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Note about my Links listings: No warranty of any kind is implied by inclusion of a company or organisation within any of my listings categories; they are offered purely as a source of information for anyone who may be interested, but if you are considering entering into a contract with or through any firm or organisation you should make your own inquiries.

Airlines
Aer Lingus British Airways EasyJet FlyBe
Iberia Jet2 KLM Norwegian
Ryanair Thomas Cook Airlines Transavia TUI (UK-based flights)
TUI fly (non-UK based flights) Volotea Vueling
Some of these airlines fly to Murcia (MJV - * 45m using toll road, 55m using toll-free route), some fly to Alicante (ALC - * 1h20m) and some fly to both. Flights via Almeria (LEI - * 1h30m) are also a practical possibility and various of these airlines fly there too. Note that not all of these airlines operates flights out of the UK, but all operate flights to one or more of the airports below in Spain from various countries.
(* - estimated driving times to/from Mazarron Country Club. There are guidance notes on travelling from/to these airports in the 'Location' page)
Airports locally
Alicante-Elche (ALC) Almeria (LEI)
Murcia-San Javier (MJV)

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Car Hire

CarJet - offer car rental from various airports worldwide, including all those suitable for visiting the Meditteranean coast of Spain.

Centauro - offer car rental from various airports in Spain and elsewhere. NB/ For what is is worth, I have used this firm very satisfactorily; for several years I have rented from them through a broker, but now do so direct.

Rhinocarhire - offer car rental from various airports worldwide, including all those suitable for visiting the Meditteranean coast of Spain.

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Community (Mazarron Country Club)
- Community Pages & Discussion Forums
- Social Clubs & Groups
- Sundry Websites and Bulletin Boards
Community Pages & Discussion Forums
"Mazarron Country Club" - Community of Owners (http://www.mcccoo.org)
  • a website maintained by the 'Community of Owners', the governing body at Mazarron Country Club. (Currently, and for some time time, it is shown as 'down for maintenance', so its long-term status is uncertain for now.)
MCC-specific discussion groups on Facebook
  • Over the past couple of years a number of Facebook discussion groups (mostly 'closed' groups) have come and gone. Currently those I am aware of (and have joined myself), are called "Home Owners Of Mazarron country club" and "MCC Owners Friendly Group"; there may be others I am unaware of. To join, simply put those names into your Facebook search box and request to 'join' either group, but please note membership is available for owners of property at Mazarron Country Club only (this does not include people who merely 'rent' properties, even long-term), and your application will likely be approved fairly rapidly after verification.
Social Clubs & Groups
MCC Residents Social Club
  • The club now once more has a website, since June/July 2016. The Social Club do mini breaks to various world Heritage sites and fiesta´s like the Las Fallas in Valencia. Our aim is and always will be to provide entertainment and enjoyment for all our members.
Country Club (& Friends) Events Group
  • The events group has a new website effective May/June 2014 (information about its activities may also be found in 'Soapbox').
  • The aims of the events group, as shown in its website, are: "to provide all types of social events for everyone in the local area. Our membership is open to all property owners and long term renters of Mazarron Country Club and also to friends residing elsewhere (as long as they are introduced by a MCC resident member)", and the statutes may be downloaded in the "Documentation" area.
Sundry Websites and Bulletin Boards
(suggestions for useful websites about Spain to add here are welcome)
Murcia Today
  • News, what's on, and general information about the Murcia Region of Spain, all in English.
Discussion groups on Facebook not specifically related to MCC, but the area generally
  • The most useful such group I am aware of is called "Preguntas y Mas Murcia" (it is a 'closed' group - to join, simply put this name into your Facebook search box and request to 'join', and your application will likely be approved fairly rapidly); it is mainly related to Camposol, but covers the wider area generally as well. There are several other Facebook groups I am aware of, mainly relating to 'buy & sell' or 'ads' - generally information about them is passed on by word-of-mouth.

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Consular
British Embassy, Madrid
  • the link is to the English-language version of the site, but a Spanish-language version is accessible by clicking on "Español" near the top-right of the page. Details of all British consular offices in Spain can be found here.
Other Diplomatic or Consular links in Spain (this is not an exhaustive list)
Argentina Australia Belgique/Belgie Brasil
Canada Ceske Chile China
Colombia Danmark Deutschland Ecuador
France India Ireland Italia
Japan Luxembourg Magyarország Nederland
New Zealand Norge Österreich Polska
Portugal România Russia Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera
Suomi Sverige Türkiye United States

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Foreign Exchange Rates
Foreign Exchange - Indication Rates

European Central Bank (ECB) - exchange rates against the Euro(Æ) from the ECB. Please note that although these rates are adjusted daily they are not 'real time' and should be used for guidance purposes only.

World First - rates between the world's major currencies. Please note that although these rates are adjusted regularly they are not 'real time' and should be used for guidance purposes only; the rates are for inter-bank transactions (i.e. GBP5mio+); the rate for a specific transaction will depend on the amount and currency required. NB/ For what is is worth, I have used this firm very satisfactorily on several occasions in recent years.

XE.com - cross rates between the world's major currencies. Please note that although these rates are adjusted regularly they are not 'real time' and should be used for guidance purposes only.

Comparison website
MyCurrencyTransfer.com - states it is "the world's leading money transfer comparison site, helping thousands of visitors each year find the cheapest, fairest and most transparent deal on money transfers". NB/ I have not used this firm's currency recommendations myself.

Foreign Exchange - Travel Money (Currency Banknotes)

www.compareholidaymoney.com - If you are considering buying Euro or other currency banknotes for your trip, you can obtain far superior rates than from your own local bank branch if you investigate buying on-line. NB/ For what is is worth, I have used one of the firms included in this comparision website, Travel FX, very satisfactorily on several occasions in recent years.

Please Note:
You should contact a foreign exchange dealer if you have a specific transaction to arrange.

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Post Office

Correos Espana (Spanish website) - enter the town which interests you, in this case 'Mazarron', click on 'Ver oficinas', then select 'Mazarron' in the second box which will appear
- Post office / Mazarron - Pz. Ayuntamiento, 2 - Tel:968590028
- Post office / Puerto de Mazarron - Virgen de la Fuensanta, 6 - Tel:968594860
- Post office / Camposol - Camposol 'B' Sector (below 'Consum' supermarket) - Tel: 968199427

Mailing address for Mazarron Country Club
A suggested mailing address for MCC is shown in the 'Location' page - click here.

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Public Holidays

(All the lists linked to below are in .pdf format and some may take a little time to download. If you do not already have a .PDF reader, you may download a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader by clicking here.)

Murcia Region
You may download a list of Public Holidays for Murcia Region, focussing on local holidays in the Mazarrón area. by clicking:

  • here for calendar year 2019
  • here for calendar year 2018

Valencian Community
You may download a list of Public Holidays for the Valencian Community (comprising the three constituent Provinces of Alicante, Castellon and Valencia) by clicking:

  • here for calendar year 2018

Andalucia
You may download a list of Public Holidays for Andalucia (comprising the eight constituent Provinces of Almeria, Cadiz, Cordoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaen, Malaga and Sevilla [Seville]) by clicking:

  • here for calendar year 2018

Sources:

  • Murcia Region - Public Holidays for 2019
    Murcia Region official website (Calendario de fiestas laborales para 2019 de la Región de Murcia), list of public holidays in Murcia Region for 2019 - please click here.
  • Murcia Region - Public Holidays for 2018
    Murcia Region official website (Calendario de fiestas laborales para 2018 de la Región de Murcia), list of public holidays in Murcia Region for 2018 - please click here.
  • Valencian Community - Public Holidays for 2018
    Valencian Community's official website (Diari Oficial de la Communitat Valenciana) has lists of public holidays in the Valencian Community for 2018, split into two parts - please click here for National/Regional holidays, and click here for Local holidays in municipalities throughout the Community (please note that municipalities are grouped alphabetically within separate sections for the three constituent Provinces of Alicante, Castellon and Valencia).
  • Andalucia - Public Holidays for 2018
    Andalucia's official website (Junta de Andalucía) has lists of public holidays in Andalucia for 2018, split into two parts - please click here for National/Regional holidays, and click here for Local holidays in municipalities throughout Andalucia (please note that municipalities are grouped alphabetically within separate sections for the eight constituent Provinces of Almeria, Cadiz, Cordoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaen, Malaga and Sevilla [Seville]).
  • Spain - Public Holidays for 2018
    Official Gazette of the Spanish State, Ministry of Employment and Social Security (Boletín Oficial del Estado, Ministerio de Empleo y Seguridad Social), list of public holidays in Spain for 2018 - please click here.

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Rail Travel in Spain

RENFE main website (English-language version)

RENFE Murcia/Alicante regional website (in Spanish only)
- the regional website is useful for planning rail journeys locally, for example from Totana to Murcia or Alicante (with a brief change at Murcia)

Tram Service in the city of Murcia (Tranvía de Murcia)

www.tranviademurcia.es - There is a modern tram service (called Tranvía de Murcia) operating a one-line service in a part of the city of Murcia. More information about the route covered and the timetable is available in the linked website.

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Recipes

I participated in a 'recipe exchange' amongst friends and acquaintances near where I have my Spanish home and wish to share both my own recipes and those shared by others. I will probably add additional recipes in due course. The recipes are eclectic and not specifically Spanish. If you are looking for a meal idea, why not try out one of the receipes currently available by taking a look here.

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Spanish Information
Official Websites

Spanish Government website (English-language version)

Boletín Oficial del Estado (Official Gazette of Spain) (Spanish website)

Boletín Oficial de la Región de Murcia/BORM (Official Gazette of Murcia Region) (Spanish website)

Other Websites

Spanish Television Teletext service (rtve.es) (Spanish website)

Spanish Tourism informaton website (English-language version)

Tourism Offices in Murcia ('Oficinas de Turismo') and more (Spanish website)

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Supermarkets

Aldi (Spanish website) - nearest at Puerto de Mazarron (quite close to Mercadona and Lidl there), also at Alhama de Murcia (C/ las Palmeras 30840), Águilas & Cartagena

Carrefour (Spanish website) - nearest at Cartagena (C/Alfonso XIII & Parque Mediterráneo)

Consum (Spanish website) - nearest at Camposol. There is also a relatively-close branch in Puerto de Mazarron.

Eroski (Spanish website) - nearest at Murcia (Nueva Condomina) and Cartagena.

Lidl (Spanish website) - nearest at Puerto de Mazarrón.

Mercadona (Spanish website) - nearest at the bottom of Mazarrón town. There is also a branch in Puerto de Mazarron, close to many other shops, as well as branches in nearby Totana and Alhama de Murcia.

Upper (Spanish website) - nearest at Puerto de Mazarrón. (Operates under the 'Spar' brand franchise.)

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Water Reserves
Water Reserves (National and Local for Murcia)
National Local (Segura)
Current - as at 12th November 2018:
(in brackets - change on previous week)
53.3% (+1.0%) 20.7% (+0.6%)
One, Two, Three and Four Years Earlier (in brackets - change on year)
- end October 2017 37.5% (+15.8%) 13.4% (+7.3%)
- end October 2016 48.8% (+4.5%) 22.1% (-1.4%)
- end October 2015 54.9% (-1.6%) 40.6% (-19.9%)
- end October 2014 63.7% (-10.4%) 57.8% (-37.1%)
Weekly/monthly historic information (in .PDF format)
Period from 25th June 2018 to 12th November 2018 - click here
Period from 26th December 2017 to 25th June 2018 - click here
Period from 27th June 2017 to 25th December 2017 - click here
Period from 27th December 2016 to 27th June 2017 - click here
Period from 28th June 2016 to 27th December 2016 - click here
Period from 29th December 2015 to 28th June 2016 - click here
Period from 30th June 2015 to 29th December 2015 - click here
Period from 30th December 2014 to 30th June 2015 - click here
Period from 15th July to 30th December 2014 - click here

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Weather Information
Weather information for Mazarron (Spanish website) - 'TuTiempo.net'

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