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Please, please stop the Muzak!

Let’s face it; Spain is a noisy country. I may live in serene solitude next to my lake, but once I clamber into my 4x4 (latest car karma update is that I now have a huge blue Landcruiser, purchased from a French friend and therefore christened Chabal after the famed and fearsome Neanderthal French…

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Final Days for Triple A?

Much loved Marbella animal charity Triple A is on the verge of closing its doors for good. The closure of the rescue centre would mean the death of some 500 animals, who would be taken to the killing station El Paraiso in Alhaurin El Grande. A combination of declining membership, rising costs and the fallout from the Seprona raid on the centre, has led to the current perilous financial…

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Million euro projects unveiled for ​​La Bajadilla

Marbella Town Hall has unveiled two new rennovation projects costing €1 million for La Bajadilla port These include the remodeling of the so-called ships roundabout ',  to avoid floods, and more lighting and rennovation in the marina itself. Marbella mayor, José Bernal, said that "Both projects were developed, with allocated budgets agreed and would start in the next few months ". He also added…

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Malaga Airport threatened with strike chaos

Air passengers are bracing themselves for an autumn and winter of discontent. Airports across the country could see a series of strikes, after labour unions called for 25 days of industrial action among members working for AENA. Workers’ Commissions, UGT and USO have warned that the action could begin from the 15th September 15. Strike action is being called over pay and staffing numbers, with a…

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Glorious Glotón!

San Pedro de Alcantara has undergone a startling transformation in the past couple of years, and the most spectacular feature has been the construction of a new boulevard running through the middle of the town, complete with green areas, amphitheatres, children's play areas and the “wavy” bridge. Glotón, an exciting new restaurant that opened earlier this year, has a great position, - just off…

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Marbella mourns terror attacks

Marbella Town Hall today observed five minutes silence to remember victims of the terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils. Three days of mourning with flags at half-mast have also been announced and the Catalan flag has been placed on the Town Hall balcony in an act to express solidarity with the victims and their families. Over 300 people, including Marbella mayor José Bernal, and PP leader…

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Ángeles Muñoz set for dramatic return as mayor

In a shock move that seems to have come straight out of an episode of Game of Thrones,  Ángeles Muñoz looks set to be re-instated as Marbella mayor. The move comes after the defection of the OSP party to the side of the Partido Popular, breaking up the left wing coalition that had been governing Marbella under the PSOE's José Bernal. This morning a vote of no confidence was passed at the Town…

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Michael’s Magical Marbella Night

Grammy award winner Michael Bolton delivered a smooth and soulful set in the intimate venue of the Tenis Club Puente Romano on Thursday. The singer, best known for hits such as "How Can We Be Lovers If We Can't Be Friends" and "How am I supposed to live without you", obviously enjoyed his Marbella gig, chatting easily with the adoring audience between songs and backed by a superb band. Bolton…

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Tonight’s the Night! Michael Bolton plays Marbella

Grammy winning artist Michael Bolton plays the intimate Tenis Club Puente Romano tonight  With 53 millions album sold, eight albums in the Top Ten and  two singles at Number 1 in the Billboard charts, Michael Bolton has been wowing audiences since he broke onto the international music scene in the early 90s, with hits such as "How am I supposed to live without you?", "How can we be lovers?" and…

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We don’t decide opening hours. Marbella mayor on Starlite controversy

Marbella mayor José Bernal has spoken of his bewilderment about the Starlite opening hours controversy. The organisers of the festival, now in its sixth year, reacted angrily when Marbella police carried out a routine check of the site last week, and informed them that the lounge area has to close at 2am. Starlite has since denounced Marbella Town Hall as actively blocking the festival, that it…

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Grand Theft Auto Marbs…

The summer madness continues. We're used to the influx of supercars in Puerto Banus every summer. We've even got used to the (usually Eurotrash)  drivers roaring up and down the backline of Banus, imagining in their tiny minds that they are staring in their own personal version of "Fast and Furious". But sometimes they indulge in numskull behaviour of the highest order, as this video shows. The…

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Starlite to Marbella. It’s over. See you in court.

Well - that escalated quickly Starlite organisers have sensationally ended their links with Marbella after lashing out against the Town Hall and threatening court action, The organisers made their announcement shortly after mayor José Bernal, guaranteed Marbella's support as long as the leisure area of the festival complied with the laws that required it to close at 2am In response Starlite…

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So long Starlite?

Starlite Festival's future in Marbella seemed to be in doubt as police closed the nightclub section at 2am last night Starlite, which has been running in the Marbella Auditorio for five years, had been operating its open air club until 6am, much to the concern of residents in the exclusive Naguelles area. It is unclear whether the police action will have any effect on the remainder of the concert…

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Spain on amber alert as heatwave continues

The heatwave continues! Temperatures above 40ºC are forecast for places inland, with much of the country under an amber warning today, tomorrow and possibly into Sunday. The hottest day is expected to be Saturday, when temperatures in excess of 41ºC are forecast for parts of the country, especially inland. In Marbella, temperatures are expected to reach 35ºC today and remain in the mid 30s over…

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Airport Security criticised ahead of strike action

In a report that won't surprise anyone who has flown recently, airport security in Spain has come under increased criticism after new security measures have caused huge delays for some passengers travelling outside of the EU Schengen Zone. EU countries have to carry out tougher checks on passengers entering or leaving the Schengen area, which covers most of mainland Europe, including Spain.…

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Street Art in San Pedro!

The magical and unusual world of street art performance takes place in San Pedro this week. Art Fest 2017 brings  14 street theatre companies from around Spain and beyond to the streets and squares of San Pedro for the first time. The free festival, which runs until August 7 includes music, street theatre, magic, puppets and dance, including the "Big Dancers" of El Carramato, (pictured) on…

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Happy Birthday to us!

Planet Marbella turns two today! So this is just a little post to say thank you to all the companies and indivuals that have given me encouragement and support over the past 24 months. Here's to reporting on the good, the bad and the sometimes very ugly in Marbella Thanks to everyone Giles

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Art/Marbella back for a third year

Art/Marbella , Marbella's modern and contemporary art fair, is currently under way. The event that allows collectors, artists, curators and art lovers to appreciate, enjoy, educate themselves, and acquire art works of exceptional quality. Now in it's third year, Art/Marbella has over 45 exhibitors, making it an increasingly important date on  the international cultural calendar This edition's…

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Arte Sano in San Pedro this weekend

One of the most popular free festivals takes place in San Pedro this weekend. Arte Sano, which takes place on the paseo in San Pedro ,  is the largest alternative free festival on the coast and has established itself as a contemporary showcase of natural health, artistic expression, movement, dance and personal development. Sprinkled with a liberal mix of live music, activities, workshops,…

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Pablo Raez gets Marbella memorial

In a fitting gesture, Marbella Town Hall has announced that Buelvar de Arroyo Primero, currently under construction, will be named after marbellí Pablo Ráez in recognition of his memory and legacy. In a ceremony at the Town Hall Marbella mayor, José Bernal recieved the Gold Medal of the Province of Malaga that was awarded to Pablo Raéz fron his father, Francisco Ráez. "Pablo's family has made  a…

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Ambassador writes Brexit brief

The British Ambassador to Spain has written an open letter to British citizens living here on the subject of citizens rights as the UK prepares to leave the European Union. In his letter, Simon Manley talks about the successful state visit of King Felipe in the UK earlier this month, and goes on to talk about the work the consular teams have undertaken across the country, and the proposals made…

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