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Yunquera festival to promote local wine and chestnuts

Tony Bryant

Castaña Flamenco Festival and traditional verdiales groups, visitors can also take advantage of free guided tours, where they will discover Yunquera's eventful past. The feria, which is free, is held in the Calle Blas Infante (next to the town hall) on



Periana town hall to hold monthly flea market

Jennie Rhodes

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



Approval given for the construction of a new hotel in the centre of La Cala de Mijas

Ivan Gelibter

Duncoles SL will invest approximately 400,000 euros in the 170 square metres of land. "Being able to increase our hotel offering is always good news," added Ruiz, "because tourism is the biggest economic driver for our town." This news comes in addition ... to that of just a couple of months ago when it was announced that Mijas Pueblo will soon be home to a new aparthotel in the heart of the town, in a building dating back to 1840 on Plaza de la Constitución. This 354,000-euro investment will see the


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Excitement as the Cirque du Soleil comes to town


...being set up on the fairground, the characters from this world of fantasy toured Malaga at the end of last week to announce that the Cirque du Soleil is in town. They form part of the circus's 20th show, a production which revives the essence of the ... that the circus has come to town.


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From Halloween in Blackpool to late summer in Marbella


A crime thriller featuring a host of well-known British actors will get its world premiere in Puerto Banús on Saturday 5 October 2019. Trick or Treat features actors including Kris Marshall (Love Actually), Jason Flemyng (Lock Stock and Two Smoking



Opposition calls into question Vélez-Málaga deputy mayor's disability allowance


Controversy has erupted at Vélez-Málaga town hall after it was revealed that one of the deputy mayors, and councillor for Torre del Mar, Jesús Pérez Atencia, stopped receiving disability allowance in August after 18 years, to allow him to work and ... earn a salary exclusively for the town hall. If agreed at the next council meeting, Atencia will receive a salary of 60,646 euros per year; just under 3,000 euros less than current mayor of Vélez-Málaga, Antonio Moreno Ferrer, earns. It remains



Procession gets the party started in Fuengirola


Fuengirola kicked off its annual festivities on Sunday with a procession in honour of the Virgen del Rosario. The procession began with a mass at the Nuestra Señora del Rosario Coronada church before winding its way through the town's streets. ... Sunday's events acted as the precursor to the town's feria which starts this Sunday and runs until Saturday 12th.



Biggest turnout yet for Marbella Irish festival

Ash Bolton

A bigger turnout than expected saw more than 5,000 revellers pack a Marbella park for the town's annual Irish International Music Festival last weekend. During the three-day event, a number of Irish and Spanish performers took to the stage in the ... Band, Spiders from Marbs, Thrifty Malone, Blues Stompers, Fraces Celebres, Colm Fitzpatrick, Ras Tikki and Ciaran Farell. Organised in collaboration with the Irish Association Marbella, Marbella town hall and the Claddagh Irish Bar, the event was the



Town hall to promote caves around Malaga

Eugenio cabezas

Rincón de la Victoria town hall has announced that it is launching a 12-month promotional campaign of the town's Cueva del Tesoro. Following record visitor numbers last week, the town hall has signed a contract with Go Go Cards to distribute



Town hall estimates 20 hectares were burned in Marbella fire


Marbella town hall estimates that the fire on scrubland near the Bello Horizonte development on Thursday night last week (22 August) destroyed a total of 20 hectares (49 acres) of land. Emergency services began receiving reports of smoke, that



Marbella's residential works are to finish ahead of schedule


The 2019-2020 Plan de Urbanizaciones, set out by Marbella's town council, will have completed all the planned works in residential areas before the year comes to a close. Despite being outlined as a two-year plan, the council and the mayor, Ángeles ... has included around 25,000 square metres of new pavement and 7,000 square metres of tarmac, cables for street lighting and other services. Improvements have been made to residential areas across the town. Muñoz has also expressed her governing team's ... ones will be finished in the next few weeks," she explained. Muñoz has said that with this construction plan, Marbella council has demonstrated its commitment to the 800 residential areas in the town. "When I had the opportunity to meet homeowners in



British gangster movie shot in Marbella to premiere at local festival

Ash Bolton

A British crime movie filmed across Marbella and Estepona is to get its world premiere in Puerto Banús on 4 October. Rise of the Footsoldier Marbella follows British gangster Pat Tate who travels to the Costa del Sol town after escaping prison in



Mijas plans to improve street cleaning in the residential developments


The mayor of Mijas, Josele González, has announced that the town hall will be making the improvement of cleaning services to the residential developments their priority, in order to meet the demands of the residents. The council, which is busy ... modifying the town plan, hopes that the new cleaning plan will reach all corners of the town. "It is not a quick task, but we will continue working to bring about this change so that all Mijas residents receive the same services especially in times of a ... greater influx of tourists in which the urbanisations register a considerable increase in population," stated the councillor for Town Planning, Andrés Ruiz.



Marbella shows off it's top dogs

Ash Bolton

Animal shelter Triple A's annual dog show has helped raise 3,500 euros for the town's abandoned and mistreated animals. Some 400 dog lovers attended the fundraiser last Sunday 8 September, which was organised by the volunteer run charity. The



Torremolinos: overlooking its cultural heritage?

Tony Bryant

Torremolinos' bid to promote itself as a global centre of urban art was bolstered this week when Mayor José Ortiz unveiled the latest mural inspired by the famous icons who visited the resort during the town's golden age. The lifelike image of Frank ... Sinatra, which has been painted on the façade of a house in La Carihuela, is in honour of his visit to the town while filming scenes for Von Ryan's Express in El Chorro in 1964. The painting is part of a project, which includes the mural of Brigitte Bardot ... in Plaza Costa del Sol, designed to recover the "history and heritage" of the town. Several other murals, including one of Ava Gardner, will be commissioned later in the year. However, some locals are surprised that 'Ol' Blue Eyes', who visited the



Torremolinos town hall adopts new road safety initiative


Torremolinos has become the latest town to adopt a new initiative to teach road safety to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). People with ASD have difficulty with social communication and interaction, and so the new project will use a ... Andalucía. Torremolinos town hall claimed the pictograms "will take a step in eliminating cognitive barriers" and also assist the elderly.



Town hall probes why refuse staff were putting rubbish in stream bed


...received from locals in the La Ermita industrial estate area, to the east of the centre of Marbella. Sources at the town hall said that the staff in the video had been identified and that an inquiry had started into what had happened and if there will be



Estepona will remodel 11 more town streets partly with EU funds


The council in Estepona has put out to tender the contract to draw up the plan to remodel eleven streets in the town as part of the Estepona, Garden of the Costa del Sol project. The improvements are expected to cost almost 1.5 million euros and ... 80 per cent of funds will be provided by the EU's Regional Development Fund, with the town hall paying the rest. The planning stage contract itself is for 45,000 euros and should take two months to deliver before the work itself goes out to contract. ... Tourism, Ana Velasco, referring to the strategy of using greenery to beautify the streets, said that the aim of the initiative is to "further advance with a town model that began in 2012 and has created a real identity, which has made Estepona into a more



Street in Nerja is to get makeover following complaints

Eugenio Cabezas

Nerja town hall gave the go ahead last Friday to improvements to Calle María de Waard, situated near Burriana beach. The project comes after years of complaints by residents who have regularly protested about the state of their road. The ... improvements will include new sewerage and water pipes, pavement and lighting. The town hall has allocated just under 582,000 euros to the project, which it says should take four months to complete.



Council pool in Marbella centre to get one-million-euro upgrade


Marbella council is to completely overhaul the municipal covered swimming pool near the centre of the town. The Serrano Lima building, known as Salduba, is to have a million euros spent on it, making the heating system energy efficient, with solar



Axarquía town halls ask for solution to beach erosion

Eugenio Cabezas

A number of town halls in the Axarquía have asked the Junta de Andalucía's coastal department for a "definitive solution" to the erosion on beaches which has been caused by bad weather in recent years. Rincón de la Victoria, Vélez-Málaga, Torrox



Benalmádena town hall agrees to donate land for construction of a mosque

Tony Bryant

Benalmádena town hall has agreed to donate a 2,000-square-metre plot of land to the local Muslim community for the construction of a mosque. According to the town's mayor Víctor Navas, the new mosque will be an example of coexistence and ... tolerance among the multiple nationalities that reside in the town. The town hall has strived to promote Benalmádena as a cosmopolitan municipality and it has previously donated land for the construction of the Danish, Norwegian and British schools, as ... well as for the Hindu temple and the Buddhist stupa. "Benalmádena is an open town, an example of coexistence, tolerance and harmony between more than 120 nationalities and the diverse religious confessions," the mayor said. There are currently more



Water bottle refill points are installed in town centre of Gibraltar

Debbie Bartlett

The AquaGib water company has provided two water bottle refill points in the town centre, one outside the police station in Casemates Square and the other in the Piazza, by the kiosk opposite Matalan. This is another way of reducing the use of



Sinatra's image promotes Torremolinos as urban art centre

Tony Bryant

In a bid to secure Torremolinos as a global centre of urban art, the town hall has presented the latest mural inspired by iconic figures who passed through the resort during the 1960s and 70s. Known as "the playground of the rich and famous", among ... the town's visitors at that time were several Hollywood stars, such as Frank Sinatra, whose portrait has been painted onto the façade of a house on the promenade in La Carihuela. The mural was painted by graffiti artists Pablo Sánchez and Sergio ... Jiménez Herguedas Bermejo in recognition of Sinatra's visit to the town in 1964, when he stayed at the Hotel Pez Espada during the shooting of the final scenes of Von Ryan's Express. The new mural, which was unveiled by the town's mayor, José Ortiz, is



Nerja town hall tax payment reminder

J. R.

Nerja foreigners' department has issued a reminder that all local taxes must be paid by 13 September. This includes the annual IBI for all property owners. Rubbish tax must be paid by all households that receive a rubbish collection and anyone who



Vélez-Málaga council must find another venue for this year's feria

Eugenio Cabezas

Vélez-Málaga town hall met with neighbours' groups and local businesses last week to find an alternative venue for the town's feria, which will take place from 25 to 29 September. The day fair, which is normally held in the town centre, will need



Marbella's younger generation goes green


...that. The group is made up of more than 50 people between the ages of 15 and 25 years, who use social media to organise clean-up sessions across the town, from the waste grounds of Montua, Trapiche Norte and Bello Horizonte, to the beaches. The project ... met." Around 100 people respond to ProDunas' call to clean Cabopino beach in Marbella These three are the main managers of Generación Verde Marbella, a project that goes beyond just cleaning the waste from the town's public areas. "We want to make ... the clean-up sessions in the past. Moreover, some of them have started to extend the movement to their neighbourhoods, organising meet-ups to clean the town's beaches. "We have been sent photographs of people filling buckets with cigarette ends in



Works start on Marbella old town parish church


Scaffolding has gone up on the much-photographed parish church in the heart of Marbella's old town. The north aisle facing the square alongside the Iglesia de la Encarnación needs urgent repairs after an annual check-up revealed leaks and parts that



Marbella council to start sponsoring local athletes

Nieves Castro

...competitions. The town hall says that the scheme has two advantages. Not only will the competitors have the resources to do well, but the town will also raise its profile. The project has been christened Marca Marbella (Brand Marbella). The plan will be ... built into the town hall budget for next year and local firms will be encouraged to take advantage of the sponsorship opportunities. To benefit, clubs must be registered associations and individuals must be on the 'padrón' town hall census roll.



Marbella cancels tender process for writing its urgently needed new master town plan


There's been nother setback on the long road to updating Marbella's master town plan. A council audit committee has ordered a rerun of the tender process for the compilation of the new PGOU plan after complaints by two architectural firms who lost ... out in the bidding process. Marbella is still using a patched-up version of a 1986 town plan, despite the resort evolving considerably since then. A 2010 version was struck down in court in 2015 and key planning decisions since then have been left in



The sky's the limit for ideas to transform Rincón de la Victoria


Rincón de la Victoria town hall launched a campaign on Tuesday to invite residents to send in their proposals to transform the town. During a presentation to launch the campaign, the councillor for Resident Participation, Borja Ortiz, said "We ... want residents of Rincón de la Victoria to also be part of the transformation of their town." The project has been named Transforma Rincón. Mayor Francisco Salado, who was also at Tuesday's presentation, added that the campaign is "open" and "with no ... ceiling nor financial limits." Residents who are over the age of 18 and registered on the town hall census (Padrón) can either vote in person at the town hall building or via an online form ( until 25



Alcaucín's Neanderthal visitors' centre is set to open next year

Eugenio Cabezas

Alcaucín town hall announced plans earlier this week to open a visitors' centre to promote the discovery of Neanderthal remains discovered in the area in the 1970s and 1980s. Professor and archaeologist, Cecilio Barroso, came across the remains in ... the Boquete de Zafarraya cave while holidaying in the area in 1979. Between 1982 and 1983 various other Neanderthal bones, some of which are now on display in the Museo de Málaga, were also discovered. Now the town hall has revealed plans to open a



The insider guide to Havana

Andrew Forbes

STAY: Residencia Santa Clara Authentic 'casa particular' close to Havana’s harbour and within walking distance of the sights of Old Havana. Talented carpenter Alexis and his sister Marisol have created a stylish, family-run guesthouse with grou