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The latest local, regional and national news. Covering Nerja, the Axarquia, Eastern Costa del Sol and Spain

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New officers

Nine new local police officers are to be recruited to work in Nerja.  Five are already trainees and will now receive specialist training to prepare for their new role.  Other posts will be advertised as soon as the new establishment is confirmed in the Official State Bulletin.

Nerja mill

The former olive oil mill in Nerja’s calle Animas is to become a visitor centre.  The municipality paid almost a million euros for the building in 2021 to avoid its demolition, and mayor José Albert Armijo has now announced details of the project.  He said the centre would breathe new life into the town centre and highlight Nerja’s industrial heritage.

Budget approved

Nerja’s budget for 2023 was approved by councillors on April 19.  The figure of €41.9 million drawn up by the Partido Popular received approval of Ciudanos and the independent Jeffrey Taylor, while PSOE and Unidas Podems abstained.  Finance councillor Ángela Díaz said the budget focused on employment policies, training, housing policies, social spending and lowering taxes.

Book festival

The 52nd Málaga Book Festival opened last month and continues until May 7 in the city’s Plaza la Marina.  Amongst special guests will be local author Javier Castillo whose novel The Snow Girl has recently been dramatized and shown on Netflix.  He is one of around 400 guests expected to take part in signings and discussions.

Road closed

Road access to El Pinarillo recreational area in Nerja has been closed as a preventative measure against countryside fires. Agriculture waste burning and the preparation of food, including at rest areas on the road, is now banned.  Environment councillor Javier Rodríguez has called on the public to avoid going to this recreational area in order to prevent fire risk situations and comply with the established regulations.





Local News  - May 2023

Coastal path

Another section of the future coastal footpath opened last month.  It connects Rincón de la Victoria with Vélez-Málaga, and includes a new 20 metre long footbridge.  The provincial government, the Diputación, has footed the bill of €380,000 which means that the planned footpath along the coastline from Nerja to Manilva is now 90 per cent complete.

Easter visitors

Hotel occupancy in Málaga during Easter Week was 84.2% according to the Association of Hotel Entrepreneurs of the Costa del Sol.  This compared with 75.84% recorded last year.  During the Easter weekend April 5 to 9, the total rose to 87.81% made up of 60% international tourists and 40% from elsewhere in Spain.



Local News  - May 2023

Mortality falls

The province of Malaga recorded a drop in mortality rates in the first quarter of the year, following two years of increases linked to the pandemic.  The National Statistics Institute says the total was 3.3% down on same period last year, and was 5.8% fewer than in 2021.  However, the rate in Málaga remains higher than the Spanish average which experts attribute to the province’s aging population.

Cock-fighting raid

Nearly 200 roosters and pigeons were found in a police raid on an apartment in Málaga last month as part of an investigation into illegal cock-fighting.  One person was detained and two pellet guns were seized in the property which was described as a serious health hazard.  Around 3,000 kilos of waste was removed during the operation.

Regional News - May 2023

Voting day

More than 65,000 foreign residents in Andalucía are eligible to vote on May 28.  The government’s electoral census office says over 414,500 such voters could participate across Spain, a quarter of them originally from Romania.  The next biggest groups are from Italy and Germany, with the UK’s 36,500 foreigners in fourth place.

Golfers warned

Golfers have been warned that they have become targets for thieves who create false greens in secluded spots where they can steal belongings and then make a quick getaway.  Courses around Palma on Majorca have been targeted, along with others in Magaluf, Santa Posa and Andratx.  Luxury watches and cash have been stolen from golfers who have been distracted while concentrating on their game.

Tourist taxes

Hoteliers in Madrid have been angered by reports that former tourism minister Reyes Maroto wants to introduce tourist taxes in the city if she becomes its mayor in this month’s elections.  Madrid’s Hotel Business Association says the city is booming and there is “no need” for such a tax.  Similar measures have already been introduced in Cataluña and on the Balearic Islands, with other popular holiday destinations reported to be considering a similar move.

Rural internet

Brussels has awarded a Spanish satellite operator almost €75 million to give Internet coverage to remote inland areas.  Hispasat says it will provide connections up to 100 Mbps which will retail at around €35 per month by the end of the year.  Connections to 100% of the country have been complicated by the mountainous nature of Spain’s terrain.

Low-cost rail

Avlo, Renfe’s low-cost high-speed rail service, will begin running from Madrid to Sevilla and Málaga on June 1, and by mid-April ticket sales had broken all records for the region.  Some 17,000 seats priced at just €7 for travel during this year went on sale on April 12 - with a fifth sold on the fifth day - for journeys in the first two weeks of next month.  The daily Avlo service will leave Málaga at 9.45am, returning from Madrid at 5.50pm.

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