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Maxima FM comes to Nerja - 9th Aug 2016
National radio station Maxima FM will be coming to Nerja on the 20th August as part of their 2016 open air tour. The event, which will be free to enter, will include some of the stations top DJ's playing disco, techno and house music from 8pm well into the early hours of the morning in Plaza de los Cangrejos just a stones throw from La Torrecilla beach.
Drug smugglers detained - 5th Aug 2016
In a joint operation involving the Guardia Civil and National Police a drug smuggling gang operating on the coast has been uncovered with 11 arrests, including at least one Nerja resident. An investigation began in December of last year due to the suspicious activities of an individual living in Nerja and rapidly grew leading to the discovery of an international organisation principally concerned with the trafficking of hachís. The group imported the drugs from Morocco and transported them to other European countries including France, Italy and Holland via the province of Málaga. As part of a series of raids the authorities seized approximately €800,000 worth of the groups assets believed to be the proceeds of crime.
20th annual open water swim race - 4th Aug 2016
If you're on Burriana beach this Sunday you'll likely see the spectacle of hundreds of swimmers gathering for Nerja's 20th open water swimming event starting just before 11am. The event will be split up into various categories with distances for the youngsters and veterans alike ranging from 550m all the way up to an exhausting 1,200m. If you're interested in taking part the sign up period is still open. Visit www.dorsalchip.es for more info.
New photo exhibition opens in Nerja Museum - 2nd Aug 2016
This Thursday a new photographic exhibition will open in the Nerja Museum exhibition hall of subterranean images taken in the region over the last 20 years. The collection which is entitled "Subterranean Andalucia brought to light" includes 120 images from a wider collection of 4,000 taken in over 60 caves in the region. The photographer Paco Hoyos commented that his images brought this unique natural environment which few people get to see to the wider public. The exhibition will remain open until the 2nd October.
Fire engine overturns on emergency call - 1st Aug 2016
Last Friday three of Nerja's firemen were injured when the fire engine they were travelling in overturned on a roundabout between Nerja and Maro. The firemen were heading towards the motorway responding to an emergency call when the incident happened which lead to all three of the vehicles occupants being taken to the Axarquia regional hospital in Velez-Málaga. The fire service later confirmed that there were no serious injuries to anybody in the group with only cuts, bruises and contusions requiring treatment.
Delta Aquarid meteor shower intensifies - 29th Jul 2016
Over the next couple of days the meteor shower of fragments from the 96P Machholz comet is set to intensify. The shower which began on the 12th July will continue until the end of August however the next few days will provide the greatest spectacle with some 15 to 20 fragments expected to burn up in the atmosphere each hour. If you're interested in seeing the cosmic light show the optimum time will be on Saturday morning at 2am.
Utility revision scams on the increase - 27th Jul 2016
Residents of the municipality are being alerted to an increase in the number of false utility inspections being reported recently. The scam involves one or more individuals, typically dressed as employees of either the water, electricity or gas company arriving unexpectedly to make an inspection of your utility installation for safety purposes. Frequently these inspections are totally unnecessary and have nothing to do with the company that supplies you. The authorities are advising elderly residents in particular that should they receive an unexpected visit to first ask for identification which should be authorised by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism (Ministerio de Industria, Energía y Turismo) and to contact their supplier to check the validity of the inspection.
Police begin new speed control campaign - 25th Jul 2016
A spokesperson for Nerja's local police force announced today that officers will be placing a greater emphasis on speed limits in the municipality during the next two weeks as part of a summer season speeding campaign. At random times of the day officers will be monitoring sections of road where speeding is a common problem, particularly at points where pedestrians and cyclist are at greater risk. The authorities are asking road users to respect the limits put in place throughout the municipality for the safety of both residents and visitors at this busy time of year.
New medical equipment for sporting installations - 21st Jul 2016
A council spokesperson announced yesterday that the town hall has completed the installation of defibrillators in the principal sporting facilities of the municipality. The Enrique López Cuenca athletics stadium, indoor swimming pool and polideportivo complex are all now equipped with the machines which deliver electric shocks to the chest area in moments of severe cardiac difficulties. The installations were carried out to bring the facilities into line with national public safety regulations.
Suspicious backpack leads to Balcón closure - 19th Jul 2016
A security alert caused the closure of the Balcón de Europa earlier today when a backpack was found tied to a bench and apparently abandoned. The authorities quickly evacuated the area ready for explosives experts from Málaga to arrive and inspect the bag but not before considerable alarm had spread through residents and visitors who were in the the area at the time. The bag later proved to pose no threat whatsoever, belonging to a South Korean tourist who had left it there whilst going to get lunch.
Swimmer rescued in rough seas - 18th Jul 2016
Nerja's life guard service had to take action on Saturday when a foreign tourist found themselves in difficulty whilst swimming under red flag conditions. The flag was in effect due to strong easterly winds which effected the majority of beaches along the Costa del Sol and also led to the cancellation of the water bound section of the Virgen del Carmen procession which was expected to take place later on Saturday evening. The swift intervention of the lifeguard service prevented the swimmer from being pushed onto the rocks and almost certain injury.
Blood donation service set to visit Nerja - 15th Jul 2016
The regional blood donation service will be coming to Nerja on the 22nd of July and requests that as many residents as possible participate in the latest campaign to increase available blood supplies. The collection will take place at the church of El Salvador from 10am until 2pm and from 5:30pm until 9:30pm.