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28th October 2011

The new toll motorway (autopista) AP-46 was officially opened today. Called Alto de Las Pedrizas-Málaga, it will speed up journey times between Málaga and Antequera and the north. It links up with the Hiperronda (new ring road to the west of Málaga), and when this is completed, there will be fast access to Torremolinos and further down the coast.

The toll for light vehicles will be €3.05 in low season (October to May) and €4.60 in high season (June to September) with some exceptions for Easter. It will be free between midnight and 6am every day.

The AP-46 runs from Villanueva de Cauche to Puerto de la Torre and is an impressive structure some 28km long, including 27 bridges, two of which are over 800m span, and 2.2km of tunnels. The speed limit is 120Km/h, except in the tunnels.

16th December 2011

From today, Almogía has a new SPAR supermarket, expanding Miquel Alimentació Grup's wholesale food distribution in Andalucía. This is thanks to the enterprising spirit one of the local inhabitants of Almogía, who decided to start their own franchise. Following a market analysis of the area they identified the need for a new supermarket to serve this town.

The new SPAR provides a local service in all areas of fresh products: butcher, delicatessen, greengrocer, baker, bakery oven. They also have a home delivery service. Their is ample free parking outside. It is located in Calle Arrabal de los Angeles, on the road into the village if you arrive from Málaga.

SPAR is a franchisie model operated by Alimentació Grup Miquel, a national leader. The expansion of SPAR in Andalucía began in late 2010 with the goal of opening about 100 franchises in the next three years. Expansion is planned in Granada, Málaga and Cádiz mainly, also in Córdoba and Jaen. The new SPAR Supermarket will be served by the giant distribution warehouse Miquel Food has in the town of Fuente de Piedra.

17th April 2012

The Diputación de Málaga (Málaga Provincial Council) has released a new smartphone app, in conjunction with Orange. This free application uses GPS to identify and catalogue every tourist spot in the municipalities of the province of Malaga. With it you can locate any street, church, fountain, ATM, explain local stories and legends, watch a video, listen to an audio guide, send an email to the tourist information service in a town, call the museum for times, etc. Share experiences on Facebook and Twitter, or find a map showing walking directions.

It is available to download for both Android Google or Apple iOS operating systems. They say the app is intended for all tourists, regardless of nationality. Initially released in Spanish, to be followed by English, French and German.

Access to information is through "an augmented reality interface that can be superimposed on the image captured by a camera phone, the information geolocated points of interest nearby. Each item appears as an image that is added to the actual image that the user is currently viewing, so the user can use the solution as a radar and forward 360 degrees for guidance on where to find the points of interest and how far away they are."

Additionally, and with one click, the application provides information about the user's current position, the location of points of interest, the path to reach them, and can share information about these places via social networks.

The app is called "Costa del Sol Málaga" and can be downloaded from here for Apple's iOS and from here for Android.