Ivan Gelibter


Buenos Aires (1987). Iván is the SUR correspondent in the Guadalhorce area. He studied Journalism at Malaga University.

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17/11/2017 12:30


Ten-million-euro complex to be built on the border of two towns

The historic Camping Fuengirola which is found on the stretch of land between Mijas and Fuengirola, will undergo a massive transformation in the next few months in order to be converted into a large-scale shopping centre. The project has required a p

17/11/2017 11:44


Carvajal station: mission impossible for many

Ricardo Criado can't catch the train at his nearest station, which is Carvajal, a district in Fuengirola. There are 119 steps up to the platform and Ricardo, who uses an electric wheelchair, can't get up them. Nor is he the only person affected. You

07/11/2017 18:56


The Costa del Sol starts building again

One of the most characteristic images of the years prior to the economic crisis was the cranes. From 2008 onwards these structures disappeared from the skyline of municipalities in Malaga; a sign that the construction industry was at a standstill, wi

24/10/2017 17:40


New road signs and markings throughout municipality of Mijas

José Carlos Martín, the councillor for Operational Services in Mijas, announced this week that roadsigns and markings are to be replaced throughout the municipality, as part of a project to improve safety in the area. The total cost is expected to be

23/10/2017 17:42


East and west Las Lagunas to be linked by a road and roundabout

Plans have now been drawn up for a new road to link the east and west sides of Las Lagunas, in Mijas Costa, and the council has agreed to reserve funds from next year's budget to pay for the works. The road will run east to west between the Avenida d

23/10/2017 17:40


Danish women look for business ideas in Mijas

In recent months, several foreign investors have been looking at Mijas as a possible business opportunity. It is an attractive location, especially because of the large numbers of foreign citizens who live or have a second home in the municipality. A

13/10/2017 17:54


New tourist office to open in La Cala

A new tourist office is to open at the end of this year near the town hall building in La Cala de Mijas. More than 20,000 euros are being spent on preparing the area where the new office will be located in the main boulevard. The next phase of th

13/10/2017 11:39


Thousands unfurl giant Spanish flag in Fuengirola

Fuengirola town hall unfurled a giant Spanish flag on the fairground on Thursday to mark the Día de Hispanidad or Spain's national day. The flag measured 50 metres in length and, according to municipal sources, is the longest in the world of its ki

15/09/2017 15:06


'Urbanisations': a question of numbers and rights

It is difficult to know exactly how many people in Malaga province live in an 'urbanización', the Spanish word used for residential developments that can range from a simple apartment complex to vast estates covering various hectares. In recent ye

11/09/2017 18:08


A happy ending for Negri

Despite the horrible series of events that Negri has had to endure, her nightmare tale has finally reached a happy conclusion. On 12 June at around 5.45pm, police in Fuengirola received a call alerting them that a man (Negri's previous owner) was all

11/09/2017 17:50


Counter-terrorism measures stepped up in Fuengirola

Fuengirola has announced that measures to prevent terror attacks were to be stepped up following a meeting between the town hall and the central government representative, Miguel Briones. Similar meetings, with the presence of the National Police,

04/09/2017 16:03


Byblos hotel redevelopment gets the green light

Mijas town hall has given the green light to the project to renovate the Hotel Byblos in Mijas, one of the Costa's most iconic hotels once frequented by famous faces including Princess Diana. It is expected that work will get under way either at t

01/09/2017 17:11


Bioparc Fuengirola welcomes new Sumatran tiger

Harau, a two-year-old Sumatran tiger, has a new home. From now on he will live in Fuengirola's Bioparc as part of a Europe-wide conservation programme designed to encourage reproduction outside the species' natural habitat. It is hoped that Harau,

11/08/2017 17:48


Former Mijas mayor to be quizzed by judge

The ex-mayor of Mijas, Ángel Nozal, and leader of the PP group on the council is to be quizzed by an investigating judge. The formal interview will take place on 5 October and is in connection with the supposed offer of a job at Club la Costa resor

07/08/2017 16:48


The perennial problem of parking in the summer

Curro orders people about a great deal on El Palo beach, near the legendary Casa Pedro restaurant. He has no official authority or position, but is the self-appointed 'parking attendant' in that area: the person who officiously organises the few and

24/07/2017 09:46


The real story behind Sohail Castle

...fuengirola Opinions differ over the origins of the castle, with dates of its construction ranging from the 10th to the 12th centuries Nowadays, Sohail Castle is one of the most important emblems of Fuengirola. Many cultural events are held there

18/07/2017 19:03


Thousands witness climax to Mijas padel tournament

The World Padel Tour drew impressive crowds as it rolled into Mijas Pueblo last week. Some 3,000 people were treated to some of the best competitive padel in the world over the weekend as tickets at the specially-constructed arena in Plaza Virgen de

05/07/2017 19:05


The world of padel comes to Mijas

For the next few days, Mijas will be the centre of the padel world as the town hosts the Cerveza Victoria Mijas-Costa del Sol Open, part of the World Padel Tour. Until Sunday, some of the biggest names in the sport will be facing off in the special

03/07/2017 15:31


Mijas streets closed ahead of rush of evening visitors

Councillors in Mijas have recently reached an agreement with residents and businesses to close off some of Mijas Pueblo's narrower streets to traffic in the evenings during the peak summer months. From last Sunday, Calle Málaga, Calle Carril and Av

23/06/2017 17:10


Byblos Hotel on Mijas Golf will have 100 new rooms when it reopens

The reopening of the Hotel Byblos, the luxury hotel on Mijas Golf, has moved a step closer. On Tuesday, mayor of Mijas, Juan Carlos Maldonado, announced that the building licence for the renovation work will be issued at the end of the summer. The

23/06/2017 13:40


Government agrees to study La Cala de Mijas breakwater plan

Central government has agreed to take charge of the plan to build a breakwater on El Bombo beach in La Cala de Mijas. Local politicians have been calling for the structure to be built for some time as they believe it will capture sand and help prev

16/06/2017 13:55


La Cala residents start to campaign against the proposed racing track

Residents in La Cala de Mijas have begun a campaign against the private project, known as the Ciudad del Motor, that involves the construction of motor racing facilities on land in the area. The residents' association, whose president is Jesús Sepú

26/05/2017 11:59


Speed in Finland, claim in Fuengirola

In Finland, not everyone pays the same amount for a traffic fine. As an example of the progressive country it prides itself on being, Finland sets traffic fines in accordance with the offender's income, so they have the same impact on everyone. Howev

26/05/2017 11:22


New pedestrian crossing at St Anthony's

St Anthony's College will have a new pedestrian crossing by the end of next week. Until now parents, pupils and teachers have had to put themselves at risk when crossing the road near the school, as the nearest pedestrian crossing was two kilometres

19/05/2017 14:32


La Cala Resort welcomes golf's Challenge Tour this weekend

Mijas this week is attracting the gaze of golf fans around the world as La Cala Resort welcomes one of the year's standout championships. Until Sunday, the Asia course at the resort will host the Andalucía Costa del Sol Match Play 9, one of two eve

19/05/2017 11:42


Scandal over suspicious Mijas property auctions widens

Irregular property auctions carried out by officials at Mijas council could have started 37 years ago, say investigators. The town hall commission set up to look into 'express auctions', led by Podemos's local councillor, Francisco Martínez, has as

12/05/2017 10:44


Mijas denies holding up project to build groynes on its beaches

Ruling councillors in Mijas have reacted angrily to accusations from the opposition PP group that they are holding up plans to build breakwaters on the area's beaches to stop sand erosion. In a recent council meeting, the town hall had been accused

28/04/2017 16:01


Ex-mayors of Mijas told to explain high staff pay

Three former mayors of Mijas have been called before a judge suspected of overpaying some staff up to a total of 100,000 euros a year. The case centres on extra payments made to employees at the 'Patronato de Deportes', a municipal-owned company ru

21/04/2017 11:40


"Our relationship with British people will be just as strong"

This is the municipality on the Costa del Sol with the largest number of British residents: 12,000 of them are on the population register. Roy Pérez, the councillor responsible for foreigners in Mijas, gives his views on the effects of Brexit. Mij

21/04/2017 10:36


CIOMijas staff file lawsuit against Junta

Employees of the CIOMijas hospitality school, who have not been paid for 31 months, are to file a criminal lawsuit against the Junta de Andalucía for offences against their health and workers' rights. The training school has not opened for two years

07/04/2017 10:48


Mijas finalises plans for coastal path from La Cala to Fuengirola

The dream of building a 5.3- kilometre coastal walkway in Mijas Costa between La Cala and Fuengirola is a step closer to becoming reality after the local council announced that it has submitted a master plan for carrying out the works. Mayor of Mij

03/04/2017 15:15


Roadworks end on main route into Fuengirola town centre from the A-7

The lower part of Avenida Alcalde Clemente Díaz Ruiz, one of Fuengirola's main access roads from the A-7 motorway and Mijas Pueblo, reopened on Saturday after the completion of a 2.6-million-euro facelift. The mayor of Fuengirola, Ana Mula, announc

24/03/2017 14:41


Council to create a thousand new parking spaces in Mijas pueblo

The mayor of Mijas, Juan Carlos Maldonado, has announced that six plots of land have been designated in Mijas Pueblo for about a thousand new parking spaces. The plan aims to relieve the pressure on spaces for locals, especially in the summer. Maldon

24/03/2017 11:52


Mijas councillor quizzed over PP claims

Francisco Martínez, the only councillor in Mijas town hall of the Costa del Sol Sí Puede party, which is affiliated to Podemos, was questioned by public prosecutors in Malaga yesterday. It follows last week's revelations, emerging from taped conver

24/03/2017 11:28


Urgent improvements for Fuengirola's riverside park after rain

The riverside park (Parque Fluvial) in Fuengirola will undergo 500,000 euros of urgent improvements in the coming months. The focus of the work will be on the drainage and sewage pipes that run under the area, responsible for draining much of the tow

24/03/2017 11:14


Police report questions role of Mijas ex-mayor in property sales

A report by the Guardia Civil into supposed misconduct in property sales by Mijas council between 2011-2015 has called into question the role of former mayor and local PP leader, Ángel Nozal. Nozal has also been in the spotlight recently over suppose

17/03/2017 14:02


Residents stop council selling off La Cala land

La Cala de Mijas residents' association has succeeded in stopping Mijas council from sellling off a big piece of land for private housing. The 28,180-square-metre plot, by the Los Olivos football pitch on the outskirts of the village, is due to be so

24/02/2017 15:00


La Cala residents call for a new police station amid safety concerns

Fed up of what they consider a "lack of security" in the municipality, and following the recent spate of fires affecting cars, property and containers, residents in Mijas Costa, and especially those in La Cala, joined voices on Wednesday to ask the t

17/02/2017 10:37


La Cala de Mijas residents seek reassurance after string of fires

For several days, residents in La Cala de Mijas have been living in fear after a string of arson attacks has targetted cars, commercial properties, rubbish containers and other property. The crimes have been blighting the area for almost a month, but

17/01/2017 10:12


Casualty department opens at new Guadalhorce valley local hospital

The lack of close-by accident and emergency facilities for people living in the Guadalhorce valley is now a thing of the past, or at least the situation has been greatly improved, with the opening of a dedicated casualty department at the recently-fi