Puerto Banus

British Ambassador welcomes Spanish plans for No-Deal Brexit

The important announcement by Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez last week, and the approval by the Consejo de Ministros of the Royal Decree covering Spain’s Brexit contingency measures, has been welcomed by the British Ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley. “The UK Government’s top priority remains securing a…

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Marbella Craic!

Marbella has gone green for St Patrick's Day! As part of Tourism Ireland's initiative of turning the World Green for St Patrick's Day. Marbella's best known landmarks have turned green for one week. The Marbella Arch, Town Hall, Old City Walls, Puerto Deportivo and several other sites will join The Great Wall of China, The Eifel Tower, The Sydney Opera House, The Empire State Building, Christ the…

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Police nab jewel thieves in Banus!

Police dramatically caught a group of thieves red handed as they robbed a jewellery store in Puerto Banus tonight. The gang of five Mexicans were apprehended as they carried out a robbery at the  Tourbillon store. One member of staff was rushed to hospital after being struck on the head during the crime. The emergency services were alerted at 7.30pm that a robbery was taking place. At the same…

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Armin van Buuren set for San Pedro!

Armin van Buuren is set to play Marbella this summer One of the most renowned DJs on the international scene, van Buuren will play the Municipal Studium in San Pedro as part of his "Armin Only Embrace" tour on July 30. The five-hour-set, which is the Dutch DJs only gig in mainland Spain this year,  will be accompanied by more than 30 artists including  vocalist Mr Probz and trumpeter Eric…

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Asset Folio showcase Azure in Oslo

Leading contemporary Real Estate agency Asset Folio is showcasing one of the most exciting new developments on the coast in Oslo this week Azure is a collection of 18 stylish,villas in the residential neighbourhood of El Paraíso, just a few minutes drive to Puerto Banus. This residential setting is home to a host of amenities making Azure the perfect choice for buyers looking for convenience on…

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Marbellisma – Katerina Bramley

Multi Platinum songwriter Katerina Bramley shares some of her favourite places in her second home Best View: From my house, we have a breathtaking view of La Concha and the sea.I literally jump out of bed to open my blinds every morning to see that view! Best for Eating: Marbella has some fantastic restaurants but my personal favourites are Mistral Beach for lunch and dinner at The Grill at…

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Raising awareness on World Kidney Day

Today is World Kidney Day and this year the focus is on the important theme of Kidney Disease and Children. All eight Specsavers Opticas stores in Spain have announced that they are getting behind this event and will be raising money and distributing information about the cause until March 15. The global optical brand have been inspired to support this important cause, after Martin Blake the…

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Now Showing – Zootropolis

Wednesday is movie day at Planet Marbella, and the Cine Goya Marbella in Puerto Banus runs a special deal today with all tickets at €4.50, fantastic value as they also throw in a couple of hours free parking. I caught the latest Disney film, Zootropolis, a week ago, and it's a great, fun, family film. From the largest elephant to the smallest shrew, the city of Zootopia is a mammal metropolis…

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Property of the Week

Planet Marbella's country property expert has discovered a beautiful country house close to the pueblo blanco of Gaucin This enchanting contemporary south-facing villa, combines chic elegance with simple rustic charm and enjoys breathtaking mountain views and across the Genal Valley to the Mediterranean, Gibraltar and North Africa. Set in 40,000m2 with a 250-year-old olive grove, landscaped…

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Marbella celebrates International Women’s Day

Marbella marked International Women's Day with ceremony honouring 16 of the town's most remarkable women. And no, there wasn't a TOWIE or Life on Marbs babe on the list. The event at the Adolfo Suarez Palacio de Congresos was attended by the mayor, Jose Bernal, as well as Ana Leschiera,  the Councillor for Equality and Diversity, and other Marbella notabables. Mayor Bernal remarked that the…

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Marbella gets sporty!

Marbella Town Hall awarded the prizes to its most outstanding clubs and athletes at the  Sports Gala 2015 last weekend. Held at the Adolfo Suarez Palace of Congresses and Exhibitions, Marbella mayor, Jose Bernal  handed out the awards, including Best Male to footballer Javier Ontiveros and Best Female to golfer Noemi Jimenez (pictured). The mayor recognised the hard work and dedication made by…

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(Get me) Out of Africa!

I've a soft spot for Tangier. It was an international zone awash with spies in the Second World War, and only incorporated into Morocco after its independence from France in 1956. Even today, it retains a faint air of mystery and intrigue. Small and intimate, I've always thought it would have made a more plausible setting for Bogart and Bergman than 'Casablanca'. The atmosphere is pure Agatha…

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Loss of Luxury

It's a sign of changing times. Last week Marbella Town Hall announced that Marbella Luxury Weekend, the event that was meant to showcase luxury goods, will not be taking place this year. Held for the past five years in Puerto Banus, the last edition of Marbella Luxury Fair had failed to attract the support of the luxury market, meaning that the Town Hall had to contribute to the event. Councillor…

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Marbellisima – Merie Revelo

Merie Revelo, Marbella's top physiotherapist, picks out her favourite places in town Best View: I love looking at La Concha from my house in San Pedro when I get up in the morning. It really gives me energy! Best for Eating: There are lots of great places to eat in Marbella. One of my favourites is La Sala in Puerto Banus. I love the entrecote and there is a great ambiance. When I want to eat…

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Property of the Week(end)…

Planet Marbella's Property Expert picks out a beauty in the stunning white village of Casares   This large four bedroom property of 250m2 is accessed from the street known as Camino Gaucin. There is a little ornamental flower bed at the entrance with Jasmin, bouganvilla, roses, lillies, herbs etc A covered porch way gives access to the property. The main house consist of an entrance hallway…

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Brits urged to register for Brexit

British Ambassador Simon Manley has urged Brits living in Spain to register to vote ahead of the Brexit referendum. At a Press briefing at the British Consulate in Malaga last week the Ambassador (pictured above) said that the announcement of the date for the Referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union had triggered a surge in the numbers of British expats wanting to register to……

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Flash Mob Marbella Style!

This Saturday, February 27 at 3pm, JiveSpain and friends are making a YouTube to try and beat the best flash mob across the world. Taking place at  La Canada Shopping Centr , main hall (pictured) the event will feature six of the best singers  on the coast supported by 100 experienced dancers. Marbella Entertainment is installing a perfect sound system, with the music recorded professionally in…

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Boro enjoy Banus break!

Championship club Middlesbrough were spotted dining at La Sala Banus last weekend during a winter training camp in Marbella. Aitor Karanka and his 23-man squad opted for the celebrity hotspot La Sala, Puerto Banús for the team dinner. Head coach Karanka explained that Boro’s trip to Spain was more about team bonding than it was working on the training pitch. “I was thinking of going to Spain…

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Now Showing – Zoolander 2

Throw on your best outfit, pout your finest Blue Steel and check out Zoolander 2, featuring a "really, really, really good looking" cast! Former models Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) find themselves thrust back into the spotlight after living in seclusion for years. Invited to a major fashion event in Rome, the estranged friends are surprised to see how much the business…

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Landlords in Andalucia: The Taxman Cometh!

 By Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt, Lawyer – Abogado This article was written by Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt a property-specialist lawyer based in the UK and qualified to practice in Spain. He explains the new regulations governing holiday rentals just introduced in Andalusia and provides an overview of the Decree in force, the requirements landlords must meet, and explains the steep sanctions for…

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Property of the Week

Planet Marbella's property expert picks out a character home in a great central location Thbeautiful pueblo style apartment located 10 minutes walk from the beach and the centre of Marbella. This unique property offers seclusion away from the busy town without the distance and in one of the oldest urbanisations in Marbella, designed by the well known Spanish Architect Juan Manuel de Figuras. The…

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