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Vuelta España set to pass through Nerja - 17th Jul 2017
At the closing of next month the 72nd edition of the Vuelta España, one of the three biggest cycle races of the year, will pass through Nerja as part of its 12th stage. The 161km stage will begin in Motril on Thursday 31st and make its way along the coast passing through Maro, Nerja, Torrox and Málaga before taking a turn northwards to finish in Antequera, after a 860m climb. The race itself begins on the 19th August in the French town of Nimes and will cover a total distance of 3,298km before finishing in Madrid on the 10th of September.
Guardia Civil recommends checking your change - 13th Jul 2017
In recent days the Guardia Civil has begun warning people of the number of foreign coins in circulation. At first glance various coins from Thailand, Jamaica, South America and even the old Franc have a similar appearance to the one and two euro coins and are easily mistaken. The authorities warn that local businesses are the main victims of the problem and that the Bank of Spain is unable to remove the coins from circulation as it does with illegal forgeries.
Health care plans provoke petition - 11th Jul 2017
Changes in the municipality's emergency health care arrangements expected to come into effect from October have caused controversy in recent days leading members of clinical staff to collect signatures opposing the changes. The majority of the adjustments causing concern are centred around emergency care, primarily the closure of the medical centres accident and emergency unit from 8am until 3pm each day with those needing medical attention either seeking it from their usual doctor or travelling to the hospital in Torre del Mar. This comes as part of a collection of cut backs which will also see the number of ambulances available at night reduced from two to one. Medical staff in Nerja and the wider region have highlighted the effect that this will have on patient care and begun a campaign to oppose the cuts.
Local artist opens new exhibition - 10th Jul 2017
José Luis Martín García opened an exhibition of his paintings and ceramics on Friday in a collection he's called "Torsiones y Formas" (Twistings and Shapes). Many of the new pieces in the collection are based on the female form presented in an abstract style with older pieces following varying themes mixed in, displaying the artists journey through his stages of development. The exhibition will remain open in the Sala Mercado until July 23rd with both morning and evening viewings.
Bankruptcy for sewage plant constructor - 6th Jul 2017
The constructor of Nerja's first water treatment plant, Isolux-Corsán-Corviam, has declared bankruptcy with debts amounting to €1.6 billion. The Madrid based firm which started work on the long overdue treatment plant in January 2014 is now in the hands of its principal shareholders, Santander, Bankia and Caixabank leaving the 75% completed project in limbo. The Nerja council has requested an urgent meeting with representatives from the national government to discuss how best to proceed given the concerning developments.
Air ambulance called to A7 accident - 4th Jul 2017
Yesterday morning the air ambulance had to be called to an incident on the A7 motorway in Torrox when a lorry collided with an ambulance on an emergency call. Three people were hurt in the incident, one of them seriously, which left the ambulance completely destroyed and requiring the fire service to cut out the parties onboard. The reasons for the collision remain unclear however the incident left all three lanes of the motorway closed for almost three hours.
Biblioplayas season begins - 3rd Jul 2017
Nerja's Biblioplaya kiosks are now open for the summer season offering books for beach goers to read on Burriana, Torrecilla and El Salon beaches. The kiosks, which are now in the fifteenth year, act as libraries with books in a variety of languages besides Spanish thanks to the large numbers of books donated by tourists who participate in the initiative. They'll be in operation until the end of August opening in the mornings from 11am until 2pm and afternoons from 5pm until 8pm.
Jelly fish information campaign launched - 30th Jun 2017
The regional council of Malaga along with the Aula del Mar conservation team have put their summer jelly fish information program into action to keep beach visitors informed in real time concerning the annual influx of jellyfish to the coast. With the new "Infomedusa" smartphone app visitors can get information quickly about the situation on each of the 132 beaches of the province with forecasts, user comments and extra information about the species you might see according to the conditions on that particular day. The campaign also includes pamphlets and posters placed in the most popular areas of the coast with practical tips on how best to treat jelly fish stings.
Lucky escape for British tourist - 28th Jun 2017
A British woman almost drowned near Carabeo beach today when she got into difficulty approximately 150m from the shore. The incident happened at around 3:30pm when an off duty police officer from Valencia on holiday with his family heard cries for help. The officer together with another visitor, a lifeguard from Torremolinos, swam out to the woman who was semi-conscious and in severe distress after swallowing a large quantity of seawater. With the alarm raised a jet ski was sent to bring the woman to shore where she received medical attention before being transferred to the Comarcal hospital in Torre del Mar.
Summer meteor shower begins - 27th Jun 2017
The June Bootids meteor shower, which is known for its slow meteors, became visible in the night sky in recent days and will continue until the first week of July gradually fading as the week progresses. The shower is the result of the earth crossing a dust trail left by the 7P/Pons-Winnecke comet which passed close to the earth on its 6 year orbit of the sun in 2015. The majority of the meteors show in the sky for one to two seconds with the larger ones lasting up to six.
Puente viejo reopens following repairs - 23rd Jun 2017
The old bridge into Nerja known locally as puente viejo was re-opened this morning following an extended period of closure in order to carry out resurfacing works. The bridge was opened prior to road markings being applied as to be in time for the festival of San Juan which sees many visitors come to Nerja however these finishing touches will be carried out on Wednesday of next week requiring the bridge to be closed once again for a period of the day.
Third fire this month hits local urbanisation - 21st Jun 2017
In the early hours of Tuesday morning the residents of the Almijara urbanisation were once again alerted to a fire in their community, the third in recent days. Local residents strongly suspect that the fires have been deliberately started with pine trees being at the centre of the blazes so far and evidence of deliberate intentions to start fires found nearby. The incidents have been reported to the police who are now investigating the matter with concerns over the proximity of pine trees to properties and the ease with which fire could spread.