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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+.
Maro's Carrera Urbana as popular as ever - 12th Sep 2017
Maro held it's annual collection of road races on the weekend as part of its feria celebrations. The Carrera Urbana de Maro, an athletics meet which is now in its thirty third year making it one of the oldest in the area, attracted almost 150 participants for its various categories. Races began at 7pm around the street circuit with Carlos Salcedo jr winning the overall men's category and Jacqueline Perrin the women's.
Huge turnout expected for Narixa club cycle event - 8th Sep 2017
Nerja's Narixa cycle club is expecting a large number of participants this weekend in it's Climb to Los Castillejos event which will set off from Plaza de España at 10am. The race leaves Nerja in the direction of La Herradura and takes a northern turn into the hills of the natural park before descending back to the centre of the town for the finish, also in Plaza de España. The race which is now in its third year, has proven to be extremely popular with cyclists from Nerja and the wider area forcing the organizers to limit numbers to 400 riders.
Art exhibition opens this Friday - 6th Sep 2017
The Malaga artist José Antonio Díaz Barberán will open Nerja's latest exhibition on Friday with a selection of his hyperrealist paintings in a collection he has called 'El triunfo del Bodegón'. The artist, known simply as Barberán, has exhibited all over the world since the early 80's with thirty three exhibitions to date in cities such as New York, London and Madrid gaining ever more recognition along the way. His exhibition will remain open in the Calle Cristo exhibition hall until the 24th of September with morning viewings from 11am until 2pm and evening viewings from 6pm until 10pm.
Sewage plant delays reach parliament - 4th Sep 2017
Following months of delays on Nerja's long awaited sewage treatment plant the issue has now reached the ears of the national parliament in Madrid with prominent PSOE politician Miguel Ángel Heredia raising the issue. He announced his intention to register a new initiative demanding that the government takes steps for work to start by October at the latest calling it an insult that the residents of Nerja have seen four months of delays with seemingly no interest from national government.
Council elects to reinforce police presence - 1st Sep 2017
Earlier this week the council held a meeting to discuss the security arrangements currently in operation in the municipality, just a couple of weeks after the Barcelona attacks. Representatives from the local police and Guardia Civil were present alongside councillors and members of other local services who routinely operate in the town. The result was an agreement to adopt further passive security measures in the towns streets, to increase the number of officers routinely patrolling and reinforce existing preventative measures, including a renewed focus on community policing.
Authorities warn of Vuelta España traffic disruption - 29th Aug 2017
The town hall is reminding residents that on Thursday there will be significant disruption on the municipality's roads as the Vuelta España cycle race passes through the town. Anybody planning to travel on the N-340 around lunchtime needs to bear in mind that the road will be cut off to traffic between 1pm and 3pm to allow the race to pass by unhindered. The authorities are asking residents and visitors to plan ahead to avoid unnecessary hold ups and to cooperate with the local police and race organisers wherever necessary.
Maro prepares for feria - 25th Aug 2017
With just over a week before the start of its annual feria Maro is in the final stages of preparation. The small village fair which offers a less noisy and more rural experience to locals and visitors will begin on Wednesday 5th of September and continue until the early hours of Sunday. Keep an eye on our page here for more details when they become available.
Maro beach settlements removed - 23rd Aug 2017
Earlier this week council officials supported by the Guardia Civil took action to remove an illegal settlement on La Caleta de Maro beach. The authorities were alerted to the camp following the assault of three local fishermen who were using the beach on a Saturday afternoon by individuals from the settlement. In what is an increasingly routine operation for the council the settlers were moved on and the area cleared of rubbish.
Leopoldina Valdemoro opens new exhibition - 18th Aug 2017
Yesterday evening local artist Leopoldina Valdemoro opened her exhibition of works dedicated to her family's past in a collection she has called "Illustrious characters of Velez Malaga, my family and its descendants". The artist, who graduated from the fine arts faculty of the Complutense University of Madrid, explained that this collection in which she's particularly sought to highlight the role of her female ancestors, was a therapeutic labour of love which helped her to better understand her family's past. The exhibition which is open to the public in the Calle Cristo municipal hall will continue until the 2nd of September with both morning and evening viewings.
Local man injured in traffic accident - 15th Aug 2017
A well known 54 year old man from Nerja was seriously injured in a traffic accident on Sunday afternoon at around 2pm. The incident occurred on the N340 leaving Nerja on the way to Maro just a stones throw from the Hotel Los Arcos. A vehicle with foreign registration collided head on with the man who was riding a motorcycle at the time, for as yet unknown reasons. The man is currently in intensive care and although his injuries are serious they are not thought to be life threatening.
Fishermen assaulted by illegal campers - 10th Aug 2017
Last Saturday three members of the Axarquia fishing club were verbally assaulted and attacked on La Caleta de Maro beach by individuals from an illegal settlement. The incident left one of the fishermen with injuries requiring attention at the local hospital and damage to their equipment estimated to be around 160 euros. Illegal settlements are a common problem in the municipality, particularly in the Maro area with local police frequently removing squats and moving individuals along. The Guardia Civil is now investigating the matter further.
Thousands of shoes collected in river clean-up - 8th Aug 2017
With the ever increasing popularity of the Rio Chillar as a summer excursion the town hall has been forced to up its game in the recent years to remove rubbish left behind by visitors. In the second cleaning operation carried out so far this summer thousands of shoes have been collected, left behind by visitors who've completed the trek. The custom of tying the shoes together and throwing them over cables and power lines, leaving them hanging, has become yet another unexpected consequence of the rivers popularity. The town hall is once again urging residents and visitors to take responsibility for the upkeep of the river, to maintain the area free of rubbish and in it's natural state. The next cleaning operation to be carried out by the authorities is scheduled for September.