San Pedro

Top Tarta!

Marbella picked up another gastronomy award last month when Kava restaurant was declared the winner National Championship of Cheese Cakes. (No we didn’t know there was such as thing either. But we love the idea!). Fernando Alcala’s tarta de queso boasts a crisp, toasted outside and creamy centre.…

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Unexpected Art – an occasional post

You might think that Marbella is a cultural wilderness, more concerned with the latest Bentley than a Francis Bacon. But if you look closely enough you'll find unexpected works of Art in unusul places. In the first of a random series of blogs, I'll be posting them as I find them. As I'm out in Elviria today, I thought that I'd kick off the series with this Henry Moore-esque sculpture, which is…

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Marbella on Orange Alert

After a warm spell, bad weather has returned to Spain, with weather warnings remaining in place across much of the country. Alicante bore the brunt of the heavy rains yesterday. Over 100 litres sqm of rain fell, causing severe flooding in places. Rain, wind, rough seas and even snow warnings remain in place across the south coast of Spain and also the Canaries. AEMET has posted Orange Alerts for…

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Thousands mark International Women’s Day

Thousands of women took part in gatherings across Spain to mark International Women’s Day yesterday, in support of an end to domestic violence. Forty four women in Spain were killed by their partners or former partners in 2016 and at least 16 women have been murdered so far this year     Marbella joined the celebration of the International Women's Day at the Teatro Cuidad de Marbella.…

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Pablo to be remembered in Marbella landmark

Over 160,000 people have signed a petition requesting that Marbella names a street after Pablo Ráez, the young athlete who raised awareness of bone marrow donations across Spain, and who died in February. Francisco José Molina, who organised the petition, delivered the signatures to Marbella mayor José Bernal. "These signatures will be added to those that have been collected to try to thank Pablo…

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Weather Alert halts Marbella Carnival

Strong winds and rains have forced the cancellation of today's Carnival Humour Parade The parade was due to start at 5.30pm from Marbella's Arroyo de la Represa Park, but the Yellow weather warning issued by AEMET, the Spanish Meteorological Office, has resulted in the event being called off. Manuel Garcia, Marbella's Councilor of Fiestas, confirmed that the Adult Costume Contest planned for the…

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Pablo Raez remembered in emotional ceremony

Pablo Raez, whose struggle against leukemia inspired Spain, was posthumously honoured in a ceremony in Marbella today Marbella mayor José Bernal awarded the 20-year-old, who passed away on Saturday, with a Medal of Marbella. In an emotional ceremony Pablo's father and sister accepted the medal on his behalf. The Town Hall had originally postponed the ceremony to mark two days of official…

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Marbella Mourns Brave Pablo

Pablo Raez, the 20-year-old from Marbella whose social media posts and videos brought his fight against leukemia to national attention and prompted a huge increase in blood and bone marrow donations, died at home on Saturday. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Hollywood star Antonio Banderas along with thousands on social media, paid tribute to Pablo, whose funeral took place in Marbella on…

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Marbella’s Bianca is Rookie of the Year!

Marbella based model Bianca Balti has been named Sports Illustrated's 2017 Rookie of the Year In a Facebook Live interview with People magazine, Italian Bianca talked about how she balanced motherhood and dealing with her post-baby body while working as a swimsuit model. “It is a challenge, but it’s also a pleasure, because we are lucky to have these problems! As soon as I gave birth I had like…

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Not quite “Babe” in Banus

Sometimes you see the strangest things in Marbella I was filling up the 4x4 in San Pedro on Saturday, when a woman walked by with her pet on a lead. Nothing so remarkable in that you might think, except that this paricular pet was a huge pig. On further investigation the beast turned out to be a three-year-old  Vietnamese Pot Bellied Pig called Kiki (George Clooney had the same breed as a pet for…

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Lexus in Marbella – The Future’s Orange!

Nothing gets us reving like running into a stunning piece of machinery, so we did a double take when we spotted this beauty at the Puente Romano this morning. Further investigation revealed the beast to be a Lexus RC 200t F Sport, described by Car Magazine as being "swoppier than a peckish hawk" We've spotted a few white Lexus being driven around Marbella over the past few weeks, so obviously…

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VIDEO – Malaga suffers flooding in Saturday storms

Dramatic video of last night's storms in Malaga shows the force of the flooding in the city. http://www.planetmarbella.com/wp-content/uploads/VID-20170219-WA0002.mp4   Over 70 cubic litres of rain fell on Saturday, and the video was shot in the Cerrado de Calderon area in the east of Malaga. Spain's meterological office AEMET has issued an orange warning for the coast and Gualdahorce valley…

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Marbella on orange alert as storms strike Malaga

Marbella was bracing itself for more bad weather as rain wreaked havoc in Malaga on Saturday night More than 70 cubic litres fell on the provincial capital and emergency services were called to over 200 incidents. Flooding and landslides caused chaos, especially on the east side of the city. The Spanish metrological agency AEMET has issued a yellow warning for Marbella today, rising to an orange…

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Rajoy ready for quick expat deal

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says he thinks a deal can quickly be worked out with Britain to defend the rights of British expats in Spain after Brexit. He said the negotiations would start after an EU summit that will convene once Britain formally begins its EU divorce proceedings, expected for the end of March. Rajoy also reiterated that he would use Brexit to renegotiate with London the…

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Share the Love!

In case you haven't noticed, February is the month of love. But it you are all Valentine'd out by now (and let's face it, who isn't) optical chain Specsavers Opticas are asking people to show their love for the most disadvantaged in their community by making a small food donation this month. They are collecting non-perishable food for the Spanish Federation of Food Banks in all  of their stores…

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Valentine’s Day Massacred!

Now let’s get this straight before I begin. I am in no way turning into a male Marbella version of Bridget Jones. But as I hurtle towards my 50th I look around at my peers and am struck by the sobering realisation that they are either “happily married” or have been “blessed by the arrival of children”. So, in order to restore some semblance of normality to February, the mushiest of all months…

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Love is in the air at the Kempinski

With its lush tropical gardens, heated outdoor and indoor pools, great restaurants and  spa. the The Kempinski Hotel Bahia in Estepona  is a great place to celebrate Valentine’s Day and spoil the one you love. From February 10 -19 guests can enjoy a romantic candlelit five-course dinner for two in the cosy Alminar Wine & Steak House, including a glass of champagne and a red rose on arrival.…

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LGBT Marbella backlash

The placing of an LGBT flag on Marbella's Faro beach has unleashed a wave of homophobic comments on the social networks and been reported on national TV. The Facebook group 'Marbella se queja' has published a photograph of the flag in which it says "Can someone explain to me why the flag of our country, Spain, is not on the beach of the Faro? Are gays not Spanish? Following the publication of…

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Marbellisima – Viktoriya Gardiner

Ten Things I love About Marbella, with Viktoriya Gardiner Events Manager and Co-owner of Mundo Mania family entertainment centre in Cancelada. Best View  I only moved here last August, so I am still blown away by the sea views and love to walk along the paseo and drink it all in. Best for Eating  There are so many great places, but I like Camuri at Laguna Village, as it’s right on the beach so…

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La Sala – New look, Same Style!

If, as the old saying goes, “a week is a long time in politics”, then six years in the restaurant business is an eternity, especially in Marbella. La Sala opened in 2010, and since then it has become a “must do destination” for any visiting celebrity, Premiership footballer and Reality TV star with a list that includes Prince Albert of Monaco, Sir Alan Sugar, Eva Longoria, Tulisa, Ronan Keating…

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Fifty Shades Darker – It’s Coming…

Slip into your sexiest outfit and grab a gaggle of girlfriends, ladies, as the latest Fifty Shades movies hits the big screen in Banus this weekend. Fifty Shades Darker is the second film in the trilogy and picks up the plot (and the chains and restraints we imagine) from the blockbuster and hen party pleasing Fifty Shades of Grey, with Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan doing their thing in the Red…

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