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Something for the Weekend? Book Review Izzy + Tristan by Shannon Dunlap

Alicia Duggan of The Bookshop reviews the latest releases. This debut young adult novel by Shannon Dunlap is a modern take on the legend of Tristan and Iseult. As it says in the prologue, “This is not a novel. It’s a romance.” Izzy is a sixteen-year-old, bright and practical aspiring doctor who has…

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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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Festival Fever

Despite my love of live music, I'm not really much of a festival person. The thought of spending four days in a muddy field paying €5 for a toilet roll has never really appealed to me. But the Twist of Lemon event in Cartama appealed to me. It promised two days of music and health living in the sun, just a short drive away from the fleshpots of Marbella. A chance to tune in, chill out and…

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EU Referendum Postal Votes – Important information

Important news about the EU Referendum If you are planning to use a postal vote please note that the voting forms have arrived with prepaid return envelopes. These are not valid in Spain. Some post offices have reported that they  have bins of unstamped (wasted) votes that will be scrapped. You will need to pay the postage back to the UK (A stamp costing €1.55)  or your vote will be……

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Good Morning Marbs!

Good Morning Britain, the UK's most popular TV breakfast show, was broadcast live from Marbella this morning. Hosted by presenter Kate Carraway, the programme spoke with Costa expats about the forthcoming EU Referendum and heard both sides of the arguement. I was asked for my views due to my role as presenter of Talk Radio Europe's Viewpoint programme. The majority of guests at the Puente Romano…

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URGENT! MISSING CHILD

A five-year-old boy, called Filippo, has gone missing this afternoon outside the CEIP ISDABE del Mar school (near Marriots) between 5-6pm Anyone who has seen him please contact the police immediately UPDATE! FOUND SAFE AND WELL THANK YOU!

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Kaiser Chiefs confirm Costa concert

Brit Rock group Kaiser Chiefs have confirmed a summer gig on the Costa del Sol. The group, whose hits include Ruby and I Predict a Riot will play the Estadio Municipal in Torremolinos on August 6. The stars of last year's Gibraltar Music Festival, Kaiser Chiefs pretty much blew the much fancied Kings of Leon off the stage, a legacy of the band's many festivals and sell out concert tours. They…

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Looking good!

Tell the world you look great in glasses Optical group Specsavers Opticas want to celebrate specs as a fashion statement and great accessory, not just a visual aid. To highlight and reward the millions of ordinary people in Spain who look amazing in their glasses as well as celebrate their 10th anniversary in Spain, they are running the Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition 2016. People can…

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Malaga Airport smashes records

Malaga-Costa del Sol airport has smashed its record for passenger numbers, after more than 4,000,000 passed through the airport in the first four months of the year. The increase, a 15.3 rise compared to last year, is being seen as a strong indicator of the strength of the local tourism sector. Malaga is currently the fourth busiest airport in Spain, after Madrid, Barcelona and Palma. The best…

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Marbella rated most expensive for drinks – Prague cheapest for boozy city breaks

The bars and clubs  of Banus are already full of party goers but Marbella came bottom in a list of European cities that are cheap to drink in. A survey by Post Office Travel Money found that while the bar bill cost £29 in Prague, including £1.26 for a bottle of beer, £1.57 for a glass of wine and £1.73 for a shot of tequila, the same 12 drinks cost more than twice as much in Puerto Banus, where…

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