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Spain Crime: Alleged Italian ‘Ndrangheta Mafia Gangsters Arrested In Ibiza – Olive Press News Spain

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Gangsters with suspected links to one of Italy’s most notorious mafia groups have been arrested in Spain.

Gangsters with suspected links to the Italian mafia have been arrested in Ibiza as part of a mammoth police operation involving both Spanish and Italian authorities. 

Thirty-two criminals were arrested on Spain’s infamous party island, with officers searching 40 addresses across Ibiza, Barcelona, Malaga and Tenerife. 

About €30,000 in cash, 18 kilograms of amphetamine and 4.5kg of cocaine, as well as guns and ammunition, were also seized. 

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Police searched 40 addresses across Ibiza, Barcelona, Malaga and Tenerife. 

The European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation (Eurojust) said those arrested were believed to be part of two organised crime groups, both connected to the Calabrian-based ‘Ndrangheta mafia group. 

They operated in Ibiza, but the group was based in Milan and were allegedly involved in drug trafficking, money laundering and extortion, according to Eurojust. 

“The head of the organised crime group is assumed to be related to the boss of one of the most powerful Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta families,” the watchdog said in a statement released on Tuesday.                                                                                                                            The group is also believed to be linked with the Sicilian Cosa Nostra mafia. 

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A cannabis plantation with 600 plants was also dismantled during the operation.   

The suspects allegedly used sailing boats to import large quantities of cocaine from South America, to be sold in Ibiza. 

The criminal network also allegedly ran several businesses in Ibiza to mask their illegal activities, including real estate businesses and rental apartments for tourists.

“It is believed that the organised crime group was able to fully exert its power on the territory of Ibiza according to the mafia modalities and patterns that normally are exercised only in Italy,” Eurojust said. 

Information from Italian authorities established that two members of the organised crime group had settled in Ibiza and were allegedly involved in committing extortion.

The intelligence sparked Eurojust to open the case in April. 

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Camping Órgiva is The Perfect Base For Your Visit To La Alpujarra In Spain's Granada – Olive Press News Spain

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NESTLED in the heart of La Alpujarra, with easy access to amenities and beautiful scenery, Camping Órgiva is the ideal destination for those wanting to visit the area.

A family-run business, the campsite started over 25 years ago and is open all year round. The swimming pool is available from San Juan (the third week of June) until the end of September, weather permitting. When this is closed, there’s a natural dip pool under the Seven Eye Bridge, opposite the campsite.

Estafania, one of the friendly campsite receptionists, explains that clients hail from all over Europe, including Holland, Switzerland, and the UK, as well as Spain.  

In the low season, which runs from September to June, the campsite offers an affordable stay for those who enjoy being in well-maintained setting with views of the mountains.

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The site has an unusual tree house. Photo: Jo Chipchase.

The site is especially pretty, with a lot of grass, flowering plants, and trees. The pitches for tents have grass underfoot and campers can usually pick their own spot – except in high season, when demand leads to pre-allocation. For tents, the prices start at 22e with a car, and 18e without.

If you want the most comfortable accommodation for a night or more, the campsite offers several wooden chalets that sleep two, four or six people, bungalows that sleep four, and a quirky, wooden treehouse. This doesn’t have a kitchen but affords gorgeous views from its high vantage point.

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The Olive press tried one of the bungalows – Los Olivos – and had a perfect night’s sleep on a comfy bed. The bungalow features two bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and a small lounge with television. Outside, there’s a table surrounded by foliage: this is the ideal place for a coffee or snack. There’s also a barbeque and a parking space. The swimming pool is just a few strides away. The cost of bungalows in low season starts at an extremely competitive 60e per night for two people, 80e for four, and the treehouse 37e.

If you’re in a motorhome, the campsite offers generous pitches, as well as a zone for discharging grey water, a laundry room, fridge, microwave, and tables to prepare food.  There is free WIFI throughout the site.

The cost of a motorhome pitch is around 25e night with discounts for longer stays, with a month providing a 50% discount.

If you want to bring your dog, they’re allowed throughout the site, with a small charge of 2e a day per pitch and 5e per bungalow. There are no rules about tethering your dog, but he must be kept under control.

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View over the pool

The campsite has a large restaurant, run by a partner family. This opens from 9am until late, all year round. Here, you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and an evening meal, as well as the region’s ‘tapa’. From Monday until Thursday, a ‘menu del día’ is available. At the weekend, a different menu is served.

When you want to visit Órgiva, the town is a 3min drive or 20min walk. The friendly campsite staff can advise about attractions, local fiestas, and tourist offices. They can also look up public transport for clients. According to Estafania, many people come on the bus, motorcycles, and mountain bikes.

For those who like walking, the local area offers the popular Centenary Olive route, which takes 3.5hrs, although there’s also a shortcut. Horse riding and adventure sports are available nearby.

The campsite offers all-day check-in and has no restrictions on entry times. Simply phone the friendly receptionists, Estefania or Ana, to check availability on +34 958 784 307.

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Ecole Francaise Internationale Marbella: French School On Costa Del Sol Offers Classes In Three Languages – Olive Press News Spain

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A French school on Spain’s Costa del Sol is also offering lessons in Spanish and English in a bid to make its students trilingual. 

Ecole Francaise Internationale Marbella (efim) is accepting registrations for its third year of operation.

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Managing director Rubi Cortes said the school on Calle Jacinto Benavente in Marbella offers “much more than traditional French schools”. 

“Most French students don’t want to go outside of the French curriculum, so we stick to that but make it more innovative,” she said. 

“Our four pillars of trilingualism, student happiness, educational hybridation and digital and scientific culture means our students are not only trilingual but they also develop critical thinking, emotional intelligence, and learning of skills they will need for life beyond school.”

The school is a kindergarten and elementary school. First level of secondary school opened this year, with more levels to be added in future years. 

All classes are taught by a native French speaker, with learning times dedicated to each language always in native speakers.

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Some subjects such as mathematics are taught in French and English or Spanish, while the history and geography of France and Spain are taught in the language of that country. 

Efim also offers free linguistic activities outside school hours and arranges language certificates in French, Spanish and English for students at the end of their third grade. 

Cortes said the ability to speak three languages is a “vital skill” to possess in today’s world. 

“English is the language of business, it is spoken internationally and it is a must have so we want our students to feel confident in English by the time they finish their time at school,” she said. 

“Spanish is also spoken a lot around the world and of course we are in Spain, and French is also important to have for its cultural value and as it is spoken in many parts of the world such as Canada and many countries in Africa.”

About 65 students were enrolled in the school’s first year in 2021. 

This year, that total almost doubled to 115 – the school´s youngest child is two and a half years old, with the eldest at 12 years old. 

Students must be at least three years old before December 31 this year to be registered on the current scholar year. 

Cortes said she expects even more students to be enrolled next year. 

“More and more people are understanding the value of being able to speak multiple languages and how it can open doors for you in the future,” she said.

Cortes also said even non-French students are enrolled in the school’s other locations across Spain including Malaga, Madrid and Barcelona – At least 60% of students come from non-French speaking backgrounds, she said.

The Ecole Française Internationale de Marbella, which is part of AEFE French lycées network and accredited by the French Ministère de l’Éducation Nationale, is currently taking enrollment registrations for next year.

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Partido Popular Of Marbella Will Ask The Spanish Government To Declare Marbella’s Promenade A ‘space Of Public Interest’ In A Bid To ‘avoid Its Demolition’ 

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Marbella's promenadeMARBELLA’S governing Partido Popular (PP) has called an urgent council meeting to demand the city’s paseo maritimo (promenade) be declared a ‘space of public interest,’ claiming it is under threat from the PSOE led Spanish government. According to Marbella PP spokesman Enrique Rodriguez, the promenade was built ‘irregularly’ in 1972. The part of the paseo […]

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