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Welcome to our Nerja news section where you can keep up to date with the main stories that are emerging in Nerja today with our rapid fire news snippets. Please be aware that these pages aren’t a ‘what’s on’ section however if you’d like to be kept up to date with the many concerts and exhibitions that take place in the town and the wider area including Malaga you can follow us on Facebook or circle us on Google+.
Guardia civil makes contraband tobacco seizure - 7th Mar 2017
It was announced this week that officers of the Guardia Civil from Velez-Málaga and Algarrobo had seized 21,000 boxes of contraband cigarettes in Nerja. The discovery came as part of a joint operation between the traffic and customs departments which lead to the stopping of a suspects van on the A7 motorway as it passed through the municipality. The operation was carried out in mid February and lead to the arrest of one individual and the seizure of the cigarettes along with €1000 in cash.
Cello concert at the cultural centre - 3rd Mar 2017
This evening at 9pm the third concert in Nerja's first classical music festival will begin at the cultural centre. This concert conducted by Santiago de la Riva with soprano Hasmik Nahapetyan and cellists from all over Andalucía performing will include pieces from Couperin, Popper, Ortega and Villa-Lobos. Entrance costs €15 with tickets available from the centres ticket office.
Caterpillar season warning to residents - 1st Mar 2017
The national association for pest control companies (ANECPLA) has reminded residents living in close proximity to pine trees of the beginning of this years processional caterpillar season. The pine processionary caterpillars (thaumetopoea pityoca) characteristically travel in long, nose to tail lines and can be harmful to people due to the irritation caused from the hairs covering their bodies. Effects typically take the form of rashes and eye irritation with individuals who are allergic potentially going into anaphylactic shock. The association recommends residents and visitors be on the look out for the caterpillar processions, particularly those with pets and small children.
Nerja runs highest earthquake risk in the Axarquia - 24th Feb 2017
According to information recently published by the Málaga provincial council Nerja is one of the municipalities at highest risk of experiencing an earthquake in the Axarquía area. The information comes as the council publishes a new infographic showing the Axarquia region split into three zones based on risk of seismic activity. The information is intended to assist the municipal authorities with planning for emergency incidents and is accompanied by extra information regarding damage reduction measures related to urban planning and building design.
Upgrades approved for coastal walkways - 22nd Feb 2017
Last week the councillor for the environment of the Junta de Andalucia delivered to Rosa Arrabal the mayoress of Nerja the final approval for the latest updates to Nerja's coastal walkways. The updates come as part of a Costa del Sol wide initiative to provide a continuous 200km route for walkers and cyclists along the coast from Manilva all the way to Nerja. These latest works in Nerja will be in the areas of the Rio Chillar and Rio Seco.
Sign up period opens for Dia del Pedal 2017 - 20th Feb 2017
The period to sign up for Nerja's 29th Dia del Pedal is now open. The event, as in previous years, will take place on the 28th of February but on this occasion will start and end on the Balcón de Europa following the usual circular route. Anybody interested in taking part in one of the towns largest annual sporting events can sign up in the municipal sports office in Calle Carlos Millón between 10am and 2pm.
Carnival program now available - 16th Feb 2017
Yesterday at the town hall councillors Patricia Gutiérrez and Sara Rivas presented the program of events for this year's Nerja Carnival which starts on Thursday 23rd of February. As in previous years the four day program is packed full of competitions, concerts and processions so if you'd like to find out more take a look at our carnival page for more information.
Residents unite against animal mistreatment - 15th Feb 2017
The local animal charity APA Nerja which was set up in 2015 to help abandoned and mistreated animals has started a petition in recent days to seize a dog from a well known animal abuser who frequents the municipality. The individual, who has been seen here on and off over a period of years first came to the attention of the authorities in June 2015 and is once again on the radar thanks to the action taken by the volunteers at APA Nerja. So far the petition which the organisers hope will compel the police to act, has 2,500 signatures and is still growing.
Progress made in health centre saga - 13th Feb 2017
Following a meeting held last Friday between Rosa Arrabal, the mayoress of Nerja and Luis Ruiz Espejo a representative of the regional government of Andalucia the council have announced new developments in the fourteen year long wait for Nerja's new health centre. The discussion revolved around a new site proposed by the council last year after the original site, which was prepared by the previous administration, was found to be unsuitable due to its proximity to the river Chillar. The council now needs to present a formal proposal to the ministry of health which if accepted will restart the administrative process after years of deadlock.
Thursday evening jazz concert - 9th Feb 2017
Jazz lovers might like to check out what's going on in the Nerja cultural centre this evening with Chamber Jazz giving a concert from 9pm. This piano and double bass duo will include music from jazz greats such as Duke Ellington, Ray Brown and Kenny Barron. Entrance price for the concert is €10 with tickets available from the centres box office.
Sala Mercado exhibition opens - 8th Feb 2017
Tomorrow morning a new exhibition will open in Nerja's Sala Mercado exhibition hall by Mariano Pozo. The collection which is comprised of a series of black and white photos taken in New York aims to give a visual journey around a city that the artist has always loved with images from all over including Harlem, Brooklyn and Manhattan. The exhibition will remain open until March 7th with both morning and evening viewing hours.
Museum visitor numbers continue to grow - 8th Feb 2017
The management team at the Nerja museum released impressive statistics for 2016 last month showing that just over 52,000 people visited the facility last year. The numbers, which constituted a 60% increase over the previous year, are due in large part to the provision of a visitor "road train" which provides a direct service between the museum and the Nerja Caves on the outskirts of Maro. The statistics also showed that the profile of the average visitor has changed with the average age increasing and with much greater variation in visitor nationality.