Tuesday 11th December was a historic day
for Ibiza and Formentera. The Parliament of the Balearic Isles
approved a law of Environmental Protection for the area of
Since 1996, ses Salines has been categorised
as a nature reserve, but the locals didn't seem to consider
that this was enough and so fought for protection by law for
this area of outstanding beauty in Ibiza.
Finally they have got their wish thanks
to the Partido Popular (Popular Party), who were voted into
power at the last election, and the Ministry of Environment,
who have now proved that they are totally dedicated to conserving
and protecting Ibiza's environment.
The Environmental councillor, Margalida
Rosselló, expressed how content she was with the Parliament's
decision: "This is the first environmental law that has
been presented to the parliament and the fact that it has
been approved makes me feel very happy. Finally ses Salines
has been awarded justice after fighting for protection for
over 30 years".
A large part of the law was approved unanimously
although parts of it caused some controversy between the members
of the Balearic Parliament. In the end the majority approved
The vice-president of the Consell Insular
(Island Council), Vicent Tur, also wished to comment on the
news: "Although it has been a long battle, I am delighted
that finally the locals have achieved their goal".
Other local politicians, such as Miquel
Ramón and Joan Buades, also expressed how pleased they
were with the Parliament's decision.
Three hotels in Ibiza are hoping to receive the prestigious
Q for quality award on 20th December.
The hotels were tested back in October and,
according to the co-ordinator of the Federación Hotelera
(Hotel Federation), Rosa Cicuéndez, "gave very
So far the hotels Playa Real, Seaview Country
Club, Aura, Presidente and Formentera Playa can already boast
of having received their Q for quality awards.
Approximately 30 Ibicencan hotels are actively
working to improve their quality of service so that they can
also receive a Q but most local businesses are finding this
involves a lot of dedication and hard work.
Only very few of these awards are issued
each year in Spain.
The president of the Spanish Institute of
Tourism Quality, Eduardo Gomero, will travel from Madrid to
Ibiza on 20th December to award the Q's.
An earthquake in the Mediterranean Sea between Ibiza and Alicante
registered 3.4 degrees on the Richter scale on Thursday 6th
December at 13:48 GTM.
Even though the epicentre of the quake was
84 kilometres south-east of mainland Spain, neither Ibiza
nor Alicante suffered any strong tremors.
Ibiza And UK Unite In Fight Against Drugs
British police officers and Spanish security officials (Civil
Guards and National Police) have formed a new syndicate that
aims to prevent the traffic of drugs in Ibiza during the summer
The new syndicate's first meeting, which
took place in Ibiza on Monday 10th December, was attended
by the Balearic Secretary of State, Marienna Sánchez-Jáuregui;
several police officers from the UK, the British vice consulate
in Ibiza, officers from the Guardia Civil (Civil Guards),
the Lord Mayor of San Antonio and various councillors from
the Con sell Insular (Island Council).
"The meeting has been very interesting,
positive and constructive", said Marienna Sánchez-
Jáuregui, who hopes that this meeting will be "the
first of many to come".
During the meeting the officers exchanged
information regarding the most serious problems and discussed
Sánchez-Jáuregui added: "I
believe that international collaboration is a sure way to
solve these problems. 40% of tourists that visit San Antonio
in the summer are young British people, therefore both groups
of policemen, English and Spanish, understand and have experienced
the same problems first hand".
Both parties have agreed that the most urgent
problem to tackle is designer drugs, such as ecstasies, which
is the drug of choice for most young British people on holiday
in San Antonio.
During the syndicate's next meeting, members
will discuss possible solutions to other problems involving
British youth that visit San Antonio in the summer months.
Now that the hustle and bustle of the festive season has begun,
Christmas shopping is high on the list of things to do.
A recent survey conducted by the Unión
de Consumidores de España (Consumers Union of Spain)
has revealed that we Ibiza residents spend approximately 105,985
pesetas (407 pounds) each over the Christmas and New Year
According to the survey, the largest amount
of this money will be spent on food; 14,532 pesetas in the
home and 23,486 pesetas eating in restaurants and cafés.
A large sum is also spent on the Spanish
Christmas lottery on which each person spends an average of
16,316 pesetas, in comparison to last year's 9,745 pesetas.
A figure of 22,515 pesetas of the Christmas
budget will be spent on going out to parties, theatre, cinema,
Each resident will spend 18,201 pesetas
on Christmas presents this year, as well as an additional
10,939 pesetas on toys for children.
According to a spokesperson of the Consumers
Union of Spain, "these figures are not that alarming
when you compare them to those of other places in Spain such
as Madrid or Navarra, where each person will spend approximately
130,000 pesetas over the Christmas period.
As every year, the Consumers Union has issued
a list of useful Christmas shopping tips in order to avoid
any unpleasant surprises over the holidays.
One of the first tips they offer consumers
is to do your Christmas shopping before 15th December because,
after this date, most shops increase their prices.
The Consumers Union also recommends people
to compare the price of a product in different shops and "don't
just be seduced by the promotional campaign, more publicity
doesn't necessarily mean cheaper prices".
Security is also one of the Consumers Union's
priorities: "Do not attend Christmas or New Year parties
that don't comply with the law and only buy toys that are
marked with the symbol Comunidad Europea (European Community),
which guarantees that the product has passed a security and
quality control inspection".
With these tips in mind and 105,985 pesetas
in my purse I'm off to do my Christmas shopping, see you next