Hayabusa Heaven!

Get ready for some of the quickest bikes on the road this weekend.  The fourth international meeting of the  Hayabusa Club Marbella takes place between October 2-4 with its base at the Hotel PYR in Puerto Banus.

This year the Hayabusa Club Marbella will take in six routes including a blast up to El Chorro as well as over to Velez Malaga and the Real Aeroclub de Malaga, where the riders will have the opportunity to take to the air in  light aircraft. Over the weekend the riders plan to cover an impressive 650 kilometres.

The Hayabusa Club Marbella was founded in 2013 by Greg Korvin. This year's festival sees over 85 riders from all over Spain and further afield including the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, France, Portugal and Switzerland.

Saturday's highlights include a ride along the Paseo Maritimo at 18:30, and Puerto Banus at 21.00.

 


Scrum on Down!

Rugby World Cup fever has gripped Planet Marbella this month and I was spotted watching the England v Wales match last weekend down at the Trocadero Marbella Rugby Club last weekend, where my old England shirt was the subject of much mirth, though not as much as the England defeat.

Trocadero Marbella Rugby Club is showing most of the World Cup matches on a big screen in the clubhouse, and England's do-or-die clash with Australia at 9pm this Saturday should have a cracking atmosphere.

This weekend also marks the start of Trocadero Marbella Rugby Club's season with a home match against CR Arlequines Miguelturra from Ciudad Real at 13.00 on Sunday October 4. In its 25 years, Marbella has performed superbly, winning national championships at under 18 level and several of the youth team players have gone on to represent Spain at international level.

The atmosphere at Trocadero Marbella Rugby Club is very family orientated and open to all, as well as having a great clubhouse and bar, a vital part of every rugby club. Trocadero Marbella Rugby Club training for the under 18 age groups (there are several youth teams for all ages) takes place every Saturday.

For more information check out www.marbellarugbyclub.com


Happy Coffee Day!

It's fair to say that we are coffee fanatics here at Planet Marbella.

A combination of early mornings, tight deadlines and being ordered to stay away from any other mood altering substances means that the humble bean is one of the few kicks that we are allowed. On some mornings the need for caffeine can be so great that we've been known to chop out two lines of instant and snort them.

To celebrate the first International Coffee Day, we've picked out a few of our favourite places to get our coffee fix. Let us know yours...

Sinatra's

A Puerto Banus institution, Sinatra Bar is the perfect place for people watching in the Port. It's rumoured that if you sit there long enough you'll probably see yourself go by at some point. Sinatra's isn't cheap, but it more than makes up for it for the views of supercars, superyachts and the odd supermodel.

D'Maria

Just opposite the Marbella Club Hotel, D'Maria is one of Planet Marbella's favourite ventas. As well as doing a killer Menu del Dia, D'Maria is a great place to grab a heart-starting café solo and watch the news and sport on the big screens, as well as check out photos of the owner with various Spanish celebs. I'm normally nursing a coffee on the terrace.

La Sala

If you fancy a bit of celeb spotting then the terrace at La Sala is a must. If the TOWIE or Life on Marbs crew are around then there is a pretty good chance that you'll see them here, as well as any passing Premiership footballer. It's also a good spot for petrolheads, as the poseurs heading into Banus love to gun their engines as they pass by...

Kilometre 0

Another great spot for people watching is newly opened Kilometre 0. With a healthy range of breakfast options and superb juices, the outside tables are perfect to see most of San Pedro enjoying their stroll from the new Boulevard down to the Paseo Maritimo and back again. Plus you'll be sorely tempted by the menu.

Cappuccino

With a name like Cappuccino, we had to include this upmarket café. Situated on Marbella's Paseo Maritimo in the luxurious grounds of the landmark Grand Melia Don Pepe Hotel, Cappuccino is a great spot to chill out and watch the sunset over the Mediterranean, while the live DJ plays a few cool tunes. And when the Global Gift Gala crew rolls into town, you may well spot Eva Longoria and her entourage enjoying a con leche...


See you in the centre!

The centre of Marbella's old town will be more vibrant than usual this Saturday, October 3 , when a new edition of the ' See you in the centre' initiative takes place.

With the aim of boosting commercial activity in the historic centre of Marbella, the Town Hall has arranged several areas and places to enjoy live music, jugglers, clowns , living statues and other activities. 

The programme will start at 12.00 and runs until 20.00

Legends come to Marbella

Some of the top tribute acts in Europe willl be appearing in the Legends Festival on Marbella in October.

 The Teatro Goya Cinema in Puerto Banus will be the venue for a the tribute acts, that include Elton John, Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley and Joe Cocker.

 The Legends Festival opens with a gala night this Friday October 2, with proceeds going to the Association Despertar sin Violencia. The evening starts with a welcome cocktail at 8.30pm, followed by tribute acts to Elton John, Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley and Joe Cocker at 10pm. Tickets for the gala are priced at €18.

 The Legends Festival will then take place every Saturday during October. The acts are

 October 10. Freddie Mercury, Robbie Williams, Michael Jackson

 October 17. The Rat Pack

 October 24. ABBA

 October 31. Luciano Pavarotti and the Phantom of the Opera.

 

For more information call 609 488 572 or vist Cines Teatro Goya website


Half Marathon Men (and women)

Running fanatics will be pounding the streets thus Sunday at the XXX edition of the Half Marathon 'Ciudad de Marbella ".

The race will start on Sunday at 10.00, leaving from Calle Jacinto Benavente.

Marbella Town Hall delegate Antonio Garcia commented that"once again the race has been filled with entries.  There will be 2,500 participants, and the organisers had to reject a further 600,  which gives an idea of the progress and the interest generated by this race, "which is the fastest growing in Andalucia.


Tenenage Kicks!

There are certain things that summertime always brings down here in Marbella. The superb weather, of course, plus an influx of TOWIE wannabes and the inevitable traffic chaos as the roads in August descend into a kind of maniacal motor version of Tetrus; especially on the roundabouts outside Puerto Banus where drivers try and slot their cars through the smallest gaps in traffic possible.

I know that we should all be grateful for the annual influx of tourists that helps the local economy but it doesn’t half test the patience at this time of year. I have to employ a variety of anti-stress techniques to make it to the end of summer. These include deep breathing exercises, meditation, positive thinking, a large G&T before 11, that kind of thing.

Summer is also high season for having guests pop by for a visit. It’s always great having visitors at the Casita and if they can handle the Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom style track down to my place, plus the, ahem, ‘idiosyncrasies’ of a single male in his late forties, then they are more than welcome. Though an American friend took one look at the organised chaos that is my living space before turning to her children and saying “You see kids? This is what happens when a man lives alone…”

I don’t subscribe to Oscar Wilde’s quote that ‘fish and houseguests go off after three days’ and am more than happy to welcome visitors, although I have had to employ water canon on a few occasions to disperse those who have overstayed their welcome.

I even discovered one hardy soul squatting in the ruin adjoining the Casita after I (with the considerable help of the Yummy Mummy’s imposing West Country brother) had “strongly requested” he leave. Mind you, he had been a war cameraman in Afghanistan so I suspect he was happy enough staying there.

This summer, however, a good friend of mine has been staying with her teenage son, who I remember carrying down the King’s Road when he was only a few months old. There is no chance of me carrying him anywhere now, however, as he is pretty much the same size as me, and still growing.

Not being used to having teenagers at the Casita, it’s been a bit of a culture shock, especially for him when he found out that I have no WiFi, which ranks beneath somewhere to stay and running water with your average teen. This has meant that the majority of his stay has been spent eating, sleeping, eating, slumping on my sofa, eating and watching DVDs on his laptop. And did I mention the eating?

His one night out with a schoolmate was a high point. Dropping him for a few days with his friend in Sotogrande, I was a little surprised to get an emergency call 36 hours later. He had run out of money and could I please come and pick him up. I found him pale and tired at the entrance to the Polo having already had a long-distance bollocking from his father.

On the way back, he revealed that rather than the few furtive beers in Sotogrande Port that we imagined, he and his friend had been invited clubbing by a neighbour, where they had ended up in the VIP area of one of the most expensive clubs in Marbella, where the minimum spend is €1,000 per table, until 7am.

Responsible adult that I am, I didn’t know whether to warn him of the unsavoury characters that you meet in Banus at that time in the morning, or congratulate him on his style and ask if I could come with him next time!


Porn Protester shunned by Marbella groups

PETA member Amina, who leapt into the Marbella bullring on Sunday in protest, has been revealed as adult film actress Amina Axelsson.

Her actions were carried out without the knowledge or consent of Marbella-based animal rights groups. Virginia Ruiz, who made headlines around the world when she cradled a dying bull in Malaga, said that Axelsson "Doesn't represent us".

Another Marbella animal activist claimed that Axelsson was only trying to get more hits on her website.

Others, however, argued that Amina had brought more publicity to the anti-bullfighting cause.

We at Planet Marbella are eagerly waiting to see what kind of protest she is planning against the Mijas Donkey Taxis...


Protester disrupts Marbella bullfight

The increasing unpopularity of bullfighting in Marbella was highlighted yet again on Sunday.

PETA member Amina, who lives in Spain but hails from Sweden, couldn’t just stand by and watch the bloody spectacle unfolding before her at Sunday's bullfight.

She sprinted into the bullring to try and offer her sympathy to the animal who lay, frightened and bleeding, on the ground. She also carried a sign saying, “Stop Bullfighting”, to make sure her message was not lost on the spectators – although the bullring was virtually empty.

She said of her exploit "No animal should have to face an agonising, needless death for the amusement of a crowd. I’m joining with PETA to urge caring people everywhere to end these bloody, internationally condemned events by never patronising bullfights".

There have already been several protests in both Marbella and Malaga this summer.


Tasty Tapas Tournament!

Feeling peckish? This Saturday, September 26, Ambrosía´s Gourmet Market will host an all day, unique event which gives guests the opportunity to decide which tapa is the star of the market.

There will be two groups that choose the winner of the contest. An expert judging group, chosen via social media, of 20 people picked from random on social media. If you are interested in being a judge sign up on Ambrosía´s Facebook page. Those lucky ones choosen will enjoy the tapas tasting for free!

The other group will comprise of members of the public, who will also be able to taste and vote for the best tapa after paying a very small fee. Both groups will receive a card on arrival to cast their votes.

These votes will be placed in a ballot box and counted and the final verdict will be revealed across social networks at the end of the weekend.

As well as this, one lucky judge will wine a bottle of wine and box of chocolates when a card is randomly picked at the end of the day.

www.ambrosiamercadogourmet.es