …..................……….667 562872 Shift My Pets Transport (Spain/UK) …….........………634 368430 Tucano Mascotas (Vera) ....................950 392617 / 650 292670 Union Jack (Pet Transportation) ...........………………….902 109560

PHOTOGRAPHIC SERVICES 20seven photography ................................................633 773563 Almería-Fotografía .....................................................663 627942 Bluwater Photography ….........…………………………616 189002 Chincheto (Mojácar) ....................................................687 489182 Fotomicar (Lyle Mallen) .............................................620 786914 Fotos Fabrega (Albox) ………...........……………………950 430223 Indigo Photography & Video ...................................637 974793

Antonella (Mojácar Playa) ................................……..950 450215 BiancoRossi (Mojácar Playa) ...................................950 472682 Bocapizza (Albox) ......................................................950 120506 Cafetería Levante (Mojácar) .....................................950 615224 Cafetería Pizzería Alcazaba (Mojácar Playa) ............645 414793 Centro Plaza (Palomares) …...............................…..950 618614 Chili (Turre) ................................................................950 468425 El Ángel (Mojácar Pueblo) ...................950 478343 / 607 537101 El Gaucho (Mojácar Playa) ....................................950 478846 Enrico (Mojácar Playa) ......................950 472995 / 642 514738 Meson Felipe San Bernabé (Mojácar Playa) ..…….950 475966 Imperial (Mojácar Playa) ......................................….950 478098 Indalo Burger (Mojácar Playa) ...............................950 099119 La Góndola (Garrucha) ..............................................950 133928 La Muralla (Mojácar Pueblo) .......................................950 472928

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Little Italy II (Garrucha) …………...........………………950 133802 Osteria (Mojácar) ......................................................950 615151 Ottocento (Mojácar Playa) .........................................950 615100 Pizzeria Gallo (Aguilas) …...........................................968 447862 Pizzeria D'Angelo (Mojácar Playa) .................................950 478517 Pizzeria El Desvío (Turre) ............................................607 804488 Pizzeria Portofino (Mojácar) .......................................950 472809 Pizzeria-Restaurante Mari Cruz (Turre) …...........…….950 479646 Pizzería Quick (Garrucha) .............................................950 132305 Provenzal (Mojácar Playa) ..........................................950 478308 Pulcinella (Mojácar Pueblo) .......................................950 478401 Samz (Los Gallardos) ..................................................950 398981 Sottocasa (Mojácar Playa) (See p.11)..........................950 093075

POOL COVERS 1 Stop Pool Shop ...............................950 104345 / 637 582696 Coverbox (Albox) …….................................................615 992007 Enclose My Pool ..................................606 040462 / 670 510097 Hispavan pool covers ........................950 047033 / 687 845730 Real Covers (Mojácar) ........................950 478763 / 609 667333

POOLS & POOL MAINTENANCE

1 Stop Pool Shop ...............................950 104345 / 637 582696 24hr Casaserve .................................950 466438 / 676 306269 Aguafer Piscinas S.L. ................................................950 617064 Aguagéstion Cantoria (Maintenance) ……….............653 078040 Alloa Pool Care (Albox) ………….................…………..650 244018 Aquazul Piscinas ….....................................................647 841750 PLASTERERS Clean Pool Service (Arboleas) ...................................606 654389 David Pritchard Construcciones ................................617 698418 Complete Pool & Property Maintenance 634 343541 / 634 891709 Paul Morrison ..............................…….634 327201 / 661 129028 Diamond Plastering and Building Services ...............665 706880

PLUMBERS 24hr Casaserve ..............................................950 466438 / 676 3062699 A-Z Plumbing & Heating …………..….616 888058 / 662 342669 A1 Services ………..............................635 810941 / 679 631458 Andy (Mojácar) ........................................................697 302039

Armadillo ….........................................................…950 528128 Ashley Reliable Plumbing (Albox area)......................610 052407 Barry H ..................................………........................667 853062 Blocked DrainsRUs ............................950 091109 / 648 768587 Charlie Fyre ..............................................................686 833444 Chris ........................................................................617 313587 Carlos (Saliente) Plumbing & Heating ..950 930900 / 620 742954 Cosy Casa Plumbing (Albox) ……............................950 425049 Curtis Helm Multiservices .........................................610 394815 Graham ....................................................................620 112193 InstalRep ................................................................651 130059 Knowles ….........................................950 137197 / 606 807797 Fernando (Huércal Overa)...........................................677 549247 Francisco Montoya (Mojacar) …............………………..687 466352 Mike Lacey ..........................................950 069073 / 636 407543 Smith Plumbing S.L. ..................................................950 468041

PODIATRISTS See Chiropodists & Podiatrists

D & J Pritchard Construcciones ................................617 698418 Daniel ……………..................................................….642 236810 Exclusive Holiday Villas ..................................................950 092 602 Guardian Angels (Pool Cleaning) …...950 466396 / 600 470778 Heat My Pool ....................................950 528128 / 663 303350 Hidro-Sport S.L. (Pebbletec) .................................…950 581407 IndalPool (Albox) …………...............................……..950 431859 Mat Murray ...............................................................647 841750 Oasis Pool Cleaning Services ............634 332170 / 634 332178 Piscinas Miguel (Maintenance) .............950 478652 / 607 480865 Pools & Piscinas (Cleaning - Bedar) ..........................637 915898 Pool Medics ……………...................................……….634 353525 Procare Pools (Arboleas) ..........................................642 370681 Proyectados Pool Sureste ............................................630 810299 Reflections Pool Services ........................................642 341603 Salvador (Pool Maintenance) ......................................696 426523 Sparkling Pools (Pool Cleaning) ….......................…….600 386437 Sundance Spas - Pool Maintenance S.L. ....................950 472845

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Tanby Piscinas ............……….............950 468230 / 609 888549 Triton Pool Cleaning ...............................................634 326322 Tropicana Swimming Pool Construction 650 906114 / 689 404244 True Blue Pools & Spas ..............................................661 148998 Underwater Pool Services …….....................................628 662582

Apartamentos Torrelaguna (Las Buganvillas) .............950 132580 APT Lets (Valle del Este) ….................950 619227 / 626 578164 Blaumar (Huercal Overa) .....................950 135512 / 670 869533 Blue Sea Villas (Mojácar) (See front cover).............….950 478643 Casa Benedict Rentals (Turre) …...………....…………616 189002 C.A.T. Services (La Alfoquía) (See p.26).950 634388 / 627 635514 POSTAL SERVICES Citrus Homes ...............................……......................638 849254 Can Connect (Albox) …….........................................950 121149 Clean Team Property Care & Rentals 850 993202/ 642 911850 C.A.T. Services (La Alfoquía) (See p.31).950 634388 / 627 635514 Connexions (Turre) ..................................................950 479502 Forget-me-not (Las Buganvillas) ....................………..663 302740 Frankie’s Bar (Vera Playa) .........................................662 474861 Mail Boxes Etc (Vera) ................................................950 393835 Offex Spain ................................……..966 765950 / 661 386942 Spanish Property Choice (Easypost) ..950 615388 / 635 722290 The Post Shop (Albox) ………..............950 064584 / 635 979829 Total Entertainment (Albox) ......................................950 121318 Total Entertainment (Arboleas) .................................678 009051 Total Entertainment (Turre) .........................................950 468295

PRE-PAYMENT METERS Sol Digimeters (see p.25).............................................634 348703

PRINTING & GRAPHIC DESIGN A1 Cheapest Print ….....................................………622 493499 AdverGraf & AdverTees ..........................................634 336789 Idea (Huércal Overa) ...............................................605 162709 Mail Boxes Etc (Vera) ............................................950 393835 neö-cöpy (Vera) …...................………..950 390424 / 622 262100 Pronto Printing (La Buganvillas) (See cover).............950 133492 Ultimate Print & Design (Mojácar) ..............................950 473102 Coastal Properties (Mojácar) ........................................950 475235 PROPERTY MAINTENANCE 24hr Casaserve .....................................950 466438 / 676 306269 Complete Holiday Care ....………...........950 478612 / 610 808631 ABS Advanced Building Services ..............................687 846016 Arboleas Builders ………...............……950 930536 / 634 306690 Can I Help You (Vera) ………..................................691 662267 Complete Pool & Property Maintenance 634 343541 / 634 891709 Curtis Helm Multiservices .........................................610 394815 D & D Property Care & Rentals (See p.61) 643 335386 / 643 337063 Destination Spain Property Services .........................672 668803 Exclusive Holiday Villas ............................................950 092602 Hire a Hubby …………........................950 436679 / 619 066022 IDP Services …………................................................608 238775 Indalfutur S.L. (Mojácar) ……........….950 615156 / 609 026526 J & J Property Care ....…….................950 452106 / 617 657414 Jasmine Construction C.B ..........................................659 185189 Mode Services ...................................950 525790 / 687 033106 Mojacar Estates ..........................................................950 478935 Procare Property Service (Arboleas) .......................642 370681 Triton Property Maintenance ...................................634 326322

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & RENTALS Alhambra Holdings (Mojácar)...................950 475199 / 629 673450 Almería Property Agency (Arboleas) …..850 993099 / 606 281865 Almería Property Services .....................950 060135 / 660 734323 Almeria Rentals ................................. 650 764623 / 648 523073 D & D Property Care & Rentals (See p 61).643 335386 / 643 337063

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Destination Spain Property Services .........................678 203143 E-Property Almería ...................................................677 146592 Exclusive Holiday Villas ..........................................950 092602 Findmeahome ....................................951 914195 / 636 266641 Holiday Home Europe .........................950 120210 / 654 590258 Holiday Letting Service ........................950 472903 / 627 565049 Homes of Spain (Huércal Overa).........950 616516 / 616 562447 Indalfutur S.L. (Mojácar) ……........….950 615156 / 609 026526 Indalo Real Estate .............................950 091137 / 616 760409 Indasol Mojácar S.L. ..................……....................….950 472200 Inmoterreros ...................................................................666 255 765 KJ Property Maintenance (Albox /Arboleas) ............608 625675 KW Resorts Holiday Rentals ......................0044 (0)1293 863320

Loufa S.L.(Mojácar Pueblo) …..........................……..950 472773 Mojácar Estates ........................................................950 478935 Mojácar Holiday Services .................950 699947 / 634 972377 Mojácar Long Term Rentals …........................………950 475 891 Mojácar Property Maintenance & Decorators ………..649 304441 New Wave Villas (Mojácar) ................950 475800 / 607 146352 Noble Services ...................................................... 692 188200 Next Stop Almería ................................950 617518 / 678 034651 Price Brown Partnership (Mojácar) ............................950 478915

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Rent Mojácar ............................................................950 615042 Santiburi Properties (Cabrera & Mojácar) 694 404971 / 647 901478 Sierra property Rentals (Bédar) ...............................678 587007 Spanish Property Choice (Mojacar) ..... 950 475823 / 634 351562 Sunshine Villas............................………850 993202 / 694 440184 Susana's Property Services ......................................649 759053 The Property Shop (Mojácar) ..................................950 475241 Triton Property Services ..........................................634 326322 Vera Holiday Rentals .............................................634 347109 Voss Homes (Huercal-Overa) ...................667 891 741 / 950 616 827 Year Round Holiday Rentals .............950 619178 / 627 763052

Brian’s Furniture & Removals (Mojácar Playa) .........674 280268 Countdown Removals (UK/Spain/UK) ..................…678 855994 Dave’s Transport (International / Local)....................620 049524 De Lima’s International Removals ........................+44 7467341106 English Move (Tony) ….............................................699 819213

PROPERTY PROMOTERS Almanzora S.L. (Desert Springs) ...............................950 467104 BMS Huerta Nueva ............................950 615035 / 669 355914 Elegant Homes S.L. ............................950 092603 / 687 629777 Elide Group S.L. …............….............950 390009 / 950 615076 El Pinar de Bédar ......................................................950 469496 GM Associates (Mojácar) ……….........……..............…950 475225 Miramar (Marina Golf) ................................................950 397060 New Villas (Albox) ………………........………..............…950 121036 Nicla Property Consultancy S.L. .................................950 133508 Polansky and Associates ..........................................950 478086 Promobys …………….................................................950 618889

PROPERTY VALUATIONS Philip Chesler (Chartered Valuer) …................………687 814369

PSYCHOLOGIST Dr. Jane Thompson ............................968 485729 / 618 920126

QUAD BIKES see Motorcycles RADIO STATIONS Cadena Ser Levante (Spanish, local and national) ....950 Onda Aguilas (100.1) ….............................................968 Plusfm ……….................................….609 818283 / 617 Smooth FM online (89.8) ........................................634 Spectrum FM (96.1) ............................950 615142 / 678

Eurozone Removals UK(0044) 7452888063 Spain (0034) 662 569138 Indalo Transport .......................................................634 336468

615006 447864 528121 332666 332815

REFRIGERATION MD Air Conditioning & Refrigeration SL .607 364917 / 607 366040 Thermotech …………….....................…950 069637 / 699 856372

REMOVALS & STORAGE See also Van & Man Hire Amanda’s (Lubrin) ............................950 069682 / 634 310512 Andy (Trailer hire/drive) (Mojácar) ……...........…………..600 225 929

Items For Sale Mojácar .......................694 439275 / 950 478753 J & B Removals (Albox) …......…………...................616 888058 Location Warehousing S.L. (Antas) .............................950 391412 Me & Mrs Jones (Los Llanos market) (See p.23) ..0044 07850 840288

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430145 930988 431659 231507

Alfaix La Venta de Alfaix .....................................................671 272464

Antas Asador Gloria …..............................…...950 453150 / 625 Cortijo Carlotta ......................................950 619226 / 638 El Fogon, Asador Argentino ........................................950 Mi Casa .................................................950 453007 / 950 Moovit Transport & Storage ...............950 930316 / 642 586701

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Arboleas El Mirador …………….............................................…678 Happy Garden .........................................................950 Hostal Meson ………..........................950 430137 / 635 Hotel Rural Azabache ............................................690

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Bédar El Paso ...................................................................678 La Fuente .................................................................950 Malcolm’s Restaurant ..............................................634 Miramar .....................................................................950

868963 469185 318633 469308

Cabrera Moves2Spain (Antas) ..........................950 452869 / 661 969393 Orange Box ...........................................................610 887757 Reliable Removals (Albox) .UK 0044 1942 418951 Spain 664 857920 Speedlink Logistics (Garrucha) ...................................637 011686 Sprinter Services (Vera Playa) .............605 376873 / 950 609121 St. George’s European …UK 0044 207 193 5984 / 952 485984 Storage Solutions (Arboleas) ................950 930316 / 671 220105 UK Direct ..................UK 0044 7719.118.879 / Spain 642 099479 Union Jack Removals (International) ….......………….902 109560 Swift Transport (Arboleas) ........................................618 511234

RESTAURANTS See also Chinese Restaurants & Pizzerias

Los Pastores .............................................................950 468002 Riad Cabrera ………………….....................................950 092042

Cerro Gordo Bistro Bonita .......................................650 599739 / 950 930169

Cortijo Grande Casa Los Pinos ……......................…..950 468236 / 619 136877 Finca Listonero (See p.38)...........................................950 982045

Cucador La Vida

……….................................….........……….950 634562

Desert Springs Resort El Torrente Restaurant …....................................……637 861590 The Crocodile Club ...................................................678 746706

El Campico (Bédar-Lubrin) La Montaña ...............................................................950 398856

Agua Amarga

El Marchal

La Chumbera ............................................................950 168321 Restaurant Family ......................................................950 138014 El Paniajo ................................................................950 477202

El Pilar de Lubrin

Aguilas Carlos III ..................................................................968 411650 El Faro .....................................................................968 412883 El Guacamole (Mexican) ...........................................968 413491 Hotel El Paso ...........................................................968 447125 La Calica (Hotel Cala Real) .....................................968 414562 La Vía ........................................................................646 430496 Piccolo Mondo ............................................................968 411946

Albox Club de Tenis …….....................................…………..667 El Gallego ...........................................950 120590 / 615 La Cena ……........................................……………..950 La Parrilla ................................................................950 Little India (Albox) ….................................................632 Maloan’s Bar ….........................................................634

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Restaurante Albar ....................................................950 069077

Garrucha Angus & Hereford .....................................................950 Casa Adriana ...........................................................950 GBG ……………...................................950 132625 / 639 Góndola ....................................................................950 La Gurulla ………................................................….657 La Plazoleta ……….........................................…….666 Maui Gastro ….................................................………950 Nautico …................................................................622 Restaurante Andalucia ..............................................950 Restaurante Azul, Hotel Tikar ...................................950 Rincón del Puerto …….......................950 133042 / 950 Tierra y Mar .............................................................850

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Mojácar See also Mojácar Pueblo Al Punto (Brazilian) .................................................950 Antonella (Italian) .............................................……..950 Azeefa (Indian) ...................................950 109758 / 660 Badgers ...................................................................950

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008003 Bar Alizee ...............................................................950 393235 Beachcomber (See p.51)..........................................634 684855 Bellavista ..................................................................950 919025 Botaniq ...................................................................696 Lijar Bowen Resto Bar .............................. 666 406203 / 634 Mesón La Hoya ........................................................638 298507 Burladero ...................................................................950 Limaria Cafetería Pizzería Alcazaba ………...........................645 Welcome Stranger …........................………...........….950 432719 Captain’s Tapas Bar & Restaurant ...........................617 Casa Egea .................................................................950 Los Carasoles

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Huércal-Overa El Capricho …........................................................697 297235

Las Alparatas (Mojácar) La Capilla ......................................................................950 479305

La Alfoquía Bar La Unión ...........................................................642 Cielos …..................................................................634 El Local ……......................................950 634449 / 633 Los Mellízos …………................................……………667

Restaurante Kalevala ...............................................607 484414

Los Castaños Cortijo Las Piezas ........................……..950 951498 / 634 780943

Los Gallardos Apolo ……...................................................…………..600 495182 Bistro @ the Colosseum .............................................615 387947

Casa Juan …………................................................….950 450305 Cortijo de la Media Luna ..........................................950 478813 d’Angelo .....................................................................950 478517 Delfín Dorado......................................950 475212 / 645 220095 Dolce Vita ................................................................950 478476 El Deseo .................................................................670 018035 El Gaucho ................................................................950 478846 La Ambrosia ..............................................................950 093086 El Sitio ....................................................................950 615411 Meson Verfran ....................................................………637 810143 Enrico (Italian) ...................................950 472995 / 642 514738 Miraflores ...........................................679 970399 / 609 506869 Imperial (Italian) .......................................................950 478098 Imperial Playa (Italian) ..............................................950 475360 Indalo Beach ……………...........................................950 099119 To advertise your business, Indian Curry House ...........................632 416554 / 632 711667 call Rob on 619 833 041, Kukis ..........................................................................686 038259 La Cabaña ................................................................950 615179 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com La Cantina (Mexican) ................................................950 478941 La Caracola .............................................................622 520925

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Playa Blanca (See p.49)......................950 473001 / 639 507520 Restaurante Martín Morales .....................................950 478812 Restaurante Mediterráneo ..........................................950 472268 Robert (Marina de la Torre) …………..............………950 110412 Sal Marina ...................................................................950 472405 Sensations ................................................................950 472057 Sottocasa (Italian) (See p.11).....................................950 093075 The Hideaway ..........................................................676 056710

The Irish Rover (See p.29).........................................950 473135 The Lemon ....................……...............................…….950 472659 The Roof Garden .....................................................674 113218 Torre Bahía ...............................................................950 478651 La Cometa ...............................................................950 615209 Trufibar ....................................................................664 103611 La Estancia …….............................................………654 562396 Zaika Fusion ..........................................................632 727851 La Gaviota ……………...............................................950 472117 La Parata (See p.7)..............................................…950 478186 Mojácar Pueblo Arlequíno ..........................................950 478037 / 649 337781 La Piká ....................................................................950 930744 Casa Minguito ………...............................................950 478614 La Posada …............................................................661 595845 El Ángel ..........................................950 478343 / 607 537101 La Table de Cathy (French) …..............…………….650 745807 El Antler ……....................................................……600 540661 Le Magnifique …………….......................................…634 310816 El Reclamo …….......................................................950 472881 Los Amigos ......................................…………………950 478489 La Candela …...........................................................647 724367 Mesón Felipe San Bernabé ...................…………….950 475966 Pulcinella (Italian) .....................................................950 478401 Meson Mémé …........…………………..674 141159 / 647 954405 Restaurante Aires del Sur ..................606 061811 / 950 478014 Mandala Beach Club ................................................902 442420 Restaurante Calima ………………........................….663 286962 Meson de Perico ....................................................950 615582 Restaurante Mamabel's ....................... 663 700542 / 950 472448 Mountains of the Moon (Indian) ........950 472002 / 637 914632 Rincón de Embrujo …....................…………………….600 531270 Mont Martre (French) ..............................................634 388867 Rincon de Zahorí ................................630 314400 / 625 103672 Neptuno (See p.41) ................................................…616 005387 Palomares Omega ........................................................................950 475317 The Oasis Bar ...................................950 467381 / 676 365010 Ostería Ristorante Italiano .......................................950 615151 Ottocento (Italian).......................................................950 615100 Partaloa Mis Amigos ..............................................…………….671 608498 Palacio Imperial Marina (Thai, Japanese, Chinese) ...950 472208 Parador de Mojácar ...................................................950 478250 Pueblo Laguna Bistro .......................................................................950 132022

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El Balconcito .............................................................635 589909 Gateway to India (Indian) ...........................................950 923994 La Buena Mesa …………..…................950 467222 / 610 356387 La Pampa (Argentinean Grill) ……….950 397702 / 671 653116 Maraú (Vera Playa) ……………...........................……671 580340 Restaurante Tibu ......................................................950 133747 Taj Mahal (Indian) …............…………950 618691 / 671 231465 The Blue Parrot ......................................................950 467682

Villaricos Don Tadeo ..................................................................670 860386 Goah ........................................................................950 467030 Dalí ............................................................................950 132345 La Esperanza ............................................................625 737025 Restaurant Laguna …………….........................……..950 132566 Los Conteros ....................................950 618629 / 699 010705

Zurgena

San Juan de Los Terreros

Mi Cortijo …………......................................................950 466323 Tiger Bar (Indian) …..................................................950 449000

Turre

RETRACTABLE ROOF SYSTEMS

Chili .................................................608 802227 / 950 Hostal Rural .............................................................950 La Pará ……………………..................................…….637 Orsoca ………………............................................…..602 Pizzeria El Desvío (Turre) ........................................607 Pizzeria-Restaurante Mari Cruz ……....................…..950

468425 Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L. (See p. 9) 950 459060 / 638 063196 478806 ROOFING 545590 554609 Ark Roofing ...............................................................634 379173 804488 RUGS & CARPETS 479646 Albox Rugs (Albox) ...........................607 375697 / 950 633149 Urcal P & R Rugs (Los Llanos de Aroleas) .......................665 258680 The Palms …………...............................950 958167 / 678 832036 Sleepcentre (Albox) (See p.18)..........868 931872 / 671 715294

Vera Casa de la Vega ......................................................950 391208 El Paseo de Oscar ...................................................950 392496 Gran Muralla (Wok Buffet) ..........................................950 391691 La Mariposa de Fran ………........……..950 166774 / 683 641957 Terraza Carmona ...................................................950 390760

RURAL TOURISM 2 Poplars (Velez Blanco) ……...............................….670 Cortijo Pocio de la Nava (Mojácar) ............................670 Finca Arboleda (Vera) ..............................................678 Mi Abuela Maria (Mojácar) ……..........................……659

Vera Playa b2 Mohana (Argentinean) ........................................678 642856

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SIGNS (Shop & Vehicle)

ABC (A Better Climate) (See p.6).....647 247494 / 950 092604 Cuevasat ...........................................950 523740 / 628 153340 DCM Digitek Comms (Mojácar) (See p.19) .950 472947 / 670 084438 Digital Vision (See p.38)......................950 472081 / 645 294064 Europa Digital .(See p.59).................950 133233 / 678 332815 GBTV (Albox and Mojácar) ..............616 888058 / 634 337210 GSF Communications (Mojácar) ...............................950 473102 Solo Satellite & Air-Con. (See p.55) ......950 398146 / 699 909737

Ian (Hand Painted) …………….....................………..634 313796 Idea (Huércal Overa) ...............................................605 162709 Pronto Printing (La Buganvillas) (See cover).............950 133492

SCREENED PATIO & POOL ENCLOSURES

SKIN TREATMENTS

Francesca Herman (See p.37)....….......................….687 480694

SKIP HIRE Aridos Mojácar S.L. .................................................650 914257 Servacon .................................................................950 475853

SNOOKER HALLS CD Snooker Mojácar ............................634 364311 / 609 026526

Enclose My Pool ...............................606 040462 / 670 510097 SOLAR ENERGY Inside Out In Europe S.L. .................677 114576 / 695 118960 Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L. (See p. 9) 950 459060 / 638 063196 See also Alternative Energy Screenmasters (See p.45)......….…..680 777789 / 677 152911 DCM Digitek Comms (Mojácar) (See page 19)...........950 472947 Sol Shaders S.L. (See p.7)........................................627 907207 Ecocorp (See p.43).....................................................671 716597 Hi-Tec Solar (Turre) ............................609 888549 / 950 468230 SCUBA DIVING Buceo (Aguilas) ……………......................................968 493215 Hispavan Solar ..................................950 047033 / 687 845730 Solartech (Las Buganvillas) …..............................….950 139568 Buceo Mojácar ..................................950 472760 / 629 049229 Sunergy Almeria ........................................................636 261240 Molasub (Villaricos) ............................950 467572 / 675 321404 SES (Aguilas) ………..................................................669 040963 SOLICITORS Alonso & Garrido (Albox) ...........................................950 121040 SECOND HAND Alonso & Haro (Vera) ..............................................950 392208 Amanda’s (Lubrin) ............................950 069682 / 634 310512 AM & RG (Mojácar) ………….............950 478984 / 649 286437 Brian’s Furniture & Removals (Mojácar Playa) .........674 280268 AVSA Lawyers (Aguilas) ..........................................968 446576 Designer Thrift (Albox) ...........................................950 064576 Babelia (Mojácar) ……..........…........635 577562 / 950 397114 Merka Recycla (Huércal Overa) .........950 616683 / 666 577006 C & P Solicitors (Mojácar) ….....…………950 460731 / 675 383 160 Second Time Around (Albox) .......................................950 431871 Casas Almería (Huércal Overa) .................................950 134434 The Attic (Cucador) ..…….…................672 184354 / 648 250699 Davies Solicitors (Mojácar) ........................................950 472775 Buy Buy Auctions (Los Carasoles)(See p.62).681 095096 / 679 207545 EuroAbogados (Vera) .................................................950 617017 The Treasure Trove (Turre) ……….................………..666 281316

SECURITY & SAFES See Alarms SEPTIC TANK SERVICE Drainage Solutions …...........………….616 531283 / 670 Blocked DrainsRUs ............................950 091109 / 648 Ginés Millán (All areas) ……….............(after 4pm) 607 Lymasur (Vera) ……..........................950 390732 / 609 Sepserve (All areas) …..............................................675 Septic Tanks Cleaned ……….....................…………..675

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SEWING Alice .........................................................................620 876485 Coser y Planchar (Vera) .........................................689 303765 Alexis Shillinglaw .....................................................642 107453 J.F.M. Modas Sedal (Turre) ..............950 468031 / 606 945502 Lola Alterations & Repairs (Mojácar Playa) .950 475994 / 637 963835 Nicky (Mojacar) ..................................................... 667 479903 Solo Style .............................................950 528334 / 626 319907 Sew n Sew Susie (Albox area) ..........950 930643 / 633 683872 The Sewing Room ....................................................607 375697

SHOE REPAIRS Keys Copy Centre (Mojácar Playa) ..........................950 472982 Javier Loustau (Mojácar) .........................................950 475086 José Francisco López Molina .............950 133607 / 635 189986

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Lopez & León Solicitors (Garrucha) ..950 888314 / 666 513917 IndalOcio (Arboleas) ................................................850 993090 Mario Redondo (Albox) ….................950 430222 / 626 389322 Sundance Spas (Mojácar) ......................................950 472845 Miguel Angel Rojas Benitez .......................................950 615404 SPA SERVICING & CLEANING Pablo Suarez (Purchena) ..........................................610 014680 True Blue Pools & Spas ..........................................661 148998 Leticia Moreno-Torres Camy (Vera) (See p.33)..950 391249 / 607 840182 Mundi Abogados (Las Buganvillas) ........................950 460999 STAINED GLASS Janet Broady ….............................…........................950 130627

SURVEYORS Philip Chesler (Chartered Surveyor).............................687 814369 Survey Andalucía (Architect Daniel González) ............686 846624 Sapphire Surveyors ………...................950 064725 / 671 208782

SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS La Maruja (Mojácar) ................... ................................664 647171

SWEET SHOPS Forget Me Not (Las Buganvillas)..............................663 302740

TAKEAWAYS See also Chinese Restaurants, Fish & Chips & Pizzerias Azeefa (Indian, Mojácar Playa) .............950 109758 / 660 173987 BiancoRossi (Mojácar Playa) ...................................950 472682 Cornish Pride (Albox) …....................................………666 618933 d’Angelo (Mojácar Playa) ..............................................950 478517 Enrico (Mojácar Playa) ..........................950 472995 / 642 514738 Estambul Döner Kebab (Albox) …..............................630 427599

TATTOO ARTISTS Ramírez Abogados (Vera) .......................................950 Ross Legal Services (Aguilas) .................................968 Ruiz Orozco (Vera) ..................................................950 Saugar Abogados (Mojácar) ......................................950

SPAS

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Body-Zone Tattoo (Mojácar) ……………......................634 Classic Tattoo (Mojácar Playa) .................................605 Lisa V Tattoos (Cantoria) ....................634 362737 / 642 Oscar (Mojácar Pueblo) …................................…….629

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TAXIS (Legal) Levante Radio Taxis (all areas)................................950 888111 Exclusive Shuttles pre-booked airport taxis (office hours).950 092602 Taxi Emilia (Arboleas) ..............................................618 968497

TELECOMMUNICATIONS Albox-Online ………..............................…………….950 091111 AlmeriNet-Cheap Calls .........................950 479517 / 627 027758 Euphony Mojacar .........................................................677 146592 Connexions (Turre) (See front cover)..........................950 479502 Indalphone .............................(Mojácar) 950 475784 / 622 455 608

Indalphone ...........................................(Huércal-Overa) 950 471470

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GSF Communications (Mojácar) ..................................950 473102 Maso Telefonia (Albox) ……..............................………….950 121279 MaxiMovil – Plus S.L. Orange ....................................950 393538 Next .............................................................................950 479369 Phone@ Mojacar …….............……....950 882222 / 607 885522 Servcom (Turre) ........................................................902 023268 Telitec Connections S.L. ..............……902 889070 / 965 743473 The Phone House (Albox) …………….950 121045 / 670 359698 WiFi Internet .............................................................950 615156

TILING & PATIO WORK 1 Stop Paving (Albox) ………................................…634 313939 ABS Advanced Building Services ..............................687 846016 A.J.B. Tiling Services ...............................................687 024884 Andalucian Con Co Print .........................................628 408197 Arboleas Paving ……………...............................…….636 092632 Borders .....................................................................647 803030 C.I.S Services (Arboleas) ........................................619 693118 Curtis Helm Multiservices .........................................610 394815 Diamond Plastering and Building Services ..............671 717149 Elegant Homes S.L. ..............................950 092603 / 687 629777 Garden Works .....................................950 132518 / 666 847583 Mode Services ...................................950 525790 / 687 033106 Saxon’s Complete Building Services ......618 920126 / 686 377172 Steve Holman .......................................................... 697 678708 United Tile ................................................................667 702817 Vision Design & Build ...............................................672 153298

TIMBER SUPPLIERS

ELC Education & Language Centre .........................950 615489 Espanglish .........................................950 390037 / 950 392876 Girasol, Albox (Spanish) ..........................................639 089170 Guillermo (Spanish conversation, Antas)...................647 525639 Guitar Lessons ………….....................................…..667 989270 Guitar Lessons (Chris Pottle) ................................950 437606 Hind (French & Arabic, Mojácar) ...............................616 605341 Jane Catchlove (Piano/keyboards/violin A.R.C.M) ...950 634402 Jose (Spanish Lessons) ..........................................667 303376 Jewellery making ......................................................642 435909 Kinder Garrucha (Bilingual Education Centre)..950 047026 / 671 608519 La Galeria Art Classes (Albox) …..............................663 341904 Laberinto (Spanish, English, French, Dutch) .............609 781438 Leticia (Spanish Conversation) ……......................…950 615566 Marcela Chávez (Spanish-English school support)....676 951352 Native Spanish Teacher (All levels) ………………….670 619017 Native Spanish Tuition ..............................................661 654812 Pencils English Academy (Garrucha)..........................634 314110 Penny Baltrus (Piano) ...............................................662 517106 Piano (Mojácar) …………............……950 069803 / 667 408941 Piano tuition. Terry Peace (Limaria/Albox.) ...............868 931815 Professional Writing Services …..........………………..662 067490 Sam Catchlove (Professional drum/latin percussion) ..950 634402 Sarah Dyson (Computer tuition) …....................……687 632435 Simon Farmiloe (Spanish & English)(Albox/Mojacar) 647 677097 Tennis Coach (Diego Rodriguez) ........950 393851 / 607 021280 The I.T.Teacher (Computer Tuition)...............................695 280699

Wood2Go ..............................................950 614050 / 606 156151

TV & AUDIO REPAIRS

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Ponce S.L. (Garrucha) ..............................................950 617181 Seth Pittham (Zurgena).......................950 634477 / 666 826886

Almería Castle ………............................................…950 271617 Almería Solar Centre ( Nr.Tabernas) ....950 387990 / 670 866122 Aquarium (Roquetas de Mar) ...................................950 160036 Camelus (Mojácar Camel Rides) ………663 930272 / 950 100076 Fort Bravo – Western theme park (Tabernas) .....….950 165405 Nautarium (Sea Museum) (Garrucha) ………………….950 139554 Nijar Butterfly Farm .................................................617 692778 Oasys Western Park & Zoo (Tabernas) ….............….950 365236 Western Leone Theme park (Tabernas) …............…950 165405

TRANSLATING - see Interpreters TRANSPORT - see Removals TRAVEL

UNIFORMS

Tikka Uniforms & Shoes (Mojácar) …..........................667 479903 Autocares Rodriguez (Coaches) ...............................950 469061 Uniformes de Levante (Los Gallardos & Vera) ..........902 110218 Halcón Viajes (Vera) ................................................950 393472 Exclusive Airport Shuttles (See p.28).......................950 092602 Inda Travel (Mojácar) ..............................................950 472431 The Almería Focus is the magazine Levante Travel (Garrucha) ...................950 132258 / 628 604752 that everyone keeps to hand. Mojácar Tour (Mojácar Playa) (See cover)..........…..950 475757 Viajes Yedra Tours (Aguilas) ...................................968 412498 If you want to advertise your business, Viajes Zafiro Tours (Aguilas) ....................................968 410197 just call Rob on 619 833 041, Zafiro Tours (Albox) ………..................................……950 121021

TUITION Computer Training & Tuition Call Out (Dani) ...........678 490639 Dave Eccles (Drum lessons) ..............950 525790 / 687 033106

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UPHOLSTERY Albox Rugs (upholstery cleaning) .............................950 Curtains with Style (Fabrics) ............ 950 069032 / 678 Jone’s Mobile (Upholstery cleaning) …....……………661 Unicraft (Upholstery) .................................................692

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Auto Corner (Turre/Los Gallardos) ….950 069198 / 667 Auto Shine Body Repairs ………........607 324623 / 607 CostaCoches ...........................................................950 Gómez Motor (Huércal-Overa) ............662 502895 / 950 Mojácar Motor (Mojácar Playa) ……..950 478335 / 950 Reparbox (DIY) (Antas El Real) .........687 879744 / 628 SRS Vehicle Services ................................................950 Taller Daydo (El Real) .........................950 459116 / 607 Talleres Azor ..(Mojácar) 950 478519 ..............(Vera) 950 Talleres Fad (Aguilas) …...........................................968 Talleres Vizcaino (Mojácar) ........................................950

Upholstery & Leather Cleaning ......................................636 193256 Upholstery Larios (Cuevas del Almanzora) 950 465 364 / 651 998738

VAN & MAN HIRE See also Removals & Storage Amanda’s (Lubrin) ............................950 069682 / 634 310512 Andy (Trailer hire/drive) (Mojácar) ……...........…………..600 225 929 IDP Services ……........................................................608 238775 Indalo Transport .......................................................634 336468 Storage Solutions (Arboleas) ................950 930316 / 671 220105 Way 2 Go (UK/Spain) ……UK 0044 208 0904292 / 965 794682

VEHICLE IMPORTATION Car Check Spain (Andy) ............................................618 043186 Hispavan vehicle importation ..............950 047033 / 687 845730 Talleres Daydo (Antas Real) ….……….950 459116 / 607 373298

VEHICLE REPAIRS

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The Car Surgery ...................................................666 272792 Europa (Mojácar) .................950472262 Emergencies: 629 099921 The Garage (Llanos de Arboleas) .......950 930922 / 616 453813 Javier .............(Garrucha) 950 132200 Emergencies: 619 236059 Tyre King (El Real) ................................................950 459253 NEXO (Albox) …...............950 430814 Emergencies: 617 305784 Veravet (Vera Town) …............…............................….667 304876 VEHICLE REPAIRS (MOBILE) Veterinary Centre (Huércal-Overa) …........................950 616781 ABC Air-con re-gassing ......................647 247494 / 950 092604

WATER (Tanker Delivery) Sierra Cabrera Water ...................…………………….693 866558

WATER PARK Aquavera (Vera Playa) ....................................................950 467337

WATER TREATMENTS Ashley Reliable Plumbing ………..........................…..610 052407 Healthy H2O ..............................................968 437270 / 666 302 987 JF Supplies Albox ……….................….950 064315 / 660 350246 Water Filters ……................................................…….600 063303

WEB SERVICES

Albox Service Centre S.L. …....................................662 Auto Frio .............................................950 104488 / 600 Cool Air (Air Conditioning) .......................................673 Veloc Tuning ECU Remapping Services ..................600

093051 Divine Logix ...........................................................617 401332 827517 Image Suite ………........................................................647 918 848 195872 827517 MODS ........................................................................600 284975 Paginasweb .......................................902 005799 / 911 011505 VEHICLE SALES WebFaze .................................................................601 628137 Auto Corner (Turre/Los Gallardos) ….950 069198 / 667 439671 WEDDING & PARTY PLANNING AutoFex (Albox & Antas El Real) ............................950 431861 Weddings in Spain .....................................................950 475826 Automobiles Bajuma S.L. (Antas) .............................662 167758 Automobiles Playcar SLU ...................950 459302 / 672 737663 WEIGHT LOSS CostaCoches (Antas, El Real).....................................950 459209 See Diet Plans & Weight Loss Mojácar Motors ...950 472056 ................(Workshop) 950 478335 WINDOW CLEANING Nissan (Albox) ………..................................................950 430856 Pit Stop (Oria) ……………....................................…..950 124828 Clean Team …………..............………850 993202 / 694 440184 Que Coches Almería (Antas) …...................................627 423675 Cristal Clear Windows (Mojácar) …..........……………634 347193 SRS Vehicle Services ................................................950 449095 Don (Mojacar) .........................................................666 814913 Talleres Azor ...............(Mojácar) 950 478519 (Vera) 950 391400 Idea (Mojácar) ...................................................……..605 162709 J&A Window Cleaning Services ..........950 122452 / 689 548824 VEHICLE SHIPPING James .......................................................................678 988812 Car Shipping ………………UK 0044 1704 575983 / 671 101220 Lady Jane Window Cleaning (Arboleas) ...................634 255373 Mick ...........................................................................634 327075 VETS Animal Care (La Alfoqúia) …....................................950 449064 Teresa Jimenéz …………….............................……..636 119538 Astrid (Mojácar) ..............950 472252 Emergencies: 629 099920 Window Panes ..................................633 814809 / 677 689077 Woody the Window Cleaner (Almanzora Valley) .......634 349665

WINDOWS & DOORS AA Window Doctor .............................630 231644 / 636 838484 David A. Pritchard Construcciones ............................617 698418

Clinica (Albox) ...............950 430814 Emergencies: Clinica Huellas (Aguilas) ...968 447877 Emergencies CliniVet (Turre) …..........................…..950 069780 / Costa Indalo (Mojácar) ....950 475213 Emergencies: Egesta Centro Vetinario (Vélez Rubio) ..950 411208 /

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Free directory entries.

Call 670 84 92 65 or email almeriafocus@gmail.com Enrique Aguirre S.L. (Garrucha) .................................950 460028 Interglaze ……..............................….950 121909 / 680 743311 Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L. (See p. 9) 950 459060 / 638 063196 Mojácar Home Improvements .............950 473104 / 689 296432 Ortega Windows & Doors .......................................950 393305 Planet Windows …...............................950 449639 / 664 327863 Plas-Tech Windows ...................................................600 320761 Screenmasters (See p.45)......….…..680 777789 / 677 152911 Speedyfit ...........................................950 439228 / 600 006032 Standard Windows (Antas) ........................................950 393121

WINES Bodega Gran Baco (Aguilas) .............................…..968 Enoteca Tikar (Garrucha) ……..............................….950 Isalva (Palomares) ………..........................................615 Wine Not? (Mojácar Playa) ....................................950

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WOOD & PELLET STOVES Chimeneas Acar (Albox) ...........................................950 120077 Chimeneas Mojácar S.L. (Mojácar Playa) ..............950 472135 Enrique Aguirre S.L. (Garrucha) .................................950 460028

ZOO & PARK

Direct Trade Windows ............................................. 662 118785 Oasys (Tabernas) ....................................................950 365236

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Useful Telephone Numbers Emergencies (Multi-lingual)...................112 Health Emergencies: Life Threatening .........................................061 Other Health Emergencies...........902505061

HACIENDA (TAX OFFICE) Huércal Overa .......................950 470209 / 950 471013

FUNERAL DIRECTOR Albox (Funerarias Teruel) .......................................950 430122 Guardia Civil ..................................................062 Huércal Overa (Colly Fer) ...............................950 616161 Local Police ....................................................092 Garrucha (Funerarias Funerga) ..............................950 460295 Coast Guard .................................900 202 202 Mojácar (Funeraria Pérez) ...................................950 478102 Vera (Funeraria Ntra. Sra. de las Angustias) ..950 390884 AIRPORTS Almeria airport .....…..............…902 404 704 / 950 213 700 HOSPITALS Huércal-Overa, Alicante airport ….............………913 211 000 / 966 919 000 Hospital La Inmaculada..................................................950 029000 San Javier airport ……...……….902 404 704 / 968 172 000 Almería Torrecárdenas............................................950 016000 Almería,Virgen del Mar (Private).....................950 217100 BRITISH EMBASSY Virgen del Mar Emergencies:............................950 217240 Madrid ......................................................................917 146300 LOCAL POLICE BRITISH CONSULATE Albox ...............................................................................950 121080 Málaga (for this area) ................................................952 352300 Carboneras .................................................................950 136136 Cuevas del Almanzora ................................................950 548700 UK PASSPORT INFORMATION Garrucha ............................................................................950 460002 www.gov.uk/browse/abroad/passports Huércal-Overa ..............................................................950 470585 Mojácar ...........................................................................950 472000 EMERGENCY UK PASSPORTS Pulpi ……………......................................................................950 465049 www.gov.uk/emergency-travel-document Vera .................................................................................950 390010 CREDIT CARDS 24hr EMERGENCIES 4B(Visa/Mastercard) …..902 114400 / 913 626200 American Express …...................................................900 814500 Diners Club …..........................................................902 401112 Mastercard …..........................................................900 971231 Servired (Visa/Mastercard) …............................902 192100 Visa …..........................................................................900 991124

TOWN HALLS Albox ....................................................................................950 120908 Antas ............................................................................950 619015 Arboleas .............................................................................950 449430 Cuevas del Almanzora .................................................950 456488 Los Gallardos ....................................................................950 469000 Garrucha ...............................................................................950 460058 Huércal-Overa ...............................................................950 134900 Mojácar ...........................................................................950 615009 ELECTRICITY Sevillana Endesa Enquiries: ..................(free).800 760333 Turre ..................................................................................950 479011 Breakdowns:.........................(free).900 850840 Vera .....................................................................................950 393016 WATER Galasa Enquiries: ..................................................950 391200 TELEPHONE (Telefonica) Breakdowns: ...........................................902 355575 Normal Operator ..................................................................1004 Gestagua (Albox) ....................................................950 120649 Faults Operator ....................................................................1002 International Operator ......................................................11825 GAS Speaking Clock .........................................................................093 Cepsa (Silver bottles) Leaks ….......................902 100224 Cepsa, information …......................................902 416416 TAXIS See Directory pages Repsol (Red bottles) Leaks .......................901 121212 Repsol, information .........................................901 100100 MOBILES LOST OR STOLEN (From any 'phone) ITV (Spanish M.O.T. Centres) Orange …........................................................................656 001470 Vera, Albox, Veléz Rubio Telefónica Movistar …............................................095 702611 Central number ……………........................................959 999999 Vodafone …....................................................................607 123000 Yoigo …..................................................................................622 622622 TRAINS Renfe www.horarios.renfe.es ……..........…….902 240202

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Community News Bowling Event a Huge Success On Saturday, March 10th,90 bowlers competed in the annual Cancer Awareness Bowling Day organised by The Arboleas Forum and Almeria Tenpin Bowling Centre to raise funds for Walk for Life. In total the event raised an amazing 1,875 Euros including all the bowling charges of over 700 Euros going to the charity. Walk for Life Arboleas want to say a huge thank you to Phil and Sharron Taylor of the Arboleas Forum and Rafa of Almeria Ten Pin Bowling for all their hard work. Thanks also to Charlie for the entertainment and to all who worked to make it such a success including the lane sponsors and bowlers. We will make good use of the money to help people in the area affected by cancer. Winners of the bowling were, public bowlers Barry Brookes, Les Sweet and Barry Wingrave and, league bowlers Phil Patrick and Greg and Jane Tovey. A list of winning tickets for the raffle is on the f o r u m a r b o l e a s . c o . u k, p h oto s a re o n walk4lifearboleas.com and photos and a short video are on the Almeria-tenpinbowling.com website. Age Support Almanzora opened its new shop in Albox with a reception for volunteers and supporters. The ribbon was cut by Sharon and Stephen Garner of Spanish Property Choice who

had generously sponsored the event and are active supporters of the local community charity. The tasty buffet was provided by Bar Lepanto, and the supporters had a chance to see the new shop with all the stock ready for sale to the public. Jo Tissington from Albox Town Hall was also in attendance, as was Richard Tolman from Smooth FM. Roz, shop manageress, was delighted with the opening, particularly as the move from the old shop in Arboleas had gone so well - with help from the volunteers. The shop staff's appreciation for all the hard work done by Cathy, President of the charity, was shown when Liz presented her with a bouquet. The staff are delighted with the light, modern, spacious shop. Everyone is pleased that the Welfare Team are now based in the shop with the mobility aids that they have for hire. This will mean that shoppers can see how their donations help the charity to help older people in the Almanzora area - befriending, offering advice and support. Maggie, who is in charge of fundraising for the charity, announced that, “The new appeal is to raise funds for another hospitalstyle bed as the one we have is always in use.” Sharon Garner has offered to support this appeal and has already collected mobility equipment for the charity. The shop, opposite the Peugeot garage in Albox needs donations and more volunteers. If you can help, please call in the shop from 10am to 2pm, Monday to Saturday.

Shoestring Productions Apart from sponsoring the PAWS-PATAS neutering programme, the cast of Shoestring Productions with James Dale-Grey, writer, producer and director of Hotel La Resistance, also raised money in order to purchase a defibrillator in memory of his dear wife Annabelle who suddenly died after the performances last April. Rosa María Vincente Fernández, one of the main attendees at The Red Cross Station in Mojácar, was delighted to receive 1,695 euros and the new defibrillator will be named ‘Annabelle’.

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What’s On Almería Il Divo, as part of a world tour, are coming to Almería on September 6th. The concert will take place at the Almería bullring. Tickets start at 50 Euros from www.almeria culturaentradas.es, or the Teatro Apolo box office. Ismael Serrano, a famous Spanish singer, performs his latest album on May 5th at 9pm, Auditorio Maestro Padilla, Almería city. His concert tour and album is entitled ‘Hoy Es Siempre’ and celebrates 20 years of him being a performer. Tickets are 25 & 30 Euros.

performed on April 15th at 7pm, Flamenco Auditorio Maestro Padilla, Almería María Toledo is a flamenco singer city. Tickets are 24 & 30 Euros, and who is unique in that she the performance lasts 90 minutes. accompanies herself on a piano, ‘El Reino de Ben & Holly’ is a along with other flamenco children’s musical performed on performers. She can be seen on Sunday, April 22nd, at 12 noon & June 8th at 10.30pm, Teatro 6pm, Teatro Cervantes, Almería Cervantes, Almería city. The city. The musical portrays the concert is part of her current tour adventures of Ben & Holly in and three of her concerts in fairyland. Tickets are 12 Euros in Barcelona were sold out. Tickets advance, or 15 at the door. are 15 & 20 Euros.

The Spanish singer Rozalén comes to the Auditorio Maestro Padilla, Almería city, on May 11th at 9pm. She is performing her latest album ‘Cuando el río suena’. Rozalén is considered one of the most important Spanish performers, and in 2015 Apple Music awarded her a Gold Disc for “best album”. Tickets are 25 & 30 Euros. ‘Noches, Sabina En Las Venas’ is a tribute concert in homage to Joaquín Sabina, on April 7th at 10pm, Teatro Cervantes, Almería city. Tickets are 15 Euros in advance, or 18 at the door. Marisol Bizcocho comes to Teatro Cervantes, Almería city, on April 8th at 7.30pm. This 23 year old singer shot to fame when she appeared on a Canal Sur TV programme. Tickets are 24 Euros.

Musicals La Bella y La Bestia (Beauty and the Beast) is a family musical

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What’s On Tickets for concerts in Almería from the ticket office in the Teatro Apolo, 25 Rambla Obispo Orberá, Almería , tel: 950 230 922. MonFri, 10.30am-1.30pm & 6-8pm, or Sat, 11am-1pm. Tickets can be purchased from 2hrs before performances at the venue or from www.ticketmaster.es or call Ticketmaster: 902 1500 25. Main branches of ‘CaixaBank’ have machines which issue tickets; including Vera near the church square.

Águilas The Region of Murcia Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Virginia Martínez are in concert on April 6th at 9pm. They perform Johannes Brahms’ Concierto for violin and orchestra Op. 77, Rimsky Korsakov’s the Russian Easter, Tchaikovsky’s Slavonic March, and Alexander Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances. Tickets are 15 Euros. Mario Prisuelos gives a piano recital on April 20th at 9pm,

Águilas auditorio. He performs the Albeniz Spanish suite for piano solo. Tickets are 15 Euros. The Region of Murcia Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Virginia Martínez are in concert on May 4th at 9pm. They perform Johannes Brahms’ Concierto for piano and orchestra Op. 83, and Robert Schumann’s 4th Symphony Op.120. Eva Antonova is the piano soloist. Tickets are 15 Euros. Aguilas Tickets from Viajes Almeida 968 410 828; Museo Arqueológico; www.redentradas .com; www.auditorio-aguilas.org; or from two hours before performances at box office.

Huércal-Overa The Moscow Ballet Company performs Swan Lake on May 12th at 9pm, Teatro Villa Huércal-Overa. Tickets are 20 & 25 Euros. Tickets for events in Huércal-Overa from www.entradasho.es or Teatro Villa ticket office open Monday to Friday from 10.30am-1.30pm, and 5pm-8pm, or 1hr before a performance.

Vera ‘Tela Catola Danza Española’ is a dance show performed on April 28th at 9pm, Vera Municipal Auditorium. It is performed by the G9Danza company. Tickets are 5 Euros in advance from Convento de la Victoria or 7 Euros on the door.

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What’s On Exhibitions Almería Archaeological Museum has an exhibition entitled “Baria, Ciudad Fenicia y Romana” until July 8th. This displays 400 items relating to Villaricos and the surrounding area, spanning 14 centuries. The Museum is at Carretera Ronda 91, Almería city. Opening hours are 9am-8pm Tuesdays to Saturdays and 9am3pm Sundays.

Trips by Carlos A trip to Morocco will take place on May 15th-19th. Details to follow. For info & bookings call Carlos on 610 681 068 or 950 525 761

Miscellaneous Mojácar Town Hall have announced that the VIII Encuentro mundial de Tunas (An international competition for travelling minstrel groups) will take place April 13th15th. VeraVoces is a new choir starting up in Vera, directed by Barry Jobling. Anybody interested, including British citizens, are invited to the Vera Municipal Auditorium on April 11th for a rehearsal from 7pm-9pm. There are no auditions and everybody is welcome.

Anglican Churches of Costa Almeria and Costa Calida Spring Fayre, Saturday, 28th April, 10am, Levante Car Park (opposite Price Brown). Non Church Stall holders welcome, 10 euros per table - contact Tony Noble on 634 303 807.

The Garrucha Tapas Route is from April 13th-22nd. 58 bars are taking part and the 15,000 cards that need to be stamped are available in English as well as Spanish. Persons having 10 stamps on their cards from different establishments can take part in a prize draw with the first prize being a weekend trip to New York for two people. The cost of a tapa with a drink is 3 Euros, and last year the event brought in 200,000 Euros.

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The 2018 Villaricos Wacky Races take place on May 19th. Adult teams of 4-5 people are needed and carts will be provided. There will be dancers and singers, bouncy castles, super DJ Ian the legend, stalls, tombola and raffle with a main prize of a holiday!! If you want to sponsor, contribute, e n te r a te a m o r p r ov i d e entertainment on the day you can contact Wacky Races Villaricos in these ways: Facebook:


What’s On wackyracesvillaricos. Email: wackyraces2017@gmail.com Secretary: 950 467 590, Organiser: 634 368 243. H a r m o ny o f S p r i n g t i m e The Rose Singers are proud to present their spring concert titled “Harmony of Springtime”. The programme of songs, sung in harmony by our local ladies choir, will put the warmth of Spring in your step and the bright smile of sunshine on your face. Our concerts will be held on Thursday, 26th April at 7.30pm at the newly refurbished Miraflores Restaurant, Camping Los Gallardos, and on Friday, 27th April, 3pm, at the Hotel Parador, Mojacar Playa. A Raffle will be held at both events with proceeds going to PAWS Cat Neutering. Tickets are 8 Euros and can be bought in advance from Forget-Me-Not (Las Buganvillas), Total Entertainment (Turre) and The Shop, Camping Los Gallardos. They are also available on the doors, through our choir members and by messaging our Facebook page (search Rose Singers, Mojácar).

Fitzpatrick. Sharon will be giving a talk on the Benefits of Yoga and Meditation which I am sure will be a great interest for us all. Turre Dames is a friendship group raising money for local charities. You don't have to be a member to come along as you will always be welcome. For more information please contact Membership Secretary Eileen McGill Tel: 652 208 072 or President Lesley Barlow Tel: 661 085 551. We look forward to seeing you there.

Shoestring Productions are performing ‘Return to Hotel La Resistance’ at the MontMartre Bar/Restaurant in Mojacar on May 4th, 5th and 6th. Tickets cost 8 euros and are available from PAWSPATAS shops in Mojácar, Las Buganvillas, and Connexions in Turre. Proceeds will be donated to PAWS-PATAS. Dames in Turre April meeting will be held at The Hostal Rural in Turre on Monday 30th at 11am, when our Guest Speaker will be Sharon

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APSA will hold its AGM at Chapman’s in Albox on Monday, 16th April from 2.30pm. Everyone is welcome, come along to find out about this Albox animal charity perhaps you can help with dogwalking, fostering or helping in the shop. You can speak with likeminded volunteers to find out more. We all look forward to seeing you and coffee and cake will be provided. Membership is only 5 Euros annually, and only members can vote, but all are welcome at the meeting.


What’s On APSA, the animal charity based in Albox, is after your money to help support the work the volunteers do to pay for vets' bills, fostering and homing costs, neutering, feeding, building new kennels etc. Liz Carey, from the charity, explains, 'We are asking people to look out old British coins and any foreign coins and notes they may have and take them to the shop in Avenido Lepanto in Albox, or to the APSA stall at Los Llanos Saturday market. It does not matter about the quality or quantity of coins and notes - every little helps.' The charity has already received notes from Ceylon, India and Russia and coins as old as 1788 - a pineapple penny from Barbados. So do you have any old pennies, threepences, even florins, in a drawer? Please help the charity by donating them. They will be checked and sold on to raise muchneeded funds - even if you only have a few please donate them as they will add to the collection to be sold. The shop is open Monday to Saturday 10am - 2pm. PAWS / PATAS. The next Beachcomber book sale on Mojácar Playa will be on Tuesday April 10th, 10.30am - 1pm. APSA is looking for your broken jewellery! Your old, broken, silver and gold chains, and odd earrings, can all go to help the charity raise much-needed funds to help the many animals in their care. They are asking people to go through their jewellery boxes and make a bit of room by donating any items they can no longer wear - where do all these odd earrings, bits of

chain, rings with stones missing, single cuff links come from? You can take them to the APSA shop in Avenida Lepanto in Albox or to the APSA stall at Los Llanos market - even just the odd item will be gratefully received. APSA is focusing on broken jewellery donations this month as a novel way to raise funds.

from 11am to 1pm in the lower floor of the Municipal Centro de Usos Multiples (formerly the Artisan Centre),near Mojácar Fuente. Yearly contribution is 12 euros per household. Good quality books donations (including audio) as well as new volunteers are always welcomed.

Mojácar Community Library Send details of your events stocks a wide variety of English to almeriafocus@gmail.com Language books, as well fiction & or call 670 84 92 65 non-fiction books on Spain. Open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

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What’s On Market Days Monday: Tuesday: Wednesday: Thursday: Friday: Saturday: Sunday:

Huércal-Overa, Antas, Berja Albox, Los Gallardos, Cuevas del Almanzora Mojácar, Bédar, Lubrin, Vélez Blanco, Palomares Cuevas del Almanzora, Olula del Río, Carboneras, Sorbas Garrucha, Turre, Zurgena Aguilas, Vera, Arboleas, Vélez Rubio Villaricos, Purias

Rastros, Car Boot Sales, etc. Saturday: Rastro, Mojácar Playa, opp. Red Cross, 9am - 1pm Saturday: Craft Market, Sopalmo, 11am - 6pm Saturday: Los Llanos, between Arboleas & Albox Sunday morning: Los Gallardos Campsite Sunday morning: Multiple Use Centre (Artisan Centre), Mojácar Village 2nd Sunday of the month: Bédar, from 9am Last Sunday of the month: Velez Rubio on Industrial estate

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Activities - Clubs - Associations Clubs, Societies & Activities

The Royal British Legion, Mojácar Branch, The Artisan Centre, 1st and 3rd Thurs. of each month, 11:15am. All welcome inc. non-services personnel. Almanzora Group of Friends Library and Information Centre, Tues, For enquiries & Welfare call 950 066053 Thurs, Fri & Sat, 10am–1pm . Avda. http://branches.britishlegion.org.uk/ Lepanto, Albox (near Chapman’s). branches/mojacar/news-events/ Extensive English Library, DVD’s and The Royal British Legion - Albox Talking Books. Trips, monthly quiz and Everyone welcome. Monthly meeting other social events. Tel: 634 343 147 3rd Thursday of every month, La Parrilla, www.almanzoragof.org or see Facebook Albox, 11am. Coffee morning 1st Thursday of every month, Oasis Cafe Almería Link Friendship Group Meetings Thursdays 4pm at the Truffi Bar, 11.30am. For info contact chairman Bar, Mojacar. For information contact Ken Matthews, email ken.matthews10 Bob (Chairman) on 950472551 or @gmail.com. For support, Filip Ostrowski Cynthia (Secretary) on 950472699. on 950066037. http://counties.british Don't be lonely come and join us. l e g i o n . o r g . u k / b r a n c h e s / a l b o x Living Alone in Spain? We are a 60+ group of friends who meet for lunch every Wednesday in the Mojácar area. Tel: 674 823 697

The Royal British Legion - Zurgena & District Branch Bar Latinos, C/ Granada, La Alfoquia, every first Thursday of the month at 11a.m. Email zurgenaRBLsecretary @yahoo.co.uk. See www.britishlegion. org.uk/branches/zurgena

WOW Women on Wednesday Beauchelles, Mojácar Playa, from 1.30pm. Get together, buy, sell, swap, Psychic Development Circle meet new people. Various classes at different times. Dames in Huércal Overa Everyone welcome. Tel: Barbara 637 3rd Wed. of the month, 10.30am, 469 937 barbaramoonlight@gmail.com Antalya Restaurant. All welcome. Tel. AUAN - Abusos Urbanisticos Carolyn 637 798 494 Almanzora No. Dames in Spain Association campaigning for the 3rd Monday of the month, 11 am, legalisation of homes in the Almanzora Sensations Restaurant, Mojacar. Valley built without proper authority. Chairman Myra Holmes, 950475491; Meeings on 3rd Sat. of every other Secretary Iris Hamilton 666 107 364. month, 11am, La Parrilla, Albox. Tel: 617 Guests welcome. 118 209 www.almanzora-au.org Dames in Turre The Divine Life Society, Almeria 11am, last Mon in the month, Hostal Branch Rural, Turre. Talks, trips, support for Lotus Yoga Centre, Mojácar. Evening local charities. Guests welcome. Tel: of Meditation and a talk, 1st Fri of the Membership Secretary Eileen McGill 652 month, 7.30pm. Spiritual Cinema, 3rd 208 072 or President Lesley Barlow Fri of the month, 7.30pm. Meditation 950 478 633 and Yoga classes. Tel Sharon 950 469122 or 672 061 048 or omsharon50 Mojácar Community Library Multi-Use centre. Mon, Wed and Fri, @gmail.com 11am - 1pm . Vera & District Lions Club. 5.00pm on the first Wednesday of the Mojácar Walking Group Walks of different levels. Tues & Thurs. month at El Gnomo Feliz restaurant, w w w. m o j a c a r wa l k i n g g ro u p . c o m Vera. Telephone Sandie Tinkham on 950 439324 or Pam Mattioli on 950069249 for more information. Mojácar Bridge Club Monday and Thursdays, 7pm. Marina Flamenco Forum for English Playa Hotel. Contact Les 950 437 100 Speakers / 634 219 174 Facebook: Mojácar Bridge on Facebook. Information and events. Club Tel: 687 480 694

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Vera Photo Club First Sunday of month, Bar La Pará, Turre (opposite the Vet), 10am 12.30pm. Presentations by invited speakers, field trips, instruction, studio photography, monthly assignments and exhibitions. All levels welcome. Phone Sarah 670003717 or Claus 628585538. Mojacar Photo Group Contact Lyle Mallen: 620 786 914 Ancestry Club for Beginners & Intermediate Piedra Amarilla. Wednesdays, 2pm-4pm. 5 euros per week. Tel. 634 309 590 Betty's Garden Club 11.30 for 12 noon, 2nd Monday of the month at Miraflores Restaurant, Camping Los Gallardos except in July & August. All welcome. Tel: 603 587 805 Mojacar Computer & Electronics Club Saturdays, Beachcomber, Mojácar. 10 – 12 noon, Laptops. 12 noon – 1pm, smart phones, tablets, cameras, etc Freemasons in the Province of Almeria Craft & Chapter. 661 026 912 or 670 27 27 37 Freemasons – The Side Degrees Mark, RAM, RSM, OSM & Allied. 694 44 43 61 Cabrera Music Club For info call Richard: 666 274 861 cabreramusicclub@albox-online.net Albox Computer Club Hotel La Parrilla, Albox. Fri, 10am. All levels of experience are welcomed. www.alboxcc.com alboxcc@gmail.com Christine Winter, 657 917 860 Indalo Hash House Harriers Meet 2nd and 4th Sunday, 11am, various l o c a t i o n s . w w w. i n d a l o h 3 . c o m Mojácar Angling Club Tel. John (Beachcomber): 950 473 099 Traditional Japanese Reiki and Gendai Reiki Ho Classes, workshops, and Reiki shares in Mojacar. Tel: 634 347 930, website: www.gendaireikispain.com

Send details of your club, society or activity to almeriafocus@gmail.com Tel: 670 849 265


Activities - Clubs - Associations Clubs, Societies & Activities continued Amigos del Coches Clasicos Local, multi-national group of classic car enthusiasts. Meetings first Thursday of month, 3pm, Hotel Overa, jn 547 of E15/A7. www.a-c-c.es, email: info@a-cc.es, tel. David 950 412 165 Cabrera Slot Car Club Thursdays, 4.30-6pm. Richard 950 970 869. Call to check if on first. Model Aero Flying Club, Cortijo Grande Sun. & Wed., 10.30am. Contact Johnny Hayes: 634 346 762 or 980 099 930 Aeroclub ULM Günter (Vera) Tel: 607 316 553 Pita Escuela Agave School of Río Aguas. A multicultural, environmental and musical project, specialized on the integral usage of the agave plant and the processing of its wood.Tel 630 66 18 65 (Timbe) pitaescuela@hotmail.com Sunseed A hands-on practical centre for lowimpact living and environmental education in Los Molinos del Rio Aguas near Sorbas. Free tours at 4pm. www.sunseed.org.uk Tel: 950 525 770

Religious Groups & Churches Church of England Costa Calida and Costa Almeria Mojacar: Eucharist, Sunday, 11am, at the church of San Pascual, Agua de Enmedio. Albox: Eucharist, 2nd & last Thurs in month, 11am. Evensong, second Sun in month, 6pm. Comunity Hall Aljambra. Llanos del Peral, nr El Cucador: Eucharist or morning worship, Sundays, 11am.at Village Church and Community Hall. Roquetas: No services because no venue. Details: Church Wardens, Pam Carter, 667947573 & Tony Noble 950092096 or 634301873 www.mojacarchurch.org

Kingdom Hall, Jehovah's Witnesses Tues 7:30pm & Sun 10.00am. Poligono Aljoroque - C/El Cajete 6, Antas. Contact: 652 293 269 Living Water Church Mojacar Playa Opposite Red Cross Centre and Salas Farmacia. Sunday Service 11am. Bible study Tuesday 11am. Cafe Church Thursday 11am to 1pm. For further info contact Pastors Dave 697 522 521 or John 634 254 781. See FaceBook or visit www.livingwaterchurchmojacar.com

Stepping Stones Carers Support Group Turre Evangelical Hall, Thurs, 11am-2pm. Tel 950 472822 or 677 683385 www.steppingstonescarersgroup.wee bly.com Ostomist Support For Expats Call Dee 950 064 322 in confidence.

A.A. Alcoholics Anonymous Mojacar area Meetings –Tuesday, 6pm, Artisan Centre, Mojacar Fuente - Friday & Wednesday, 6pm, Living Water Church, Mojácar Playa (opposite Red Cross The Evangelical Church, Turre Avda de Almeria on the corner of building). Tel: 634 349 535 or 634 319 C/Alberquillica . Sunday 10.30am. 746 or email mike@aaspain.org Tuesday 3pm Bible Studying. Midweek When the Artisan Centre is closed, the prayer meeting. Tel. 950 617549 or 950 Tuesday meeting will be at the Living 47 2 3 4 9 . w w w . t u r r e c h u r c h . c o m Water Church. Age Support Almanzora Aguaviva Evangelical Church Near the health Centre, opposite Bici- Information Centre. Avda Lepanto, near Box, Albox. Tel: Rod Southwood, 687 Total Entertainment. Tues - Fri, 10a.m. to 2 p.m. Welcomes anyone who has 560 544 concerns about an older person who is Puerto Lumbreras Christian in need of support. Tel: 634 333 544 Fellowship Every 1st and 3rd Sunday each month or email welfareteam.asa@gmail.com at 11.00 am. Phone for exact location Shop, Plaza Padre Arias in Arboleas village (now at their house) Tel 619453283 or (the square with the bakery and 968 018 228 Paul and Sandra hairdresser) six days a week 10-1.30. Tel: 634333544, New Life Church, Huercal-Overa We are a Jesus centred church family Universal Wonderful Street Academy learning to love one another. Sunday NGO that supports street children in service at 11 am, www.newlifechurch.eu Accra (Ghana). Registered charity. (see map) tel. 685 628 184 www.universalwonderfulstreetacadem y.org. Beatriz: 617 182 154

Support Groups & Charities

FACE (Fundraising in Arboleas, Caring for E ve r yo n e ) . Re g i s te r e d c h a r i t y. Parkinson's Disease Support face.charity@hotmail.com www.face Contact Joyce Boxall (Santa Maria de -charity.com Nieva, Huércal-Overa), tel 677 688037 The Helping Hands MACS Cancer Support Group Support for Animals and People alike. General Enquiries call 634 328 334 10am Registered charity. Tel: 968 48 29 48 to 4pm. 24/7 Careline: 634 656 555. Fully Spanish registered charity. Harmony Community Support Shops in Mojácar, Turre, Albox and Providing assistance to those in need. Huercal-Overa open Mon-Fri, 10-2pm Tel. 634 339 192 Mon - Fri, 11:00 - 14:00 www.macscancersupport.com Email: help@harmonycharity macscancersuppor t@live.co.uk

Send details of your group to almeriafocus@gmail.com Tel: 670 849 265

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Activities - Clubs - Associations Music & Drama Groups

Dance

Arts & Crafts

Indalo Players Well established drama group always looking for new members to act or help back stage. Tel. Bill White on 671 81 08 19 or email williamwhite9552@aol.com

Line Dancing Hotel el Puntazo, Mojacar. Fridays, 7.–10pm. Beginners welcome. Contact: Glynis 648217503 or Mary Beth 661671526 or strictlylinedancing mojacar@gmail.com

Sewing Group, Mojacar Meet at Dolce Vita for sewing, knitting etc. Weds 10.30 - 12.30. Tel: Brenda 634 34 34 92 or Sylvia 628 006 197.

Independent Theatre Group Always looking for new people, novices & full blown Thesbians. Call Ian Jones on 950 436 581 or 666 375 688 or e-mail independenttheatre@hotmail.com The Luvvies Maloan’s Bar, Arboleas. New members always welcome for acting or work behind the scenes etc. Contact us via www.theluvvies.com, tel. 634 346 309 or e-mail info@theluvvies.com Jacqueline Welby Productions New members always needed to act or work back stage or with any other activities. Tel. Jacqueline Morris Welby 634 313 531 Almeria Strings Folk Club Third Thursday of the month, 8pm, Turre. Free admission. For location and other events, see www.almeriastrings.org or call 634 347 930 The Rose Singers Small ladies choir singing a variety of musical genres in aid of local charities. 45 performances a year. Rehearsals Friday mornings, Los Gallardos. New singers always welcome. Call Alison on 667 408 941 or see us on Facebook. The Incognito Singers A mixed voice group performing a varied repertoire of songs to a high standard. Rehearsals Wednesday evening in Arboleas. www.theincognitosingers.com, Facebook, theincognitosingers@gmail.com Sing Sing Sing A mixed informal singing group, singing all types of music, for the fun of it, and to be able to perform a few charity events. Everyone welcome, Rehearsal Tuesday 6pm Villaricos Social Centre. For info. ring Janet on 617856680. Cariatiz Community Orchestra All welcome, any age, any level, only requirement is to read music. Rehearsals Sundays 6-7pm, Cariatiz (between Los Gallardos and Sorbas). Contact Emma, emma.v.randle@gmail.com 654 164 293

Eleanor & Gilly's Line Dance Class Maloan's Bar, Albox, 2-30pm- 4-30pm, Mondays. All levels welcome. Eleanor Tolman 950 439 003. Step2It - Line Dancing Maloan’s, Albox. Weds: 6.45 p.m 7.30 p.m, First Steps/Introduction. 7.30 p.m - 10.30, Beginners / Improvers /Intermediate. Contact: C a r r i e A n n 6 2727 9 5 84 www.carrieanngreen.com Line Dancing Beachcomber Restaurant, Mojácar. Beginners/Improvers. Mondays, 4pm. Contact John 666 200 579

Ladies Sewing Circle Evangelical Church, Turre, Wednesday 10.30 – 12.30 667 702 774 Glass Bead Making La Cueva del Pájaro, Carboneras. Call 950 130 627 Ladies Pottery Painting Parties Albox - every 2nd Thursday, 6 - 9pm. SimplyArt 662 443 095 Art Classes All levels. Thurs, 11-1pm, Miraflores Campsite. Fridays, 10.30am - 12:30pm. kukis Bar, Mojácar. Tel: 653 714 767 Girasol, Albox Art & painting. Tues, 10-1pm. Mosaic classes. Thurs 3-5.Tel 639 089 170

Line Dancing La Vida, Cucador. Tuesday 5pm

Sophia Wellness Centre, Arboleas Art classes. Tel. 950 449 451.

Pro Danza Nicky Mainstone Royal Academy Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Dance fit fusion. Children & Adults. Mojacar & Los Gallardos. T. 667479903

Yoga

Ceroc Dancing Artisan Centre, Mojacar, Tues 8.15pm Beginners/Improvers/Advanced. All welcome. Contact Tracey 687251799

Lotus Yoga Centre, Mojácar Mondays. Contact Sharon - 950 469 122 or 672 061 048 or omsharon50 @gmail.com

Belly Dancing Mojácar, Garrucha & Huércal-Overa. Contact Fatima: 610 472 596

L.O.T.U.S Integral Yoga Centre Mojácar. Yoga all levels/gentle yoga. Weds, Fri, Sun. Tel. Parvathi: 636063560

Bellydance Classes Mojácar, Turre, Palomares. Call 639 724 521

Sansonora, Mojacar Wednesday, 2.30pm. All levels, visitors welcome. Sharon 672061048

Oriental and Middle Eastern Folklore dancing classes Tues at Vera, Wed at Turre. Shirin, 607805367, gytanshark@yahoo.es

Sol Yoga Centre, Arboleas Tel: 686 400331

Dance Classes with Hollie Newell Ballet, tap, contemporary, modern, jazz, lyrical, zumba and more. Based in Turre. Tel: 634 317 391 Flamenco Dance Workshops Beginners level. Tel:687480694 Performing Arts Centre DanZaVera 54 Verasol, Vera. Royal Academy Ballet, Imperial Society Modern, Tap and Jazz. Also Hip-Hop, Oriental Dance, Spanish Classical. Tel Anita: 670 715 787

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Girasol, Albox Call 639 089 170 Cortijo El Saltador Lucainena de las Torres. Mon, 5:30pm. Tel: Brahmani on 600 34 91 51 Yoga with Ashlí Garrucha - Mon & Thurs; Vera - Wed & Fri; Turre - Thurs. Ashlí 643 102 335


Activities - Clubs - Associations Sports Almería Lawn Bowling Club Contact Shirley: 679 970 399 Bowling Club de Zurgena Friendly, social and competitive bowling, all levels and standards. Contact Keith: 634 335 988 or zurgenabc@gmail.com. www.zurgenabc.com Cabrera Lawn Bowling Club Contact Mrs Lynne Hughes-Jones lynne@genesis-cs.com Tel: 617 830 660 Indalo Lawn Bowling Club Contact Toni: 950 468 165 or 647 703 393 wattsmyt@gmail.com Mojacar Bowls Club Behind Marina Mar Hotel. Everybody welcome - Tues, Thurs and Sat starting with coffee at 9:30. Contact Verna 610 838 644. Badgers Golf Society Mojacar, play Wednesday and Saturday. Everyone always welcome. Contact Duncan Smart on 634 331 059 or badgersmojacar@gmail.com Boxers Golf Society Albox All welcome to join us as members or guests. Call in at the Why Not bar in Albox on Saturday mornings or email peterstooks@avired.com Forum Golf Society Plays friendly events at local courses twice a month. Richard Price. Telephone 850993073 or rfp53@yahoo.co.uk. www.forumgolfsociety.webs.com Marina Phoenix Golf Society Visitors welcome Mondays and Thursdays. Tel Don Atkins 605 051 238. Email marinaphoenixgolfsociety @gmail.com Valle del Este Golf Society. Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays. Contact Alan Townsend Tel. 690 090 982 Almería Golf League Contact Les on 950 619 273 Albox Club de Tenis Sun & Thurs mornings, Tues afternoons. Tel Sue: 950 064 369 Cabrera Tennis Club Email: cabreratennis@gmail.com www.facebook.com/cabrera.tennis Club de Tenis y Padel Indalo Vera. Tel: 608 250 607 - 950 59 28 77 www.tenisypadelindalo.com

Tennis & Padel Tennis Sierra Club Desert Springs. Tel: 687599115

Body Control Pilates Classes or private. Sharon 638 487 314

Tennis Coach Diego Rodriguez Tel: 689 688 226

Aerobics or Pilates Campo de Futbol, Turre. Contact Vicki 650 764 623 or vicki.lynch@live.co.uk

Padel tennis lessons At home. Tel: Ulises Gutiérrez, 606 902 691 Albox Sub-Aqua Club Wed, 8pm, Travellers Inn (7Km from Albox on Taberno Road). Mojácar Sailing Club Sunday afternoons, Playa Cantal, near Trufi Bar. All ages welcome for crewing or social membership. Contact George on 950 475 428. PartyLevante Sailing Club Initiation for children from 7 yrs in small groups. Email info@partylevante.com or call 680942141 www.partylevante .com Santa Irene Sailing Club Meets Sundays at 10:30 at the boat park of the New Marina, Garrucha, with a presail coffee at café La Oficina virtually opposite at 11:00. Contact Ian via info@ santaireneclubdevela.com or call 671 474 385. See www.santaireneclub devela.com Garrucha Table Tennis Club Tel Barry on 677 174 430 Cazadores de Turre Cricket Club. Welcome new members of all ages and experience. Contact Sam Lewis on 663 132 487 or Derek Larkins 634 361 941 Adelante Gimnasia Artìstica Classes for fun gymnastics , competitive levels, pre school and adults. Fully qualified coach. From 2 years. Tel 622 129 702 or info@adelanteartisitca.es www.adelanteartistica.es Facebook Adelante Gimnasia artistica. Walking Football Club Campo de Football, Los Gallardos, 9am Monday for training, exercise & playing. www.fclosamigos.com

Fitness & Martial Arts

Slimming Groups Casa Pepa, Turre, Weds 10 am, Hostal Meson (Kubatin) Arboleas, Thurs 1pm, Rose & Crown, Mojácar, Fri 11.30 Contact Vicki 650 764 623 or vicki.lynch @live.co.uk Slimming & Fitness with Pam Various locations. Tel: 639 465 631 pamsslimming@gmail.com Martial Arts Academy Seidokan Scientific Karate & Taiji-Qigong, Vera. Call John Watson 950 453 681 Performing Arts Centre DanZaVera Almeria. 54 Verasol, Vera. Martial Arts, Karate, Tai ji qigong, ancient weapons including Sword, Self Defence, Tactical Gymnastics, Yoga and ageless mobility. Tel Anita: 670 715 787 Mojácar Taekwondo 5 years to adults. Various classes & times. Contact Serge 646844708. Facebook GTF Spain Sophia Wellness Centre, Arboleas Gym, Toning tables, Kickboxing, Cross fit, Boot camp, Boxing, Salsacise, Zumba, Step Aerobics, Body Pump. Tel. 950 449 451. Fitness with Alison, Mojácar Full Body Workout, Pilates, AquaZumba, Zumba, Step Aerobics, Total Toning, AeroFit. Tel 666 273 168. Sansonora, Mojácar Qi Gong, Pilates, Dance. Contact Elena, 630 688 615 or elenasansonora @gmail.com Hollie Newell Zumba Almeria Turre, Los Gallardos, Arboleas and San Juan. Contact: 634 317 391 Fitness with Pam Aerobics, Jane Fonda workout, Gentle Cardio/Pilates, Hits/Circuit, Limited Mobility. Various locations. Tel: 639 465 631

Zumba, La Vida Cucador Girasol, Albox Fridays 10am. Pilates, children’s karate & gymastics, advanced gymnastics, Tai-chi. Tel 639 089 170

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Your Stars Make sure any presentation you have is ready. Anger may cause you grief; control your temper and try to sit back and calm down. Be careful not to take on other people's problems. You may find yourself in a financial bind. You may find yourself in the midst of a pretty good deal. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday. (Mar. 21- April 20)

Go over their important documents and take the time to suggest alternatives. You may be overreacting to personal problems. Old friends may not like your choices. Your social skills with people may be more than just helpful. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday. (Sept. 24 - Oct. 23) You need to spend some time getting to know this person all over again. Family outings will make you feel secure and happy. You are best to put your efforts into redecorating or inviting friends over. Legal matters that have been pending may be alleviated through compromise. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.

Pleasure trips will be most enjoyable if you take them with that special person in your life. You can't live your life for others. Don't avoid your true feelings. Be careful; you may upset someone you live with if you don't consult with them. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday. (Apr. 21- May 21)

(Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) Your mate may not have been honest with you. Emotional disputes will only end in sorrow. Be prepared to counteract the damage that adversaries are about to create. Club memberships or donations could be expensive and prove unnecessary. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday.

(May 22 - June 21)

Don't get involved in other people's problems. Your ability to work with detail will bring recognition. Secret information will be eye opening. You need some help this month. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.

(Nov. 23 - Dec. 21) One-sided relationships are likely. You can make financial deals, but it may be best if you're not using your own cash. Take on positions that offer on the job training or pay for courses related to the business. You may need to make a few alterations to your living arrangements. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.

(June 22 - July 22)

(July 23 - Aug. 22)

(Aug. 23 - Sept. 23)

Control those desires to cast your fate to the wind. Don't let your emotions take over. You'll have great insight. Your ability to put a deal together will surprise others. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.

(Dec. 22 - Jan. 20) Look at your options before making commitments that could jeopardize your financial position. Help those incapable of taking care of their personal affairs. New partnerships will develop if you join investment groups. Make changes that will enhance your appearance and entice potential partners. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday. Travel could include delays and other minor problems. Renovations to your domestic scene will pay high rewards. People who try to persuade you to do things their way will annoy you. Problems with your boss could lead to unemployment. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.

Don't do something silly just to get back at your mate. Focus your efforts on your work. Romantic encounters are evident through travel or educational pursuits. Opportunities to make financial gains through investments look promising. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday. (Jan. 21- Feb. 19) Stick to doing things that will make you a better person both physically and mentally. Don't push your luck with your boss. Your fickle nature may cause jealousy. Friends and relatives may not understand your needs. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday. (Feb. 20 - Mar. 20)

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Jokes of the Month Losing Weight

The Interviews

An Australian who lived in the outback was getting extremely overweight. Next time the flying doctor came he asked the doctor how he could lose weight. The doctor replied, “I want you to eat regularly, but not excessively, for two days. Then skip a day, and keep doing this over the next four weeks. When I come back I expect you to have lost 10 pounds. The next time the flying doctor returned he was amazed to find that the man had lost 70 pounds. The doctor said, “That’s amazing, is this just a result of you following my instructions?” The man replied, “Yep! But I was convinced I was going to die every third day.” “Did you have tremendous hunger pains?” asked the doctor. “No”, the man replied, “It was the flaming skipping that nearly killed me!”

A city boss needs a new secretary and three women apply for the job. At the end of each interview he asks the women what they would do if they found out they had been overpaid one moth by 500 dollars. The first woman replied that she would immediately ring the payroll department and give back the money. The second woman said that she would send an email to the payroll department saying she “might” have been overpaid, but do it on a Saturday, so they might not spot it on the Monday. The third woman replied that if she suddenly had 500 dollars she would keep quiet as it was not her fault, and she would buy some new clothes. The boss thought this over, and the next day rang one of the women to tell her she had the job. Which woman got the job? The one with the biggest boobs!

The Cards I went into the large card shop today, and I said to the woman behind the counter, “Do you sell bereavement cards?” She said, “Yes sir, they’re at the end of that left hand rack, near the bottom.” I asked her, “If I buy one, can I exchange it for the “Get well soon” card I bought yesterday?” Another Way Pinocchio started getting complaints from his girlfriend. “Every time we have sex I have to pull out splinters and it’s quite painful!” Pinocchio went to see the carpenter Carlo Collodi and told him about the problem. He said, “Here is a pack of some fine sandpaper, and you need to use half a sheet every day.” Pinocchio took the sandpaper home, and a few weeks later he saw Carlo in the street, who asked him, “How are you getting on with having sex with your girlfriend now?” Pinocchio replied, “Who needs a girl friend?!”

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The Tracks Three blondes are going for a walk in the country when they see some tracks, so they start to follow them. The first blonde says, “I think these are deer tracks.” The second blonde said, “Of course they aren’t deer tracks, they belong to a moose!” The third blonde says, “You’re both completely wrong, anyone can see they are Elk tracks!” They are still all arguing when the train hits them!”

Newly Weds Three weeks after her wedding day, Joanna called the vicar who had married her. "Reverend," she wailed, "John and I have had a dreadful fight!" "Calm down, my child," said the Reverend, "it's not half as bad as you think it is. Every marriage has to have its first fight!" "I know, I know!" said Joanna, "but what on earth am I going to do with the body?"


...and next... Weather Forecasts

Relatives A couple drove down a country road for several miles, not saying a word. An earlier discussion had led to an argument and neither of them wanted to concede their position. As they passed a barnyard of mules, goats and pigs, the husband asked sarcastically, "Relatives of yours?" "Yep," the wife replied, "In-laws." The Pilots Two men dressed in airline pilot’s uniforms walk down the gangway from the back of the plane when all the passengers are strapped in. They both have dark glasses, one has a guide dog, and the other one has a white cane. They both go into the cockpit, and some of the passengers get quite nervous, but they decide it’s a practical joke. The plane goes to the end of the runway, and then it starts to speed up for take-off. Some of the passengers are still quite apprehensive, but then the ones in the window seats see that at the end of the runway the sea is very close, and the plane still hasn’t taken off. As the end of the runway and the sea gets closer and closer some of the passengers start to scream. Straight away the plane lifts off, and the passengers who began screaming are quite embarrassed. It looks as if there was no problem at all, and everybody begins to relax. In the cockpit one of the pilots says to the other one, “You know what Jim? One day they’re going to start screaming when it’s too late, and we’re all going to bloody well drown in the sea!”

Some Native Americans asked their chief in autumn if he thought the winter would be cold or not so cold. The chief had no idea but told them it was a good idea to collect wood, just in case it was really cold. To see if he could get some reliable information he called the US Weather Bureau and asked, “Is it going to be cold this winter?” A man told him, “It is likely to be quite cold this winter.” The chief told the natives to keep collecting wood, and three weeks later he called the Weather Bureau again. The man told him, “We now think it’s almost certainly going to be unusually cold.” The chief tells the natives that they must collect as much wood as they could find, including using some of the women to help, and they start doing this. After another three weeks he rang the Weather Bureau, and the man told him, “We now have reason to believe the weather is going to be exceptionally cold.” The chief asked the man, “Are you quite sure about this?”, as he didn’t think there was much wood left to collect. The man replied, “Absolutely. The Native Americans are collecting wood like crazy! They’ve even roped in some of the women!”

The Dog A hound dog lays in the yard and an old man in overalls sits on the porch. "Excuse me, sir, but does your dog bite?" a jogger asks. The old man looks over his newspaper and replies, "Nope." As soon as the jogger enters the yard, the dog begins snarling and growling, and then attacks the jogger's legs. As the jogger flails around in the yard, he yells, "I thought you said your dog didn't bite!" The old man mutters, "Ain't my dog."

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The Almeria Focus - April 2018  

The Almeria Focus is a local directory and magazine distributed monthly in the Almeria province of south east Spain.

The Almeria Focus - April 2018  

The Almeria Focus is a local directory and magazine distributed monthly in the Almeria province of south east Spain.

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