Puerto Banus

Something for the Weekend? – Book Review – The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Alicia Duggan of The Bookshop reviews The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton Groundhog Day meets Agatha Christie in this quirky debut novel by Stuart Turton. Set in the 1920s and told in the style of a locked room mystery, guests are summoned to Blackheath Manor house for a party.…

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Has Marbella got the right image?

Marbella mayor José Bernal, unveiled a new Marbella and slogan ahead of the International Tourism Fair (FITUR) in Madrid this week "Marbella, a five-star destination" is the slogan that the Town Hall hopes will  "enhance the image of the city and promote it to attract more tourism and investment". Bernal stressed that with the new image "we intend to enhance and add value to our main attractions…

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BeFree Festival dates announced

Marbella's stand at the International Tourism Fair of Madrid (FITUR 2016) yesterday hosted the presentation of the second edition of the BeFree Gay Festival, which this year will be held between  September 1 - 4. The head of Tourism for Marbella, Miguel Luna, and festival director, Marcos Rodriguez, agreed on the importance of tourism in the gay community for Marbella. Luna underlined that…

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Starlite Festival dates and acts announced

Marbella's most high profile music event, the Starlite Festival will run for an extra week this summer. Marbella mayor José Bernal announced the news at the Marbella Stand at the International Tourism Fair in Madrid (FITUR) yesterday. Now in its fifth year, Starlite Festival will take place at the Marbella Auditorium from July 14 to August 20. Benal was joined by one of the promoters of the…

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Now Showing – The Hateful Eight

If you fancy catching a film in Marbella, then Wednesday is the best value day to do it. The Cine Teatro Goya in Puerto Banus has improved its selection of English language films (known as V.S.O.E) and is also a much more comfortable viewing experience. Wednesday is Dia del Espectador, when tickets are available at the reduced price of €4.50 (normal price €8). This includes three hours parking as…

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Birthday Blues

  It's my birthday today (Forty Eight if you must ask) and when you’d lived the kind of life that has mainly featured escapades in Marbella and London that have involved epic late nights, enraged bouncers, annoyed bar tenders and long suffering girlfriends, that fact that I made it past 26 is a minor miracle. As I thunder towards the big Five O the main change that I’ve noticed so far that…

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Property of the Week

Planet Marbella's property expert has picked out this bargain apartment in El Paraiso Estepona with guaranteed rental return for €89,950 to start the week. This is a one bedroom apartment less than a mile from the shops, bars and restaurants of the Benavista Commercial Centre and the beach. The property consists of: an open plan living/dining room and open-plan kitchen, one bedroom and one…

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Urban Collective in Marbella

Kasser Rassu Gallery opens Urban Collective, a new exhibition featuring three exciting artists, tonight. Hosted by Benezra Art Investments, the exhibition showcases the latest works by Dom Pattinson, Kathrina Rupit and Benjamin Duarri Dom Pattinson has had sell out collections at the London and New York Art Fairs as well as exhibitions in Singapore, Valencia, Portugal and Australia. Dom recently…

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Mayor vows to protect Marbella history

Marbella mayor Jose Bernal has vowed to increase security at the town's historical monuments. The mayor was speaking during a visit to view the shocking damage by vandals at the Villa Romana de Rio Verde. Bernal was accompanied by the head of Culture and Heritage, Gema Midon, as well as police and  associations Cilniana, San Pedro 1860 and Marbella Activa. All deplored "the acts of vandalism and…

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Now showing – Joy

If you fancy catching a film in Marbella, then Wednesday is the best value day to do it. The Cine Teatro Goya in Puerto Banus has improved its selection of English language films (known as V.S.O.E) and is also a much more comfortable viewing experience. Wednesday is Dia del Espectador, when tickets are available at the reduced price of €4.50 (normal price €8). This includes three hours parking as…

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Property of the week

This is a lovely ground floor apartment near to the beach in a quiet urbanisation in Benamara, close to all the local amenities and within walking distance of restaurants, beach and public transport. The accommodation consists of one big bedroom with en suite bathroom and fitted wardrobes, living/dining with open plan fully fitted kitchen, marble flooring, double glazing, fireplace with wood…

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Starman

The Man who fell to Earth and sold (and wowed) the World left the planet today David Bowie has been part of my life for decades and he will always have a special connection with Marbella for me. I remember first hearing Let's Dance playing at Victor's Beach when I was on holiday in the early 80s. I interviewed the great Nile Rodgers, who has also had a brush with cancer, a few years ago and we…

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Amàre Marbella Beach Hotel – Central Style

It may only be January, but the new Amàre Marbella Beach Hotel in Marbella looks like being one of the places to stay in 2016. A sophisticated adults only hotel the Amàre Marbella Beach Hotel sits right on the beachfront,  a five minute stroll to the buzzing centre of Old Town Marbella, and its marina and a taxi hop away from Puerto Banus and offers  the only rooftop bar in  Marbella. This…

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Marbellisima – Hannah Murray

Talk Radio Europe Breakfast presenter Hannah Murray shares her favourite places in Marbella Best View: Every time I go to Kala Kalua, a chiringuito on the beach in San Pedro, it literally takes my breath away. Some almejas al ajillo, a glass of white wine, and an uninterrupted view of the Mediterannean Sea, Gibraltar, and even Africa, on a clear day - Stunning. Another really spectacular view is…

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Now showing – Steve Jobs

It's dia de espectador today, which means that all tickets at the Cine Teatro Goya in Puerto Banus are €4.50. Assuming that you've seen the new Star Wars (and if you haven't where the hell have you been??)  then the Steve Jobs movie, directed by Danny Boyle and staring Michael Fassbender, should be one of the first films to see in 2016. With public anticipation running high, Apple Inc.…

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Unemployment falls in Marbella

Unemployment has fallen by 1,024 people in Marbella in December, compared to the same period in 2014, representing an annual decrease of 6.94%. The year ended in with 13,731 people unemployed compared to 14,755 in December 2014, the best figure in this period since 2009. The data also reveals that that the everage age of unemployed people is 45, while catering and retail are the most sought…

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Culinary Three Kings!

Today's Three Kings Procession has a culinary flavour. Three of Marbella's top chefs , Diego del Río, chef of the restaurant El Lago ; Sergio Garrido , executive chef of Vincci Hotels, and Fermin Lozano , head of the Restaurant La Barca will represent the Kings today. At the presentation of the chefs, Marbella Mayor Jose Bernal said that this year's Kings respresented the growing gastronomic…

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Phil Lynott’s last gigs in Marbella

January 4 marks the 30th anniversary of Phil Lynott's untimley death. The charismatic Thin Lizzy founder passed away after collapsing in his home in the UK, after several years drink and drug abuse. A little known fact, however, was that Phil played one of his last ever gigs in Marbella, as well as jamming at a beach bar the next weekend. Phil's band played at the Cuba nightclub in Carolina Park,…

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Three Kings Fever!

We are currently trapped in the  festive No Man’s Land between Christmas Eve and Three Kings. It’s the time of the year when you aren’t really sure what day of the week it is, although to be honest, as a freelance journalist that applies pretty much to every other time of the year as well, especially as it relates to deadlines. This is also the time of year when it is socially acceptable to…

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Marbella – Make or Break for 2016?

2016 seems set to be a make or break year in Marbella in more ways than one The left wing coalition under Jose Bernal that swept to power in the summer won plaudits for its policy of transparency, including publishing the Mayor's wages on the web and unveiling a new strategic plan for the town running until 2022. As the recent general elections proved, however, the political landscape in Spain…

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No bling bonzana from El Gordo

So the Gordo came and went, and despite me bearing more than a passing resemblance to El Calvo, the bald British actor who was an iconic figure in the lottery adverts a few years ago, my ticket brought a big fat zilch. But looking on the bright side, the fact that I didn't win a life changing amount of money (minus 20% tax to the government; thanks Mr Rajoy) at least means that you are still…

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