Volume 01

1Casa News from Spain - No. 1
We are pleased to send you some of the latest news from our part of Spain and hope that this local news will be of interest to you.
Álora Provides the "Sopas" You the Spoon.  The town of Álora celebrated its traditional "Sopas Perotas" festival last Saturday, 16 October 2004.  This festival took place in La Plaza Baja de la Despedia in Álora (infront of the church), where people enjoyed a large variety of soups, performances from Flamenco artists, bought handmade local products and enjoyed the culture and hospitality of the people of Álora.
Traditionally, the soups are a dish that the men used to make when resting from their work in the country.  The soups consist of stale bread and any vegetables found in the garden.  To accompany the soups there are oranges, olives, prickly pears, cucumbers, peppers and figs. Everyone eats with their own spoon from a multitude of soup dishes. 
A new gym opened in Alora on 4 October 2004 at the Sports Centre on Avenida Pablo Ruiz Picasso. The gym is complete with all the latest equipment and also provides exercise classes including aerobics, step classes and circuit training. 
There has been a protest meeting held in Álora regarding the state of the secondary roads in the town and the closure of the municipal swimming pool.
The Guadalteba, Guadalhorce and Conde de Guadalhorce reservoirs make up what is popularly known as The Three Lakes. As well as being the main water supply for the province of Malaga, these linked reservoirs provide an alternative to the beach in the summer. More and more people prefer the quiet of these fresh waters, with amenities similar to those on the coast.
A nice swim, fishing or seeing the lake from a pedalo are some of the options available.  Located in the heart of the province, between the agricultural areas of Antequera, Guadalteba and Guadalhorce, you can also take a quiet walk along the banks of the lakes or simply rest under the trees. The more daring can go in for adventure sports, such as climbing the vertical rock faces of Los Gaitanes gorge, situated in the area known as El Chorro.
To enjoy all the charms of The Three Lakes travel to Parque Ardales, where you will find a camp site and holiday apartments. The Posada del Conde, a hotel with impressive views of the reservoir, is situated there. On the winding road around the lakes you will find restaurants such as El Kiosco, where you can enjoy a delicious tapa in peace. Around the reservoirs are big fields which, in the summer, are given over to the cultivation of sunflowers.
How to get there: From Malaga, take the A-357 going towards Campillos until you reach Ardales. From there take the local road that goes to the lake area.
John Toshack gave the clearest indication yet that he is ready to return home if offered the Wales job.  Fans' favourite, Toshack, has been living in Spain for the past 20 years but told Wales on Sunday he would be prepared to move back home for a full-time job.
The Picasso Museum in Malaga celebrates the anniversary of its opening on 27 October 2004.  To celebrate this anniversary the Picasso family will be lending 8 other works of art from their private collections.  Visitors to the museum will be able to seem them from 27 October 2004 (Sur in English 8 - 14 October 2004).
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