Price: 125,000€
A nice 2 bed apartment with panoramic sea views in the area of Riviera del Sol. Close to all amenities and only a few minutes drive to the beach. Comes with underground parking. The complex has 3 pools, one of which is an indoor heated pool. Also for the residents use is a paddle tennis court, ping pong area as well as an Italian Restaurant within the complex.

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Aifos – you’re fired!

Lord Suagr
Lord Sugar is “running out of patience”

Lord Sugar has now been waiting three years to finalise a deal to by the Byblos Hotel in Mijas and says he is running out of patience.

The luxury hotel, which has hosted such celebrities as Princess Diana and the Rolling Stones, closed it’s doors in May 2010 after running for almost 25 years.

The Apprentice star and business man paid 1.5 million euros for the hotel’s spa and tennis courts at auction in 2009 where he was the only bidder. This was the third auction held following two previous attempts which failed to find a buyer.

Sugar also offered the owners, Aifos, just under 1.5 million euros for the hotel plot and according to Spanish law he should have won if another bidder was not found and his bid is the highest.

Sugar’s was the only bid received and the hotel should have been added to his property portfolio but he claims he is being hindered at every step.

“I just want an end to the situation where Aifos challenges every court ruling,” he told a Spanish newspaper.

The Lord says he will create employment when he refurbishes and reopens the five-star hotel. The hotel is famous along the coast and abroad and he wants to bring it back to life.

Aifos has lodged at least 10 appeals against decisions by Fuengirola courts despite the bid from Amsprop being legal and the highest.

“Last March the court ruled in my favour, but Aifos appealed in April. My hands are tied, and who knows for how long,” he was reported as saying in Diario Sur.

“We might have the rest but it would be senseless to open the spa without the hotel,” he added.

So far the sale has cost him around eight million euros and in the meantime the hotel is lying empty.

Gas prospecting off Mijas

Repsol Gas Spain
Oil giant Repsol

The Costa del Sol could soon be prospecting for gas of the coast of Mijas, unless Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy decides otherwise.

The Environment Department in Madrid has already given the go ahead for drilling to begin while local officials claim it would be disastrous for tourism. Mayors from Mijas, Marbella and Fuengirola have publicly opposed the plan and global pressure group Greenpeace has called for an immediate halt to the project claiming it would cause “chronic contamination” and would have devastating consequences for marine life in the area.

Drilling was due to begin in February but became uncertain following the change of government. Rajoy will now have to decide if his government should allow oil giant Repsol to proceed with the “crazy” scheme.

Along with the danger to marine life the drilling could also pose a risk of spills, fires and pollution in the sea.

The well known sea grass bed off the coast of Calahonda is an EU site of community interest and there are fears that this could also be endangered. Greenpeace claim this area is home to over 1,000 species of marine life and around 400 plant species.

Additionally the scheme could have a “serious impact” on both tourism and fishing, two sectors that are fundamental to the Spanish economy.

Mijas properties to be seized

Mijas Town Hall
Mijas Town Hall

The authorities in Mijas town hall have announced plans to seize the real-estate holdings of people within the town that have failed to pay local taxes and fees.

The embargoes are aimed at people who have repeatedly ignored requests for payment, officials said.

Over 2,000 properties are facing the embargo including homes, business premises and garage spaces.  “There are more than 2,000 properties in this situation in Mijas,” said the town hall in a written statement.  Affected owners have been notified of the pending seizure.

“We don’t like these types of measures but we must guarantee the provision of municipal public services,” said the councillor for the economy and taxes, Mario Bravo.

Bravo also added that the affected owners “still have time to avoid the embargoes” by paying their debts.

Illegal homes require sewer connection

Mijas town hall is asking the owners of illegal homes to install sewers to help ensure the town is treating its waste correctly.

The news came last week from councillor Mario Bravo following a meeting of the Foro de Seaneamiento Integral de la Costa del Sol, a provincial action group for sewage compliance. The meeting was held at the Mijas town hall.

Mario explained that many of the illegal homes in the town are expected to be legalised under the new regularisation plan and that approximately 3,000 homes, and a significant number of urbanisations, require a sewage connection and this could be key in obtaining legal status.

End of the Friday-Ad paper

Friday-Ad Spain is to end its print edition, after nine years of publication, to concentrate on it’s online operation.

The magazine, based in Mijas, covers the Costa del Sol and Gibraltar with local news and events. The last edition will be printed on October 7 due to a tough 2011.

The Friday Media Group, which owns the publication, owns a further 80 classified websites around the world.

Speaking to the Olive Press, Friday-Ad Spain’s manager Dawn Charlton said “It has been the aim for nearly two years to go online-only, that is what we have been working towards,”.

“The Gibraltar edition ended on August 5 and the Costa del Sol edition will run for the last time on October 7.”

One of the coast’s main newspaper’s – who cannot be named for legal reasons – have implied that Friday-Ad had gone bust which Dawn strenuously denies.

A press release  stated: “We are all very excited about the future and want to reassure you that we are still in the same office, with the same staff and the same contact numbers as ever.”

Deal Reached to Legalise Property in Mijas

The Junta and the Ayuntamiento have reached a deal that could see properties legalised within eight months.

The agreement represents a huge step forward in a conflict that has lasted for years. Approximately 8,000 properties were built irregularly or illegally in the Mijas area alone.

The deal was announced on Friday by Manuel Navarro, the local councillor for town planning. He explained the deal to the spokespeople from the three main opposition groups.

An inventory of all irregular properties will now be carried out. This time it will be done far more comprehensively than that which was done by the previous governing team in the town.

The agreement means that the PGOU can be modified in part to legalise illegal or irregular properties. Navarro claims that this proposal will be confirmed after meeting the Delegate for Territorial Ordination in Málaga, Enrique Benítez.

The town planning councillor said that Mijas is leading the way in regularising homes. ‘It may take longer, possibly, but we guarantee to solve this urgent social problem which is one of the main concerns in our municipality’, said Navarro. The process could take between eight and ten months.

2 Bed Apartment – La Cala de Mijas

2 Bed Apartment For Sale in La Cala de Mijas – Ref: MFSPH363

2 Bed Apartment For Sale in La Cala de Mijas

Price: 315.000€

Unique opportunity,fantastic penthouse located close to la Cala de Mijas Hippodrome and Aguila golf club.Brand new dwelling close to all amenities with breathtaking views with private additional 80 sqm terrace.Club cerrado del aguila offers wellness center, paddle, gym, golf, restaurant,bar.  Apartment – Penthouse, La Cala de Mijas, Costa del Sol. 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Built 107 m², Terrace 80 m². Setting : Suburban, Country, Close To Golf, Close To Shops, Close To Town, Close To Schools, Close To Forest, Urbanisation. Orientation : South.

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Wild Fire in Mijas

A wild fire in Mijas which started on Sunday, has now become the worst wildfire Malaga has seen this year.

Approximately 100 hectares of vegetation have so far been destroyed by the fire although some estimates go as high as 200 hectares. The fire which is still burning out of control has led to over 300 people being evacuated from their homes and parts of the AP-7 motorway, which passes Mijas, have been cut off for safety reasons.

The Town hall has suggested, but not confirmed, that the fire could have been started deliberately.

The fire was first noticed on Sunday evening, around 20.30, in an area known as ‘Fuente de la Teja’. Fire fighters were sent immediately to the affected area but despite the rapid response the fire spread quickly to other areas helped by strong winds. Local people were evacuated from their homes as a precautionary measure.

Efforts to extinguish the fire have included help from fire fighters from Fuengirola, Coín, Vélez, Torremolinos, Marbella and Alhaurín and fire engines from Cádiz, Córdoba, Granada and Sevilla have been sent to the area. This morning it is expected that planes will be used to drop water on areas affected by the fire which cannot be reached by fire fighters on the ground.

It was hoped that the fire would be under control by Monday morning but strong winds during the early hours have reactivated the fire which is now it is heading towards Calahonda, in Mijas, and Las Chapas, in Marbella.