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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Hyperrealistic Unique Watercolours at Kasser Rassu

The extraordinary talents of artist Jose Gonzalez go on show at the Kasser Rassu gallery tonight At an opening cocktail attended by the artist himself and Mabella mayor Jose Bernal, the Malaga born Jose will be exhibiting his work for the first time in Marbella. Asturian singer Luz Casal will also perform at the opening. What makes Gonzalez's hyperrealistic paintings even more impressive is the…

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Santana at Starlite!

It's going to be THE concert of the summer. Guitar legend Carlos Santana, who has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and whose hits include Black Magic Woman, Smooth and Maria will play the Starlite Festival on July 24. It´s the first time that Santana has played Marbella, and the multi Grammy winning musician will be playing with a full band at Starlite. With over 40 years of…

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20 years and 40 works

A retrospective exhibition of the work of Marbella-based artist Ricardo Alario 20 works and 40 years, opens at Casino Marbella tonight. Orginally from Valencia, Alario has previously been director at several contemporary art galleries in Marbella including Akelarre , Taller Ricardo Alario , Silvart Gallery and Bocana. Alario's work has also been shown across Spain and he has also held exhbitions…

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Yague behind bars

Former mayor Marisol Yague was sent to prison for her part in the Malaya corruption case in Marbella last week. Although those of us who witnessed the over the top creations that she used to wear at galas over the summer, along with a deep sun bed tan, might think that she was sent to prison for crimes against fashion. Of the unsuitable public officials that Marbella had in the post Jesus Gil…

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Now Showing – Creed

If you want a film that literally packs a punch, Creed is the latest installment in the legendary Rocky series of films, that sees Sylvester Stallone back in the ring. Adonis Johnson is the son of the famous boxing champion Apollo Creed, who died in the ring  in Rocky IV. Adonis wasn't born until after his father's death and wants to follow in his footsteps. He seeks a mentor, former heavyweight…

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Property of the Week

This week Planet Marbella's property expert has picked out a recently reformed three bedroom, three bathroom townhouse in the secure beachside community of Dominion Beach just five minutes drive from Estepona and its port. The large lounge/ dining area leads out onto a private terrace with BBQ. The basement has been converted to make an extra bedroom with en suite shower room. Upstairs are two…

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Romanticising and Relaxing at The Riad

It may seem  a strange concept to grasp, but even Marbella residents get stressed sometimes. And when the hectic Marbs lifestyle gets too much, those in the know head out to Tarifa to do some serious destressing. Just over an hour from Marbella, Tarifa is well known as a chilled, laidback location and the kitesurf Mecca of Europe. With the clear and crisp (if cold) Atlantic Ocean rolling in,…

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Refugee Dinner at The Boardwalk

Did you know that just €15 provides a baby in a refugee camp with food and shelter for three days? This February The Boardwalk restaurant in Marbella is raising money for the children of Syria with Asociación Palmira. Working with schools and the local community the popular restaurant in Marbella is collecting shoe boxes filled with stationary, toys, sweets, scarves, hats, underwear and…

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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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