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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+.
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 CastellÃ³n club which had one more member selected. The four Nerja club members are Isiro Leyva, Ouassim Oumaiz, JesÃºs GÃ³mez 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.
Tiger mosquito found in Nerja - 29th Jun 2016
Investigators from the animal pathology faculty of the university of Zaragoza in collaboration with various investigatory institutions have confirmed that the tiger mosquito commonly found in south east Asia has been discovered in large parts of the Costa del Sol, including Nerja. The mosquito which is smaller and more aggressive than the more common varieties has been linked with the spread of some illnesses and inflicts a more painful and persistent bite. Aside from taking the usual precautions against mosquitoes residents and visitors should remove any stagnant water that may have collected in buckets, pots or bird baths which provides an excellent breading ground.
Ainhoa Arteta opens Caves music festival - 27th Jun 2016
Last Friday the fifty seventh Nerja Caves music and dance festival began with a sold out performance by soprano Ainhoa Arteta. The concert which is the first of five to be held in the caverns also included singers Paco Rabal and Rafael Alberti and was described as unforgettable by attendees. The next performance in the caves will be by the Jorge Pardo Quartet on Saturday 2nd July at 10pm.
Artists unite for joint exhibition - 23rd Jun 2016
A new art exhibition opened in Nerja today at the Calle Cristo municipal hall near the BalcÃ³n de Europa. The exhibition, which includes works by the three local artists Pedro Zayas, Neringa Jure and Tadas Juras, is a collection of paintings, sculptures and photographs which all explore various aspects of life in Andalucia. Each artist has taken their inspiration from different aspects of the region whether that be the tranquillity of rural life, the textures of common materials or the picture postcard villages associated with the area. The exhibition will be open until the 9th July both mornings and evenings.
Weekend meditation at the Nerja Caves - 21st Jun 2016
This Saturday the Foro ACCE organisation will once again hold an outdoor guided meditation class in the gardens of the Nerja Caves complex. The class, which is open to all those who wish to take part, will begin at 18:30 and will be followed by an alternative jam session to welcome the summer season. The organisers recommend wearing loose, comfortable clothing and taking something to eat and drink.
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 MÃ¡laga 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.