ANCIENT WALL UNEARTHED
The remains of an historic wall were discovered in front of the entrance to the Civil War tunnels in Almería city last week.
The 11th century wall was unearthed during road works and has been identified as one of the ramparts that surrounded the Almeriyya medina, the ancient heart of the city when it was under Arabic rule. The regional government’s culture department however has decided it should remain unexcavated and be conserved underground, as it lies under a busy street.
Pipe work will be rerouted around the wall but otherwise the road works will carry on as planned.
NEW CAR SALES UP
New car sales in Almería province in October went up by 13.7 per cent compared to the same period in 2016, according to motor traders.
Private car sales went up from 734 units in October 2016 to 854 last month, representing a 16.3 per cent increase. Business and fleet car sales rose slightly by 5.3 per cent in comparison, with 222 vehicles sold. Brand Seat led the way with 106 cars sold, followed by Citroen (90) and Kia with 83. Cars with low CO2 emissions (up to 120 g/kilometre) accounted for the majority of sales – 825.
VERA'S PARK PESTS
Vera council has fined cleaning company Urbaser around €19,000 for allegedly failing to carry out its duties.
Council inspectors checking El Palmeral park prior to the town fiesta in September reported a “lack of maintenance” and spotted mice, snakes and beetles in the gardens. The council subsequently brought in another firm to do an emergency clean up. The decision was opposed by the Partido Popular which claimed maintaining the park was outside Urbaser’s duties.
The provincial government is promoting Almería as a holiday destination at the World Travel market industry fair in London this week. The tourism team is accompanied by representatives from various hotels including the British owned Hotel Casona Granado in Lubrín. Diputación vice president Javier García described the fair as an “essential showcase” for making new contacts with worldwide tourism operators.