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Vicious attack leads to prison sentence - 17th Jun 2016
Two individuals involved in the assault of a local police officer in Nerja in 2011 received prison sentences today at a hearing in the Málaga provincial court. The two men, who are father and son, received sentences of seven months and four years respectively due to a routine traffic infringement which escalated into a vicious attack by the younger man. The victim, who suffered a broken nose and required twelve stitches received just over €6,000 in damages from the pair whose appeal against the sentence was rejected.
Authorities take action on latest illegal campsite - 15th Jun 2016
La Caleta beach in Maro was the scene for the latest operation against illegal camping with local police taking action earlier this week. The operation culminated in a total of seven separate offences being recorded related to illegal camping and animal welfare. This was a relatively small campsite in comparison to an operation last month where a site of some 30 individuals was discovered leading to the removal of some 500 kilos of rubbish.
Walker rescued from Natural Park - 13th Jun 2016
Nerja's emergency services were once again called upon last weekend to rescue a walker in the Rio Chillar area of the nearby natural park. The hiker suffered a fall early on Saturday morning whilst traversing the popular route known locally as "Los Cahorros", doing damage to one of his legs leaving him unable to return to the town without assistance. The local mountain rescue service, aided by the fire brigade and volunteers from the Civil Protection service evacuated the 50 year old man who was checked over by local medical officials before receiving further treatment at the Hospital Comarcal de la Axarquia in Torre del Mar.
High temperatures ahead - 10th Jun 2016
The AEMET meteorological agency has issued a yellow temperature alert for the coming days with warm inland air coming south to the coastal regions provoking unseasonally high temperatures of up 37 degrees. The warm winds know locally as a "terral" will continue until the early morning subsiding over the rest of the weekend but expected to return for the first half of next week. By Thursday the temperatures are expected to slowly decrease resting at a more comfortable 30 - 32 degrees.
Photographic exhibition opens today - 8th Jun 2016
A new photographic exhibition of images from this years Villa de Nerja photographic competition will be inaugurated this evening in the Cultural Centre in Calle Granada. The exhibition, which is comprised of the final selection still in the running for the win, was drawn from some 200 entrants into this years competition now in its third edition. The collection includes images of Nerjas fiestas, beaches and pretty corners and will remain open to the public until the 29th July with the winner being announced at the opening ceremony.
Annual barbecue ban comes into effect - 3rd Jun 2016
Restrictions to prevent wild fires came into effect across Andalusia this week as part of an annual program which has lead to significant reductions in wildfire numbers since its adoption. Barbecues and fires of any sort are now prohibited in forests and scrub areas with even the use of motor vehicles in such areas disallowed by the authorities meaning that vehicles can no longer be used to reach the El Pinarillo picnic area in the nearby natural park. The restrictions will remain in place until 15th October with any exceptions requiring the explicit consent of the authorities.
Water treatment plant delays - 1st Jun 2016
Nerja will spend yet another summer without a functioning water treatment plant according to town hall sources. The plant which was expected to enter a testing period at the beginning of the year and be fully functional in time for the summer months has been plagued by a series of delays ranging from issues with local water collectors, intermediary pumping stations and miscalculations in the planning stages. Councillor José Maria Rivas has urged the construction company to do whatever is necessary to speed up the process amongst concerns over the company's financial situation following alarming media reports.
Nerja Caves receives certificate of excellence - 30th May 2016
It was announced today that for the third consecutive year the Nerja Caves has received Tripadvisor.com's certificate of excellence. The award, which is based on the opinions and reviews of visitors, was warmly received by Miguel Briones, president of the Nerja Caves foundation while Heather Leisman, marketing vice president, remarked on the importance of the award for generating confidence in potential visitors when it comes to reserving entrance tickets.
March against animal cruelty - 26th May 2016
Animal lovers will be gathering together this Sunday for the towns first march in defence of animal rights setting out from the town hall at around midday. The march, which will be just under a kilometre in length, will take a circular route around the town centre finishing on the Balcón de Europa. The organisers are encouraging all those that wish to take part in the event to arrive half an hour early at 11:30 am.
Nerja dance festival begins tomorrow - 25th May 2016
The latest edition of Nerja Danza will begin tomorrow with four days of indoor and outdoor dance performances scheduled to take place at sites around the municipality. At midday tomorrow the performances will begin with the Fernando Hurtado company offering the inaugural performance in the cultural centre with Marco Vargas and Chlóe Brûlé amongst others performing on the Balcón de Europa later in the day. Each day of the festival will bring multiple free to enter performances so it's well worth passing by the tourist office for this years events program.
Junta allocates new social inclusion funds - 23rd May 2016
Today the Junta de Andalucia announced how it intends to divide up its social inclusion budget in the Axarquia region with Nerja set to receive €95,000 and neighbouring Torrox €72,000. The funds, which will primarily by used to help businesses take on more staff and prevent social exclusion amongst the unemployed will also come with the condition that the activities undertaken must hold a special interest for the community as a whole, making the most of the funds on offer. Certain groups are given priority in the initiative with individuals from households where all members are unemployed, sufferers of domestic abuse and the disabled amongst those that have a better chance of being accepted.
New push begins to improve Nerja's coastal walking paths - 20th May 2016
Nerja's coastline went under inspection today by officials from the regions coastal agency. Local councillors and municipal technicians joined coastal engineers in a check-up of a number of the municipality's most popular areas including Caletilla and Salón beaches, La Caleta beach in Maro and the long time closed coastal walkway, Carabineros. The visit comes as a pre-cursor to plans for sustainable development of the areas, firstly to stabilise rocky slopes before further development with new walkways, viewpoints and gardens to greater enhance the coastline for residents and visitors.