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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+.
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.
National ballet pull out of dance festival performance - 14th Jul 2016
In a change to the program of this years Nerja Caves music and dance festival it was announced today that the flamenco dance company of Susana Lupiáñez would replace the Spanish National Ballet in this Saturdays open air performance in Plaza de España. The change comes due to circumstances beyond the control of the Caves foundation which organises the annual event but does mean that residents and visitors can see the company's latest production "Mudanza" which was recently premiered last month at the Madrid Flamenco Festival. The production includes a number of invited artists and will begin from 11pm on Saturday evening.
Fireball over the Costa del Sol - 11th Jul 2016
The Costa del Sol was the stage for something of a cosmic light show last night will a bright fireball crossing the night sky at around 11pm. The spectacle was the result of a fragment of comet hitting the earth's atmosphere at a speed of approximately 95,000km/h. Despite the fact that the fireball was only visible for a short period of time it was widely reported on social media.
Sports facilities begin peak season hours - 8th Jul 2016
During July and August Nerja's sporting installations will change to different opening times to meet demand. The Enrique López Cuenca stadium on the other side of the N-340 to the Nerja Club Hotel will be open from 9am until 1pm and again from 6:30pm until 10:30pm, Monday to Saturday. The indoor sports centre which overlooks the stadium will keep the same morning hours as the stadium but open from 7pm in the evenings until 11pm at night. Finally the polideportivo complex just a short walk from the health centre will be available for use from 9am until 2pm and from 5pm until 11pm. The complex will also open on Sundays albeit one hour later.
Guardia civil catches foreign fugitive - 7th Jul 2016
It was revealed today that Guardia Civil officers recently detained a foreign national in Nerja who had fled from his native country to evade justice. The individual, who was identified only as M.K and is a Moroccan citizen, is wanted in connection with drug smuggling offences, specifically the transportation of cannabis through the port of Tangier to Spain and other European countries. The man is now awaiting a date to be put before the Spanish supreme court to begin the extradition proceedings which will see him returned to his country.
Lifeguard injured after watch tower collapses - 6th Jul 2016
Earlier this week one of Nerja's lifeguards was injured when the watch tower which he was using collapsed from under him. The twenty three year old suffered bruising to a leg but was otherwise unharmed in the incident which took place at around midday on Burriana beach. For obvious safety reasons the authorities have now began inspecting the numerous lifeguard towers along the municipality's beaches before they can enter back into service.
Local athletes selected for European championship - 4th Jul 2016
Four of Nerja's young athletes have been selected to represent the country in the coming European youth championship to be held from the 14th July in Tbilisi, Georgia. The Nerja club, with four selected athletes, was almost the best represented club in the country being surpassed only by the Playas de Castellón club which had one more member selected. The four Nerja club members are Isiro Leyva, Ouassim Oumaiz, Jesús Gómez and Raquel Moreno.
Tourist season hours begin in local shops - 1st Jul 2016
From today until the 15th September Nerja's shops will be able to remain open on Sundays and bank holidays thanks to a relaxing of trading laws in areas of the country with particularly high tourist activity. The change allows businesses in the 700 designated areas complete freedom to open as they see fit during their busiest time of the year. The law applies to independent shops as well as the big chains such as supermarkets and fashion outlets with the nearby El Ingenio shopping centre remaining open this weekend.