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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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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Our Space means Marbella open for Business!

Marbella's reputation as a serious place to do business received  a major boost with the opening Our Space Marbella. CIT Marbella President Juan José González Ramírez officially opened Our Space Marbella alongside the CEO Kevan Halliwell and key members of the Our Space team. Hundreds of Marbella businessattended to mark the launch of this new global brand, visit the outstanding facilities, enjoy…

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Rugby the winner!

Trocadero Marbella Rugby Club asked for a show of support from rugby fans yesterday, and certainly got it as Fortress Bahia was packed! There was a festival atmosphere as the home team took on UR Alemeria. The club, which has had its bank account frozen due a disputed IBI tax, threw open its gates. Rugby fans came in their hundreds, eager to support the embattled club and happy to donated via…

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“Todos con Trocadero Marbella Rugby Club”!!!

Embattled Trocadero Marbella Rugby Club has announced that its next match, held this Sunday, will have free admission. The club, which has had its account embargoed due to a disputed tax debt, currently lies sixth in the national league B, plays Union de Rugby Almeria. The uncertain future of Trocadero Marbella Rugby Club,  which as well as its first team, also has over 250 youngsters of all…

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Marbellisma – Georgina Shaw

Ten Things I love About Marbella with Georgina Shaw, Marketing Director Shaw Marketing Services Best View: It has to be the backdrop of La Concha that you can always enjoy in Marbella, normally against a bright blue sky. If you can see if you know that you’re home! Best for Eating: There are so many great restaurants on the Costa del Sol that it’s hard to choose, but we LOVE the juicy steaks,…

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Fuengirola paedophile gets 30 months

A British paedophile who fled to Fuengirola after police discovered 34,000 indecent child photographs on his computers has been jailed for 30 months. 46-year-old Matthew Sammon spent two years on the run in Spain and became a Most Wanted fugitive in Operation Captura. before a tip-off led to his arrest and extradition. Sammon, who admitted seven charges of downloading and possessing indecent…

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Record 2017 forecast for airlines

It's going to be another busy year for tourism Airlines in Spain n have hinted towards another record-breaking year, after passenger forecasts suggest an increase in passenger numbers of 13% compared to last year. Airlines have seen a significant rise in bookings from Sweden, Italy and the Netherlands. UK passenger numbers are also forecast to rise around 17% compared to 2016. The domestic market…

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Trocadero Marbella Rugby Club has account embargoed

Trocadero Marbella Rugby Club faces an uncertain future. Not on the pitch, where the team ground out a superb 18-15 win over third placed CAR Caceres, but with the Patronaro de Recaudacion Provincial de Malaga, (Provincial Treasury of Malaga). who have embargoed the club's bank account. As I write this the account balance stands at zero. The embargo has been put in force as the authorities claim…

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The Return of The Godfather

My Godaughter flew over from the UK to visit this Christmas. I suspect that several jaws amongst you hqve already dropped open at the thought of yours truely being a Godfather – the respected adult figure whose role is to guide the aforementioned impressionable child in the ways of spiritul matters and rightiousness. I will have to admit that with a CV like mine, Godfather does seem an unlikely…

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Snow hits Marbella

The cold snap that hit Spain on Wednesday brought snow to Marbella's emblematic La Concha mountain for the first time in years. The sharp drop in temperature saw a low of 3.7 degrees, and snow in Ojen, Juanar and the peak of La Concha, a huge contrast to the 20 degrees recorded on Tuesday Friday's forecast from AEMET has a low of 4 and a high of 11 as the cold weather continues. Wrap up warm!

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Let it snow!

The cold snap forecast by AEMET has well and truly arrived, with temperatures tumbling overnight. Snowfall was reported as close as Monda, Estepona and Coin, where one budding weather reporter observed on social media " Cat shot out of back door and skidded a metre when trying to stop and looked very bemused." The town of Antequera recorded -4 last night, and Malaga is expected to recieve some…

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Cold Snap forecast for Spain

Dig out your thermals. Spanish meteorological agency AEMET has issued a weather warning across most of Spain for cold weather. The cold front sweeping Europe has entered Spain through the northeast, bringing lower temperatures, rain, wind and snow to the peninsula.  Snowfall is forecast for Thursday in Valencia and in the North African Spanish city of Ceuta, which has not seen snow since 1993.…

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That awkward keyboard slip moment…

During the post Christmas pre New Year lull I decided to take in a movie at my local cinema. My choices for a no brains blockbuster over the festive season where the new Stars Wars film Rogue One, Assasins Creed (a bloody awful film, based on a video game. I'm eagerly awaiting Sonic The Hedgehog:The Movie in that case) and the new JK Rowling Film, Fabulous Beasts and Where to Find them. And it…

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Cause of Marbella kindergarden death unknown

The death of a two-year-old boy, four days after being admitted to hospital after an innocuous fall, has caused consternation in Marbella. The boy, who has not been named, suffered a fall while at a municipal kindergarten on Monday. The child was taken to hospital with what was suspected to be a fractured leg and tragically died of unexplained causes. An autopsy is due to take place to determine…

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Kempinski offers Five Star Fitness!

Determined to get in shape in 2017? The Kempinski Hotel Bahía Wellness & Beauty Centre features a-state-of-the art Fitness Centre including a Technogym Kinesis wall, a Finnish sauna, a steam bath and relaxation area. This January, anyone signing up for a year’s membership will get a free 10-day guest pass to give to friends or family. The six treatment rooms,  have different themes and are…

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Mortgage victory for Spanish home owners

The European Court of Justice has handed Spanish home owners a major victory against the country’s banks. It ruled that two million mortgage holders are entitled to additional refunds because they paid too much interest. The banks had not lowered their interest payments to match the  low benchmark rates set by the European Central Bank, as part of its measures to stimulate the eurozone economy.…

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Banus to get a bike lane!

Marbella Town Hall seems set on being the most environmentally and pedal power friendly place in Andalucia. Having rerouted traffic around the Skol Hotel area in Marbella to accomodate a bicycle lane that I've yet to see anyone using - plus wiping out a few hundred parking spaces into the bargain, Marbella Town Hall now faces its biggest challenge. A bicycle lane for Puerto Banus! The plan will…

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Festive No Man’s Land!

It's that merry time of year between Christmas Eve and Three Kings when you're not entirely sure what day it is Although to be honest, as a freelance journalist living in Marbella that applies pretty much to every other time of the year as well. This is also the time of year when it is socially acceptable to eat chocolate, scoff mince pies or finish off last night’s bottle first thing in the…

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2016 and the one that got away…

No doubt about it, 2016 was a brutal year After the appalling cull of celebrities in 2016, when turning on the radio each morning was akin to wondering which of your favourite characters was about to be killed off in Game of Thrones, I was struck by a sobering thought. Either Keith Richards has secretely been nuturing the Fountain of Eternal Life somewhere in his Rock Star mansion, or The Grim…

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SUR in English’s Liz Parry in New Year’s Honours List

Liz Parry, former Editor of SUR in English, has been recognised by H.R.H. The Queen in her New Year's Honours List and awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for her services to British nationals living in Andalucia.   Having joined the SUR in English team in 1985 as a collaborator/translator, during her 30 years of service Liz Parry rose through the ranks at the paper, first to Assistant…

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