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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15/06/2018 13:38


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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