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Padel tournament begins - 30th Sep 2015
This afternoon at 4pm the first Nerja Feria Padel tournament kicked off at the indoor sports hall near the Enrique López Cuenca stadium on the northern edge of the town. The competition which has been organised by the Narixa padel club in conjunction with the town hall sports department will continue until the 3rd with 55 pairs playing in four categories. Saturday will see the finalists battle it out for the bragging rights with free paella for spectators and a bouncy castle for the kids.
Patron saints take to the streets - 28th Sep 2015
In preparation for the coming Nerja feria the patron saints of the municipality, Saint Michael Archangel and the Virgin of Anguish, were once again carried through the streets last Saturday in the traditional low key procession. The statue of Saint Michael left the church of El Salvador near the Balcón de Europa, climbing the hill up to La Ermita de las Angustias in order to collect the Virgin and escort her back to El Salvador. Many residents turned out to see the statues pass by in this intimate event before the return journey of the Virgin on the 10th during the town feria.
59th urban race inscription period opens - 23rd Sep 2015
More than a hundred athletes have already signed up to this years Feria de Nerja urban road race which is now its 59th year. The event, which will take place on the 4th of October beginning and ending on the Balcón de Europa involves various categories with the adults racing over a distance of 10km through the towns streets. The race, organised by the Nerja athletics club in conjunction with the town council, will also include a speed walking event now in its 31st year, following similar routes to those of the earlier races. If you'd like to go and cheer the entrants along events will begin from 10am.
Museum visitor numbers quadruple - 22nd Sep 2015
The summer of 2015 has proved to be by far the best summer on record for the Nerja Museum in terms of visitor numbers with the total number for the period coming to approximately 23,000. The much increased figure is the result of a number of new initiatives introduced this year with the greatest impact coming from the new shuttle "train" service to and from the caves, known as the "Cuevatren". The increased figures for the summer have already had a significant effect on the annual museum visitor figures with last years number of 10,288 already beaten.
Huge success for river cleaning excursion - 21st Sep 2015
The fifth Rio Chillar cleaning excursion organised for last weekend proved once again to be highly effective with a total of 800 kilos of rubbish collected along the banks by the 33 volunteers. In what is now becoming an annual event two groups hiked along the banks in order to clean up the river which is becoming ever more popular during the summer months. Amongst the volunteers were various local councillors as well the mayoress Rosa Arrabal Téllez in an excursion which was not for the feint hearted with the day starting at 8:30am and continuing until 6:30pm.
Exhibition by Rachid Hanbali opens - 18th Sep 2015
A new exhibition of paintings by the Moroccan born artist Rachid Hanbali opened today in the municipal hall in Calle Cristo. The collection entitled "Sunlight and Souks" will be open for viewing until October 8th both mornings and evenings and is primarily comprised of oil paintings of varying subjects. The artist, who has studied at the Art University of Granada and the Tetuán academy of fine art, describes his style as one of modern realism in which he always looks for the spontaneous and dynamic with poetry, emotion and feeling.
Further additions to assist cleaning services - 17th Sep 2015
Councillor José García Beltán announced today that the town council has reassigned approximately €10,000 of funds in order to purchase some 50 extra rubbish containers. The councillor remarked that the change in budgeting was required to keep pace with the needs of the municipality with current facilities falling short of satisfactory targets by more than 50%. The new funds come after an earlier announcement that €365,000 is budgeted for the municipal cleaning services in order to purchase new vehicles including a rubbish collection lorry and mobile pressure washer.
End of season for Nerja life guards - 16th Sep 2015
Yesterday evening marked the end of patrols by the municipality's life guard service on local beaches as announced by councillor José Maria Rivas Gálvez. He remarked on the lack of serious incidents this summer with the massive numbers of jelly fish causing the largest number of issues for the service to deal with. The councillor, who has overall responsibility for the maintenance and safety of the municipality's beaches , once again made clear his intention to expand the service for next summer hoping to lengthen its operational period as well as increase the number of personnel.
Life guards carry out end of season drills - 14th Sep 2015
It may be the end of the summer season here in Nerja however this week the life guard service has been carrying out drills on El Chucho and Torrecilla beaches in a move to fulfil all the requirements of the Q for Quality awards. The practice scenarios were carried out for visiting inspectors to evaluate and included the full range of local services with local police and medical staff at the health centre also taking part. Initial indicators regarding the overall performance were very positive leading to hopes that the municipality's beaches will retain last years awards.
Town hall acts to combat rural crime increase - 10th Sep 2015
This week the mayors of Frigiliana and Nerja held a meeting with the aim of producing a coordinated rural security plan to combat the series of thefts and robberies suffered by farmers in the two municipalities. Police and Guardia Civil representatives were also present to address a problem which currently amounts to the loss of 50 to 100 kilograms of produce each week. Officials highlighted that the robberies inflict a significant drain on the rural economy, not just in the loss of product but also in repairs to property, and will require the two councils to work together on the issue for the foreseeable future.
Askim Storband give free concert - 9th Sep 2015
This coming Monday 14th of September will see the Askim Storand orchestra give a free concert on the Balcón de Europa from 7pm. The Norwegian big band, who have just performed in the Smaalenene Jazz Festival will be performing two concerts on the Costa del Sol, one in the Nerja and the other in Mijas on the 16th. The orchestra will perform a variety of jazz and swing hits, with both international music and tunes from their native country.
End of summer river cleaning - 8th Sep 2015
With the end of the summer season comes Nerja's annual river cleaning expedition which this year will take place on the 20th of September. The excursion, whereby the banks of the Río Chillar and its tributaries are cleared of rubbish, is now in its fifth year and proving ever more necessary with the river becoming overwhelmingly popular with locals and tourists during the hottest days of the year. There are two routes to choose from with varying degrees of difficultly, however both will begin from Calle Mirto from 8:30am. Those interested in taking part can sign up in the main town hall building, tourist office, cultural centre or civil protection office.