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Nerja closes in on 100% hotel occupancy - 4th Sep 2015
New figures released today show that Nerja reached impressive levels of hotel occupancy during the month of August with 96% of available accommodation occupied. The figures, provided by local councillor Patricia Román, indicated that the majority of visitors were Spanish nationals with large numbers of British, French, German, Italian and Swedish tourists also adding significantly to the numbers. The principal tourist office, located close to the Balcón de Europa, registered some 11,629 requests for information with the most popular local attraction being the Nerja Caves.
August activities bring in the crowds - 3rd Sep 2015
A town hall representative today announced that the cultural activities held in Plaza de los Cangrejos near Torrecilla beach attracted more than 6000 people during the month of August. The average number of audience members for each daily performance came to over 200, vindicating the earlier decision to move the activities from the Cultural Centre in Calle Granada. The large crowds frequently meant that not everybody could find a seat leading town hall officials to look for ways to further open up the square to accommodate more people for future editions.
Álora town hall chooses Nerja - 2nd Sep 2015
Last week Nerja was visited by a group of approximately 100 youths from the inland town of Álora, north west of Málaga. The group came as part of an annual program by the Álora town hall which aims to provide sporting and adventure activities for local young people during the summer months. The kids were divided into smaller groups with some hiking through the Rio Chillar whilst others went sea kayaking along the Maro coastline. The Álora councillor for youth and education explained that it was an opportunity to enjoy healthy and alternative activities whilst enjoy the natural beauty of the area.
La Sala exhibition opens - 1st Sep 2015
Nerja's latest art exhibition opens tomorrow with a collection of works by Evaristo Guerra going on display at the Sala Mercado. The local artist from Velez-Málaga first started exhibiting his sketches and paintings some fifty years ago and since then has continued to pursue and hone his talent with studies at the San Fernando school of Bellas Artes in Madrid. The exhibition will remain open to the public until the 15th of September with morning viewing hours of 11:30 to 2pm and afternoon hours of 6pm until 10pm.
Police apprehend drug dealer - 31st Aug 2015
Early on Friday morning local police officers detained a young man following a stop and search inspection on three youths who were acting suspiciously. Two of the individuals when questioned gave no resistance however the third grew increasingly uncooperative eventually leading to a chase through the streets. When caught and searched it became clear that the young man was selling a number of banned substances including marijuana, hachis and cocaine. He was arrested under suspicion of offences against public health, resisting arrest and aggression against police officers.
Burriana tourism office opens - 28th Aug 2015
One of Nerja's most popular tourist areas today saw the doors open on a new addition to the ever improving visitor facilities with a tourist office opening a stones throw from Burriana beach. The office, which is strategically placed near the new underground car park, is part of the initiative to bring tourist information to the busiest areas of the municipality. Opening hours are from 11am until 2:45pm Mondays to Thursdays whilst weekends will have extended opening with the office closing at 6:30pm.
August concert series comes to an end - 27th Aug 2015
This Saturday the final concert in a series of four organised as part of the Ventana Abierta festival will take place from 10pm with the "Wet and Wild Street Band" playing a mix of Bluegrass, Western Swing and Irish music amongst other styles at the Hotel Paraiso del Mar. Group members José Ruiz, Juan Baca, Mike Tweed and Luz Prado will take to the stage sporting a variety of instruments including banjos, fiddles, guitars and mandolins in a concert full of lively, fun music. Tickets are available form Calle Granada, 42 and cost €10.
Basketball tournament this Friday - 26th Aug 2015
Sports lovers might like to know that this Friday from 9:30pm the final of the 36th Juan Muñoz basketball tournament will be played in Nerja at the indoor sports hall behind the Enrique López Cuenca stadium. Local teams will fight it out for the top spot with both of last years finalists still in the running for this years title. Third spot will be decided in the match starting earlier at 8pm, so if you're in the mood for basketball on Friday night, why not go along.
La Vuelta passes through Malaga - 25th Aug 2015
One of the big three cycle races of the year, La Vuelta España, came to the province over the weekend with the final stage of four to be contested here leaving from Estepona this morning. The race has travelled all around the area, starting in Puerto Banus and visiting Marbella, Mijas and Málaga city as well as passing through the eastern towns of Vélez Málaga and Torre del Mar. Sadly on this occasion the race didn't visit Nerja as it has done in previous years but that didn't stop the local authorities lending a hand with members of the Civil Guard travelling to Rincón de la Victoria yesterday to assist with crowd control and making the way clear for the race to pass by. The 209km stage was finally won by Esteban Chaves from Colombia in a time of 8h 4 mins.
Saturday night concert in Plaza de los Cangrejos - 21st Aug 2015
Music lovers may enjoy a stroll to Plaza de los Cangrejos near Torrecilla beach on Saturday evening with the local group Calle Nueva Orquestra giving a free concert from 10pm. The group regularly appears in Nerja, performing jazz and swing music as well as Spanish classics at various events throughout the year.
Municipal cleaning services receive extra equipment - 20th Aug 2015
It's been announced that the municipal cleaning services are to receive new equipment as part of the 2015 budget agreed upon a few days ago. Councillor José García Beltrán explained that €365,000 has been set aside for a new rubbish collection lorry, a smaller truck equipped with a hot water, high pressure washer to clean the streets as well as new rubbish bins which will be placed throughout the municipality. He stressed that the budget for these improvements was fixed and that if the final price was less than expected, the town hall would favour purchasing more to further improve the service.
2015 Council budget set - 18th Aug 2015
Yesterday the 2015 budget for the municipality of Nerja was agreed upon in a council meeting held in the main council chamber in the town hall. The total came to a final figure of just over 24 million euros and is available for public scrutiny for the next 15 days in the main town hall building near the Balcón de Europa.