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Guide to Sitges News, Catalonia News, Spain News November 10th, 2023

Guide to Sitges News

News From L’Eco de Sitges and L’Eco de Ribes

Thanks to L’Eco de Sitges for allowing us to translate and present this summary

L’Eco de Sitges has a website which includes a selection of local stories and headlines (SITGES, HORA A HORA) Full digital copies of L’Eco de Sitges can be purchased at iQuiosc.cat. Paper copies are available at newsagents, kiosks and some supermarkets

Amongst the notable Sitges stories from L’Eco de Sitges and L’Eco de Ribes over the last two weeks were the following (where there is no link, the story appeared in the full print edition) :

There was significant coverage of the increase in STDs in the area, with data, expert opinions, and an analysis of the causes.

Also, it was reported that over 2,000kg of hashish was discovered on a pleasure boat in Port Ginesta, Sitges

There was a report into the rise of digital scams in both Sitges and Sant Pere de Ribes

Residents of Vallpineda will be interested in L’Eco’s article about  how the legal regularisation in Vallpineda, including adjustment of land plots, was halted due to a judicial decision based on technicalities from 15 years ago.

There was also a report on the town hall’s work to clear rubbish from the seaside, which is on the increase, and there was coverage of the return to Sitges beaches of Posidonia Oceanica or Mediterranean Tapeweed. Finally on the environment, work has reportedly begun on Sitges’ first ‘Parc Climatic’; a public space adapted to climate change.

In cultural news, there was special attention given to ‘la Setmana de la Malvasia’ or ‘Malvasia week’, a celebration of the white wine grape. L’Eco also reported on the future renovations planned for the Museu Romàntic, and highlighted the exhibition of an internationally renowned sculpture in Sitges. 

Sports fans will be interested to see all the high level matches that Sitges teams are involved in at the weekends, along with the results. Sports include football (soccer); indoor football; basketball; roller-hockey; field hockey; handball; rugby; and water-polo.

L’Eco de Ribes featured reports on the renovation of the town centre; the arrest of a masseur for sexual assualt; and the new bus shelters that will appear in the town. There was also an article on the new bicycle lane from Sant Pere to Roquetes.

Guide to Catalonia News

Catalonia has also been in the news, with most news coverage focusing on the deal between Pedro Sanchez and Catalan party Junts, led by Carles Puigdemont, to grant amnesty to all those involved in 2017’s unauthorised independence referendum. This will ensure Sanchez retains power, but it has caused outrage amongst many Spanish, who see Puigdemont as an enemy of Spain.

Elsewhere, Catalan news reports that skiing and mountaineering world cup events will be held in Catalan ski resorts in January 2024.  And there’s a great article for wine lovers in wineenthusiast.com about writer Jason Wilson’s trip to Barcelona, and his take on the new wave of Spanish wines that he tried there. 

Guide to Spain News

As for Spain, the Financial times reports on the sharp increase in tourists choosing the cooler north eastern regions of Spain (such as Galicia, Asturias or Cantabria) for their holidays and to buy property. If you’d prefer to visit other parts of Spain, Lonely Planet did an interesting piece on Murcia recently. 

Elsewhere, several papers picked up news that Easyjet will restart its service from Luton to Reus and add a new one from Manchester. Reus is an airport which is only 45mins from Sitges. Both will start on 2 April and operate twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout the summer.

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