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Last month “Ley de Bienestar Animal de la Comunidad Valenciana” has been passed. This is not the famous Spanish Animal Protection Act, which is still in process. Both laws talk about animal protection, and they are very similar, but there are small differences. Besides, some aspects of both laws haven’t been developed yet. A good

Citrus garden

Winter is orange time in the Valencian Community and we were lucky enough to join a guided tour of the most important citrus fruit collection in Spain and possibly in the world – the Fundacion Todoli (https://todolicitrusfundacio.org) in the town of Palmeras just south of Gandia. The tour was organised by the Costa Blanca branch


FRIENDSHIP CUP On Wednesday 15th March we travelled to Calpe for the return match for the friendship cup. We had a lovely morning bowling in beautiful sunshine followed by an enjoyable lunch. After lunch as we had won, the Captain of Calpe presented Cindy with the friendship trophy, well done everyone. SAINT PATRICKS DAY The

Greener Gran Alacant? a missed opportunity…

Several months ago we wrote about our concerns regarding the over development of Gran Alacant and the need for proper modern urban planning to replace the current policy of pouring more concrete. We followed that article with another about our visit to Valencia where the city council is actively pursuing an urban greening policy to

Montemar Bowls & Social Club April Update

CHICKEN RUN Sunday 26th February  The February chicken run was well supported thirty six members took part which meant we played six rinks of trips, It was a very enjoyable mornings bowling. Lynne Armitage and Ian Hamilton won the chickens, Rita Towle and Colin Bedford won the eggs. Thank you Lesley and Graham Smythe who

Caravaca de la Cruz 

In January we travelled south into Murcia to explore one of its most historic and beautiful Cities; Caravaca de la Cruz. Located in a spectacular setting surrounded by mountains the city rises up to the site of its former castle which is now occupied by the impressive Sanctuary of Vera Cruz.  This ancient church houses

GA Runners March Update

With the Santa Pola media maraton completed its time for some further races in and around Gran Alacant. Andy took part in the Alicante 21k on Sunday 19th and Claudia and Brigitte are preparing themselves to run in the Guadamar marathon in April. By then they will have left Gran Alacant for a new home

Terry Talks back!

I could not resist.  Keeping my opinions to myself is like trying to stop the air escaping from a burst balloon. We are living through a difficult time with the war, the pandemic and now the cost of living crisis.  The hot topic now seems to be the cost of living crisis.  I love how

GA Runners February Update

Sunday 22 January saw the XXXI Santa Pola Half Marathon which started and finished on Calle Fernando Perez Ojeda on the harbour front. This run is widely regarded as one of the best half marathons in Spain, if not the best, and we are fortunate to have it here in our neighbourhood. There were a