Neon Night Marbella launches

The countdown has started to the second Neon Night Marbella.

Last year over 800 people took part in this night time event, which is due to be held on Oct 3.

Neon Night Marbella's Facebook and Twitter accounts have gone live today and the organisers have also launched a logo for the event (pictured above) that they hope everyone taking part will share.

Last year's event was a huge success, rasing over  €7000 euros that was allocated to  two chosen charities. The first was for the Marbella CADI Association, for children with functional diversity and special needs

The second charity was Plan International Spain, whose campaign "Because I am a Girl" seeking to end gender discrimination that affects millions of girls around the world (

Both these charities will once again receive donations at this second edition of Neon Night Marbella.

For more information 
Facebook: neonnightmarbella
Twitter: @nnmarbella

Marbella Summer 2015 – The winners

So another Marbella summer draws to a close, and those of us lucky enough to live here let out a huge sigh of relief and settle back to enjoy September, the most mellow of Marbella months.

Summer war stories are swapped, tales of excess and excitement bandied about. Planet Marbella takes a purely personal pick of the winners of summer 2015...

Marbella Town Hall

The left wing coalition under Jose Bernal swept to power in summer, to the horror of some well heeled residents who before the muncipal elections seemed to think that the Red Terror was at the door.  Sierra Blanca was about to be turned over for social housing, the luxury car showrooms forced to sell tractors and Puerto Banus would be renamed Che Guevara marina, be run by a workers co-operative and have a strict dusk til dawn curfew (not a bad idea, I hear some cry)

In the end nothing of the sort happened as the new Marbella administration embarked on a policy of transparency, including publishing the Mayor's wages on the web and unveiling a new strategic plan for the town running until 2022. It is early days but the signs for the new Marbella are looking promising.

Virginia Ruiz

Summer 2015 may well go down in history as the point when Marbella finally voiced its opposition to the bullfight. Following the lead of leading Spanish cities, Marbella declared that it would no longer allow its official television and radio stations to promote, report on or take advertising from bullfighting events.

There were peaceful demonstrations in Marbella by anti-bullfighting groups but things turned violent in the Bullring itself when bullfighter Morante de la Puebla clashed with protester Pedro Torres when he ran into the ring.

A week later Marbella based animal activist Virginia Ruiz attracted universal praise when she cradled a dying bull at a bullfight in Malaga. The striking image of her standing over the dying animal flashed around the world.
Life on Marbs

It may be a Marmite of a show, you either love it or hate it, but Life on Marbs was certainly the media event of the summer. The lives and loves of the cast drew the usual cries of “Where did they find this lot?” and “Why do they never pick ordinary people?”

Although you may not like the cast much (I admit that I'm biased in liking most of them because I've known some of them for years, and “Mummy Marbella” Lina has more than enough information on me, trust me) you can't deny that Marbella itself looked superb, with fantastic opening shots reminding us just how lucky we are to live here.


BeFree in Marbella this week!

Marbella holds the town's first LGBT festival this week

BeFree, which runs from September 1-6, includes film screenings at FNAC, as well as a series of talks and discussions on issues that affect the LGBT community.

On Thursday leading Marbella gallery Red Penguin will host the  exhibition All Love is Equal, showcasing the work of American photographer Braden Summers (above) for the first time in Spain.

In addition the BeFree festival has a packed evening schedule with parties and concerts in both Marbella and San Pedro.

Vist for more information


Dolphin Rescue ends in Tragedy

Holidaymakers and marine professionals worked together to try and save a baby dolphin on Sunday

The dolphin was spotted on Sunday afternoon in trouble in the waters off Rio Real beach. Passers by placed the mammal in a small boat filled with water and alerted the authorities.  Marbella Town Hall then contacted CREAM, the agency that specialises in the rescue of marine species, who rushed a team to the scene.

The metre-long Bottlenose dophin, judged to be about 18 months old,  was assessed by vets to have several wounds and was transferred to the CREAM centre in Malaga, where it sadly died today.




Freaky Feria!

Not a lot surprises us here at Planet Marbella, where we are used to seeing all sorts of photos and pictures landing on the newsdesk.

But the photo from the crowning of the queens and ladies for the forthcoming San Pedro Alcantara feria really made us double take.

Normally the photos from these kind of ceremony are rather boring affairs, with the participants in traditional outfits, all flamenco dresses and frills.

But the kids' section this year has gone all Gothic, with the winners all decked out as if they were on their way to a bash at the Addams family.

We think that it's a stroke of genius. The San Pedro Feria, which this year takes place between October 14 - 19, is the last one of the season, and the weather can traditionally be a little gloomy.

Maybe the Town Hall could get "Edwards Scissorhands" director Tim Burton to open the event!

EXCLUSIVE Astral Bar hits back at "slander" of Quirke drink spiking claims.

The owners of the bar that Irish actor Andy Quirke claimed his girlfriend had her drink spiked in have reacted furiously to his claims.

Quirke, best known for playing playing Damo Whelan and Ivor Itchdaddy in the RTE Two show Damo and Ivor, posted on Facebook that his girlfriend was drugged in the Astral bar by two men while the couple were being distracted by a magician and a clown. He also claimed the magician had tried to obtain the couple’s ATM number from their mobile phones.

 A spokesman for Astral told Planet Marbella  "The couple arrived at Astral after had a meal. Who knows what could have happened on the street before they came to us?  We cannot control what happens to clients on the street before or after they have been in our bar.

 "What we do know is that the couple were drinking cocktails and that girl had six margaritas in a very short space of time. 

"One of our waiters went out after they left and found her passed out lying in the street by the rubbish bins, and went to assist her. Why would he do this if he were part of a criminal gang?

"Astral has been open as a family friendly bar for thirteen years. We have never had this type of problem. To suggest that there is a criminal gang operation here is nothing less than a slander. We take these matters very seriously and absolutely reject the claims.

"These claims are a direct attack on our establishment’s image, and attack on our professionalism. These words have been seen around the world on social media and this is slander. This accusation is bad for the image of all of Puerto Banus".

Something for the Weekend? - A Guitar to Heaven

"A Guitar to Heaven', is the name of the performance of the Maribel Urbano Dance School at the Adolfo Suarez Congress Hall this Sunday, August 30 at 21.00. The show will raise funds for the Marbella Voluntaria association.

Maribel Urban,explained that "the show will be a tribute to the artist Paco de Lucia" and stressed that "we have eight months preparing for this show and hope that everyone will love it

Tickets, priced at 10 euros for adults and 5 euros for children, can be purchased at the Congress Hall box office and the Maribel Urbano Dance School.

Who gets what - Marbella puts wages on web!

Ever wonder how much Marbella’s mayor gets paid? Well know you can find out – online!

Marbella Town Hall took another step in its commitment to transparency with the publication of the wages, training and personal tax declarations members of the administration on the website It also listed the responsibilities of various councillors.

"It's important that people know with certainty who people are, what part they play and why they are well suited to their role," said Head of Communication, Miguel Diaz (pictured above). He also pointed out that this information was not made public in the two previous legislatures.

Diaz has stressed that after just 60 days in office "we can say that this is the most transparent Town Hall in Marbella’s history”.

Areas such as planning and contracting will also soon be made public on the web "The limits we have are the human and technical capacity but soon all that information will be on the web via only a click," he added.

As well as this Town Hall broadcasting on RTV has also become more open "There is a level of transparency and local participation as has never been in this town and we want to go further" .

A shake up and streamlining in the Town Hall adminstation has already resulted in a saving of €600,000 euros.

(And if you are wondering, Marbella mayor Jose Bernal is paid €56, 577)

Sisters in La Sala!

Joni and Debbie from disco legends Sister Sledge were spotted dining in La Sala Banus this week.

Due to play their first ever concert in Gibraltar this weekend they commented on how excited they were to be playing on The Rock for the first time.

Joni and Debbie also revealed a sweet tooth 'We love the La Sala Brownie!" they laughed "No, not only that, we love the atmosphere, great food and service! La Sala knows how to celebrate life!',

Sister Sledge are set to take to the stage for a one-off show on the five star yacht hotel Sunborn Gibraltar this Saturday 29th August. The group is known for hit songs "We Are Family", "He's the Greatest Dancer", "Lost in Music", their version of "My Guy", and "Frankie".
Hosted by La Sala Gibraltar and the Sunborn Yacht Hotel, the Sister Sledge concert takes place this Saturday  August 29 with tickets priced at just £39! The support act for the concert will be the Jackie Brown Band from Marbella.

Reservations on 350 200 16870

Town Hall announces team to tackle traffic

In a move bound to please motorists, Marbella Town Hall has set up a team to tackle the continuing delays to traffic on the stretch of road leading into the new tunnel in San Pedro Alcantara and the Ronda road.

The teamwill urge the Ministry of Development to take steps to solve the traffic jams that occur on the A -7 , in the section between Puerto Banus and San Pedro Alcantara and to improve road safety for the 70,000 people who use this road.

The team explaind that traffic problems reported during this summer were not specific or isolated, but dated back to the 80s and can be solved in the medium and long term.

One of the first changes that the team will make is adding a second lane in the turn off from the A-7 to the Ronda road, where queues have formed all summer. The team will also look at improved access to San Pedro as well as Puerto Banus, which this summer has struggled with the number of vehicles and resulted in long tailbacks.

The team will also implement plans for mass transit, bike paths and pedestrian paths with a green barrier to mitigate air pollution.