Tips & Tricks

The great summer shutdown

I don't mean to point out the bleeding obvious, but summer is most definitely here. It's not just the fact that every time I step out onto the terrace at the Casita I feel like I'm standing in a giant hair-dryer – and it's been a while since one of those was anywhere near my bald bonce, I can…

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Drivers warned of high fire risk

After the huge fire between Casares and Estepona recently, that saw 130 firefighters battling the blaze overnight, the Andalucian Forest Firefighting Agency, INFOCA, have published the latest fire risk map. The areas most at risk are shown in red, with Granada province on particularly high alert. INFOCA also reminded drivers that throwing cigarettes out of car windows carried substantial fines…

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Celebrations at Centro Plaza

Centro Plaza Shopping Centre celebrated its 28th anniversary last week with 100% occupancy With 120 establishments from more than 20 sectors, Centro Plaza continues to offer a unique mix of shopping, business and leisure after almost three decades. Located in Nueva Andalucía, the centre has retained a distinct international character since its inauguration in 1990 and is famed for holding the…

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BREAKING NEWS: Casares fire under control

Firefighters worked through the night on the fire between Casares and Estepona. INFOCA confirmed at 9am that the fire was still active and that 110 firefighters were tackling the blaze, many of them having worked through the night. AT 9.40am it announced that the fire had been brought under control Five fire engines are also involved but INFOCA have reported that they will not be using aircraft,…

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BREAKING NEWS. Firefighters to tackle blaze through the night

The Casares fire is set to continue through the night. INFOCA announced it the past hour that due to nightfall, aircraft cannot be used. 127 firefighters supported by five fire engines will tackle the blaze overnight, with aircraft returning at dawn tomorrow. "Our spirits with those who work in the #IFCasares. Good night all" INFOCA tweeted.

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BREAKING NEWS. Huge fire in Casares forces evacuation

  A huge fire has caused the evacuation of 12 houses near Casares   The blaze broke out this afternoon close to Venta Victoria near the Finca del Álamo. Andalucian Forest Firefighting Service INFOCA reported that 76 firefighters were at the scene, along with eight helicopters and six aeroplanes. INFOCA reported that the strong winds were helping the fire spread quickly and was making…

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Something for the Weekend – Book Review

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine By Gail Honeyman Our number one bestselling book. Eleanor Oliphant thinks she is completely fine. She is efficient and organised at work from Monday to Friday and survives the weekend by drinking vodka until Monday comes and she can begin the routine again. The truth is Eleanor is profoundly lonely and socially awkward, mostly because of her traumatic…

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Ryanair cancels Spanish flights

 Ryanair passengers are bracing themselves for travel chaos next week The airline has cancelled 600 flights on July 25 -26  due to industrial action by cabin crew workers, affecting 100,000 passengers over the two days. The affected flights include flights from Ireland to Spain and amount in total to 12% of the airline’s daily flights across Europe. In a statement, Ryanair said they contacted…

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Drivers beware. Stiffer penalties for mobile use on the way

Be warned. Using your cellphone while driving will carry bigger sanctions in Spain. The new head of the national traffic authority (DGT), Pepr Navarro has  announced plans to stiffen the penalties for mobile phone use. Distractions at the wheel are the leading cause of death on Spanish roads, ahead of alcohol consumption and excessive speed. There has been a sharp rise in drivers who use their…

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BREAKING NEWS: Fire under control

The campo fire near Mijas has been brought under control Anadlucian Forest Firefighting agency INFOCA reported at 21.58 that the fire had been stabalised. In total four helicopters and two areoplanes were involved, along with five fire engines and 46 firefighters from Mijas and Marbella

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BREAKING NEWS. Major Fire in La Cala

A large campo fire is currently raging in La Cala. The Andalucian Forest Firefighting agency INFOCA, has reported that a large helicopter, as well as five other aircraft, are engaged in controlling the blaze, that broke out this afternoon. Twenty firemen are also currently on the scene, that appears to be close to the AP7 toll road.   Photo: INFOCA

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Fifty Shades of Güey!

 One of Marbella's best loved restaurants is back in business, just in time for summer! Last Tuesday Güey celebrated its inauguration with a cocktail party for 250 guests. The return of Güey had been eagerly anticipated by loyal clientele and locals who attended the opening, and were once more able to  enjoy dining under the stars on some of the most picturesque terraces in Marbella. A…

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No disruption despite pilot’s strike, says Ryanair

Holidaymakers can breathe a sigh of relief Passengers flying with budget airline Ryanair have been informed that most flights between Spain and Ireland should fly tomorrow, after pilots in Dublin hold a 24-hour strike. The airline is to cancel 30 of 290 flights from Ireland, however it is expected that none of the flights to and from Spain should be affected. Ryanair's Kenny Jacobs explains how…

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Ryanair pilots and cabin crew threaten July strike action

It looks like more misery this month for holidaymakers Ryanair cabin crew have announced that they have called a series of strikes in Spain at the end of July. Crew in Spain, Portugal and Belgium will strike for 48 hours on July 25-26 Unions have warned that further action may follow if the airline does not make concessions on some employment terms. This followed news that pilots directly…

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Drop in British tourism numbers

It looks like another record breaking year for Spanish tourism, but surprisingly, fewer Brits are visiting Spain. According to data released by the national statistics agency, the total number of international tourists arriving in Spain in May rose 1% compared to the year before, In total, 8.1 million visitors came to Spain, with the majority – 24.6% – coming from the UK. The number of British…

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England legend at La Cala

England and Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard spent time getting to know his new team on the coast. The new manager of Rangers spent ten days staying at La Cala Resort finalising next season's preparations for next season in the Scottish Premier League, as well as the first round of the Europa League on July 19 where they will meet Macedonian side FK Shkupi. Gerrard and the coaching staff praised…

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Classic yachts compete in Sotogrande this week

Marina Sotogrande Classic Week, one of the most important and exciting sailing events in Spain, takes place in Sotogrande Marina this week. Running from July 4-7, Marina Sotogrande Classic Week features two categories of races. “Belle Class 15M” is for classic boats more than 100 years old. The IYRU Fifteen Metre class yachts were constructed to the First International rule of 1907. A total of 20…

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Costa del Crime capering

After the shocking San Pedro slaying of a suspected drug lord last month, is seems Marbella could be heading back to the dark and dodgy days of what the British tabloids loved to call the ‘Costa del Crime’. I moved to Marbella in the 80s, in the days before Britain and Spain had an extradition treaty. Old style London gangsters such as Kray Twins Associate Freddie Foreman, Great Train Robber…

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VIDEO! What’s Russian for Reverse Part II

As James Brown once sang "I may not be right, but I'm never wrong". When my sources told me that a Russian had been behind the 4x4 crashing down the steps in Diana Park on Monday afternoon, I assumed he was the driver. The truth is even more suprising as this CCTV video footage, caught on CCTV, shows.  A lucky escape all round. And the driver looks a little "disorientated", shall we say? Russia…

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Something for the Weekend? What’s on in Marbella June 30-July 1

In case you hadn't noticed, there's a bit of football being played at the moment. Expect Spain to come to a standstill on Sunday when Spain take on Russia in the first of the knock out rounds. Spain are heavily favoured to beat the hosts, and if the large Russian population in Marbella is in full - and possibily vodka fuelled - voice, it could be a little on the noisy side. The Spain match kicks…

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What’s Russian for Reverse?

The summer season is well and truly upon us, and it's, ahem,  "interesting" on the roads. And when you add to the mix that the World Cup is currently in full swing, then some drivers may not be paying their full attention to the road. Now I'm not saying that alcohol was involved, or that the rules of the highway were not being followed 100% But the above photo appeared on Social Media this…

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