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Local man selected for Mont Blanc race - 18th Feb 2016
Nerja athlete Jorge Rodríguez Moreno has been selected this week to participate in this years gruelling Ultra Trail Mont Blanc race on the 26th of August, one of the most prestigious mountain races in the world. The race consists of a 170km journey around Mont Blanc and crosses over both the Swiss and Italian borders during the 46 hour event which is expected to include up to 86 nationalities amongst the 2500 participants. This is not the first such event the 35 year old Nerja runner has taken part in however it is to date his longest and toughest challenge during his six years in the ultra marathon sport.
APA organises Andalusian fiesta - 17th Feb 2016
Local animal rescue charity APA Nerja - estación esperanza announced today that it will be holding an Andalusian fiesta on the 27th February in Maro to help raise funds for its continuing work re-homing animals abandoned on the streets of the municipality. The event will last all day with particular focus on entertaining the kids with games and activities whilst the grown ups can enjoy typical Andalusian paella and tapas. There'll also be music of all types during the event with raffles and tombola's thrown in for good measure. If you'd like to check it out the fiesta will kick off at midday at the entrance to the village.
High winds bring damage - 16th Feb 2016
The high winds in recent days have brought with them inevitable damage with trees, signposts, cables and roof tiles being ripped free and falling to the ground bringing increased call outs for the local fire service. The gusty winds which have reached up to 90km/h are expected to continue until mid week when they'll likely be replaced by rain and possibly even snow in mountains areas with the temperatures also plunging. The unsettled weather is likely to continue until Saturday according to the national meteorological agency.
Sign up period for Dia del Pedal opens - 15th Feb 2016
This year Nerja will once again be hosting its annual cycle ride around the town with Dia del Pedal now reaching its 28th installment. Those interested in participating have until the 20th of this month to stop by the sports office in Calle Carlos Millón and sign up for the event which will take place on Andalucia day on the 28th of February. The route will begin and end in Plaza de España as in previous years with helmets being obligatory for the under 16s and encouraged for the older age groups too.
Mayoress visits new fire station - 12th Feb 2016
The municipality's new fire station complex was visited today by Nerja mayoress Rosa Arrabal Téllez accompanied by various provincial officials including the president of the provincial firefighters committee. The visit was to check on the progress of the project which is scheduled to reach completion and be ready for use by spring next year at a cost of approximately 1.2 million euros. The new 3,600 m2 complex will include two buildings, one to be used as a garage and equipment store and another for use by staff including offices, training facilities, dressing rooms and a gym. The project which is partly funded by the local council and partly by the provincial authorities will greatly improve the facilities available for local fire crews which not only have responsibility for the town but also in controlling wild fires during the summer months in the nearby natural parks.
Juan Truco opens latest exhibition in Nerja - 11th Feb 2016
This Friday the Sala Mercado will open it's doors with an exhibition of the latest works by artist Juan Truco. The collection seeks to immerse visitors in a world of fantasy and diversity via images comprised of bold colours as well as sculpture which Juan describes as 'another of my creative facets'. If you'd like to visit the exhibition you can do so from 11am until 2pm and from 5:30pm until 8pm every weekday until march 1st.
Cuenca brothers give classical concert - 8th Feb 2016
This week the world renowned Hermanos Cuenca will give a concert in Nerja's cultural centre at 9pm on Friday night. The brothers, José Manuel and Francisco who play piano and guitar respectively, describe their style as 'atypical within the classical world' and are well travelled giving concerts in countries all over the world including Japan, the UK, USA and Switzerland to name just a few. If you'd like to see their performance you can obtain tickets from the centres ticket office this week.
Caterpillar season arrives early - 6th Feb 2016
Thanks to the unseasonably high temperatures experienced so far this year the authorities are warning of larger than normal numbers of processional caterpillars which are commonly found in the region. The insects which live in and around pine trees can pose varied health risks to those that come into contact with them ranging from skin irritation all the way up to anaphylactic shock in the worst cases. The town council are urging residents of the municipality to be vigilant, keep a reasonable distance from pine trees where possible and to remain alert to any possible symptoms particularly in children and pets.
Fiber optic broadband comes to Nerja - 2nd Feb 2016
Following a number of meetings with telephone company representatives, Jorge Bravo, councillor with responsibility for new technologies, announced today that fibre optic broadband is coming to Nerja. Work is already underway in the El Chaparil area of the municipality with the town centre coming in a second phase of installation and the northern areas and neighbouring village of Maro in a third. The installation period is expected to be over by June and significantly improve the internet service for residents and businesses.
Hiker rescued from natural park - 1st Feb 2016
Yesterday officers from the local police force and civil protection service were called upon to carry out a rescue in the nearby natural park. A 58 year old foreign hiker who had left the signposted paths called for help upon realising that he was lost and unable to find his way back to the town at around 7pm. The local services as well as officers of the mountain guardia civil set about searching for the man, locating him late in the evening in an area of difficult access. The decision was made that the safest method of evacuation was by helicopter in the morning meaning an overnight stay for the lost hiker. The individual was safely returned to the town this morning after a quick check up by health centre staff.
New opening times for rubbish tip - 28th Jan 2016
Following numerous enquiries regarding weekend opening times for the municipal punto limpio facility local councillor for the environment, Jorge Bravo Gallardo would like to remind residents that the facility is open every day from 8am until 2pm and that collection of items on an evening can be arranged from 10am until 1pm.
Carnival 2016 program released - 27th Jan 2016
The program for this years carnival which begins on February the 4th was released today with the usual four days of fancy dress, street processions and open air music. This years event will follow the same pattern as previous years with the evening of the first day featuring opening speeches and shows taking place at the cultural centre. The days thereafter will include lots of children's entertainment, competitions in the various costume categories and the main processions of the 6th and 7th. For more information and photos from previous carnivals take a look at our page here.