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New footbridges approved for Chillar and Seco - 1st Apr 2015
Nerja is to get two new footbridges as part of a regional initiative which will create a continuous coastal walkway stretching 180km from Nerja to Manilva. The two bridges, which will provide a more direct route than is currently available to cross the rivers Chillar and Seco, will have a combined cost of approximately €220,000. Seventy five percent of the Senda Litoral project is already completed and the construction period for the two prefabricated timber bridges is expected to be short meaning they should be in place before the summer season.
Lifeguard service over Easter period - 31st Mar 2015
With good weather expected for the Semana Santa period a town hall representative has announced today that there will be a special lifeguard service in place from Saturday 28th of March until Monday 6th of April. The service, which will count on support from the local police and civil protection service, will be primarily focused on the most popular beaches of Burriana and La Torrecilla and will begin each day at noon.
Construction begins on new fire station - 27th Mar 2015
The first bricks will be laid on Nerja's new fire station this month in a ceremony to take place on the 30th which will be attended by local officials as well as Elías Bendodo, president of the Málaga provincial council. The much delayed project has a budget of approximately €1.16 million and will be constructed by SANDO who was the winning bidder for the contract amongst stiff competition from 42 other companies. Initial agreements between the town hall, provincial council and Junta de Andalucia broke down some months ago leaving a large hole in the funding for the development however the town hall and regional council together found funds to carry out the project despite political tensions with the Junta.
Mini Easter processions this Saturday - 25th Mar 2015
In a new initiative spearheaded by councillor Gema Garcia this Saturday a new spectacle will be seen on the streets of Nerja with 14 mini Semana Santa tronos making their way through the streets of the town centre. The Easter displays have been put together by various youth organisations in Nerja as well as a number of the local Catholic brotherhoods and resident groups. The procession will leave Plaza de España at 5pm on Saturday afternoon accompanied by the municipal band.
Ministerial assurances over new water treatment plant - 24th Mar 2015
Spanish minister for the environment Isabel García Tejerina visited Nerja today to take a tour of the new water treatment plant now under construction on the eastern side of the town. She was met by Nerja mayor, José Alberto Armijo, and made assurances that the works continue to be on target for completion by the end of the year with a six month testing period set to begin in January 2016. During her visit she highlighted the commitment that the present Spanish government has made to Nerja, taking the decisions on both this project as well as the new €800,000 investment in El Playazo beach which aims to combat the effects of climate change in the area.
New exhibition of paintings by Manuel Paloma - 20th Mar 2015
A collection of 36 works by local artist Manuel Paloma is now open to the public in the municipal hall in Calle Cristo to mark the first anniversary of the artists death. The selection on display was chosen by the Manuel's widow, Rosario, and will be open to visitors until the 31st of March from 11am until 1:30pm in the mornings and from 6:30pm until 8:30pm in the afternoons. The exhibition includes sketches and oil paintings influenced by some of Manuel's favourite artists including Caravaggio, Botticelli and Tiziano.
New proposal to open more caves to the public - 20th Mar 2015
The mayor, in his capacity as vice president of the Nerja Caves Foundation, will officially propose in the coming days to open up new sections of the caves at Maro to the public. The sections in question, La Torca and La Mina, are considered to be the heart of the network of caves and would be available to visit by the public in small groups. This would be the first time that these particular areas of the caverns have been opened up since the opening of the caves themselves as a tourist attraction in 1960 and would allow visitors to see the early archaeological excavations, areas where medieval artefacts were discovered and some of the many cave paintings.
Nerja ranks high in Repsol guide - 18th Mar 2015
This years Repsol travel guide, which is compiled using the comments and opinions of the travelling public, has put Nejra in the top 10 villages in Spain to visit. Amongst the opinions offered by travellers through the guides social media networks, the Nerja Caves, Balcón de Europa and local beaches were all highlighted helping the town reach number five on the list. There were mentions for towns all over Spain including locations in Asturias, Zaragoza and Mallorca but the medieval village of Albarracín took the top spot.
Planning begins for San Isidro 2015 - 17th Mar 2015
Preparations for this years San Isidro romeria are already underway with councillor Sandra Jimena announcing this week that the application period for those wishing to bring carts and carriages is now open. As well as this, the period for local businesses to apply to run open air bars at the caves or run kebab, hamburger or ice cream stalls is also open. The final date for applications to be received and considered is April 10th so those wishing to be involved need to get a move on.
New fire station contract awarded - 16th Mar 2015
The mayor of Nerja, José Antonio Armijo, today announced that in the next local council meeting the construction company Sando will be officially named as the winning bider for the contract to build the new fire station which will serve Nerja as well as other neighbouring municipalities. A total of 43 companies sought to be considered for the project, with 5 being excluded early on for various motives leaving 38 who were in the running for the contract. Work is expected to begin by the end of this month with the overall investment in the new facility reaching €1.1 million.
New investment in coastal walkways - 13th Mar 2015
Elías Bendodo, president of the regional council of Malaga has announced today new investment for one of Nerja's coastal walkways, Paseo de los Carbineros, which has been closed due to safety concerns for a number of years. He explained that €437,000 will be made available to allow at least a partial reopening of this 100m coastal route as well as the addition of a new stretch linking El Salón and Caletilla beaches. These works are part of a coastal wide initiative to link Manilva with Nerja via a continuous pedestrian pathway, 75% of which is already complete and in use.
Application period opens for municipal halls - 11th Mar 2015
Councillor Gema Garcia is reminding any parties interested in using either the municipal hall in Calle Cristo or the Sala Mercado hall in Plaza de la Ermita that they have until the 31st of this month to make their application. This application period is for the use of either hall during the second half of the year from July to December. Anybody interested in doing so should ask for the necessary forms in the cultural centre, culture department of the town hall or residents office.