Zapatero to spend holidays in Menorca

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2 August 2004, MADRID – Spain's new prime minister, José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, will be spending his summer holiday at a rural retreat called Santa Barbara on the island of Menorca, government officials said on Monday.

2 August 2004

MADRID – Spain's new prime minister, José  Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, will be spending his summer holiday at a rural retreat called Santa Barbara on the island of Menorca, government officials said on Monday.

Near the town of San Clemente, the house chosen by the premier is located about one kilometre from the airport. It is owned by an Italian, Fabio Berrini, who bought the property in 1991.

The Zapatero family was originally going to be housed in the nearby Torre de Sant Nicolau, but in a late switch this building is now to be occupied by his security and administrative personnel.

The prime minister, who won a surprise election victory in March, will stay on Menorca from 4 to 26 August said a government spokesman.

A rural road that leads to the town of Binidali separates his holiday house from that of his entourage.

It was chosen by his wife, Sonsoles Espinosa, who checked out several houses on the island at the beginning of June.

Menorca seems to be becoming a favourite among Spanish prime ministers. Zapatero’s predecessor, José María Aznar, went there each year from 2001 to 2003, although this year the ex-premier's family has opted for Ibiza.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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