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To cut a long story short – Tony Hadley to play Marbella!

One of the most distinctive male singers of the 80s will be playing Marbella this summer. On Saturday, August 10, the legendary Tony Hadley, lead singer with Spandau Ballet will be performing all of his hits, including: “True”, “Gold”, “Through the Barricades” and many more. The concert is  part…

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Marbellisima – Danny Robson

Artist Danny Robson paints a picture of his perfect Marbella! Best View: Walking down the paseo between Victor's and Marbella around 8pm summer time. Best for Eating: Meat  up in Benahavis! Best for Coffee. My home terrace at 8am summertime, from my Nesspresso machine Best for showing visitors the real Marbella. Missing out the REALLY incompetent offices of every local service from Endesa to…

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Bigger, Better, Higher – La Sala in the Sky

Sala Group is about to take dining to another level, literally, with La Sala in the Sky. Sala Group has teamed up with the famed local chef Aitor Perurena to bring a new concept to Marbella - the ultimate social and dining experience 50 metres above the ground!. La Sala in the Sky is a platform that takes 22 guests to a viewing height of up to 50 metres. The guests are comfortably strapped into a…

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Brexit Day

I try not to be too political in the blog, but as you are probably more than aware, today is D-Day as Britain decides whether or not it want to remain part of the European Union. I've had numerous Press briefings with Simon Manley, Britan's Ambassador to Spain and on each of those meetings he's stressed that this is the most important vote the British people had had to face in 150 years. I don't…

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Meanwhile in Marbella…

While the rest of Europe works itself into a frenzy over the impending EU Referendum, a Press Release dropped through my electronic mailbox this morning. "A hotel with a difference has opened it’s (sic) doors in Marbella as the regions first Cat hotel opened last week. The posh cattery called Cat Suite Home, features individual suites for each feline guest, as well as secure gardens where guests…

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As seen on TV

You will all, no doubt, be familiar saying about never working with animals or children on TV. After my recent appearance on ITV's Good Morning Britain, however,  that saw me holding forth on all things EU referendum with presenter Kate Garraway, some might be tempted to add “or bald bearded expats”. My history of being on TV goes back to the 70s when as a small boy I had a happy birthday message…

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Fabulous Ladies Day at The Boardwalk

It was all about great hats and fabulous fashions at The Boardwalk yesterday. The first Royal Ascot Ladies Day Lunch took part on a glorious afternoon at the seafront setting. The ladies (and a few lucky men) enjoyed a delicious two course lunch, live entertainment, racing from Royal Ascot and a charity raffle. All proceeds went to Amusuvig, the charity for women and children victims of domestic…

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Craig David at Aqua Mist tonight!

Platinum album-selling and chart-topping international superstar Craig David plays Puerto Banus tonight "Craig David Presents TS5" is a three date exclsuive residency to Aqwa Mist with Ultima Promotions. TS5 started out as the most exclusive pre-party in Miami hosted by Craig at his penthouse home, Tower Suite 5. Craig’s sets combine massive old skool anthems from R&B to Swing beat, and from…

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Spec style!

Specsavers Opticas have announced the winners of the Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards 2016. The first prize of €500 and a pair of designer glasses was awarded to Tynesha Dudgeon, who submitted a sassy, fun picture of herself in her oversized black frames. The judges felt the image really expressed her style and how central her glasses were to her identity. She commented, that she loves her…

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Marbella Property Trends – Thomas Harper

Planet Marbella finds out about the latest Marbella property market trends with Thomas Harper, Sales Director and Founding Partner at Asset Folio. Who is really buying at the moment? From individual clients looking to relocate right through to large private equity funds looking for investment opportunities. We look after both.   Why are they interested in relocating? The concept of…

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Champagne Socialist?

He might not be to everyone's taste, but Marbella Mayor Jose Bernal certainly has a taste for the town's gastronomic scene. The socialist mayor, who came into power last year, seems only too happy to lend his support to restaurant events in Marbella.  Already this year he's been spotted at Dani Garcia's Bibo restaurant at an event attended by the world's top chefs, at the opening of The Wine…

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Ferry confirms for Gib

Bryan Ferry is the latest name to confirm for this year's Gibraltar Music Festival. The former Roxy Music frontman, known for hits like Let's Stick Together and Jealous Guy joins The Vamps, Nathan Sykes and Toploader as well as Stereophonics, Jess Glynne, All Saints, KT Tunstall, Foxes and more. The festival's five-year history boasts previous acts like Duran Duran, Kings Of Leon and Kaiser…

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Marbella celebrates Dia San Bernabé with Merche

Marbella Feria is in full swing and this weekend is set to get even busier. The decision to move the day Feria back to the atmospheric centre of town for the first time in a decade has been hugely popular, as well as bringing business to surrounding bars and restaurants. Today marks the Dia de San Bernabé, Marbella's patron saint. (Puerto Banus doesn't have a Patron Saint BTW. The closest it…

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Euro 2016 – Where to watch the action!

Euro 2016 kicks off in France tonight and it's always great fun being in Marbella during a major football tournament. With so many nationalities living here it seems that everyone has a match at some point. So if you want to follow your national team, here are Planet Marbella's suggestions Linekers If you are going to watch England in Puerto Banus, then Linekers is a must. Lina and her team…

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Loquillo to play free Feria show

Legendary Spanish Rock n Roll star Loquillo plays a free concert in Marbella tonight The show is part of the Feria de San Bernabe celebrations and will take place at the auditorium at the fairground. The showstarts at 23.00 and admission is free. One of Loquillo's best known songs is "Chanel, Cocaína y Don Perignon". Some might say that he's the perfect act for Marbella then...    

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Does my EU Referendum vote need a stamp?

There's been more than a little confusion amongst expats about whether or not postal votes for the upcoming EU Referendum need stamps to be posted back to the UK. Some expats have been voicing their concerns online, claiming that Spanish Post Offices have sacks of postal votes that will not be returned to the UK due to not having a vaild stamp. In a recent media statement, the UK Electorial…

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Back where it belongs!

Marbella's Feria de San Bernabe got underway with a spectacular firework display last night, and today the Day Feria took place in the centre of town for the first time in a decade. Marbella Mayor Jose Bernal was on hand to open the festivities, that centred on the beautiful surroundings of the Alameda Park and the Avenida del Mar. Opening the day Feria, the mayor paid tribute to Carmen Pastore,…

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It’s Feria Time

Marbella Feria gets underway tonight, and it promises to be the best in years! In a move popular with both public and businesses alike the Feria de San Bernabe will take place in the atmospheric centre of town during the day, away from the (frankly, ahem, less than salubrious) location of the past few years. During the day the action will be centred in the Parque Alameda, the Avenida del Mar and…

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Walkies!

If you fancy taking a stroll along the paseo and maybe making a new four legged friend then don't miss Triple A's fourth annual Dog Walk. You can walk with your own dog or one from Triple A (you'll have to contact them in advance to reserve a dog). Taking part costs a €10 donation and all proceeds go to Triple A. The walk starts at 10am at Terra Sana, Plaza del Mar, Paseo Maritimo who are…

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May the 4th be with you!

Star Wars fans in Marbella will be out in force on June 4 when the 501st Legion lands. Imperial Stormtroopers will be marching through Marbella accompanied by the Marbella Town Hall band, who will be playing the Star Wars theme music! The action starts at the Parque Alamada at 6pm. The Forces of the Empire will be taking a break from suppressing the Rebels (and there are quite a few in Marbella)…

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Malaga Airport to be hit by minimum 24-hour-strike from Tuesday

In a move certain to cause chaos staff working at Malaga airport have said that they will be going on strike for a minimum of 24 hours on Tuesday  May 31. They warn, however, that  they will be striking “indefinitely”. The strike is being held by easyJet staff over working plans that have been changed against the wishes of staff. The airline has said that passengers should check before they…

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