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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+.
Excellent Semana Santa for Nerja tourism - 19th Apr 2017
The Easter week once again proved extremely popular with visitors as highlighted by statistics from the Nerja tourist office. With the help of a period of good weather the Easter week saw hotel occupancy in the municipality reach an average of 91.19% over the period with the final four days of the week reaching just over 94%. Both of these figures show an increase compared to the same festival period last year. The increase in numbers was mirrored at the tourist office itself with information enquiries also up on last years numbers by approximately 2%.
Blood donation service to visit this month - 14th Apr 2017
Once again the MÃ¡laga blood donation service will be visiting the municipality for the day on the 28th of April and is encouraging as many residents as possible to donate. Those who would like to take part in this latest campaign can go to El Salvador church (the offices behind the main entrance) between 10 am and 2pm and again from 5pm and 9pm. Volunteers are reminded however that women should only donate blood a maximum of three times a year and men a maximum of four.
Hikers rescued in Natural park - 11th Apr 2017
Early on Saturday evening the emergency services received a call from a small group of hikers requiring assistance in the nearby Sierra Almijara. The group of four walkers from MÃ¡laga were disorientated after loosing their way provoking a search and rescue operation that began at 23:15 that evening. The group were discovered in the early hours of Sunday morning between the peaks of El Cielo and Navachica at around 3:45 safe and well with no medical attention required.
Residents look to block golf course development - 22nd Apr 2017
A new local action group has been born in recent weeks due to the groundswell of concern amongst Nerja and Maro residents related to the long planned Golf course expected to be situated between the town and village. The group which has named itself "Another Maro & Nerja is possible" is collecting signatures hoping to block the project which would see an 18 hole golf course, 680 dwellings and multiple hotels created in a largely agricultural area. The step was seen as necessary due to apparent attempts by the land owner to remove certain protective orders currently in place which prevent the area from being developed.
New photographic exhibition opens - 5th Apr 2017
A new collection of photographs from the nearby natural parks was opened for public viewing yesterday in the Nerja Cultural Centre. The collection of images captured by Nerja photographic club member JosÃ© Antonio Montilla have as their subject the Ibex or Spanish wild goat which is typically found in the area but currently causing concern due to a significant decline in the male population thanks to unsustainable hunting. The exhibition will remain open until the 3rd June.
Calle Diputacion closure dates change - 3rd Apr 2017
In a change to the usual arrangements the local council has decided to alter the summer closing schedule for Calle Diputacion to allow the familiar ethnic market stalls to operate during the busy Easter period. As a result the street will be closed from 5pm until 3am each day from the 7th of April until the end of October.
Jazz music returns to the cultural centre - 30th Mar 2017
Tomorrow evening at 9pm the Farataos Jazz band will come to the Nerja cultural centre to give a concert from 9pm. The band takes its inspiration from the jazz music of the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s incorporating both the dixie and New Orleans styles. Tickets are available from the centres box office at a cost of €10.
Residents day festival this weekend - 29th Mar 2017
This Sunday brings the latest edition of the Nerja Residents day festival where the food, drink, culture and traditions of the many foreign resident's of the municipality are put on display. Once again the festival will take place in Plaza de EspaÃ±a near to the BalcÃ³n de Europa and alongside the various bars and stalls will include music and dancing throughout the day. Activities begin at 12 noon and continue until 5pm.
Nerja athlete wins MÃ¡laga half marathon - 27th Mar 2017
For what is now the seventh time, Nerja athletics club runner Abdelhadi El Mouaziz won the MÃ¡laga half marathon on Sunday. He took the line in a time of 1:06:36 on a day that saw considerable success for the club as a whole with four other club members finishing in the top fifteen. El Mouaziz remains on course to fulfil the promise he made last year not to relinquish his winners crown until 2020.
Traffic accident closes N340 coastal road - 25th Mar 2017
The N340 coastal road was closed on Friday evening due to a severe traffic accident just a stones throw from the Hotel Marinas de Nerja. The accident involved two vehicles and took place at around 7:30pm with one of the drivers requiring the assistance of the emergency services get out of their damaged car. The road remained closed whilst the vehicles were removed.
Auditions for buskers - 22nd Mar 2017
Today the council held auditions in the cultural centre for local buskers who wish to perform in the municipality's streets during the summer period. Some thirty performers turned up to be scrutinized by teachers from the municipal music school with performances continuing until 2pm this afternoon. Those making the grade received licenses allowing them to perform on the streets of Nerja.
Residents vote for new street names - 20th Mar 2017
Tomorrow the Nerja town hall will open the voting period for residents to decide on new names for the streets GarcÃa Alted and General Asensio Cabanillas, which were named after two leaders in the Franco regime. Voters, who must be of legal voting age and registered with the town hall as resident (empadronado), will have eleven possible names to choose from ranging from country names, historical figures and even a national celebrity. Voting will take place in the main town hall building from 9am until 2pm each day until Thursday.