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December 2016 / Issue 43


An A-Z of Businesses in your area and more!

Dear Readers and Supporters So here we are again the last month of another year that has flown by. It has been a great year for The Directory and I have met some fantastic people during my travels around the Axarquia and surrounding area. So I will take this opportunity to send out a big thank you to all of you that pick up The Directory each month, all the great contributors who help make the magazine a relevant and interesting read and to all the advertisers who choose The Directory as their advertising choice. This month we have covered Malaga in our Out and About section as it is such a great city just on our doorstep. The Christmas lights are on so jump on a bus and enjoy all that it has to offer. As always you can keep up to date throughout the month by following the Directory on its social media pages where mid-month offers and what´s going on details are often posted. Plus the website where the online version of The Directory is always available to read. If you are a business and would like to be seen in 2017 then get in touch before the 16th December for the January issue. Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year. Michelle x

Out and About articles written by Jennie Rhodes Front cover photograph by Rob Bell Photography. Capturing a Moment in Time.

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ALARM SYSTEMS Protecting Your Home From Break-Ins A break-in always has a major impact on your and your family’s sense of safety and well-being. Help protect your home from break-ins with Home Security Tips from ¡PERFECT ALARM! S.L. Tip No. 9: Social networking


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Social networking has changed the way we interact with friends. With hundreds of millions of users online, these tools not only attract friends and family wanting to stay in touch, but they also attract people wanting to know about you for the wrong reasons. Be aware of the following security threats to help you to stay safe in particular during the holiday season. Don’t reveal your location. Avoid posting specific travel plans. Never post when, where, or how long you’ll be gone. Don’t share snaps of holidays out across social media channels until you’re home. Don’t disclose expensive items of jewellery or other valuables. Don’t show photos of the rooms in your house as this will detail your floor plan. Make sure all expensive items are removed from pictures in-home pictures before you post them in your social network. Never forget: Once information is posted online, it’s no longer private and can fall into the wrong hands. For more information or a free security demonstration, contact ¡Perfect Alarm! SL. Phone: 608 517 661 or E-mail:


¡Membership Drive!

With the holiday season upon us, how about this for a stocking stuffer: a Give Me Five membership. What is a Give Me Five membership and how do you get it? I’m glad you asked. Traditionally fund-raising for animals rights has been about as much fun as losing a nose to syphilis. Or, like Christopher Marlowe, being stabbed in the eye. You might survive it though you may wish you hadn’t. However we are not asking for donations, we are selling memberships that will save you money and support local businesses. Our goal is to build a network of like-minded businesses, consumers and animal lovers that recognise Give Me Five as a project of Mutual Aid. And if we agree as a community that the lives of abandoned and/or abused animals are a common concern, then by purchasing a Give Me Five membership you will be helping us to alleviate and hopefully eliminate this awful scourge. So how does it work? As simple as: A) For a 50€ fee you will become a Give Me Five member and immediately begin receiving a 5% discount on all dental treatment at DentaDanés for the next six months. You’ll also begin receiving a 5% discount (sometimes more) at a wide variety of businesses here in our little neck on the Med. For example your card will be honored at furniture shops like Salablanca and Muebles Piramides Puerto, at English food shops in Torrox Coast and Nerja, at several vet clinics and kennels, at hair salons and photography studios and much more. B) All businesses that partner with Give Me Five will receive FREE standard size advertising space in our quarterly Discount Booklet as well as promotion on our Facebook page (givemefiveanimalcharityspain) and upcoming website. C) So how does this help animals? Your membership fee of 50€ goes directly to the various rescue groups to help cover the costs of vet bills, food, kenneling, etc. Their incredible work deserves not just financial support but if possible some of your time as well.

To sum it up: the more businesses that partner with us, the more your membership saves you money and the more members we have the more money we can provide to the animal rescue groups. !Happy Holidays! Scott Houston 603 416 632






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At Russells British Store in Torrox Costa this month they have in store Christmas chocolate tins, mince pies, Christmas cake slices, 2017 calendars, iced fruit cake, Christmas puddings, mince meat, glacĂŠ cherries, mixed peel, ready to roll icing and marzipan, dry fruits and loads more. They will also have fresh parsnips, suedes and brussels in from the 20th December. They are also taking orders for Christmas meats.





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HEATING SYSTEMS Redwell Infrared Heating Systems - More than 11 years experience on the Spanish


The energy saving, healthy and stylish heating solutions from Redwell have been convincing, during the last years, hundreds of clients on the Costa del Sol and in other parts of Spain. The Austrian manufacturer has developed efficient and energy saving heating systems for more than 15 years. Continuous research in co-operation with universities guarantees an outstanding product quality and the latest technology. The Infrared Heaters from Redwell offer the highest quality in unique designs - and they come with 7,5 years vendor warranty! In comparison to conventional heaters, infrared waves don’t heat the air, but do heat people, walls and furniture. The walls remain dry and mould has no chance to spread. Another advantage is that the air does not circulate; therefore no dust is lifted up into the air. Rheumatoid, Asthmatic patients & Allergy sufferers benefit greatly!

NEW - Combine your heating panel with LED light

Redwell in Spain offers now also high quality LED light solutions for the infrared heating panels. Whether your heating panel is installed on the wall or on the ceiling - there is a solution to illuminate it in the right way. This is also an expansion if you already have an infrared heating at home. RedwellÂŽ Infrared Heaters offer the best benefits: Energy savings, high comfort, healthy indoor environment and NO maintenance costs! Contact us or visit the exhibition in our shop! See Illuminated heating panel on advert below! the ceiling


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LAWYERS (ABOGADOS) Legal Consultations At De Cotta Law we believe that the preliminary legal consultation is the most important moment in building the framework for success with your legal matter. This is when the initial understanding of your need, dispute or conflict must be fully understood to assure you of the best possible advice. Documentation is often the key to a proper and valuable consultation, and in some cases we prefer to study the documents after this initial consultation and provide a reasoned opinion in writing after the meeting. For example, you may have a dispute with a neighbour about the boundaries of your land. In some of these cases the catastral or rateable area from the Catastro might be substantially different from the surface area of the plot as described in your deeds. Therefore, the lawyer will need to review both documents and any local planning rules to see if the situation can be resolved. In monetary and debt claims we also need to review the paperwork. Unfortunately, in some cases pursing a debt can be costly and not effective if the debtor has no funds or assets in Spain. We act for a number of English law firms and Trustees in bankruptcy and always advise commencing a matter with a property and company search, as it is not advisable to commence a debt action against a “man of strawâ€?. The same will apply to your small business debt or a personal debt where the person or company who owes the money has no capacity to repay. A comprehensive consultation is essential if you are to be successful and often a mediated settlement can be reached without the need to take a matter to court. For example, a neighbour dispute can be settled with the parties agreeing to voluntarily sign new deeds that accurately reflect their ownership. Also a debtor can agree staged payments, perhaps with a charge against property that prevents costly litigation for both parties. Consultations can be in person or in writing. For more information, contact us on info@ or telephone 952 527014 to arrange a meeting at any one of our offices in Mijas-Costa, Nerja or CoĂ­n. 22

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THIS MONTH´S COCKTAIL Champagne Passion 4 Parts Champagne 1 Part Passion fruit puree 1 Part Passion fruit Liquor Simple syprup to taste This is an absolute must this Christmas a simple but enjoyable drink to have with your friends. It is a free pour so that’s quick and easy to prepare. To give it that wow factor why not add some edible glitter in the drink or around the rim of the glass. (Edible glitter is available from Amazon Es.)

Enjoy Afternoon Tea at H20. 12€ per person. Booking required. CHRISTMAS MENU AVAILABLE Traditional dinner being served from 1pm on Christmas day. Limited places. Call to book your table 31


Tel: 618 295 063 / 951 067 711 Website: At Sunset Properties Spain we offer a friendly, reliable, professional and proactive service covering the whole of the Axarquía region. Our website is easy to use and always up to date and our property descriptions are comprehensive. Our ethos is all about customer service, for sellers as well as buyers. If you market your property with us we won’t forget you after the first few months!


Avenida Sayalonga 24b, Competa Tel 952 516 107 Avenida Constitucion 37B, Competa Tel 952 553 589 Plz de la Constitucion 4, Bajo, Torrox Pueblo Tel 952 538 337


Competa Properties S.L. have three offices and a team of dedicated, multinational staff to help you sell, purchase, rent or maintain your property. We offer our depth of experience and the knowledge that you will always come first with us.


Plaza Almijara 21 & Avda de Constitucion 33, COMPETA. Tel: 952 516 178 Calle Elisa Ortigosa 7, TORROX Tel: 952 539 125 Avda. de Andalucia 32b, TORRE DEL MAR Tel: 952 541 886


Country Properties S.A. the oldest and most established real estate company since 1986 with our offices in Competa, Torrox & Torre del Mar. Our efforts over 30 years to give complete satisfaction to our clients and enhance our reputation for reliability do not end once a property has been purchased. We have a wide range of services designed to contribute to the peace of mind and tranquility of those who have decided to settle down in this lovely southern Spanish region. If you are thinking of buying, selling or renting a property; give us a call, visit our website or come and see us soon. We’re sure your visit will be worthwhile. Your multilingual Team at Country Properties


Lima 1 Edif. Armijo - Local 1-2, 29780 Nerja Tel: +34 952 527 272 or +44 173 280 7657 Website: Dream Properties is one of Nerja´s largest and most reputable independent Estate Agents specialising in the sale of residential properties within Nerja and its neighbouring Andalusia towns and villages. Dream Properties embraces the latest IT technology available in the real estate industry. Nevertheless at the heart of our business is belief that personal, quality and honest negotiation ultimately delivers the best results for our buyers and vendors. 32

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Avda. Constitución, 24-B, 29754 Cómpeta Tel: (0034) 952 516 753 / 676 512 206 Website: Can’t find the perfect property? Contact us today and we will find it! Can’t sell the perfect property? Contact us and we will sell it! Everything you need for your property: buying, selling, maintaining or designing. Contact us today. A fresh new approach, years of experience!


Calle Pizzaras 40 Vinuela (next to the Farmacia) Tel: (0034) 666 135 516 or (0034)650 702 258 Website: Spanish Management is a friendly, focused business with many years experience, offering a complete property service of sales/rentals (always over 200 properties on the books!) and personalised management services. In partnership with a building and plumbing company who will be delighted to quote you for any job big or small. Visit the offices in Viñuela and be assured of a warm welcome! English and Spanish spoken.



Avda. Prieto Moreno, esq. C/Las Palomas, La Herradura, Granada Tel: 958 640 988 / 666 714 186 Website:

Sun & Beach Properties is your estate agent’s to rent, buy and sell in La Herradura. Are you looking to buy a property? Do you want to sell or rent your home? Contact us and we’ll help you sell and find your dream house. We manage energy certificates, land registry, tax, energy efficiency and installation of renewable energy supplies, maintenance and cleaning. We are always looking for property all over the Costa del Sol and the Costa Tropical.

TAURUS REAL ESTATE Avda. de la Constitucion, 31. Competa Tel: 952 535 043 / 952 516 633 Website: Taurus Real Estate are a friendly, high quality estate agents covering Competa and surrounding areas. An independent English estate agent with a wealth of knowledge and experience of the local areas & customs. Join us and turn your property dreams into reality.

THE HOUSE SPECIALIST ONLINE Tel: 635 816 717 Email: Website:

The House Specialist Online offers customers a wide range of services in the property market. With its portfolio of properties on the Costa del Soland and inland, they market you property online to reach a worldwide audience. If you are looking to sell or purchase a property you are in good hands.


El Cruce de Puente don Manuel, Alcaucín Tel: +34 696 522 171 Skype: villasolutions4u2002 Website: VillaSolutions have been selling prime properties near Lake Vinuela since 2002. Many EXCLUSIVE sole agency listings which you can only see via the No.1 Agency. We provide ALL the information a buyer requires to make the correct informed decision. As seen on “ A Place in the Sun.” 34

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The best communication device

Thirty years ago, if we wanted to get in contact with each other on the go, we had to use a phone booth or carry around a device weighing 2 pounds. Today that weight has been reduced to 0.2 pounds, we have no trouble keeping it with us at all times, and phone booths are found only in museums. Mobile phones are our most appreciated gadgets I think you have noticed that mobile phones are occupying more and more of our time, but what do we really use them for? They have become indispensible and it is not uncommon to see people sitting around a table fidgeting their phones, communicating something with someone at some other place instead of paying attention to the people at the table. My colleague told me that she saw an old couple chatting at a coffee shop table. They were actually chatting with each other. But which device is really the best in order to make sure we stay tuned to our times? How much money do we need to spend in order to get the latest and best killer phone bundled with awesome killer apps. What model do we pick to demonstrate that we are design aware. Since the days of smoke signals, a large number of devices have been developed to facilitate communication over a distance. Isn’t it time that we look a bit closer at how we are communicating and the basis of our communication. Do we evolve as a species at the same rate as our technology evolves? In the technological stone age, we had teleprinters. They were complicated and were mainly used to communicate important data. The fax machines served a similar need until someone found out that they could be contaminated with promotional ads. Mobile phones appeared and were used to notify late arrivals and to send short messages. Phone call charges were high, prohibiting prolific conversations and messaging. Then came emails, which are still used, but overburdened with undesired mails and communication abuse. Phone charges came down and chatting soared to a point where it can be difficult to put away the phone even for a minute. Are we becoming automatons and remote-ons. Is it really necessary to see and hear our family, friends and connections 24 hours a day.? A phones is not the ultimate communication devices it seems to be As human beings we have a desire to do the things that are important to us, and to some degree that which is important to people around us. The most important thing in achieving that is COMMUNICATION. That is how we know what people want from us and how we tell what we need from them. As it has been said, “no man, (or woman), is an island. We need to belong. We need to be seen and heard and be respected. In order to be alive we need to feel important to someone or something. To feel that our lives matter. No matter how much we need and want this, no amount of chatting, spectacular selfies or spectacular stories told on Facebook will ever fill that totally different level of communication quality is needed in order to achieve this. 42 gap. The ADIRECTORY December 2016


What is often missing is real people talking to real people in a way which is heard above the technological background noise. The ultimate communication device is therefore the human body It doesn’t really matter which type of phone you have. Without a body the phone, any phone, serves no purpose. Think of it for a second, what is the purpose of having bodies, if not to communicate with them, and I don’t just mean talking. All your life you have been communicating with the world, using your body. Do you also take care of your body as the excellent and important communication device it is? Even if fear of death may be fear of not being able to communicate more, we often do not see the importance of communicating real values or taking care of our bodies enough to be able to communicate better and more. Health is corporal, mental/ emotional and social. You can balance all three. The gadgets can’t. Something can always be done, and now you know that it is you that has to be doing it. Call +34 722 188 811 or come and see us at Pies y Bienestar on Calle Pintada 73 in Nerja.

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Yogi ADVENTURE restaurant, lovingly brought it back to life in 1998. We didn’t eat there, but saw droves of diners tuck into his locally sourced food with gusto.

I’ve been to Acebuchal twice over the last few months. I planned to check out a few hikes, but decided the Fabrica de la Luz walk is probably the most accessible. I tried a tougher scramble, which ascends sharply as you come out of the village, but was told in no uncertain terms by my walking buddy to abort the mission after ten minutes climbing. Oh well… I grabbed a consolatory handful of rosemary and thyme on the way down. A large wooden sign points right towards Acebuchal on the Frigiliana – Torrox road, about 1km after driving up the hill out of Frigiliana. The single-track road becomes bumpy, so careful if you’re in a rental car. Or park up if the road gets too bad.

The walk is a simple there and back. Park by the church past the restaurant, then follow the track for about 3km. The views are incredible. You can see the Mediterranean behind Nerja’s snaggletooth high rises. Then you are surrounded by pine-forested mountains with inviting trails leading higher, should your walking companion allow ;) Fabrica de la Luz isn’t so inspiring – in the summer perhaps, when you can cool off in the mountain streams, use the public barbecues and camp on request. The sign isn’t obvious, but you’ll know you’re there when you reach a road forking right. The place also looks perfect for mountain biking. We spotted MTBers on several tracks around the village. Awesome. Just, er, need to fix my brakes first…

The village nestles in a quiet valley flanked by the Sierra Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama mountains. It’s known as the Lost Village because the Guardia Civil forced villagers to abandon in 1948 for harbouring guerrillas after the Civil War. Local hero Antonio, who runs the village 46

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Hasta pronto! Sal Samadhi Mañana

Sea Rescue Reporting Theft

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Local Police Frigiliana: Pl. el Ingenio Frigiliana Nerja: San Miguel, Nerja Torre del Mar: Torrox: Almedina 22, Torrox

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National Police (Torre del Mar): 952 54 20 00 Protección Civil:

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Emergencies Fire Brigade: Ambulance: National Police: Guardia Civil

Health Vélez-Málaga Hospital: 951 06 70 00 Urgencias 902 50 50 61

STREET MARKETS Monday Torrox Costa & Torrox Pueblo Tuesday Nerja Wednesday Algarrobo Costa Thursday Frigliana, Torre del Mar, Velez-Malaga Saturday Competa & Caleta Sunday Nerja Car boot Sale





Currency News Need to make overseas transfers this Christmas? Find out how to make the most of your money.

Whether you’re a Christmas shopping lover or are planning a family get-together for the festive season, you’ll most likely spend some extra money during this time of the year… and it could quickly turn out to be more costly than expected if you were to choose the wrong time or service to transfer your funds to or from abroad.

The impact of currency market movements

Recent upheavals on the global political and economic scenes have strongly impacted the currency markets, incurring some sharp variations between Sterling and other major global currencies. Those wanting to send funds back to the UK from the EU of late will have benefitted greatly from a weakening of the pound versus the euro, but those in a reverse situation will have been far less fortunate.

Options you should consider

When looking specifically at transferring extra funds between Spain and the UK, numerous options are to be considered. For example, if you already make regular transfers, you could potentially benefit from a favourable fixed exchange rate and therefore you might think about increasing the amount you send each month for a certain period to gradually cover any sum you require by a specific date. Alternatively, one-off transfers might be more suitable to match your needs; currency transfer specialists offer a wide range of services which will give you great flexibility around the time and rate at which you would like to transfer. The key to ensuring that you get the best possible deal when transferring your funds at Christmas, just like any other time of the year, is to speak with a currency specialist like Currencies Direct. For more information please contact Melanie Radford at Currencies Direct. (see details page 14) 48 The DIRECTORY December 2016

GARDENING TIPS How to Care for Poinsettias

Poinsettias bring a splash of festive red and green to a table or windowsill at the holidays. With proper care, you can enjoy these beautiful plants for weeks. Bright and colorful, poinsettias are nearly synonymous with the Christmas season. They provide you with a wealth of opportunities for holiday decorating.

Find the Ideal Spot

To keep them looking good, give poinsettias a sunny, south-facing windowsill or bright filtered light. Don’t press them close to a cold windowpane however, because this can damage the leaves. Keep them at about 68 degrees F during the day, and cooler at night, to prolong the display.

Watering and Feeding

Poinsettias should be watered regularly and kept evenly moist. Never let plants sit in water; always empty their saucers or planters shortly after watering.

Getting Poinsettias to Bloom Again

With proper poinsettia care after Christmas, you can get a plant to perform again. Water it until mid-spring, then let it dry out and allow the stems to shrivel. Keep it cool. At the end of spring, cut all growth to a couple of inches above the soil and repot it in new soil. Water well and keep it warm, feeding it with houseplant fertilizer when new growth appears. A month later, move the plant outside to a shady location, pinching out the growing tips in midsummer, before returning it indoors. Give it a sunny spot, watering and feeding regularly; then from mid-autumn, keep the plant in total darkness between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. It will then re-flower and produce colorful bracts.

Top Tip: Leaf Drop

It’s common for a few poinsettia leaves to turn yellow and drop off when you first bring them home. Don’t be alarmed — the plant is just reacting to its new living conditions. Tips are provided by Maria Lavao at Vivero Garden Centre El Algarrobo A356 Viñuela Tel: 615 512 423 See her main advert under GARDENING.

A Little Bit of Nerdy Humour in the Office

Stuffed peppers.

As a family business, my mother and I share an office. I was sitting at my desk this morning and all I could hear was my mother chuckling away at her desk. I asked her what she was laughing at: she and my dad, from his office, were sending each other nerdy jokes on Skype.

Pimientos Rellenos

The Spanish love stuffing things and one of the mot popular is peppers stuffed with salted cod. They use other things such as rice, potato, meat but generally a Pimientos relleno tapa will be with fish. Cut the tops off the peppers and remove the core (seeds etc) and give them a wash and turn over on paper towels to dry. Dice the onion, scallions and tomato into same size pieces. Then finely chop the parsley, thyme and scotch bonnet pepper. Grate the cheese and set aside. You’ll need to precook the rice in salted water.. I used long grain parboiled brown rice. Use any fish and mix all together, stuff peppers and grill. Salt and pepper to taste



Some of these were completely lost on me, because I’m not really as technologically advanced as they are, but I got some of them and thought they were pretty creative.

My mum, being a designer and front end developer, has a vast knowledge of CSS. One of her favourites (which she proceeded to later post on her Twitter because she thought it was that good), was: #wife { right: 100%; margin: 0; }

Mum made more CSS jokes, Dad made binary and nerdier jokes, and I sat there thinking of marketing jokes… I got absolutely nowhere. The point is, no matter how hard you work, don’t forget to take a few moments for yourself and enjoy the little things that make you laugh and smile. This month’s article marks my full year writing for The Directory, so I’d like to say a very big thank you to Michelle for running this magazine and who, ultimately, I have found a lovely friend in.

Tina is happy to help with your cooking dilemmas and is also available for parties etc . She does cooking for holidaymakers and clients. Recently donating a meal cooked in your own home to a local charity. Call Tina on 666 135 516 or Email officespanishmanagement@yahoo.

From Quantum23, Merry Christmas to all The Directory’s readers, Michelle, and her daughter Eleanor. Call Eleanor Makin at Quantum23 to find out more about websites. See ad under Websites.



CHRISTMAS IN MALAGA Christmas is only just around the corner and the beautiful city of Malaga certainly knows how to celebrate the festive season in style. For those who have never visited the city at this time of year, it is spectacular and not too be missed!

The best way to enjoy the whole experience is to stay over night in one of the many choices of accommodation for all budgets. Malaga has it all, from self catering apartments, typical Spanish hostels to 3/4 star hotels for a touch of luxury. The beautiful AC Hotel Malaga Palacio which is a 4 star hotel, located near to the Malaga Cathedral and the Paseo del Parque, the spectacular views of the port. The hotel is located near the Picasso museum, the Alcazaba, Castillo de Gibralfaro Castle, and La Malagueta beach. The AC Hotel Malaga Palacio restaurant menu is based on regional cuisine with a variety of dishes from all over the world. To stay at this hotel in a standard double in December prices are from 98 euros a night, based on 2 people sharing. Or as an alternative 4 star hotel you can stay in the Salles Hotel Malaga Centro located in the heart of the old town and business district of the city. A perfect location to explore and enjoy the culture of the town, with the multitude of terraces and tapas bars in the centre and the beach just 1.5km away. The hotel has 147 rooms, which are of modern design. Salles Hotel Malaga Centro is a sophisticated hotel in the neighbourhood of La Trinidad and is just a 12 minute’ walk from the Roman Theatre and just a 14 minute’ walk from the hilltop Alcazaba of Malaga fortress. Prices in December for a night away start from 49 euros (pp) including a full breakfast 50

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There are many apartments available throughout the city, many central the old town with prices ranging from 50 euros upwards a night in an apartment for up to 4 adults. Tips about travelling to Malaga city at this time of year......... Travel by public transport, either by train or bus. Most buses will take you to the main bus station, and the old town is approx. 10 minute walk, however if you check with your local bus service some companies stop by the big wheel beside the harbour which is closer. Car parking in the city is limited and can be expensive (approx. 25 euros for 24 hours) Eating out..... There is an abundance of beautiful tapas bars and restaurants to choose from within the city. Do not be afraid to walk down a cobbled side street, these are usually where the best tapas bars are located. When you are walking around and you come across the Roman Theatre, I suggest you stop and enjoy a glass of wine at Bodega-bar El Pimpi, it is Malaga’s most famous wine bar. In this little square there are also a wide selection of different gastro bars with some beautiful menus. On the Marina side, you also have some funky little bars and a wide selection of restaurants, my personal favourite is ‘Amigos’ which is located at the far end of the pier. If you have a party where some want Mexican and some want Indian food......this is a must visit restaurant! You have both within one restaurant. Next door is Saloniki, which is Greek and Gaucho Grill which is an Argentinian Steak house, all owned by the same people. Beautiful location and very friendly staff. For accommodation availability and prices please do not hesitate to contact me.If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact : carolynhasson@




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Malaga A brief history of Malaga Like other towns and villages in the province, Malaga city’s origins go back to Phoenician times and evidence of human settlements can be dated back to then, when the city was known as ‘Malaca’ and was already an important trading port.

Later evidence of the Romans in Malaga can be seen through the Roman amphitheatre, which sits just below the Alcazaba. The theatre was discovered in 1951, when refurbishments to the old cultural centre took place. As work progressed, workers unearthed what was originally believed to be an old city gate. As excavations continued, they realised they were on the site of a Roman outdoor theatre. The cultural centre was demolished and the theatre was left open as a historical artefact for all to see. The origins of the Moorish Alcazaba, which stands proudly over the east of the city, are also, in fact Phoenician, but more of the castle’s history is known from the long Arabic reign of Al-Andalus, from 711 until the Catholic Kings captured the city in 1487. The Gibalfaro, Malaga’s other, more hidden, Moorish castle was built to defend the city against Isabel and Fernando, but it proved not to be strong enough and Malaga was one of the last cities to fall to the Catholics. Malaga’s cathedral, known as ‘La Manquita,’ as it only has one tower, was converted from a Mosque into the Christian place of worship as it is seen today. Guided tours are available. 56 AND OUT TheABOUT DIRECTORY Malaga December 2016

During the Civil War, Malaga was largely Republican and many religious places and iconography were destroyed. Yet, perhaps the most well-documented event during the war was the Desbandá, when the eventual arrival of Italian and German forces supporting Franco led to 100s of 1000s of Malagueños fleeing the city along the Almeria road (now known as the N340) in an attempt to escape the aerial bombardments signalling the capture of the city by Franco’s fascists. Many were killed in their attempt, resulting in perhaps the largest massacre during the war. In modern times, the city has always retained a very Spanish feel, compared with the impact of foreign influence in the province’s coastal towns. Apart from the occasional ‘Irish pub’ you would be hard pushed to find bars selling fish and chips and full English breakfasts in the centre.

Malaga had been overlooked by holidaymakers to the Costa del Sol for years, but huge investment from local, regional and national government has led to international newspapers such as the UK’s Times, Guardian and Telegraph as well as the New York Times, rating the capital of the Costa del Sol as the number one city to visit, citing its excellent museums, shopping, gastronomy and of course climate. Wine and coffee With the increasingly cosmopolitan nature of this grand European city, however, Malaga does lay claim to a couple of multinational coffee chains, which have been met with mixed reactions as Malagueños are fiercely proud of their unique coffee tradition. In bars like Café Madrid, near Plaza de la Constitución,

old posters help you to order just the right amount of caffeine in your cup in the traditional Malagueño way; from a ’manchada,’ to ‘solo’. While on the subject of Malaga drinking institutions, Bodega Bar el Pimpi on Calle Granada has been serving Malaga’s famous sweet wines and jamón serrano, since 1971 and has seen the likes of Barak Obama, Tony Blair and Sean Connery pass through its doors. As well as photos of its famous visitors, old Feria posters, from as early as the late 1800’s also provide a glimpse of the fascinating history one of Spain’s biggest traditions. Along the Alameda Principal another traditional sweet wine ‘drinkery’ is La Antigua Casa de La Guardia, where waiters serve a variety of different local wines straight from the barrel and keep


tabs by writing in chalk on the wooden bar. Still hugely popular with locals, on Saturdays the long narrow bar is packed with shoppers sharing a drink of the local beverage, along with a tapa.

city centre is packed, while in the evening at late into the night, the party continues in the Feria ground, to the north west of the city. A sweet white wine called Cartojal is commonly drunk during Feria.

Fairs and festivals Christmas is the perfect time to visit Malaga; the City Hall famously spends millions of euros on its Christmas decorations, often second only to Barcelona in terms of investment. The city is always lit up by a stunning light display running the length of both Calle Larios and the Paseo del Parque, which turns into the Alameda Principal at the bottom of Larios. At the top of Larios is Plaza de la Constitución, where a modern take on the traditional Christmas tree can be found. The Spanish traditionally exchange presents on 6 January, which celebrates the arrival of the three Wise Men to the baby Jesus’s stable with their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. On 5 January towns and cities throughout Spain organise ‘cabalgatas,’ or parades, of the Wise Men and Malaga is no exception. Turn your brolly inside out, like the Spanish, to catch sweets as they are thrown from the floats as the pass by. Semana Santa, or Holy Week, the week leading up to and including Easter weekend, is possibly Malaga’s biggest, most symbolic and impressive festival. ‘Tronos,’ or enormous floats, bearing larger-than-life figures of the Virgin Mary and Christ are paraded around the streets of Malaga, day and night, to the sound of trumpets and drums. Malaga’s annual Feria takes place around 15-19 August when during the day the 58

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Famous people and museums Malaga’s most famous sons are, without doubt, the painter Pablo Picasso, who was born in 1881 in a house on the recently refurbished Plaza de la Merced. The other is actor Antonio Banderas, who retains close links to the city and comes back to join in Semana Santa. Although Picasso only spent his first 10 years in Malaga, the city has cashed in on this connection by turning the house where he was born into a small museum and foundation on the artist’s name. In nearby Calle San Agustín, the Picasso museum houses a number of his works. The Thyssen Museum opened in 2011 OUT AND ABOUT Malaga

thanks to a donation from the private collection of Baroness Thyssen, a member of the Spanish royal family. This, it could be argued, acted as a catalyst, not only to the opening up of a number of arty boutiques

with panoramic views of the city and Mediterranean. A number of other hotels in the city offer roof terraces, as does the gourmet shop and bar at the top of department store, El Corte Inglés. Transport connections Malaga has excellent transport connections, as well as having one of Spain’s biggest and busiest airports, it also has the modern María Zambrana train station, connecting the south of Spain with cities including Madrid, Seville, Barcelona and other destinations in Andalucía by the high-speed AVE train. There are plans to extend the line to Granada. Check for timetables and prices as well as other routes.

in the streets around the museum, but also the opening up of number of other museums and art galleries, including the Pompidou Centre, or the colourful cube, on the new and trendy Muelle Uno. Other museums include the Centro de Artes Contemporaneos (CAC), which has driven the growth of a new area in Malaga, known as SOHO, just to the west of Plaza Marina and a great place to look for bike and segway tours of the city. The tourist information centre should be able to provide you with a map of the street art in the area. SOHO has led to the opening of a new hotel, Room Mate Valeria, one of Malaga’s trendiest spots, offering a spectacular roof terrace bar

The well-served bus station, located next to the train station, also connects Malaga to other Spanish towns and cities and even other countries. This is one of the drop-off points for buses to and from towns in the Axarquía. The other is the bus stop opposite the port. For further information on tickets and times visit There are plenty of car parks in Malaga city centre. Street parking is not widely available and most comes under the SARE or ‘blue zone’ pay and display areas. For more information about Malaga, other museums, information on those mentioned in this article and the many things to see and do there, visit: The tourist Information office can be found on Plaza de la Marina, near the port. Written by Jennie Rhodes 59


Codebreaker Each letter in this puzzle is represented by a number 1-26. Can you crack the code and solve the crossword? Every letter of the alphabet is used at least once. Three letters are already in place to get you started.




The Sudoku puzzle is sponsored by Bar H20, Burriana Beach, Nerja. The winning prize is their fabulous Tea for 2. Take your completed entry into to Bar H20 or email: by the 16th of this month. Winners will be notified by email. 60

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Join the latest trend of colouring a great way to unwind and relax, so get your colouring pens out

Crossword Across 1. Marine mammal (5) 4. Type of crossword (7) 8. Deviation from the rule (7) 9. Fabric (5) 10. Rubbing or clash (8) 11. Woody plant (4) 13. Egyptian statue (6) 14. Creatures (6) 17. Wander (4) 19. Expert on precious stones (8) 22. Decree (5) 23. Inactivity (7) 24. Victory (7) 25. Larceny (5)

Down 1. Dock (5) 2. Get rid of (7) 3. Fastidious (8) 4. Former name of Sri Lanka (6) 5. Shout (4) 6. Male singing voice (5) 7. Admit to (7) 12. Feeling remorse (8) 13. Glut (7) 15. Take aback (7) 16. Social outcast (6) 18. Excuse (5) 20. Helps to raise dough (5) 21. Molecule (4) 61


WHAT´S ON ALMIJARA BOWLS CLUB, Nerja. Resident or visiting Nerja, why not try your hand at Short Mat Bowling - the “Almijara Bowls Club at the La Raqueta Tenis, Nerja. 6 rinks to play on, tuition available. Club days on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday, to 1.30 pm. Contact David Trippas at or 653595784 for more information.

PHONEIX SOCIAL CLUB Meet every Tuesday between 12.00 and 2.00 PM at La Vega restaurant, Torre del Mar. Call Gail on 951067723, mobile 626370695 or email Catch us on the

Mozart Requiem performed by Coraxalia Choir, in the Auditorium “Manuel de Falla” in Granada. Coraxalia is looking for new members. Choir “Coraxalia “, based in La Viñuela, invites new members to sing the Mozart Requiem at the “First Choir Festival” in Granada, which will take place in March 2017. You will be taking part in the performance with a full orchestra in the main concert hall of the Auditorium “Manuel de Falla” in Granada.

Coraxalia Choir continues to take part in other international projects, as required, such as the SYDEN project which will be presented at the “Burning Ice Festival” in Brussels in NERJA HISTORY GROUP, a group of enthusiastic December 2016 and at the “Internationale amateurs who are interested in Spanish History. Teater Festval” of Oslo in March 2017. Every month, a talk and the following week, an excursion to a place of interest. Meetings each Rehearsals begin this autumn and singers first Friday Oct-March, 11.30 am Cultural Centre, of all abilities are welcome ¡Come on, C/Granada, Nerja. 6€ min donation. Trip prices to it’s still not too late to join us and take be given at the meeting. Christina Sinclair, Copart! Contact us for more information on ordinator Nerja History Group. Tel: 687 602 057 669.682.139 / 689.111.352, or email: email: TOGS (Torrox Golf Society) Would you like a game of Facebook: Coral CoraXalia friendly but competitive golf every Sunday morning? TOGS (possibly the friendliest Society on the Costa) play every Sunday morning at Baviera and welcome new members, whether residents, frequent visitors or holiday makers. Our Society is made up of both male and female,various nationalities, and mixed abilities. For more information: Tel: 625 936 814 or Email our Captain George Clay

NERJA 41 CLUB: Nerja 41 Club continues its

search for former Round Tablers. Past members of the thousands of Round Tables throughout the world who are living East of Malaga full time or for part of the year are invited to join our local Ex Tablers Club, known as the East of Malaga or Nerja 41 Club. Nerja 41 Club meets twice a month on the first and third Thursdays. If you are an Ex Tabler come and join us for lunch with our ladies and/or a 41 Club meeting. Try our website or Alfie Fornear on 626 998 626 Email:


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May we wish all our members and visitors a very Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year. December ‘What’s On’ at Club Internacional De Nerja 1st; 60s Night @ The Club House €2. 2nd; Malaga Lights (sold out) €10. 3rd; 100 Club Draw @ The Club House. 5th & 12th; Social & Games Evening @ The Club House. 14th; Gibraltar Day Trip. Coach parks at Morrison’s €11. 14th; Camera Club @ The Club House. 15th ; Quiz @ The Club House €3. 19th; Social & Games @ The Club House. . 22nd; Xmas Raffle @ The Club House - this is the last day of opening before Xmas. Club Re-opens Sat 7th January with 100 Club. Prices are for members only visitors welcome, please enquire about visitors prices. Every Monday our social night is from 19.30 pm. Come along for a game of darts, various games or just to meet friends.We also have a very active camera club that meets the second & fourth Wednesday from 17.30. New membership year started on the 1st November 2016 and is €15 per person. Bookings can be taken Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday 11.00 am - 13.15 pm.

The Costa Animal Society (CAS)

New CAS Shop The Costa Animal Society (CAS) is very pleased to announce the imminent opening of its new fundraising shop in Nerja. It’s much larger than the existing premises and will continue to sell a wide range of secondhand clothing and bric-a-brac. The shop, which will open formally on January 9, is at calle Castilla Perez, 2, right next door to the Good Stuff Café, and very close to the Supersol supermarket. It will be open on weekdays from 10.00an to 2.00pm, but closed at weekends and on holidays. Watch out early next month for an invitation to the launch party!


San Juan 42. Nerja 29780.Social and Cultural Association No 1612. Telephone during opening hours +34 952 521 858. Opening hours Mon from 19.30 hrs Tues, Thurs and Sat 11.00 to 14.00 hrs. Open Some Thursday Evenings check for details. Facebook: cidnerja Email: “Totally run by volunteers”

Tickets are now on sale for the annual pre-Christmas dinner dance in aid of the Costa Animal Society (CAS). This year, the Holiday Party will be held at the Hotel Almazara on Friday, December 9. Once again, an excellent dinner will be followed by dancing until late with entertainment provided by Mark T. Connor, in an evening to mark the charity’s 30th anniversary. Tickets priced at €38 are available by calling 95 252 9670 or 95 252 3607. The Punta Lara Bar in Nerja presents a Christmas charity quiz in aid of the Costa Animal Society (CAS) on December 16 at 7.30pm for 8.00pm. Quiz Master Laura will be presenting a holiday themed quiz and bar owner Mark will be handing out a prize for best Christmas jumper. The €3 entrance fee and all raffle proceeds go directly towards helping CAS help animals in need. Food and drink are available at the bar. Advance booking is essential by calling Mark at 635 369 673.





Christmas market on Saturday the 3rd of December from 10 till 2 at the Paseo de las Tradiciones and the square next to the church. If it´s raining the market will be at the Town Hall car park.

“Constitution Day”, Cómpeta will honor everyone who turned 18 in Cómpeta during 2016. This celebration will take place on Saturday the 3rd of December at 12.00H in the “Salón de plenos” in the town hall. “Carrera del Pavo”. This bicycle race will be held on the 18th of December leaving Algarrobo to finish at the main square in Cómpeta. To get more information you can email: On the 31st “San Silvestre” race will be held in Cómpeta. 10km route through the streets of Cómpeta. More info from the town hall. Do you have any children under 10? Don´t forget to sign them up for the Three Kings gifts! The Three Kings will visit Cómpeta on the 6th of January and all children under 10 will receive a nice present! Sign up at the Town Hall of Cómpeta.

If you would like your What´s On details included for your charity in this section, please email before the 15th of each month

Nerja DFAS (Part of The National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies)

We meet each 2nd Tuesday of the month between October & May at the Cultural Centre (Casa Cultura), Calle Granada, Nerja at 6pm. For anyone interested in having fun and enjoying the Arts & Culture in all forms you will be most welcome either to join our vibrant Society or just to come along to one of our events as a visitor.nnVisit our very active website www. nerjanadfas .org or call Helen on 633 028 559 for any questions you may have and further information. 64

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Torre del Mar. Avda. Moscatel 1”I”, (Jardines Viña Malága/Antigua Casa de la Viña), Torre del Mar, 29740. Opening hours Monday through Friday 10.00 to 13.00 and 15.00 to 18.00. Tel.952 543 334 E-mail: Web:


LUX MUNDI, TORRE DEL MAR DECEMBER COMING EVENTS AND EXCURSIONS. Friday 2nd December – Christmas Bazaar. There will be drinks, cakes and International homemade food, small gifts, preserves, second hand goods in good condition, books, boutique, local arts and crafts and much more. Time 11.00 to 13.00. All proceeds for fundraising. Monday 5th December - Half Orange “Bring and Share” Lunch at the Centre. Time 13.00. Tuesday 6th December – The Centre will be closed for Constitution Day. Thursday 8th December – The Centre will be closed for Immaculate Conception day. Tuesday 13th to Thursday 15th December - 3 day Coach Excursion to Rute Chocolate Factory & Seville Christmas Light & Sights. Price 195 Euros per person double room and 246 Euros single room. Saturday 17th December – Ecumenical Christmas Carol Service. Spanish Choir “Amigos de Lux Mundi”director Julio Basta, The German Choir “Con Los Cantores” director Marga Theilen-Schoppe and the TIMS English Choir director Margaret Williams. Time 18.00. Tuesday 22nd December - Coach excursion to Gibraltar. PASSPORTS / I.D. REQUIRED. Friday 23rd December - Christmas Coffee morning “Plus toasted sandwiches”. Time 11.00 to 13.00. Monday 26th December - Centre closed. Friday 30th December – Coffee Morning “Special Lucky Grapes”. At 12 noon we are having a party to welcome in the 2017 New Year Ticket price 2.50 € Time 11.00 to 13.00. For further information and bookings please contact the Centre, Torre del Mar Tel.952 543 334 E-mail: .Please note you are unable to make bookings through the web site and sorry we cannot accept cards




8th-12th - India v England, Fourth Test, Mumbai 16th-20th - India v England, Fifth Test, Chennai


15th-Jan 2nd PDA World Championships, Alexandra Palace


1st-4th Australian PGA , RACV Royal Pines Resort 1st-4 Alfred Dunhill, Leopard Creek GC, South Africa 2nd-4 Hero World Challenge, Albany GC, Bahamas 8th-11 UBS Hong Kong Open - Hong Kong GC 8th-11 Franklin Templeton Shoot-Out, Tiburon US

Saturday 3rd December Manchester City v Chelsea 13:30 Crystal Palace v Soton 16:00 Stoke City v Burnley 16:00 Sunderland v Leics City 16:00 Tottenham v Swansea City 16:00 West Brom v Watford 16:00 West Ham v Arsenal 18:30 Sunday 4th December Bournemouth v Liverpool 14:30 Everton v Man Utd 17:00

RUGBY UNION- AVIVA PREMIERSHIP 2nd - Sale Sharks v Exeter 20:45 3rd - Bath v Saracens 13:15 3rd - Gloucester v Bristol 17:30 3rd - Leicester v Northampton 18:00 4th - Newcastle v Harlequins 16:00 23rd - Northampton v sale Sharks 20:45 24th - Saracens v Newcastle 14:30 24th - Wasps v Bath 15:00 24th - Exeter v Leicester 16:00 26th - Bristol v Worcester 16:00 27th - Harlequins v Gloucester 17:00 30th - Newcastle v Wasps 20:45 31st - Bath v Exeter 16:00

PREMIER LEAGUE Monday 26th December Watford v Crystal Palace 13:30 Arsenal v West Brom 16:00 Burnley v Middlesbrough 16:00 Chelsea v Bournemouth 16:00 Leicester City v Everton 16:00 Man Utd v Sunderland 16:00 Swansea City v West Ham 16:00 Hull City v Man City 18:15

Wednesday 14th December Middlesbrgh v Liverpool 20:45 Tuesday 27th December Sunderland v Chelsea 20:45 Liverpool v Stoke City 18_15 Monday 5th December West Ham v Burnley 20:45 Middlesbrough v Hull City 21:00 Crystal Palace v Man Utd 21:00 Wednesday 28th December Man City v Watford 21:00 Soton v Tottenham 20:45 Saturday 10th December Stoke City v Southampton 21:00 Watford v Everton 13:30 Tottenham v Hull City 21:00 Friday 30th December Arsenal v Stoke City 16:00 West Brom v Swansea City 21:00 Hull City v Everton 21:00 Burnley v Bournemouth 16:00 Hull City v Crystal Palace 16:00 Saturday 17th December Saturday 31st December Swansea v Sunderland 16:00 Crystal Palace v Chelsea 13:30 Burnley v Sunderland 16:00 Leicester City v Man City 18:30 Middlesbrgh v Swansea 16:00 Chelsea v Stoke City 16:00 Stoke City v Leicester City 16:00 Leics City v West Ham 16:00 Sunday 11th December Sunderland v Watford 16:00 Man Utd v Mddlesbrgh 16:00 Chelsea v West Brom 13:00 West Ham v Hull City 16:00 Soton v West Brom 16:00 Man Utd v Tottenham 15:15 West Brom v Man Utd 18:30 Swansea v Brnemouth 16:00 Soton v Middlesbrough 15:15 Liverpool Man City 18:30 Liverpool v West Ham 17:30 Sunday 18th December Bournemouth v Soton 14:30 Tuesday 13 December Man City v Arsenal 17:00 Bournemouth v Leics City 20:45 Tottenham v Burnley 17:00 Everton v Arsenal 20:45 Sports News from Dan Sherry on behalf of OLAS, Burriana Beach, Nerja 66 The DIRECTORY December 2016



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