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Buenos Aires (1987). Iván is the SUR correspondent in the Guadalhorce area. He studied Journalism at Malaga University.
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
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
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,
Just a few days after announcing the arrival of a Sumatran tiger, Bioparc Fuengirola has welcomed a special new resident, the first ever golden-cheeked gibbon to be born in Spain.
Gibbons are born blond so that young can blend into the fur of thei
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
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,
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
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
Workers at a hotel and catering college that has been shut for three years could soon be getting their outstanding pay checks.
The CIOMijas college, in La Cala de Mijas, closed when the consortium running it, a joint venture of the Junta de Andalu
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
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
An indefinite strike has been called for 7 August by workers at Urbaser, the company contracted to carry out street cleaning and refuse collection in large parts of Fuengirola.
According to sources at the company's workers committee, the dispute ce
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
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
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.
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
The local authority in Mijas has been explaining the success of its efforts to help residents who want to rent out their properties to tourists but have been unable to do so due to a bureaucratic trap.
New legislation introduced by the Junta de An
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
Ever since the courts declared that the 'plusvalía' tax should not be charged if a property loses value, town halls have been searching for different ways to top up their revenue streams.
In both Fuengirola and Mijas, they look set to take advantag
Members of the Partido Popular (PP) opposition group in Mijas have demanded a greater presence from the Local Police force in the municipality after statistics showed an increase in crime figures in the area.
In the first three months of 2016, just
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
Five workers at CIOMijas hospitality school, who were recently revealed to have been working for 32 months unpaid, have been excused from work indefinitely by the training centre's liquidators.
The measure has been taken due to concerns surrounding
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
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
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
The management of the Mijas racecourse, the Hipódromo de la Costa del Sol, has come under further scrutiny this week after the public prosecutor sent allegations of criminal offences to a court for investigation.
After studying a report filed in Fe
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
A private firm's proposal could lead to Mijas becoming home to a motor racing circuit. Land in La Cala has been earmarked for the venture which would involve the construction of circuits, pits and spectator stands, as well as a semi-Olympic- sized sw
The Mijas councillor for Infrastructure, José Carlos Martín, has announced that the council plans to begin three major road improvement projects and has put out to tender three contracts, worth approximately 1.8 million euros in total.
The first im
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
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.
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
Residents in the Torreblanca area of Fuengirola have been breathing a sigh of relief this week after the council temporarily suspended plans to charge them an average 6,000 euros per household.
Plans had been drawn up to demand the payment to fund
It cost an estimated 40 million euros to build and was one of the most important hotel and catering training centres of the Junta de Andalucía. However it was open for barely a decade and has been closed for nearly two years.
The CIO Mijas centre,
The hotel chain Ilunion has acquired its third establishment in the province after it was confirmed that it has taken control of the Hotel Hacienda Puerta del Sol.
The hotel chain, which now runs 26 hotels in the country, will rename the hotel the
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
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
Many residents in the Mijas municipal area who live on privately-constructed residential areas, or 'urbanizaciones', look set to see their services provided by the local council in the future.
Mayor of Mijas, Juan Carlos Maldonado, local councillor
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
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
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
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
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
The need to get vital information regarding the problem of domestic violence to the foreign community in Mijas - 40 per cent of the total population according to town hall figures - has resulted in Viogenex, a project which saw its second meeting las
A Partido Popular councillor in Mijas, Santiago Martín, resigned on Thursday after SUR revealed the content of conversations in which a Podemos councillor, Francisco Martínez Ávila, was offered a job in exchange for supporting a vote of no confidence
A petition devised by a group of Costa del Sol residents that appeals for the AP-7 road toll to be lifted when the alternative A-7 is congested, which has gathered approximately 1,500 signatures in under two weeks, is now being backed by local mayors
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
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
Antonia Ledesma is still mayor of Alhaurín el Grande despite the opposition's attempt to replace her with a no-confidence vote on Wednesday.
It wasn't a question of the opposition groups not having enough support to oust the mayor - in the end the
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