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Free Draw! Win a skydive simulator experience!

Fly4Real is bringing Spain’s first outdoor skydiving simulator to the Costa del Sol next month and have launched a competition to win the first 10 flights. All you have to do to enter is send them an email, or fill out the contact form on their website www.fly-4-real.com before April 26. A…

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Heatwave campaign launched

It's going to be a hot one! Authorities in Andalucia have launched an awareness campaign for the summer season, on how best to tackle the hot weather. The campaign features timely reminders of how to protect yourselves and loved ones in the heat. Tips range from making sure children, especially babies, have plenty of water to exercising in the evening. It also suggests eating plenty of fruit and…

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Summer sounds at the Kempinski

The busy summer season is in full swing at the 5 star Kempinski Hotel Bahía in Estepona and the team have announced a packed programme of live music and events  The hotel has  live music every day of the week, with excellent musicians creating an unbeatable atmosphere in the hotel’s four restaurants, as well aspecial themed meals which complement the live music, such as a flamenco show with three…

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Foreigner find what love is…

Rock legends Foreigner finally found out what love is - in Marbella! The group, currently on their 40th anniversary tour, delivered a blistering show last night that had the crowd on its feet. Lead singer Kelly Hansen proved why pound for pound he is one of the best front men in the business with fantastic energy and vocal gymnastics as well as delivering the best line of the evening - "We're at…

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Something for the Weekend ? June 9-11

Rock Legends Foreigner play Marbella for the first time this Sunday, June 11 The multi million selling band, famous for hits such as "I wanna know what love is", "Cold as Ice" and "Waiting for a Girl Like You" are performing at the intimate venue of the Puente Romano Tennis Club. The concert is the first of the summer season, that also sees a Crazy 80s night with Billy Ocean, Heather Small and…

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It’s Feria Time!

Get ready to party! Marbella's Feria officially gets underway this evening when Sergio Scariolo, the head coach of the Spanish national basketball team, opens the Feria de San Bernabe at the Terrazas del Puerto Deportivo at 10pm, followed by a firework display. After the huge success of last year, the Day Feria returns to the Alameda Park and Avda. del Mar at 1pm on Wednesday while the night fair…

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Buena Noche!

After over 30 years living on and off in Marbella, I have seen pretty much every type of restaurant come and go.  I've eaten at the good, the bad and the very, very ugly (including one where the food was so bad that I considered ordering a take away pizza to be delivered to my table). I was beginning to worry that my palate might be getting jaded; that no new restaurant could excite me.  …

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Police pounce on fake goods

Marbella launched a mayor crackdown on fake goods last week Policia Local officers seized a total of  654 counterfeit goods at five stalls at the popular Saturday market next to the Bullring in Nueva Andalucia. The operation took place last week, following allegations received from the legal representative of one of the brands being counterfeited. Eight plainclothes agents and four uniformed…

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Something for the weekend? June 2-4

It's going to be a weekend of positives for Marbella, as the town gets away from the shocking images of last Sunday and the calls for an end to "low class" tourism. I'll deal with why I don't think that is ever going to happen in a later blog, but the town is definitely getting its glad rags on with the official launch tonight of Marbella Luxury Weekend. Marbella is second only to Barcelona in…

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Radiant Yoga on a high!

Radiant Yoga Marbella, the most innovative dedicated yoga studio in Marbella, is entering its fourth year of operation with a host of exciting news and offers starting with an Open Day this Saturday, June 3. At the inspirational Open Day Radiant’s devotees and newcomers acan sample an exciting array of yoga styles including Rocket Ashtanga, Yin Yang Yoga, Aerial Yoga and Hot Strala Yoga - all…

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Mayor Bernal – “Marbella is a safe town”

Marbella mayor Jose Bernal praised the town's emergency services in the wake of Sunday's high speed chase and crash and claimed the incident demonstrated that "Marbella is a safe town"   In a press conference Mayor Bernal praised the "rapid and efficient response" that saw 40 police and two fire engines attend the scene of the accident, outside the Hotel Coral Beach. As Briton Marcus Stewart…

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The Prodigy headline Beach Festival

Calling all Firestarters! The Prodigy will headline the Costa del Sol’s Weekend Beach Festival next month. The old-school electronic gang, who has massive hits with “Firestarter”, “Smack My Bitch Up” and  “ Breathe”, have been confirmed for the three-day event, along with Rosendo, Matthias Tanzmann and The Royal Room. Taking place in Torre del Mar on July 4-8, the event sees tens of thousands…

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Pammy gets wet and wild at Playa Padre

Baywatch Babe Pamela Anderson was the guest of honour at the opening of new beach club Playa Padre at the weekend.   The actress, who flew in from the Cannes Film Festival,  was the main focus on the Red Carpet, although models Ashley James, Charlotte de Carle and Vogue Williams also made an appearance. Pamela was guided through the assembled Spanish Press Pack by Playa Padre owner Maria…

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Video: Marbella hit and run crash caught on video

  Dramatic video footage catches the moment when the police chase of a hit and run driver ended in a huge crash. The drunken Brit had already run over three pedestrians after being thrown out of Ocean Club for fighting. He was being chased by police when he lost control of his black Audi 4x4 and crashed into oncoming traffic outside Hotel Coral Beach. It's quite frankly a miracle no one was…

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BREAKING NEWS Hit and Run and Huge Crash in Banus

There has been a huge crash on the Golden Mile outside Coral Beach Hotel that has blocked the road in all directions Witnesses report a black Audi 4x4 crashing at great speed into oncoming traffic, with the driver and passenger then running off pursued by police. The men, described as white and in their 20s, were soon arrested. That stretch of road has no central reservation and up to 8 cars were…

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Something for the Weekend?

The May Bank Holiday kicks into gear as most of the beach clubs are now up and running, including Nikki Beach´s annual White Party extravaganza that featured Cirque de Soleil. They don't do things by halves, that lot. Unfortunately Mahiki Beach´s opening has been put on hold until the official launch party on Saturday  June 17, so we have been spared seeing Mark Wright´s DJ talents at first…

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Baywatch Babe Pammy coming to Marbella

Legendary Baywatch Babe Pamela Anderson will be in Marbella this weekend. The actress, who shot to global fame as C. J.  Parker in the TV series, is among the guests set to attend the opening of Playa Padre in Marbella this Saturday. The new business venture of Maria Bravo, Playa Padre is located on Cable Beach, and you'll be able to top up your tan with a clear conscience - as a proportion of…

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Marbella mourns Manchester

Marbella Town Hall held a minute's silence yesterday to pay tribute to the victims of the Manchester terror attack Mayor Jose Bernal was among those who attended at the Town Hall. Elsewhere King Philipe VI and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy offered condolences and support. The King, along with government bodies and other political leaders across the country, including the newly elected PSOE leader…

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Blue Whale Mother Speaks of Horror

The mother of the girl at the centre of the first discovery of the Blue Whale suicide game in Andalucia has spoken of her shock. The woman, who moved to Marbella from her native Russia with her daughter several years ago, spoke to Sur newspaper. "I did not know anything about the 'blue whale.' I had only heard that it had caused problems with teenagers in Russia. But I did not imagine that it…

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Park Life!

Living in Marbella, you get used to seeing some fairly, ahem, "interesting" driving. Especially during summer when the madrilenos come down with their Mercs, Puerto Banus is full of playboys posing with their supercars and tourists getting confused in their rent-a-cars. And that's not even mentioning the annual migration of Moroccans hurtling bleary eyed to catch the ferry at Algeciras. Parking…

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Footloose and Fancy Freebooting!

Back in the boom days of the 90s and the Noughties, as an established member of the freebooting Press, I used to get showered with all sorts of freebies and goodie bags. In those days I was the Editor of a commercial property magazine, based just off City Road. The buzzword in those days was 'urban regeneration' and bodies such as the London Docklands Development Corporation had lavish PR budgets…

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