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Nerja caves festival dates announced - 22nd Jan 2016
The dates for the 57th edition of the Nerja Caves music and dance festival were released today by the Caves Foundation at the FITUR international tourism fair in Madrid. The festival will once again take place in two locations with free concerts in Plaza de España and ticketed events in the Sala de Cascada area of the caverns. The first concert will take place on June 24th with a concert by Ainhoa Arteta and pianist Rubén Fernández-Aguirre while the free concerts will begin on the 9th of July with a performance by Los Vivancos.
Nerja tries something new at FITUR - 20th Jan 2016
Today the annual FITUR international tourism fair began in Madrid with Nerja's councillor for tourism, Patricia Gutiérrez Román, taking the lead in presenting the municipality as an ideal holiday destination. As in previous years the area's sandy beaches and warm summer climate will inevitably be the first images that come to the public's mind but this year the council are seeking to present the town as a destination for the more active visitors highlighting the excellent sporting facilities the municipality has to offer as well as the hiking routes in the nearby natural park. The fair begins just as the prestigious Repsol tourist guide named Nerja as one of its readers top ten villages to visit with particular reference to the views from the Balcón de Europa and the municipality's beaches and coves.
Juan Fernández exhibition opens - 19th Jan 2016
The latest art exhibition to come to the Calle Cristo municipal hall opened today with works by Vélez Málaga artist Juan Fernández Ruiz on display until the 6th of February. The exhibition which is called 'The One and the Multiple' aims to bypass concious logic and reason, instead seeking to invoke the emotional and limbic areas of the brain in a more basic level. If you'd like to go and take a look at the exhibition you can do so each day from 11:30am until 6pm.
Town hall agrees support for animal welfare association - 15th Jan 2016
Last Wednesday Nerja Mayoress Rosa Arrabal along with other local officials met with representatives of the Animal Protection Association (A.P.A) to see what assistance could be offered to the organisation by the local council. The recently formed association, which aims to re-home abandoned animals, has formally asked the authorities for assistance due to the large numbers of animals being mistreated or abandoned in the municipality, stretching the associations resources to the max. During the meeting, which tool place in the mayoresses office, a number of agreements were made which will see greater cooperation going forwards between APA and the council on matters relating to animal welfare and abandoned dogs in particular.
Blood donor campaign comes to Nerja - 14th Jan 2016
Nerja councillor José María Rivas Gálvez today announced that the provinces blood donation service will be visiting the town on the 22nd of January for both morning and evening sessions. Those wishing to donate can do so by coming to the offices behind the church of El Salvador from 10am until 2pm and from 5pm until 9pm.
Bus station taxi rank relocated - 13th Jan 2016
Yesterday morning Nerja's new taxi rank came into operation at the bus station in Avenida de Pescia. The new rank, which will be in use from 8am until 10pm each day, is a replacement for the area previously used by taxis just before the pedestrian crossing in the area used by buses to stop. The new arrangement leaves more room for taxis, allows more space for buses to stop and is also safer given the new location on the other side of the pavement, away from traffic.
Maro celebrates San Anton - 11th Jan 2016
This weekend brings the first of the municipality's fiestas with the neighbouring village of Maro holding its annual celebration in honour of its patron saint San Antonio Abad. As always the planned events are varied and family oriented with the activities beginning on Saturday from 4:30pm with an opening ceremony in the village square, followed by the traditional bonfires and music from Musicómanos. Sunday begins with a mass in the village chapel, followed by more musical performances and free local dishes to munch on to build up strength before the procession of the saint through the streets.
Busy year for Civil Protection volunteers - 8th Jan 2016
Today a spokesperson for Nerja's civil protection service gave a summary of the organisations activities during 2015 which brought to light some surprising statistics. Amazingly last year the group of volunteers who assist in activities as diverse as mountain rescue, beach patrols and crowd control during fiestas and processions gave up over 4000 hours of their time serving the community. Their efforts were distributed across some 123 events with 37 related to sport, 39 to cultural activities with the remainder associated with festivals and popular traditions. The count has already begun for 2016 though with a 65 year old woman being attended to by the service after injuring her ankle on the Cuesta de los Galgos near the river Chillar. Her ankle was immobilised at the scene before receiving treatment at the health centre.
Thieves caught in the act - 4th Jan 2016
In the early hours of yesterday morning officers from Nerja's local police service were called to Calle Puente del Miso on the northern side of the town to a suspected burglary in process. A resident in the block had reported suspicious noises similar to that of a door being forced. Upon arrival officers caught one individual in the process of breaking into a flat whilst another attempted to escape to the street. Both individuals, who are well known to the police, were detained at the scene and later handed over to the Guardia Civil for formal identification and processing.
Rubbish collection costs reduced by up to 50% - 30th Dec 2015
Yesterday in the latest town council meeting a proposal to reduce the quarterly charge for the nightly rubbish collection was voted on and approved, much to the delight of the local socialist party who initially pressed for the change. The decrease means that some households could see their annual bill halved in the coming months whilst the majority will see a 33% reduction.
Christmas market opening extended - 29th Dec 2015
Nerja's 2015 Christmas market has proved to be such a success that the planned upon final date for the market has been extended until the end of the Spanish festive period on January the 7th. As a result Calle Diputación will remain closed to traffic from 6pm until midnight for a few extra days.
Council calls for foreign resident support - 28th Dec 2015
The town hall has warned that up to 1,500 foreign residents could be removed from the Nerja Padron this year leading to a decrease in the money the municipality receives from national government. Foreign residents need to renew their registration every two years otherwise the local council will receive less money from the national government to help provide essential services such as police, health centres and essential infrastructure. If you're unsure as to whether this effects you feel free to email your name and NIE number to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible for confirmation. The closing date to renew is the 31st of March.