Nieves Castro

Malaga (1980). Nieves has a degree in Media Studies from Malaga University. She joined SUR in 2002 and now works in the Marbella newsroom.

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15/06/2018 13:29


Marbella celebrates past and present

It was 11 June 1485 when King Ferdinand the Catholics took the town of Marbella from the Muslims. The walls, the remains of the Alcazaba and the Royal Hospital are all that remain from that era. Horses, men in armour and other costumes of the time, c

08/06/2018 12:32


Revamp of main San Pedro square to take six months

Refurbishment works to be carried out on the Plaza de la Iglesia in San Pedro, a major square in the town centre where both the town hall and the main church are located, will begin imminently, according to sources from the mayor's office. The mode

01/06/2018 13:38


1,000 bottles of liquid will dilute dogs' urine in Marbella

Marbella town hall has introduced a new system to dilute dog urine on local streets. It is recommended that dog owners pour a mixture of water and white vinegar directly onto their pets' urine. The street cleansing department will distribute 1,00

28/05/2018 11:06


Marbella council starts 'bare chest' bylaw process

After collecting suggestions and comments, Marbella council will vote today on the first stage of approving a new set of bylaws to control unruly behaviour on the resort's streets. As reported in SUR in English, the proposals include regulating par

25/05/2018 14:58

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Marbella Print Museum presents Viola as both man and artist

To coincide with the 102nd anniversary of his birth in Zaragoza, the Spanish Print Museum opened the doors to its first single-subject exhibition of the work of Manuel Viola on 18 May. THE EXHIBITION Title. 'Manuel Viola. Obra gráfica y pinturas'.

18/05/2018 14:09


Rafael Amargo dances on top of La Concha for butterfly charity

Rafael Amargo himself took the initiative and offered to dance on top of La Concha, the most famous peak in the Sierra de Marbella at 1,200 metres high, in order to raise awareness for butterfly skin, a rare condition that between 3,200 and 5,000 peo

18/05/2018 12:25


Regional minister urges patience over Costa del Sol Hospital works

Legal proceedings have begun in an attempt to give "fresh impetus" to the Costa del Sol Hospital expansion project, according to the regional minister responsible for Health, Marina Álvarez. Álvarez, speaking at an event during which the hospital w

18/05/2018 12:12


Olympic swimming pool to be built in Guadaiza

Marbella mayor Ángeles Muñoz announced on Sunday that an indoor Olympic swimming pool would be built in the Guadaiza area in response to the needs of swimming, waterpolo and triathlon clubs in the area. Its construction, however, will require the a

27/04/2018 13:28


Star chefs bring children into the kitchen

Some of Spain's best chefs have joined forces to take part in Chefs & Kids, an initiative in aid of the children's charity Aldeas Infantiles and endorsed by the town of Marbella and the Diputación de Málaga. Martín Berasategui, Ángel León, Eneko Atxa

20/04/2018 20:25


Club Med to revamp iconic Hotel Don Miguel in Marbella

The Hotel Don Miguel, which closed in 2004, will reopen in summer 2019 with a new name and under new management. Club Med-Magna Marbella will be open 11 months of the year and will be an all-inclusive resort, catering for families with new installa

20/04/2018 17:05


An answer for Chloe

The fight for Chloe's life began eight years ago. Over this time, Jorgelina Borda has visited countless hospitals, laboratories, institutions and scientific foundations in search of a diagnosis for the vicious combination of symptoms that affect her

05/01/2018 11:14


New boutique hotel to open in Marbella old town by the summer

A new boutique hotel will open in Calle Ancha in Marbella's old town by next summer. To be known as Maison Ardois, it will occupy a 16th century mansion that is currently being restored. The 4.5-million-euro property development is being carried ou

04/01/2018 20:36


A bird in danger of extinction spotted at the Río Verde estuary

In the past few weeks the estuary of the Río Verde in Marbella has been playing host to a new guest which was not only unexpected but is also a remarkable sight in Malaga province: a red-knobbed coot, also known as a crested coot. This bird is a m

15/12/2017 12:09


Marbella gets tough on graffiti in public places

Councillors in Marbella are getting tough on people vandalising public spaces with graffiti. A task force has been set up to blitz clean current graffiti in the town and the Local Police has committed to clamping down on suspects. Officials say th

01/12/2017 13:11


Festive lights now sparkle in Marbella and San Pedro

Thousands of people hit the streets of Marbella and San Pedro for the grand switch-on of the Christmas lights on Thursday. The festive spirit has been taken to a total of 90 streets and 15 squares where the lights will stay on for 38 days in total

30/11/2017 11:05


Christmas lights in Marbella switch on tonight

Marbella's Christmas lights will be switched on today (Thursday) at 8pm in the Paseo de la Alameda. There are 545 lights decorating 90 streets and 15 squares which will stay on for 38 days in total and, as in Malaga centre, will "dance" to music in a

25/11/2017 13:03


San Pedro unveils its 19-million- euro devolved budget for 2018

The town of San Pedro, part of the municipality of Marbella, is celebrating being given its highest budget ever to spend on local initiatives. In Marbella council's 2018 budget, which passed the first approval stage last Friday, San Pedro has been

24/11/2017 14:30


Council seeks millions in EU funding to improve run-down areas

The town hall in Marbella has submitted an application for 15 million euros to the European Union urban development and sustainability fund. The EU is to allocate 189 million euros from the fund to Andalucía and this week local councillors in Marbell

27/10/2017 10:50


Marbella town hall to offer up land for a new school in Las Chapas

Marbella town hall is set to offer up a plot of land in the Las Chapas area of the town to the Junta de Andalucía for the creation of a new school, as confirmed on Tuesday by the Education councillor, Carmen Díaz. The council will offer up a plot o

04/09/2017 12:25


New local government looks for solution to keep Starlite

One of the issues inherited by the new local government in Marbella is to ensure that the Starlite summer concert festival continues to take place in the town. This summer, organisers had threatened to take the 45-night event elsewhere next year afte

25/08/2017 17:14


Policing from the skies of Marbella

Marbella's first paramotor police patrol unit was presented on Wednesday as part of the town's aims to crack down on town planning violations and illegal dumping. The idea was originally floated last year, however there was initial resistance from

04/08/2017 18:24


Council to stop misuse of Real Zaragoza dunes

Tired of beachgoers not respecting the protected status of the Real de Zaragoza dune system, Marbella councillors have decided to get tough. The dunes to the east of the municipality, some of the last untouched ones, suffer as visitors break down b

20/07/2017 20:51


Marbella boulevard project to go ahead despite withdrawn funding

José Bernal, mayor of Marbella, has insisted this week that the project to convert the Arroyo Primero -a dry stream valley that was once the town's showground- into a boulevard and park will still go ahead despite the provincial government withdrawin

03/07/2017 15:04


Sewer main under San Pedro beach to be relocated to stop ruptures

The main sewer pipe running under the western end of San Pedro beach is to be moved inland slightly to stop it breaking up during regular winter storms. For the last two winters, workers have had to rush to carry out emergency repairs to the 80-cen

23/06/2017 16:17


Nobu Hotel set to open inside Marbella's Puente Romano in 2018

Hot on the heels of the opening of Japanese restaurant Nobu in Marbella's Puente Romano Hotel last week, bosses have been explaining their plans to open a Nobu hotel there next year. The exclusive restaurants of Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa are wel

23/06/2017 12:31


Historic mine sealed off to protect ramblers and encourage bats

A piece of Marbella's surprising industrial past has been closed off by council workers in a bid to prevent accidents and encourage a colony of bats to settle there. The entrance to the historic Buenavista mine is on the mountainside behind the tow

22/06/2017 10:14


The best of Ibiza and Las Vegas in Puerto Banús

Clients who attended the launch of Teatro Marbella last weekend discovered when they passed through the heavy curtains into the restaurant that they were about to enjoy, not only a delicious meal at the elegantly decorated tables, but also an amazing

19/06/2017 16:13


Starlite Festival firms reported for 'building' in quarry auditorium

Environmental prosecutors have reported two companies behind Marbella's prestigious Starlite summer music festival. They say organisers have put in permanent walls and flooring in the outdoor Nagüeles venue used as an auditorium for its concerts by f

16/06/2017 13:07


Policeman accidentally shoots driver in Marbella

A local police officer in Marbella who shot the driver of a car in the early hours of Sunday morning did so accidentally and not out of self-defence. The officer was said to have lost his balance, causing the ready-loaded gun, which the officer had

02/06/2017 10:23


Three men arrested for 'daylight robbery'

Local Police have arrested three men who have been committing armed robberies wearing boiler suits and using a seven-metre ladder as a prop to disguise them as workmen. The thieves, a Spaniard, Bulgarian and a Slovenian, who are all in their forti

19/05/2017 11:58


First 'Stroll with a Hat' is a success in Marbella

Over 70 people took part in Marbella's first 'Stroll with a Hat' event last Sunday. Wearing their finest headgear, a group of hat lovers met to parade around the centre. The idea came from hat-designer Estibaltiz Díaz de Durana and is based on New Yo

05/05/2017 10:54


Fire in hotel sauna sees 300 guests evacuated

The sauna of four-star Hotel Iberostar Marbella Coral Beach was set alight on Sunday, forcing the evacuation of up to 300 guests. Fortunately, 11 firefighters were able to stop the fire spreading, extinguishing it within 30 minutes and all guests w

04/05/2017 14:19


Half a century teaching catering at Bellamar

The Bellamar catering college was founded in the 60s, during the tourist boom, to answer a need for properly trained kitchen staff to tend to the hordes of visitors that were already descending on the Costa del Sol. The hotel businesses in the cit

21/04/2017 11:30


More youngsters on Costa taking marijuana, says addiction charity

An association in Marbella set up to help drug addicts, Horizonte Proyecto Hombre, is extremely concerned by the number of youngsters who are now smoking marijuana, even if many are only experimenting with it. The practice of taking the substance i

21/04/2017 11:21


Mixed views over new blue lights in Marbella

There has been mixed reaction to the new blue lights on Calle Huerta Chica in Marbella, which were put in place to mark the road, which is now the same level as the pavement. Some neighbours' groups have complained to the town hall that the road "loo

17/04/2017 13:51


Pro Dunas raises awareness of poor beach conditions

Pro Dunas, a group of volunteers dedicated to the conservation of beaches in east Marbella, has alerted the public to the startling damage caused to Real de Zaragoza beach by the winter and early spring storms. The group stated that approximately

22/03/2017 22:06


Beach recovery operation takes a hit from this week's storm

After the sudden burst of sunshine and high temperatures of last weekend, Marbella council, with a budget of 1.3 million euros provided by the central environmental ministry, initiated a project to restore the town's storm-damaged beaches. However, t

17/03/2017 12:48


Nobu comes to Marbella

Nobuyuki Matsuhisa is a worldwide authority among chefs and the owner of a gastronomic empire which includes 34 restaurants across four continents. The man whose formula attracts legions of celebrities (Tom Cruise, Richard Gere and Robert de Niro)

24/02/2017 18:35


The 'Who's Who' of gastronomy

Chefs, restauranteurs, wine makers, sommeliers and representatives of hospitality schools met on Monday in Marbella to see the presentation of the publication 'Who's Who in Gastronomy, Malaga 2017'. The book is edited by Prensa Malagueña and has near

31/01/2017 17:46


Tato's canine life saver

Tato's pancreas stopped producing insulin four and a half years ago, and the paediatricians at the Costa del Sol Hospital weren't able to explain to his parents the reason why. The boy, who turned eight years old last December, was later diagnosed wi

17/01/2017 10:31


Marbella council invests in allotment project

Marbella council is working to create the first network of allotments within the municipality. Personnel from the department of sustainability, who are leading the project, are currently searching for suitable plots of land for the endeavour. The