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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+.
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.
Feria 2015 poster unveiled - 5th Sep 2015
Yesterday the official promotional poster for the 2015 Nerja Feria was unveiled in a small ceremony in the Sala Mercado municipal hall with local artist Lesly López Torres being named the winner of this years competition. Evaristo Guerra Pareja of Velez- Málaga came in second spot with Sacramento Ruiz de Castillo from Torre del Mar in third place amongst stiff competition with 41 individuals entering posters. If you'd like to see the winning design or any of the other entrants you can do so until the 20th of September both mornings and evenings in the municipal hall in Calle San Miguel.
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.