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Nerja bike race finalises regional championship - 7th Nov 2016
The 18th Málaga provincial mountain bike championship came to an end yesterday with the final race of the year being held in Nerja. The Maratón Villa de Nerja which is now in its 3rd year attracted over 150 competitors to the streets of the municipality before leading off into the nearby Sierra Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama mountain ranges. The race set off from the Verano Azul park and continued over a 65km route reaching 1600m above sea level at its highest point before descending back to the town for the finish. Amongst the riders local residents Lucas Agustín Pereira and Francisco Lopez Redondo stood out finishing first and sixth in their respective age categories.
New success for X-bike cycle school - 2nd Nov 2016
Last weekend Vélez-Málaga once again hosted the punishing "Desafío del Buda by Xterra" cycle race in which Nerja's local cycle school enjoyed great success. Lucas Pereira of the X-Bike school took the third overall spot on the podium and top spot amongst the junior category after competing in the 72km long race along mountain paths, dry river beds and step hillside slopes. The race passed through Vélez-Málaga, Arenas, La Viñuela and Benamocarra before reaching the end with Antonio Ortiz winning the men's event and Elena Pérez the women's.
Guardia Civil arrests scammers - 31st Oct 2016
Last month officers from Nerja detained five individuals and took action against two others in connection with a series of deceptions carried out in various municipalities of the Axarquia. The group was carrying out the well known gas revision scam whereby they insist that an inspection of the gas installation is legally required presenting the owner with a bill at the end, frequently at an exorbitant price. The groups principle targets were elderly foreign residents with victims in Nerja, Torrox, Frigiliana and other municipalities coming forward. Various charges were brought against the seven individuals relating to fraud, threatening behaviour and falsification of documents.
Local businesses hold council to account - 27th Oct 2016
Representatives of the Nerja business association have formerly written to the towns mayoress Rosa Arrabal in recent days voicing concerns over the long delays members are experiencing with the councils urban department. The department, which is directly overseen by the mayoress has been described as a "serious obstacle to the business activities of the associations members" with delays of up to 15 months in the resolution of various license applications and planning decisions. In the letter the association calls for a "simple, efficient and reasonable" urban policy which is "at the service of all local residents".
Maro prepares for Maroween - 25th Oct 2016
Next Monday the neighbouring village of Maro will be holding its annual chestnut and sweet potato festival known locally as Maroween. On the 31st of October the village square will become the centre of activities for the evening which crosses a traditional local festival with Halloween meaning ghoulish costumes, house of horror, live music and free sweet potatoes and chestnuts all come together in one place! Activities kick off from 5pm until late and continue into Tuesday. You can get more information from the local tourist office near the Balcón de Europa.
Farmers can now sell directly to consumers - 20th Oct 2016
Thanks to a new law passed by the Junta de Andalusia farmers in the region are now allowed to sell up to 10% of their produce directly to consumers. Carmen Ortiz, local councillor for agriculture, fishing and rural development explained that the law provided legal cover for a traditional system that already exists in the region. The law, which was increasingly called for by organic producers in Andalusia, means that growers can sell in typical places like local markets and small stores but also to restaurants and bars.
4x4 enthusiasts meet up this weekend - 18th Oct 2016
This weekend off road enthusiasts from Nerja and neighbouring municipalities will gather together for a 4x4 meet-up on the outskirts of the town. The activities cover two days with the drivers signing up and taking part in the night time trials on Saturday and then on Sunday taking part in further competitions with vehicles divided into three categories (series, modified and prototypes) followed by the awarding of prizes and a late lunch for participants. For those wanting more information call the hobby club on 609 15 79 92 or 676 35 63 01 .
Restoration work for oldest resident - 14th Oct 2016
Work has begun on the skeleton of a young 20 something girl discovered in 1982 in the network of caverns that make up the Nerja Caves. The skeleton known locally as "Pepita" is thought to be between 10 and 20 thousand years old, dating from the Epipaleolithic era. The restoration treatment which has been authorised by the cultural council of the Junta de Andalucia is being carried out by Rafael Ruiz de la Linde and will see previous protective resins removed from the skeleton and replaced with more modern and effective alternatives.
Fiber optic rollout continues - 12th Oct 2016
Axartel communications are continuing the installation of fiber optic internet in Nerja with work being carried out in Calles Granada and Pintada as well as Plaza de España in recent days. The installation will greatly increase internet speeds in the main streets of the town as well as some of the surrounding smaller streets and allow for high definition television to be delivered via internet. The company estimates that the maximum achievable speed will be in the region of 120Mbps.
Municipal animal service extended to cover neighbours - 7th Oct 2016
It was announced yesterday that a new contract had been signed between Nerja and Parque Zoosanitario Don Animal to provide the municipality with a dedicated service to collect, care for and re-home stray and abandoned animals. The agreement comes as part of a wider initiative which will see all 31 municipalities of the Axarquia region covered by the service which for Nerja will cost approximately €150,000 annually. Parque Zoosanitario Don Animal is based in Rincón de la Victoria and was founded in 1980. If you're interested in adopting a homeless animal take a look at their website for more information.
La Caixa donates to families in need - 5th Oct 2016
Representatives of the La Caixa foundation today donated 120 school material packages to be distributed amongst low income families in the municipality. It comes as part of a wider campaign carried out by the foundation which will end with the donation of some five thousand such packages made up of exercise books, writing materials and other related objects. In a meeting in the main town hall building both the mayoress Rosa Arrabal Téllez and councillor for social services Cristina Fernández Pinto thanked the foundation representatives for the donation and the continuing work they do in this and many other communities.
Regional basketball match this Saturday - 4th Oct 2016
This weekend Nerja's newly formed basketball team will be in action for its first ever home game. The "Clínicas Rincón Nerja Baloncesto" team, which won its first division league debut match in Cordoba last weekend will be playing next Saturday in the indoor basketball court behind the Enrique López Cuenca sports stadium. If you'd like to go along and watch the match against the Smurrfit Kappa Bball team from Cordoba the game will begin at 6pm.