Eight homes evacuated, two injured, after villas collapse in Orihuela

Two Brits were rescued by fighters when they became trapped by falling masonry after part of their villa collapsed in Orihuela Costa, on Spain’s south eastern coast.

Eight homes evacuated, two injured, after villas collapse in Orihuela
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Images showed that half of the building appeared to have subsided on Calle Limon in the Playa Flamenca area of the resort town.

Authorities evacuated 8 homes within Laguna II urbanization as a precaution after two buildings collapsed around 8am on Wednesday.

The two Brits rescued from within the property were reported to have suffered only “light injuries” and were treated at the local hospital in Torrevieja. One was said to be suffering from “shock”.

Firefighters had to cut through security bars covering the window in order to reach one of them and pull them out. The other was lifted from a rooftop.

Canine sniffer dogs trained in search and rescue were brought in to check if anyone else was trapped in the rubble but they found nothing and no-one was reported missing.

The villa was divided into two flats, one above the other and was similar to others in the complex. The evacuated buildings were home to 15 people according to El Mundo newspaper which reported that both those rescued were men in their 60s.

Emilio Bascuñana, the mayor of Orihuela, visited the area and confirmed that the two rescued were British. Hepledged to help anyone in need of accommodation while an investigation was carried out into the cause of the collapse.

Meanwhile the British expat community rallied round offering support.

The message above was posted on the Costa Blanca South Chat group on Facebook. 






Beat the crowds: 10 hidden beaches and coves along Spain’s Costa Blanca

If you're going to be staying in Spain's Costa Blanca this summer and you're looking to spend time relaxing at a secluded beach or cove, here are ten spectacular spots where tourists and sometimes even locals don't go in Alicante province.

Beat the crowds: 10 hidden beaches and coves along Spain's Costa Blanca
Cala Racó del Conill (Villajoyosa). Photo: Samu Alicante/Wikipedia

Finding a quiet spot to put down your beach towel can be pretty challenging during the peak summer period in Alicante. 

The pandemic and ongoing travel restrictions mean many Spaniards are spending their holidays in the country, and the Valencian province is particularly popular among national tourists, just as it is with foreign visitors. 

 For peace seekers, that unfortunately means packed beaches and the usual hustle and bustle that comes with life in Spain. 

However, Alicante’s coastline has lots of fairly unknown beaches and coves where you are less likely to encounter crowds. They may not all have fine white sand and all the usual amenities but their ruggedness and natural beauty are part of the charm. 

Here are ten playas (beaches) and coves (calas) in Alicante where you may find the peace and quiet you’re after. 

Les Rotes (Dénia)

Photo: Salvador Fornell/Flickr

Playa Portichol (Javea)

Photo: Concepcion Muñoz/Flickr

Cala del Moraig (Benitatxell)

Photo: Jesús Alenda/Flickr

Cala Baladrar (Benissa)

Photo: Joan Banjo/Wikipedia

Coveta Fumá (Campello)

Photo: William Helsen/Flickr

Cala Tio Ximo (Benidorm)

Photo: Enrique Domingo/Flickr

Cala Ferris (Torrevieja)

Photo: Miguel Angel Villar/Flickr

Cala Llebeig (Benitatxell)

Photo: Valencia Tourism Board

Playa del Bol Nou (Villajoyosa)

Photo: Diego Delso/Flickr

Cala Racó del Conill (Villajoyosa)

Photo: Samu Alicante/Wikipedia