Circular View looking for a new site

Circular View (Valencia’s future London Eye ?) is the huge touristic and commercial project, which struggle to see the day, which could give the city an additional advantage in terms of image and number of tourists… But the Consorcio 2007 which regroups the Marina of Valencia, the Generalitat and the town hall just have refused its installation in the heart of the Marina, arguing that it is not part of its medium or long-term development plan. Thus, the promoters [...]

Gibraltar, fishing and migrant rights: Spain’s post-Brexit red lines

https://english.elpais.com/brexit/2020-01-30/gibraltar-fishing-and-migrant-rights-spains-post-brexit-red-lines.html#?sma=newsletter_inenglish20200131m PM Pedro Sánchez is meeting on Thursday with the European Union’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, to discuss the future relationship between the UK and the bloc Spain has set down its red lines for the ambitious negotiation over the relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom after Britain leaves the 28-country bloc on Friday, a process commonly known as Brexit. The EU’s chief negotiator for the process, Michel Barnier, will visit Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez on Thursday [...]

Brexit : first, a transitional period

The British Embassy in Madrid has published a guide to clarify the situation of British residents here. Almost 80.000 British people live in the Region of Valencia and 3 million British tourists visit the area every year.From February the 1st to December the 31st of this year, things will remain stable with a transitional period of eleven months, but it will change at the beginning of 2021.You have to register as a resident in the Registration System and you [...]

Effects of Storm Gloria in Spain: “Recovery will be very tough”

https://elpais.com/elpais/2020/01/23/inenglish/1579766516_152337.html   Valencia leader Ximo Puig demands swift action from the central government to deal with the aftermath of a weather event that has killed at least 13 peopleA powerful storm that battered Spain this week has claimed at least 13 lives – four people remain missing – and devastated coastal areas along the Mediterranean with record rainfall, wind and waves.The latest fatality is a fisherman who was dragged out to sea in L’Ametlla de Mar (Tarragona) on Thursday. Authorities are [...]

Spanish nationality: on the road to a new law for the descendants

The agreements of the newly formed coalition government between PSOE and Unidas Podemos could allow a significant change in the acquisition of the Spanish nationality. Indeed, the new government’s program of agreement includes a measure to recognize Spanish nationality for people whose parents are Spanish but born abroad. The idea is to offer the possibility to any Spanish descendant, son/daughter or grandson/granddaughter, in the case that one of their relatives was born abroad. Even if the proposal still raises [...]

A multi adventure park for Valencia

The construction of the future adventure park, located just next to the famous Bioparc and the Cabecera park, will start now and within 2 years, Rainforest should open up to the public.Canyoning, abseiling, escalation, bungee jumping of more than 20 m height and a lot more sportive experiences to live, everything takes place in a kind of jungle in an idyllic set-up, at the foot of a restored South Cambodian temple.We can even find a real false beach with [...]

Lottery, logs and lights: What surprises foreigners about Spanish Christmas

The famous Catalan ‘Caganer’ figurine is by far the most-cited festive curiosity by members of the non-native community in Spain Verne has spent years asking Spaniards what they find strange when they go to live in countries such as Germany, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil and China. But this time, we are asking foreigners to point out what they find odd about the Spanish – in particular during the festive holiday season. There are plenty of things that Spaniards take [...]

Is the avocado the new El Dorado ?

First European producer (way ahead of Greece and France), Spain increases its production of avocados every year, always adjusting to the demand and to the spectacular consumption growth of this fruit: in Europe, in only 10 years, it has been multiplied by three and the perspectives for the years to come creates total panic within the professionals.The main production zone in Spain is located in the region of Malaga, more precisely in l’Axarquía. But these last few years, the [...]

Remembering Lourdes: British ambassador learns of long-lost friend’s passing

The Spanish woman, who generously offered Hugh Elliott food and shelter 35 years ago, died from multiple sclerosis in 1997 Lourdes Arnáiz always shared what little she possessed, until multiple sclerosis took her away too soon, at age 32. But she will always be alive in the minds of the people who knew her all her life, such as her brother Alfonso. She will also not be forgotten by someone who only lived with her for five days many years [...]

Valencia embarks on medical tourism

“Visit Valencia”, the organization in charge of the promotion of the city, has created a programme which aims to place Valencia City as the destination of health and wellness excellency, in particular for seniors.  The third biggest city of Spain can indeed establish itself as an important player in this sector, thanks to its good network of health centres, of highly-qualified professionals, as well as a quality of life partly explained by its privileged location by on the edge [...]