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Drivers beware. Stiffer penalties for mobile use on the way

Be warned. Using your cellphone while driving will carry bigger sanctions in Spain. The new head of the national traffic authority (DGT), Pepr Navarro has  announced plans to stiffen the penalties for mobile phone use. Distractions at the wheel are the leading cause of death on Spanish roads, ahead of alcohol consumption and excessive speed. There has been a sharp rise in drivers who use their…

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BREAKING NEWS: Fire under control

The campo fire near Mijas has been brought under control Anadlucian Forest Firefighting agency INFOCA reported at 21.58 that the fire had been stabalised. In total four helicopters and two areoplanes were involved, along with five fire engines and 46 firefighters from Mijas and Marbella

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BREAKING NEWS. Major Fire in La Cala

A large campo fire is currently raging in La Cala. The Andalucian Forest Firefighting agency INFOCA, has reported that a large helicopter, as well as five other aircraft, are engaged in controlling the blaze, that broke out this afternoon. Twenty firemen are also currently on the scene, that appears to be close to the AP7 toll road.   Photo: INFOCA

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Fifty Shades of Güey!

 One of Marbella's best loved restaurants is back in business, just in time for summer! Last Tuesday Güey celebrated its inauguration with a cocktail party for 250 guests. The return of Güey had been eagerly anticipated by loyal clientele and locals who attended the opening, and were once more able to  enjoy dining under the stars on some of the most picturesque terraces in Marbella. A…

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No disruption despite pilot’s strike, says Ryanair

Holidaymakers can breathe a sigh of relief Passengers flying with budget airline Ryanair have been informed that most flights between Spain and Ireland should fly tomorrow, after pilots in Dublin hold a 24-hour strike. The airline is to cancel 30 of 290 flights from Ireland, however it is expected that none of the flights to and from Spain should be affected. Ryanair's Kenny Jacobs explains how…

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Ryanair pilots and cabin crew threaten July strike action

It looks like more misery this month for holidaymakers Ryanair cabin crew have announced that they have called a series of strikes in Spain at the end of July. Crew in Spain, Portugal and Belgium will strike for 48 hours on July 25-26 Unions have warned that further action may follow if the airline does not make concessions on some employment terms. This followed news that pilots directly…

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Drop in British tourism numbers

It looks like another record breaking year for Spanish tourism, but surprisingly, fewer Brits are visiting Spain. According to data released by the national statistics agency, the total number of international tourists arriving in Spain in May rose 1% compared to the year before, In total, 8.1 million visitors came to Spain, with the majority – 24.6% – coming from the UK. The number of British…

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England legend at La Cala

England and Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard spent time getting to know his new team on the coast. The new manager of Rangers spent ten days staying at La Cala Resort finalising next season's preparations for next season in the Scottish Premier League, as well as the first round of the Europa League on July 19 where they will meet Macedonian side FK Shkupi. Gerrard and the coaching staff praised…

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Classic yachts compete in Sotogrande this week

Marina Sotogrande Classic Week, one of the most important and exciting sailing events in Spain, takes place in Sotogrande Marina this week. Running from July 4-7, Marina Sotogrande Classic Week features two categories of races. “Belle Class 15M” is for classic boats more than 100 years old. The IYRU Fifteen Metre class yachts were constructed to the First International rule of 1907. A total of 20…

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Costa del Crime capering

After the shocking San Pedro slaying of a suspected drug lord last month, is seems Marbella could be heading back to the dark and dodgy days of what the British tabloids loved to call the ‘Costa del Crime’. I moved to Marbella in the 80s, in the days before Britain and Spain had an extradition treaty. Old style London gangsters such as Kray Twins Associate Freddie Foreman, Great Train Robber…

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VIDEO! What’s Russian for Reverse Part II

As James Brown once sang "I may not be right, but I'm never wrong". When my sources told me that a Russian had been behind the 4x4 crashing down the steps in Diana Park on Monday afternoon, I assumed he was the driver. The truth is even more suprising as this CCTV video footage, caught on CCTV, shows.  A lucky escape all round. And the driver looks a little "disorientated", shall we say? Russia…

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Something for the Weekend? What’s on in Marbella June 30-July 1

In case you hadn't noticed, there's a bit of football being played at the moment. Expect Spain to come to a standstill on Sunday when Spain take on Russia in the first of the knock out rounds. Spain are heavily favoured to beat the hosts, and if the large Russian population in Marbella is in full - and possibily vodka fuelled - voice, it could be a little on the noisy side. The Spain match kicks…

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What’s Russian for Reverse?

The summer season is well and truly upon us, and it's, ahem,  "interesting" on the roads. And when you add to the mix that the World Cup is currently in full swing, then some drivers may not be paying their full attention to the road. Now I'm not saying that alcohol was involved, or that the rules of the highway were not being followed 100% But the above photo appeared on Social Media this…

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Elisabetta Franchi opens new boutique in Puerto Banús

Elisabetta Franchi confirmed her standing as one of the favourite designers of discerning Spanish fashionistas with the opening of her new boutique in Puerto Banús.     The Italian designer celebrated the opening of her new boutique with a cocktail party organised by Marie-Noëlle Communications and attended by numerous well-known faces, including Evangelina Anderson and Martin…

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Lucky escape in Benahavis plunge

A driver survived plunging off the road and crashing 150 feet into the Gualmina River yesterday. Marbella's Fire Department came to the dramatic rescue of a trapped driver on Sunday. The 27-year-old female driver plunged off the Benahavis road near the Virgen del Rosario de Benahavís hermitage and fell 50 metres, coming to rest on its roof in the Guadalmina River. Firemen from San Pedro Alcántara…

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Craig David plays La Sala by the Sea today

He's Back! After an unforgettable performance last year, Craig David and his TS5 event will be resturning to La Sala by the Sea for the most memorable pool party that Marbella will see this season! The “Fill Me In” singer will be live at La Sala by the Sea today. Limited beds and tickets are still available but selling out fast.

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Something for the Weekend’s Book Review – How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

Alicia Duggan of The Bookshop reviews Matt Haig's How to Stop Time Thought provoking, insightful and interesting. I really enjoyed How to Stop Time. Tom has a dangerous secret. He is old. Very old. 432 years old to be precise but due to a rare condition he only looks like he is in his 40s. Though the idea of longevity or immortality is appealing to most people, the reality of it can be tragic.…

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Media industry mourns death of popular journalist

The media industry on the Costa del Sol was shocked by the sudden death earlier this month of Kerry Jane ‘KJ’ Eldson. The 57-year-old, who was Features Editor at Society Magazine and had also written for Essential and Absolute Marbella, passed away suddenly at her home in Pembroke, Wales. KJ supported her mother Val, in their flat above the shop where her late father Keith had once been an…

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Lunch for David raises €3500

The ladies who lunch - and some rather fortunate men - were out in force for a good cause earlier this month. Holly Millard’s Elite Events company organised a charity lunch at La Sala for popular photographer David Toms, who suffered life changing injuries in a motorcycle accident.     Guests were treated to a fabulous meal, as well as live entertainment from talented young singer…

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He’s back to move it!

Legendary DJ, music producer and record label owner Erick Morillo will be back in Marbella this summer. As part of his relentless tour schedule, Morillo - best known for tracks such as “I like to move it” - will play Dreamers on August 19. Make sure to catch what is sure to be one of the gigs of the summer! https://xceed.me/es/list/dreamers-marbella/event/marbella/53103

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