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Nerja’s caves at 60

The 60th anniversary of the opening of Nerja’s famous complex of caves at Maro was marked in January by a gathering of the four survivors of the group of five youngsters who made the accidental discovery in 1959.

Thirteen named in Nerja dump case

A Torrox court has ordered the prosecution of 13 people alleged to have links to an illegal rubbish dump at Rio de la Miel which was allowed to continue unregulated between 1998 and 2016.


Local Headlines - February 2019


Walkers rescued

Two foreign hill-walkers in their 60s were rescued from countryside near Frigiliana last month after becoming last month. They raised the alarm at 8.00pm alerting emergency teams who found them in the Lomas del Chíllar area, finally delivering them to Nerja’s Health Centre three hours later. The man is reported to have been in good health, but his female companion had suffered an injury to her right ankle.

Europe’s best

Málaga is one of 20 cities short-listed to win the title European Best Destination 2019. The organisers EBD describe Málaga as mixing modernity and tradition with culture, beach, gastronomy and amazing events. Vote for Málaga until February 5 at

Café jobs

The opening of the first Hard Rock Café in the city of Málaga has created 82 jobs. The new venue is the second for the chain of theme restaurants in the province following their opening in Puerto Banús in October 2009. The latest outlet is expected to open opposite the Pompidou Centre in the Málaga’s Pier One development during March.


Nerja fire

Seven people, including two babies, were treated for smoke inhalation last month after fire broke out in an apartment opposite Nerja’s local police headquarters.  The emergency services were quickly on the scene of the blaze which began at about 8.30am in a ground floor flat.  Fire crews had to rescue two teenagers who took refuge on a terrace on the outside of the building.

Caves theft

It was a bad start to 2019 for the Nerja’s Caves.  As the Three Kings were distributing their gifts, thieves broke into the administration offices and helped themselves to two safes holding the previous two day’s takings – an estimated €95,000.  The destroyed safety deposit boxes were later found by a hill walker just 200 metres away.


Local News  - February 2019

Gang death

A 49-year-old Moroccan businessman man shot dead last month is thought to be the latest victim of gang warfare on the coast.  The owner of five nightclubs in Marbella died in San Pedro de Alcántara when at least two hitmen fired over 20 rounds, 14 of which hit him, as he drove his Bentley home at 3.00am.  More than 20 people died last year in what police describe as “settling of accounts” between rival gang members.

Drone drama

A 26-year-old American student studying in Málaga was detained in the city on January 5 after a drone was seen hovering ten metres above the city’s Three Kings procession.  Police officers who spotted the 300 gram device quickly found the person controlling it by remote control and advised him of the dangers it presented to the crowds below.  He has been reported to the State Aviation Safety Agency.

Local News  - February 2019

Grants awarded

An oil museum in Cómpeta and a centre for studying raisin production in Moclinejo are amongst projects sharing €450,000 in grants from the provincial government.  Other grants announced last month go to the installation of an artificial playing surface and other facilities at the municipal football grounds in Arenas and Benamargosa.

Garden visits

The botanical gardens at La Concepción in Málaga ended 2018 with a 9.6% increase in visitor numbers compared with the year before.  Over 52,000 people visited the site which is the highest number since it opened to the public in 1994.  As a result, the income from admissions of over €193,500 was nearly €20,000 up on 2017.

Local News - February 2019

Suspects detained

A 19-year-old Moroccan man and a 20-year-old local woman were detained in Málaga last month suspected of robbery with violence.  The women allegedly asked a passer-by in the city centre for a cigarette, while the man stole the victim’s mobile phone.  A witness who challenged the couple was violently assaulted by them before alerting local police officers who detained the suspects.

Want list

Málaga’s mayor Francisco de la Torre has been quick to list the topics he wants to raise with the new regional government.  Reducing the risk damage caused by flooding of the Guadalhorce river and creating better access to the Andalucía Technology Park top his list of action points.  De la Torre said he expects improved collaboration between the Junta and the city, now that both area controlled by the Partido Popular.

Animals abandoned

Over 20 dogs have been rescued in Comares by officers from the Guardia Civil’s environmental branch, Seprona.  The animals, mostly cross-breeds and podencos believed to belong to hunters, were said to be in a poor nutritional state with some in poor health and others suffering from scabies.  The dogs are being treated at the Parque Zoosanitario and will later be offered for adoption.

Provincial president

Francisco Salado is the new president of the Diputacíon, Málaga’s provincial government.  His predecessor, Elias Bendodo, stood down last month after almost eight years when he was appointed a Minister in the new regional administration of Juan Manuel Moreno.  Salado, a law graduate who was born in Benagalbón in 1965, is a former Partido Popular mayor of Rincón de la Victoria.

Maro complaint

The environmental group Ecologists in Action have formally complained about the construction of a house in Maro.  They claim the property is on a protected site within the terrestrial maritime public domain at Caleta de Maro.  The Costas department of the Environment Ministry and Nerja Town Hall were reported to be unaware of the development last month and were investigating.

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