Puerto Banus

The Boar Wars

Spring has sprung early in the campo. There is almond blossom everywhere as Nature goes into seasonal overdrive, and my garden was looking particularly splendid, a minor miracle considering that I’m now in charge of it since my gardener, maintenance man and all around “fixer”, the multi-talented…

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Travel – Vidi, Vici, Venice

The Venice Carnival, Europe's most famous, is in full swing this month. Giles Brown remembers his visit Getting off the waterbus from the airport at San Marco Square in the middle of the world famous Venice Carnival is a magical experience, and I defy anyone with a pulse not to be excited on their arrival. Napoleon famously described the Square as the drawing room of Europe and at midday in…

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Something for the Weekend – Marbella Rugby and Football teams in action

It's a busy weekend for Marbella's rugby and football teams. Trocadero Marbella Rugby Club travel to Seville for the away leg of their quarter final ofof the Liga AON de Primera Division Andaluza. They will face the Club Amigos del Rugby, one of the oldest in Andalucia. Trocadero Marbella Rugby Club have yet to lose a match this season, and a good result will put them in the driver's seat for the…

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Now Showing – The Danish Girl

Wednesday is the perfect day to catch a movie, as the dia de espectador deal means that all shows are €4.50 Showing this week in English is The Danish Girl. In Twenties Copenhagen, Danish artist, Gerda Wegener, paints  her own husband, Einar Wegener as a lady. When the painting gains popularity, Einar starts to change his appearance and named himself Lili Elbe. With his feminist passion and…

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Property of the Week

This charming rustic- style three bedroom, two bathroom townhouse is situated in the centre of one of the most famous picturesque Spanish white villages on the Costa del Sol. Access to the property is restricted to residents and is up a steep, narrow, cobbled street. There is ample parking in front of the property as well as a small internal garage. Entry to the house is through large double…

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The Aztec Legacy – Continuity and Change

The latest Benahavis Decorative and Fine Arts Society (BDFAS) lecture takes place tonight in Benahavis Town Hall.  The Aztec Legacy: Continuity and Change considers the brutal and bloodthirsty people, who also acheived breathtakimg creative achievements. Their shimmering city, build on a lake, was the Venice of the New World. Lecturer Chloe Sayer will explore the contradictory aspects of their…

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Casita del Loco!

  A couple of years ago I had what could be termed a 'lifestyle' change and, as part of a process that involved clean living, regular meditation on life's big questions (which for once didn't involve Eva Longoria) and more self help books than are proabably healthy for one man, took the opportunity of moving away from the bright lights and various temptations of the coast. At the time I was…

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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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