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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+.
Nerja resident completes gruelling Mont Blanc ultra trail - 29th Sep 2016
Local athlete Jorge Rodriquez completed the prestigious Mont Blanc ultra trail race last month finishing in 1395 place out of a total of 2,500 participants. The 35 year old runner who has participated in a number of extreme long distance events was selected along with 13 other Málaga athletes to compete in the famous race which covers a distance of 170 km in a single stage with a time limit of 46 hours. Unsurprisingly with such an incredible test of endurance many of the starters failed to finish with the drop out rate coming to 42% however Jorge made it to the end in a time of 45 hours and 57 seconds.
Rio Chillar cleaning expedition - 27th Sep 2016
Last weekends Rio Chillar cleaning expedition proved tremendously successful once again with more than 400kg of litter being collected. Some 70 volunteers took part in the expedition which is now in its sixth year clearing two popular hiking routes of rubbish. All ages took part in the exercise too with the youngest participant of just 5 years old working alongside the oldest of 70.
Carlos Ariza opens a new exhibition today - 23rd Sep 2016
Local Vélez-Málaga artist Carlos Ariza opened an exhibition of his latest works today in the Calle Cristo municipal hall. The exhibition which is entitled "Vida" is made up primarily of landscapes of the Axarquia region painted in a precise and detailed style by a painter who has dedicated much of his work to capturing the spirit of his rural surroundings. The collection will be open for public viewing every day until the 6th October from 11am until 2pm and again from 6pm until 10pm.
Feria preparations begin - 22nd Sep 2016
As the end of September draws nearer so too does the Nerja Feria with the initial preparations on display on Saturday night with the towns patron saints being taken in procession through the streets of Nerja. The low key procession will leave the church at around 9pm and make its way to La Ermita to collect the Virgin of Anguish before returning to the Balcón de Europa. As always the procession will include music from the municipal band and the band of Saint Michael Archangel.
Nerja begins a new environmental campaign - 19th Sep 2016
Councillor Jorge Bravo Gallardo has announced a new environmental campaign to be launched in the coming days which aims to draw the public's attention to the simple ways they can help to keep Nerja clean. The "Clean Nerja is in your hands" campaign focuses on three simple aspects, the use of public litter bins, the collection of animal waste by pet owners and the correct recycling of appropriate materials. The announcement comes just before a new phase of pest control and disinfection in Calles Pintada, Antonio Millón and El Barrio amongst others which is part of a wider series of measures which have been in effect over the summer months.
Post summer river clean-up looks for volunteers - 16th Sep 2016
After another busy summer Nerja's annual river cleaning expedition has once again been organised, this year taking place on the 25th September. The excursion, which is now in it's sixth edition, aims to clear the banks of the Río Chillar and its tributaries of rubbish left behind by visitors in an area of ever increasing popularity. As in previous years there are two routes which volunteers can choose to take part in with differing degrees of difficulty. If you're interested in taking part you can get more information in the main town hall building, tourist office, cultural centre and civil protection office.
Weekend rescue on El Cañuelo beach - 14th Sep 2016
A hiker was rescued on Sunday after falling from the cliffs overlooking El Cañuelo beach between Maro and La Herradura. The emergency services received various calls at approximately 2pm on Sunday afternoon reporting that a walker, who had been hiking as part of a group, had fallen from the cliffs. Fortunately, the individual had only fallen approximately 10 meters but had still suffered a number of injuries including multiple fractures. The local police, Gurardia Civil and civil protection service all attended at the seen with the injured walker later being evacuated by helicopter for further medical treatment.
Nerja athletes dominate in weekend sporting events - 12th Sep 2016
Last weekend proved to be a highly successful one for local athletes with two Regional titles being awarded to members of Nerja's sporting clubs. Long distance runner Abdelhadi el Mouaziz took the Andalucian half marathon championship in Fuengirola completing the distance a little over one hour and seven seconds while Jesús Narváez was crowned Andalucian Triathlon champion in an event in Mojácar completing the weekends event in one hour forty minutes. The success didn't end there though with local junior triathlete Nicolás Bobadilla coming third in an event in Granada setting him up nicely for a top spot in the overall competition ranking.
Maro prepares for annual Feria - 7th Sep 2016
The initial acts of this years Feria de las Maravillas began today in the neighbouring village of Maro and will continue until Saturday evening. Each year the village honours the Virgin of Wonders with four days of celebrations including local music, food and dancing in the village square as well as a small children's fairground and annual sporting challenges with the main event of the procession of the Virgin through the village streets on Thursday evening. This year the town hall has provided a bus service to easily get to and from the village over the feria period running from 8:30pm until 3am each day and costing €1,50.
Nerja sets new hotel occupancy record - 5th Sep 2016
According to information supplied by the municipal tourism office Nerja enjoyed an excellent August this year with hotel occupancy reaching almost 96%. The figure was approximately 3% up on the previous month and 0.5% up on August of last year. This statistic is particularly significant though as it breaks the previous record for the maximum hotel occupancy registered in the town which was set almost 10 years ago.
Los Castillejos cycle race takes place this Sunday - 1st Sep 2016
This weekend will see hundreds of cyclists take part in the second Los Castillejos cycle race starting out from Plaza de España at 10:30 on Sunday morning. Up to 350 cyclists can sign up for the event which will take the participants through the spectacular mountain terrain of the nearby natural park before returning to Nerja and the finish. The sign up period is still open with the only restriction being that entrants must be over 15 years old.
Ruta 340 organises another biker breakfast - 30th Aug 2016
Motorcycle enthusiasts will be pleased to hear that the Ruta 340 biker shop is organising another event for the weekend to be held outside their shop in Torrox Costa. As always there will be bikes a plenty on display, live music, food and drink for the ticket price of €10. Local animal rescue charities are also involved and will be collecting donations of dog food from anybody who wishes to contribute.