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Local Headlines - January 2023

Tourism cash

Nerja is to receive €5 million of European funds to finance tourism sustainability projects.  The town is the only municipality on the eastern Costa del Sol to be promised such an investment.  The cash from the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism in Madrid was described by Nerja’s mayor, José Alberto Armijo, as “a boost to move towards a sustainable model, key to the future of tourism in Nerja.” 


Talks have begun in Málaga over the future of the Carmen Thyssen Museum, home to the Baroness’s private collection of 19th and 20th-century Spanish paintings.  The present agreement with the city expiries in 2025, and speaking in the city last month, she gave the assurance: “"I want this museum to be forever.  Forever.”  It is thought an entrance fee could be introduced to allow the museum to be protected for a long time.



New vehicle

The Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC) has taken delivery of a new vehicle which will be used to take patients from Nerja and Frigiliana to hospitals and treatment centres.  Nerja’s Town Hall contributed €3,000 toward its acquisition.  Use of the seven-person vehicle is being co-ordinated at the AECC’s office in calle Almirante Ferrandiz.

Carpark upgrade

A project to repaint the inside of Nerja’s underground car park got underway last month.  The colour chosen is white, in preference to the existing blue, which has been selected to give more light to the interior.  The control and access system, the barriers and ATM, and the three escalators to Plaza de España are expected to be upgraded soon.

Population trends

Nerja’s population fell by 0.89% to 20,899 in the ten years to 2021, according to new data from the National Statistics Institute.  While 33 municipalities grew and 69 others shrank, only one in Málaga, Iznate, retained the same number of residents over the decade.  The number of residents in the province of Málaga grew by 102,000 to almost 1.7 million, making Málaga the second fastest-growing province in Spain, after the Balearic Islands. 





School upgrade

Energy-efficient lighting is to be installed at over 300 points in the classrooms and corridors of Nerja’s San Miguel school.  The €79,000 contract to carry out the work was announced last month by the town hall.  Upgrades to the sports area and children’s toilets totalling €26,000 have recently been carried out at the school.

Maro fire

A countryside fire in Maro in late November was quickly brought under control by the emergency services.  It broke out in the Vega de Tetuán, east of the Maro cliffs near Cerro Gordo.  Ground workers were supported from the air by a Puma helicopter in stabilising the blaze.





Local News  - January 2023

French connection

A new twice weekly service between Málaga and the French city of Lyon will begin in the summer operated by Ryanair.  Flights will operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays starting on June 3 and tickets are already on sale.  The Irish airline already maintains a route between Málaga and Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport.

Mango demands

There have been calls in the Axarquía for tighter controls on imported mangoes. All the area’s town halls last month approved a plan which would also introduce a quality mark for fruit grown in the Axarquía and to improve its marketing.  This year’s harvest has been affected by drought, resulting in smaller sized fruit and lower prices.



Local News  - January 2023

Vélez cash

It promises to be a Happy New Year in Vélez-Málaga with reports suggesting that €10 million of government funds are going to be made available for three key projects in the municipality.  Progress on upgrading the Caleta motorway junction, work at the Lope de Vega theatre, and a start to reviving the tranvía system are all on the cards.  The town is also to benefits from cash from the sustainable tourism plan.

Fishing reduced

Fishing boats along the coast received an unwelcome Christmas present from the EU when it was learned that their number of working days is to be reduced by 7% in 2023.  Depending on their circumstances, most boats fishing in the Mediterranean will work 10 to 12 fewer days this year.  The move follows cuts of 6% last year, and of 10% in each of the previous two years.

Regional News - January 2023

Rail crash

More than 150 people were injured when two busy commuter trains collided north of Barcelona on December 7.  Only five suffered “moderate” injuries, according to the emergency services.  Witnesses said that one train was travelling relatively fast when it ran into the back of a stationary train at Montcada i Reixac-Manresa station, six kilometres north of Barcelona.

Scammer detained

The alleged Spanish head of a billion-euro crypto scam was arrested in Barcelona last month after his flight from Romania touched down.  Investigators say that 1,700 people in Spain fell victim to the fraud which generated €400 per minute.  The criminal network presented themselves as brokers who could help investors make a lot of money with small investments in digital currencies.

Tanker stowaways

Three migrants who stowed away on a ship from Nigeria to the Canary Islands were rescued by Spanish coastguards in late November.  Pictures were released of the men seated on the rudder of the tanker Althini II after their 11-day voyage from Lagos.  They were treated in hospital for moderate dehydration.

Assets protected

The family of Francico Franco have been prohibited from removing any assets from the Pazo de Meirás, the General’s former summer residence in Galicia.  A Madrid court has ruled that everything remains in the property until the conclusion of on-going lawsuits.  The State says that many of the documents in the property are part of Spain’s Historical Heritage because of their historical and artistic interest.

Tipsey priest

A priest in Valencia has blamed communion wine for being twice over the alcohol drink-drive limit.  He was tested by police at 10.30am on December 10 after crashing his Audi into five parked cars and is facing charges of reckless driving.  He told officers he had officiated at a private Eucharist shortly beforehand and had been rushing as he was late for Mass.


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