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Eugenio Cabezas

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Nerja (1983). Eugenio studied Journalism at Malaga University and has been a SUR correspondent on the Costa del Sol since 2006.

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17/05/2019 23:06

Local

Axarquía to be home to international flight school

Vélez-Málaga mayor Antonio Ferrer along with councillor María Santana, signed a contract with the company Axarquía Aviation Park on Tuesday which paves the way for a flight school in the Axarquía. The town hall sold a plot of land at the Parque Tec

13/05/2019 14:32

Local

Vélez man suspected of arson attacks arrested

A 28-year-old local man was arrested in the early hours of Saturday morning after being found with a lighter near a burning container in Vélez-Málaga. The arrest comes after a new wave of arson attacks on bins, cars and wasteland in the town. Th

10/05/2019 11:03

Local

Man held after high-speed chase in Torrox

A 40-year-old was arrested on 26 April after a high-speed chase through Torrox during which he reached speeds of up to 130 km/h in areas with restrictions set at 20 or 30 km/h. The man, who was approached for being illegally parked close to the sea

06/05/2019 12:55

Local

20-year-old woman rescued from fire

A 20-year-old woman was rescued from a fire in her home in the village of Canillas de Albaida last Sunday. Neighbours noticed flames coming from the first floor of the building where the woman was asleep. The other three homes in the building were

06/05/2019 12:36

Local

Residents say lack of police led to burglaries

Residents of the Cantal neighbourhood in Rincón de la Victoria are blaming a recent spate of burglaries on the lack of police presence in the area. At least 12 break-ins have occurred in the last two weeks and one neighbour, Juan Martín, told SUR

03/05/2019 16:39

Local

Volunteers remove half a tonne of waste from Nerja beaches

Around 50 volunteers participated in a clean-up of Nerja's beaches last Saturday. Those taking part used motorboats and kayaks to remove half a tonne of waste from the cliffs and beaches of Nerja during the event. Plastics from local greenhouses,

12/04/2019 14:21

Local

Diputación to fund El Paso ground uplift

Malaga's provincial government, Diputación, has announced that it is to fund a major renovation to Riogordo's El Paso (Passion Play) ground, to the tune of 270,000 euros. The money is coming from Diputación's cofinancing investment plan, meaning R

12/04/2019 14:10

Local

Vélez-Málaga bus station reopened

The main bus station in Vélez-Málaga reopened last Friday following two years of work to reform the building which was, until the 1960s, the town's train station. The Malaga provincial government, Diputación, financed the entire project, which cost

12/04/2019 14:00

Local

Residents take Vélez council to court over infrastructure shortfalls

Residents in the Cerro y Mar and Chorreras housing developments, which are situated between Lagos and Mezquitilla in the Axarquía, have gone back to court to seek a solution to an ongoing legal battle with Vélez-Málaga town hall over incomplete work

05/04/2019 18:13

Local

Two companies show interest in Vélez tram repairs

Mayor of Vélez-Málaga, Antonio Ferrer, has told SUR that two companies have shown interest in the project to repair the town's tram system infrastructure, since the work was put out to tender for a second time in January this year. A previous call ha

05/04/2019 12:34

Local

Road closures for Vélez pedestrianisation works

As part of the plans to pedestrianise Vélez-Málaga town centre, from next Tuesday some roads will be closed off to traffic while in others the traffic will change direction. Some of the work has already started, including creating new roundabouts

05/04/2019 12:06

Local

Nerja caves bathed in blue to mark World Autism Day

The Nerja caves provided the stage for Malaga's main event to mark World Autism Day on Tuesday. The caves' discoverers were joined by the Nerja Caves Foundation director, Chema Domínguez, Malaga's autism association president, José Reyes and repres

29/03/2019 13:17

Local

Body pulled from sea metres from Balcón

The body of a middle-aged man was pulled from the sea just 50 metres from Nerja's Balcón de Europa on Monday afternoon. Police have confirmed that the man, who was fully clothed, is not local and haven't ruled out the body belonging to a migrant.

29/03/2019 13:14

Local

Beach bar burned out days before opening

Guardia Civil officers are looking for the people responsible for a suspected arson attack on the Aquí Mismo beach bar in Torre de Benagalbón. The fire took hold late last Thursday evening. A resident who spotted flames coming from the promenade a

25/03/2019 11:39

Local

Wind and heat spread two fires in under 24 hours

Emergency services were called to two separate fires in the Torrox area last weekend. The first broke out in a field of stubble by the Torrox to Cómpeta road, while the second started in greenhouses in the Pecho la Torre area of El Morche. Both ar

25/03/2019 11:15

Local

Nerja - Torrox harbour plans reinitiated

A proposal to reactivate plans to build a harbour between Torrox and Nerja was one of the main items on the agenda during a visit to the Axarquía on Tuesday by Patricia Navarro from the regional government, the Junta de Andalucía. The idea has been o

08/03/2019 18:13

Local

Frigiliana features in latest Coca-Cola advert in Spain

Frigiliana features in the latest Spanish Coca-Cola advert which was first televised and shown on the internet on Monday. Viewers get a brief glimpse of people having lunch at a restaurant which was especially created for the promotional video, on

08/03/2019 13:49

Local

Torrox town hall announces gourmet market plans

Torrox town hall has revealed plans to turn the existing market on its Plaza de la Constitución into a gourmet market, with a central bar where visitors will be able to sample local food. The announcement was made last Friday by mayor, Óscar Medina

27/02/2019 18:01

Education

Rincón school cycling initiative to be extended

Rincón de la Victoria town hall has announced plans to extend its cycling to school project, 'STARS' to include a further seven schools. The European Union initiative, which was started in the town two years ago, was the first of its kind in Andal

15/02/2019 16:41

LifeStyle

Torrox picks up Sabor a Málaga prize for gastronomy sector

Torrox has been named gastronomy capital of Malaga following a competition held by the Diputación provincial government to promote the Sabor a Málaga (taste of Malaga) brand. Mayor of Torrox, Óscar Medina, along with Tourism councillor, Sandra Extr

15/02/2019 16:31

Local

Totalán dolmen project on hold until Julen case is heard

Mayor of Totalán, Miguel Ángel Escaño, has said that the council is hoping to get the go ahead for a project to revitalise the Cerro de la Corona dolmen; a 6,000-year-old megalithic burial site, just 200 metres from where two-year-old Julen fell into

08/02/2019 13:12

Local

New chief of National Police for Vélez-Málaga

Juan Carlos Aparacio Nieto, 56, was officially made new chief of National Police for Vélez-Málaga during an official event at the town's Centro del Exilio on Tuesday. María Gámez, the central government representative in Malaga, attended the cerem

04/02/2019 12:24

Local

Organisations and local residents discuss 'Brick Beach' project plans

The organisations and entities involved in the so-called 'Brick Beach' project to regenerate Mezquitilla beach in Vélez-Málaga met with residents last Tuesday to discuss the project and to answer their concerns. The project involves regenerating pa

01/02/2019 12:27

Local

Door-to-door refuse collection firm moves in

An entrepreneur from Seville has introduced a new service to Benalmádena collecting rubbish from people's homes to avoid them having to go to communal bins or recycling points. Francisco José Novalío has signed a deal with a local housing estate w

25/01/2019 14:51

Local

Residents protest over plans to sell land used for feria and market

More than 100 Benajarafe residents, as well as members of the opposition IU and PP political parties, took to the streets last Saturday to protest against Vélez-Málaga town hall's decision to sell a piece of land which is currently used for the annua

18/01/2019 13:40

Local

Torre de Benagalbón residents opt for new sustainable promenade

Residents of Torre de Benagalbón have voted for the most environmentally friendly of the two options presented to them for a new promenade. Mayor of Rincón de la Victoria, Francisco Salado, unveiled the results of the vote last week. Of 2,700 votes

11/01/2019 13:19

Local

50,000 euros stolen from Nerja caves ahead of 60th anniversary

Thieves have stolen two safes containing around 50,000 euros from the offices of the Nerja Caves. The robbers broke into the offices in the early hours of Sunday morning and made off with the safes, which also contained 80 lottery tickets featuring t

11/01/2019 13:17

Local

Chilches set to be part of province's coastal path

Vélez-Málaga town hall has awarded the contract to construct a section of Malaga's coastal pathway in Chilches to the Asturias-based company, Mediamadera Ingenieros Consultores SL. It will form part of the provincial government's plan to connect t

11/01/2019 13:16

Local

Nerja painter donates 413 euros to children's charity

Nerja painter, Juan Antonio Ortega Montesinar, has donated 413 euros to the children's oncology volunteer association (AVOI) in Malaga. The painter, who is known for his charity work and images of Holy Week, sold over 100 calendars with his painti

11/01/2019 13:12

Local

Sewage plant in Nerja to enter test phase by summer

Work has started again after a break over the Christmas period to complete Nerja's waste water station, which will enter into a testing phase before this summer. Spain's Environment ministry has said that it wants to make sure that work is not furt

08/01/2019 13:11

Local

Town hall accused of hiding USA trip expenses

The vice secretary of Malaga's Partido Popular (PP) political party, Natacha Rivas, announced last week that Macharaviaya town hall has been accused of hiding information relating to expenses for trips made to the city of Pensacola in the USA over a

08/01/2019 12:58

Local

Tender call for Vélez-Málaga tram repairs

Vélez-Málaga town hall has put out to tender a project to repair the damaged sections of the town's tram infrastructure, which stopped running over six years go. Mayor, Antonio Moreno Ferrer, announced last Friday that interested companies had unt

08/01/2019 12:40

Local

Road closed for zebra crossing installation in Puente Don Manuel

The A-7205 in Puente Don Manuel will be closed to traffic until 27 February for the installation of a new pedestrian crossing. The road closure is on the section of road from the A-402 towards Vélez-Málaga between the intersection on the Moraleda

08/01/2019 11:49

Local

The good weather has brought forward the almond blossom

The good temperatures registered throughout December and the almost complete lack of rain have brought forward the almond blossom in a number of areas of Malaga province, especially those exposed to the sun and closest to the coast. The phenomenon,

04/01/2019 18:35

Local

Plastic bottle tops to help Nerja charity

Nerja town hall has installed four containers specifically designed for residents and tourists to deposit plastic bottle tops around the town centre. Under the title 'Corazones Solidarios', the aim is to encourage people to donate their unwanted b

04/01/2019 17:22

Local

Historic building in Nerja town centre to be pulled down this month

The Giner de los Ríos centre on Calle Diputación in Nerja, just 200 metres from the Balcón de Europa, is to be pulled down later this month, once the Christmas period has ended. Work to demolish the centre is expected to take around 30 days. The b

14/12/2018 13:08

Local

Information panels in English along coast

Malaga's provincial government, Diputación, has installed a series of informative panels at 14 points along the province's Senda Litoral, the coastal path that links the towns along the Costa del Sol. Of these five are in the Axarquía: the Cantal c

14/12/2018 12:34

Local

Criticism over delay to Nerja Christmas lights

Nerja town hall has said that the reason the Christmas lights had not been switched on until today is that no company had come forward for the two-year contract to decorate the town. Last Friday, a Cordoba-based company, Pogesa S. A, finally signe

14/12/2018 12:30

Local

Cleaners confirm they will not strike on Migas day

The strike planned by cleaning operatives to coincide with the Día de las Migas in Torrox on Sunday has been officially called off. A deal was confirmed in writing between the cleaning company's union and the town hall. This will lead to a six per

14/12/2018 12:28

Local

The automotive sector is getting worried about the 2040 deadline

The car industry is fuming. Successive announcements from the Spanish government about a rise in the price of diesel in 2019 and a ban on the sale of combustion engines from 2040 as part of the fight against climate change, have sounded the alarm in

11/12/2018 19:24

Local

The Axarquía's dry stone walls added to Unesco heritage list

The United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organisation, Unesco, has added the Axarquía's dry stone walls onto its list of the world's intangible heritage of humanity, under the title, "Art of dry stone walling, knowledge and techniques". A

07/12/2018 15:02

Local

Vélez- Malaga town hall aims to raise money through land sale

Vélez-Málaga town hall has announced plans to auction 31 plots of land in the town. Earlier this year it sold off two of the original 33 plots. The land in question can be used for residential or industrial purposes. Values are between 13,000 and

07/12/2018 13:38

Local

N-340 coast road in Torrox reopens two weeks after landslide

The section of the N-340 coastal road which was closed two weeks ago, following a landslide, reopened on Wednesday. Emergency work to secure the rockface and install a safety fence in the area started immediately after the landslide, which resulte

30/11/2018 14:47

Local

Traditional Christmas foodie event plagued by political controversy

Torrox's annual Día de las Migas, which is held on the last Sunday before Christmas every year, has been plagued with political controversy ahead of this year's event. The town's cleaning company has threatened to strike over salary and working ho

26/11/2018 14:39

Local

Work started to resurface M-5105

Torrox town hall started work last week to resurface the six kilometres of the M-5105 road to Frigiliana that fall inside its municipal boundary. The other stretch of the road, which is roughly 10 kilometres in total, was redone a few years ago by

23/11/2018 12:30

Local

Andalucía's first eco-friendly boutique hotel opens in Torrox

A couple from Madrid, who spent many years living and working in London, have just opened what they say is Andalucía's first eco-friendly boutique hotel. Mayte González and Javier Martín, who worked in the banking sector in London for a number of y

16/11/2018 13:48

Local

Valle Niza beach declared an EcoPlaya

Valle Niza beach, which belongs to Vélez-Málaga, is the seventh in the district to receive the internationally recognised 'EcoPlayas' flag. The award was picked up in Mallorca earlier this week and is given to beaches which meet sustainable and en

16/11/2018 13:30

Local

Restaurant opens next to Cueva del Tesoro

Lacaliza restaurant, next to the Cueva del Tesoro in Rincón de la Victoria, opened last week, a decade after the previous restaurant closed. Local residents, Óscar Delgado and Conchi García, are the new owners of the eatery, which they say is one

16/11/2018 12:01

Local

Two dead among 15 migrants arriving on Chilches beach last Saturday

The latest migrant tragedy to hit Malaga province this year occurred on Chilches beach last Saturday afternoon, when a dinghy with 15 north and sub-Saharan Africans arrived, two of whom had died before reaching shore. Eleven of the migrants managed

02/11/2018 11:55

Local

Unicaja to pay for work to 16th century convent

Unicaja bank has said that it will pay for work needed to be done to the Nuestra Señora de Gracia convent in Vélez-Málaga, which is commonly known as Las Claras. The bank, which currently holds the deeds to the building, has applied to the town hal

02/11/2018 11:20

Local

Phone mast to be removed after 18 years of protests and cancer fears

Residents of the Generación del 27 neighbourhood, situated between El Morche and Torrox Costa, celebrated the news that a telephone mast, which they say has caused "high numbers" of cancer-related deaths, is to be taken down in early November. Mayo

02/11/2018 10:18

Local

Contract signed to build footbridges in Nerja

Nerja Town Hall has signed a contract with a company based in Asturias to build footbridges over the mouths of the Chíllar and Seco rivers in the town. The bridges form part of a project being run by the provincial government, Diputación de Malaga

26/10/2018 11:42

Local

Outdoor auditorium plans for Nerja Caves

The Nerja caves and museum foundation has initiated plans to build a 4,000 square metre outdoor auditorium in the gardens of the popular tourist attraction. The project is to coincide with both the 60th anniversary of the discovery of the caves an

26/10/2018 11:09

Local

Five-year-old British boy drowns in Nerja

A five-year-old British boy died after drowning in the swimming pool at a holiday apartment where his family were staying in Nerja. Reports say that the boy had been playing in the pool with his siblings when the accident happened. Emergency ser

24/10/2018 14:02

Local

No solution in sight for pathway connecting iconic Nerja beaches

The Paseo del los Carabineros, a walkway which links the Calahonda and Carabeíllo beaches in Nerja, remains closed to the public 16 years after it was shut due to the risk of falling rocks. However, there appears to be no solution in sight for the ar

15/10/2018 14:34

Local

Local Police in Rincón de la Victoria catch wanted French fugitive

A French fugitive was caught by Local Police in Rincón de la Victoria in the early hours of Monday morning when officers stopped the man while he was seen driving recklessly through the town. Results of a breath test showed he was twice over the l

15/10/2018 12:43

Local

EU funding for 'Brick Beach' regeneration

Vélez-Málaga is to regenerate part of its coast with construction waste. The town hall will use part of the four million euros of European Union funding it has been awarded to carry out the 'Brick Beach' project to Mezquitilla beach between now an

05/10/2018 13:27

Local

Police building set to be completed on schedule

Building work to the new national police headquarters in Torre del Mar is nearing completion and is set to be finished in early November, according to Vélez-Málaga town hall. Work started in March 2017 and it looks as though builders will meet the

05/10/2018 13:19

Local

Nerja entrepreneurs design theatre translation mobile app

Two entrepreneurs from Nerja have designed a mobile phone and tablet application which they say will allow both foreigners and people with visual or hearing impairments to enjoy live theatre. Fernando de la Rubia, a 48-year-old economist from the t

04/10/2018 15:13

Local

Custody without bail for man accused of murder in El Morche

Following the brutal murder of his partner, Manoli C. S (44), in El Morche last Thursday, a judge in Torrox has ordered that her suspected murderer, Juan Antonio M. L. (46), be remanded in custody without bail. Sources in the court said that the a

28/09/2018 11:30

Local

Council to study ways to prevent depopulation of Vélez old town

Vélez-Málaga town hall has announced that it is planning a major overhaul of its special protection and reform plan for the town's historic centre. The plan, known in Spanish as the 'Plan Especial de Protección y Reforma Interior' (Pepri), has been

14/09/2018 20:39

Local

Añoreta receives first investment in 30 years

The Añoreta neighbourhood which forms part of Torre de Benagalbón and belongs to Rincón de la Victoria, was one of the first modern housing developments to be built in the area, around 30 years ago. The area is now best-known for its golf course, whi

07/09/2018 12:06

Local

Electronics shop broken into twice in one month

Worten, the electronics shop at El Ingenio shopping centre in Vélez-Málaga, was broken into for the second time in less than a month on Monday. A gang of "hoodies" entered the store at around 7am and stole a number of electrical appliances. A similar

05/09/2018 15:22

Local

'Noisy' and 'dangerous' dog kennels opens up municipal border dispute

A border dispute between Vélez-Málaga and Arenas has been opened up as a result of complaints from residents in the Cerro Beas area about the Refugio de Leo dog kennels which opened up next to their homes a year ago. Complaints have been filed to b

17/08/2018 15:40

Local

Spectacular early-morning fire engulfs Torre del Mar beach bar

A well-known chiringuito restaurant and bar on the beach in Torre del Mar went up in flames early on Thursday morning. Three fire engines were called to the Bere Bere chiringuito, which is on the western side of the resort next to the annual Weeken

10/08/2018 17:58

Local

Body of young Vélez-Málaga diver discovered by British leisure boat

A sad ending to the story of the young diver from Vélez-Málaga who went missing off the coast of Cadiz. A British-registered leisure boat spotted the body floating in the ocean on Monday, ten kilometres from where he went missing. Sea Rescue and the

27/07/2018 11:58

Local

Riogordo to Venta Baja road project approved

The Junta de Andalucía has approved a 1.2m-euro plan to improve safety on a 22-kilometre stretch of the A-7204 between Venta Baja in Alcaucín district and Riogordo. Jesús Huertas from the Junta de Andalucía said that the work, which includes improv

17/07/2018 15:30

Local

New Torrox Costa dog beach is seventh in Malaga province

A new dog beach in Torrox Costa officially opened last week, with around 200 canines and their owners making use of the facility on the same day. The area covers a 300-metre stretch of beach near the mouth of the River Torrox and is the seventh bea

13/07/2018 20:23

Local

The 'fake' self-employed, under scrutiny from the authorities

Phenomena such as the collaborative economy, which includes multinationals in the transport sector such as Uber and Cabify, or logistics, like Deliveroo and Glovo, are coming under scrutiny from tax inspectors because they often hide a number of irre

13/07/2018 19:16

Local

Arrest made over domestic violence incident in Torre del Mar

A 53-year-old Spanish man was detained on Tuesday when police officers responded to a 112 call in Torre del Mar which alerted them to a possible case of domestic violence. According to the alleged victim, a 38-year-old woman originally from Paragua

13/07/2018 16:47

Local

Torrox town hall increases free parking spaces close to the beach

Torrox town hall has added more than 100 extra free parking spaces to its blue zones along the coast. The spaces may be used for a maximum of two hours using a cardboard disc which can be bought for one euro from the town hall and other locations.

06/07/2018 14:43

Local

How Rincón de la Victoria grew from the village of Benagalbón

The population of Rincón de la Victoria has doubled in size in the last 20 years, from 23,000 according to the 2000 census, to 46,000 people according to the latest figures. However, it wasn't until the arrival of the Malaga to Zafarraya train in 190

29/06/2018 17:16

Local

Regional president pays visit to Frigiliana

Frigiliana is one of Andalucía's most distinctive tourist destinations, attracting thousands of visitors every year. Now it has been recognised by the regional ministry for Tourism as an official Tourist Municipality. Home to under 5,000 residents, F

29/06/2018 16:21

Local

Discussions start to design Benagalbón promenade

Members of the Plataforma Lirios de Mar group which formed in protest against the construction of a promenade in Torre de Benagalbón met with local mayor, Francisco Salado, on Tuesday to start designing the prom. Technical reports which highlight t

29/06/2018 15:09

Local

Urn considered most important recent find at Nerja Caves

A funeral urn dating back to the end of the Neolithic period and beginning of the Bronze Age has been discovered just seven metres from the public areas of the Nerja Caves; in the Sala de Cataclismo. Although the urn was discovered in March the Ner

29/06/2018 15:02

Local

Plans to attract cruise ship visitors to Nerja

Mayor of Nerja, Rosa Arrabal, met with the president of Malaga port authority on Monday with a view to attracting more people to Nerja who arrive in Malaga via the many cruise ships that stop in the city. Arrabal hopes to bring more tourists to Ner

22/06/2018 13:36

Local

Nerja's 'mini El Corté Inglés' to close after 68 years of trading

Som Cerezo, a shop on Calle Cruz in Nerja's town centre, which has sold everything from electrical appliances to postcards since it first opened in 1950, is to close its doors. Current manager, Antonio Som Cerezo, who took over the shop from his fa

15/06/2018 13:38

LifeStyle

Finding a stable home for Kevin

The life of Cristina Gil López changed completely on 18 July 2014 when she gave birth to her second child, Kevin. Early during the pregnancy she contracted chicken pox, resulting in the boy being born with serious physical issues. His level of dis

15/06/2018 13:26

Local

Burriana car park reopened for summer

Nerja town hall reopened the car park at Burriana beach last Friday ahead of the summer season. The opening of the car park, which has a total of 240 places, had been subject to considerable delay, according to opposition parties. The council also co

08/06/2018 13:25

Local

No sign of management plan for Chíllar river ahead of the summer

Nerja's Chíllar river, which has become one of Malaga province's most popular alternatives to crowded beaches during the summer months, still has no management plan or controls in place, despite its increasing popularity which has brought a growing a

01/06/2018 14:42

Local

Costa town halls on hold for new rules on charging 'plusvalía' tax

Town halls across the Costa del Sol and Malaga province are in limbo over 'plusvalía', the land-value tax they charge to property sellers, while they wait for a change in law to clarify how this tax can be levied in the future. The uncertainty come

01/06/2018 14:20

Local

Nerja likely to charge residents to marry

Nerja town hall has published the draft version of a new bylaw on its website which will require residents who have been on the town hall census (Padrón) for more than four years to pay up to 150 euros for a civil wedding. Currently only couples wh

01/06/2018 14:15

Local

Mountaineer rescued from La Maroma

A 42-year-old mountaineer, who had gone missing from his group, was rescued from the Axarquía's La Maroma mountain on Monday morning after the group alerted emergency services at around 8.40pm on Sunday. Once located, the man, who had disappeared a

01/06/2018 14:02

Local

Works ongoing to improve water supply in the Axarquía

Malaga's provincial government, the Diputación, is currently carrying out a 150,000-euro project to improve the water supply in the villages of Arenas, Sayalonga and Canillas de Albaida in the Axarquía. The condition of the existing pipes regularly

01/06/2018 13:48

Local

Prison sentence and ban on public office for former Axarquía mayor

A court in Malaga has sentenced the former mayor of an Axarquía village, José Antonio Gutiérrez (41), to nine months in prison for misappropriation of public money. Gutiérrez, who ran Sedella and pleaded guilty to the charges against him during his c

25/05/2018 12:41

Local

Torre del Mar walkway is first of many to connect Axarquía coast

Local politicians including mayor of Torrox, Óscar Medina, along with Elías Bendodo, President of Malaga's provincial government; Diputación, officially opened a 30-metre coastal pathway over the Gúí river, connecting Torre del Mar and El Morche via

25/05/2018 12:41

Local

Rincón plans a footbridge at end of promenade

Rincón de la Victoria has also announced progress this week in its stretch of the Senda Litoral coastal pathway project. Although the area already has its own seven-kilometre-long promenade, the town council plans to construct a footbridge over the G

18/05/2018 21:07

Local

Meters finally installed in Rincón de la Victoria taxis

Four years after it became law in Andalucía for all taxis in towns with populations greater than 10,000 to have meters, Rincón de la Victoria's 24 taxis have this week been fitted with the devices. The delay was due to a failure to agree on tariffs

18/05/2018 15:32

Local

Archaeological park in Rincón to be restored

The Mediterranean archaeological park, situated next to the Cantal and La Victoria caves in Rincón de la Victoria, is set to have restoration work carried out, according to the town's mayor, Francisco Salado. The archaeological site, which first op

27/04/2018 14:48

Local

Two rental cars left burnt out following fire in Nerja car park

Firefighters were called to tackle two car fires in Nerja on Monday. The vehicles, which were both rented, caught fire in the Los Huertos de Carabeo public car park. It is not known why or how the fires started. Officers used synthetic foam to ext

20/04/2018 16:17

Local

New showers and toilets for Vélez-Málaga beaches

Vélez-Málaga town hall has installed six new shower units, half of which are adapted for wheelchair users, along the beaches in both Torre del Mar and La Caleta. In addition to the showers, public toilets have also been installed, in response to resi

20/04/2018 16:12

Local

Andalusian students complain of cruise holiday nightmare

Although tickets for the cruise cost parents 750 euros, the trip turned out to be "a total nightmare". "We felt ripped off, this has been the worst school trip of our lives," said students from the Jorge Guillén secondary school in Torrox, one of the

20/04/2018 15:46

Local

Junta completes illegal dump clean-up operation

The Junta de Andalucía finished cleaning up the Barranco del Viejo area just two kilometres from Nerja town centre and near the border with Frigiliana this week. The site had accumulated 5,000 tonnes of rubbish over a 15-year period and was the su

13/04/2018 14:36

Local

Popular Irish celebrity chef filming in Frigiliana

Award-winning Irish celebrity chef, Neven Maguire, was filming in Frigiliana this week for his programme which is aired on prime time Irish television. Frigiliana's tourism councillor, Carmen Cerezo, said that the filming had been made possible throu

06/04/2018 13:16

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Abandoned boats to be sold at auction

Three boats which have been abandoned at Caleta port in Vélez-Málaga are up for auction. The boats form part of a total of 49 that are being sold by auction across the whole of Andalucía. The 49 boats are expected to fetch between 200 euros, for the

16/03/2018 12:39

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Guardia Civil arrest suspect in sexual assault incident

Guardia Civil officers arrested a man on suspicion of sexual assault in Nerja last Friday. The 40-year-old suspect is accused of sexually assaulting a female shop assistant in an incident which allegedly took place in a clothes shop in the town centr

02/03/2018 17:27

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Rincón residents to get vote on promenade project

Mayor of Rincón de la Victoria, Francisco Salado, has said that residents of Torre de Benagalbón will be able to vote for their preferred outcome to the controversial promenade development. Local residents have been campaigning to save the area, wh

02/03/2018 17:04

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Belgian dies after car comes off N340 road

A 48-year-old Belgian man from Vélez-Málaga was found dead when his car came off the N340 road, near to the Cantarriján beach and Cerro Gordo west exit on Saturday. Officers believe that the man had suffered a heart attack or was asleep at the whe

02/03/2018 13:30

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Junta stalls multi-million-euro Arenas retirement home project

Mayor of Arenas, Laureano Martín, has criticised the Junta de Andalucía's decision to delay the multi-million-euro retirement home and hotel project in the village. Although the project, launched by a Belgian investor, was given the green light by th

02/03/2018 12:02

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Birds return to Vélez-Málaga park after modernisation

Some species of birds have returned to the pond at Vélez-Málaga's María Zambrano park since a renovation, including improved filtration and oxygenation of the water, took place earlier this year. Parks and gardens councillor, Marcelino Méndez-Trel

23/02/2018 12:49

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Work restarts on Nerja sewage treatment plant

Work finally started again to Nerja's sewage treatment plant on Monday. The long-awaited return of Isolux-Corsán-Corviam, who gave assurances that they would be able to complete the project, came after a series of protests in the town in January and

16/02/2018 14:12

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University use proposal for Las Claras convent

Las Claras, an association that is campaigning to ensure that the Las Claras convent in Vélez-Málaga is used in the most appropriate way, has asked for the building to have "university use" if and when it is bought by Vélez-Málaga town hall from Unic

09/02/2018 15:41

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Nerja home to one of Spain's top 10 paradors

Travel website TripAdvisor has named Parador de Nerja as Spain's sixth best. The list, which TripAdvisor explained is based on travellers' trips and comments, produced a 'top 10' list of paradors in Spain, with the number one spot going to Cangas d

02/02/2018 12:35

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Nerja caves visitor numbers dropped by 10.4 per cent in 2017

A fall in visitor numbers at one of Malaga's most popular tourist attractions, the Nerja caves, has been attributed to a change in visiting rules and hours. A 10.4 per cent drop in numbers was recorded last year, but according to manager of the cav

26/01/2018 12:43

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Bank should pay for Las Claras reforms

A residents' group supporting the redevelopment of Las Claras convent in Vélez-Málaga into a cultural centre, told the town's mayor, Antonio Moreno Ferrer, in a meeting last week, that Unicaja, the current owner of the building, should, through the b

19/01/2018 14:10

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Second notary office opens in Nerja

A new notary office opened in Nerja on Monday, meaning that the town now has two such entities. The office, which is run by Milagros Mantilla de los Ríos Vergara, is situated in Calle La Cruz. The notary on Avenida de Pescia, run by José Alberto

12/01/2018 13:34

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Marbella gains 5,000 new foreign residents in 2017

While the figures released by the National Statistics Institute (INE) last week show a modest increase in the inhabitants of Marbella in the year up to 1 January 2017 (428), more recent statistics from the town hall's 'padrón' department show that th

29/12/2017 17:50

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Nerja Caves Foundation hopes to top visitor numbers next year

Publishing its budget for 2018 on Wednesday, the Nerja Caves foundation said that it wants to maintain high visitor numbers in 2018. At the end of 2016, the foundation announced that more than 432,000 people had visited the site; a 5.2 per cent in

28/12/2017 21:33

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Reward for information on mutilated baby goat

A resident of Benagalbón whose baby goat had its four hooves cut off has offered a 500-euro reward for "trustworthy information" about who was behind the crime. Francisco Javier Jiménez explained to SUR on Monday that he had bought the goat, which

11/12/2017 17:01

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Pupils to perform at Christmas market to raise money for film

Pupils from the Trayamar secondary school in Algarrobo will have a stall at the town's Christmas market this weekend in order to raise funds as part of an Erasmus programme they have been taking part in. While a 20,000 euro Erasmus grant funded the

11/12/2017 11:32

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Extra clothes banks installed around Rincón

Rincón de la Victoria town hall has renewed an agreement with the Spanish NGO, Organización Social de Acción Humanitaria (OSAH), or Social organisation for humanitarian action in English, which was first signed in 2011. The new agreement will see

17/11/2017 13:17

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Vote of no confidence remains in the balance after councillor no-show

Rumours over the much talked about vote of no confidence against the Mayor of Nerja, Rosa Arrabal, continue to be just speculation after a councillor from the Ciudadanos party failed to show up to a meeting with Partido Popular (PP) politicians to si

07/11/2017 19:27

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Plan to fine beggars using pets approved in Nerja

Nerja town hall voted unanimously last week to pass a draft proposal which, if it comes into force, will seek to eradicate the use of animals by beggars in the town centre by issuing fines for anyone caught begging with their pets. Mayor Rosa Arra

03/11/2017 12:38

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Junta de Andalucía to meet with irrigators as drought fears increase

The Junta de Andalucía is to meet with irrigators in the province next week to agree a series of measures in an effort to avoid declaring a drought. The announcement came after the Junta's environment representative, José Fiscal, admitted on Monday

03/11/2017 12:16

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Frigiliana pensioner bound and gagged in car and jewels robbery

The Guardia Civil are hunting two hooded men who violently attacked a 70-year-old man in his home before making off with a car, jewellery and money. The horrific incident occurred in the rural area of La Morea, to the south of Frigiliana village an

26/10/2017 17:15

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Nerja waste water station to be ready for testing in 2018

Miguel Briones, the central government's representative in Malaga, confirmed on Wednesday that Spain's environment ministry has committed to the Nerja waste water station being ready for testing in 2018. Briones said that an agreement had been rea

24/10/2017 17:39

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Axarquía town to open raisin museum

Mayor of Almáchar, José Gámez, along with Francisco Salado, Vice President of Malaga's Diputación, announced last week that the small Axarquía town of Almáchar is to be home to a museum dedicated to raisins. The project is being funded by the two e

16/10/2017 16:45

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Work starts on Nerja waste water station after six months on hold

Spain's environment ministry announced last Friday that after almost six months of stoppage, work has started again on Nerja's waste water treatment plant. The company overseeing the project, Isolux-Corsán-Corviam, which declared bankruptcy at the

11/09/2017 16:21

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Karma Guen, 30 years of Buddhism in the Axarquía

It was in 1981 when Pedro Gómez, originally from Salamanca and his Danish wife, Dorit, visited Aldea Alta for the first time. In those days it was just one of many farmhouses that had been abandoned in the Vélez-Málaga countryside. The opportunity to

01/09/2017 16:55

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Tourist reports Nerja hotel for illegal sunbed service

A tourist from Madrid has presented a complaint against the hotel Balcón de Europa to Nerja town hall. The tourist, Alejandro de la Fuente, has reported in writing that the hotel is providing guests with sunbeds on the La Caletilla beach, to which

25/08/2017 17:26

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Over 35,000 visitors expected at twelfth Festival of Three Cultures

For the twelfth consecutive year, the Festival of Three Cultures in Frigiliana got under way on Thursday and will be on until Sunday. It is one of the most hotly-anticipated events in the Axarquía and all happens in the town that boasts some of the w

23/06/2017 17:10

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"Urgent meeting" called after effluent seen in sea in Nerja

Bathers on Calahonda and El Salón beaches in Nerja alerted SUR to the presence of froth caused by effluent in the sea near the shore during the course of last weekend. The dirty water caused alarm in the town at the start of the high season and despi

23/06/2017 13:15

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Woman suspected of animal cruelty as 105 dogs taken to shelter

More than 100 dogs were removed from land near the Granadillas stream near Rincón de la Victoria last Friday. Seprona, the environmental protection unit of the Guardia Civil, obtained a court order from a judge in Malaga to intervene to rescue the

19/06/2017 16:08

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Rincón de la Victoria sees major clean-up under new mayor

The new administration at Rincón de la Victoria's town hall has started a cleaning blitz following months of controversy over the management of the town's cleaning company, which led to last week's vote of no confidence. Beaches have been the firs

16/06/2017 13:37

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Nerja illegal rubbish dump probe reveals further malpractice

More than a week since SUR first published the revelations over public figures' involvement in an illegal landfill site in Nerja, the accusations and developments continue, with around 40 people under suspicion. SUR has had access to a document tha

12/06/2017 15:12

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Mayor among those in Nerja illegal tip investigation

Almost 40 people, including Junta de Andalucía members, Nerja mayor, Rosa Arrabal, and former mayor, José Alberto Armijo, as well as other councillors and 26 companies are being investigated by Malaga's environment public prosecutor and the Guardia C

02/06/2017 11:11

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Still no agreement from opposing sides over Maro golf course project

Meetings have been taking place in the last week between Nerja town hall and landowners, La Sociedad Azucarera Larios SA (Salsa), to try to reach an agreement over the controversial Maro golf course development. Councillors met with representatives f

01/06/2017 17:33

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Woman injured in explosion at Nerja takeaway

A woman has been left with burns on her arm following an explosion at a roast chicken takeaway in Nerja. The incident occurred at 1.30pm on Thursday after a gas cylinder in the shop exploded, causing a fire. The shop is located on Calle Pintadas

26/05/2017 10:41

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Three-year-old dies after pool incident

A three-year-old has died after an incident at a swimming pool on Sunday in Rincón de la Victoria. The child fell into the pool and began to drown but was quickly rescued. Medical services managed to get the boy breathing again, but he remained in a

19/05/2017 12:16

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Residents complain over bridge closure

Despite prior warning and public approval, the current closure of the old bridge, one of Nerja's main access points to the west of the town, has generated a high number of complaints by residents. The bridge will be closed for approximately one month

12/05/2017 11:14

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Protesters take to streets against bullfight

Around 200 people took part in a demonstration against a planned bullfight in Vélez-Málaga last Saturday. Among the demonstrators were representatives from political parties, Podemos and Izquierda Unida, as well as animal rights organisations. The me

12/05/2017 10:58

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Multi-million-euro renovation project for iconic Torrox hotel

The iconic Iberostar Málaga-Playa hotel in Torrox Costa officially reopened with an inauguration event last Saturday, having undergone a major makeover during the low season. Both the interior and exterior of the hotel have been modernised. In addi

05/05/2017 11:12

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New health centre to open early next week

The new doctors' surgery in Torre de Benagalbón, which belongs to Rincón de la Victoria, will start operating from Monday 8 May, according to the government's equality, social services and health representatives, José Luis Ruiz Espejo and Ana Isabel

05/05/2017 11:01

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Local boy lands starring role in new Billy Elliot musical

A young actor from Benajarafe has secured the leading role in Billy Elliot the musical, which will premiere in Madrid in October. Eleven-year-old Cristian López Zamanillo, who lives with his mum, 34-year-old Soraya Zamanillo and grandmother, Argand

28/04/2017 15:46

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Third Axarquía town set to introduce fines for 'beach hoggers'

Nerja looks set to be the next town in the Axarquía to impose fines for 'beach hoggers,' according to a consultation document published by the town hall. The proposal, which forms part of a list of 35 suggestions currently out to consultation, woul

21/04/2017 11:08

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Elderly foreign residents burgled

Thieves stole 3,000 euros in cash and 21,000 euros of jewellery from two elderly foreign residents' houses in Nerja town centre earlier this week, disguising themselves as inspectors from the company Sevillana-Endesa. According to police sources, the

21/04/2017 11:06

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Well water causes 150,000 euros of damage to town's boilers

An estimated 30,000 residents in Vélez-Málaga are experiencing problems with boilers, dishwashers and washing machines, damage amounting to 150,000 euros, due to abnormally high levels of lime scale in their tap water. The town hall and water compa

21/04/2017 10:59

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Town halls unable to agree 2017 budgets due to internal conflicts

Three out of the four biggest Axarquía town halls have failed to sign off this year's budgets, despite being at the end of the first quarter. Councillors at Nerja, Torrox and Rincón de la Victoria town halls have been unable to reach agreements ove

03/04/2017 11:12

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Sunshine at Nerja Residents' Day, with the shadow of Brexit

The 18th Nerja Residents' Day took place on Plaza de España on Sunday. Thirty-four stalls represented the large number of associations, companies and other organisations that are formed by, or work with, foreigners in the town. There were music and d

24/03/2017 11:23

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Minister denounces terrorism during visit

Spain's home office minister, Juan Ignacio Zoido, used the occasion of laying the first stone for Torre del Mar's new National Police headquarters to condemn terrorism and make reference to Basque terrorist group ETA's plan to hand in all its remaini

21/03/2017 13:08

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Popular Nerja tourist spots receive facelifts ahead of high season

Work is under way to stabilise the walkway and cliffs between the Mirador del Bendito next to Carabeíllo and Burriana beaches in Nerja. The walkway was closed 15 years ago due to concerns over safety and falling rocks from the cliffs. It is hoped tha

20/03/2017 14:18

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Torre del Mar drunk driver causes damage in pedestrian zone

A 44-year-old driver damaged bollards and parked cars after invading a pedestrianised street in the Torre del Mar area in the early hours of Saturday morning. The woman, who had a alcohol level of more than 0.4 milligrams per litre of air, drove a

17/03/2017 14:19

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Extension to dog DNA registration deadline

Rincón de la Victoria town hall has announced a six-month extension to its programme to collect DNA from residents' dogs. The announcement comes after only 71 out of an estimated 9,500 dogs' DNA have been registered since the start of the scheme. Pet

17/03/2017 10:55

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Residents film as broken pipe spills raw sewage into sea

A 20cm by 20cm hole in one of the two pipes that takes raw sewage into the sea off Nerja's coast was spotted and subsequently filmed by residents in the town last Thursday. The hole, 400 metres from the seashore between the El Chucho and Torrecilla b

17/02/2017 11:33

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Junta hopes to open botanic gardens despite dispute over management

The Junta de Andalucía has this week announced its intention to open Nerja's botanic garden this year, three years after work was finished on the site next to the Nerja caves. José Luis Ruiz Espejo, Malaga's representative from the Junta, told SUR

17/02/2017 11:26

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Two arrested after dog found living in squalor with no food or water

A new case of animal abuse reached the courts this week; this time a dog in Torre del Mar which was being kept tied up in squalid conditions in Torre del Mar. National police officers found the dog, which had neither food nor water at the time, in

10/02/2017 15:02

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Space for dogs opens in town centre park

A new dog park has opened in Rincón de la Victoria. The new space measures 600 square metres, includes a fountain and seating area and is situated in the Los Almendros park in the town centre. Councillor Ezequiel Carnero said last week that "there is

10/02/2017 14:50

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Vote of no confidence is act of "revenge" says Frigiliana mayor

A vote of no confidence has been motioned against the current mayor of Frigiliana, José Antonio González and his party, the Partido Popular (PP). Councillors from the socialist PSOE and Andalusian party, Partido Andalucista (PA), presented the moti

06/02/2017 10:39

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New method estimates cave drawings to be 20,000 years old

A team of scientists investigating the age of the drawings in the Nerja caves has dated them back 20,000 years, instead of the previously believed 43,500 to 40,000 years. The team, which has been led by professor José Luis Sanchidrán, from the Univ

27/01/2017 14:28

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Waste water treatment project recommences in Nerja

Following a seven-month delay, work has started again on Nerja's waste water treatment station. As of last Thursday the roads around Burriana beach, to the east of the town, have been closed to traffic, in order to complete work to the main pumping s

27/01/2017 13:43

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Public invited to enter film festival competition

Registration is open for a new film festival in Vélez-Málaga, which will show short films made by people using their smartphones. The festival, called 'Corto&cambio' (short & change) aims to show life in Malaga province through the eyes of its reside

27/01/2017 13:41

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Residents dramatic vote for new theatre facility

A new drama school in Rincón de la Victoria has taken its first pupils since the project was set up after residents were invited to vote on how 500,000 euros should be spent in the town. The school is based in the Sala de Las Musas in La Cala del Mor

27/01/2017 13:37

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Village to cash in as wedding destination

Frigiliana council has announced that it is to charge couples 50 euros for a civil wedding. Considered one of Spain's most beautiful villages, Frigiliana has seen a growth in 'wedding tourism' recently and until now civil weddings have been free, exc

27/01/2017 12:34

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Two dead after microlight aircraft crash

A man and a woman died after a microlight aircraft crashed near the La Axarquía aerodrome on Thursday last week. The 47-year-old woman, who was flying the aircraft as part of a training circuit, and an unidentified man, were killed after the aircra

23/01/2017 10:03

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Maro lights its fires

Last weekend Nerja celebrated San Antón with traditional bonfires in the streets. Locals and visitors fought off the cold around the bonfires and barbecues with the help of sweet muscat wine. According to the tradition the fires are lit in the street

20/01/2017 13:03

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Nerja cave discoverers reunited for 58th time

The group who discovered of the Nerja caves met at the historical site for the 58th annual reunion on 12 January. Francisco Navas, José Torres and brothers Miguel and Manuel Muñoz were accompanied by their wives, along with the widow and son of the f

17/01/2017 10:31

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Thieves steal from food and toy charity

Nerja-based NGO Nerja Solidaria de Alimentos reported on Tuesday the theft of 300 euros and a laptop from its headquarters in Plaza de la Ermita in the town. According to the NGO's president, Miguel Benítez, the robbery took place on Monday and there

17/01/2017 10:31

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Work to complete water treatment plant "imminent"

The continuing saga of Nerja's unfinished water treatment plant has been at the centre of the town hall's agenda this week as an investigation into the delays to the work has been opened. In the same week, Spain's central government has said that wor

17/01/2017 10:30

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Genetic engineering to stop AIDS

AIDS is one of the greatest pandemics in the world. It was only discovered 35 years ago in Los Angeles, but now around 38 million people have been infected by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), and approximately half of them are unaware of the f

17/01/2017 10:30

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How much is a cave worth?

How much does a cave cost when it is a tourist attraction and has been declared of special cultural interest? That's the question that a panel of three experts has just answered. In their opinion the Cueva del Tesoro caves, which includes prehistor