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In our 2 shops we offer a large selection of second hand furniture & household goods, as well as NEW gift items. We also buy and collect your unwanted furniture. Cómpeta: Avd. de la Constitución s/n, Tel. 606 137 083 / 605 288 422 Mon-Sat. 10-14 Algarrobo Costa: Avd. Andalucia 32, Tel: 690 846 373 Mon-Fri. 10-14 & 16-20 Sat. 10-14 Please visit our website:

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Editors Note... Last month I participated in a fabulous day out organised by Axareducaion and Competa Hikes. The aim was to teach kids about the wonderful landscape, flora, fauna and wildlife of the area so that it may be enjoyed understood and preserved. Myself and my two kids took part in the walk into the mountains with a local guide to learn more about the area we live in. After the walk we went back to Finca Los Pinos which is Competa Hikes own walking lodge. Here the kids used ther heated pool and paella was served to all. A quiz was hosted by Axareducaion and prizes given to all those who answered the questions.

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The kids had a brilliant day out and didn’t want to leave Finca Los Pinos! More walks will be arranged after the hotter summer months and I would definitely recommend the day out it was well organised and in a fabulous setting, so look out for more information later on in the year. The Grapevine Magazine would like to wish both Martin Robinson from Canillas de Albaida and Debi Bond from Competa good luck as this month they will both be raising money for charity through completing personal sporting challenges, Martin by Swimming and Debi with Cycling. More details on both challenges are inside this months magazine

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June Weather Days with rainfall: 1 Days Avg Max Temperature: 26.7 c Hours of Sunshine : 10 p/day The weather data is for guidance only and is the average monthly maximum for the Costa del Sol

No part of this publication may be used or reproduced or scanned without prior consent of The Grapevine Magazine. The Grapevine Magazine accepts no responsibility for any alterations to events listed, claims made by our advertisers or information provided by our contributors.


Enjoy and keep reading The Editor .

Inside This Month 28 An interview with Sebastian Chavos Construction Business, Second Hand shops and Rentals!


54 An interview with Christian from Ali Oli, Competa Ali Oli celebrates its first anniversary.

64 The Spanish Health System and Cancer Care The Health System and how to access it. 66 Products of Competa Ice creams with local and regional flavours prepared by using products from the land.


José Luis

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SUPPLY & FITTING Ÿ Venetian blinds, shutters, canopies, Ÿ fly-screens, beaded curtains. Ÿ Aluminium & PVC Windows, doors, Ÿ Sun lounges, extensions, glass curtains & shower screens Ÿ Lamps, lampshades, wall lights, strip lighting-wide range Ÿ Picture/poster/photo frames & framing service. Ÿ Laminating Glass (clear, tinted, textured) cut to size

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” Sunset Properties is a proactive and innovative local company. We use the internet as our shop front and advertise extensively. If you would like to find out more we would be very pleased to talk to you by phone, by e-mail or to meet you for an informal chat.”

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Superb 3 bed 2 bath south facing village villa (136 m²) with large living/dining room, master bed with balcony terrace, ample outside space, garage, plenty of room for a pool and stunning sea and coastal views.

A renovated village house (98m² approx) located in a quiet street with 2/3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. A large roof terrace offers outside living. Ideal as a rental property (proven rental history) or as a holiday home.

Charming south facing frontline 3 bed 1 bath townhouse (77 m²) situated just a stone’s throw from the beach with on-street parking, good sized living room, dining kitchen and roof terrace with fabulous sea views.

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Benamagosa Spacious nicely renovated 3 bed 3 bath village house (128 m²) with large living/dining room and open plan kitchen, courtyard, terrace and large roof terrace with glorious views.

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Superb south west facing 3 bed 3 bath villa (136 m²) with good access. 2 en suite beds, car port, great outdoor spaces, BBQ, pool and stunning sea and mountain views.

A great opportunity to purchase a delightful renovated country house (170m²) which retains a great deal of character. 3 beds and 2 baths, great open living space.


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Mondron (Periana)

Spacious nicely renovated rustic style village house (110 m²) with 2 beds, 1 bath and a cloak/wc, large open plan kitchen diner, good sized living room, 2 double beds and a roof terrace.

Fabulous beautifully presented 3 bed 2 bath villa (131 m²) with easy access, living room/separate dining room, kitchen/utility room, garage, pool, gardens, walled courtyard terrace and stunning sea and coastal views.

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Spacious well established south west facing 2 bed 2 bath villa (105 m²) with open plan accommodation, 2 glazed sun rooms, pool, terraces and sea views – a great holiday home/rental property.

Attractive spacious 2 storey 5 bed 2 bath townhouse (147 m²) on a beautifully maintained development of 26 houses with huge garage, terrace and use of communal pool, gardens and tennis court.

Superb 2 storey south facing 3 bed 2 bath villa (126 m²) within walking distance of the beach with spacious open plan living accommodation, garage, terraces, covered terrace, pool and roof terrace with sea views.


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Cutar Attractive nicely renovated 3 bed 2 bath village house (126 m²) with open plan kitchen and living room, separate dining room/occasional bed 4, covered terrace and roof terrace with panoramic views.

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Fully modernised 1st floor 3 bed 1 bath village apartment (85 m²) with good sized living accommodation, storage/utility room, terrace with countryside views and a large roof terrace.

Super modern 4 bed 1 bath townhouse (147 m²) within walking distance of local amenities with good sized living room, beautiful dining kitchen, cloak/wc, large terrace, garden, garage and store room. EPC - E



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Delightful modern 3 bed 2 bath villa (103.67m²) with excellent access, covered terrace, pool area with sun terrace and gardens - a great easy to maintain holiday home or rental property.


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Sayalonga Fabulous and very private 3 bed 2 bath villa (297 m²) with stunning living room, beautiful kitchen, superb en suite master bedroom, covered terrace, garage, office, large pool and spectacular mature gardens.


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Open to sensible offers! Enchanting traditional rustic style 2 bed 1 bath country house (169 m²) with lots of attractive features. Situated in a small hamlet with good access, large living room, separate dining room, 2 double beds and various terraces. EPC - F ref: v1047

Almayate Detached 2 bed 2 bath village house (147 m²) within walking distance of the beach with very spacious rooms, large kitchen with central island, sun room, terraces, covered terrace and magnificent sea views.


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Competa Great holiday/rental property - spacious 2 bed 2 bath villa (140 m²) with easy access, large living room and separate dining room, covered terrace, pool, storage rooms, car port and sea views.


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NEWS IN SPAIN This months update


pain’s first openly gay referee has walked away from the game, insisting he “cannot take any more”. Jesús Tomillero, who has been a referee from the age of the 11 and was working near the foot of the Spanish football pyramid in the Andalucían regional league, took the decision after he was subjected to abuse following his decision to give a penalty during a match between Portuense and San Fernando Isleño on Saturday Tomillero came out publicly last March as he presented a formal complaint against a kit man from Peña Madridista Linense in the under-19 league in Andalucía, which resulted in a nine-game ban and a €30 fine. He told the newspaper El Español he has been subjected to abuse since and that weekend he reached breaking point. Soon after Tomillero gave a penalty, he says someone from among the visiting supporters shouted: “That’s that poof who was on the telly,” adding, “you can stick the goal up your arse, you f*****g poof”. The referee said the worst thing was that “everyone in the crowd laughed”. He communicated his decision to quit football to the Andalucían football federation soon after.


he Florida Supreme Court has dismissed a prosecution appeal against the decision to order a new trial for a Spaniard who has been on death row for 15 years. Pablo Ibar, who has been behind bars for nearly 22 years at Rainford penitentiary in Starke,

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Florida, has always maintained his innocence in connection with a triple murder that took place in 1994. In February of this year, the high court ordered a retrial on the basis that mistakes were made during the first trial. The key piece of evidence in the prosecution’s case was a grainy, soundless home security video. With this new decision, 45-year-old Ibar could be transferred from death row “in 15 days at the outside,” according to the Association against the Death Penalty.


he EU warned Spain and Portugal to quickly meet the EU’s rules on public deficits but delayed any decision to slap fines against the countries until July. The unexpected reprieve from the EU for Spain delays a potential embarrassing decision against Madrid until after elections on June 26. Inflicting penalities against an EU member state for public overspending would have been an unprecedented step by the European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm “We have concluded that this is not the right moment economically or politically to take this step,” European Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici told a news briefing in Brussels. For the eighth consecutive year, austerity-weary Spain has overshot its fiscal targets, making it one of the worst performers in the eurozone. Spain’s acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he was eyeing more tax cuts if reelected, in defiance of the EU rules

on running up public deficits. Spain’s deficit came in at 5 percent of gross domestic product last year, far higher than the 4.2 percent initially promised to Brussels and vastly above the 3 percent limit set by EU rules. Madrid has also raised its public deficit target this year from 2.8 percent of GDP to 3.6 percent, which means Spain will once again overshoot the limit set by Brussels. Spain is gearing up for another election on June 26—the second in just six months after bickering parties failed to reach an agreement on a coalition government following inconclusive polls in December.


ix donkeys and one mule that made the television news last weekend are now safe in a refuge in Fuente de la Piedra. The organisation, El Refugio del Burrito, took responsibility for the animals this week, following a rescue operation in Vélez-Málaga involving National Police officers and various animal rescue associations. A total of 26 animals, including horses and four dogs, were found to be in “pitiful” condition at a farm in the town. The remaining animals, which weren’t registered with authorities, are now being looked after by a number of animal organisations. The owners of the farm, who don’t have licences to keep horses and donkeys, have been arrested and are being investigated by police.


he American hamburger giant McDonalds will return to Torremolinos after a fouryear absence, and the new restaurant is expecting to open its doors to the public in the next few months. The restaurant will occupy the same premises as the old McDonalds, only this time there will be a 93 square metre terrace, instead of the 15 metres available previously. Even though McDonalds has franchises in Playamar and Los Álamos, the centre of the town has been “happy-meal” free for more than four years, following the closure of the previous restaurant in January 2012.

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HOTEL BALCÓN DE CÓMPETA THE THREE STAR HOTEL IN THE BEAUTIFUL VILLAGE OF CÓMPETA C/San Antonio, 75 - Cómpeta Tel: (+34) 952 55 3662 / 3535 Fax (+34) 952 51 6780 Email: WHATSAPP: (+ 34) 671132563 FACEBOOK: /HotelBalconDeCompeta Website: See Map Spot 11

RESTAURANTE MARIA SUNDAY LUNCH: Every Sunday. Traditional Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding (other Dishes are Available), set menu of 3 dishes just 10 euros, no drinks included PAELLA: Every Sunday from 13.00h. TANGO SHOW SATURDAY 18th JUNE: from 19:30h in the Ball Room. Tickets at 10€ available in Reception or Todo Papel. Tickets at 12€ at the entrance. Book your table in advance. POOL OPENING TO THE PUBLIC FROM FRIDAY 24th JUNE CHARITY EVENT SUNDAY 26th JUNE: Lunch at the Pool Bar to help Ian with his Problem (Brittle Bone Disease) in his recovery with its psychotherapeutic therapies. BEAUTY SESSION, TAKE CARE OF YOUR SKIN: Every Monday from 17.00h you can enjoy a Beauty Session. You will try some products in a Women’s Party, Do not miss this opportunity because Mary Kay does not sell beauty, it teaches. Reservation is necessary (maximum 4 people per session and maximum 2 hours). Breakfast Menu including a Full English Breakfast Kitchen open daily for Lunch & Dinner in the Bar or Restaurante María, except Thursdays. Menu del día, only 8 € including one drink (not available on Sundays), only for Lunch Celebrate your Birthday, Meet with your Friends, Confirmation, Wedding or any Event you like in our Ball Room, Restaurant, Terrace or by the Pool

Info & Reservations: +34 952553535 Taxi Service available 24h

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Come & take a look at the newly re-decorated Rooms

Restaurante El Pilón C/Laberinto 1, Cómpeta, Málaga (+34) 952 553 512 (+34) 687 029 147 (Dani)

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Open 7 nights a week from 7.00 - 11.00 Sunday lunch will be finishing on 1st May for the summer season “We are a 2015 winner… and the only restaurant in Cómpeta to receive this award four years in a row!”

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El Cortijo

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Bar & Restaurante Avd Canillas 6, Competa Abierto todas las noches de 18.30 - 23.00 Open every night from 18.30 - 23.00 Jedeu / Abend / Geoffuet 18.30 -23.00 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€

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Private on-site Parking Tel: 952 553 647, Mov: 679 080 521 / 617 066 855

Aurelia and Natalia have taken over El Cortijo (formly Cortico Paco) with 10 years of experience as chefs at a previous restaurant in Competa they are now looking forward to having their own restaurant where they will offer new flavours and new ideas. They offer customers a relaxed atmosphere, fabulous food with spectacular views down to the coast.

Meat on the stone Sirloin beef steak (250gr) Filet beef steak (300gr) Skewer of beef and chicken (300gr) Pork steak (300gr) Skewer of chicken (300gr)

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Restaurante Cantueso

Summer opening: Lunch & Dinner Tuesday to Saturday. Sundays Lunch only and closed Monday. Tapas and light bites every day. A la carte always available. Please let us know you are coming – it helps with planning! See our website and blog for menu and latest information

Restaurante y Casas Rurales Periana Tel: 699 946 213 e-mail:

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ast month I wrote about the five kittens rescued from the rubbish bins in Cómpeta. As you may recall, four of them sadly died and Sandiey, one of our amazing volunteers, was desperately trying to keep the remaining kitten alive. I'm so pleased to be able to let you know that after weeks of tender loving care, Sandiey has saved little “Mono”, who is now strong and healthy and about to go to her new home. Sandiey's job wasn't easy and she'd like to share the story of the kittens with you. I hope you'll take the time to read her words, written below. Sandiey's story It's cruel, inhumane, heartbreaking and unnecessary. I know it's probably been said before but I feel I have to say it again. Putting live animals into rubbish bins and leaving them to die is not the answer to the problem. I believe this creates more problems in the long term. The mother cat suffers, being

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distressed by the loss of her litter and she may also develop mastitis as the kittens are unable to suckle on her. This is an extremely painful infection for the mother cat and may even kill her. As for the litter of kittens, they are now without their mother and will have to fight for survival. Someone has to tend to them every two hours to bottle feed them and do all the things the mother would do. As I have been successful in the past, hand-rearing kittens and puppies, I offered to take care of the five kittens that had been found abandoned in the bins. When I received them, they were wet, smelly, ice-cold and dehydrated and it was a battle just to try and raise their body temperatures. Unfortunately, three of the kittens died within twenty four hours and another one died a week later. I felt so sad and a failure as they had been through so much. Luckily, I still had one left that was thriving. She was the smallest of them all, but has proved to be the strongest. So after all the trauma and lack of sleep, I had one success -

“Mono”, a cute little kitten, who's now ready to go to her new home. If the mother of these kittens had been neutered, none of this would have been necessary. Please, if you have an animal that needs neutering and are unable to meet the costs involved, ask Action for Animals to help. It will save so much heartache in the long run. Thank you. Sandiey (Action for Animals volunteer) Action for Animals Charity Shop, Avenida de la Constitución 59, Cómpeta. Opening hours: 10.00-14.00 Monday to Friday and 10.0013.30 Saturday Telephone 660586040 Follow us on Facebook: Action for Animals (UK/Spain)

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Commenting on the survey, British ambassador Simon Manley said: It’s great to see so many Brits saying they are happy and content in Spain as a result of their efforts to integrate into local life. I would definitely urge others to follow their example. If you are settling here, the first and most important thing to do is to register on the padrón. That way you can access the health and social services you may need now or in future. If you fail to register, then you can’t expect support from the Spanish system later. Some of the most tragic cases that we see in our Consulates are the consequences of people having moved to Spain – often years earlier – but not signing up on the padrón or integrating into their local Spanish communities.

DISCOVER THE SECRETS TO A HAPPY LIFE IN SPAIN Ambassador urges British residents to follow the example of those who are most content


ome of the secrets to happy living in Spain are revealed in a new survey by the British Embassy on how expatriates adjust to a life in the sun. Integration into the Spanish way of life is the key, the survey reveals. More than half of the British residents who responded say they speak Spanish regularly with friends and neighbours, enjoy Spanish food, use the Spanish healthcare system and employ Spanish tradespeople. The adjective ‘happy’ is the word that they most commonly use to describe their lives in Spain, followed by ‘relaxed’ and ‘content’.

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But some Brits admit to getting by without learning Spanish or registering on the padrón, and fail to make Spanish friends or keep up with Spanish news and politics, all things that appear to help others get more out of living in Spain. Almost 1600 people responded to the British Embassy’s ‘Integrometer’ online survey into levels of resident integration. Two-thirds live in Andalucia or the Comunidad de Valencia, where there are some high concentrations of British residents and integration is often low. Further significant numbers live in the Canaries, Murcia, the Balearics, Catalunya and the Madrid region.

Nine out of 10 people say they are registered on the padrón, which implies that one in 10 survey respondents have yet to do so. More than half say they have a Spanish will, and over 50% have a Spanish driving licence. Two thirds are registered for Spanish healthcare, with another 13% having private medical insurance. But an alarming 16% admit they have failed to provide for their healthcare in Spain, leaving them at serious risk of difficulties in the event of an accident or illness. Spanish food proves popular. Nearly a quarter say they eat a Spanish meal every day, and eight out of ten do so at least once a week. Only 6% say they eat a Spanish meal less than once a month. From: British Embassy Madrid

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BRITISH CONSULATE MALAGA WARNS TOURISTS OVER CAR CRIME Take care of your passport or face a £100 bill for an emergency replacement, warns the British Consulate in Malaga.


ritish Consulate Malaga warns tourists over car crime In Andalucia last year, more than 1,000 British nationals had to stump up for an Emergency Travel Document after their passports were lost, stolen or expired. In one in five cases, their passports had been stolen from cars.

Vice-Consul Rosslyn Crotty said:

To help tackle the problem, car hire companies and the British Consulate have launched a new campaign to reduce theft from vehicles.

Driverscan easily reduce the risk of passport theft, by following these helpful tips:

The Consulate is partnering with DELPASO, Helle Hollis, Arrow Cars, Record Go, All in Car Hire, Centauro and Europcar, in a campaign that builds on a pilot project with DELPASO last year that reduced passport thefts from their rental vehicles by a third. DELPASO placed posters in their customer area and added flyers from the Consulate in customer welcome packs.

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“We’re working with the police, car hire firms and the airport to cut the number of stolen passports. But there are very simple steps that Brits themselves can take. Treat your passport like a £100 note – because that’s the cost of a temporary replacement.”

Ÿ Avoid leaving your passport in a

parked car. People hiring cars at the airport often go straight to the supermarket to stock up on groceries. Thieves target vehicles at supermarkets if they look ‘weighed down’ with luggage. Ÿ Be alert to distraction thieves.

They may bump into your car or gesture as if there’s a problem with it. Whilst you’re talking to them, their friend is stealing

your valuables. Ÿ Park your car in a well-lit,

secure car park. This will reduce the risk of passport theft, and improve personal safety when returning to your car at night. David, Matthews, Director of DELPASO Car Hire, said: “We rent cars to thousands of British tourists every year and it’s important to us that they have a safe, enjoyable experience. Working with the British Consulate Malaga helps us to get safety messages across to our customers, who may be surprised at the advice letter from the Consulate in our welcome pack. As a result of the pilot, we’ve seen a reduction in the number of vehicles coming back to us with broken windows or other signs of robbery.”

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Home & Away Villa Care & Property Maintenance We Look after Your Home While Your Away

Property & Pool Maintenance Villa Cleaning & Handovers Also: Building Works, Plastering, Rendering, Brickwork, Painting & Carpentry Emergency Call-Out Contact: Jason or Tony 675615893 / 617865869 To advertise call 637 028 873 To advertise call 637 028 873

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Free Naturewalk organised by Competa based businesses Competa Hikes & Axareducacion. Teaching children about nature in their local community.

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INGREDIENTS 1.5L vanilla ice-cream 5 sheets filo pastry 1 cup macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped 1/2 fresh pineapple, peeled, cored, thinly sliced 4 large passionfruit, pulp removed 1/2 cup brown sugar (firmly packed)

Preheat oven to 190C/170C fan forced.

METHOD Line a 20 x 30cm slice pan with plastic wrap, allowing the sides to overhang.

Cut into 12 squares and transfer to the lined tray.

Remove ice-cream from freezer and allow to soften slightly.

Line a baking tray with baking paper. Spray 1 filo sheet with oil and top with another filo sheet. Repeat layers with remaining filo and oil spray.

Spray the top of the squares with oil and sprinkle with the macadamia.

golden and caramelised. Remove the ice-cream from the tray. Cut into 8 squares, slightly smaller than the pastry squares. Place a pastry square on each serving plate. Top with an ice-cream square and pineapple slice. Repeat layers, then top with a layer of pastry. Drizzle with a little remaining passionfruit pulp.

Bake for 10 minutes until crisp. SERVES 4

Use a large spoon to stir icecream and 3â „4 of the passionfruit pulp in a bowl until combined.

Cool completely on tray.

Spread into the lined pan.

Sprinkle the sugar over the base of a non-stick frying pan. Top with pineapple.

Smooth surface. Freeze for 4 hours or until firm.

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Cook over medium-low heat for 6-8 minutes or until the sugar melts and the pineapple is

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Classes are subject to booking and weather conditions. .

Booking online via the facebook and website "Book Now" buttons. .

4 euro per session. Bring water or other appropriate hydration and small towel.

+34 616 341 709 Avenida Juan Pablo II, Competa Timetable likely to change so please check the website

Class Time Table Sunday: 9-10am Circuit Training Sunday: 10.30-11.30 Spin (Static Cycling) Monday: 9-10am Spin (Static Cycling) Wednesday: 8-9am Spin (Static Cycling) Thursday: 9-10am Circuit Training Friday: 9am Metafit HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) Friday: 9-10pm Spin (Static Cycling)

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Tabla de Clase Domingo: 9-10am Entrenamiento en Circuito Domingo: 10.30-11.30 Spinning (Bicicleta Estatica) Lunes: 9-10am Spinning (Bicicleta Estatica) Miercoles: 9-10am Spinning (Bicicleta Estatica) Jueves: 9am Entrenamiento en Circuito Viernes: 9am Metafit HIIT (Entrenamiento Intervรกlico de alta intensidad) Viernes: 9pm Spinning (Bicicleta Estatica)

Personal Training, Triathlon Coaching, Sports Massage & Kinesiology Taping available onsite. For details of our latest offers on Personal Training and accommodation deals please go to

Pavo Real

Bar and Restaurant Open 6 days a week (incl. Kitchen) Spit Roast Chickens 7.50 euro Closed Wednesday (Thur, Fri, Sat & Sun) 12.00pm until late - TEL: 654 869 083 call to order 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 euro or 3 courses 11 euro Live music for

the warmer evenings in June look out for me information.

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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. 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 Wills each horse. Inheritance A thorough examination of the hooves. Property Purchases A checking out the saddle of our horses. LOS CABALLOS DEL MOSQUIN Company Incorporations Spring has arrived! An analisis of our riding according Taxes (both residents & non residents) to the "Alexander technic". his month of May at Los and early mornings give us

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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

another dimension to the experience of a ride in the natural park.

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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 The Grapevine 27 To To advertise advertise call call637 637028 028873 873 The Grapevine advertise call 637 028 873 The Grapevine 63 The Grapevine ToTo advertise call 637 028 873 2458 To advertise call 637 028 873 The Grapevine To advertise call 637 028 873 12 The Grapevine The Grapevine 41 To62 advertise call 637 028 873

How did you get into the construction industry, what training or qualifications do you have? Since I was a little boy I liked the construction business and when I was 15 years old I started working as a laborer. At the age of 17 I was already a first officer. At 19 I started my own company as self employed. Since then I work in the construction business. ¿Qué servicios o productos ofrece el negocio? Ofrecemos todo tipo de trabajos relacionados con la construcción: reformas, nueva construcción, locales comerciales, mantenimiento, fontanería, electricidad, limpieza, pintura...

AN INTERVIEW WITH SEBASTIAN CHAVOS Contruction Business, Second Hand shops and Rentals!

Has vivido en Cómpeta toda su vida? Nací en Cómpeta y he vivido y trabajado siempre aquí. Have you lived in Cómpeta all your life? I was born in Cómpeta and I have always lived and worked here. ¿Qué te gusta de Cómpeta? El encanto que tiene, la gente y la diversidad cultural. What do you love about Competa? The charm it has, the people and the cultural diversity. Siempre quiso ser dueño de

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su propio negocio? Si, desde siempre he querido tener mi propio negocio. Did you always want to own your own businesses? Yes, I always wanted to have my own business. ¿Cómo te metiste en la industria de construcciones, qué formación o calificaciones tiene usted? Desde pequeño me ha encantado la construcción y con 15 años empecé a trabajar como peón y con 17 años ya estaba como oficial de primera. Con 19 años monté mi propia empresa como autónomo. Desde entonces me dedico a la construcción.

What services or products does the business offer? We offer all kinds of works related to the construction: reforms, new construction, commercial premises, maintenance, plumbing, electricity, cleaning, painting... También tiene un negocio de vacaciones, es este exitoso? Empezamos en el año 1989 a raíz de la crisis que hubo en la construcción. Se nos quedaron muchas casas sin vender y entonces las pusimos en alquiler y a partir de allí empezó el negocio del alquiler. Also you have a rentals business is this successful? We started in 1989 due to the crisis that occurred in construction. We could not sell many of the houses, so we started to rent them. ¿Cuánto tiempo ha tenido su propio negocio en Cómpeta y los cambios que ha habido desde que abrió por primera vez? Abrí mi primero negocio en Cómpeta hace 40 años. En la

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Continue to work hard to provide the best service to our clients. Haces todo el trabajo usted mismo? ¿Tiene otros empleados? No trabajo solo, cuento con 20 empleados que conforman un gran equipo de profesionales especializados. Do you do all the work yourself? Do you have other employees? No, I don´t work alone, I have 20 employees who form a great team of professionals. ¿Qué opinas que atribuye a un negocio exitoso en Cómpeta? Ofrecer siempre lo mejor y ser constante. What do you think attributes to a successful business in Cómpeta? Always offer the best and be constant. ¿Dónde te ves en 10 años? Me veo como pensionista disfrutando de los manjares que ofrece la vida con la familia.

crisis del 1987 monté un parque de atracciones infantil en Torre del Mar, lo tuvimos durante 7 años para diversificar el negocio, ya que la construcción ha sido siempre nuestra actividad principal. En la crisis del 2006 empezamos con la tienda de segunda mano en Cómpeta, este año cumple ya 5 años y en el 2013 montamos una segunda tienda de segunda mano en Algarrobo-Costa. How long have you had your own business In Cómpeta and what changes have there been since you first opened? I opened my first business in Cómpeta 40 years ago. In the crisis of 1987 I set up a children's

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attraction park in Torre del Mar. We had it for more than 7 years in order diversify the business as construction had always been our main business. In the crisis of 2006 we opened a second hand shop in Cómpeta. This year we celebrate our 5th year anniversary. In 2013 we set up another second shop in Algarrobo-Costa. ¿Tiene algún plan de futuro para la empresas en Cómpeta? Seguir trabajando duro para poder ofrecer el mejor servicio a nuestros clientes.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time? I see myself as pensioner enjoying the delicacies offered by life with my family. ¿Qué hace usted para divertirse? Salir con los amigos, pasar tiempo en familia y la pesca. What do you do for fun? Going out with friends, spending time with my family and going fishing. See advert on page 2

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Good quality, reasonably priced, antiques, furniture and interesting artefacts for the home and garden. We also buy good quality items, offer a restoration service and free delivery locally.

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La Taberna de Oscar Plaza Pantale贸n Romero, 2, C贸mpeta Tel: 952 55 37 22 email:

Exotic ingredients, big flavours, dishes to share. Oscar's offers you a wonderful and varied menu that is unique to Competa. We have wok specialities and many vegetarian options, as well as authentic tagines and curries. Of course we also offer Spanish and Mediterranean food as well as a 'Specials Board' that changes daily. Choose from such dishes as our: -

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THE GREAT FORGOTTEN OF SPAIN 1st of May 'Day of the Podenco'


fell hook line and sinker in love on my inaugural trip to the mountains of the Axarquía fifteen years ago. It was a brief encounter but is still emblazoned on my heart. The handsome being of my affections was a Podenco Andaluz wandering the streets of a pueblo blanco, abandoned and malnourished. It was my first meeting with this canine breed. With their ridiculously long ears, clown-like

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and sensitive behaviour, their gentle nobility is befitting of their resemblance to the Egyptian God, Anubis. But despite their God-like appearance, they are far from revered by their hunterowners. Podencos and Galgos the Spanish greyhound, another hunting breed - are often kept in crowded pens with little food, as it is believed that hunger will make them keener hunters. When they fail to perform sufficiently at the hunt, thousands are abandoned each season. It's

simply easier to “get a new model” for the next year than care for the dogs in the intervening months. They have traditionally never been considered a pet and have no value after they have served their masters as a hunter. The 'lucky' ones, most under four years old, are surrendered to perreras (kill shelters), where most have only a week or so until they are euthanised. Others suffer a range of more barbaric deaths. Since that first encounter, sadly

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not much has changed for the Podencos. Only now I wonder if they are abandoned in even larger numbers. Rescuers estimate that between 100,000 and 150,000 Podencos and Galgos are abandoned and killed each year as redundant tools of the hunting fraternity. The Podenco is a breed little known outside the Iberian Peninsula, with close cousins in Ibiza and the Canary Islands. Yet on May Day in the UK, a large pack of Podencos, Galgos, Bodegueros and other Spanish hounds now rehomed in Britain took to the streets of London in a peaceful photo protest. As a result of volunteering as a fosterer for Axarquía Animal Rescue and, happily having a “failed foster” at my first attempt, I now share my life with Oro, a 10 year old Podenco Andaluz who I know with certainty had a miserable start in life from his reaction to gunshots, however distant. We'd only recently driven back from Andalucía to England and had barely “landed”, yet having seen more stray Podencos than ever in and between the hill villages, and hearing the start of unhelpful scare stories of packs of wild dogs, we were keen to do what we could to raise the profile of these mistreated and often misunderstood dogs. And so Oro and I joined his Spanish brothers and sisters on a spring day more reminiscent of the blue skies and sun of Spain than the UK capital. The 1st of May marchers delivered letters of protest and a photocard petition of Spanish hounds now living happily as pets in the UK to the Spanish Embassy and to 10 Downing Street. Each dog had a story to tell of their rescue from situations of abandonment, extreme neglect and significant abuse. Most of the dogs had recovered from terrible injuries and

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psychological trauma. Many had been on death row in the perreras having been handed in or rounded up from the streets where they had been dumped. According to data from La F.A.P.A.M, (Federación de Asociaciones Protectoras y de Defensa Animal de la Comunidad de Madrid), a healthy dog is killed every 3 minutes in Spain. The London protest was a Facebook-led campaign initiated by Podenco Alliance and Podenco Support South West. The protest is supported by others from amongst the numerous Spanish and international refuges in Spain, the increasingly vocal group of Spanish activists, film-makers and individual Spanish police and lawyers who are trying to turn the tide of animal cruelty in Spain, and by many of the online community of fundraising and volunteering individuals working to rescue and re-home the dogs. A Facebook group with over 20,500 members, 'The Million Paw March for Justice' was also represented. Navigating the busy London pavements on their march, our affable “hunting pack” drew surprise and admiration from tourists at Parliament Square. Some recognised the dogs from their holidays in Spain where they had seen such strays on the streets, yet so few people know the plight of these hounds outside of Spain. Just prior to the march, the campaign celebrated a major boost with the support of British actress, author and activist Joanna Lumley: “The appalling treatment of Spanish Hunting Dogs strikes a chill to the heart; it is impossible to believe that a country as sophisticated and fine as Spain could tolerate such unforgivable cruelty to living creatures. I add my name to the many who are calling for this inhumanity to be stopped once and for all”

- Joanna Lumley OBE The newly designated 1st of May 'Day of the Podenco' follows on from the 1st of February, designated the Day of the Galgo. February marks the end of the hunting season when most dogs are discarded by their hunterowners. The Galgos are better known than the Podencos due to the practice of hunters hanging Galgos from olive trees and the greyhound rescue groups have taken up their wider plight. The Podencos die more invisibly and in greater numbers. Marches took place concurrently in Manchester, Glasgow, Mijas, and more recently, Berlin. And the protests go on with more marches organised in Belgium, The Netherlands, France and Germany over the coming months. The aim of the campaigners is to help change the root causes that lead to so many animals experiencing the pain of abuse and abandonment. We do not hold a position of judgement but do believe in working collaboratively towards a Spain heralded for its compassion rather than its cruelty. "Our work will focus on education for a cultural shift towards good animal welfare. Education projects will work with Spanish vets and the hunting community on animal health initiatives." - Polly Mathewson (The Podenco Alliance). We wait with hope for a response from the Spanish government, and the UK government, as a start to acknowledging the Great Forgotten of Spain: the Podencos, and their fellow hunting breeds. Words: Nikki de Gruchy All photos © Nikki de Gruchy xposure

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Bar Amalia

Dot welcomes you to Bar Amalia in Archez for home cooked meals using local seasonal ingredients. Quiz night on 3rd June, 8.30pm maximum of 4 people per team, come along and join in the fun. Our Monthly Music Night is on Friday 24th June with the Jack Cade Rebellion. Spanish classes every Tuesday and Friday. Beginners 11.30 and intermediate at 12.30 5 euros per person Mon Closed during day re-open at 7.00pm Tue to Sat 12.00 - until close Sun open from 12.30 Last orders for food 8.30pm Closed Wednesdays - Tel 634302480




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Sunday lunch served from 1.30-5 pm. Succulent slices of beef,lamb or Chicken with yorkshire pudding, roast & mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables & gravy. 8 euros Home cooked foods Friday & Saturday night Specials, come along and enjoy the traditional Spanish food prepared by Maria, our guest cook. Our new menu is available from the beginning of June, lots of tasty snacks, starters, main courses and homemade puddings.

CP AUTO AIR CONDITIONING Mini service and re-gas 29€ Mobile service now available Tel: 0034 649 307 966 Email:

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coming to see him at work. Over the last 13 months Ali OLi has developed hugely whilst still providing food and drink in comfortable surrounds at excellent prices. It is also well known for its music nights and themed evenings. Also, once a month there is a Quiz and Open Mic night organised by residents in the area. Christian has been extremely pleased by the support he has had from the locals and would like to thank them all for their business and help.

AN INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTIAN FROM ALI OLI Ali Oli celebrates its first anniversary.


li Oli located just off Plaza Vendimia, Competa has now been open just over a year. They celebrated their first anniversary last month with tapas, music and dancing and great fun was had by those that attended, as shown by the photos apposite! Ali Oli is run by Christian who is a renowned chef in the area. Christian started his career in London in 1976 and has spent the years to date working in various restaurants learning new skills and culinary creations. He has gained experience form around the world namely London at the Peppermint Park Restaurant, provided pacific rim food during his time in Australia

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and of course more recently in Europe . Christian moved to Competa in 1997 and worked in El Pilon Restaurant which he then took over as both head chef and owner. It was at his time at El Pilon where he gained experience over what the tourists wanted to eat and enjoyed providing food that was different to what was readily available in the area. His new venture ALI OLI bar and restaurant is a more relaxed environment. He described it as the bar he would want to relax in, if he wasn’t cooking that is! He has named his bar after his children Alexandra and Oliver although they are now all grown up, when they visit Competa; they do enjoy

Moving forward Christian is bringing in pre order platters for 2 people or more, examples of these are the Seafood platter, Stuffed Crown of lamb, Nut Loaf and Beef Wellington. Just pop inside and ask for the full pre order menu and then book a table! Ali Oli will be open for lunches too from now onwards and also the healthy Juices and smoothies made to order are also back for the summer. A favourite for the locals over the winter has been the Ali Oli Sunday Brunch menu which will also continue over the summer... this is a definite must if you haven’t had Sunday brunch yet! Christian explained parties have become extremely popular and successful. Bespoke parties have been organised for locals and he wants to encourage more people to use Ali Oli as a party venue. He particularly enjoys the challenge of discussing menus and creating food for an individual party. However it’s not just the food it’s the overall ambience the he believes can be created at Ali Oli. Whether it’s through music or with a band or naturally through the return of themed parties which seem to have made a comeback, it can all be done at Ali Oli. See advert on page 56

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open mic night See Map ered by Nina mp co Spot 23 th 10 i Fr and poetry.... dy me co c, si mu . .all acts welcome Serving gourmet food just off Plaza Vendimia, Competa 9. 51 2 call 633 17

ALiOLi, gourmet chill out bar with comfy sofas and chairs. Perfect venue for private parties with food and music of your choice.

Month ly quiz for action for an imals Wed. 1 Air con. Older English cider and Carling extra cold on tap. 5th fr With q om 8pm uiz Mis Perfect venue for your bespoke party, at very good prices. tress Megan Extensive carte of order in advance dishes. . Made to order cocktails and smoothies ave w w e N New menu weekly. inc. Shared mixed tapas. Punk/ . l night Opening hours Tue.… Sat..... 12...4... and ...6.....til late...… Reviva 4th... Fri. 2 Sunday at 12 noon. Open mic Night 10th June. Music comedy poetry if you’d like to have a go contact Nina at the charity shop.

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White wines need to be chilled in the ice bucket between 20-25 minutes and should be served immediately after opening. Red wine should be chilled for about 15-16 minutes and they to should be served immediately upon opening. Another easy and helpful way to chill wine to the right temperature is to have a wine cellar. You can get a wine cellar for a few hundred dollars that can hold about 24 bottle of wine or spend a lot more and get one that can hold an entire collection. This option is not for everyone but something to consider. On a wine cellar you set the temperature of the wine to the exact temperature you wish to store it at and when you are ready to drink simply uncork, decant and enjoy.

SERVING WINE? Temperature does matter


f wine is not served at the right temperature it could severely hinder the taste and experience of the drink. When wine however is served at the right temperature the wine gains a balance and a taste that is unmatched. Perfect is the way that wine should be and most often times our wine is not perfect. In fact to often its far from it and many people really never know the difference. Red wines are best served just slightly below room temperature or around 67-68 degrees. When red wine is served too warm it develops a strong alcohol taste and the real taste of the wine has all but vanquished. White wines are served best just slightly below 50 degrees Fahrenheit and when cooled properly it has a fresh clean fruit flavour that seems to be full of life. If white

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wine is chilled incorrectly it will taste weak and lifeless and as though the flavour has faded and dulled. The easiest and fastest way to serve wine at the right temperature isn't putting it in the freezer for 10 minutes as some would have you believe. Please do not kill your wine by freezing it unless you really want to see all the flavour wave on its way out the door. What you should do is fill an ice bucket equal parts full of water and ice. Then simply submerge the bottle of wine into the bucket just to the base of the neck. If you do not have an ice bucket I really suggest getting one they are very inexpensive and well worth it. If you are having dinner with guests this weekend and don't have one then just grab a large bowl and use the steps above to chill the wine to the right temperature.

A very important tool to have especially when you are entertaining guests is a long probe wine thermometer. When you un-cork the bottle of wine you can insert the thermometer to see how close to being ready to serve it is. Once its ready you can either serve the wine in a decanter or pour for your guests. Once you have plenty of practice you will no longer need a thermometer as you'll be able to tell when your wine is cool enough by the feel of the bottle. I like to compare this to learning how to grill a steak. When you grill a steak for the first time its never right and the way you want it. After you've grilled steak for a few years you'll be able to serve it to that perfect shade of pink you like time after time. Cooling wine is the same way(minus the fire and charcoal) tools will help but eventually you won't need them anymore and will serve the perfect bottle of wine every time. Michael Brown

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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




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Townhouse on urbanisation with tennis courts and swimming pool. 3 Bedrooms &3 bathrooms and a 99m2 basement.

Three bedroom campo house with front patio and terrace. Two separate outside storage rooms.

Two bedrooms, patio, two terraces, study, kitchen with pantry, lounge. On a quiet street.








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Corner terrace house with front patio as well as two terraces. Located very close to the beach. 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Allocated covered parking space.

Beautiful country home with separate guest accomodation. Bedrooms 3 + 1. Bathrooms 2 + 1. Swimming pool and established gardens. Good access within walking distance of the village.

Lovely country house with unbeatable views. 3 bedrooms.2 bathrooms. Kitchen, lounge and dining room. Garage.




We currently have a high demand for country homes, please call to place your house for sale with us. Wrought Iron & Aluminum Metal Work

Carpinteria Metalica y de Aluminio .

Felipe Arrebola Lopez .

Avd de Torrox, 46 29754, CÓMPETA (MÁLAGA) TEL: 952 51 63 58 Movil: 608 656 746

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El Recreo

El Recreo Tapas•Mesón


Keep out the heat but keep the view! Enjoy the sunshine in comfort We tint: cars, mobile homes, offices, conservatories, patio doors, glass curtains, glazed balconies & yachts Infact: if its glass we’ll tint it!

Reduce:Heat, glare & expensive air con expenses For more information contact: 902 888 176 / 644 546 176

Electricians Fully qualified All work undertaken Free Estimates Roger 648 025 901 Mike 606 246 902

Floristeria Maritoñi Plantas Naturales y Artificiales Todo tipo de ceramica para su jardin Especialidad en bodas y grandes eventos Natural & Artificial Plants and Flowers Selection of Ceramic ornaments for the garden Specialists in weddings and large events

C/ Camino de Archez, 4, 29754 Competa See Map Tlf: 952516354 - Mov: 699143815 Spot 46

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See Map Located next to the Town Hall in Competa Spot 33 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

El Bazar de Competa Perfumery, Herbalist, Cosmetics, Jewellery & Gifts

952 516 895 See Map Spot 30

Avenida Constitucion, Local 5, Competa

Map Michael ’s See Spot 27 Upholstery

11b Calle del Carmen, Competa Tel: 952 55 34 64

Re-upholstery of antique and modern furniture.

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See Map Spot 40 Avd. Saylonga 24B, Cómpeta (Málaga) / Tel: 952 516 107 Avd. Constitución, Costezuela Local 1, Cómpeta (Málaga) / Tel: 952 553 589 Plaza de la Constitución 4Bajo Torrox-Pueblo (Málaga) / Tel: 952 538 337 /

Torrox Special offer: 435,000€ Sayalonga

Nº of beds & Baths: 3 bed 3 bath Sq m2: 204 Ref: V686 Pool: Yes


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Your preferences From the village to the country side, a day trip to Granada, to the hospital, the airport or shopping in Málaga, traveling with Taxi Silvia is a pleasure. Prices With Taxi Silvia there are no unpleasant surprises about the price, we work with fixed rates for several journeys like to the airport or between the village and the country side. Before we drive off the price has been agreed upon.

Air conditioning - Installations & Repair Home Appliance Repairs - Sale & Hire of Sound Equipment - Renewable Energy Jordi - Tecnician - Canillas de Albaida - Mov: 689 50 96 66

Country Market Country Market Los Jardines del Trapiche Every Tuesday 9.30am - 1.30pm

BarArchez La- C/.Extremeña Camponamor 17 Los Jardines del Trapiche is A fantastic market of new and hand-made items with outdoor stalls, indoor stalls with air-conditioning Something for everyone Tel: 627 87 71 64

Family run bar in Archez, serving Spanish food. Open all day, every day, serving breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Tapas, raciones & main meals. Inside dining or outside dining on the terrace.

take the 272 onto the a356, Velez Malaga,Turn off at el cruce towards benamargosaGo over the roundabout and we are on the left hand side just before the private airport

Tel: 952557886 Tel: Rafa 696 34 31 16 Rafa Junior 622 77 94 45

We stock Cider!

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THE SPANISH HEALTH SYSTEM AND CANCER CARE The Health System and how to access it.


his guide has been put together by the volunteers of the Competa Cudeca Cancer Care Support Group (CCCCSG) and to the best of our knowledge reflects the situation in Spain at present.

Cancer can be a lonely place whether you are living with it or know someone who is. This guide aims to steer you through your journey with advice, hints and tips from exprts working in this area and those who have experienced treatment first hand.

The Grapevine Magazine has kindly agreed to publish this guide over the next three months. The first part covers access to the Spanish Health System, the second part will cover Medical Problems and Cancer Treatment and the final part will cover At Home living with an illness along with a list of useful contact numbers.

PART ONE - The Health System and how to access it.

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The European Health Insurance Card EHIC that replaced the E111 in 2006 entitles holders to free medically necessary/emergency treatment due to illness or accident whilst temporarily visiting Spain. For more detailed and up to the

minute information on this go to thcare-in-spain IMPORTANT NOTE - You can be billed for non-urgent treatment in Spanish Social Security hospitals if you do not come under the category described above. Those permanently residing in Spain, aged under 65 and not contributing to Social Security are not entitled to free healthcare and will be required to return to their country of residence or be required to hold Private Health Insurance cover (see exceptions below; Who else is eligible for

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Social Security). In extreme cases where it is evident that a person is without finance or access to financial assistance, then you may approach the British Consulate who may then help with repatriation to the UK. Ex-Military Service Personnel can contact the British Legion for assistance. Those 65 and over who are citizens of the European Economic Area, registered with their local Town Hall as a resident need to register with the Spanish Health System and will then be provided with a TARJETA SANITARIA INDIVIDUAL by the JUNTA DE ANDALUCIA (Health Card). The husband/wife/nominated beneficiary will also be provided with a card even if aged below 65. In this instance, it is important to note that should the main card holder pass away, the additional card provided to the wife/husband/beneficiary will be withdrawn and you will need to reapply under your new status. Who else is eligible for Spanish Social Security (SS)? All people over the age of 65 who are citizens of one of the European Economic Area (registered appropriately)or who are paying into the Spanish Social Security system, (working either contracted or selfemployed) or a beneficiary of someone with SS. The process starts at the local Oficina de Extranjeros, Police Station Torre del Mar to obtain an NIE (Número de Identidad de Extranjero) and a certificate of residency Tarjeta de Residencia (residency card)*. With these two documents you will need to visit the INNS office in Vélez Málaga (Avda. Toré Toré, 5 Torre del Mar 29740 VELEZ MALAGA Tel: 952543400) with proof of age – passport; then

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register with a Doctor at the Local Health Centre/Consultorio. *You may also require a Certificado de Empadronamiento. When is it needed? The use of the Certificado de Empadronamiento varies greatly from one administrative region to another. In Madrid, Andalucía, Valencia (among others) it is needed in order to complete numerous actions. However, this is not consistent across all regions of Spain. The Certificado de Empadronamiento may be required to achieve the following: ··Buy or sell a car ··Register a child in school ··Apply for the NIE (Número de Identificación de Extranjeros) ··Apply for residency (Residencia) ··Get married ··Vote ··Apply for a local health insurance card. How to Register In most towns, registration for the Empadronmiento must be made in person at the town hall or neighbourhood administrative office (Junta Municipal). In some areas registration can be made online. Obtaining the Certificado de Empadronamiento is a fairly quick and easy process. The documents required to register include: ··A completed application form (available at the office where registration is being made) ··Identification such as a passport, and a photocopy; if registering as a family, ID is needed for each individual ··Proof of address, such as a utility bill, rental contract agreement or copies of the property title deeds (escritura) There is a new special arrangement whereby for a

payment of 60€ a month, people under the age of 65, can contract to be covered by Spanish Social Security; they have to have been registered as a resident in Spain for more than a year. See more to follow. Special agreement for Spanish healthcare: Convenio Especial Spanish authorities offer a special agreement pay-in scheme, known as Convenio Especialavailable to those who may have issues accessing free Spanish healthcare. It is essentially a public health insurance scheme which provides cover in exchange for a monthly fee that is calculated on a number of factors. The previously announced package consisted of a monthly fee of EUR 60 for those aged 65 or under, while those over 65 must pay EUR 157, although variations may exist between regions. However, prescription costs and health transport services do not form part of the cover nor health transport. The scheme is currently being rolled out in a number of regions with a view to being available throughout the country. Those who have residence status prior to 2012 and earn less than 100.000€ a year and can prove that they have no other health care cover may be eligible for Spanish Social Security. Next month Medical Problems and Cancer Treatment. CCCCSG Group meetings take place on the 3rd Thursday of every month and everyone is welcome; patients, family and friends. For more information email Debi Bond .

Look out for details coming soon of Debi Bonds epic mountain cycle challenge raising funds for Cudeca. Supported by Karen Parnel of Chili Leisure she will attempt to cycle from Algarrobo to Competa in June.

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Ice creams with local and regional flavours prepared by using products from the land.


a Gelateria ice creams are prepared in Competa and are 100% homemade. It is the spirit of the Competa people who are authentic and proud of their local traditions, which inspires us to produce a product with the same characteristics using quality products, selected raw materials, milk and fresh cream, seasonal fruits, pasta and pure nuts. They are healthy and natural. Our ice cream, cakes, sweets and fruit juices are made following the Italian tradition in gelato and pastry as Italy is the country of origin of one of the owners of the Gelateria. We would also like you to remember a curious fact about Cómpeta which means "Crossroads" or "Meeting of roads" and owes its name to the period of Roman occupation. It was the ancient Romans, who celebrated Compitalia, It was a celebration where the Romans held their feasts and offerings of cakes and other delicacies, in honour of Lares, the protective

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god of the crossroads, walls and houses. Today, following our ancestors, we offer sweets to travellers arriving at these cross roads and to those who live here to celebrate the culture characteristic of our town.

Axarquía. The colour is beautiful, natural and very cheerful and reminds us of the Andalusian sun. It does not contain gluten. Chirimoya: very creamy, a sorbet without milk, for lovers of sweet fruit from the neighbouring Costa tropical.

So we want to thank the people of Cómpeta who embrace the Italian Ice cream with local flavours:

Lemon Sorbet: lemon taste using local. It does not have gluten, milk or colourings. Very fresh.

Cómpeta honey: honey ice cream 100% Competeña, with a soft and delicate flavour a mixture of honey and milk, with whole toasted almonds. It has no gluten.

We have also made Cómpeta olive oil ice cream and although we don't sell it to the public it is offered as an original gastronomic product for restaurants and catering.

Prickly Pear Sorbet: A fresh ice cream made with figs from our field .It has to be collected very early in the morning so as not lose its flavour. Its colour varies depending on the prickly pear we have put in each production. It has no gluten or milk.

This year we plan to develop a sorbet with Competa wine and an Avocado ice cream we are working on these recipes in order to present them at the Noche del Vino 2016. Fernanda Yeste Gomez and Daniele Chiesa

Mango: Made with mango of the

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not the only person who thinks so. Given the amount of tourism we have in the village and those who have settled in this paradise we give thanks to them as they have given more life, work and wellbeing to the village. Siempre quiso ser dueño de su propio negocio? Si, siempre quise ser Autónomo y en el momento que me encontré formado y capacitado, empecé con el primero, Carpintería metálica Did you always want to own your own businesses? Yes, I always wanted to be self employed, I first started in Metalwork where I was and trained and educated ¿Cómo te metiste en la industria de trabajo del metal, lo que la formación o las calificaciones tiene usted? Era entonces el campo que conocía y cuando tuve lo formación suficiente, compre mi primer local y empecé a trabajar por mi cuenta. How did you get into the metal work industry, what training or qualifications do you have? Once I knew what I wanted to do I trained and trained and when I thought I had all the training I needed, I bought my first business premises and started working on my own. ¿Qué servicios o productos ofrece el negocio de trabajo de metal. Todo lo relacionado con la metal, hierros, aluminios, mosquiteras, mamparas, cristales, forja etc etc What services or products does the metal work business offer ? Everything related to metal, iron, aluminum, mosquito nets, screens, glass, wrought iron etc. Ha abierto un Inmobiliario El Rincon del sol ¿cómo se va? Somos nuevos pero nos consideramos grandes

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profesionales quizás sea por el servicio y la atención a nuestros clientes, pero hasta este momento son bastantes las casas que hemos vendido y muchísimas las que tenemos en alquiler para pasar unas vacaciones o vivir una larga temporada. Tenemos una gran variedad y unos precios inmejorables. You have opened an Estate Agents business how is this going? We are new but we consider ourselves professionals due to the service and attention we give to our customers. So far we have sold a sufficient number of homes and we have many homes that we have rented out for holidays and longer term lets. We have plenty of houses on our books and many at unbeatable prices. ¿Cuánto tiempo ha tenido su propio negocio en competa y los cambios que ha habido desde que abrió por primera vez? Toda mi vida, desde muy joven. Los cambios han sido muy grandes y exitosos, gracias al turismo que se ha instalado en Cómpeta. Es por ellos por lo que el pueblo ha crecido tanto y podemos tener mejor nivel de vida. Estos tipos de negocios solo se pueden mantener abiertos con las personas que nos visitan cada día y las que tenemos permanente en nuestro pueblo. How long have you had your own business In Competa and what changes have there been since you first opened? I have had my own business since I was young and the changes over time have been both extensive and successful and can be attributed to the increase in tourism in Cómpeta over time. The growth in tourism has ultimately given us a better standard of living. In order to sustain the businesses in Competa we need people both daily visitors and those that live here permanently.

¿Tiene algún plan de futuro para las empresas en Cómpeta? El plan de futuro es avanzar con el tiempo y que otra generación puedan seguir trabajando en esto que nosotros hemos emprendido. Do you have any future plans for your businesses in Competa? The future plan is to move with the times so that another generation can continue working where we have left off. Haces todo el trabajo usted mismo? ¿Tiene otros empleados? No, por supuesto tengo mas empleados, no podria llevar y atender a mis clientes sin la profesionalidad de otro personas. Do you do all the work yourself? Do you have other employees? Yes of course I have others working with me. If not, it just wouldn't be possible to provide all my clients the appropriate professionalism and level of service. ¿Dónde te ves en 10 años? Si la salud y mis clientes me lo permiten, seguro que seguiré luchando por mis propios negocios, los que gracias a ellos he podido levantar. Pero a la vez disfrutando con mi familia lo que a lo largo de tanto años he podido crear. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time? If good health and my clients permit I want to continue with my successful business. Whilst at the same time, I want to enjoy time with my family. ¿Qué hace usted para divertirse? Estar con mi familia y amigos, el tiempo que mi trabajo me permite What do you do for fun? I like to be with my family and friends, of course if my job allows me the time!

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swimmers suffer from shoulder pain. The most popular freestyle stroke is the crawl. It is also considered as the fastest stroke or the most efficient swim stroke. The slowest Olympic swim stroke is the breaststroke. It is also the oldest form of stroke used.

The San Alfonso del Mar Seawater pool in Algarrobo, Chile, is the world’s largest swimming pool



n Egypt, you can find ancient paintings and drawings depicting people swimming date back to 2500 AD. Swimming is considered a useful cardiovascular exercise, this is because we are moving against the water’s resistance (over ten times that of the air). Swimming strengthens the lungs and the heart. It also helps reduce stress. Swimming works out all of our body’s major muscles. An hour of vigorous swimming can burn up to 650 calories. It also burns off more calories than biking or walking. Water’s buoyancy make swimming the suitable exercise for physical therapy and rehabilitation as well as for those who seeks a low-impact exercise. Elephant can swim as many as 20 miles a day – this animal use its trunk as a natural snorkel.

In the U.S. 65% of people there dont know how to swim. Swimming is the third mostpopular activity or sport in the U.S (after walking and gardening/yard work). The first recorded swimming races were actually held in 36 B.C. in Japan. In the late part of the 19th century, swimming became an amateur sport, and in 1896 it became a part of the Olympic Games. Swimming in the Olympics started as a men’s event only, and in 1912 women were then be able to participate in this sport. An Englishman Captain Matthew Webb is the first man who crossed the English Channel swimming from England to France in 1875. Gertrude Ederle is the first woman who swam the English Channel in 1926 and she was actually a teenager at that time.

The average person produces about 25,000 quarts of saliva in her or his lifetime – this is enough spit to fill two swimming pools. The turbopump on the Space Shuttle main engine could drain an average-sized swimming pool in just 25 seconds. An Olympic size pool can hold between 700,000 to 850,000 gallons of water. The Titanic was the first ocean liner to have a gym and a swimming pool. Clear pool water does not mean clean pool water. Swimming is a healthy and fun activity. However, breathing, swallowing, or having contact with contaminated water from swimming pools would spread illnesses. Owning a swimming pool is terrific, but lets not forget that they are also dangerous. About 300 children under age 5 die every year and about 2,000 other children visit hospital emergency rooms for submersion injuries each year. According to Guinness World Records, Algarrobo, Chile is the place where you can find the world’s largest swimming pool – the pool is called San Alfonso del Mar Seawater pool. The longest swimming pool can be found in Casablanca Morocco. Susan Wong

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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 See Map Province have left in our hands the Spot 22 responsibility to advise them to get the best possible results for their businesses.

Notarial Title deeds, Wills, Ready Catastral Corrections, etc. General Administration

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Transfers of vehicles, driving licences, matriculations, etc.) Tax declarations Creation of businesses Accounts General insurances (house, car, health, etc) We speak Spanish, English, German, Finnish, French, Italian

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

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

Avd. Andalucía 65-A 29740 Torre del Mar Málaga Tel. 952 54 51 05 To advertise call 637 028 873

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Taberna Teteria Hierbabuena

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Every Thursday Indian Curry Night Reservations Recommended We also organize events, birthdays, private parties etc at Casa Rural La Arrijana in Sayalonga. We will keep you informed for the next events. Rooms Available

We sell Indian & Moroccan products for the home. Also Lamps, rugs, lights, Budda’s etc Large Variety of loose tea available Homemade cakes & deserts Reservations call 951 70 76 38 Avenida de la Constitucion, 35, Cómpeta

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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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Family Doctor Pediatrician Psychologist English Dentist (Free Check Up / 2nd opinion) Physiotherapy Acupuncture Specialists Centro International Bloque 86

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The Spanish Coffee Break Gardening barbecue grill bucket bush charcoal flowers fork fountain greenhouse grill hammock lawn rake shovel shrub sprinkler

barbacoa sunbed cubo sunshade arbusto swimming pool carbón trowel flores watering can horquilla weeds fuente wheelbarrow invernadero hose pipe parrilla Seeds hamaca bulbs césped to plant rastrillo rain pala hoe arbusto to grow regador automático

tumbona sombrilla piscina desplantador regadera malas hierbas carretilla manguera as semillas los bulbos plantar la lluvia la azada crecer

Sopa de Letras Search & Learn with the very first “Sopa de Letras” in the Axarquia!

Feelings & emotions Search Word Translation barbacoa cubo arbusto flores horquilla fuente invernadero parrilla hamaca rastrillo pala arbusto tumbona sombrilla piscina desplantador regadera malas hierbas carretilla manguera as semillas los bulbos plantar la lluvia la azada crecer

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barbecue grill bucket bush flowers fork fountain greenhouse grill hammock rake shovel shrub sunbed sunshade swimming pool trowel watering can weeds wheelbarrow hose pipe Seeds bulbs to plant rain hoe to grow

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increasing poverty because of the crisis. The country's murder rate in 2013 was 0.6 per 100,000 people, one of the lowest in western Europe. There were 302 murders in the country that year, down from 364 a year earlier. The crime rate per 100,000 people was 46.1, down from 48.0 in 2012 Police received 54,734 complaints related to sexual violence while 86,034 violent robberies were recorded, down 10.94 percent on 2012, according to Spain’s interior ministry Surviving cancer Spain's health system continues to be world-renowned and its organ donor system is generally held up to be the best in the world. Cancer survival rates mirror this trend with the five-year survival after diagnosis for all major types of tumour on the rise, according to a study published in The Lancet. Particularly strong improvements were seen for prostate cancer where the survival rate rose 73.7 percent from 1995 to 1999 tp 87.1 percent for 2005 to 2009. For breast cancer, the survival rate rose from 77.8 percent to 83.7 percent in the periods in question. Equal opportunity A total of 54.1 percent of women in Spain aged over 20 to 64 are working, compared to 64.5 percent of men, 2012 figures from Spain’s national statistics institute show. The biggest divide is in the 55 to 64 age group where 52.4 percent of men are working and 36 percent of women are in employment. Meanwhile 139 of Spain’s 350 MPs are women, or 39.7 percent. In the country senate, the figure is 33.5 percent.

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Falling fertility rates Spain’s fertility rate in 2012 was 1.32, a long way down from 2.20 notched up in 1980 but up from the 2000 figure of 1.23. Spain's first-time mums are also Europe's oldest with women putting off having their first baby until they are 32. While this trend towards having fewer babies is in line with European trends, there have been concerns raised about Spain's ageing population with representatives from the United Nations Children’s Fund warning Spain’s ageing population could cause serious social and economic problems that could damage the pensions and healthcare systems. Youth hardest hit by unemployment At 23.7 percent Spain's unemployment is one of the highest in Europe and consistently rates as one of Spanish citizens' chief preoccupations in the monthly polls carried out by the government research body CIS. While the figure has dropped from the 25.65 percent of mid-2014 it remains a serious problem, and for people under 25, the jobless rate is 52 percent. On top of that, there are 1.79 million families with all working-age members unemployed. Falling wages The economic crisis has hit Spanish workers harder than their counterparts in most other countries. Average salaries have fallen by an average of 2 per cent a year since 2007, more than anywhere else in Europe except Greece.

Spain's total workforce, some 7.7 million people, are so-called 'mileuristas', earning €1,000 a month or less. Rainbow marriages The expense of weddings and changing attitudes to traditional marriage have had an impact on post-crisis Spain. In 2000, the average rate of marriages per year per 1000 inhabitants was 5.4 but that fell to around 3.6 by 2010. The 2013 rate was just 3.3. There were 155,098 couples married in 2013, down 8 per cent on the previous year. Same-sex marriages accounted for 3,102 of those, a slight fall from 2012's 3,834 figure. A total of 30,453 gay and lesbian couples have been married in Spain since it was made legal in 2005. Life on the streets Figures on homelessness are notoriously difficult to obtain but Spain's national statistics institute reports that 22,938 people used the country's homeless hostels and shelters in 2012, the latest year for which numbers are available. Major Spanish charity Caritas, meanwhile, estimates there are over 30,000 people living on the streets in Spain, and highlights that there were 35.908 home evictions in the country from January to July 2013. Some 83 percent of the people evicted did not have another home, Caritas said. Source George Mills, local es

The mean average monthly salary in Spain in 2013 was just €1,324 while 34 per cent of the country's 16,682,861 employees earned the minimum wage of €645. Tax office figures show that almost half of Spain's total workforce, some 7.7 million people, are so-called

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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

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•June 2016 Horoscopes• ARIES

20th March - 19th April



erhaps a friend has started something exciting and this motivates you. Be it philanthropic, spiritual, motivational, academic, or career oriented, you may be intrigued now. Somehow, your world will grow bigger.





our stellar features, talents, and opinions will serve you best if you do things quietly. Let people come to you in private rather than try to attract attention. Your talents shine most brightly in more intimate settings.




he issue may be of greater importance to someone dear to you than to you, and it could involve money, property, or something else of material value. It may not look easy to others, but it won't be hard for you.


22th November - 21st December




o out and dance on the stage of life! You're too disciplined and smart to go overboard and cause any trouble or ruffle any feathers. If anyone else makes waves, you'll keep control.

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hyness and reticence will not work for you now. Smile, embrace the social visibility, and get ready to make a lot of new friends. Be a social leader and speak your truth. Focus on yourself and your own well-being.


23rd August - 22th September


23rd October - 21st November


You're ambitious and energetic, and other people may want you to assist them in ways that profit all. Be casual, gracious, and your usual competent self. You might find a business partner now.


22th December - 19th January


ake slight changes in your diet or sleep schedule and feel revitalized. People notice your improved energy level. Friends and family compliment and encourage you.


on't forcefully take charge, but gently and firmly direct the outcome of an issue or problem. People will follow your lead, understand your logic, and support your solution. You can benefit financially, too.

sk a big question or be drawn to a big issue, cause, or project. Step up and don't be shy about contacting an expert or notable person. Your sincere interest will get you the information you need.

tart a new project or new phase of an assignment that is already well in hand. Expand your responsibilities and increase your value and esteem in the eyes of your coworkers and superiors.



ou know how to downplay your advantages and get things done your way. You won't need to apply any pressure or persuasion to get what you want. Find joy in something new and stunning.



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'How come Miss Universe is only won by people from Earth?' Ross Noble ‘It's important to live your life by a motto. I chose to live my life by the motto, 'My enemy's enemy is my friend.' Unfortunately, as it turns out, my enemy is his own worst enemy. So, I have to invite him to barbecues.' Richard Herring “The Doc told me I had a dual personality. Then he lays an 82 dollar bill on me, so I give him 41 bucks and say, 'Get the other 41 bucks from the other guy.'” Jerry Lewis

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‘I'm so ugly. My father carries around the picture of the kid who came with his wallet.' Rodney Dangerfield

'I remember the last thing my nan said to me before she died. ‘What are you doing here with that hammer?'' Lee Mack

'If we were truly created by God, why do we occasionally bite the insides of our mouths?' Dara O'Brien

'I like the pope. You know that white thing on his head? If you push that down and twist it, he's full of sweets.' Sean Lock

“If Adam and Eve can’t make it work in Paradise, how am I going to make it work in Lewisham?” Sara Pascoe

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'The guy who invented the first wheel was an idiot. The guy who invented the other three, he was a genius.' Sid Caesar (1922-2014) Francois: 'Do you know what kind of a bomb it was?'Clouseau: 'The exploding kind.' Peter Sellers 'Did you hear about the shrimp that went to the prawn’s cocktail party? He pulled a mussel’ Ken Dodd

Pub Quiz Answers from Page 70 1. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love". 2. Chittagong. 3. Montmerency. 4. King Henry IV 5. [a] "Three Stars" reached no.19, [b] "One,Two,Three", no.16, [c] "Quarter to Three", no.7, [d] "Three Minute Hero", no.16 and [e] "Three Coins in a Fountain", no.5.

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6. Leighton Rees. 7. The Berlin Ring (122m, 196km) 8. YMCA. 9. (Mid and South) Wales. 10. [a] David Herbert, [b] Herbert Ernest, [c] Alan Alexander, [d] John Boynton and [e] Edward Morgan. 11. Mark Walters. 12. Harry Enfield 13. Copper and Tin

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CAMPO CUTTINGS BY LORRAINE CAVANAGH Don´t be a Water Wimp! rought – the word makes the blood run cold, sends shivers down the spine and yet the word is dripping from everyone's lips this year! In Cómpeta, as many of you will be aware, water restrictions have been in place for some time now so, as gardeners, what is best to do, how can we save our gardens?


and, of course, pollution have all taken their toll. Historically, nations with water had power and wealth; that still stands true today. Elaborate water distribution systems have made water available to a large proportion of human society, especially in the so-called developed world but, overall, demand still exceeds supplies.

I think the most important thing is don´t panic, but plan. You might ask what use is forward planning when we are in a drought situation now! But look at the graph produced by the Junta de Andalucía. You´ll notice a couple of things immediately. Firstly, that for the last 5 years, the trend is all on the dry side; yes, there a couple of wet hiccups but the predominant pattern is to desert-like conditions. Now we've all been warned of climate change, global warning etc; whether you believe it all or not, it is a fact that, globally, humanity is facing a water crisis. Population explosions, depleted water to wells and aquifers because of bad management, subsequent salt water intrusion

We shouldn´t confuse the term 'drought' with our normal 4 months or so of dryness in the summer – this is a normal and regular Mediterranean weather pattern and, although we might find it too hot, most true Mediterranean-type plants are well equipped to cope with it. True drought is when winter rainfall is so low that water tables do not replenish. We can´t, of course, predict with any accuracy how climate change will affect us but it seems that we need to be increasingly careful with water and treat it as a limited resource. Just because we can – usually – turn the tap on and there is water, doesn´t mean we should be profligate with it.

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Most of us overwater our gardens; the lushness of lawns and tropicaltype plantings, for instance, should become an anachronism here in Southern Spain. Most northern Europeans try to impose northern European gardens into a southern Spain setting; it´s wasteful, labour and water intensive and inappropriate. I´d stress again that Mediterranean climate plants thrive with winter rain alone and there is a wealth of them to choose from. In times of real drought, a soaking with grey water from the house will keep them going. Remember that times of drought are, inevitably, followed by deluge so you will not need to support them for long. So let's rethink our gardens and use some of these pungent, sturdy natives – the greys and silvers, leathery leaves, needle leaves, succulents. Let´s use these hard times to think anew and create a sustainable relationship with the environment. Remember that Mother Nature has a plant (or several!) for every place – no matter how inhospitable. All we need to do is use that wisdom.

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Most gardeners design their gardens by grouping contrast plants, leaf form and texture, colour, size etc. Rethink; it is just a mind change and it does not have to be boring, far from it! Carve your garden into three zones. Zone one will be immediate to the house, your patios and swimming pool area (if you must have a swimming pool) and, perhaps, vegetable plot; this will be the area of heaviest water usage. Keep it streamlined; don´t have too many fussy plantings. A few large leaved plants can look wonderfully effective. Hibiscus, canna lilies, brugmansia, calla lilies, zamias etc. Or use real toughies like yuccas, dragon trees, cordylines, kalanchoe beharensis – they are not all prickly/spiky, need no watering and are hugely effective. And, remember, because it´s close to the house, you can more easily use your grey water here, when necessary. By the way, I´m often asked about grey water; is it safe to use on our plants? Be careful about it; don´t use bleach or any caustics but a bit of shower gel or shampoo won´t really hurt most plants. Better still, convert and use organic body and cleaning products; healthier for you and your plants. Zone two is intermediate water usage. Into this area will fall your fruit orchard which will need some water but not excessive amounts. Zone three is a no-water area – and there are hundreds of planting options. Visualise Mediterranean herbs such as lavender, rosemary, sage, thyme; add in unthirsty plants such as artemisia, perovskia, cistus, helianthemum, euphorbia, echium, coronilla, polygala, hypericum, bearded iris, ceanothus, cypress, myrtle, alyogyne, chamelacium, rhododanthemum, many salvias, verbascum, melaleuca, erigeron – the list is long. Add in some spring flowering South African bulbs for splashes of colour. Many trees and climbers, once established, will survive too. And of course, there are countless succulents and cacti that you can use too. This sort of planting will be at least as

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interesting and good looking as thirstier things and they not only don´t need irrigation, they will probably die if you give them too much. Any new plantings you make should be made to fight; even in times of plenty make them work a little. A plant

that has to send down roots to look for water will always be stronger than, paradoxically, one that is spoilt with water every day. Their roots will stay up at the surface, where they burn easily, they never anchor well and never find minerals and nutrients that are down below the top soil. If you´ve been spoiling your plants, don´t just suddenly stop watering – that will almost certainly kill them. They have become addicted to your splash of water daily and you need to wean them off it bit by bit. Now back to immediate things you can do. Make an emergency plan for if things get really desperate – you´ll feel better for being organised. Logically, you don´t want to lose trees and large shrubs which have taken years to grow so they will take priority on water. Do remember though that many will be so well-established that they will probably survive anyway. Small thirsty plantings such as annuals and even your lawn are fairly minor in terms of cost and subsequent replacement – if you must. If push comes to shove, let them go. You´ll be

surprised, anyway, how often gramma type grass will bounce back from what seems to be total death. Group pots together; they create their own protection with a mini-climate and are better able to survive than alone exposed and open to all the elements. Mulch plants in the ground, especially if we get a rain shower to help retain moisture. Where possible, protect your plants from drying winds; even a bit of netting thrown over them will help. Do not fertilise during hard times; the last thing you want is to encourage lots of lush young, tender new growth that will frazzle up easily. The more mature leaves are toughened and acclimatised, much more able to cope. Chemical fertilisers, especially, can burn plants if they are not well watered in. Let´s not be lazy; let´s not give up. It only needs some planning and forethought. If you are not sure about your plantings, then visit your local garden centre for advice. At Viveros Florena we will always be happy to advise and guide you through suitable plantings. Let´s not be water wimps! Viveros Florena – Probably the best little garden centre in Andalucía! Remember, from 31st May we change to summer hours, 9 - 2 Keep checking our web page for latest news and exciting new stock arriving at the garden centre. Join our mailing list to keep in constant touch. Shop on-line with us for Mediterranean plants, unusual plants, plug plants, scented roses, bulbs, coloured iris, organic products and my books. Winter Hours October to May: 10 – 4, closed Sundays & Mondays. Summer Hours #June, July & September: 9 – 2, closed Sundays & Mondays and August. Viveros Florena, Crtra. Algarrobo/Cómpeta, km 2, Cómpeta, 29754, Málaga Tel: 689928201 Web: Email: And see us on Facebook – Lorraine Cavanagh's Garden Centre

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Local News onwards. Or, alternatively put your sponsorship money in one of the official Cudeca collection tins at the event. Help make a big splash for charity! .

THE BIG SWIM A local man is planning to make a big splash for charity. Martin Robinson, from Canillas de Albaida, is undertaking a marathon swim to raise money for cancer charity Cudeca. On June 4th he will attempt to swim over 200 lengths of Competa pool. Last year Martin was diagnosed with bowel cancer and after a major operation and gruelling chemotherapy he wants to raise money for the charity. "Cudeca has helped support me in so many ways, " he said. " The swim is just a small, personal way to thank everyone who has helped me.” "I have always been so fit, active and healthy. Therefore it was a huge shock to discover I had cancer, " he explained . "Volunteers and health professionals from Cudeca were always on hand to offer help and advice." The charity event is taking place with the backing of Competa Town Hall. Officials have provided a lifeguard and are allowing the swimming pool to remain open in the afternoon for the sponsored swim. Everyone is invited to cheer Martin on and sponsor him by signing the forms that will be circulated by a team of helpers. Come along to Competa pool on Saturday 4th June from 10am

CÓMPETA HAS A NEW MAYOR: OBDULIO PEREZ FERNANDEZ. On Friday the 6th of May 2016, José Luis Torres Gutierrez, resigned as mayor of Cómpeta, after 9 years, because of health reasons. On Thursday the 12th of May the council gathered in an official meeting, and Obdulio Perez Fernandez (deputy mayor with José Luis Torres Gutierrez) was elected as the new mayor of Cómpeta. Obdulio Perez Fernandez: “I would like to dedicate some words to José Luis Torres, who as a colleague as well as a person deserves all my respect and gratitude for all the work he, together with the group of councilors from the Partido Popular, has done for Cómpeta during the past 9 years. We wish him all the best for the future. Being the mayor of this beautiful village is the biggest responsibility anyone dedicated to public service can have. It is with great pride I take this challenge, and I am very grateful to so many people who have shown me their support and trust during the last days. I sincerely hope not to let you down.

I was born and raised in Cómpeta, and have spend all my life, both private and professional, here in Cómpeta. Maybe this can help me a little to understand the people and challenges I will find on my way. I will put all my effort in doing so.I would like to ask all of you for your support: my group of councilors from the Partido Popular, the public workers, and to all the people from Cómpeta, whatever their political preference. It´s a great honor to me as well as a great responsibility, to become your mayor.” Thank you very much, Obdulio Perez Fernandez, Alcalde de Cómpeta.

José Luis Torres Gutierrez: “Everything in life has a beginning as well as an end, from the day we were born. For me it´s an end of full and exclusive dedication to the beautiful village of Cómpeta, where I have felt such great support and affection from so many people. I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who has supported and helped me, because together we have worked to make this village a better place. When your work takes away your health and peace of mind; it´s time to make changes. I feel confident in leaving this village in good hands, and ask all of you to support and help them the way you did with me. A very warm hug and thank you.”

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN YOUR AREA the event promises to be extra special. The ticket price of €35 includes canapés with refreshments, a three-course meal plus coffee and an after dinner drink. Live music from the 60s to the 90s will be played by the ever popular Flying Dolphins with dancing until midnight.

BBQ PERMISSION It is now possible to request permission for barbecues and nocturnal moragas on the beaches of Velez-Malaga from May 1 to September 30. An online application form is available on the Town Hall website and a response will be given via SMS within 72 hours. This SMS message will also be used as proof in the event that police verification is required. Barbecues are to be permitted on five beachtones, meaning the fire should be enclosed in a suitable container. But it still remains prohibited for flames to make direct contact with sand, rocks, or she authorised individual is responsible for cleaning up and leaving the beach in a perfect state of cleanliness and conservation.

CAS 30TH ANNIVERSARY BALL To mark the charity's 30th anniversary, the Costa Animal Society invites all its supporters to one of its most important fundraisers of the year, the Pearl Summer Ball, on Thursday, June 30, at 7.30pm. The venue will again be the Hotel Rural Almazara, located at the motorway junction on the road between Nerja and Frigiliana. The annual CAS summer ball is always one of the season's top dates, and in this special year,

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The theme for this landmark occasion is “Dress To Impress” and early booking is essential with Diana on 679 714 612 or through the CAS Office on 952 523 607. CAS FUND RAISING NEWS The Punta Lara Bar is proud to present their next Costa Animal Society (CAS) quiz on Friday, June 17 at 7.30 for 8.00pm. Quiz Master Laura will again be presenting a fun quiz full of trivia so come and test your knowledge while helping the animals. Food and drink is available at the bar and the entrance fee of €3 plus all the raffle proceeds goes toward helping the animals. Please book with Mark at 635 369 673. The Costa Animal Society (CAS) has reignited its stall at Nerja's Sunday Car Boot Market where good quality bric-a-brac and clothing at bargain prices is sold to raise funds for the charity. Look for the CAS sign and giant cat at stall 174 located on the right hand side of the market

site on the Almijara II urbanization.

Thanks to Vera and all the people who helped her arrange a fantastic Afternoon Tea in aid of the Costa Animal Society on April 29. The event was a lovely garden party with beautiful weather, delicious cakes, scones and sandwiches all prepared and donated by volunteers. Over €700 was raised for the CAS coffers, all of which will go directly to helping animals in need. LIVE GIGS Every Sunday The fabulous Dixie Swing Band is back on Playazo, Nerja. Tel: 600 513 854 Jukebox Bandits (Ex Rooters) Friday June 3 Restaurante La Plaza, Canillas de Albaida, Call 952 553254/609 167127 Friday June 17 Bar Cerezo, Canillas de Albaida, Call Maria on 699 933026 Friday June 24 Restaurante La Plaza, Canillas de Albaida Call 952 553254/609 167127 Jukebox Bandits are Rod Jones and Mitch France (ex Rooters)

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C NTACTS DIRECT RY Emergency Numbers Emergency Services Ambulance Fire Brigade Guardia Civil

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Torrox Costa Velez Malaga Frigiliana Almunecar Motril Maro

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


Tel: 952 510 002


Tel: 952 553 159

Canillas de Albaida. Tel: 952 553 006


Tel: 952 508 906

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Tel: 952 508 858

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Rio Gordo

Tel: 952 732 154


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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 Tel: 952 553 685 Nerja Tel: 952 521 531 Sayalonga Tel: 952 535 206 Torre del MarTel: 952 541 104

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Tel: 952 508 903


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Torre del Mar Tel: 952 540 471 Torrox Costa Tel: 952 538 010 Velez Malaga Tel: 952 559 100 Vinuela

Tel: 952 519 002


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La Herradura Tel: 958 827 794 Nerja

Tel: 952 548 430

Torrox Pueblo Tel: 952 538 200

Taxi’s Canillas de Albaida Maria Jose: 952 553 018 Cómpeta Franquelo: 952 553 662 El Mellizo: 952 516 056 Maximo: 952 516 199 Cesáreo: 952 516 205 Sayalonga Ramiro: 952 535 029 Velez Malaga 952 540 016

Frigiliana Malaga Motril

952 533 231 952 327 950 958 600 164

Telephone Doctors General Enquires Tel: 1004 Speaking Clock Tel : 093 Line Faults Tel: 1002 Directory Enquires Tel: 025

Airports Doctors Granada Airport Tel: 958 245 200 Malaga Airport Tel: 952 048 804

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

To advertise call 637 028 873 You can now advertise your items for sale free on 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 C贸mpeta, La Caleta de Velez Sunday Nerja Car Boot Sale, Sayalonga Sayolanga Municipal Market Mon- Fri 8.30am-2.30pm

Church Services C贸mpeta 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


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Netherlands Tel: 913 537 500 Norway

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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

C贸mpeta & 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


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

Finca Los Pinos Tel: 619 175 649 The Hotel Balcon Tel: 952 55 3662 Chili B&B Tel: 656 93 52 50

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Glass, lighting & blinds

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Solar Shade Tel: 902 888 176 Nick Atkinson Tel: 658 151628 Tel: 640 519 482 Chavos Construction Tel: 952 516 099 Enmanuel Lopez Ruiz Tel: 646 489 543

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

Chica Loca Competa, Malaga Tel: 622 305 532

Drains Phone: 952.539.742

Mobile: 606.423.869

Health & Beauty

Waynes Drains Tel: 657 862 628

Electricians Tel: 952 96 78 03

Cooling and Heating Solutions Sales, Service & Installation

Electricians Roger 648 025 901

Mike 606 246 902

Air Con, Solar Systems & Pool Heat Pumps

Joe Jones 655 791167

Tecnicas Maro Tel: 952 52 95 38 Esola Systems Tel: 952 550 323 Klimacentro Tel: 952 540 786

Electrician Tel 951242449

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Food Stores & Shops

Carpenters Tejeiro Tel: 952 516 149


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Competa Computers

Furniture Stores

Professional Computer Repairs Tel:952967803

Tel: 951 067 722 / 617 979 364

Leon Blanco Tel: 618 226 647

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

Clinica Europa Tel: 952 530 908 Ian Pett Dental Care Tel: 691 700 587

Nursing & Care NURSE RGN Acute ILLNESS & ELDERLY CARE Tel 951 242 449

NESS Internet & Telephone

BB4S Tel: 951 239 888

Insurance Black Tower Tel: 607 845 603


Sunkitchens The Kitchen Professionals

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Buggy Tours Tel: 653 635 180

Competa Hikes Tel: 619 175 Los Caballos del Mosquin Tel: 608658 108 Tel: 618 972 139 Chili Leisure Tel: 616 341 709

Mechanics & Recovery

Doors & Wardrobes Raul Chica: 653 634 633 Torre del Mar (Malaga)

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

Language Schools Axareducation Tel: 655 48 59 44

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House Martins Tel: 692 40 83 06 HoneyBee Management Tel: 695 521 350

Inside Out Tel: 634 36 16 11

Real Estate

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

Taurus Real Estate, Tel: 952 53 50 43 Tu Rincon del Sol Tel: 952 51 63 58

Restaurants & Bars El Pilon - Cómpeta Tel: 952 55 35 12 Taberna Teteria Hierbabuena Tel: 951 70 76 38 - Cómpeta The Pavo Real - Cómpeta/Torrox Rd Tel: 654 86 90 83 The Balcon Hotel - - Cómpeta Tel: 952 55 36 62 El Recreo - Cómpeta Tel: 951 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 Cortico - Competa Tel:952 553 647 AliOli - Competa Tel: 952 516 137 Bar Amalia - Archez Tel: 634 302 480

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

Official Manufacturer

Wine / Bodega Solar

Tel: 652 970 608

Solar Sundays Tel: 648 025 901


T: (+34) 951 386 706 M: (+34) 658 845 285

Upholstery Michael’s Upholstery Tel: 952 55 34 64

Villa Care


Mobility Products For Sale or

House Martins

Tel: 95 296 7015 / Mob: 635 445 279

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

Property Care and Management Services

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

Cars Bought & Sold Cars Wanted Tel: 657 919 965


VetiverSpain Tel: 692 288 657

Yoga Centres Competa Yoga

Clare 0034 634361611 - Rob 0034 670269052 Email

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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. and at Competa in the Parish Church at 5.30 p.m. All are welcome. Contact number 952 219 396. LUX MUNDI, TORRE DEL MAR. Lux Mundi Ecumenical Centre, Torre del Mar. Avda. Moscatel 1”I”, (Jardines Viña Malága/Antigua Casa de la Viña), Torre del Mar, 29740. Opening hours Monday through Friday 10.00 to 13.00 and 15.00 to 18.00. Please also see the web site for daily activities in the Centre. Tuesday 7th June – Coach excursion to Mijas & Torremolinos “Botanical Gardens Molina de Inca”. Lux Mundi, Torre del Mar invite you to join friends and visit Mijas Pueblo. A historical and artistic complex situated in the Sierra de Mijas. The Old Town is a typical white Muslim village, with narrow streets and parts of the old walls are still standing offering great panoramic views of the Costa del Sol from the beautiful gardens and cliff walk.Ticket Price 15 Euros available at the Centre. All proceeds to fund raising.

plus years. There will be a traditional English tea of scones, homemade strawberry jam and clotted cream and a drink. Ticket price 10 Euros available at the Centre. A donation of 1 kilo of non perishable food for the Lux Mundi collection for Caritas. Time 16.30 for 17.00.

in November

Friday 23rd June - The Last day of Spanish Classes re-start in September. For further information and bookings please contact the Centre, Torre del Mar Tel.952 543 334 E-mail: .Please note you are unable to make bookings through the web site and sorry we cannot accept cards 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 Thursday 16th June – Coach excursion to Gibraltar. Margaret Branch Sec. 951066079 Ticket price 12 Euros available at the Centre. Friday 17th June - Taizé Prayer. Please come and NERJA BRANCH THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION meet friends of the Spanish Evangelical Church The Branch holds lunch meetings at the Hotel Al (Presbyterian) and Lux MundiEcumenical Centre Andalus, Maro, on the third Thursday of each who invite you to share in a “time of prayer and month. Also at Pena Parda Hotel, La Herradura on meditation” at the San Andrés Parish Church, Torre the 1st Friday of each month. Non members are del Mar. Time 20.45. always welcome. Booking is essential. For Al Andalus contact Vera on Tel: 952967200 and for Sunday 19th June – Concert by the “Touch of Pena Parda contact Kate on Tel: 958632704. For Class” choir & traditional English Tea An evening further information on the branch please contact of song and entertainment entitled “Around the Dave on 654085811 or visit our World in Song”, performed by the choir which was " founded in May 2014 and range in age from 5 to 75

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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




CANILLAS DE ALBAIDA Wonderful villa in a fabulous countryside location with easy access. 3 Double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, light living/dining room, fitted kitchen and beautiful glazed sun room. Separate casita, dining terrace and 8mt x 4mt swimming pool. Countryside, village & sea views! EPC rating E Ref: C3379

280,000 euro

Stunning 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom country villa in superb easy access location with sea, mountain & village views. Large (145 m2) garage which would be ideal for conversion to further accommodation. Must be seen. Awaiting EPC Ref: C3482

350,000 euro

VIÑUELA Attractive villa on a select urbanization in Viñuela within walking distance to all local amenities and with panoramic mountain, village and sea views. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, glazed sun room, modern f/f kitchen. 8mt x 4mt pool and independent garage. Great value! Awaiting EPC

199,000 euro

Ref: T935



Charming country villa with excellent access, only 2 min. drive from Archez. 3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, open lounge and kitchen, sunroom, garage, dog kennel, private pool area with 8mt x 4mt pool, many authentic characteristics and several terraces to enjoy the lovely views. EPC rating F

Fantastic well presented town house with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large roof terrace and a f/f kitchen in a beautiful location in the peaceful village of Canillas de Albaida, just a short walk from local amenities and the Gorgeous Natural Park Sierra Tejeda. Awaiting EPC

Ref: C3445

199,000 euro

Ref: C1269

125,000 euro

SEDELLA Immaculate 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom villa in a beautiful setting within walking distance to Sedella & with magnificent mountain views. F/f kitchen with professional cooker. Master bedroom with fire place and access to roof terrace. Pool terrace with pergola and 8mt x 4mt Awaiting EPC pool. Ref: C3458

285,000 euro

The Grapevine Magazine June 2016  
The Grapevine Magazine June 2016