Busy July!

July 2015
The first weekend of July ended with the arrival of more than 200.000 tourists to the province of Malaga and Malaga airport registered nearly 900 landing and take-off operations; meanwhile the bus and María Zambrano train station were both hotbeds for travelers.
It was one of the busiest weekends of the year in Malaga where a tremendous number of tourists arrived, nearly 120.000 did so via Malaga airport. The beginning of July was the busiest during the whole exercise. International tourists will spend an average of ten to fifteen days in the province, spending about 80 euros a day, and will stay either in hotels or apartments. They are seeking both the coast and the interior of the province as well as new cultural offerings and other activities, such as visiting Caminito del Rey.
Nerja Taxis where extremely busy also, registering one of the busiest periods in their history.

Nerja Marina plan still has it’s problems

12 April 2015

For more than a decade now, Nerja and Torrox have battled with plans for the construction of a new Marina near the boundary of both towns. Most people with the authority regarding the matter view the construction of a Marina as something necessary, but this is a project that depends totally on the support of regional government, the Junta de Andalucía, since they are the competent authority in this specialised area.

The lack of berths for medium size yachts and the overcrowding of land docks in the area have been just two of the more serious concerns for both the town councils and local businessmen.

Although a project was presented back in 2007 that included 500 berths along with entertainment  and parking areas, there has been no progress reached since then. The last proposed location was the Calaceíte beach back in 2011 by the Ministry of Development, although some have thought that there should be a transfer of thoughts to another location.

Nerja council has insisted that la Junta de Andalucía should consider other locations, such as the western end of Playazo beach in Nerja, as provided by the current General Urban Plan (PGOU). In turn, Torrox’s town council adopted a resolution in their last general meeting urging the regional administration to continue the project for the planned marina in the area of Calaceíte. The proposal, approved by all political groups, will create a positive impact for the economy in the town, “which currently requires impulse from industry and tourism.”

Therefore, they urged the Andalusian government to continue with the necessary proceedings to start the administrative concession, so that the interested companies could participate and execute the construction of the port.

Nerja hotel occupancy at peak level during Easter

7 April 2015

Nerja hotel and hostel occupancy during the Easter period has been at its best for a long time, with strong signs that the Spanish tourism sector is back to its best again.

During the period from Friday to Sunday occupancy was at 96% according to figures from the Nerja Tourism office, who compiled the statistics on the basis of Nerja hotel administrators on Monday.

During the whole of the Easter Week occupancy rose to 90%. These very strong figures indicate that the coming summer in Nerja will possibly beat last year when hotel occupancy was at its peak and highest since 2008. We also have seen very strong figures in the private transfer sector, with an increase in passengers taking either a private taxi or minibus from Malaga to Nerja.

Train to Nerja?

3 March 2015

The mayor of Nerja will present a motion during the next Local Government Board meeting, requesting the Government of Andalucía to include the Maro-Manilva line in the coastal railway project and that the budget required be enabled to execute this project. According to the information provided by the spokesman of the opposition party the motion will also request of the Ministry of Development to include this project in the study that is being made to implement the Coastal Train route and to include it in the investment plan of the European Union.

The Mayor explained that they want the route to reach “past Marbella and must run between Maro and the Cave and Manilva as we can’t allow the discrimination of the Eastern Coast of the province, including Nerja”.

The motion also states that the province requires this major infrastructure “so that the connections via the airport and the high-speed train line will match a first class tourist destination”” The initiative emphasizes that “it is necessary to combine efforts from all areas to include the Maro-Manilva route in the train’s total route”.

Nerja tourist office gets Q for Quality

19 February 2015

The Tourist Office of Nerja has been awarded the “Q for Quality” award once again. The Spanish Institute for Quality Tourism grants this award to establishments for excelling in prestige, reliability and rigor.

Tourism is ever becoming more demanding and this requirement is met by providing high quality in terms of service. The Nerja Tourist Office has always endeavored to transfer thorough, helpful information to its visitors over the years.

The councilor for Tourism In Nerja said that the Nerja office has won the award once again because they strive for “quality in the pursuit of their business and in customer service.

Other establishments in the town which have also received the “Q for Quality” award are el Toboso Aparments, Marina Turquesa and the Parador, as well as the beaches of Burriana, El Chucho and La Torrecilla.

Taxi drivers keen to transfer to Autogas

21 January 2015

An interesting survey of AutoGas fuel operated vehicles was recently made with taxi driver attendees at the Feria de Madrid (IFEMA).

The survey analyzed the level of satisfaction of those taxi drivers that have used this type of fuel and if they would recommend it to other drivers. More than 90% of taxi drivers felt that the would definitely recommend it.

When asked why, the main reason taxi drivers gave was a saving of up to 45 % compared to other fuels, and with current market conditions this is strong reason alone to transfer from traditional fuels over to AutoGas. Another reason was the fact that Autogas vehicles emit less pollutants thus contributing to improving air quality of our environment.

Given these figures, more and more taxi drivers are interested in transforming their vehicle to Autogas use with almost 70% of respondents replying that they will make the transfer to this highly desirable fuel.

The data provided by these surveys are very representative of how things are moving, not only in the taxi sector, but also in the general transport industry.

There are now more than 400 service stations supplying Autogas LPG in Spain and predictions indicate that by the end of 2015 this will grow to around about 600.

We are hoping that Nerja will be one of those points.

New vehicles for Nerja Police

14 January 2015

The Nerja town council has just added two brand new vehicles to the local police fleet. The two cars, which are identical, have required an investment exceeding 40.000 euros which is quite a substantial amount, although they are throughly equipped.

Both vehicles are equipped with all the requirements mandated by the Junta de Andalucía for this type of car. The vehicles were made available to the local Nerja police immediately and they have been using them well since New Years day. It seems clear that the council are keen to transfer a fleet of aging vehicles into a very modern fleet.

The councilman in charge of the process has stated that these two new vehicles “join the existing fleet, showing the intention of the current government officials to continue working together with the Chief of local police, to replace and update municipal use vehicles”.

“The vehicles are worth slightly over 43.000 euros and were purchased through an open procedure that involved several car dealerships, eventually being awarded to the lowest bidder, which was submitted by Autotalleres La Vega”, added Mr. García. He also added that the initiative to increase local police’s vehicles “was part of the electoral commitment by the Popular Party regarding the need to provide more and better resources to the local police.

On a similar note, although the town council does not purchase the local taxis in Nerja, the fleet is very modern with most vehicles being under 3 years of age.

Taxi drivers call off strikes as new decree agreed

2 January 2015

There was no taxi strike in Malaga on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and there will not be any on the Eve of the Epiphany. The taxi drivers group agreed to call off the strikes after a meeting held on Tuesday in Seville with governmental authorities.

The decision to call off the strikes planned was a result of the written agreement to publish before summer 2015 the decree that will allow the principle of “modulated reciprocity” to come into effect. This will allow taxis from Malaga city to pick up, under a pre-arranged contract, customers bound for the airport, the port or María Zambrano train station, who are traveling from other areas of the Province of Malaga.

According to José Antonio Mate, Member of the Commission of the Decree passed in November 1985 and president of the Unified Association of Independent Cab Drivers of Malaga, “we went to the meeting to obtain a date for the publication of the decree, and after a tug of war, finally, we got a deadline”. He stressed that the taxi drivers in the city are “prudent” and would call the strike off because “we have never wanted to impact the clients”. He pointed out that the Board’s commitment to this decree would come to fruition on January 14th, at the Taxi Council of Andalucía. From then on, and as a requisite for its publication, a series of reports from various Boards’ departments will have to be published. That is the reason why the Department of Development “can’t give a specific date for the decree’s enactment, but it will be at some point before the summer.”

In response to this situation, the representative of the negotiating committee has warned that cab drivers in the city of Málaga will watch closely as each legal step necessary for the enactment of the decree is taken. The new decree will likely put an end to the conflict with drivers from other towns by sharing, particularly at Malaga airport. The principle is a previous step to the creation of a joint provision area across the influence area of the airport, which will be implemented over the next two years.

Nerja locals find it hard to buy

19 December 2014

According to a recent study by idealista.com that uses personal income data of towns throughout the whole of Spain, including the islands, Nerja is the Spanish town where local residents have to earn more money when purchasing a home, as they need to spend, on average, an astonishing 10.5 years’ earnings.

With fairly low incomes of around 800 euros per calendar month, Nerja has become a town where many of the young locals have made the transfer to other local towns in the province, particularly Torrox where property prices are quite a bit lower.

Above the ten year mark, there are also other towns like the towns of Eivissa and Santa Eulalia del Rio on the Island of Ibiza with 10.2 years. Sant Just Desvern (Barcelona) takes fourth place in the list of towns in which residents’ income is lower in regard to housing prices with 9.7 years and it is the only town in the list’s top 15 not being a coastal town with tourist appeal.

Above the 9 year mark are also the towns of Sant Josep de Sa Talaia in the Balearic islands with 9.2 years- and Sanxenxo up in Galicia at 9 years. The list of the top ten ends with Sant Antoni de Portmany (Baleares) –8.9 years-, Baiona (Pontevedra) –8.9 years- and San Bartolomé de Tirajana (Las Palmas) –8.6 years-.

Barcelona is the first provincial capital city in the list, with 8.1 years of income needed to buy a home. Following are Cádiz at 7.4 years-, Coruña with 7.2 years and Madrid at 7 years. Below them are Salamanca –6.5 years-, Santander –6.5 years-, Málaga –6.2 years- and Sevilla –5.8 years-.

At the other end of the scale, the area of Valencia takes the first positions in terms of towns where it takes the less effort to buy a home. Onda (Castellón) with 2.5 years’ income, and Villareal also in Castellón with 2.6 years. In the town of Ontinyent (Valencia), 2.6 years’ income is required, followed by Mollerusa (Lleida) and Tortosa (Tarragona) –2.7 years- in both cases.

According to this study, Lleida is the Spanish capital city in which a home can be purchased at the least cost with only 3.3 years’ income. Castellón –3.8 years-. Guadalajara –4.3 years-, Huesca –4.4 years- and Alicante –4.5 years- follow in this ranking.

Nerja Town Maintainace

10 December 2014

Nieves Atencia, councilor for Parks and Gardens in Nerja, announced that the existing railings at Plaza de la Marina are being replaced, among other substantial changes. They are being replaced due to their deterioration over the years. They decided to replace them entirely with new ones made with iroko wood, a more durable material.

This change is part of the initiative for improving and maintaining parks in the town. Previously, the benches at the same square had been changed, as well as the benches in the Plaza Huerto de las Monjas.

Parks and Gardens will also have two new vehicles to help with the services they offer. There are lots of green areas that require maintenance, and two cars will make the job easier when it comes to cleaning, trimming gardens and pruning trees in areas in the outskirts of the town.

The purchase of this equipment is added to the other purchases made by the Nerja Council for the continuous improvement of town services. These vehicles will also be used as support for servicing beaches outside the town centre, like Maro and Playazo beaches.