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The Sierra de las Nieves will be Andalucía's third official National Park

If central-government time projections are correct, Malaga province will have its first official National Park from mid 2018.

The Sierra de las Nieves looks set to be given the extra protected status some eighty years after it was first suggested. The natural park, covering most of the mountainous area in nine municipalities on the western side of the province, is currently a Unesco Biosphere Reserve but has been waiting for coveted National Park status for a long time.

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The archaeological site was vandalised in January last year and the priceless mosaic head of Medusa was taken

Experts have begun restoring the mosaic floor of the Roman villa near the mouth of the Río Verde in Marbella.

The archaeological site was vandalised in January last year and the priceless mosaic head of Medusa was taken.

Only some missing parts have been recovered and replacement tiles will need to be inserted.

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The matches will be played from 2 to 4 February on the centre court of the resort's Puente Romano hotel

The first round clash of next year's Davis Cup World Group between Spain and Great Britain will be played on Marbella's Golden Mile, it was announced on Thursday. The resort beat off local competition from the city of Granada to stage the event.

Members of the Spanish Royal Tennis Federation (RFET) voted at a meeting in Zaragoza on Wednesday for the Costa del Sol bid. As is etiquette, the captain of the Spanish team, recently appointed Sergi Bruguera, then needed to be consulted. He asked the players, who agreed with the choice of Marbella.

The region's tourism results for this year will be the best ever, although the industry is warned that Mediterranean competition is reviving

Industry results and forecasts released this week have confirmed that the southern Spanish region of Andalucía is still one of Europe's top tourist destinations.

The British are Andalucía's best customers and the World Travel Market (WTM), held this week in the ExCel centre, was the ideal time and place for the tourism authorities to announce more good news for the sector.

SUR in English helps support the tourism industry in London
The president of Andalucía, Susana Díaz, in London to open the region's stand at the ExCel centre, revealed the industry's predicted results for 2017, the best tourism figures in the history of the region. By the end of 2017, 29.4 million visitors will have travelled to Andalucía and among them they will have spent 52 million nights in hotel accommodation.

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Many hotels close for the winter months but the number is gradually reducing as more tourists are visiting out of season

November marks the end of the summer season, although this year there were high hotel occupancy levels right up to the end of October and some hotels which had planned to close in the middle of the month decided to remain open a bit longer.

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