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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+.
Local girl retains national title - 29th Aug 2016
Last weekend local beach volleyball player Ana Lobato retained her title as national champion along with her teammate Paula Soria in the final of this years championships. The duo took the initiative early in the final, gaining the advantage in the first set and carrying the momentum into the second leading to a decisive win in two straight sets. The competition was held along the coast in Fuengirola on Sunday and saw both the female and male teams retain their crowns from the previous year.
Frigiliana three cultures festival starts today - 25th Aug 2016
The eleventh edition of the Three Cultures festival started today in the neighbouring village of Frigiliana with food, music and dancing from the regions past on display. The annual event which grows in popularity year on year will continue through the weekend closing late on Sunday night. With a regular bus service between Nerja and Frigiliana it's easy to get to and well worth a visit so take a look at our Three Cultures page for more information!
Nerja prepares for annual beach race - 23rd Aug 2016
This weekend Burriana beach will once again play host to Nerja's annual "half league" foot race in honour of Francisco Ortega, otherwise known as "Ayo". The event which is split up into numerous categories and draws athletes from all over Andalucia will begin at 7pm starting with the youngest runners, moving through the various age groups until the veterans set off in the final race of the evening. Anybody can take part though and the inscription period will remain open until one hour before the races begin. If you're interested in taking part pop into Ayo's chiringuito on Burriana and sign up!
Local hotels enjoy bumper July - 22nd Aug 2016
Last months hotel occupancy figures showed that for the second consecutive year hotels in the municipality reached an average occupancy rate of 93% for the month of July. The statistics showed that Spanish and British holiday makers made up the bulk of the registered visitors accounting for approximately two thirds of the total whilst the Irish, French, Germans and Scandinavians made up much of the remaining numbers. Patricia Gutiérrez Román who has been councillor for tourism for the last two years expressed her satisfaction at this years numbers highlighting the 7% increase since 2014.
Exhibition of young artists work opens - 19th Aug 2016
A new exhibition of work by young Málaga artists has opened this week in the Sala Mercado. The collection which is part of a wider project to support local artists from the ages of 16 to 35 will be on display until the 28th of the month and will include works from various categories including graphic art, scenic art, visual arts, music and film amongst others. Works from this years intake, which is now in its third edition, will go on to be judged by important cultural and artistic figures from Málaga with those showing special merit going on to attend a gala night on the 30th September.
Weekend volleyball tournament postponed - 17th Aug 2016
The sports department of the town hall has announced that the Nerja 2016 mixed volleyball tournament planned for the weekend of the 27th and 28th has now been moved to the following weekend. Due to this the start time for the tournament has also changed and is now set to begin at 5pm to take advantage of the floodlights available on the pitches.
Regional campaign to promote recycling comes to Nerja - 16th Aug 2016
Ecoembes a non-profit organisation in conjunction with the Málaga regional government has today begun a new recycling initiative called "Reciclaplus" to encourage the populations of the various municipalities to recycle more and smarter. The initiative is based around a mobile learning centre which aims to educate residents in the recycling process and teach local children of the importance of recycling, getting them into good habits from an early age. The exhibition which was today visiting Ronda will soon come to Nerja and challenge the municipality to recycle 10% of its plastics over a 3 month period. Those municipalities that meet the challenge will receive funds for local charities and social initiatives.
Lifeguards recommend issuing fines - 12th Aug 2016
Lifeguard services in various municipalities have taken a tougher stance against swimmers this summer recommending to local councils the idea of imposing fines upon beach goers who ignore instructions. The suggested fines which range from €300 to €3000 are currently under consideration in a number of coastal towns including Torrox, Torremolinos and Benalmádena with Vélez-Málaga already preparing new bye-laws. The authorities here in Nerja have announced no such plans so far however with recent rescues required due to swimmers ignoring clear red flag warnings it remains a possibility.
Fiesta Blanca this Saturday - 11th Aug 2016
The annual summer white party will be taking place on El Salón beach this Saturday from 8pm and will feature the usual mix of live music, DJ's, competitions and drinks organised by the youth department of the town hall. Everybody is welcome to this increasingly popular event which every year attracts thousands of residents, neighbours and tourists. Just wear white and dance the night away!!!
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.