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It’s pouring rain in southern Spain, not mainly on the plain

THE slightly unseasonal heavy rain sweeping the region over the last few days has brought the usual precipitation-related chaos, with a swathe of floods, traffic accidents, and other unfortunate episodes. Urban roads became raging torrents during the downpour, with fountains of water exploding from municipal sewers across Malaga as drivers struggled to make headway through the temporary cascades. A number of public events, such as the San Isidro festival in Estepona, were cancelled or suspended due to the deluge, with a ‘yellow’ warning in place for much of the week after the heavens opened on Friday May 6 Continue reading

Around the world in 1095 days

FOUR continents, 31 countries, 33,000 kilometres and 12 pairs of shoes. Malaga native Nacho Dean has just returned home to a rapturous reception in Malaga after circumnavigating the globe on foot in just three years. Leaving from Madrid’s Puerta del Sol, Nacho headed through Europe, taking in France, Italy, Croatia and Serbia before hitting Asia, where he passed through Turkey, Iran, India, Bangladesh and Thailand, before hopping on a plane to Australia Continue reading

Costa del Sol on camera again

THE Costa del Sol has once again managed to make its way into millions of homes across Spain as it was chosen to serve as the backdrop for an advertising campaign for a new lottery creation which hit TV screens last month. Although filming sessions were kept very quiet in March, when the cameras were rolling in Marbella, Estepona and Benahavis, viewers have now started to recognise some of the backdrops showing in the adverts for ONCE’s new Rasca Moto GP scratch cards. The cards are being promoted as the quickest way to get rich, with the slogan ‘from 0 to €60,000 in an instant.’ To emphasise the speed angle, the adverts jump from scenes of motorbike races to idyllic, peaceful and luxurious scenes of the Costa del Sol. Continue reading

Paradise found

TORREMOLINOS mayor Jose Ortiz aims to promote cinematography in the town, and has made a good start by signing an agreement with the company responsible for the movie ‘Resort Paraiso’ (Paradise Resort), filmed mostly in La Carihuela, for which a teaser was shown at the Malaga Film Festival. The movie, a tense thriller shot by local director Enrique Garcia, was filmed at the ‘Sol Timor’ hotel and is scheduled to go on general release in the third quarter of 2016. It tells the story of a couple who take refuge in a hotel which is closed for winter, where they encounter a fiendish security guard. Continue reading

May Day madness

HOTELIERS on the Costa del Sol are rejoicing this week following an unexpectedly good May Day long weekend, with average occupancy rates reaching 84 per cent across the sector. Although prepared for and happy about the extra business, the influx of visitors did catch hotels slightly unaware, the Costa del Sol hoteliers’ association Aehcos reported, as the rate registered last year was just 81 per cent and most were expecting similar numbers of visitors this year.  However last-minute bookings quickly filled up the gaps, which has encouraged the tourism sector to prepare even harder for the coming summer season. As the traditional beach improvements continue, a different tourist is being kept in mind more and more, as the authorities realise that the sea and sun attraction is not enough to keep the visitors coming in this day and age Continue reading

Foxy Antics at Malaga Airport

MALAGA airport may potentially see a new four-legged recruit join its ranks of employees. The tiny furry creature in question is an orphaned two month-old female fox cub, Crea. Continue reading

Ryanair to expand winter operations in Malaga

IRISH no-frills specialists Ryanair will increase their presence in Malaga by 43 per cent this winter. From late October the company will offer 160 weekly flights, linking the Costa del Sol with 42 international destinations including new routes to Glasgow and Belfast. Spokesman Jose Espartero said: “We are delighted to present our Malaga calendar for the 2016 winter season, which will allow us to transport four million passengers and maintain around 3,000 jobs at Malaga airport.” In addition, Espartero confirmed that the low-cost carrier will continue to connect Malaga with major domestic destinations and major European business centres, with daily flights to Barcelona, Brussels, Dublin and London Continue reading

Beachgoer killed on Calahonda beach

AN unidentified man died on Calahonda Beach on Thursday May 5, with initial reports suggesting that he drowned while swimming. Continue reading

Unemployment in Marbella dropping

Although the dip in the registered number of unemployed people in the whole of Marbella only dropped by 170 during April, it was sufficient to take the jobless total to under 13,000 for the first time since 2009, according to figures released by the Andalucian Employment Service. March had seen some very significant decreases but the good news is that the downwards trend continues, and at 12,977 people this shows a decrease over the same period last year of 1,244 (a drop of nearly 9 per cent). The gender split is relatively even, although female unemployment at 7,152 does show quite a gap with just 5,825 men looking for jobs. Continue reading

Banks to stop producing €500 notes

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