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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+.
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.
Peace exhibition opens in Sala Mercado - 25th Jan 2016
A new exhibition opened today of work by local school children dedicated to peace in the Sala Mercado. The exhibition which is the work of children from the ten schools of Frigiliana, Nerja and Maro is entitled "Un Solo Mundo" and deals with current world events such as the situation in the middle east and the refugee crisis. The exhibition will remain open until the 29th both mornings and evenings.
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.