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Day: September 26, 2016

Saturday is International Tapas Day in Torrevieja

Free buses to be laid on from the urbanisations and La Mata An International Tapas Day is being held in Torrevieja this Saturday, October 1st with more than 40 establishments all over the municipality taking part, announced Councillor Manuela Osuna. She said it will show foreign visitors and locals, who probably already know, the rich gastronomy and tapas tradition of the town’s catering industry. The activity will take place from 10am-4:30pm and 7:30pm-11pm and the price for a tapa and a drink will be €2.50. To make it easier to get there, there will be two special free buses picking people up from the urbanisations and La Mata between 11:30am and 4pm. The usual bus services will be running as well. The president of the catering business association, Joaquín Guillamó said each establishment will prepare at least two tapas, but can do more so there should be plenty to choose from. He noted that although World Tapas Day is held in Spain in June, this is a difficult time for businesses to cope with it in addition to being so busy with the summer rush. For this reason the association asked the Town Hall to hold this event on October 1st and they hope it will become a regular fixture. The participating establishments can also obtain promotional materials to give to customers, including a bandana with the colours of...

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New plans for Orihuela’s old bull ring

Arena will hold recreational activities and shows Mock up image of the future bull ring The derelict bull ring in Orihuela will not be demolished but converted into a multiuse venue for recreational activities and shows with a capacity of 2,800 people. It will also have a children’s playground, a cafe, an exhibition room and public toilets. This is the project presented by Mayor Emilio Bascuñana on Friday, which has an estimated budget of €403,000 and the Town Hal will pay for with money left over dating back to 2008 from different projects that were either never carried out or ended up costing less than expected. The council were looking for a quick and affordable solution because the building is a ruin and poses a real danger to people walking by it. The project will be carried out over an area of 7,500 square metres and architect Rafael Legidos explained that the first row of the stands will be preserved from the existing structure whilethe other three will be eliminated because they are in such bad condition. As a result the exterior wall will be reduced in height from 5.8 metres to 3.8. He said although certain areas will be eliminated, distinctive elements will be kept because of their uniqueness and historical interest, like the stone blocks, burladeros (matadors’ refuges) and main doors. The playground is planned to go...

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Free English audio guide at the Orihuela Sacred Art Museum

The Sacred Art Museum in Orihuela has created an innovative audio guide that enables visitors to complete their tour of the building with all the details about the different rooms and pieces on display. All the content can be obtained for free by simply downloading it onto a mobile phone or tablet. Museum director José Antonio Martínez admitted this was overdue and said they will keep developing in the future by adding interactive screens with information in each of the rooms. The designer of this application, history of art graduate Pablo López spent a season working in the Uffizi gallery in Florence and knew this was a common initiative in Italy and northern Europe. The audio guide was developed over the last three months and is available in Spanish, English and Italian, and partially in French. Soon there will be an edition in Valencian as well. López said the idea is for other museums and places in Orihuela to get their own and create a network of audio guides for tourists. The content is also available in text format so that visitors can find out in advance what they are going to see. It takes people with reduced mobility into account too by including images of those pieces that are not accessible for people in wheelchairs because they are too high up. The museum also intends to offer a...

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CD Torrevieja’s first point of the season

1-1 draw against Novelda with goals in the 15th (Matheus) and 74th (Jordi) minutes With a lot of effort Torrevieja managed their first point of the season after a good first half and a clear slump in the second. The blue and whites started with possession of the ball, fluency and depth. Their game, with better or worse luck, showed they are a team, which we had not seen so far. Despite having to play several men out of position – Juanmi as central defender, Carrasco as a winger and Lewis in the midfield with Damián – the intensity of the home team created dangerous combinations. On 13 minutes Carrasco could not get full contact with his head in an unbeatable position, a firm cross from Luis Carlos. Matheus ended up getting his reward for numerous run with a goal that opened the scoring after being played into the centre by Pablo Navas. Novelda were forced to do something different and evened up the fight in the midfield. Before the break Matheus got Alberto in trouble, by stealing the ball when the keeper came out of the area but Sellés arrived in time to prevent a second goal. The crowd cheered on their team constantly during a half in which the tortuous week before was forgotten. The panorama changed radically in the second half. Gaspar Campillo’s team launched its...

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