Gang Arrested in Ibiza

Responsible for at least 29 robberies

The National Police have arrested a gang of criminals who they believe are responsible for at least 29 robberies, in which they have stolen more than one million euros in jewels and cash. Of the eight arrested in the operation, five have been sent to prison (four in Ibiza and one in Mallorca), and three have been released on bail.

The gang were arrested after a boat was tracked by helicopter when fleeing from Port d’Andratx in Mallorca after the gang allegedly committed robberies on the island. When the ‘Cinderella di Mare’ arrived at Talamanca, officers of the National Police and Guardia Civil swooped in.

The detainees apparently have been using a legal company called Security Pitiusas to gain access to hotels, restaurants and clubs where in they gather information on how to bypass the alarm systems before committing the robberies using thermal lances.

Among those detained in Ibiza are two brothers, Cristian CV and Jonathan CV, whose family own the security firm. Both brothers have extensive criminal records. Cristian CV was the leader of a gang that was arrested in 2009, after performing robberies in Ibiza during the summer of 2008. Also in 2011 during a burglary investigation, it was suspected that Cristian CV and his brother were using their security knowledge to install alarms in houses before entering later to commit theft.


A view of Es Vedra from the tower
A view of Es Vedra from the tower

The search for Atlantis

Council to provide information on where to find it

The City of Sant Josep has reported that an agreement has been reached on how to deal with the influx of tourists to the popular Torre des Savinar tower and Sa Pedrera area – which includes the fabled ‘Atlantis’.

“Given the massive influx of cars and visitors to the general area and particularly Torre des Savinar, which often causes the need for intervention by the Fire services, along with the deteriorating situation of the landscape and lack of safety for visitors, the City of San Josep understands that it must act for the common good, and not allow this landmark spot to be degraded, “said the Consistory in a statement.

The first measures will be to regulate access to the area and provide parking with attendants. An information kiosk and schedule of opening and closing will also be set up according to season, in addition to studying the possibility of introducing a fee for maintenance and monitoring. Moreover, three very clear routes shall be defined. Sa Pedrera (Atlantis), Sa Torre and S’Era des Mataret. Tourists will be informed by leaflets of the marked routes and their difficulties, and the risks of reckless behaviour and inappropriate footwear.


Crack down on moped hire

Local Police and the Guardia Civil have reported two motorbike rental shops in Ibiza Town for committing 29 offenses. They found numerous irregularities, especially in these two establishments on the Avenida de Pere Matutes Noguera.

11 complaints were filed against Moondance Ibiza, one for lacking a business license. Officers found that the bikes were parked illegaly on the street, and that the business had no liability insurance.

Cooltra Motos received 18 complaints for violations of city ordinances which included having no license, illegally selling tickets and not insuring some of the vehicles.

Police and the Guardia Civil announced more similar joint operations in the coming weeks.



Putting down routes

The Vueling airline has announced that it will open five new routes to Ibiza for the next winter season and increase the supply of seats by 35 percent from the previous winter.

254,048 seats will go on sale for a total of nine routes to Alicante, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid, Malaga, Paris-Orly, Seville and Valencia.

Passengers from or to Ibiza can connect to or from European cities like London and Berlin, with delivery of a double boarding pass at the airport of departure which means they will not have to collect baggage until they arrive at their final destination.


Only rules and horses

The Ibiza Council has announced that 800,000 euros will be allocated to reform and strengthen the Sant Rafel racetrack.

The insular Councillor of Interior, Commerce, Industry and Institutional Relations, Marta Diaz, who has met with representatives of the Association of Trot d’Eivissa, said that “it is time to value a building owned by the island” .

One of the first measures to improve the racecourse will be the installation of a photo finish device and a video system to record the races, which will enable the racetrack to become a Category 2 course.




New San An culture centre?

After two decades, the old cinema Cine Torres in Sant Antoni is expected to reopen to become a new cultural space. At present, the main obstacle remains economic. Apparently, the previous government team had offered 350,000 euros to the owners after undergoing appraisal by municipal technicians, but the new government has re-initiated talks regarding the monetary value of the property and how much they are prepared to offer the Torres family.

The old cinema seats 400 people and was the first village cinema in the municipality after opening its doors for the first time in the early 1930s.



Turtle Rescued

A loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta ), the first to get rescued alive this year, is recovering at the Centre for Recovery of Marine Species (CREM) of Sant Antoni. The animal, between 10 and 15 years old, had injuries in two fins when it was located near Sa Conillera.

Recreational anglers found the specimen tangled in plastic bottles and rope. Following a veterinary assessment and some tests, including an X-ray which ruled out serious injury, the loggerhead turtle was taken to CREM.

The turtle will remain on the premises of CREM at the aquarium of Cap Blanc, and will be released in about a month.


Tourist Spending is up

The 1.5 million tourists who visited Ibiza and Formentera in the first seven months of this year spent a total of 1,267 million euros, representing an increase of 5% compared with the same period last year when the total expenditure was 1,204 million euros – according to the survey of tourist spending Egatur, prepared by the Government. The average daily spending in the Balearic Islands was 112.89 euros, above the recorded in Mallorca, which was 112.42 euros and Menorca which stood at 94.82 euros. The British tourists are the most important national sector as they led the spending with 371.8 million, followed by the German tourists with 118.6 million.


Alvaro Martín
Alvaro Martín

Ibizan Cocktail Finalist

A bartender based in Ibiza at the Hotel Me by Melia, Alvaro Martín, has become one of the two finalists who will represent our country in the prestigious Opihr Adventure World Cocktail Competition.

After a month of national contests, Martín will join Valentina Vandici, of Hotel Do Reia in Barcelona, in a grand final to be held in the Moroccan city of Marrakech against the finalists of United Kingdom, United States, Portugal and Ireland.

Alvaro Martin won the Spanish heats with his cocktail ‘The Merchant’, inspired by the merchants who were responsible for the marketing of spices included in his creation.



Dive Troubles

An English 32 year-old was diving to a depth of 30 metres with the Punta Dive Center near Formentera, not Cala Martina (as initially reported by the emergency services), when he suffered an anxiety attack and surfaced too quickly.

The man was transferred to the Marina Botafoch, where he was taken to a private clinic in an ambulance, and then treated in a hyperbaric chamber.

The Policlínica Nuestra Señora del Rosarios is the only health centre on the island which has a hyperbaric chamber, which is used to treat decompression. The man is now out of danger and will make a full recovery.