Barcelona and Costa Brava news selection from the last seven days and upcoming items including new dog parks in Barcelona, a shooting in Lleida, a Chinese visit to Lloret de Mar and the opening of a new museum. Published on Fridays.
Barcelona and Costa Brava news
Woman shot dead by husband
A man has killed his wife in the street in Lleida, later attempting suicide. The man was hospitalized with gunshot wounds in the chest at the Hospital Arnau de Vilanova and has been arrested.
According to sources at Mossos d’Esquadra, they received a a call at 3.25pm notifying them that a woman had been wounded by gunfire outside number 23 Jupiter Street, in the neighborhood of La Mariola.
When the police arrived at the scene, the woman had been taken by her family to the hospital, where she died an hour later as a result of the severity of her injuries.
The husband too was in a serious condition and was admitted to the hospital with chest wounds, which were allegedly done to himself with the same gun.
The Mossos had to place security in the hospital to keep the families of the couple apart.
Blanes’ new public space
Blanes has a newly refurbished public space next to the old sports hall. The area was formerly used as a dumping ground for municipal vehicles.
The area is now complete and occupies an area of 2,300 square metres. The work, at a cost of €352,783.21 has provided a more aesthetically pleasing place for people to relax.
New trees have been planted and lighting has been replaced and benches have been installed. Some areas have been paved with red asphalt, and the drainage has been addressed. The old sports hall has had its facades painted and benches have been installed.
Domus Avinyó opens after Easter
Domus Avinyó, located at Calle de Avinyó (number five), close to the Plaça de Sant Jaume, opens to the public after Easter .
One of the most exciting features of this new cultural facility is an outstanding display of murals from the late first century and early second quarter and which are characteristic of Pompeiian style. These are the only murals of their type on the Iberian peninsula
Tours will be available for small groups, with a guide, to explore the ancient Roman house that was once owned by a “freed slave”, according to Joan Roca , the museum’s director. The tours will be free until April 26 and will cost €2 after that date. The museum is open Monday to Friday only for groups by reservation. The public can access at weekends from 10am to 2pm. It is closed on public holidays.
Dog friendly areas
Barcelona city council has launched the first phase of its plan to expand and create more recreational spaces for dogs. The total dog friendly area will be 22,500 square meters and all districts have at least one area of at least 700 square meters.
The council explained that the plan will be developed in all districts. “In order to give maximum coverage to all areas of the city, Barcelona will increase from 56 areas to 80 of between 150 and 700 square meters, and all districts will have at least one major area of over 700 square meters. In total, 19 areas will be expanded and we will create 29 new.”
The area with the largest gain is Estación del Norte, which will triple in size to 3,000 square meters, becoming the largest in the city.
The doggie playgrounds will be surrounded by fences of 1.8 meters and made of materials that do not cause damage to the limbs of animals and do not allow dogs to stick their heads through.
Inside the playground all existing trees will be removed and a good irrigation system will be installed. Where necessary, new vegetation will be added with the cooperation of the Veterinary College to avoid any possibility of poisoning to animals.
Lloret de Mar news
China comes to Lloret de Mar
A delegation of representatives from Guangzhou Tianhe, the third largest city of the People’s Republic of China has ended their trip by visiting Lloret de Mar after Lisbon and Madrid.
The trip came after conversations about a potential exchange during the Chinese New Year in February. Later, representatives from Guangzhou showed interest in visiting the area so the Department of Economic Development of the City of Lloret de Mar organized this business meeting with the support of Gran Casino Costa Brava, Girona Chamber of Commerce and various business circles of Lloret de Mar such as Mesa Business, the Economics Club and individual entrepreneurs.
The program included a visit to the main attractions of Lloret de Mar and a presentation on investment opportunities in the area. Jordi Orobitg, councillor for tourism explained: “One of the possibilities that was put on the table is a catering and hospitality training course for Chinese professionals in the sector.”
The representatives of Guangzhou presented a talk on the economic and investment potential of the region. Employers are committed to opening up to the possibilities of investment in Lloret de Mar.
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