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Twelve adrenaline-fuelled adventures for thrill-seekers in Spain in 2018

Zip wiring from Spain to Portugal. Photo: limitezero.com

Whether you like your thrills in the ..

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Zip wiring from Spain to Portugal. Photo: limitezero.com

Whether you like your thrills in the air, sea or with your feet firmly planted on the ground, Spain has a lot to offer if you're into extreme sports. The Local takes a look at the best options for adrenaline junkies in Spain.

A cross-border time-travelling zip wire

Photo: limitezero.com

Take an 80km/hour zip wire across the River Guadiana from Spain to Portugal with this heart-in-the-mouth experience. As well as flying across the border, you will actually fly through time – Portugal is one hour behind Spain.

LimiteZero Zip Line is based in Sanlúcar de Guadiana.

Caminito del Rey


Photo: Jorge Guerrero/AFP

Spain’s most terrifying mountain path re-opened to the public in 2015 after being closed following a series of deaths in 1999 and 2000. It may now boast more safety features but the path, snaking along the side of a gorge in El Chorro in Malaga, is still not one for the faint hearted!

You can book your visit online http://www.caminitodelrey.info/en/

Kite surfing off Tarifa


Photo: Francisco Manuel Esteban/Flickr

Tarifa in Cádiz, southern Spain is a mecca for kite surfers and the busiest kite surfing destination in the world (with huge beaches that cope nicely with so many kiters). With that honour comes dozens of brilliant kite surfing schools and some of the best teachers on the planet.

http://www.kiteworldmag.com/travel/tarifa-spain/

Surfing along Spain's northern coast


Photo: surfglassy/Flickr

The Basque Country, the straddles the northern Spanish border with France, is home to some of the best waves in Spain and surfers from around the world flock to its beaches every year. If you’re after something really memorable, try out the world famous wave that rolls in from the Bay of Biscay towards the village of Mundaka, which has hosted the surfing world championships several times.

Paragliding in Tenerife


Photo: Neil Hall/Flickr

Get a bird's eye view of Tenerife's other-worldly Volcanic landscape by strapping yourself under a parachute and jumping off a cliff. You can choose to jump in tandem with an experienced instructor or, if you're a dab hand at paragliding, take a solo flight and enjoy the ultimate "me time" while marvelling at the breathtaking scenery.

Rock climbing in the Picos de Europa


Photo: Eduardo/Flickr

The Picos de Europa, in northern Spain, are a bit of a hidden gem when it comes to rock climbing, so if you want to get your thrills while beating the crowds, this magnificent mountain range could be just what you're after.

Caving in Andalusia


The caves in Nerja, Malaga. Photo: Min Zhou/Flickr

Spain is home to some of the largest caves in Europe so why not explore a prehistoric world as you scramble through the underground tunnels? TeamXtreme in Andalusia offers guided caving trips.

Heliskiing in the Pyrenees


Photo: Alex Grechman/Flickr

If regular old skiing and snowboarding are too tame for you, why not try your hand at something a little bit more extreme – heliskiing.

Spain is one of the few European countries where you can legally heliski – that is, throw yourself out of a helicopter and into some serious off-piste skiing. There are various companies that run out of the Baqueira resort in the heart of the Pyrenees in northern Spain.

Mountain biking in Granada


Photo: Stefan/Flickr

Head to the mountain village of Castril for some unforgettable rides among some of the finest scenery in Europe. Here you can find anything from relatively easy rides around the Castril valley to leg-burning adventures that tackle mountain passes and summits.

Scuba diving in the Mediterranean


Photo: Arnaud Abadle/Flickr

The Medes islands, a rocky outcrop off northeastern Spain are a protected marine reserve and as well as enjoying some of the clearest waters off Spain's coast, have an abundance of interesting marine life. It is considered one of the Mediterranean's top dive sites.

Canyoning in Aragon


Photo: Kayakcampo.com

The Sierra de Guara in the Pyrenees in Aragon offers some of the most exciting canyoning in Europe. Adventure tour organizers offer trips ranging from fun for all the family to the more extreme routes suitable for experts only. Technical jumps, long slides and big drops with waterfalls of up to 60 meters can be found in the Monte Perdido National Park while the Gorgas Negras is known for its great length and outstanding beauty.

Running with the bulls


Photo: AFP

For a week between July 7th and 14th every summer, Pamplona begins each morning with an exhilarating race where hundreds of people run through the town ahead of magnificent bulls.

READ MORE: A survivor's guide to running with the bulls

Each year dozens are injured, either gored on the horns of a half tonne beast or crushed in the stampede. San Fermin is the biggest and most famous of the bull running events (Thanks to Ernest Hemingway) with more than a million crowding into the Navarran capital for the festivities, but if crowds aren't your thing, dozens of towns across Spain stage smaller versions.

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Sitges Mayor among others arrested in police investigation of alleged corruption

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Aurora Carbonell, the mayor of Sitges and from the ERC party, has been arrested in connection with an alleged corruption investigation, that has also implicated 12 other people, including eight local councillors from the period 2017-2022.

At least four people have been arrested as part of the case, including the local ERC councillor Jaume Monasterio, who was responsible for public works in the last legislature.

The group are being investigated for the crimes of misuse of public funds, embezzlement, and falsification of documents in the awarding of grants and minor contracts in the previous two mandates.

The Spanish National Police and officers of their Economic and Fiscal Crime Unit (UDEF) carried out several searches on Wednesday morning in Sitges, including municipal offices and the homes of two people. The investigation is focused into the process of subsidies granted by the Sitges Town Council to the social entity ‘Taula del Tercer Sector’ (Third Sector Board) and another local co-operative. The police seized documents relating to the entities under investigation.

According to local sources, the police would be investigating, among other elements, if the entity was paid twice for the same service, or received a subsidy and a minor contract, for example.

According to El Pais, police sources have said that the investigation affects the local departments of Beaches and Social Welfare. The police are analysing various specific grants, some of €45,000, €100,000 and €120,000, among others, which may have allegedly gone to the entities under suspicion. According to reports, the total sum under investigation is €600,000.

The starting point of the case stems from a police report detailing the alleged irregularities in May 2022, discovered by the council’s own inspectors.

Carbonell, who was recently re-elected as mayor, has been mayor of Sitges since 2019. The court has ordered for Carbonell and eight councillors to be investigated, in addition to four others who were part of one of the entities and cooperatves also under investigation. The period of alleged corruption is over four years, and also affects the government team prior to Carbonell, according to reports, under the leadership of Miquel Forns (CiU).

The Sitges Town Council has since issued a statement to say that the investigation is connected to ‘external irregularities’ and that it denies any type of wrongdoing.

‘The facts under investigation had already been analysed internally,’ the statement read. ‘The Town Council, once possible external irregularities were detected, commissioned legal professionals to clarify the facts, stopping the subsidies, reviewing the files and starting the process for the return of the subsidies that were not fully justified. The Council has reports that ensure the absence of administrative and even less criminal responsibilities, and which demonstrate the diligence of the Sitges Town Council.’

The statement went on to say that the council ‘is a transparent institution, which has a rigorous code of ethics that ensures the highest standards of integrity’.

It said that it would be making itself ‘available to the authorities in order to show our full collaboration in whatever is necessary’ and ‘reiterates our willingness to cooperate with justice at all times’.

 

Read from: https://www.spainenglish.com/2023/06/21/sitges-mayor-detained-police-investigation-alleged-corruption/

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Spain’s far-right Vox seek to make gains in 28 May local and regional elections

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Spain’s third largest political group in the national parliament, the far-right Vox party, is looking to make gains in the local and regional elections due to be held across the country on 28 May.

Since it entered a regional government for the first time in Castilla y León last year, Vox has attacked the unions and pushed polarising positions on social issues, including abortion and transgender rights.

It is now poised to spread its influence beyond the sparsely populated region near Madrid, with the party hoping to make gains in the elections at the end of May.

Surveys suggest the main opposition, the right-wing People’s Party (PP), could need the support of Vox to govern in half of the 12 regions casting ballots, just as it did in Castilla y León last year.

Polls also indicate the PP is on track to win a year-end general election but would need Vox to form a working majority and oust socialist (PSOE) Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and his coalition government from office.

Vox leader Santiago Abascal [pictured at a recent rally in Chinchón, near Madrid] has called the PP-VOX coalition government in office in Castilla y León since March 2022 a ‘showroom’ and ‘an example of the alternative Spain needs’.

It is Spain’s first government to include a far-right party since the dictatorship of Francisco Franco.

In Castilla y León, Vox has slashed funding to unions, which the party has vowed to ‘put in their place’ if it comes to power nationally. Trade union UGT was forced to lay off 40% of its staff in Castilla y León last month and scale back programmes to promote workspace safety. Spain’s other main union, the CCOO, is reportedly preparing to follow suit.

Vox has also angered LGBTQ groups by refusing to allow the regional parliament to be lit up in the colours of the rainbow, the symbol of the gay rights movement, for Pride festivities as in past years when the PP governed alone.

In addition, the regional vice-president, Vox’s Juan García-Gallardo, has railed against a law passed by Spain’s leftist central government that extends transgender rights.

The 32-year-old lawyer warned earlier this month that women would now be ‘forced to share locker rooms with hairy men at municipal swimming pools’.

Vox’s most contested initiative was a proposal that doctors offer women seeking an abortion a 4D ultrasound scan to try to discourage them from going ahead with the procedure.

The idea was swiftly condemned by Spain’s leftist central government, and Castilla y León’s PP president Alfonso Fernández Mañueco stopped the measure from going ahead.

The issue highlighted the hazards for the PP of joining forces with Vox, which was launched in 2013 and is now the third-largest party in the national parliament.

 

Read from: https://www.spainenglish.com/2023/05/19/spain-far-right-vox-may-local-regional-elections/

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Spain – Gas falls below 90 euros per MWh for the first time in almost two months

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The price of TTF natural gas for delivery next month has fallen below 90 euros on Friday for the first time in almost two months and closes a week marked by the decision of the European Commission to cap gas with a drop of 29, 36%.
According to data from the Bloomberg platform, gas closed this Friday at 83 euros per megawatt-hour (MWh), 8.9% less than the day before and the first time it has lost 90 euros since last October 31.
After months of negotiations, the EU agreed on Monday to set a cap of 180 euros on contracts linked to the Amsterdam TTF index with a price difference of at least 35 euros above the average price of liquefied natural gas in the markets.

EU countries agree on a cap of 180 euros for gas with the support of Germany
In a report this week, the Swiss investment bank Julius Baer indicated that the chances of the mechanism being activated are low and pointed out that the chosen formula was not very effective in avoiding the multiplier effect that gas has on the price of electricity. However, he reiterated what was said in other previous reports: “Energy supply risks are minimal and prices should continue to decline in the future” due to the availability of raw materials from Asia to offset cuts from Russia.

Gas tends to fall during the hot months due to lower demand, but this summer it has reached historic heights as European countries were buying to face the winter with their tanks full and reduce their dependence on Russia. The price fell in September and October due to lower demand once the warehouses were full due to the high temperatures at the beginning of autumn, but in November it picked up again and 66% more expensive.

This article was originally published on Público

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