England (1977), BA (Hons) in European Politics and French from the University of Derby (2001). Before coming to Spain, Jennie worked for the late Phillip Whitehead MEP in the UK and Brussels, Arts Council England as a Local Government Liaison Officer and for the DCLG (Dept. for Communities and Local Government) as a project manager. She has been in Spain since 2009 where she combines journalism with her work as a qualified English teacher and examiner. She has been with SUR in English since May 2015 and in January 2016 she became the correspondent for the Axarquía region.
Monday 8 March is International Women's Day and while there will be no big demonstrations to mark the occasion in Malaga province, there are a number of events, both virtual and in person, that are taking place.
While the world's attention has been
The weekly Trapiche farmer's market has been a key fixture in the diary and highlight of the week in the Axarquía for longer than some expats can even remember.
Every Tuesday morning foreign and Spanish traders, companies and charities set up stall
When the coronavirus pandemic all but closed down the country, long-term Barcelona resident and Spanish Civil War tour guide, Nick Lloyd, had to rethink his day job.
Nick, who is originally from Stockport, started his Spanish Civil War walking tour
Flames swept through the Windsor Tower, a skyscraper in the heart of the financial and business district of Madrid, late on Saturday 12 February 2005, completely destroying the 32-storey building.
It was 11.30pm when the fire broke out on the 21st
A new book, which its editor and co-author Carrie Frais hopes will expose the reality behind the dream of life as an 'expat', tells the true stories of 10 women who have, for all sorts of reasons, left their own country in search of life in another.
When Alicia Jiménez's neighbour taught her about plants as a child, little did she know she would be using that knowledge to run a business.
Jiménez and her partner Nicolas Trudu have been running Aletheia Nature from their home in Riogordo for two
Supermarkets selling British products in the province have been reporting problems with deliveries since 1 January, the day after the Brexit deal agreed on Christmas Eve came into force and the end of the transition period.
The Food Co. and Oversea
On 15 January 2012 Manuel Fraga, Franco's tourism and information minister, who went on to found the Alianza Popular - the forerunner to today's Partido Popular party - died of heart failure in Madrid.
Fraga, (Villalba, Lugo, 23 November 1922) had
The first Arts Society lecture of the year, From Downton to Gatsby, Jewellery and fashion 1890 - 1929, will be given by Downton Abbey jewellery designer, Andrew Prince. The lectures will be held via Zoom on Monday 10 January at 4.30pm (Costa del Sol)
The reality of Brexit and heightened restrictions due to the new variant of the Covid-19 virus, known as the "British variant", has caused more chaos and distress for hundreds of Britons legally resident in Spain as they tried to return to the countr
With the European Union's ban on single-use plastics (SUP) coming into force next year - all EUcountries must have it written into national law by 3 July - why not get ahead and make sure plastics are merely a ghost of Christmases past?
There are s
Twenty-five years ago today, my 18-year-old self was about to travel home for Christmas from Paris, where I had been working as an au pair since that September. I'd counted down the days since my arrival at Rue de Lorraine in Lagny-sur-Marne, a town
German marine biologist and Malaga resident, Karl Ludwig-Schick, has recently published an updated version of his marine life atlas of the Costa del Sol (Atlas Submarino de la Costa del Sol), in English, Spanish and German.
Ludwig-Schick said, "It
World Arabic Language Day has been celebrated every year on 18 December since 2012. The date coincides with the day in 1973 that the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted Arabic as the organisation's sixth official language.
Today Arabic i
Costa Women is celebrating its tenth anniversary this autumn. While planned celebrations have not gone ahead due to the current restrictions, the founder of the now Spain-wide women's group, Ali Meehan, talks to SUR in English about how it all starte
British photographer Gary Browne has recently won an international award for his photograph of Spanish wild goats taken in Comares, where he has lived for two years with his wife, Hayley.
Gary's shot, entitled Part of the Landscape, which shows th
An exhibition showing 52 works of art by Picasso, his friends and teachers (Picasso, Amigos y Maestros) opened last week at Vélez-Málaga's contemporary arts centre (CAC).
As well as 19 paintings, ceramics and lithographs by the artist himself, the
On 20 November 1975, Spain's military dictator, General Francisco Franco, died aged 82 in Madrid.
On 19 July 1974, Franco fell ill from various health problems, and Juan Carlos I took over as acting head of state. Franco recovered and on 2 Septembe
Malaga-based British artist Derek Worthington is showing his work at the APLAMA Manuel Barbadillo exhibition room in Malaga city (Avenida Comandante Benítez, 7) from 10 November.
The two-part exhibition consists of Worthington's Malaga Tropical, a
On Wednesday 23 October 2013 the Bank of Spain announced that the country's recession, which had begun in 2009, was over.
National GDP growth of 0.1 per cent between July to September 2013 meant a slight increase and enough for the bank to declare
Community cleanup team, Mi Moana, in collaboration with Diving with Nic and Fuengirola town hall, are holding their next beach and underwater cleanup this Saturday, 17 October, at Fuengirola's Carvajal beach.
They will be there from 11am to 1pm fo
Architect and illustrator Nigel Gilbert is holding an exhibition of his work at the Bio Beach Club restaurant and gallery in El Morche until 28 October.
What. Escape, an exhibition of line drawings by Nigel Gilbert. All drawings are
Visiting Anne-Barbara Lenzin's garden and studio is a tonic for the soul during these exceptional times.
Perched on a hillside just outside the small hamlet of Cajiz, which belongs to Vélez-Málaga, Anne-Barbara's terraced garden has spectacular vie
The twenty-second Almuñécar gastronomy fair (Feria Gastronómica) will be taking place in a number of restaurants in the town from 9 to 25 October.
Unlike in previous years,, the event won't be taking place in the Majuelo park due to the coronavirus
The owners of the Rose and Thistle bar at Puerto de Duquesa in Sabinillas have hit their 10,000-euro fundraising target to help local good causes.
Simon and Sarah Dearing, who have owned the pub for two and a half years, started the Friday night ch
For the first time in its seventy-one-year history, golf's Ryder Cup took place outside the USA or UK and came to Sotogrande's Valderrama golf course (Cadiz) in 1997.
King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía opened the ceremony on 25 September, fulfilling
The fourth Frigiliana art route, or Ruta del Arte, will be going ahead as planned from 2 to 4 October.
Over 40 artists representing 14 different nationalities will be exhibiting their work in 26 locations around the village.
Visitors will have t
Queen Sofía, the mother of Spain's King Felipe, spent 30 minutes picking up rubbish on one of Rincón de la Victoria's beaches last Saturday, as part of International Coastal Cleanup Day.
The 81-year-old royal took part in the event at the beach ne
Almuñécar's weekly flea market started up again on Sunday with heightened health and safety measures in view of the coronavirus pandemic.
These included the use of hand sanitiser and gloves as well as fewer stalls.
The market will be on Paseo Bl
Summer in the UK and some other countries is typically known as silly season. Politicians are on holiday and there is generally little news to report. Journalists spend their time searching around for at best benign and at worse frivolous stories tha
La Herradura's Amigos del Mar association will be running an information campaign to raise awareness of the importance of the Maro-Cerro Gordo nature reserve until mid-September.
The Ocean Info-Bike is a mobile service run by the volunteers on the
Women are the theme of local Dutch artist Coby Bloemsma's exhibition 'Mujeres' at Nerja's Sala Municipal in Calle Cristo. Thirty-five paintings and eight sculptures are included in the exhibition which runs until 5 September.
MUJERES / WOMEN
On 28 August 1565 the Spanish admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, on board the San Pelayo, first spotted land on the southeast coast of America; the area that today is northeast Florida.
Menéndez de Avilés went on to name the settlement Saint Augusti
Gloria Uribe, Lux Mundi president, has said that for the time being the Torre del Mar branch of the ecumenical organisation will remain open, while the Fuengirola centre moves premises due to financial difficulties.
"The situation [is] being review
On 31 July 1588 what became known as the Spanish 'Invincible Armada' encountered the English Navy off the coast of Plymouth.
In May that year, during the undeclared Anglo-Spanish war (1585-1604), as Spain's King Felipe II wanted to remove the Prot
Three Swedish residents living in Almuñécar were thanked last week by the town's councillor for Social Services, María del Carmen Reinoso, for raising over 4,300 euros to help vulnerable families during the coronavirus lockdown.
The initiative sta
Although this year's Torre del Mar international air festival, which would normally take place in July, has been cancelled, organisers have announced plans to hold a digital version this Sunday morning via social media.
Aviation fans will still get
A law allowing people of the same sex to marry and adopt children came into force on 3 July 2005, making Spain only the third country in the world where gay marriage was legal at the time.
The law was passed on 30 June by the socialist PSOE govern
Local environmental groups have warned of the increase in single-use plastic and other waste as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.
Events like beach and river cleanups, which were gathering momentum across the province in 2019, have not gone ahead d
Following the success of Sam Matthews-McCarthy's head shave on 1 May, fellow Axarquía Animal Rescue (AAR) supporter, Su Derrick, will be losing her locks on 8 June to raise money for the charity.
Su said, "I saw the article in SUR about Sam Matthe
At 11.30am on 29 May 1953 New Zealand mountaineer and explorer Sir Edmund Hillary (1919-2008) and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay (1914-1986) reached the summit of Mount Everest, becoming the first confirmed mountaineers to successfully climb to the top.
Chair of the Nerja Arts Society Helen Sijsling has won an award for her outstanding contribution to the society since she took on the role four years ago.
Unbeknown to Helen, the Nerja society's treasurer Robert Durston had nominated her for the aw
The British Embassy in Madrid and the consulate in Malaga have released a series of informative videos on their Facebook pages, with the aim of answering some of the issues currently concerning Brits in Spain. They have offered advice to those trying
Then King Juan Carlos I and his wife Queen Sofía joined tens of thousands of Spaniards on 8 May 2000 in a silent protest in defiance of recent murders carried out by Basque separatist group ETA.
"The murder of the word" is how they described the r
Two local artists, Annabel Keatley and Gerrit Oppelland Hampel, are participating in the Artist Support Pledge, an initiative set up by British artist Matthew Burrows designed to help artists during the coronavirus crisis.
Burrows, who is a London-
La Herradura based Dutch filmmaker Jeroen Stultiens has made a 10-minute video bringing together some of the many thousands of clips that have gone viral since the lockdown began.
Lockdown: A Short Documentary Made Entirely From Home starts with so
One week before the coronavirus lockdown was announced in Spain, 25-year-old Elena Craven returned from a two-week expedition to Uganda, with the Malaga-based NGO, SAWA, which means 'Together' in Arabic.
Elena is studying to become a nurse in Malag
Most foreign residents in the province are well versed at using video calls to speak to loved ones back home. However, a month ago it would probably never have occurred to anyone to 'attend' a church service, their monthly book club or even speak to
The group of English-speaking volunteers at Cruz Roja (Red Cross) Vélez-Málaga have set up response operation to help vulnerable English-speaking foreign residents in the area during the coronavirus lockdown.
Red Cross social intervention volunteer
Mijas Foreigners Department is offering a helpline information service in English, German, Danish, Swedish and Norwegian to inform the town's foreign community about Covid-19, the state of alarm, restrictions and emergency phone numbers.
On 3 April 1998 the first stone was laid for what would become Malaga's Palacio de Deportes José María Martín Carpena, or the Martín Carpena arena as it is known in English.
After several months of controversy and political differences, the four pu
As existing supplies of masks and protective equipment rapidly diminish in Spain, groups of volunteers across Malaga province and the Costa Tropical have started to make them in their own homes.
Town halls, businesses and individuals are rallying t
One of the exceptions to the Spanish government's tight restrictions on movement during the coronavirus lockdown is for dog walking. However, there is a lack of clarity as to what is allowed. Anything from being 50 to 250 metres from your home, to 20
Public and private education centres across the province have all had to adapt almost overnight to the coronavirus emergency.
There are 338,765 pupils in public primary and secondary education across the province, along with 22,575 teachers; they t
The coronavirus crisis has meant that official exams have been cancelled for the foreseeable future, leaving many students and public sector workers uncertain abut their futures.
There is a lot of doubt over how various examinations will be affecte
The film crew from Channel Four's A Place in the Sun have been in the Axarquía area east of Malaga to talk to British residents this week.
Presenter of Channel Four's A Place in the Sun, Danni Menzies, interviewed a couple at La Viñuela reservoi
Women along the Costa del Sol and Costa Tropical will be coming together to mark International Women's Day, which is on 8 March.
A demonstration will be taking place on the streets of Malaga, starting at 6pm on the Alameda de Colón (on the corner o
When you combine passion, knowledge and business acumen, success comes naturally, if not easily. Joanna Styles, the brain and braun behind Guide to Malaga knows exactly what that feels like.
In under five years Joanna, 54, has built up a successful
Nerja foreigners' office has said that this year's residents' day could be postponed until autumn. A note sent out on Monday said that the date would be confirmed in due course. However, there was no explanation as to the reason for the possible chan
On 28 February 1980 the people of Andalucía voted in a referendum to make the region an autonomous community with devolved powers from central government.
Sixty-two per cent of the electorate, or 2.84 million people, turned out to cast their votes;
As part of a weekend of activities marking international Women's Day in Almuñécar, 11 women from the USA, Canada, Ireland and the UK will be reading monologues written by resident, Lesley Hart, in collaboration with Almuñécar's International Women's
So far there has been little change for most Brits living in Spain since the UK officially left the EU on 31 January. It might have been a timely reminder for those still needing to apply for residency, exchange driving licences and register on their
Vélez-Málaga town hall last week unveiled a new environment plan which aims to plant over 1,000 trees in the town this decade.
Under the slogan 'One Child, One Tree' the town hall and local schools aim to have planted 165 trees by the end of Februa
The next Nerja Arts Society lecture, which will take place at the town's cultural centre on Tuesday 18 February, will be given by international journalist Anne-Marie O'Connor.
When. Tuesday 18 February, 5pm (doors open 4pm)
Almuñécar's first dog park, situated to the north of the town's Alhucemas gardens, opened last Tuesday.
The town hall said it decided to create the park following calls from residents as well as a petition from local animal organisation, APAMA.
The Cueva del Tesoro music festival starts this evening, Friday 7 February, at the Rincón de la Victoria cave.
Four concerts, one each weekend, will offer a selection of opera, gospel, flamenco and fusion music.
Malaga-born singer-songwriter Manu
So we've arrived at Brexit day. It's important to remember though that today is largely symbolic; UK MEPs and the last UK commissioner, Julian King, left the European Parliament and Commission respectively earlier this week and as such the UK no long
Since the result of the referendum became clear in the early hours of 24 June 2016, the 300,000 Brits in Spain, along with their counterparts across the EU 27 and European citizens living in the UK, have faced uncertainty, grief, hope and resolve: a
As Spain started to make its first steps as a democratic and open country after 36 years of Franco's dictatorship, the treaty of friendship and cooperation with the USA was signed on 24 January 1976. Diario SUR's front page headline the following day
The annual La Molina de Riogordo in English olive oil day will be taking place on Saturday 1 February. The event is now in its third year and provides English speakers with the opportunity to learn about one of the Axarquía's most important products.
The 35th La Herradura international Andrés Segovia classical guitar competition finished with Marko Topchii (Kiev, 1991) from Ukraine wining first prize.
Second prize went to Vera Danilina from Russia while Mircea Gogoncea from Romania took third.
Soprano singer Aurea Marston will be joining Malaga resident and pianist Cornelia Lezin for a number of concerts in Andalucía in January. Like Cornelia, who lives in Cajiz where she regularly holds concerts in her converted mill, Aurea is originally
On 10 January 2014 two sisters, both by then in their 70s, met for the first time. Josefa Campos Fernández, 78, was born in Antequera and her sister, Remedios Campos Cantador, 74 was born in Córdoba. They have the same father but different mothers.
As Britons living in Spain and across the EU27, as well as EU citizens living in the UK, come to terms with the reality of Brexit following last Thursday's election, groups representing them are beginning to plan for the future.
Far from giving up,
Like me, many Brits on the Costa del Sol woke up feeling numb, shell-shocked this morning. Some sort of majority was likely, but not the landslide that has happened. Brexit is now inevitable. Under what terms exactly we don't know, but we can safely
On 13 December 1938 ONCE, an organisation to provide assistance to blind people in Spain, was created.
A government decree endorsed its foundation and granted the then national organisation of the blind the right to sell the so-called "pro-blind"
As the UK went to the polls on Thursday, not only were Britons living in Spain watching closely, but also Spanish citizens residing in the UK.
The UK media claimed the 2019 General Election was "the most important in a generation" and news was comi
On a Friday afternoon in late November and tucked away in a church hall at Puente Don Manuel in the Axarquía, I found a group of ten volunteers putting together bags of Barbie and baby dolls with assorted clothing and accessories. Surrounded by toys,
Around 50 people attended a meeting to launch a new University of the Third Age (U3A) group recently at La Viñuela restaurant.
La Viñuela councillor Ria O'Brien said, "We had a very successful launch despite the inclement weather."
Around 75 people, including Britons, Germans and Belgians, participated in the second session of a tree planting project run by the Colectivo CreceT organisation near Periana recently.
Find out more : www.colectivocrecet.com Facebook: Colectivo Cre
A number of British residents on the Costa del Sol and Costa Tropical appeared on the UK's ITV News on Thursday evening, giving their views on Brexit and the forthcoming UK General Election.
An image taken from the ITV News broadcast on Britons in
Ann Jenkins, the founder of Playa Patrol, recently completed her two week leg of a round-the-world all female crew boat trip with the UK based organisation, eXXpedition, which is carrying out research into plastics in our seas and oceans.
On 15 November 2005, British national Tony Alexander King was sentenced to 36 years in prison for what judges described as the "savage, cruel and inhumane" murder of 17-year-old Sonia Carabantes during Coín's annual feria in August 2003. He was also
As the UK parliament debated Boris Johnson's withdrawal deal during a highly unusual Saturday sitting in the House of Common, protesters gathered to request a People's Vote, or second referendum, in London, following a similar event which was held in
Organisers of Torre del Mar's Weekend Beach festival announced on Thursday that the first tickets for the 2020 event are to go on sale on Sunday 20 October.
Some 15,000 tickets, priced from 33 to 45 euros, will be available from 5pm via the festiva
On 18 October 1997 the iconic Guggenheim Museum Bilbao was officially opened by King Juan Carlos I. On the night before the official inauguration, 5,000 people were invited to a party at the museum which included fireworks and concerts.
The idea fo
The Axarquía Animal Rescue (AAR) charity is organising a sponsored zip wire challenge on Sunday 20 October at the Comares zip wire. Anyone interested must register as soon as possible as places are limited.
The 20 people already participating, amon
Steven Craven and Nick Harcourt-Smith are the only two remaining British musicians who have been part of Malaga's philharmonic orchestra since it was formed in 1991.
As the Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga heads towards its 30th anniversary in early
The Palacio de Congresos in Marbella will host the environmental charity event Towards Nature on 14 and 15 October.
The event is aimed at students and is designed to raise awareness of how climate change is affecting the world, as well as how to e
The Red Cross in Vélez-Málaga will be offering free memory stimulation courses for English-speakers from October.
The courses are designed for the over sixty-fives to help with sharpening the memory, helping with response time and logic skills. The
Lux Mundi will be holding Harvest Festival services in both Torre del Mar and Fuengirola centres in October.
The Torre del Mar service will take place on 6 October at 11am and in Fuengirola it will take place on 27 October, at 8pm.
Lux Mundi is
Periana town hall will be holding a monthly flea market as of this Sunday.
The event will take place on the last Sunday of every month from 10am to 2pm on Plaza de Andalucía.
The town hall says that anyone is welcome to have a stall from fruit a
Sunday's anti-Brexit demonstration in Malaga city centre attracted scores of Brits and Spaniards from across Malaga province as well as people from Granada, Seville and Cadiz.
Some 277 people signed a petition to ask the UK and Spanish governments
Organisers of this Sunday's 'Demonstration Against Brexit - Protect Our Rights' event in Malaga city centre say they are expecting "a high turnout".
The demonstration will start at 11am on Plaza de la Constitución before making its way down Calle
From streets to schools, the name Salvador Rueda should be familiar to anyone living in Malaga province. But many may ask who he was. The hamlet of Benaque, where he was born, will be celebrating his life and works on 21 September.
Organisations and individuals along the Costa del Sol and Costa Tropical will be doing their bit this weekend to participate in International Coastal Cleanup Day, which is held annually on 22 September.
Beaches from Estepona to Motril will see volu
A group of British residents on the Costa del Sol are organising an anti-Brexit demonstration to show their opposition to the UK leaving the EU.
The event, Demonstration Against Brexit - Protect Our Rights, will take place on Sunday, 22 September.
A British woman who runs the A New Day Spain dog refuge in Pedrera, (Seville province), has reported that she returned home on Wednesday to discover funds raised for the refuge had been stolen.
Maria Bradford, 61, told SUR in English that she and h
On Sunday 6 September 2009 Malaga city hosted its first international air festival, with some 200,000 people flocking to its beaches to watch the displays.
Forty planes and 90 pilots participated in the event which lasted five hours and took place
The American International Club (AIC) is a Nerja-based club whose members live locally, from Almuñécar to Torrox, but originally come from all different corners of the globe.
The club says it is "open to all nationalities" and at the moment boasts
Ria O'Brien was elected as a councillor in La Viñuela for a second term in the local elections in May. She was first approached in 2015 by the village's PSOE-A mayor, José Juan Jiménez López, as he recognised a need to have a native English-speaking
Speaking on BBC Radio Four's The Today programme on Thursday, Commons Leader and hard Brexiteer Jacob Rees Mogg described the impromptu anti-Brexit protests that erupted across the UK following the announcement that Parliament was to be suspended for
Spain-based campaigning groups have been reacting to news this week that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has gained approval from the Queen to suspend parliament for up to five weeks in the final lead up to what is currently believed to be Brexit day
The Bishop of Malaga has announced that Father Jesús Ramesh Babu Gudapati, the priest who has had ongoing xenophobic abuse from a gang of youths, is to be moved from the parishes of Benajarafe, Chilches and Cajiz to Monda and Guaro in September and F
The fifth year of the music festival Nerja Ciudad Abierta, Music In Other Spaces, which is now known as '3 En El Paraíso,' will be taking place on 2 and 14 August and 4 September at the Hotel Paraíso del Mar on Calle Prolongación Hernando de Carabeo
Algarrobo town hall has sent letters to 500 dog owners along with dispensers containing bags for faeces and bottles which should be filled with vinegar and water to be used when their dogs urinate in public spaces.
The letters remind owners of a 3
Nearly 2,000 people packed the gardens of the Nerja Caves on Friday night to see Queen tribute band, God Save the Queen, from Brits on holiday and long-term residents to Spanish Queen fans.
A 40-minute delayed start had the impatient audience burst
Dita Grunte and Rafa Coellho have a clear vision: to combine their skills as artists with good environmental practices. It is said that charity starts at home and this is definitely the case with the couple, who have been living in Almuñécar since Ma
Torre del Mar's Weekend Beach festival has once again put the town firmly on the musical map of Spain with an event that continues to exceed expectations. Thousands of 'Weekers' descended on the town on Wednesday with high expectations for this the s
Fuengirola resident and British retiree Michael Griffiths has recently completed one of the Camino de Santiago routes to raise money for the town's Lux Mundi ecumenical centre, which he attends regularly.
He raised almost 1,000 euros for the centr
During the hot summer months it is all too easy just to pack up the swimming costumes and parasols and head to the beach. Regular dips in the sea and beach bars serving a constant supply of drinks and food provide everything needed to keep cool. But
The Duke of Cambridge said on Wednesday that he would be "absolutely fine" if one of his three children came out, but admitted that because of their roles he would be "worried about barriers and persecution". It would be nice to think that the rest o
Malaga resident, Thomas Kaurich, will be accompanied by two former Julliard School colleagues, Liba Schacht and John Sharp, on Friday 5 July at the English Cemetery in Malaga. The three, will be forming a chamber music trio (piano, violin, and cello)
Having written off being able to vote in the European Parliament elections ever again after the June 2016 referendum, imagine my joy when it turned out that I would have one last opportunity to do so before Brexit, as the UK government failed to reac
A two-day exhibition of artwork next month will be the culmination of an innovative and international project in which local Arts Societies (Nerja, Costa del Sol and Benahavís) have collaborated with the Museo Jorge Rando in Malaga and the NGO Aldeas
On 10 May 1936 Manuel Azaña (b. 10 January 1880, Madrid) was elected as president of Spain's Second Republic, amid growing political and social tension in the country, which would eventually lead to Civil War.
Azaña had previously held the role of
Hundreds of local people and actors will be taking part in Riogordo's giant Passion play, El Paso, on Good Friday and Easter Saturday. The Easter story has been performed in the village in this way since 1951; in recent years however the cast has inc
A tourist and cultural train running between Torre del Mar and Vélez-Málaga will operate every Tuesday morning as of next week and throughout the summer months.
The train will depart from the Azucarera (sugar cane factory) in Torre del Mar at 10am
Hundreds of local people and actors will be taking part in Riogordo's giant Passion play, El Paso, on Good Friday and Easter Saturday. The Easter story has been performed in the village in this way since 1951; in recent years however the cast has inc
Nerja's annual Residents' Day, has been cancelled altogether after being postponed twice due to bad weather.
The event was initially postponed from 24 to 31 March due to an unfavourable weather forecast. Further rain predicted for Sunday 31st mean
On 29 March 1985 over 20 years of negotiations with what was then the European Economic Community (EEC) reached a positive outcome when Spain's accession to the bloc was agreed.
The announcement was made following a visit to Madrid by a delegation
Twenty-seven nationalities took part in a clean-up operation on Almuñécar's and La Herradura's beaches last Saturday.
Forty thousand cigarette butts and almost a tonne of plastic and other rubbish were collected by more than 500 volunteers througho
Over a million people attended the Put it to the People march in London last Saturday asking for another chance to vote on Brexit. The tone was fiercely anti-Brexit and there was even healthy number of brave souls who had voted Leave in 2016 and have
A group of 'Malagueños' were reunited for last Saturday's Put it to the People march in London. Numerous British residents living on the Costa del Sol and Costa Tropical travelled back to the UK especially for the protest, where they met up with Span
Nerja will be celebrating 20 years of Residents' Day this Sunday, 24 March, from 12pm on Plaza de España. The aim is to bring residents, visitors and holiday makers together, along with the numerous clubs, societies and charities that are based in th
Numerous Brits living in Malaga will be among at least 100 UK residents in Spain travelling to London for Saturday's Put it to the People march, to call on the government to give the UK population another chance to vote on Brexit.
Biggest march to
The leaders of the 27 EU countries agreed on Thursday night to allowing the UK an extension to article 50 to delay its exit from the Union. Theresa was told, however that the UK can have until 22 May to organise legislation if prime minister Theresa
It's been yet another week of uncertainty and more important votes. Thursday evening's vote to ask the EU to extend Article 50 to delay Brexit still lives residents unclear as to when, how and if the UK will leave the EU.
The extension vote follow
It was heartening to see so many men, young and old, actively participating in the International Women's Day march in Malaga last Friday. However, on Saturday morning, less than 12 hours after International Women's Day had ended, I had been sent, by
The House of Commons has passed the amendment to the UK Withdrawal Agreement that seeks to ringfence rights for Britons living in the EU and EU citizens living in the UK, regardless of the circumstances under which the exit eventually occurs.
With a large foreign population, it is of little surprise then that Malaga and Granada are also home to a number of Brits and other nationalities who have turned their hand to one of the region's key industries: olive oil.
OLIVE OIL IN NUMBERS
Vélez-Málaga town hall has released a provisional estimate of a minimum of 100,000 euros worth of damage caused to properties and cars in El Trapiche when a mains water pipe burst last week.
This was the figure given by Vélez-Málaga mayor, Antonio
The Nerja Arts Society attracted its biggest audience yet to a dynamic narrated talk held recently about the history and culture of flamenco.
Heartbeat of the South was presented by the Nerja society's chair, Helen Sijsling and performed by member
Around 20 artists from Granada, Malaga and Madrid are exhibiting work at the 'Erotica' exhibition which is currently on at Almuñécar's Casa de la Cultura.
The featured work includes painting, sculpture and poetry by members of Almuñécar's Arte Sur
The British and Spanish communities of Malaga province are uniting to help 33-year-old Soraya Pérez Bradley in her fight against Leukemia, by organising a series of fundraising events to help towards urgent medical treatment.
The first event took
Dr Simon Poole will be giving a talk in English at the olive oil cooperative tour and talk in Riogordo tomorrow, Saturday 2 February.
OLIVE OIL TOUR & TALK
Where. Riogordo olive oil cooperative Paraje del Campo (at the entrance to Riogordo from Vél
It is a coincidence that the Kazimir Malevich exhibition at Malaga's Museo Ruso should be showing at the same time as Malaga-based British artist Derek Worthington, is putting the finishing touches to a collection of three dimensional abstract collag
Save Our Homes Axarquía (SOHA) will be holding its 2019 AGM on Wednesday 23 January at the camping bar and restaurant in La Viñuela, starting at 7.30pm.
On the agenda is how the recent change in government at the Junta de Andalucía is likely to af
Lux Mundi Torre del Mar has launched an appeal asking for donations of wool or knitted and crocheted squares to make waistcoats and shawls for homeless people and those in wheelchairs, ready for next winter.
Donations can be taken to the ecumenical
A year of celebrations for The Arts Society reached a climax this week with its CEO joining branches in the province for the final events to celebrate a series of milestones. While The Arts Society, formally known as NADFAS, reached its 50th year in
Another week of Brexit turmoil began on Monday with disappointing news for anti-Brexit campaigners in Spain and across Europe. The UK's High Court announced its decision to reject the 'UK in EU' challenge against the illegal funding limits of pro-Bre
I finally managed to catch up with Julie Abedin this month, two years after I first heard her, and Comares-based band Mentally Ska'd, play at an Axarquía Animal Rescue fundraiser in the area.
This time she was performing just with the band's drumme
Five Year 11 students from Almuñécar International School, along with their teacher, Manuel Galiana, travelled to Malaga's Materno children's hospital earlier this week to donate 300 euros to the hospital's Asociación de Voluntarios de Oncología Infa
The Nerja branch of the Arts Society will be holding a full day of celebrations on Tuesday 11 December to mark its 25th anniversary and members will be joined by the organsation's chief executive, Florian Schweize, as well as founding member, Roberta
Two running clubs based in Torre del Mar are planning to act out the Nativity play on top of La Maroma mountain on Saturday 22 December. Members will carry their costumes, as well as typical Christmas sweets and hot chocolate, in rucksacks for the 16
Nikki de Gruchy is hard to pin down; she recently finished a photography exhibition at the ethnographic museum in Riogordo, in the Axarquía, and from there she flew to Lanzarote to participate in the annual PhotoEspaña PhotoWalk. She took part in the
So the war on sexism rages on. At a recent appointment with the social security gynaecologist, which in Andalucía, where we have a woman Socialist leader, is still called 'family planning', I was left wondering whether the woman doctor who attended t
Brexit Brits Abroad have released a statement, in light of last week's draft deal turmoil, which aims to direct concerned British citizens living in other EU countries, to factual websites.
The team said "Given how unsettling recent events must be
When I arrived at La Vaquería, owner Su Derrick, was serving up mango jam tarts to one of her regulars, Audrey, who lives locally, near Benamargosa. We all agreed that jam tarts have lost out to trendy cakes such as muffins and cup cakes and start to
Citizens' groups representing Britons abroad have reacted "with anger and disappointment" to the draft Brexit deal which Theresa May's cabinet approved on Wednesday evening.
British in Europe, which is an umbrella organisation representing British
Axarquía members of the international charity, Food for Change, raised 650 euros for the charity Los Ángeles de la Noche, the food kitchen based in Malaga, through a fundraising spa day on 3 November at the Centro Dhama complimentary therapy centre i
Escaping the heat of Malaga for a ten-day trip around the Baltics would, in normal circumstances, have been heaven, except that I managed to time it in the middle of the pan-European heat wave. Still, it made packing easy and with my cabin-size troll
British food and travel writer, blogger and photographer, Fiona Dunlop, was in Malaga last week ahead of a six-day gastronomic tour of Andalucía and following the launch of her new book, Andaluz.
'Secret Andalucía' is the first tour Fiona is giving
The next Playa Patrol Community Beach Cleanup will take place at Playa Cantarriján, between Nerja and La Herradura, on Sunday, 25 November, from 10.30am to 12.30pm.
Playa Patrol carried out its first beach cleanup in the La Herradura area in Octobe
Brexit Brits Abroad, the research programme studying the sociological impact of Brexit on UK citizens living in the European Union, has published its latest report 'What does freedom of movement mean to British citizens living in the EU27?'
On Thursday 2 November 2017, prosecutors in Madrid called for former senior members of the Catalan regional government to be denied bail and held in jail following the attempted declaration of independence on 27 October when MPs voted to create a "Ca
The UK Department of Health and Social Care has published details of the Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill which the department says on its website, has "been introduced to give the government legal powers to fund and implement healthcare
Brits living in Malaga and Granada provinces were among those who travelled to London from all corners of Europe and the UK for last Saturday's People's Vote march.
The march was organised by The People's Vote campaign group which wants the governm
Ask anyone who has ever fostered a cat or dog and they will tell you that first and foremost they do it "to save lives". However, with the numerous animal rescue centres across Malaga province all crying out for help as the number of stray and abando
A 54-year-old German man died on Tuesday when his paraglider fell to the ground in the Camino Almenara area of Almuñécar.
Emergency services were alerted at around 2pm when a witness called to report that they had "seen someone fall with a paragli
Weekend Beach festival organisers announced on Wednesday that the 12,000 tickets that went on sale on Tuesday for next July's event in Torre del Mar sold out within hours of the launch.
The tickets were sold at an early-bird price of 28 euros with
The Minister at the Department for Exiting the EU, Robin Walker, was in Madrid last week to meet with Spanish government ministers, UK Ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley, and members of the business community. He also took part in a roundtable discuss
Meeting up with friends last weekend in Brussels - the city that brought us together some 20 years ago as young, self-assured European Politics students from different UK universities who were working as 'stagiares' for different British MEPs - I tho
On Wednesday 5 October 2011, Spain's Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y Silva, the 18th Duchess of Alba, married her third husband, the civil servant Alfonso Díez Carabantes.
The wedding took place at 1.15pm in the chapel of the Palacio de las Dueñas in
When I arrive at Lux Mundi Torre del Mar to interview Katherin Ockenfels, I find her laughing and joking with a fellow volunteer at the centre about payment for an excursion she had signed up to do. She starts off our conversation by animatedly telli
While the summer may be drawing to a close, there is still plenty to look forward to next month for lovers of art in the Axarquía.
In the area east of Malaga, October is punctuated by two stand-out dates: first up in the inland village of Frigilian
Volunteers from Lux Mundi Torre del Mar and Fuengirola met at the Santa Rosa hotel in El Morche, Torrox, on Wednesday for their annual lunch. This year it was the turn of the East of Malaga centre to host the event, coinciding with the silver anniver
For the fourth year in a row, a group of former British service personnel will be in Malaga to participate in a number of Battle Back Golf tournaments, also open to the public, to raise money for the charity which helps injured soldiers.
The UK in EU collective, of which Bremain in Spain is a member, is awaiting the decision of the UK High Court as to whether it will hear its appeal against the UK government's response to the challenge over the alleged illegal spending limits of the
Cofounder of international clothing brand, Superdry, and multimillionaire, Julian Dunkerton, announced last week that he would donate one million pounds to the People's Vote campaign.
Dunkerton, 53, said that if Brexit had happened 20 years ago, "S
The towns of Almuñécar and neighbouring La Herradura will be ending August on a varied musical note with the fifth Blues Festival taking place this weekend at La Herradura Castle while El Majuelo park in Almuñécar will be resonating to the sounds of
No sooner had the residents of and visitors to Torre del Mar put Santa Ana back to bed on the last evening of the town's feria, than they were woken at 8.30am last Friday to the sound of the Eurofighter flying overhead, marking the start of the town'
What. The first Noches en el Castillo festival.
Where. La Herradura castle
When. Wednesday 1 to Tuesday 8 August, 10.30pm
Further information. www.almunecar.es or www.consiguetuentradas.com for tickets
In its first year, Noches en
The third International Torre del Mar Air Show will be taking to the skies over the town's beaches from Friday 27 until Sunday 29 July.
Forty-two aircraft from Spain, the UK, Switzerland, Belgium and Italy will be participating in the event which i
Nerja-based animal shelter, APA, is holding a gathering on the town's Balcón de Europa tomorrow (Saturday) at 11am in an attempt to re-home a number of dogs that are at risk of being made homeless when the organisation is forced to close its current
Research organisation, BrExpats Abroad are inviting Britons living in other EU countries to participate in a brief survey to help them better understand the impacts of Brexit for UK citizens living in the EU27.
They say that through the project, r
The fifth Weekend Beach festival closed in the early hours of Sunday morning reporting record ticket sales with 140,000 people attending over the four days and 38,000 attendees on average per day. "It has been another successful, incident-free year,"
Grammy-winning American saxophonist, Kenny Garrett, and British swing singer, Claire Martin, with her quartet and swing band The Jump Club, are the international names performing at Atarfe's seventeenth Festival de Jazz en el Lago this weekend.
The village of Macharaviaya will be staging its annual Fourth of July celebrations with a parade through the streets of Malaga on Friday 6 July, starting from Plaza de la Marina at 7.30pm. This will commemorate the role of General Bernardo de Gálvez
On Saturday 6 July 2008 a young Rafael Nadal beat reigning Wimbledon men's champion, Roger Federer, in what many have hailed as the greatest Wimbledon final in history.
In a match which lasted just 12 minutes short of five hours, making it the long
The Weekend Beach Festival, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, starts on Wednesday 4 July in Torre del Mar.
What: International music festival.
Where: Playa Poniente, Torre del Mar.
When: 4 - 7 July
An estimated 100,000 people took to the streets of London last Sunday, on the second anniversary of the EU referendum, to ask the government for a People's Vote on the final outcome of Brexit negotiations.
Anti-Brexit campaigners travelled from acr
Most people will remember the 1980s US sitcom, the Golden Girls, in which a group of older women lived together in a large house and shared the trials and tribulations of ageing together. Move on 30 years and the concept of shared living, or 'coopera
Vélez-Málaga's councillors for Torre del Mar and Caleta, Jesús Pérez Atencia and David Vilches, announced on Monday that the Q for quality flags, which are given to beaches that meet specific tourism and environmental criteria in Spain, have been awa
Almuñécar's Aquatropic water park opened its doors last Thursday for the 30th year running.
To celebrate the anniversary, manager of Aquatropic, Vicente Barbero, said last week that visitors would find a new and improved wave pool.
The remains of Roman walls have been unearthed during major restoration work to Almuñécar's historic centre.
Workers were improving water pipes and supply in Calle San Joaquín when the discovery was made.
A number of similar discoveries have been
The First International Art Exhibition at the Azucarera, in Guadalfeo, Salobreña will be taking place from Friday 21 until Sunday 24 June.
What: International Art Exhibition
Where: Azucarera, Guadalfeo, Salobreña
When: Thursday 21 t
More than 100 patients, staff and family members attended the third Diaverum dialysis clinic party at the Santa Rosa hotel in El Morche last Sunday.
The party was organised by staff who work at the clinic and was free for those attending. Among th
Animal lovers are up in arms in Benamocarra following the publication of a leaflet by the town hall which threatens fines of up to 750 euros for feeding the local cats.
Antonio Fernández Arcas, who says he has been feeding the felines every mornin
The 59th Nerja Caves International Festival of Music and Dance will get under way on Saturday 16 June with a performance by African-American soprano and jazz musician, Barbara Hendricks, inside the cave itself.
Where: Nerja Caves and Pl
Liz Brown can be easily identified by her British nurse uniform. She is a Registered General Nurse (RGN) in the UK as well as being, as far as she is aware, the only Briton registered with the Colegio Oficial de Enfermería in Malaga.
"It was a very
Almuñécar, on the Costa Tropical, is celebrating 20 years of gastronomy this weekend, with the annual Feria Gastronómica in the town's Parque El Majuelo.
The event, which is organised by the Almuñécar Valle Tropical hospitality association, officia
The village of Árchez is today celebrating its second Residents' Day as part of the annual cultural week. There will be music from Jukebox Bandits at 8pm and Proyecto Mandarina at 10pm as well as a market selling food from the countries represented i
British athlete, Julia Chi Taylor has achieved her goal. She arrived in Almuñécar last Saturday, on her 59th birthday, after running 1,000 kilometres barefoot across Spain.
Julia started her epic journey in the town of Suances in Cantabria on 23 Ma
Readers may be familiar with Ian Rutter's voice from his Life Stories programme on Talk Radio Europe. Classical music fans may also have heard him presenting his show on The Wireless Radio; an internet-based radio station.
Ian, 55, and his partner
Nerja Cultural Centre is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a number of special events throughout May.
What. Nerja Cultural Centre 20th anniversary events
Where. Nerja Cultural Centre and other locations.
Further information. www
A community fundraising event in aid of the Cudeca hospice in Benalmádena will take place at Cómpeta's municipal swimming pool this Saturday at 10am.
The swimming challenge will involve two teams; an Elite and a Challenge team, whose aim is to swim
Ars Nova, a Granada-based quartet, will be playing at El Molino de Cajiz on Sunday 6 May and then on Thursday 10 May at the Sala Unicaja de Conciertos María Cristina in Malaga. They will be accompanied by pianist and owner of the Molino de Cajiz, Cor
Don Dossett has met some of the biggest names in Hollywood and knows who the more easygoing and more difficult film directors are.
For almost 20 years he designed and built sets for movies including Superman, Judge Dredd and Kenneth Branagh's Haml
Nerja town hall foreigners' department is reminding residents that car and motorbike tax must be paid by Thursday 17 May.
This can be done by taking the invoice to any bank and that a standing order may be set up for future payments by going to the
Local police officers along with Almuñécar's beach cleaning and maintenance company, Urbaser, were called to identify and remove a dead horse which had been washed up onto the town's Cabalajío beach during last week's bad weather.
The animal did no
The village of Frigiliana will be combining its fifth Día de Miel de Caña (molasses day) with the annual May Cross Day on Saturday 28 April. The event will start at 10am and finish at 3.30pm. Most activities will be centred around the village's Ingen
Bremain in Spain, the anti-Brexit group formed by British residents in this country, joined last weekend's launch of the PeoplesVote campaign, aimed at securing a public vote on the UK's final deal for its exit from the EU. Pro-Europe organisations w
Scottish triathlete, Christopher Roy, took first prize in Almuñécar's Pikaeras triathlon last Saturday. He completed the competition, which consisted of a 750-metre swim in the sea, 20-kilometre bike race and a five-kilometre run, in one hour and sev
All of the political parties at Moclinejo town hall have voted in favour of creating an animal protection and rescue unit.
The unit (Unidad de Protección y Rescate Animal or UPRA in Spanish) will form part of the Moclinejo-El Valdés civil protectio
This year is a special one for the Arts Society, Formerly Nadfas (National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies), both in Malaga and internationally; the latter is celebrating 50 years this year, while the Costa del Sol branch, which was t
The sun came out for the 19th Nerja Residents' Day last Sunday. The event started at 12 noon and was opened by local mayor, Rosa Arrabal, and foreign residents' councillor, Jorge Bravo.
It attracted around 2,500 people, many of whom are foreign res
Kassandra Stultiens Zandstra is hoping to organise events in the area to inspire other young women to consider being a pilot. She often uses the new flight simulator, Flight Experience, in Marbella and would like to arrange events to show women in pa
A jeweller's in Almuñécar reopened this week after work was carried out to accommodate a 15th-century water system as well as earthenware pots that were found during renovation work.
Jeweller Manuel Torres said that the work had "taken longer than
The sun came out for the 19th Nerja Residents' Day last Sunday. The event attracted around 2,500 people throughout the afternoon, many of whom are foreign residents in the town. Nerja's population, according to the latest figures is 22,121 people, of
Myra Cecillia Azzopardi from the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) Spain will be talking to members of the U3A (University of the Third Age) Axarquía, as well as anyone who wishes to attend, on the subject of Brexit and how it will affect Britons living i
The village of Cómpeta will be celebrating its 10th art walk over the Easter weekend. F 31 March, and 1, 3 and 4 April, the doors of the village's art studios and galleries will be open.
Thirty-five international artists, representing ten national
George Orwell's only son, Richard Blair, will be talking to the Arts Society both in Fuengirola (Costa del Sol branch) and in Nerja on Tuesday 27 March.
What: Talk by Richard Blair, George Orwell's son.
Where: Danish Club, Fuengirola
Organisers of Almuñécar's annual Jazz en la Costa festival have announced that American-born Cécile McLorin Salvant (1989) will open this year's event.
McLorin Salvant has won two Grammy awards; one in 2015 for her album 'For One to Love' and again
This year Save Our Homes in Axarquía (SOHA) is marking a decade since it was set up by a group of Spanish and foreign residents in the area who had learned that their houses were, to all intents and purposes, illegal in the eyes of the Junta de Andal
Organisers confirmed the final line up for this year's Weekend Beach festival last Thursday, which will take place in Torre del Mar over the first weekend in July. The event is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year with 95 artists on the bill i
Justin Smith, 48, originally from Pembrokeshire in Wales, and Sonia Janin, 40, from Lyon, France are a husband and wife team of artists who have chosen the town of Casares in Malaga to make their art.
They first met 15 years ago in London, where So
The Missing Migrants project tracks incidents involving migrants, including refugees and asylum seekers who have died or gone missing in the process of migration.
According to the website (missingmigrants.iom.int), 81 people have died trying to cro
The next exhibition at El Casino will open on 31 March and will feature a number of artists. There will be workshops and activities on each Saturday throughout April, for which booking is essential.
Roberta explains that the type of art and artist
Coral Coraxalia are looking for members to sing in a Royal British Legion concert at the Nerja Caves restaurant on 21 April. Under the leadership of Eusebio Pita, the choir will be rehearsing on Thursdays from 5.30 to 8pm in the Casa Cultura on the A
Around 30 people, including volunteers and representatives from charities and the Axarquía hospital, attended a presentation given by British Consul in Malaga, Charmaine Arbouin and Neil Hesketh, from Support in Spain, at the Axarquía hospital in Tor
The Arts Societies Costa del Sol and Benahavís shared a joint celebration of the society's 50th Anniversary in the ballroom of the Gran Hotel Benahavís last Thursday afternoon.
Around 100 members took part in the event which was given the name Gold
I was first introduced to Roberta Gordon-Smith at the Acompalia Artística exhibition at the Azucarera in Motril last December. After seeing one of the pieces she was exhibiting, a sofa with a life-size painting of a nude woman sprawled out on it, I k
On 2 March 1944, General Francisco Franco's government passed a law to issue all Spanish citizens with a personal identification number (DNI).
The Council of Ministers approved the introduction nationwide for "total efficiency for the unquestionabl
Bremain in Spain has said that it "welcomes the progress made with the second reading of the Overseas Electors Bill" which aims to give Brits living abroad a 'vote for life' in UK elections, instead of the current 15-year cut-off period.
Chris O'Hare, 42, and his partner, Gabriella Gratrix, 45, are relaxing in the mid-February sun in a bar on the N-340 road that runs through Torrox Costa when I first meet them. Both a picture of health and sipping fresh orange juice, the only thing t
Paul Bradley, 68, who has lived in Nerja since 1992, was taking a stroll through the town when he saw an old friend sitting at the well-known Kronox cafe near the Balcón de Europa. He stopped to have a coffee with his fellow Englishman and this chanc
Nerja town hall foreigners' department, together with the Pérez Parras law firm, will be holding a conference in English on holiday rentals and the new requirements introduced by the regional government, the Junta de Andalucía last year.
Bruce Reynolds will be performing at El Molino de Cajiz near Vélez-Málaga on Sunday 4 March along with Nick Graham as part of the Paradise Blues duo.
"Nick came up with the name after a few days at our place. I think he quite likes it there," Bruce
Two table tennis tables have been installed on Torre del Mar's beach, next to the biblioplaya.
Bats and balls may be rented from the biblioplaya (storytelling area), which is located in front of the El Boquerón beach bar.
The tables are free to u
Wyclef Jean, best known for being one of the three members of American hip hop group, The Fugees, is the latest confirmation for this year's Weekend Beach music festival in Torre del Mar.
The group's biggest hits include, 'Ready or Not' and a cover
Following her research trip to Malaga in October 2017, Professor Karen O'Reilly has published an interim report on the initial findings of the Brexit Brits Abroad research project.
The report, 'What Does Brexit Mean for British Citizens Living in
The organisation British in Europe has published guidelines explaining how the agreement reached by the UK government and the EU negotiators, following the first round of Brexit negotiations, which concluded in December 2017, affects Britons living i
Groups campaigning for the rights of Britons living abroad are encouraging citizens to write to their UK constituency MP to ask them to back the Votes for Life bill.
The second reading of a Private Member's Bill, which is being led by Glyn Davies,
An event is to be held on Wednesday 7 February about how to apply for Spanish citizenship.
The talk will be given by local language academy, Aprendo Idiomas, and will be aimed at British residents who may be considering becoming Spanish citizens in
Foreign residents from across the Axarquía attended the event which started off at the town's Agro-olivarera cooperative. Participants were able to see first-hand how the olives are sorted upon arrival when they are brought in by local olive growers,
Our lady of the Candelaria is celebrated every 2 February in a number of towns and villages across Spain, South America and even in the Philippines.
The celebration is particularly important in the Canary Islands and notably in Tenerife, where the
Weekend Beach festival organisers along with the deputy mayor for Torre del Mar, Jesús Pérez Atencia, used Fitur to announce that internationally renowned DJ, David Guetta, would be performing at this year's Weekend Beach festival.
Lux Mundi Fuengirola and Torre del Mar received donations of women's and men's clothing as well as children's toys over the Christmas period.
The donations were distributed to homeless people in the area who use the centres' weekly soup kitchens a
There will be great excitement in the streets of Malaga this evening, just as there has been since 1923, when the first 'cabalgata' or Kings' parade, took place in the city.
Since 1913 it had been a tradition in the city to take toys to children i
Local police in Almuñécar detained a driver with French nationality last Friday on suspicion of driving a stolen vehicle and falsifying documents.
The driver was stopped during routine checks on the Avenida Rey Juan Carlos I when the officers caug
Frigiliana's councillor for tourism, Carmen Cerezo, presented the town's new promotional video last week.
The two-minute video, which can be watched on YouTube, will be used to promote the town through social networks and replaces the last one whi
The dates were announced last week for the tenth Cómpeta Art Walk.
The event will coincide with Easter Week and will run from Saturday 31 March until Wednesday 4 April 2018. The Art Walk will not be open on Sunday 1 April.
Various locations, incl
It was impossible not to be moved by the last carol sung at the Lux Mundi carol service in Torre del Mar last Saturday: Silent Night. Noche de Paz in Spanish and Stille Nacht in German. The words were put up on giant screens in all three languages so
Mayor of Nerja, Rosa Arrabal, along with councillors and representatives from Malaga province's Diputación signed off the completed work to the town's fire station on Tuesday.
The service, which will cover Nerja, Frigiliana and Torrox, is expected
Father Christmas chose the town of Periana in the Axarquía for his dress rehearsal last Sunday ahead of the big night. He said that he likes to "make sure everything is ok" a week before he does it for real in case he has to make any changes.
Tucked away in a valley overlooked by the Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama mountain range lies the diminutive hamlet of Acebuchal. Situated between Cómpeta and Frigiliana, this once forgotten place is enjoying a renaissance.
During Spain's Civil War it
As has been the tradition for 36 years, this Sunday Torrox Pueblo will be holding its Fiesta de las Migas. Every year, on the Sunday before Christmas, the town shares one of its traditional recipes with residents and visitors.
While many towns and villages display nativity scenes in their town halls or other buildings (in Torre del Mar there is one in the Azucarera building, complete with live goldfish, while in Cómpeta a local father and son take over a premises on the ma
Highlights of La Herradura's Christmas activities include a Christmas sweet-making workshop today, Friday 15 December, at 11am and again at 4pm in the civic centre.
On Saturday 16 a Christmas concert will be given by the Bahía de la Herradura choir
Organisers of Torre del Mar's Weekend Beach Festival added new names to the 2018 line-up earlier this week.
American rock band, The Offspring, along with Jamaican reggae legend, Jimmy Cliff, will be two of the biggest names at the fifth Weekend Bea
City Sightseeing, the open-top bus tour company which operates in cities such as Malaga and Seville in Andalucía, as well as major cities around the world, inaugurated a sightseeing train in Nerja on Tuesday.
Nerja is the eighth Andalusian destinat
There was bitter disappointment from British in Europe to a 17-page report which talks of "agreements in principle" and states the caveat "nothing is agreed until everything is agreed", leaving millions of EU in UK citizens uncertain about their futu
Today, 8 December, is the second of two public holidays in Spain in early December. The first is 6 December, or Constitution Day (Día de la Constitución) which marks 6 December 1978 when the new constitution was approved following the end of the Fran
Businesses connected with the tourism sector in Nerja completed the first phase in a training programme aimed at teaching the sector how to welcome Japanese tourists.
The course included an introduction to Japanese, to the country, Japanese touris
Acompalia Artistica's three-week-long exhibition opened on Saturday evening in the Azucarera de Nuestra Señora del Pilar (Our Lady of the Pillar sugar factory) in Motril. It is the culmination of three months of work by a group of international artis
The Arts Society Nerja currently has an exhibition, Golden Andalucía, on in the Sala Mercado in Nerja, which is the start of the 50th anniversary celebrations.
Selected pieces that are currently on display will be sent to London to join other work
Helen Sijsling is the current chair of The Arts Society - Nerja, formerly NADFAS. The UK- based organisation, which has five branches in Malaga and Gibraltar alone, changed its name in May this year and Helen says that she "supported the change 100 p
Tr3s Puertas, a contemporary and international cultural association, is exactly what Torre del Mar needs. At a time of exciting cultural developments for this small seaside town, a place where anyone can feel welcome, international artists can expres
The El Valle Drama Group's 2017 panto - Dorothy and the Wicked Witches -which they describe as "a pantomime loosely based on The Wizard of Oz" will be performed on Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December (matinee).
While there is great uncertainty surrounding many of the rights of British citizens living in other EU countries post Brexit, applying UK law to a will is not one, according to Sandra Wrightson of De Cotta Law. Anyone living in Spain has the right to
As more and more foreign people come to live, and inevitably die, in Malaga, Spanish-run funeral homes are having to accommodate the wishes and cultures of a host of different nationalities, at least this is according to Jaime García Fernández, an ad
Friends, neighbours, foreigners' councillor, Jorge Bravo and infrastructure councillor, José María Rivas Gálvez, joined Alfons Mettel who retired earlier this year after 30 years as president of El Capistrano village in Nerja last Thursday for the re
The charity spa day at Las Orquideas hotel in Los Romanes last Saturday raised 815 euros for the Los Ángeles de La Noche charity.
With the help of the hotel, the therapists who give up their time, and the clients, the spa days have raised over 5,00
Karen O'Reilly is a professor of anthropology and sociology currently employed part time by Goldsmiths, University in London, to work on the BrexitBritsAbroad research project, which is researching the impact that Brexit is having on British national
The Moldavia National Opera and Concerlírica Internacional will be presenting Verdi's Nabucco at the Casa de la Cultura on Wednesday 15 November.
When. Wednesday 15 November, 8pm
Where. Casa de la Cultura, Almuñécar
Tickets. From 1
Italian-born jazz singer, Alessia Desogus, will be performing on Saturday 11 November at the Casa de la Cultura in Almuñécar.
When. Saturday 11 November, 8pm.
Where. Casa de la Cultura, Almuñécar.
Tickets. 10EUR in advance, 12EUR on th
Organisers of Torre del Mar's Weekend Beach Festival announced last weekend that 10,000 tickets were bought in just two hours after they went on sale via the Weekend Beach website for the next event, which will take place from 4 to 7 July 2018.
The Junta de Andalucía's Social Services department was overwhelmed by calls from families across the region after announcing a campaign to take in children who had become victims of hurricane Mitch, which struck central America in October and Novemb
Almuñécar town hall has issued a reminder to residents that a free collection service for unwanted household furniture is available by calling the council before collection day. The call comes following an increasing number of such items being found
Symphonic Rock is quite a thing and orchestras are becoming more intrepid in their compositions. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has an album which covers versions of Bon Jovi's Livin' on A Prayer to Meatloaf's Bat Out of Hell. Malaga's Cervantes Th
Daniel Fichera is a professional pianist originally from Michigan in the USA. He and his partner have lived in the Axarquía for 12 years. When they bought their first Spanish property in Chilches, Daniel, 58, says that the house was initially suppose
Nerja town hall will be running nine-month Spanish courses for beginners and intermediate level students at centres in the town.
Those interested in the intermediate level classes should contact the teacher, Pilar Medina, by email: pilarmedinaarra
Following the end of the fifth round of Brexit negotiations last week, the British Ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley, released an update via the British Embassy in Madrid's social network pages.
In his statement, the ambassador said that on citizen
The BrexitBritsAbroad Project is an extensive and innovative sociological study that questions what Brexit means for Britons resident in other European Union member states.
Working closely with Britons living across the 27 member countries of the
The fifth Festival del Mar will be taking place on 7 and 8 October in La Herradura. The event will start with a street parade and other activities include conferences, workshops, children's activities and talks by marine experts.
Following on from the success of the free, outdoor Flamenco Abierto concerts on the Cerro San Cristobal in Vélez-Málaga over summer, an autumn programme has just been unveiled and is being given a helping hand with publicity by British couple, Ben an
A third Phoenician necropolis has been discovered in Almuñécar, with the remains of a man and woman, along with a funeral urn and ceramic amphora.
The find confirms a theory that there were Phoenician artefacts buried in the Monte Velilla area of t
Nerja Museum, which belongs to the Nerja cave foundation, has reported record visitor numbers this summer.
Over a three month period from 15 June to 15 September, 27,000 people visited the attraction; an increase of 19 per cent on the same period
St Andrews in Los Boliches will be holding an animal blessing service on Wednesday 4 October at 6pm while St George's Church in Malaga and Vélez-Málaga will be holding similar services over the first weekend in October.
In Malaga the service will t
When professional singer, Simona Mango and her partner, musician Bruce Reynolds, ended up spending a night in a hotel in Malaga due to a cancelled flight, little did they know that fate was actually dealing them a good hand.
The musical couple, who
Almuñécar firefighter, David Cabrera, has flown to Mexico to help following this month's devastating earthquakes.
He joined seven other firefighters and six dogs from across Andalucía as they embarked on the mission last week.
Cabrera said that
Work started on Monday to restore Torre del Mar's second oldest lighthouse, which is situated next to the iconic blue and white one on the town's promenade.
The restoration work, which is expected to take around three months, will include moving so
The Gálvez museum in Macharaviaya will be hosting a collection of Salvador Dalí's paintings of horses. The exhibition, which will run from 15 September until 11 December, comprises of 24 of the artist's works.
Animals featured heavily in the surre
Citizens' and Brexit groups in Spain have shown mixed reactions to the conclusion of the latest round of Brexit negotiations.
Ending recent talks, the EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier and UK Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, David Davis,
The Red Cross (Cruz Roja) Axarquía, based in Vélez-Málaga, has a new recruit: Richard Weale. Richard, 57, who lives with his partner Carole in Riogordo, has been with the charity since May this year and is currently the only English-speaking voluntee
Jorge and Kiko Montoro, the twin brothers who cycled from Torre del Mar to Copenhagen and then took part in the city's Ironman competition have returned to their hometown having completed their challenge.
Despite difficult weather conditions, incl
The Festival Tres Culturas de Frigiliana is celebrating its 12th year and will take place from 24 until 27 August.
It has become one of the most popular festivals in Malaga province attracting people from all over Spain and abroad. Last year some 3
On the opening day of his first ever exhibition in Spain, at the Galería de Bellas Artes in Cómpeta, Ray Murphy learned that his entry had been chosen as this year's Cómpeta Noche del Vino poster.
Ray is from Essex, where he lives and runs a busin
Vélez-Málaga is attracting some of the biggest names in flamenco this August with its programme of Flamenco Fusion nights, all of which are free, in the open-air auditorium in Cerro de San Cristobal.
Tonight, 11 August, Sanlúcar de Barrameda-based
The coastline that stretches out along the N340 coastal road from Torre del Mar, through Almayate, Valle Niza, Benajarafe and Chilches is not only steeped in history but also a treat for the eyes and soul in the 21st century. The road, which was once
Scott Huston, originally from the USA, and his Danish wife Nete have come up with an innovative way of raising money for animal charities in the Axarquía and also helping local businesses to attract customers. They have established the ¡Give Me Five!
Nerja town hall's Foreigners Department has issued an urgent reminder to its foreign residents to check that they are still registered with the town hall.
The 'padrón', or town hall census, means that the more people who are registered on it, the m
Acompalia, the Granada palliative care charity, is holding a flamenco charity concert called 'Flamencos por Acompalia'. The event forms part of the fifth Ciclo Flamenco Ciudad Almuñécar and takes place on Sunday 6 August at 10pm.
The charity night
The Me Vuelves Lorca theatre and music festival has just started its third year in the small village of Laroles in the Alpujarras.
The festival is the second phase of a project that Briton Anna Kemp, started around four years ago to try and create
Thousands of enthusiasts crowded onto Torre del Mar's beach over the weekend to see the town's second international air show. During the course of Friday, Saturday and Sunday, spectators were treated to displays and acrobatics from more than 16 diffe
Following the success of last year's international air show, Torre del Mar is hosting its second such event this weekend.
From Friday 28 until Sunday 30 July residents and visitors will be treated to displays from over 40 different aircraft includ
Twin brothers and cycling enthusiasts from Vélez-Málaga, Kiko and Jorge Montoro, began a 2,400-kilometre bike ride to Copenhagen on Thursday morning.
The 37-year-olds set off from the town's iconic lighthouse at 9.15am, accompanied by other cyclis
British television programme, Superfoods: The real Story, visited one of Almuñécar's mango plantations last week with presenter, Kate Quilton.
The El Pinero farm in Almuñécar received the visit and, with the help of the farm's owner, Antonio Guerre