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Editors Note... Happy New Year to you all and welcome to 2018.

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It’s that time again: A New Year is upon us, which means new beginnings and the attempts to better ourselves via New Year Resolutions—only with all efforts likely to be abandoned by February. It’s the same story every year, so why should this year be any different? Some of us will vow to lose weight while others promise to save money. But do you have a plan? Do you have any specific goals on which to focus? What exactly will you do to ensure you are you are not falling off that New Year’s resolution bandwagon come springtime? One of the biggest reasons for these dropped resolutions is lack of a plan. On page 50 there are some tips to help you keep your New Year's resolutions this year. Personally I am not into New Year Resolutions that restrict or focus on giving up something. I tend to think that everything is about moderation with a blow out on something like wine or chocolate every so often. I think denying yourself of something for a period of time only makes you want it or think about it more! I would more likely look at the year ahead and perhaps set a goal like do a triathlon, travel somewhere different, learn to do a new sport, hobby or activity. Whatever your approach for 2018 good luck with your plan and wishing you all the best for the year ahead. Enjoy and Keep Reading The Editor

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32 ABBA Reunion in Torre Del Mar Starring the original 'Frida' from the London West End cast ! 34 The Cruise Market This year why not consider booking a cruise with The Cruise Market.

46 46 Competa Hikes & Competa Holidays Another year at Finca Los Pinos 84 Camping Cuttings by Lorraine Cavanagh Advent Gardening

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Charming nicely renovated 3 bed 2 bath village house (172 m²) with many attractive original features, spacious living accommodation and 49 m² of south facing outside space with covered terrace, 2 further terraces and 2 garden areas. EPC - In process ref: t1105

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S NEWS IN SPAIN This Months Update


aving discovered the joys of French wine, caviar and truffles, China’s new rich are turning to a new gourmet delicacy to satisfy their demand for luxury goods from the west: Spain’s jamón ibérico, or Iberian ham. But demand is now threatening to outstrip supply, leaving Spaniards facing steep price rises in their most prized Christmas delicacy. The recent lifting of import restrictions has allowed top-of-the-range ham to find its “rightful place in the market, alongside caviar and truffles”, René Lemée, the head of exports for the famous Cinco Jotas brand, told El País newspaper. The Chinese, pork lovers par excellence, have now been seduced by jamón ibérico. The problem is that the best ham takes years to produce and, as demand outstrips supply, it is pushing up the price by as much as 10%. A 7.5kg leg sells at between €150 and €600 (£135-£540). Spanish ham comes in many forms, but to be defined as jamón ibérico de bellota (acorn-fed Iberian ham), which is what the Chinese want, it must first come from Iberian blackfoot pigs, or from 50% crossbreeds. These pigs must then spend several months of the year roaming the dehesa, a pasture planted with oaks, feeding on grass and acorns. During the last few months before being slaughtered they must live exclusively on this diet. Not only are there relatively small areas of dehesa – mostly in north-west and western Spain – but each pig needs about two hectares (five acres) to fulfil its needs. Once

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slaughtered, the animals’ legs are plunged into vats of salt and hung and dry-cured over a range of temperatures for a minimum of 36 months, with the best hams cured for about 48 months. “It’s inevitable that the price in Spain is going to rise,” said Roberto Batres, the director of Shanghai de Delaiberia Gold, which exports ham, wine and olive oil to China.

panish police have discovered a 12-year-old boy hidden inside a car dashboard. The child was suffering with numb limbs and breathing difficulties after being crammed into the tiny space, to cross the Moroccan border into Spain. Reportedly, he is from Guinea, West Africa - though he has no official documentation – and has been given treatment in a centre in Purisima. The 65-year-old driver, thought to be Moroccan, was arrested by the Guardia Civil after a heartbeat sensor detected the boy in Melilla, Morocco.


ore than 200,000 Spaniards have signed a petition filed in parliament on Thursday asking the government to ban the National Francisco Franco Foundation (FNFF), which glorifies Spain’s former dictator. “In Germany or in Italy, it would be unthinkable to have a Hitler foundation or a Mussolini lmost six tonnes of cocaine foundation,” read the petition, filed have been found hidden by a group that included among bananas on board a descendants of victims of the ship in the port of Algeciras, in Franco regime, in power from 1939 southern Spain. The seizure by to 1975. Nearly 219,000 people police and customs officers is one signed the petition, which wants a of the largest of the drug to be law prohibiting an entity that made in Europe in the last two decades. The stash is estimated to glorifies a dictatorship and its crimes from obtaining the status of be worth $249m (£185m). a foundation. “It’s beyond The shipment came from the Colombian city of Medellin and was understanding that a democratic headed for the Spanish port city of state allows such an organisation to be a foundation meant to Barcelona. Police have not revealed what raised their suspicion accomplish work of general interest,” said Emilio Silva, founder about the shipment but after of the Association for the Recovery unsuccessfully searching two of Historical Memory. 'It's shameful containers, the third one they for Franco's victims': Spanish MPs opened yielded the cocaine. vote to exhume dictator. “It’s a way Spain's Guardia Civil paramilitary of collaborating with its objectives,” police said three people had been added Silva, whose group seeks arrested: a Spaniard who is believed to be the ringleader of the justice for victims of the 1936-1939 civil war and Franco’s ensuing drugs gang, a Honduran national and a Portuguese citizen. Two more dictatorship. “If you make a people are also being investigated. donation, it allows you to get a tax rebate – it’s a kind of indirect The find is the second largest subsidy,” he said. “People can think cocaine seizure to be made in and express what they want but the Spain. In 1999, 7.6 tonnes were found aboard a trawler manned by state cannot facilitate the financing of an organisation that works to a crew of Russians and publicly praise the dictator.” Belarussians.


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THREE KINGS DAY 6th January - DĂ­a de los Reyes Magos


n 5th January Spain celebrates the end of Christmas with a great party where everybody gives and receives presents. It is to celebrate the arrival of the Three Wise Men - Melchior Caspar and Balthazar - to the city where Jesus was born. In the same way that the Three Wise Men gave gifts to baby Christ, here they share out presents amongst children around Spain - in fact; they are more popular than Santa Claus. There are lots of processions of the Three Wise Men in each city, the children go along with their parents to see the kings and receive sweets from them. Before going to sleep, children put some milk and biscuits next to the Christmas tree for the Three Kings and some water for their camels. They also leave out their best pair of shoes to be filled with presents.

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On the next day, 6th January children wake up and see how many presents they have received. If they have been good, they will find a lot of good presents but if they have been naughty they will find coal. These days, the coal is actually made of sugar, but some years ago it was real coal. During this day, all families enjoy a piece of roscon (a sugar-frosted fruit-filled bread) for breakfast tradition says that the person who finds a novelty such as a coin, in his or her portion will have good luck for the next year. Both young and old enjoy opening their presents on this day, but sadly it also marks the end of Christmas. This celebration itself stems from the New Testament where it is stated that the kings, Melchor, Gaspar, and Balthasar, traveled by night all the way from the farthest

confines of the Earth to bring gifts to Jesus, whom they recognized as the Son of God. As well as regal, the Three Kings are depicted as wise men, whose very wisdom is proved by their acknowledgement of Christ's divine status. Arrived from three different directions, the kings followed the light provided by the star of Bethlehem, which reportedly lingered over the manger where the Virgin Mary gave birth for many days. In 1885, the Spanish government called for a parade to mark the very special holiday. While the traditional scriptures tell of gifts of myrrh and gold and incense, these days the Kings are more prone to bringing candies and more practical gifts. It remains, however, a beloved tradition and also the longest standing parade in Spain.

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. The Hotel Balcón de Cómpeta will be closed for holidays FRIDAY 9TH JUNE: 3rd January to 5th 2018. “JACK CADEfrom REBELLION” LIVE MUSIC! FromFebruary 8.00pm on the Terrace. . We want to thank our customers for this year 2017, From SUNDAY 11TH JUNE: without you it would havetobeen the same, we are waiting for Pool willnot be Open the public from you with open arms when we return. 11.00am to 7.00pm .

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e hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and would like to wish you all a very happy and prosperous new year!

annual raffle. So a huge thank you to the following:

Cele Fernandez La Tetería Hierbabuana Sysmartin Bistro 6 On December 9th we held our Clinical Dental Fernando annual stall at the Cómpeta Christmas Market. We're thrilled to Bajos Blindhuber Bar Esquina de Miguel report that we raised an amazing Beauty by Mel €1,019. What a fantastic result! Sandra Caffrey The Action for Animals Christmas team, Alison, Nicky and Julia, were Nails by Ellie Marco Polo all magnificent in their splendid E.G.O. outfits and a big thank you is due Laura Campbell to them all for organising everything on the day – especially The Pavo Real Easy Axarquia Coaching and Julia, who also worked tirelessly Help (Vincent Winand) during the weeks preceding the Brogan Properties event to make our stall the The Virtue Clinic (Julie success it was. As usual the Narewski) people of Cómpeta and the Tejauto surrounding area were amazingly generous and we'd like to thank everyone who bought tombola and And last but by no means least, we raffle tickets and those who came give a very special super dooper thanks to our awesome Santa who to support us on the day. We're came along especially for the always extremely grateful to the event and to his special friend many individuals and businesses Gavin Marsh who tagged along for that donate gifts to us for our

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the sleigh ride with him. They really are an inseparable pair On a more sombre note, the gorgeous little pup in the photo, around 8 weeks old, was found cold and hungry, dumped in a rubbish bin in Cómpeta, just before Christmas. She's absolutely gorgeous and is urgently looking for a foster or permanent home. If you'd like to meet her please call me and I can arrange for you to see her. I guarantee you'll fall in love! Action for Animals Charity Shop, Avenida de la Constitución 59, Cómpeta. Opening hours: 10.00-14.00 Tuesday to Saturday Telephone 660586040 Follow us on Facebook: Action for Animals (UK/Spain)

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good germ fighters. Other vitamins that will help include vitamin A, B6, vitamin E, and vitamin F. It is also reported that a little extra zinc can help shorten the duration of colds. While the cold is in full swing, try drinking potato peeling broth. The peelings should be half an inch thick, boiled it for about half an hour then strained and cooled, taken twice a day. After the fever goes, a low calorie raw fruit and vegetable diet can be attempted, although you may not feel much like eating at this point. Raw juices and herb teas will also help. The best herb teas for fighting the common cold are:-


Rose hips Camomile Peppermint Ginger

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olds appear superficially similar to the 'flu, but are generally less severe. Common in the colder seasons, respiratory passage inflammation, irritation of the nose and throat, runny eyes, and of course fevers, chills and muscle aches are typical symptoms of the common cold. In extreme cases, a bad cold may even cause sinusitis or congestion of the chest, which can be particularly distressing for the very young and very old. The differences between a cold and flu are fairly easy to spot - flu usually causes a headache, fever, heavy fatigue and general aches - these are rare in true colds. On the other hand, a cold usually involves a runny nose and a sore throat both rare in flu. Whatever you do, the symptoms will last between 7 and 14 days (including an incubation period of between 1 and 3 days). Men tend to say they have the flu, rather than a 'cold', because it sounds so much more serious! Common colds, however, are far more 'common' if you will

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There are many products that help with runny noses and congestions - most are based on eucalyptus oil, and indeed, this is most The common cold is caused by a fast mutating virus, which tends to helpful. Try putting a few drops in strike when one's immune system a cup of boiling water, then inhaling the vapors with a towel is depressed. Extreme coldness, over your head. For a sore throat tiredness, stress brought on by gargling with crushed aspirin in overwork, or overindulgence - all of these can 'bring on' a cold. The warm water is also useful, symptoms of the common cold are although be careful you don't swallow it, and don't do it to actually your body attempting to frequently. kill the virus and re-establish normal conditions - a raised body The most popular water temperature kills the virus treatments include hot mustard eventually. Unfortunately, the fast foot baths (to reduce sinus mutation characteristics of the congestion), Epsom salt baths common cold make it impossible to produce a vaccine, leaving only while drinking sweating teas, hot natural remedies in the arsenal of ginger chest compresses and salt water nasal douches to open the anti-cold techniques. sinuses. Some people swear by steam inhalation (with eucalyptus, At the first signs of a cold (sore pine needles, cloves, or thyme). throat, runny nose) go to bed don't wait for the virus to 'kick in'. And of course, you could always Remember that the first line of attack against the cold virus will be try prevention - stay warm keep your immune system strong by plenty of fluids, and especially eating sensibly and exercising vitamin C drinks, such as hot lemon. In fact, you can take large regularly! amounts of vitamin C in many Kevin Sheldon forms - tablets, drinks etc. Garlic will also help - both of these are excuse the pun.

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Gorgeous 3 Bed 3 Bath Villa (145m² built, 390m² plot), quiet location, short walk to local amenities. Ground floor: entrance, fully-fitted kitchen, large living room, large conservatory with dining & lounge areas, 2 bedrooms (main en suite) and bathroom. Lower Ground floor: large bedroom/living room with bathroom, laundry room and storage, variety of terraces sunny and shaded, gardens & a kidney-shaped pool.

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Fantastic 3 Bed 2 Bath Villa (144m² built, 2646m² plot). high specification is situated in the hills of Benamocarra. Accommodation: spacious lounge/dining room with fireplace, f/f kitchen with American breakfast bar, 3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, utility room, swimming pool, plenty of covered & uncovered terraces, BBQ area; there is an additional guest house & income-producing fruit trees.

Brand New 3 Bed Villa (120m² built, 6,000m² plot), on one level, good access, 2.5 km from Alcaucín. Accommodation: entrance hall, lounge/dining room with vaulted ceiling and fireplace, kitchen, guest cloakroom, office, 3 bedrooms and family bathroom. Outside are 2 porches and a large terrace, beautiful views to the countryside.

Excellent 4 Bed 2 Bath Village House (120m² built,140m² plot), convenient parking, panoramic mountain views. Ground floor: very large light lounge/dining room, open-plan f/f kitchen, guest toilet & study/bedroom. First floor: 3 bedrooms (spacious master en-suite with doors to sunny terrace), a family bathroom and walk-in dressing room. Independent spacious storeroom (easily converted).

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Sales Price: 149,000€ (NEW)

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SIERRA NEVADA Where to go and what to see.


he resort is heralded as being Europe's sunniest, enjoying over 80% days of sunshine during the season. Just over an hour’s drive from the beautiful beaches on the Costa Tropical and under thirty minutes from the centre of the Granada and the Alhambra Palace, you couldn't hope for a more unique or beautiful location. The age-old saying of skiing in the morning and swimming in the sea in the afternoon really is a reality in Sierra Nevada.

sections; lower, mid and upper, according to the distance from the city centre.

The Sierra Nevada ski resort is located right in the heart of the Sierra Nevada National Park.

There are also a couple of ski rental shops there as well. Despite being the main skiers hub, you can go up and back down again to and from Borreguiles without skiing by paying for a special daily forfait price of around 17€.

The ski area is split into two main areas: Pradollano and Borreguiles. Pradollano is where all the hotels, restaurants, holiday apartments and most of the ski rental shops are based. Pradollano is divided into three

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Prices tend to reflect these distances. Accommodation nearer the centre and the main cable car tends to be more expensive. A 15-20 minute cable car journey connects Pradollano to the midlevel ski station of Borreguiles. Borreguiles is where you’ll find nearly all the skiing. It is home to the main ski lifts, ski schools, a crèche and several restaurants.

LIFTS SCHEDULE Borreguiles and Al- Ándalus

góndola: every day, from 9.00 to 16.45 hours. Parador chairlift: Monday to Sunday, from 8.30 to 17.30 hours. Others lifts: all days, from 9.00 to 16.45 hours. Gondola for night skiing: Thursdays and Saturdays, from 19.30 to 21.30. hours. Chairlifts for first tracks: Sundays, from 7.30 to 9.00 hours. FAMILY ACTIVITY Designed for non-skiing visitors and those who wish to enjoy the snow in a different way. There are various descent slopes with snow and steep gradients for sledging. XCURSIONS WHITH SNOW RACKETS: It is a guided panoramic excursion to be performed somewhere in the Ski Resort. It takes around 2 hours. According to the snow conditions this

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activity can be carried out in Borreguiles, Suerte de Fuente Alta or Pradorredondo. The guide and the partakers will come to an agreement about the physical level this activity would require.

ENJOY THE SNOW WITHOUT PUTTING ON SKIS Russian Sleigh. Toboggan runs Sit-skiing, skate skiing, skibobbing Mini-ski, snowboard mini

CHILDREN'S SNOWMOBILES Children’s snowmobiles on a closed circuit approximately 70 metres in length. This is a fun and safe activity.

Open all days, from 10.00 to 16.15 hours.

HAVE FUN IN PRADOLLANO The spot that guarantees the most fun is the Mirlo Blanco area, now an amusement park for you to enjoy the snow without putting on skis. A magic carpet, two 130-metre toboggan runs, sit-skiing, skate skiing, skibobbing… And don't forget to try out the main attraction: the Russian Sleigh which will make you fly over the snow.

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RATES ACTIVITY PRICE 1 h. activities €18,10 1 h. act. + 1 ticket Russian Sleigh €23,20 GROUPS (more than 25 people) 1 h. activities €12,40 1 h. act. + 1 ticket Russian Sleigh €17,10 * You can change activity as often as you like RUSSIAN SLEIGH 10.00 to 16.45 h. A rail route through which pass sled for 2 people. It has a

distance of 250 m. Fully automatic upload and 550 m. descent (composed of different banked curves, bumps and lines). The client use the controls of the sled reached, as maximum speed of 40 km/h. Unaccompanied children from 8 years and 4 to 7 years, accompanied by an adult. Price: 1 tickets: 5,20 € / 2 tickets: 8,50€ A NEW AREA FOR FAMILIES TO VISIT IN SIERRA NEVADA There is a new area for families to visit in Sierra Nevada, 'Pista del Mar' slope. Nestled in the heart of Borreguiles, has been the hub of family fun since last season, with its huge marine figures marking the route and its children's activities prepared for the entire family. The Veleta II lift will give access to the new installation.

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and prepared by the local authorities every year, this assumed Income Tax is operated on a self-assessment system and paid to directly to the Tax office. This means that Non-residents have the obligation to prepare, calculate and pay their own Deem Income Tax every year. The Tax Returns form to be submitted is called, Form 210, and the period for submitting this declaration is a calendar year, from 1st January to 31st December. Any Annual Deem Income Tax due for the tax year 2016 must be paid before the 31st December 2017, so you are still plenty of time to comply with the Tax laws.

AXARQUIA SOLICITORS Annual Income Taxes for Non-Resident Property Owners In Spain


f you haven't made an annual Tax declaration as a RESIDENT in Spain, but you own a property here, then you are obliged to make a Tax Declaration as a NONRESIDENT each year before the end of December. A typical case is a couple who live permanently outside Spain (in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany or any other country), but own a second home in Spain which is used for their holidays, etc. The Spanish Inland Revenue automatically assume a benefit from the property, to cover the assumption that a property owner is using the infrastructure in Spain, i.e. roads, airports, public services etc., and therefore, should be contributing to the Spanish tax system. They have developed, a self assessment, NON RESIDENT TAX DECLARATION to cover this situation, called Deem Income Tax.

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Although an owner may not receive any real income or rent from the property, the law presumes an income of 1'1% or 2 %, of the “Cadastral” value, of the property, (the rate used depends on whether the “Cadastral” value has or has not been modified and updated), and the resulting amount is the assumed income for the enjoyment and benefits resulting from owning a second property. This assumed income is then taxed at a calculated rate of 19% for residents in EU, Iceland and Norway and 24% for the rest of the countries. Many non-residents who live for less than 183 days in Spain and therefore are not fiscal residents, but are owners of second residences in Spain, are not aware of their tax obligations because they have never been made aware of the Annual Deem Income Taxes. As unlike the local IBI taxes, which are calculated

Ignorance of the Law is not an excuse for not paying this tax, so we are informing any NONRESIDENTS who own real estate property in Spain that they should be aware of their tax obligations, and should get professional assistance for preparing, and calculating their annual tax, to ensure that the form 210, is submitted on time. Otherwise, they could be fined in the future by the Inland Revenue. For further information, advice or assistance on this Spanish Deem Income tax, please do not hesitate to contact us by Tel 952 901 225 or e-mail at We will be pleased to study your particular case and explain how this tax applies to you. José Manuel – Garzón Senior Partner Axarquía Solicitors is part of Marbella Solicitors Group, a group of multilingual lawyers and tax experts that have more than 15 years experience assisting foreign buyers and vendors in Andalucía, both on the coast and inland. See advert opposite.

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THOMAS GANT LAW El Mosquin Cómpeta Tel: 608 658 108 email:

"Visit the stables and enjoy a coffee, a refreshment or an icecream in the shades of our terrace. “

of May.

Wills Inheritance Property Purchases LOS CABALLOS DEL MOSQUIN Company Incorporations Taxes for non-residents

Spring has arrived!

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his month of May at Los Caballos del Mosquin will be another good month.

Spring has arrived and the horses are looking really well after having changed their winter coat for the shint short summer coat. Flowers, birds, the bright light

and early mornings give us another dimension to the experience of a ride in the natural park.

This time we will have the visit of Danish Equin Vet Heidi Nielsen, who is coming to teach us How to keep your horse durable, healthy and happy.Among other things Heidi will work us through; A chiropractical examination of each horse. A thorough examination of the hooves. A checking out the saddle of our horses. An analisis of our riding according to the "Alexander technic". You can read more on Heidis web site:

At the end of the month we will be Thomas López Enjoy spring Gant on horseback it is a Avenida Constitución, Local 6 the next clinic at Los organising wonderful treat.." Caballos del Mosquin. This will Abogado/Lawyer 29754 Cómpeta (Málaga) occur between the 22nd and 29th Tlf: 0034 952 51 69 61 The Grapevine To advertise call 637 028 873 14 18 The Grapevine To advertise call 637 028 873 The Grapevine 27 To advertise call The Grapevine advertise call 637 028 873 The Grapevine 63 The Grapevine ToTo advertise call 637 028 873 2458 To advertise call 637 637 028 028 873 873 To advertise call 637 028 873 To advertise call 637 028 873 20 The Grapevine The Grapevine 12 The Grapevine To62 advertise call 637 028 873 To advertiseThe callGrapevine 637 028 87341

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NO MORE NEW - YEAR RESOLUTIONS A Down to Earth Look at New Year Resolutions.


very year someone asks you. 'What's your New Year's Resolution?' Well, not to make any spur or the minute resolutions is a good one. Not to make the same damn resolution, which I am just about guaranteed to break is another. Never again am I going to promise anyone that I will give up chocolate. Or take up a sport. Or decobweb my bike and go out cycling. Resolutions are just too easy to break. Why do we wait till New Year? There's nothing magical about this date. Besides, what a terrible time to decide how to transform yourself – half-abottle of cava the worse for wear, in a silly singing crowd, wearing a tinsel crown and certain you can still dance like you used to, isn't the setting for

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a mature decision on lifestyle change! I suppose it does no harm to make resolutions, if you think them through before hand. Working out what you want from the-rest-of-your-life and how to get there makes sense. But it's not just what to change, but why. Giving up chocolate is an obvious idiocy: even without a choc-addiction as strong as mine, giving-up is a doingnothing, a miserable negative reminding you that you've banned yourself from fun: bound to fail. Apparently, the commonest resolutions include: 1. Stopping smoking 2. Losing weight 3. Drinking less 4. Getting out of debt 5. Taking more exercise. All of which I understand. But it's so negative: stopping,

losing, less. No, a resolution worth its salt aims at gain. And has a reason. 'I resolve to make and eat three really yummy fruit desserts a week instead of chocolate' – now, that has a chance! 'I'm going to practise tennis so I can beat my smug next-door neighbour who thinks he's Rafael Nadal'! Or how about 'I'm going to go walking so I can chill out, unwind, and enjoy the countryside and the views'. The commonest resolution, the most popular in both the USA and the UK, and the most broken, is to give up smoking. Of the top five resolutions it is probably the hardest to keep, with the physical addiction as well as the ingrained habit to beat. I suppose the advantage to this resolution is that you might be doing less drinking after the yearly Christmas and New Year binge: refusing the

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proffered ciggie is much harder after a couple of whiskey-andcokes in you. But perhaps, also, too many smokers are trying to give up because it is a 'good thing to do', or to please their family. That vague thought isn't much of a motivator. Think instead of the daily advantages. These include an improved sense of taste, smell and touch: food, drink and sex are all more pleasurable for smokers! Also important as we all feel the economic pinch is the huge amount of money freed up to spend on other things. But don't resolve to give up smoking: resolve to take up living! Once you've made your resolution the tough part starts. The advice for keeping resolutions is, along with deciding on your goal before that booze-sozzled New Year midnight, that you don't choose

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something you've failed with before, or at least you chose a different approach. You should also try to keep just one or two specific resolutions, because if you have a list as long as your arm you've no hope with any of them. 'Bring about world peace', always on my theoretical wishlist sounds great but isn't very practical. Funnily enough, psychologists recommend different tactics for sticking to resolutions for men and women. For men, having a really specific goal is essential. Women can chose to 'lose weight' (any weight) but a man is more likely to succeed with 'lose half a stone by Easter'. Just why this is I can't guess Women, on the other hand, should tell family and friends all about their resolution. The psychologists presume that this

works because women get lots of help from their “social support networks�, but I know different. It's the power of shame. It's so embarrassing when yet another friend asks you, for the third year in a row, how the diet's going, or whether you're keeping up the aerobics, or if you are still doing meditation. It's not good, after boasting about your Tour-deFrance ambitions, having to admit that the bike is still in the shed with a flat tyre and no, you still haven't managed to get rid of the Christmas-induced spare tyre round you middle. After that experience, you will be sure to only tell friends and family about resolutions you are certain to keep. So no more I'm-giving-upchocolate emails from me! Rose Jones

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Restaurante Taberna Teteria Hierbabuena Get the real & tasty Indian & Moroccan food as well as Traditional Spanish Food . All ingredients are fresh and all dishes homemade

Brunch Menu everyday incl Full breakfast Eggs Benedict American Style Pancakes Eggs Royale Bucks Fiz, Bloody Marys etc.

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Indian Curry Night Every Thursday. Call to reserve a table. Reservations call 951 70 76 38 Avenida de la Constitucion, 35, Cómpeta We can be found next to the Car Park

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BBA Reunion - The Ultimate ABBA Tribute Show - Torre del Mar

The ABBA REUNION Tribute Show is the creation of the Director, Producer and Choreographer of the Award Winning ABBA MANIA musical. Starring the original 'Frida' from the London West End cast ! The ABBA REUNION Tribute Show gives Abba fans, old and new, the opportunity to once again get together and re-live the addictive Abba phenomena that swept the airwaves and discos during the 70’s and 80’s in a truly feel good party style tribute concert.

Superbly accurate harmony vocals, guitar and keyboards combined with stunning replica costumes and excellent authentic choreography produce one of the most requested tribute shows in the world today. This tribute concert continues to entertain and enthral throughout the world and leaves you with just one question ... " DID WE JUST WITNESS THE REAL ABBA REUNION ? " "If you are an ABBA fan, you will love this concert" - Daily Express "Mindblowingly accurate!" - The Stage and Television Today

From Waterloo to Dancing Queen, For more details for this and future all of the hits are performed with unrivalled authenticity from both concerts/shows please visit an audio and visual perspective.

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WIN If you would like to try and win yourself some free tickets to this show simply send 1. Your Name 2. Telephone or Mobile number 3. Email address 4. Type WIN WIN WIN To one of the following ways..... By e-mail By whats app 637028873 By facebook Grapevine Magazine Axarquia Also, if you are not happy for us to pass on these details to the promoter of this event.also type 5. Not Happy!

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some of the cruises they can offer. John Deverell, one of the partners in the company explained that Malaga is a big cruise stop off point however the business is changing as cruise operators are now using the Port of Malaga as an actual start and end point to their cruise holidays. John can offer all types of cruises on all types of ships. Some can start in Malaga while others operate from anywhere else in the world, with flights being organised by the Cruise Market.The advert opposite shows only small selection of the types of cruises they can talk to you about. Each one is totally unique and offers a different travel experience. From cruising under sail on an elegant clipper with only 200 guests on-board to the Book Your 2018 Holiday Now boutique style, Aegean Odyssey more intimate ships, that are neither with 350 guests and a fully inclusive nce the Christmas decorations are put away well known nor easily found. holiday programme that includes and the fun and festivities One of the appeals of cruising is ground packages and guest that, unlike flying into one city or of Christmas and the New Year lecturers. For families and groups of region and staying put, a cruise are over, we look to the next friends, the all-inclusive allows you to see several thing to help get us through a convenience and fun of a larger destinations across a wider long January and often that is ship with all of its dining and geographic area. And the smaller booking a holiday! This year entertainment facilities is very ships can take you beyond the why not consider booking a popular. It’s a refreshing and ordinary destinations and show you liberating way to travel, knowing in cruise and here are some sights you’ve never dreamt of. reasons why! advance, what it is going to cost and not having to worry about Firstly, you might have to put aside Also, the most common refrain paying for food, drinks, loungers, you’ll hear from repeat cruisers is your pre-conceived ideas that shows and tips. that the staff become like family. cruising is only for ‘the newly wed, And it’s true. With high staff-tothe nearly dead, and the over fed’! You may be looking for something a guest ratios, exceptional standards bit more exclusive such as the Cruise holidays really can offer experiences that can tick the boxes of cleanliness and a spirit of Regent Suite on the brand-new hospitality, the service on board is of culture and sophistication, Seven Seas Explorer which has its second to none. In most cases from adventure and exploration. own spa room with sauna and the moment you arrive on board, steam rooms, a pair of heated seaeverything is taken care of for you. facing marble loungers, gold-plated There’s no doubt about it: cruise All you have to do is sit back, relax bath fittings and a bow-looping ships are destinations in their own right. And they come in every shape and enjoy the stunning scenery, balcony. The £10,000-a-night price first-rate entertainment, excellent and size you can imagine. When tag includes complimentary in-room food and drink and the shore you say ‘cruise’, many people spa treatments, a butler and a excursions of a lifetime. picture a mega ship carrying luxury car with driver in port! between 2,000 and 5,000 So where can you book a cruise? passengers. These floating cities Whatever type of cruise you are The Internet is the obvious option have a seemingly endless array of looking for and to wherever you but where can you talk to restaurants, bars and nightclubs, want to go The Cruise Market can somebody in person who can find a find the right cruise for you at the swimming pools, spas, movie cruise that can meet your exact theatres, activity centres and live best possible price guaranteed so requirements at the best possible entertainment. Whether that’s give them a call today! appealing or slightly overwhelming, price guaranteed. The answer is one thing is certain – you won’t get The Cruise Market based in Torre See Advert Opposite. del Mar. The Grapevine visited their bored! But there are other smaller, premises and had a chat about



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Casa Paco Taberna y Restaurante Plaza Almijara, Competa

Visit Casa Paco in the centre of the village. Offering a large selection of Spanish wines and serving the best steaks in area See Map Spot 5

Upstair terrace with fantastic views now open for private parties Tues -Sun 9am until close

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Tapas, Raciones, Grilled Meats, Fresh Fish,Homemade Pizzas and Hamburgers Plaza Almijara, 2 bajo, Competa (Malaga) 655 432 659

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609436537 or email Carretera. Almeria 194D, Benajarafe, 29790 Our NEW OFFICES are now open in Benajarafe.






Fabulous villa, price recently reduced to sell, walking distance to the lake.

Fabulous fully furnished 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom villa with pool.





This finca is in the Montes de Malaga just 5 kms from the town centre of Colmenar.


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TAMBORRADA Spains Loudest Festival


he Tamborrada is one of the loudest festivals in Spain, held in San Sebastian on the 19th and 20th of January each year. Hundreds of drummers, parade the streets making as much noise as is humanly possible. This famous street party starts around midnight on the 19th January and is one of the most anticipated fiestas held in the Basque country during the year. Great fun and an impressive spectacle, and one where ear drums come in very handy. The Tamborrada is San Sebastian’s most important festival and the entire city gathers together regardless of the cold or rain. More than 15,000 Donostiarras (the people of San Sebastian as they are called in Basque) that belong to over 100 bands, actively take part in the drumming.

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Where does this seemingly strange celebration come from? It goes back several hundred years to the time of the Peninsular War, when Napoleon’s troops took over San Sebastian and a large portion of the city was burned to the ground. During this time of occupation, it was typical for the women to fetch water at one of the city’s two fountains. All the while, French troops marched around the city, banging on their drums. No one is quite sure who started it, but soon the women began to beat on the buckets as to mock the French occupiers. With time, this show of defiance grew and began to have a deeper meaning for the city’s inhabitants. Culinary clubs (sociedades gastronómicas) are partly responsible for the event’s success. They formed many of the bands and this is one of the reasons why many of the drummers dress in chef uniforms. Other typical dress

includes soldier uniforms and women wearing traditional Basque clothing. The Tamborrada has become San Sebastian’s largest party, however, it is much more than that. It is a celebration of what it means to be a Donostiarra and a way for the citizens to connect with their identity. The celebration is also about overcoming tragedy, coming together as one and finding happiness. This is best demonstrated in the “March of San Sebastian” that is played throughout the 24 hours of the Tamborrada. Of all the festivals held every year in Spain, the Tamborrada in San Sebastian is the loudest. On January 20th at midnight, crowds pack Constitution Square, where the mayor raises the city’s flag to start 24 hours of non-stop drumming.

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Marco Polo Calle Jose Antonio 3 , Cómpeta

Set in a traditional Townhouse just off the Plaza Almijara, Competa.

Thank you to all our customers old & new . Wishing you all a very Happy new year . .

We have a huge selection of greetings cards that will never change souvenir’s,gifts, helium balloons etc. Don’t forget we take Passport photos We have Second hand books, New Books and a Book Exchange is Available. We are the place to buy your maps and walking routes of the area. Opening hours Mon-Sat - 10am-2pm



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Creative - Fusion - Fresh Market Kitchen My Kitchen is open from 7pm NEW in January on Sundays 3 courses Special Lunch 1.30pm - 4pm For Reservation please call Tel: 681 04 09 76 or email Avda.Canillas s/n, Competa just up from El Cortijo



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Traditional Indian Tandoori Restaurant

SPECIAL OFFER Torrox Costa EAT AS MUCH AS YOU LIKE Booked Recommended


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Property Sales for Cómpeta & surrounding areas

3 Bedroom Villa with Pool - Competa €259,000 - V546

3 Bedroom Villa With Pool & Jacuzzi Competa - €298,750 - V545

Located within easy walking distance of Competa with uninterrupted views of the surrounding countryside. New bathroom and new windows recently installed.

Well presented villa with large garage, pool and jacuzzi. Superb mountain views, easy access and proven holiday rental potential. Must be seen.

A Happy and Prosperous New Year to all our clients.

4 Bedroom Villa With Apartment Competa - €255,000 - V544

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Walking distance to Competa this well presented villa is on 2 storeys and has a separate, one bedroom en suite apartment. Jacuzzi with sea views and very easy access.

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Beth's Soft Furnishings 11b Calle del Carmen, Competa

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or the last couple of years I have spoken to Competa Hikes/Competa Holidays in the January edition of The Grapevine. So in true tradition this month, I look back on last year’s Interview with Sarah Mills to see if they have achieved what they set out to do last year and indeed how they see the business moving forward throughout 2018. Sarah and her husband David were both born and bred in Africa and love the outdoors. They have a global perspective on everything and Competa Hikes is not only their business, it is their passion. They truly want to bring the historical, cultural and natural value of this region to as many people as they can while maintaining responsible tourism and protecting the environment. They also naturally bring a little of their own African culture as well as their experience from their global travels, to their

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walking lodge. One of their commitments was to build a Luxury African Safari Tent high into their grounds with luxurious furnishings, unfortunately due to the planning permission process this is still in the pipeline but they still hope to fulfil this dream. More successful was their second project a Walking Centre. Their focus is not just their own business but to provide walkers from all over the world an exclusive guide to all that they can enjoy in the Axarquia. From multilingual seminars and education sessions, to guided walking, specialist accommodation across the region and other adventures. Throughout 2017, amongst other things, they have done a total of seven Walking and Yoga retreats, each time catering for their clients on an all - inclusive basis. This was in partnership with Inez from Competa Yoga and her husband Emanuel. Sarah and David really enjoy this partnership where each of them

bring a special quality of their own to the retreats. They have also hosted three Walking and Spanish Language Retreats of which 50 % of the clients were repeat booking’s from the previous year and the same again have booked for 2018. These combination walking holidays are extremely successful and as such, this year Sarah and David have had had to convert their library log cabin into an Industrial Kitchen in order to fully cater for these large groups on an all - inclusive basis. Over the next year they hope to expand the area outside the Industrial Kitchen to create a terrace with outdoor decking. This will allow them to serve clients directly from the kitchen if a small number require catering. Also, the staff could do with a nicer area to take more relaxed breaks when catering for a large number at the finca. Other combination Holidays that are popular are walking and Painting, Walking and Spanish wine tasting and Walking and

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Spanish Cooking. There are further holidays available such as Walking and Bird Watching, Walking and Creative Writing and Walking and Photography For more information on their courses take a look on Sarah and David always use local Staff when they need extra help and select from both the Spanish and expat community. They pride themselves on using both local produce and local resources and are always keen to support local fund raising events by providing prizes such as a free weekends accommodation and free guided walks. In addition to all this they are also keen to focus on educating at grassroots level. For this reason they regularly organise free Children’s walks which have generated a lot of interest from Spanish families both locally and further afield and with inquires coming from the coast such as Rincon, Malaga and Torre del

Mar. The children walks are focused on both educating about the environment and on fun and then afterwards with quizzes, prizes and if warm enough, a swim, followed by a big paella. Personally, I have attended one of these walks with my two 14 year olds and they had a fabulous day out. During the months of July and August Sarah and David are usually fully booked at the finca with large families and groups and their combination and all inclusive holidays are replaced with flamenco nights and wine tasting at night and daytime activities such as kayaking, trip to the waterfalls and river walking. Even the heat of the summer months doesn’t seem to slow Sarah and David down! So, can there be possibly more in store for 2018! Sarah explained they plan to have more children’s walks, a bit more refurbishment and they are looking at an Indoor Yoga Area so retreats can be organised into

the colder months. Finally, she was quite keen to thank The Grapevine as she felt the publicity had really helped create knowledge of what they do, who they are and that the advertising had helped promote their day tour walking club, especially to those readers’ on the coast. Sarah and David look forward to the year ahead and hope in 2018 they will both welcome back old clients and gain new ones to them a holiday experience they won’t forget David and Sarah Mills ​Competa Holidays Competa Hikes​ & Finca Los Pinos Tel: (+34) ​608 572 182​ ​ el​: (+34) 619 175 649 T ​Tel: ​ (+44) (0)7793 857787

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All Inclusive walking tours and Walking Club

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Competa Hikes Walking Club For information about these walks or to reserve your place please contact:

Wild Orchid Walks Mushroom Walks Medicinal Herb Walks Bird Watching Spanish Language Spanish Cooking - Tel: (+34) 619 175 649

NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS Time for Reflection On The Past Year and What Improvements You Can Strive For


very year, millions of people around the world stay up late on December 31 to usher in the new year. The New Year is a great time for reflection on the past year and what improvements you can strive for in the coming months. Resolutions are made around the globe, and then promptly broken. Though by the end of January most resolutions are forgotten, it doesn't have to be this way. One of the biggest reasons for these dropped resolutions is lack of a plan. Here are some tips to help you keep your New Year's resolutions.

other resolutions that may also need narrowing down. The point is, having a specific aim to reach by a certain time is more likely to be attained than a general wish.

Make it fun. Who wants to keep a resolution that drains the life out of you? No one we know. So do something to add fun to your goal. Dancing burns a lot of calories just as well as running on a treadmill Make it realistic. Lofty goals are and yet is much more fun. fine but moving to the moon might Nowadays there are multiple video be a little out of reach. game systems that offer fitness Unachievable plans are soon left programs you can complete by the wayside as the New Year's without ever leaving your home. Eve high wears off and real life Along with keeping things fun, sets in. To stay with our lose allow yourself room for error. Rigid weight example, make a goal to plans aren't any fun either. So go lose weight healthily, one to two ahead, have that piece of pounds a week. This is not only chocolate cake at your friend's doable, it's much healthier for your birthday party. Just don't go body than crash dieting to lose five overboard and don't do it every or more pounds a week. Giving day. yourself realistic expectations increases the likelihood that you'll These guidelines are here to help Make is specific. A popular resolution is to lose weight. Does it complete your goals. you keep your resolutions but the get more vague? This doesn't real work is up to you. Nail down a really give you something specific Make a plan. Without a plan, concretes, achievable goal for great ideas never get finished. Set yourself and figure out how to get to aim for; try to pinpoint exactly aside some time to figure out what there. But don't forget to have a what it is you want to do. If you it is you need to do to accomplish start with lose weight, a more little fun on the way. Good luck your goals. Maybe you need to go and happy new year! focused goal could be to lose 25 pounds by your birthday in July. Or for a walk every afternoon or join a to fit back into your pre-pregnancy gym. Or maybe you need to cut Geff McRitchie back to one soda a day and one jeans by the time your baby is a dessert a week. Whatever your year old. Lose weight can also plan of action is, having one- and translate into a goal to eat sticking to it- will be a great help healthier or exercise more, two on your journey.

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for all your hair, health and beauty needs Gift vouchers available for all services and products.

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Holistic Treatments Now selling.... Essential Oil Blends, Incense and CBD Oil


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Indian Head Massage Appointments highly recommended!

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Stunning 2 storey country villa of 130m² with many charming details, located at a short drive from the white village of Cómpeta with amazing mountain and countryside views 4 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully fitted kitchen with granite worktops .

Spacious open plan living area with access out to a covered dining terrace and 8mt x 4mt swimming pool .

Gated entrance with concrete drive to good size parking area .

The plot is approx. 2,400m² with a mature garden with palms, shrubs & variety of fruit trees including olives, avocados, oranges and almonds .

Many authentic details such as beamed ceilings, terracotta tiled floors, arched entrances, double glazed windows, integral blinds, fitted wardrobes, free standing wood burning stove, 2 large reserve water deposits and mains water & electricity connections A beautiful and elegant permanent home or rental investment opportunity in a desirable location, close to the Natural park and yet within easy reach of the village and a short drive to the coast. EPC rating: F C3568

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CÓMPETA: Avda. de la Constitución, 31, Tel: (0034) 952 516 633 Fax: (0034) 952 516 635 .

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Propert y sales and prices in Spain are forecast to rise in 2018 as long as there are no sudden economic surprises or changes to the mortgage market. Prices for resales and new builds are expected to have increased by 5.8% over the fourth quarter of last year. The estimated numbers of properties expected to be sold in Spain in 2018 is 526,000 – a 9.3% increase on the 481,000 home sales likely to be recorded in 2017. This would be the first time the half-a-million threshold has been broken since 2008, and is nearly double 2013’s figure when just 285,000 homes were sold.

Bargain Price: 129,000€ Ref: C3558 Location: Canillas de Aceituno Beds: 3 Bath: 2 Size: 125m² Pool: No Taurus Real Estate

Price: 99,000€ Ref: T709 Location: Competa Beds: 4 Bath: 2 Size: 88m² Pool: No Brogan Properties

Price: 56,000€ Ref: 119 Location: Competa Beds: 3 Bath: 1 Size: 70m² Pool: No Tu Rincon del Sol The Grapevine

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Price: 149,000€ Ref: t1214 Location: Canillas de Albaida Beds: 4 Baths: 4 Size: 131m² Pool: No Sunset Properties

Price: 49,950€ Ref: AS2860 Location: Riogordo Beds: 2 Baths: 1 Size: 60m² Pool: No Axarquia Properties

Price: 65,000€ Ref: 349 Location: Competa Beds: 2 Bath: 1 Size: 70m² Pool: No Tu Rincon del Sol

Price: 105,000€ Ref: S2-294 Location: La Viñuela Beds: 2 Baths: 2 Size: 82m² Pool: No Buy a Home Spain

Price: 95,000€ Ref: t1098 Location: Benamargosa Beds: 3 Baths: 2 Size: 128m² Pool: No Sunset Properties

Price: 79,000€ Ref: C1366 Location: Archez Beds: 4 Baths: 1 Size: 105m² Pool: No Real Estate To Taurus advertise call 637 028 873

Rustic Price: 155,000€ Ref: S3-446 Location: La Zubia Beds: 3 Baths: 2 Size: 120m² Pool: No Buy a Home Spain

Price: 339,950€ Ref: V548 Location: Competa Beds: 4 Bath: 2 Size: 172m² Pool: Yes Brogan Properties

Price: 55,000€ Ref: 450 Location: Torrox Beds: 2 Baths: 1 Size: 80m², Pool: No Tu Rincon del Sol

Price: 279,000€ Ref: v1151 Location: Canillas de Aceituno Beds: 3 Baths: 2 Size: 154m² Pool: Yes Sunset Properties

Price: 225,000€ Ref: C3556 Location: Canillas de Albaida Beds: 2 Baths: 2 Size: 93m² Pool: Yes Taurus Real Estate

Price: 215,000€ Ref: C1363 Location: Canillas de Albaida Beds: 2 Bath: 1 Size: 128m² Pool: Yes Taurus Real Estate

Price: 87,000€ Ref: 162 Location: Competa Beds: 1 Baths: 1 Size: 40m², Pool: No Tu Rincon del Sol

Price: 345,000€ Ref: v1171 Location: Colmenar Beds: 4 Baths: 3 Size: 251m² Pool: Yes Sunset Properties

Price: 107,500€ Ref: AS3031 Location: Almáchar Beds: 3 Baths: 1 Size: 100m² Pool: No Axarquia Properties

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Prestige Propert y Price: 399,500€ Ref: S4-215 Location: Lake Viñuela Beds: 4 Baths: 3 Size: 240m² Pool: Yes Buy a Home Spain

Price: 459,000€ Ref: 163 Location: Canillas de Albaida Beds: 3 Baths: 3 Size: 314m² Pool: Yes Tu Rincon Del Sol

Price: 3,000,000€ Ref: AS2974 Location: Elviria Beds: 5 Baths: 5 Size: 795m² Pool: Yes Axarquia Properties

Price: 485,000€ Ref: v1212 Location: Cómpeta Beds: 3 Baths: 2 Size: 195m² Pool: Yes Sunset Properties

Price: 495,000€ Ref: C3554 Location: Cómpeta Beds: 3 Baths: 2 Size: 190m² Pool: Yes Taurus Real Estate

Price: 339,950€ Ref: 489 Location: Cómpeta Beds: 4 Baths: 2 Size: 140m² Pool: Yes Tu Rincon Del Sol

Price: 750,000€ Ref: v1206 Location: Arenas Beds: 4 Baths: 4 Size: 411m² Pool: Yes Sunset Properties

Price: 519,000€ Ref: MS68 Location: Benajarfe Beds: 5 Baths: 3 Size: 220m² Pool: Yes Taurus Real Estate

Price: 435,000€ Ref: V547 Location: Cómpeta Beds: 4 Baths: 3 Size: 170m² Pool: Yes Brogan Properties

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INMOBILIARIA TU RINCON DEL SOL PROPERTY SALES AND RENTALS Avd. de Torrox, 46 29754 CÓMPETA (Málaga) Tel: 952 51 63 58 Mov: 628 06 97 03 We speak your language

Cómpeta Large 191m2 country property with five bedrooms, two kitchens and two living areas giving the possibility to divide into two self contained apartments with great rental potential. There are various terraces on different levels, on one of which there is a private swimming pool, garage and utility and store room all set on a 3000m2 plot of land. Ref 332 Reduced from 320.000€ to 289.000€ To advertise call 637 028 873

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Sayalonga A beautiful villa with a separate guest house. Located in the countryside of Sayalonga with good road access and superb wide open sea views. The house has recently been renovated with a new high quality bespoke fitted kitchen, new bathrooms and a feature fireplace in the lounge. The property has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The guest house is spacious enough for guests to be able to enjoy their own space when visiting. There is plenty of car parking space and a concrete drive. Sayalonga is approx. 5 mins drive away and the coast 20 mins drive. A must to view! Ref v1216 Price 399,000â‚Ź Tel:(0034) 618 295 063 OFFICE:(0034) 951 067 711 UK 0844 7744860

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El Cortijo

Bar & Restaurante Avd Canillas 6, Competa

Tel: 952 553 647,

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El unico restaurante en Competa

! A unique restaurant in Competa ! Carne a la piedra, a tu gusto y Carta

Meat cooked on the stone to your liking and full a la cart menu

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Carta completa Vegana y Vegetariana

Full Vegan and Vegetarian menu!

Abierto 6 noches cada semana de 18.30 - 23.00 Open 6 nights a week from 18.30 - 23.00 Jedeu / Abend / Geoffuet 18.30 -23.00 Cerrado el lunes Closed Mondays

Best views to the coast

Domingos de 13.00-16.00 Sunday Lunch 1pm-16.00 Sonntag von 13.00-16.00 Ternera asada 7€ Roast Beef 7€ Roastbeef 7€

Mejores vistas a la costa Private on-site Parking

A great venue for a special event and fantastic views of the hanging houses of Competa!

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JMS Services Maintenance and Services Servicios y Mantenimientos

We offer a full maintenance service for all of your home and everyday needs. We can help you with: Small building jobs Electrical & Plumbing Metal works/Welding Garden & Pool Maintenance Handy Man Services Painting & Decorating Septic Tank Issues Car ITV assistance and much more, call me for a quote We cover the areas:Native English Competa, Canillas de Albaida, & Fluent Spanish Archez, Salares, Sedella, Canillas de Aceituno, Corumbela, Arenas, Sayalonga, Torrox, Algarrobo and all the countryside in between”.

Jamie Hill (+34) 605 106 977 @jamiehilljms

Asesoria Axarquia Our office has offered comprehensive help and advice to our foreign clients in the Axarquia area for more than 15 years Our experience is based on: Land Registry: • Registration of properties • Corrections/Update of properties • Plot measurements and ownership exchanges

Deeds: • Purchase and sale contracts • Property new building declarations • Inheritances • Wills

Taxes: • Non resident tax (for foreigners with properties in Spain) • Resident taxes (for foreigners with residency in Spain)

Property Management: • Advice in Community issues • Administration of incomes and expenses • AGMS

We speak Spanish, English, German, Italian & French

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Salon de Belleza Hair and Beauty Salon

Tin Tin Tin Tin IS the place where you can go and have a full day of beauty treatment: Perm, colouring, hi and low light, wash & set also cuts for men and children, facials, waxing, colouring eyelashes, eyebrows & make up.

New at Tin Tin By Elllie Fullylove Manicures & Pedicures Gell Polish Manicures & Pedicures Acrylic Nail Extensions See Map Spot 26

Nueva villa de Cómpeta (Just behind Café Cómpeta)

Tel: 952 516 416 English, Danish & Spanish

Mon - Fri 9.30-13.30 & 17.00-19.00 . .

Sat 10.00 - 14.00

We will be closed for holidays from 6th November untill 21st November.

Breakfasts, tapas dishes, Lunch, A La Carte menu Come for coffee and cake! Variety of Ice creams Tel: 951 832 810 - 690 221 100ámpanocompeta

A great venue for a special event and fantastic views of the hanging houses of Competa!

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A Magnificent Sweet Red Wine ort is a fortified sweet red wine that is considered the sweetest of any type of red wine. (It should also be noted that Port can be dry and white, so one must take care to read the labels!)


shipped – Porto. While many would consider the only true Port to come from Portugal (just as the only true champagne comes from France), it is also made in America, Argentina, Australia, Canada, India, and South Africa.

As a fortified wine, brandy has been added to the Port during the fermentation process, resulting in a higher alcohol content – around 17 – 20%. This process of adding brandy to wine began when ship crews on long voyages of several months, or more, found that the addition of alcohol to their wine barrels prevented the wine from going bad. The process continues today, though not for the same reasons. Today, Port is matured in either sealed glass bottles, or wooden barrels.

Sweet red Port is generally viewed as a dessert wine, but it can also be served as an aperitif, or as an after dinner drink. Due to its high alcohol content, the Portuguese serve Port in very small four-ounce wine glasses. Then, they only fill the glass halfway!

Port originated in Portugal and the grapes are from the Douro Valley. The wine takes its name from the Portuguese city from which it was

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There are three styles of sweet red Port: Ruby Port, Tawny Port, and Vintage Port. Ruby Port is, as its name suggests, a deep, rich red color. It does not need to be decanted and is served best at room temperature. As a dessert wine, Ruby Port pairs well with fruity desserts, or rich, creamy desserts.

Tawny Port is a lighter color that Ruby Port with categories of ten, twenty, thirty, and over forty years. Tawny Port does not need to be decanted and can be served at room temperature, or slightly cooler. It may be served after dinner, or with desserts. Fruity desserts, rich and creamy desserts, or milk chocolate are excellent compliments to Tawny Port. Vintage Port tends to be the lightest in color due to the length of aging. It represents only 2% of all Port produced and in Portugal, a "vintage" year is declared about every three to five years. Vintage Port is considered to be the very best. It does need to be decanted by using a small funnel with a strainer. It should be served at room temperature as an after dinner drink, or with the dessert as a dessert wine. It pairs well with fruity desserts, rich and creamy desserts, or dark chocolate.

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Olive wood for sale All sizes available, dry and clean. Delivery is included in the price and to all over the Axaquia area Contact us for more details. Tel: 671122787 Also available on whatsapp DORN Method A form of manual therapy to treat symptoms related with the spine and/or the joints in a holistic, effective, safe and non-manipulative way.

Relaxation Relaxing and Sports Massage, Gua Sha Scraping, Autogenic Training, Progressive Muscle Relaxation, Sound Massage

Personal Coaching Solution-Focused Brief Coaching. An initial 15 minutes meeting will be non-binding and free of cost for you.

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Appointments in Sayalonga or at Centro Dharma, Trapiche. Home visits also possible. - Please get in touch with me.

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ASESORÍA ALJARIFE Notarial Title deeds, Wills, Catastral Corrections, etc. General Administration Transfers of vehicles, driving licences, matriculations, etc.) Tax declarations Creation of businesses Accounts General insurances See Map (house, car, health, etc) Spot 22

We speak Spanish, English, German, Finnish, French, Italian

More than 20 years ago Asesoría Aljarife opened its’ doors to the public. Since then, hundreds of companies and individuals in the Axarquia region and from the Malaga Province have left in our hands the responsibility to advise them to get the best possible results for their businesses. We are a group of highly qualified professionals that work for you. Economists and administrators with a wealth of experience that are at your disposal any time in order to make your life easier. ASESORÍA ALJARIFE C/ San Antonio, 8 - 1º 29754 CÓMPETA Málaga Teléfono:(34) 952 51 66 00 Fax: (34) 952 51 67 29

GESTORÍA LÓPEZ NAVAS C/Ros Alférez 4 Bajo C 29740 TORRE DEL MAR Málaga Teléfono: (34) 952 54 25 04 Fax: (34) 952 54 17 47

El Recreo

El Recreo Tapas•Mesón

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Pajareria Peluqueria canina Bird Shop Canine Hair dressing Los mejores products para tu mascota The best products for your pets Repartimos a Domicilio Home Deliveries

Tel: 952 51 61 18 664 84 50 51 Mobile: 654 466 768 Avda. Canillas 7, COMPETA (MALAGA)

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Located next to the Town Hall in Competa

Antonio and Belen welcome you to their Bar and Restaurant

Breakfasts, Tapas, Pizza, Roscas Montaditos, Fish Dishes, Meat Dishes BBQ Meats, Ice Cream & Traditional Cocktails Inside Seating & Upstairs Restaurant Outside terrace and roof terrace Daily Specials Board

Open 9am until late Kitchen open 11-4pm & 7pm-11pm Closed Tuesdays - Tel: 952 51 60 43

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Pavo Real

Bar and Restaurant Open 6 days a week (incl. Kitchen) 12.00pm until late - TEL: 654 869 083 Closed Wednesdays

Traditional Sunday Lunch Roast Chicken & Beef & with all the trimmings Lamb available if pre-ordered by Thursday afternoon 1 course 9 euro, 2 courses 10.50 euro or 3 courses 12 euro

Spit Roast Chickens 7.50 euro (Thur, Fri, Sat & Sun) call to order

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Name the films for which the following songs are best known 1. Love lifts us up where we belong by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes 2. Show me heaven by Maria McKee 3. When you say nothing at all by Ronan Keating 4. It must have been love by Roxette 5. Take my breath away by Berlin

8. Everything I do I do it for you by Bryan adams

6. Kokomo by the Beach Boys

9. Love is all around by Wet Wet Wet

7. I don't want to miss a thing by Aerosmith

10. Waterloo by Abba See page 82 for answers

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Fruteria Jara

Local produce of the area

Lots of changing special offers Also Fresh Herbs & Ambient Products Delivery Service to Restaurants Fruteria Jara, Avenida de la Constituciรณn Local 3, Competa

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Bistro 6

Gilly and Gary welcome you to their new Bistro Bar just down from Plaza Vendimia, Competa.

Special Menu and Regular menu Corkage Available

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Kitchen Open: 12.00 to 3.30pm & 7.00 to 10.30pm

For reservations call 951 832 817 Bar Open: 12.00 to 3.30pm & 6.30pm until late


Closed Sundays Closed in the daytime on Monday Opening at 6.30pm Monday evening Booking Highly Recommended

We are now on Tripadvisor

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Sudoku Challenge A true Sudoku Master can complete the puzzles below in less than fifteen minutes!

Level: Easy

Level: Intermediate

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3.Add split carrots, split parsnip, halved onions, and garlic to Dutch oven and cook, turning occasionally, until lightly browned, about 4 minutes; lower heat if browned bits on bottom of Dutch oven threaten to burn.

RICH AND FLAVORFUL GUINNESS BEEF STEW WITH POTATOES RECIPE Ingredients 1 cup (250ml) homemade chicken stock or low-sodium broth (see note above) 4 packets unflavored powdered gelatin (3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon; 30g) (see note above) 4 tablespoons (60ml) vegetable oil, divided 3 pounds (1.25kg) whole boneless beef chuck roast, cut into 3 steaks Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 1/4 pounds carrots (500g; about 3 large carrots), 1/2 pound (250g) peeled and split lengthwise, 3/4 pound (350g) cut into large dice (about 1 1/2 cups) 6 ounces parsnips (175g; about 2 small), half peeled and split lengthwise, half cut into large dice (about 1/2 cup) 1 pound yellow onions (500g; about 4 medium), half peeled and split in half through the root, half cut into large dice (about 1 cup) 4 medium cloves garlic, lightly crushed 1/4 cup (60ml) espresso or strong brewed coffee 1 ounce (30g) bittersweet chocolate 2 (15-ounce) cans Guinness Draught beer (900ml) 1 bouquet garnis (about 4 sprigs thyme, 3 sprigs parsley, and 1 bay

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leaf, tied together with kitchen twine) 1 tablespoon (15ml) Asian fish sauce 1 tablespoon (15ml) soy sauce 1 tablespoon (15ml) Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons (20g) all-purpose flour 8 ounces small waxy potatoes (225g; about 20), such as baby Yukon Golds Minced flat-leaf parsley leaves and tender stems, for garnish Directions 1.Preheat oven to 300°F. Pour chicken stock into a medium bowl and sprinkle gelatin evenly all over surface, allowing each packet's worth of gelatin to soak up stock before sprinkling next one on (if the gelatin clumps instead of dissolving evenly, you can use a blender to fix it). Set aside. 2.In a large Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons (30ml) oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Season beef all over with salt and pepper and add to Dutch oven. Cook, turning occasionally, until beef is well browned on 2 sides, about 10 minutes. Transfer beef to a rimmed baking sheet.

4.Scrape chicken stock and all gelatin into Dutch oven. Add coffee, chocolate, Guinness, bouquet garnis, fish sauce, soy sauce, and Worcestershire sauce and bring to a simmer, then lower heat to maintain simmer. Meanwhile, cut beef into 2-inch chunks and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add flour and stir until beef is evenly coated in a floury paste. Add beef and any accumulated juices to Dutch oven. Transfer to oven, cover with lid partially open, and cook for 1 hour, stirring every 30 minutes. Add potatoes and continue to cook until beef is starting to become tender, about 30 minutes longer. 5.Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat remaining 2 tablespoons (30ml) oil. Add diced carrot, parsnip, and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Set aside. 6.Remove stew from oven. Using tongs, fish out and discard large pieces of carrot, parsnip, and onion. Discard bouquet garnis. Using a ladle, skim off and discard accumulated fat on surface. Add reserved sautĂŠed diced vegetables to stew, return to oven, and cover with lid slightly cracked. Continue to cook until beef and potatoes are tender, about 45 minutes longer, removing lid for last 25 minutes. 7.Remove stew from oven. If serving right away, skim off any additional fat from surface. Season with salt and pepper, if needed. Allow to cool slightly before serving, then serve topped with parsley. If making ahead, cool down stew, then chill in refrigerator; remove solid fat cap from surface once fully chilled. Reheat stew on the stovetop or in a low oven.

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• January 2018 Horoscopes • ARIES

20th March - 19th April




ou may have been gloomy lately, but this month should restore your good spirits. You can embark on your journey with full confidence in its astrological aspects. You'll be even more attractive than usual, and people will find your charm irresistible.


our radiance and brilliance upstage everyone . You're a star! The people around you may be counting on you to be their leader. Although you enjoy this role, you shouldn't forget to indulge in more private pleasures.






our seductive powers will be at their maximum, and be most intense in your professional life. If you have wishes or dreams or want a raise, this is the time to express those desires. You need only give voice to what you want and let your charm do the rest.


22th November - 21st December


AQUARIUS ake advantage this month to spend quality time in the cozy little nest you and your family enjoy so much. It's a happy, home-sweethome kind of day. A healthy, peaceful atmosphere reigns and dispels domestic tensions.

23rd October - 21st November

erhaps a friend will introduce you to an exceptional person who helps fulfill your professional fantasies. Or maybe your partner will surprise you with a thoughtful gift. However your luck manifests, trust that this is going to be one great month.


22th December - 19th January


re you determined to win the affections of a special person? Have you devoted a great deal of energy to that goal lately? Are you interested in reenergizing your marriage? This month is extremely auspicious for love.

f the atmosphere has been tense you may notice that things are significantly improved this month. You may even succeed in exchanging pleasantries with people you've always had a hard time talking to before.

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our companions may show their appreciation through some surprising act. In any case, you have a very good chance of finding yourself at the center of things, bowing under the spotlight, and dressed to the nines.


23rd August - 22th September

ou're in the process of learning how to dream again. These last few months have been hard because your possibilities have felt limited. You've done a lot of work recently to try to align your fantasy life with reality.





he atmosphere is clear, letting you see all the progress you've made toward your goals. You'll feel great satisfaction, as you always do when you can clearly see the meaning in your life.

ou feel calm and balanced and more tolerant than usual of the mercurial moods and passions of others. If you can manage it, take a break from your busy schedule and devote a few minutes to you.



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BURNING CALORIES TO LOSE WEIGHT A Little Help with a New Year Resolution to loose weight!


ncrease in calories always lead to an increase in weight. A lot of people exercise a lot but still they look fat. Most of them get frustrated and stop exercising, while others keep on exercising but with no good results. What can be the reason for this? The only answer to this problem is that you are not burning enough amounts of calories. Your exercise is fine but the problem is with the amount of food you are eating. Exercising can make you exhausted and you need food to restore your strength.You can reduce the amount of calories by two way, first is to take in less calories and the second is to burn more calories. Taking less amount of food can have a major impact on a person’s health and that’s not recommended at all. The only option left is to burn more calories than you take in. this can be done by one way only and that is to do more exercise. Its not difficult all you need to do

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is spend a bit more time on exercising and that’s it. Let’s suppose that you exercise daily for 25 minutes, now increase this time to 40 minutes. If you exercise for 4 days now increase it to six days. You don’t need to eat less only work more. This way you will be burning more calories than you are getting in and you will lose weight in just a couple of weeks. This will help you to burn calories at a much faster rate and hence you will lose weight.If you still want to increase the burning of calories than you should do the following. 1. Eat in small amounts and eat two or three times a day. Don’t eat large amount of food at a single time. This way you will have small intakes of calories and you will burn more. 2. Increase your exercise time, if you have the habit of exercising once a day then start working two times a day. 3. Give at a couple of hours between your workout sessions.

This will give you the much needed strength. 4. Join a training program or get a personal trainer. You can always ask a friend to help you out. 5. Take natural nutrition’s, this will increase your endurance and you will get more time to spend on exercising. 6. Try two or three different types of exercises. If it’s possible for you go out for swimming or jogging.It will take some time to be effective so don’t get frustrated or anything. This is much better than your previous sessions and you will see the results very soon. Always remember the key to losing weight here is to burn more calories. The much faster you can burn them the much faster you will lose weight. You can always search the internet to find out the amount of calories you need and the right food to cover that up.

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“I supplied Filofaxes to the Mafia - yeah, I was involved in very organised crime.” Milton Jones



"I went to the doctor and he said, ‘You've got hypochondria.' I said, 'Not that as well.'” Tim Vine

"I saw a clown doing sit-ups. Funny how things work out.” Russell Kane "A man walks into a chemist's and says, 'Can I have a bar of soap, please?' The chemist says, 'Do you want it scented?' And the man says, 'No, I'll take it with me now.'” Ronnie Barker "My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance. We'll see about that.” Stewart Francis "Men want the same thing from their underwear that they want from women: a little bit of support, and a little bit of freedom.” Jerry Seinfeld

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“If we're all God's children, what's so special about Jesus?” Jimmy Carr "I have enough money to last me the rest of my life... unless I buy something.” Jackie Mason "I was in my car driving back from work. A police officer pulled me over and knocked on my window. I said, 'One minute I'm on the phone.'" Alan Carr

"With stand-up in Britain, what you have to do is bloody swearing. In Germany, we don't have to swear. Reason being, things work." Henning Wehn

"Posh hotels have a turn-down service. I had never heard of this and there was a knock at the door and a woman said, ‘I've come to turn down your bed.' To which I said, 'Well many women have in the past. Why should you be any different?'” Michael McIntyre "Trains in Britain can be late for all sorts of reasons: speed restrictions, livestock on the track, or a totally substandard rail infrastructure that's publicly funded, privately run and answerable to no one. All sorts of reasons.” Miles Jupp “I'm sure wherever my father is, he's looking down on us. He's not dead, just very condescending.” Jack Whitehall

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Both the oils are high in hydrating and skin repairing qualities and would keep the flaky skin healthy. It will repair the skin and leave it plump and you would wake up with a glowing hydrated skin. Even though it’s winter season but don’t forget the sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15, it is a must and don’t stop applying it. They are not just for the summer time, the winter sun is damaging as well! Avoid having baths with hot water and stop the superhot showers. The hot water breaks the lipid barriers in the skin which leads to the further loss of moisture from the skin. Instead of hot water baths use lukewarm baths.

WINTER BEAUTY TIPS Hydrate and Moisturise


inter is indeed a beautiful season with all the sweat and botheration away making it a beautiful season, it is surely the time to get out and have fun outdoors. It is the time to bid farewell to all the running spoiled makeup due to sweat and oil. It brings out the beautiful faces with the beautiful weather! Dark colors, contrasts, sans the irritating heat and humidity the perfect ingredients to bring out and keep up the beauty. But the ohso-beautiful winters are handled not so prettily by the skin and though it is the season for all the beauties but it needs the care to keep it going! Winter air is deficient with moisture and the lack of humidity is nothing but the lack of moisture which makes it dry. And the increasing cold decreases the moisture level, and when this dry chilling wind blows it takes away

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the moisture of the hydrated skin as well. This is why dry, flaky skin is the highlight of the season. In a dry environment, water is lost from the keratinocytes – or skin cells – leaving skin feeling sore and chapped, it dries the natural oils. Winter, therefore, becomes the season of skin problems, so, here are 10 beauty tips to arm the skin for the battle against winters! Although you can’t help your skin losing the moisture but you can keep it hydrated still and protect it from the harshness, therefore, moisturize your skin well. Apply moisturizer and reapply it to keep the skin hydrated. Give your body a good moisture bath after the shower and before going to bed daily and help it recover. Apply lip balm before stepping out and reapply it again to prevent the chapped lips.

Honey is not only beneficial to include in the diet in winters but also for the beauty regime! Just add honey to it! Apply a honey and lemon or only honey as a face pack or on other dry body parts and see the magic. Honey is the natural moisturizer and not only does it moisturize but it also adds glow. Curd away the dryness! Applying curd pack or massaging the face and hands with curd would replenish the moisture level but will also sweep away all the dirt and leave it fresh, supple, and hydrated. Don’t forget to exfoliate the dead skin away. Layer it up! As much as possible keep your hand and feet covered to avoid the chilling winds to rob the skin of its moisture. And don’t forget to apply a good moisturizer or oil before layering it up. This would leave the skin supple and protected! Samaira khatri

Apply coconut oil or virgin olive oil every night before hitting the bed.

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'm sure that many of you will remember the huge fire that swept across the top of Cómpeta almost three and a half years ago. More than 200 hectares of the Sierras Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama were burnt up; many people had to leave their homes. It was an environmental disaster but, very luckily, no-one was hurt. What did hurt was people's hearts. Some lost centenary olive trees, ancient vineyards, crops and plants that they loved. We helped with the clearing of gardens; it was filthy work but the smell was the hardest thing to cope with. That acrid burnt odour penetrated everywhere and hung around for weeks. Every breeze stirred ashes again. We tend to forget that, in a fire, so much that makes our lives comfortable and pleasurable disappears. Practical things like electricity, water, telephones and internet, expensive but replaceable within a reasonable time frame. Ancient plantings and beautiful gardens take longer; and the hillsides of the National Park still look remarkably bare. Dry winters have hindered natural regrowth. So I was delighted to see and hear

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The technique of making seed/clay balls, bola de arcilla or Nendo Dango, as they are known in Japanese, was re-invented some La Diputación de Málaga has chosen Cómpeta, and specifically 70 years ago by the Japanese biologist, philosopher, Barranco Pérez (the most inaccessible area of the fire), as a agriculturalist and natural farming test area for their so-called project pioneer, Masanobu Fukuoka. It is known to have been used 'Un Millón de Árboles' – A Million centuries back in ancient Egypt to Trees. Thus, on Wednesday 13th repair farms after the annual spring December 2017, 27,000 seed flooding of the Nile. Fukuoka bombs were launched from a wanted to increase food production helicopter as the first aerial in Japan after the Second World bombardment of seeds in War but without taking land that Andalucía. was traditionally used for rice Because of difficulty of access and growing. He came up with the idea of seed balls to seed mountainous the dangerous terrain, it was decided to try this method instead areas of his home island. of manual re-planting. During this The earliest aerial reforestation first release of the seed bombs, was in the 1940's when large more than half a million seeds areas of Honolulu were burnt. were released of thirty different species of native trees, shrubs and Since then the technique has been plants typical of the Mediterranean used in many difficult to access areas in Africa. In 1973, the first scrubland such as pines, carobs, seed grenades were tossed over oaks, wild olives, Spanish broom fences into empty lots in New York and gorse, mastic, junipers and herbs such as lavender, rosemary City in an attempt to green up the and thyme, plantains and grasses. city. These grenades were made The ground of the Barranco Pérez from condoms filled with tomato is very poor and stony; the idea is and flower seeds and compost; it to help the indigenous scrubland to was the start of the term 'guerrilla gardening'. re-establish and thus, bit-by-bit, insects, animals and the natural Luckily our seed bombs are a little woodland will return. the helicopter yesterday dropping their seeds from heaven!

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more sophisticated! The clay has come from Velez-Málaga and it is the same as that used in roof tiles and bricks. Five measures of red clay are combined with one measure of seeds. In this instance, they even incorporated citronella oil to repel insects which may eat the seeds before they have a chance to germinate. Since October last year local schools have been making bombs! Special workshops were held to show the children, and their families, how to make them; over 700 children, 1000 people in all, throughout the province have participated and been taught the importance of reducing erosion, re-planting to reduce CO2 emissions, regreening the area and restoring the eco-system in the fight against climate change. The clay pellets were formed as discs, rather than the usual balls, for a more even distribution so that they would not roll deep down into the gulleys. Under controlled laboratory conditions the germination success is rated at around 80%. Until now this method, within Andalucía, has only been tried in the Guadalhorce Valley and the Sierras of Mijas and in both cases

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January 2018. the pellets were distributed manually. The aerial bombardment Viveros Florena – Probably the is a first and it will be closely best little garden centre in monitored. Andalucía! The Consejería de Medio Ambiente has allocated €350,000 Keep checking our web page for and the Unicaja Foundation is also latest news and exciting new stock arriving at the garden centre. Join backing the project. our mailing list to keep in constant The ambitious project 'Un Millón de touch. Shop on-line with us for unusual plants, scented roses, Árboles' is a scheme to plant 1 bulbs, coloured iris, organic million trees within the Málaga products and my books. province by 2020; it is estimated that these trees will absorb 85,680 tonnes of CO2 annually, which is Winter Hours, the equivalent of 5 million vehicles October to May: making a trip of 100 km!!! You do 10 – 4, Closed Sundays & Mondays have to think that fewer journeys would be a simpler option! But it is Summer Hours part of the big picture that June, July & September: 9 – 2, Andalucía wants to reduce its Closed Sundays & Mondays and emissions of CO2 by 30% within the month of August. this time scale. This is the first step. Let's wish all those seeds and burgeoning seedlings good weather and lots of luck in life! A very peaceful New Year to you all from the Team at Viveros Florena!

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along. For information on the RBL or future events please see the Grapevine whats on section.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION NERJA BRANCH By the time you read this we will be in 2018 and in need of rest and recuperation after the Christmas festivities. However, for some of us it is time to start thinking about activities and events for the rest of the year. Although our ultimate aim is to raise funds for the RBL, we like to think we are making fundraising into enjoyment for our members and friends. As with all charities, we depend greatly on support from the public and we are fortunate in having many faithful members and friends who give their time as well as money and in 2017 we managed to raise a wonderful €10,000 for the Poppy Appeal. There is not enough space here for me to mention all those who helped raise this sum but I would like to mention Kevin in Competa who filled his first Poppy Appeal box in 24 hours and then continued his one man campaign to raise an outstanding 300 euros! This is quite amazing for a small branch like ours, but gives all of us a sense of doing something very worthwhile. So to all who helped in any way...A BIG THANK YOU. This year apart from our monthly lunches we hope to hold different events to mark our 30 year anniversary and 100 years since the end of the WW1. All our events will be advertised and open to anyone who wishes to come

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CORAXALIA Do you like singing? Would you like to join a choir? We are inviting new singers to become members of the local, longestablished choir, Coral Coraxalia under the leadership of Eusebio Pita. Great, friendly atmosphere, all nationalities, good repertoire, performances and concerts, social events, possible touring, etc. Rehearsals Thursdays 17.30 – 20.00 in the Casa Cultura on the main A7205 road at Viñuela village. Plenty of free parking opposite . Come along to a rehearsal and hear us and decide if you’d like to join us! For more information call 689 111 352 / 669 682 139.

GALLERY LUZ DE LA VIDA New for 2018.... We will continue with our gallery Luz de la Vida and we’ll have more beautiful art exhibitions and

events. In March it is the 4th anniversary of the Gallery! And the 10th local Art Walk! We are already busy with the preparations to make it a successful edition again. And Lieuwke is designing and creating new art to show this springtime. We wish everybody a healthy and beautiful new year! You’re very welcome to visit us in the gallery to get inspired by high quality art!

LA GALERIA December 9th saw around 65 members of the Andalusian Classic Car Club descend on La Galeria at Villa Olivia near Periana. Decked in Christmas attire the members enjoyed mulled wine, cakes and mince pies while admiring the art and sculptures on display. A few people gathered to see the beautiful collection as they motored down to the gallery. Gallery owner Wendy Holmes commented It is funny we are just 1 year old and are amazed at how far we have developed in that year.” Now covering 2 galleries a General and Private Galley the gallery offers art and sculptures for all budgets starting at as little as 25 euros and escalating to 10,000 euros there is something for everyone to see.

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Local News WHAT’S HAPPENING IN YOUR AREA 10TH CÓMPETA ART WALK 2018 We have already started the preparations for the 10th Cómpeta Art Walk in 2018, hoping to have another successful, joyful and inspiring event! This time it will be held again at Easter on Saturday the 31st March and Sunday 1st, Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th of April. CAN YOU HELP CAS? The Costa Animal Society (CAS) is always in need of more volunteer helpers in a number of areas, so if you have spare time to fill, please make contact! In particular, more fundraisers are needed to work with our team. In addition, fosterers are always required to take short-term care of animals until a permanent home can be found for them. Even if you are only here for few months a year, CAS would appreciate your help. For a no-obligation chat, contact Vera on 95 252 9670 for general enquiries. Simone on 619 903 815 can answer queries about airport runs in English, German or Spanish. And despite the tough times and uncertainties, money is always needed to cope with the continuous flow of abandoned dogs and cats requiring help from the Costa Animal Society. If you could donate a little to help the animals, CAS would be most grateful. Bank : Cajamar Account Name : Costa Animal Society Account Number : 3058 0728 03 2720100283 BIC-Swift Code : CCRIES2A

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The Cómpeta Art Walk is growing every year, and it’s an event many people look forward to.

Workshops will be offered as well. And again we will also have the harmonious match of live music and art with performances from singer/songwriters and bands playing folk, jazz, blues, pop and more. The event is organised by Lieuwke Loth & and a volunteer team. On behalf of the artists and craft people, we welcome you to the 10th Art Walk in March/April!

This vibrant festival of arts and crafts will take place at various venues in Cómpeta. The Art Walk aims to bring together the community in an animated, artistic atmosphere and will offer all those with an interest in art the chance to meet the multicultural artists.

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS FOR ART WALK 2018 Interested local artists, crafts people and artisans should contact For more information: / Facebook:artcompeta. Art Walk Film by Costo Mundo

Approximately 20 locations will be filled with art by 35 International artists, you will see paintings, drawings, textile art, ceramic art, bronze and metal sculptures and silver jewelry.

COMPETA TOWN HALL Friday 5th January 5.00pm Kings Procession starting at the Museum of Arts and Costumes

Some of the participating artists live in or near the village, while others fly in specially to take part. There is really so much to see and to experience. The artists will be delighted to meet you and talk about their work, inspiration, vision, and techniques.

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Tel: 952 538 010 Tel: 952 541 104 Tel: 952 533 002 Tel: 958 631 125 Tel: 958 823 591 Tel: 952 529 024

Town Doctors Halls Doctors Canillas de Aceituno Tel: 952 518 250 Cómpeta Calle San Antonio Tel: 951 289 791 Salares Tel: 952 508 906 Sayalonga Tel : 952 552 404 Sedella Tel: 952 508 858 Nerja Tel: 952 523 131 Salobrena Tel: 958 829 332 Torre del Mar Tel: 952 542 396

Municipal Police Canillas de Aceituno Tel: 952 518 000 Tel: 952 518 002 Cómpeta Tel: 605 276 302 Canillas de Albaida Tel: 952 558 321 Nerja Tel: 952 521 545 Torrox Pueblo Tel: 952 539 828 Torrox Costa Tel: 952 538 115 Velez Malaga Tel: 952 549 238 Torre del Mar Tel: 952 965 546 Emergencies 112

Tourist Information Cómpeta Nerja Sayalonga Torre del Mar

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Alcaucin Tel: 952 510 002 Archez Tel: 952 553 159 Canillas de Albaida. Tel: 952 553 006 Canillas de Aceituno, Tel: 952 518 002 Cómpeta, Tel: 952 516 006 952 516 025 Periana Tel: 952 536 016 Rio Gordo Tel: 952 732 154 Sayalonga Tel: 952 535 021 Salares Tel: 952 508 903 Sedella Tel: 952 508 839 Torre del Mar Tel: 952 540 471 Torrox Costa Tel: 952 538 010 Velez Malaga Tel: 952 559 100 Vinuela Tel: 952 519 002 Frigiliana Tel: 952 533 122 La Herradura Tel: 958 827 794 Nerja Tel: 952 548 430 Torrox Pueblo Tel: 952 538 200

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Bus Doctors Times L= Mon – Sat • D= Direct Nerja – Malaga 06.30L, 07.30, 08.30D, 08.55, 10.10D, 11.10, 11.55D, 12.40, 13.40, 14.55, 16.10, 17.10, 18.10D, 18.40, 19.40, 20.40, 21.15, 21.45D Malaga – Nerja 07.00, 08.15L, 09.15, 10.30, 11.00D, 11.45D, 12.30D, 13.00, 14.15, 15.15, 16.30, 17.30, 18.45, 19.30D, 20.15, 20.45D, 21.30D, 23.00 Nerja – Granada 06.30L, 09.45, 14.30, 15.45, 16.30, 19.15 Granada – Nerja 07.00, 09.00, 10.00, 13.00, 16.00, 17.30L, 20.00 Nerja – Sevilla 07.30D, 16.30, 02.00 Sevilla – Nerja 07.00, 18.00D, 24,00 Canillas de Albaida - CompetaSayalonga - Malaga Mon-Fri Mon-Fri Departs Canillas de Albaida 7.00 - 9.30 - 15.30 For Competa add 5 minutes For Sayalonga add 20 minutes

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Street Markets Monday Torrox Costa Tuesday Nerja Wednesday Algarrobo Costa, Rincon de la Victoria Thursday Velez- Malaga, Frigiliana, Torre del Mar Friday Almunecar, Frigliana, Sayalonga, La Herradura Saturday Cรณmpeta, La Caleta de Velez Sunday Nerja Car Boot Sale, Sayalonga Sayolanga Municipal Market Mon- Fri 8.30am-2.30pm

Church Services Cรณmpeta Catholic

Sat 8.00pm & Sun Midday

Church of England Sundays 5.30pm Torre del Mar Lux Mundi Tel: 952 543 334 Evangelical Church Tel: 952 532 825 Fellowship of the King Tel: 958 658 439 Anglican Church of Nerja & Almunecar Tel: 952 525 406

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Tel: 952 600 267

Carlos Haya Tel: 951 290 000


Tel: 952 399 907



Tel: 952 211 797

Velez Malaga Tel: 951 067 000


Tel: 952 212 435


Tel: 952 214 888


Tel: 952 363 591


Tel: 952 475 108


Tel: 952 306 150

Netherlands Tel: 913 537 500 Norway

Tel: 952 667 955


Tel: 952 604 383


Tel: 952 352 300


Tel: 952 474 891


Tel: 958 603 506

Vets Naturevets: 952 55 38 50 URG: 617 00 17 23 Nerja Clinica San Fernando (vet Expedito) 609 982 941 Torrox Village & Torrox Costa

608 45 42 70

La Herradura

625 233 778

Cรณmpeta & La Caleta:

657 582 225

National Holidays

January 1st

New Years Day

January 6th

Three Kings Day

February 28th

May 1st

August 15th Virgin de la Asuncion

English Radio Stations Global Radio

96.5 FM

Andalucia Day May Day

October 12th Dia de la Hispanidad November 1st

All Saints day

December 6th Dia de la Constitucion


96.0 FM

Coastline Radio

97.6 FM

Radio Sol Almijara

99.1 FM

December 8th Immaculate Conception


105.5 FM

December 25th Christmas Day


104.8 FM

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Finca el Cerrillo

Canillas de Albaida, Malaga Tel: 952 03 04 44 email:

Finca Los Pinos Tel: 619 175 649 The Hotel Balcon Tel: 952 55 3662

Airconditioning / Heating


Glass, lighting & blinds

Solar Shade Tel: 902 888 176 Chavos Construction Tel: 952 516 099 Construcciones Schmid S.L Tel: 652 656 066 JMS Services Tel: 605 106 977


Tin Tin Hairdressers Tel: 952 516 416 E.G.O Tel: 616 022 734

Mobile: 606.423.869

Electricians Tel: 952 96 78 03

Cooling and Heating Solutions Sales, Service & Installation Air Con, Solar Systems & Pool Heat Pumps

Joe Jones 655 791167

Esola Systems Tel: 952 550 323 Klimacentro Tel: 952 540 786 Connect Airconditioning Tel: 951 282 196

Electrician Tel 951242449

C&Gs 2381 & 2391

Health & Beauty

Mob 666707297

Electricians Roger 648 025 901

Food Stores & Shops

Clinica Europa Tel: 952 530 908 Ian Pett Dental Care Tel: 691 700 587 Rebeccah Curtis Tel: 952 530 122 Feel Good Axarquia Tel: 635 693 282

Interior Design

Carpenters Tejeiro Tel: 952 516 149


Competa, Malaga Tel: 606 226 645

Waynes Drains Tel: 657 862 628 Phone: 952.539.742

Jose Luis Persianas Tel: 952 516 397 Tejeiro Carpinteria Tel: 952 51 61 49

Andrea Slater Tel: 00 49 151 4048 52 64 La Gelateria facebook/heladeriacompeta

Furniture Stores

Leon Blanco Tel: 618 226 647

NESS Insurance

Mechanics & Recovery

Black Tower Tel: 607 845 603

Tel: 952 507 144


Sunkitchens The Kitchen Professionals Doors & Wardrobes Raul Chica: 653 634 633 Torre del Mar (Malaga)

Kennels & Pets Raza Hotel for dogs Tel: 952 535 417

Locksmiths LOCKSMITH

Property Legal Advice Solutions 4 U Tel & Fax (00 34) 952 55 38 07

Mobile: (00 34) 660 51 01 34 Asesoria Aljarife Tel:952 51 66 00 Asesoria Axarquia Tel:952 54 51 05 Thomas Gant Law Tel: 952 51 69 61 CS Lawyers Tel: 952 96 70 04 Axarquia Solictors Tel: 952 901 225

Property Management House Martins Tel: 692 40 83 06

Plumbers & Water Solutions

Real Estate Tel: 952 55 33 69

Mov:689 544 777

Tel:(0034) 618 295 063 Tel:(0034) 951 067 711

Leisure & Hobbies RENT / ALQUILAR VESPAS

Costa del Sol & Axarquia

952 516 633 / 660 743 670

Tel:+34 628 44 15 32 +34 628 71 94 63 Competa Hikes Tel: 619 175 649

Restaurants & Bars

Restaurante Cerezo Large Terrace - 952 553 018 Canillas de Albaida (Málaga) C/Estacion 5 -

VENTA EL CURRO Argentinian Grill

ctra.Corumbela s/n Archez (Malaga) Bar-Restaurante

Las Esperillas Tel: 677 97 44 10

and / or appointments

Call Paul Tel: 664367511

Competa properties Tel: 952 516 107 Axarquia Properties Tel: 609 436 537 Creative Property Marketing Tel: 951 400 228

Canillas de Albaida (Malaga)

UK C&G Qualified, Callouts (24/7)


Real Estate

INMOBILIARIA TU RINCON DEL SOL Tel: 952 51 63 58 Mov: 628 06 97 03

Buy a Home Spain Tel: 952 547 554 Brogan Properties Tel: 952 914 104

Restaurante El Pilon Tel: 952 553 512 - Cómpeta Taberna Teteria Hierbabuena Tel: 951 70 76 38 - Cómpeta The Pavo Real - Cómpeta/Torrox Tel: 654 86 90 83 The Balcon Hotel - - Cómpeta Tel: 952 55 36 62 El Recreo - Cómpeta Tel: 952 51 60 43 La Extremeña - Archez Tel: 686 558 362 Casa Paco - Competa Tel: 952 516 077 El Pino Restaurant - Torrox Tel: 952 968 106 Perico’s - Competa Tel: 952 553 739 El Cortijo - Competa Tel:952 553 647 Restaurante El Pámpano Tel: 951 832 810 Bar Miguel Tel: 952 516 754 Jocavi Tel: 952 535 177

Extra The Business Directory Continued Satellite Services

Total Satellite Installations Tel: 629 556 266 Sky Digital Tel: 952 464 378


Swimming Pool Heating


Naturevets - Competa Tel: 952 553 850

Tel: 652 970 608

Windows & Doors

Spa’s & Saunas

UPVC-WINDOWS/DOORS Tel. 952 50 25 27 E-Mail:

Delprado Solicitors Tel: 95 252 72 74 Axarquia Solicitors Tel: 951 901 225

Official Manufacturer

Wine / Bodega

Solar T:(+34) 951 386 706 M:(+34) 658 845 285 Tel: 652 970 608

Solar Sundays Tel: 648 025 901


Upholstery Michael’s Upholstery Tel: 952 55 34 64

Villa Care

Mobility Products For Sale or Tel: 95 296 7015 / Mob: 635 445 279

STAIR-LIFTS Tel: 95 296 7015 / Mob: 635 445 279

Cars Bought & Sold Cars Wanted Tel: 657 919 965

Plants House Martins tel:+44 (0)845 0041041 mob: +34 692 408 306

Property Care and Management Services


VetiverSpain Tel: 692 288 657

Yoga Centres Competa Yoga

Clare 0034 634361611 - Rob 0034 670269052 Email

.com Steel Tips Darts . Soft Tip Darts . Flights . Stems . Dartboards . Wallets . Accessories

January CHURCH SERVICES Alhama de Granada, St. Barnabas I.E.R.E (Anglican). Service in English at 11.30 first and third Sundays of the month now at La Joya Roman Catholic Church, Plaza Alfonso X11. contact Priest 95 203 0461 or Warden 95 252 0921. Torre del Mar( Lux Mundi Centre). St. Barnabas I.E.R.E, Spanish Episcopal service in English at 11 o'clock, first and third Sunday Morning Prayer, second and forth Sundays Holy Communion. Contact Rector 95 203 0461 or Wardens 25 251 0921 and 95 251 0056. St Barnabas IERE (Anglican). English services 11 a.m. Sundays at Iglesia Evangelica, Torre del Mar, opposite the bus station. Tel.952030461 (priest) or 618640132 (churchwarden) "Church of England" services at the Capillia de san jose calle linares 7 velez Malaga. website is www. All are welcome. Contact number 952 219 396. Roman Catholic Mass in English, held every Saturday, will now take place in Caleta de Velez, Parish Church of Nuestra Señora del Carmen, situated on the main street. Time 5pm. LUX MUNDI, TORRE DEL MAR Lux Mundi Ecumenical Centre, Torre del Mar. Avda. Moscatel 1”I”, (Jardines Viña Malága/Antigua Casa de la Viña Opening hours Monday through Friday 10.00 to 13.00 only. COMING EVENTS AND EXCURSIONS. Monday January 1st Closed for a Public holiday. Monday January 8th. Activities re-start. Tuesday to Friday January 2°d to 5th - Centre open morning only 10.00 to 13.00. Monday January 8th - Half Orange "Bring and Share" Lunch, widows, widowers and singles group. You are welcome to join us and make and meet new friends at the Centre. The group also meets on the other Mondays of the month for coffee, walks, visits to places of interest, etc. Time 13.00. Tuesday 9th & 23rd - Photography Group 16.00 Monday January 15th – Art Appreciation 10.30 Wednesday January 17th - Quiz Night , Bar available and there will be a prize for the winning team! Ticket price 6 E:uros available at the Centre. Proceeds to fund raising. 18.00pm for 18.30pm. Thursday January 18th to Thursday 25th - Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Please come and join us, this is an opportunity to make visible the friendship and unity amongst the Christian Churches established in the Coast del Sol. Each day there will be Ecumenical prayers at different

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churches, for the full programme information please see the media and our web page: Thursday January 18th - Coach Excursion to Gibraltar.. Ticket price 12 Euros available at the Centre. Proceeds for fund raising. Departure times Puente don Manuel (Bar Mis Tapitas) 6.45, Algarrobo (Lidl) 7.15, Caleta (Vets) 7.20 and Torre Del Mar (Bus Station) 7.30. Depart Gibraltar15.30 approximately. PASSPORTS / l.D. REQUIRED. Thursday January 25th - Coach Excursion to Zahara de la Sierra & Ronda. For further information and bookings please contact the Centre, Torre del Mar tel 952 54 33 34 E-mail: . Please note you are unable to make bookings through the web site and sorry we cannot accept cards. EL PUENTE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP We meet at El Puente Christian Fellowship premises situated underneath Maroma Inmobiliaria, El Cruce de Puente don Manual, Phone 952 115 220 or 952 518 185.El Puente Christian Fellowship Sunday Worship - 11am. Bible Study Thursday 5-7pm Midweek activities: Pilates - Monday 1pm - 2pm Bridge Club Tuesday 2pm -6pm. Pilates - Wednesday 1.30 - 2.30pm Charity Shop/Books open Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 10-1.30pm TRAPICHE SOCIAL CLUB The Trapiche Social Club meets every Wednesday at 12 noon until 2pm at the Trapiche Restaurant, just off the A356 Velez-Malaga to La Vinuela. The first Wednesday in the month is our regular lunch meeting, we enjoy a 3 course lunch with wine, casera and water for just €8.50. LOS ROMANES ROYAL BRITISH LEGION Monday from 12-2.00 pm in the Garden Restaurant, La Vinuela. Information can be obtained from our website or Margaret Branch Sec. 951066079 NERJA BRANCH THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION The Branch holds lunch meetings at the Hotel Al Andalus, Maro on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Also at the Restaurant Nueva Arenas, La Herradura on the 1st Friday of each month. Non members are always welcome. Booking is essential. For further information about the branch or to book for lunch , Please contact Vera, Tel 952967200 or Email:

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Monday to Saturday 10.00am until 2.00pm. We are always interested in hearing from people who would like to join our shop volunteers. One four hour shift once a week makes a big difference. There are always two volunteers per shift making for a safe, relaxed, congenial atmosphere. For more information you can ring the shop on 689 314 350. Happy News Tim is growing up fast in kennels but he will be meeting his new family in Norway this month as soon as a flight can be arranged. Tim was rescued from the Nerja campo back in October but it took nearly three months to get him prepared for his journey due to strict regulations in Norway.



ith the death of Karen O'Brien in November, the Costa Animal Society (CAS) has lost one of its longest-serving and most active members. Karen and her husband Mike joined CAS not long after moving to Spain from the UK and volunteered their time to the charity for ten years, much of which was spent serving on the committee. Despite having three cats of their own, Karen became known as CAS's “Cat Lady,” always willing to take in any waif or stray who needed a home. Many a time, she and Mike were called out at all hours to rescue a family of kittens which had been cruelly dumped. The feline lodgers were then cared for until they were ready to go to a new, permanent home. Karen was also involved in many of CAS's fund-raising events, in particular the annual dinner dances which raised so much cash for the charity. While Mike went out to find sponsors, she was left with the huge task of pulling it all together. From booking the band to

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choosing the balloon table decoration, her attention to detail ensured that each event was a success. Even after she handed the reins over to new volunteers, someone else, Karen was still willing to help organise and advise. Karen's forthright input to the running of CAS will be sorely missed. She will also be greatly missed by the members ... and by the cats. Punta Lara CAS Quiz Start the New Year off on the right paw with the Costa Animal Society (CAS) end of the year quiz being held at the Punta Lara Bar on January 19 at 7.30pm. Join Quiz Hostess Laura and test your knowledge of trivial January facts and interesting events from 2017. Food and drinks are available at the bar and advanced booking is recommended by calling Mark at 635 369 673.

He had to receive two rabies vaccinations 21-28 days apart and then had to wait another month for a blood test, which took another two weeks for the results to come back. If all goes well Tim will be in his forever home by the end of the January. CAS Cat Corner Ready for adoption: These three stunning beauties, all female, were first seen with their mother who days later was later found dead, believed from poisoning. Yes, you read that correctly: poisoning. By the time this article goes to press I may have already adopted all three of these gorgeous kittens. However, in the spirit of sharing the love I'll hold off until the end of January. If you can imagine welcoming any or all of these girls into your home, please contact the Costa Animal Society (CAS) through our website,, or our Facebook page:

CAS Shop News The Costa Animal Society (CAS) Shop is located next door to the Good Stuff Café in Nerja at No. 2 Calle Castilla Perez. We are open

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New Office TORRE DEL MAR: Calle Rocío, 4 - Local 7 Tel: (0034) 951 832 150 email:

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SAYALONGA: Calle Calvario s/n, Tel: (0034) 952 535 043 .

Mb: (0034) 660 743 670 email: .

COMPETA: Avda. de la Constitución, 31, Tel: (0034) 952 516 633 .

Fax: (0034) 952 516 635





Stunning 146m² 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom villa with large living room, fully fitted kitchen and office, on a 4,100 m² plot with 8mt x 4mt pool, breathtaking views of the countryside and a glimpse of the sea. Immaculate condition.

Superb town house close to the beach and local amenities with generous accommodation comprising: lounge/diner, fully fitted kitchen, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, WC, utility room, huge garage, several terraces, communal pool. Must be seen! Awaiting EPC

Well presented villa on a private urbanization in Puente Don Manuel with excellent access and fantastic views. Fully equipped kitchen, living/dining room with access to glazed terrace. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. 8mt x 4mt swimming pool, terrace and BBQ area. Must be seen. EPC Rating G

Awaiting EPC Ref: T30

325,000 euro

Ref: MS71

180,000 euro

Ref: T922

199,995 euro




Charming unfinished project located in the upper part of the village of Canillas de Albaida, of approx. 72m² with stunning views. There are 4 rooms plus a roof terrace. Great potential to make a lovely home or holiday rental.

Awaiting EPC

Unusual rustic property in a stunning, elevated location in the countryside between Archez and Cómpeta. 4 bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, living/dining room, loft, workshop, pool and well kept flat land with mature trees. 360º views to mountains and sea. Awaiting EPC

Superb home in a select development with communal pool, tennis court and gardens. Accommodation includes a garage with shower room, hall, open plan lounge / diner + terrace, kitchen, 2 baths, 3 beds and utility room. Patio and roof terrace with sea views. EPC Rating E

56,000 euro

Ref: C3566

Ref: C1364

485,000 euro

Ref: MS37

240,000 euro

The Grapevine Magazine January 2017  
The Grapevine Magazine January 2017