Eugenio Cabezas


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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11/12/2017 17:01


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


"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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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