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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+.
Playazo height restrictions - 29th Feb 2016
New vehicle height restrictions were imposed today at the western entrance to El Playazo beach. Municipal engineers installed restrictive bars at just over two meters high to prevent vehicles heavier than the average car from accessing the track which runs the length of the beach all the way to the mouth of the river Chillar. The move is intended to prevent problems that such vehicles have caused in the past and keep the track open for cars during the summer months.
Municipal band gives Asturias concert - 26th Feb 2016
Nerja's municipal band visited Asturias this week to play a concert in the Príncipe Felipe de Oviedo auditorium. They attended as part of a wider event, the first of its kind in Oviedo, which counted on the participation of various bands local to the area including the principality musical union band and the Oviedo municipal music school. The Nerja group played a selection of music including 'Málaga, tierra ideal', 'Jubilee Fanfare' by Cesarini and 'Tío Alberola' by Ferrán.
Burriana approach clean-up - 24th Feb 2016
Following years of neglect the slopes along the main access road to the Burriana beach area of the town have been cleared by council workers exposing the gully below. The decision to clear the slopes was made by council officials due to the high number of visitors which travel the road to the beach during the summer months and the general scruffy appearance of the overgrown area. The move also meant that a number of new municipal jobs were created providing some out of season work for unemployed residents.
Paraglider rescued - 22nd Feb 2016
Local emergency services were called upon last night to search for a paraglider pilot who had been reported missing by a friend. The 56 year old Dutch pilot left Otivar heading out over the Alpujarras mountain range towards the coastal town of Almuñécar, however by early evening it was clear something had gone wrong with the individual being two hours overdue. By 7pm the emergency services had begun the search eventually finding the man in the Barranco de Colmenarejos area of the mountain range at 9:50pm. A military helicopter was necessary to airlift the man who was suffering with chest pains away from the accident site to Málaga airport where he was transferred to the Carlos Haya hospital for further medical attention.
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.