Fuengirola has topped the list for overnight holiday stays by national tourists on the Costa del Sol for the month of January.
The strong figures and the grand forecasts for the first third of the year confirm the break in the traditional seasonal nature of local tourism.
According to the Spanish Statistical Office, there were 200,000 overnight stays in 2013 and 35,000 more travellers than in 2012.
The Tourism councillor from Fuengirola’s Town Hall held a press conference about the new year’s solid figures which put Fuengirola in first place with over 65,000 for the month of January alone.
Fuengirola has actually reached 51.7 per cent occupancy and up to almost 143,000 total overnight stays during the month of January in recent years past.
Fuengirola’s Tourism councillor stated that it is a challenge to break with the seasonal nature of tourism along the coast but that “these figures confirm that Fuengirola is doing things right,”
He added that for the first time in many years Fuengirola has reached the same level as Torremolinos and has actually surpassed those of Marbella, Malaga, Estepona and Benalmadena.
The figures are apparently owed in part to good infrastructure, something about which tourists have commented positively.
There are expectations that the excellent kick-off to the year will increase in momentum to the point of possibly reaching levels seen in the early 2000’s.
THE driver who killed a 33-year-old Fuengirola National Police officer while he was cycling near Malaga reportedly tested positive for six different drugs.
The accident occurred when the car, heading towards Cartama, hit the police officer, Enrique Gomez on a straight piece of road in the Campanillas area when the driver tried to overtake.
Several people aged between 25 and 30 were travelling in the vehicle on their way home from a night out. The driver, 23, who had taken amphetamines, cocaine, Ecstasy and other substances was arrested by Guardia Civil when the toxicology report was received. She said at the scene of the accident that she had not taken drugs. She was released with charges following an appearance in court.
The victim was married with a daughter of six months. More than 500 people took part in a demonstration to protest at his death.
British Olympic Gold medallist and Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins is in town.
He will pedal through the Axarquia and Costa del Sol in the first stage of the Vuelta de Andalucia cycling competition, which starts in Velez-Malaga tomorrow (Thursday).
The British superstar cyclist will be joined by members of the Sky Team, to which he has belonged since 2010.
They will pedal the 186.8 kilometres of the stage, from Velez-Malaga’s Paseo de Andalucia ending the day in Jaen.
This is the first time a stage of the Vuelta de Andalucia has started in Velez-Malaga; although the town served as finish line in 1961 and 1996.
The 60th edition of the cycling competition started with a preliminary stage on Wednesday in Almeria.
The race will take the participants to the eight Andalucian provinces through five stages; on day two the teams will cycle from Jaen 197.1 kilometres to Cabra, then from Sanlucar La Mayor a further 182.7 kilometres before returning from Ubrique to Fuengirola for the last 159.8 kilometre stretch.
The otherwise known as Ruta del Sol cycling competition will finish on Sunday in Fuengirola, on the Costa del Sol.
Sports network EuroSport will broadcast the last two hours of each stage in more than 70 countries.
This is the second cycling competition Sir Bradley Wiggins has taken part in Spain so far this year.
Earlier this month the 2012 Tour de France cycling race winner, and multi Olympics gold medal winner participated in the 23rd Iberostar Challenge in Mallorca (pictured).
Traffic in Fuengirola was brought to a standstill at lunchtime today (Wednesday) when a digger accidently broke a gas pipe.
Police would not allow drivers on the old Mijas to Coin road to pass when steam started rising from the ground on a roundabout; one witness said there was also a loud noise, sounding like a jet engine underground.
A policeman at the scene told the Euro Weekly News that a machinist had accidently cut through a pipe and that traffic had been stopped as a matter of course; he stated that the problem was resolved within 10 minutes, and that the public had been kept away for safety reasons.
A MAN has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for raping and killing a Swedish tourist, 18, in a Fuengirola hostel in June 2011 and attempting to kill her friend.
The two women were staying in the hostel when the man, also a guest, entered their room at around 3am armed with a knife. The door was not locked and he had previously looked in two other rooms.
The 30-year-old man raped one of them and when her friend awoke and attempted to help her, she was also stabbed, hit and bitten. When she ran outside to get help, he cut the other woman’s throat and left her to die.
A witness saw him running down the stairs, apparently drunk and with his hands covered in blood, repeating “I’m sorry.”
He was caught in reception by an unarmed trainee police officer who was also staying at the hostel and held him until the police, called by the receptionist, arrived.
He has been sentenced to pay €300,000 in compensation to the victim’s mother, and as yet undetermined amounts to the woman he attempted to kill and the hostel.
THE Supreme Court has annulled the sentence in which five Mijas Local Police officers were acquitted of drug trafficking.
Malaga Provincial Court excluded from evidence information gathered from tapped phones which led to the arrests in November 2009, because there was a mistake with the court order which authorised them.
The five officers and one other man were acquitted but the evidence has now been accepted by the higher court.
The arrests were carried out by Guardia Civil in Las Lagunas, Mijas.
On the day of their arrest, two of the officers found a child guarding 250 packages of hashish on a plot of land in Fuengirola. He fled when he saw them and they allegedly called their colleagues who came to help them load 170 kilos of the drug into police cars.
They then called a drug trafficker who sent a man with a van to take away the rest of the drugs, before heading to the home of the other man on trial, who agreed to hide it in exchange for money.
He and a colleague then returned to the spot where the drugs were found, allegedly loaded 12.6 kilos into the patrol car and took it to the house where they had hidden the rest. It was then that they were arrested.
AN agreement signed between Fuengirola Town Hall and A&B Golf School will mean the town will get its first municipal golf academy.
It will be aimed at local children between four and 17 and located at El Chaparral, in Mijas.
The local councillor for Sport, Pedro Cuevas, explained that this will be its 21st sports school and that the aim is for there to be up to 30.
A British man has been arrested in Fuengirola, Malaga, for driving with 174kg of marijuana stored in his van.
National Police stopped the van driver for dangerous driving when they saw he was about to collide with other vehicles.
The police had been patrolling the streets of Fuengirola when they noticed the van causing chaos by nearly hitting two cars; the drivers of the other vehicles had to break suddenly to avoid collision. The police decided to follow the van.
When he parked outside a shopping centre, they asked for his documentation and to take a look in his van; they found the marijuana packaged into clear plastic bags. The 48 year old British man was immediately arrested.
A WOMAN, 27, was arrested for leaving her three-year-old daughter alone in their home in Fuengirola on New Year’s Eve.
A neighbour called the police after seeing the child looking out of a terrace and crying at around 2am. After ringing the bell several times, police forced the lock and found her inside.
A few minutes later, the mother arrived because a friend had told her the police were at her home.
She was taken into custody but released later to take charge of her daughter.
She is separated and claimed to have spent New Year’s Eve with her daughter and friends in the town hall square. When the toddler fell asleep at around 1am, she said she took her home to bed. She then claimed to have received a message from a friend inviting her for a drink in a nearby bar, and although she initially said no, as she was asleep, she went out for 45 minutes.
PI, the male newcomer tapir which arrived five months ago at Bioparc has adapted perfectly to his new home, says the zoo.
Now his keepers are hoping he may get romantic with some of the females of his species also kept at the Fuengirola zoo.
Tapirs are an exotic vegetarian mammal species in risk of extinction. Pi, a male Malaysian tapir, came to Bioparc from Nuremberg’s Zoo in Germany.
Pi has made two female friends, Esperanza and Dewi. Zoo bosses hope that he will father baby tapirs within the next 13 months.
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