Three Kings Parade – January 2012.

2012 got off to a good start when university researchers discovered a 30,000 year old piece of jewelry – a pendant made from a shell – which would have belonged to one of the people who lived in the Nerja caves.

Nerja Carnival – February 2012

Nerja Caves were in the headlines again in February with the discovery of the worlds oldest cave paintings

In March the hot weather arrived early, as Nerja Basks In Hot Sunshine.

Semana Santa – Easter 2012

In April it was reported that various athletes from around Europe had picked Nerja as their winter training base, and in the run up to the London Olympics the bookings at the Enrique López Cuenca athletics stadium in Nerja increased significantly from last year. Read more.

Olympics athletes weren’t the only visitors to Nerja in April, when a Flamingo was spotted on Burriana Beach.

San Isidro – May 2012

In May the first section of the El Barrio pedestrianisation project was finished and it was also announced that a new car park was to be built at Burriana.

Dia de la Cruz May 2012

Also in May two men were arrested after committing a €20,000 robbery at the El Ingenio (Eroski) shopping centre in Velez-Malaga.

New railings were also installed at Torrecilla beach to replace the old rusting ones, with nice new gleaming stainless steel replacements and a fishing boat from Velez-Malaga caught a 60kg Monkfish.

San Juan June 2012

In June local police announced they were going to crack down on street sellers following complaints from shop keepers, meanwhile at the end of the month a heatwave hit Spain and the Canaries, with temperatures of up to 28ºC in Nerja.

Torrecilla Beach – June 2012.

The second runway at Malaga airport came into service in June, doubling the airports capacity.

Festival of the Carmen – July 2012

In July football fans went crazy in Nerja when Spain won the Euro 2012 Championship, a win predicted by a sea otter at the Sealife centre. Also in July a 63 year old British tourist, Gordon Simm, went missing when out hiking in the hills behind Nerja. Despite extensive searches he still has not been found.

Carabeo Beach Nerja, Saturday 4th August, 2012 at 6pm
Carabeo Beach – August 2012

In August a Bollywood film production company were out and about in Nerja filming scenes for a new film and Maro and El Playazo beaches lost their Blue Flag status after shortcomings were uncovered by inspectors. August was also the month that Nerja council closed off car access to the very popular Rio Chillar walk at Los Cahorros and there was more controversy when Cornish Pasties and Pork Pies went on sale at Burriana.

In late August a huge forest fire caused massive damage further down the coast in the Marbella area, but Nerja escaped totally unscathed.

Heavy rain at the end of September caused the Rio Chillar clean-up day to be postponed and a man was attacked by a wild boar in Frigiliana

Nerja Feria – October 2012

In October the winning bidder was announced for the multi-million euro project to build a new water treatment plant in Nerja. Work is due to start this year (2013) with a completion date of 2015.

In the middle of November a huge rainstorm caused extensive damage in the province and caused flooding and property damage in Nerja. Spain’s second general strike of the year was held on the 14th of November, but business carried on more or less as usual in Nerja, with cafes, restaurants and shops open as normal.

Lights On The Balcon de Europa Christmas 2012

In December, the Sierra Nevada ski season opened a few days early and in Nerja the Andalucian Jetski Championship was held at Burriana. The town had a busy schedule of Christmas events organised by the council, finishing with a party and fireworks display on the Balcon de Europa for New Year’s Eve.

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