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Police believe Playa Padre blaze started deliberately

Police investigating the blaze that destroyed trendy beach club Playa Padre this week now believe the fire was started deliberately. Three forensic experts from the Policia Nacional worked through the ruins of the beach club, co-owned by Eva Longoria's good friend Maria Bravo, yesterday. Early…

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Easter Week ends in Marbella

Easter celebrations in Marbella drew to a close yesterday. The final procession took place in Marbella's Old Town, and was attended by mayor Jose Bernal. The traditional procession of "Santísimo Cristo del Resucitado" marked the end of an emotional week of regilious celebration in the town.  

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Schell shows impressive body of work!

Laguna Village officially opened its spring season with an exhibition by talented young Swiss artist Caroline Schell. A hundred people attended the opening, held at the Palapa restaurant, where as well as showing her work on canvas, Well known for her paintings and sculptures, as well as her sand painting series, Caroline also demonstrated her versatility by body painting on two models! The…

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Semana Santa continues in Marbella

 Semana Santa celebrations continued yesterday with the procession of the Nazareno, carried by the  Real, Ilustre, Venerable y Antigua Hermandad Sacramental de Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno, María Santísima del Mayor Dolor y Santo Sepulcro. Marbella Mayor José Bernal and other town hall figures were present at the procession. Tonight is the procession of El Calvario. The procession will start at…

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Leonardo Luxury opens first Alchymia showroom in Spain

Exquisite Italian excellence came to Marbella with the opening of the first Alchymia showroom in Spain on Saturday.  The showroom, in the Azalea Beach Commercial Centre,  highlighted the beautiful pieces in the Alchymia collection that have been inspired by history and tradition and are unmistakably Italian. With  state-of-the-art design and  innovative materials Alchymia offers   new approach to…

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Op de Beeck & Worth keep giving

Employees at Op de Beeck & Worth insurance brokers have raised a fantastic €9,000 to be split equally between three chosen charities - Debra España, Mary’s Meals and Asociacion Crece. To mark the team’s achievement, director Danni Worth presented a cheque at Op de Beeck & Worth’s office in Marbella. Over the past ten years, Op de Beeck & Worth has been actively involved in local,…

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Stairway to Starlite!

Rock fans rejoice! Robert Plant is set to play Starlite this summer. The former Led Zeppelin frontman will will play Marbella on July 16 with his band The Sensational Space Shifters. Best known for huge hits such as "Whole Lotta Love", "Rock n Roll" and "Stairway to Heaven" Plant has embraced a huge range of styles and influences since his Led Zep heyday, most notably with Alison Krauss and the…

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Semana Santa Marbella style

Forget Bunnies and Hot Cross buns. Easter is one of the highlights of the year in Spain, and Holy Week in Seville is the big one. Although with Antonio Banderas making his annual pilgrimage to take part in the processions, Malaga runs it a close second. In Marbella Semana Santa is basically a week of elaborate processions of intricate floats. The term floats is a little misleading as each way a…

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BREAKING NEWS Ex Marbella Councillor Killed in Bike Crash

Pablo Moro, the ex councillor for Planning at Marbella Town Hall, died early this morning in a motorcycle accident. The crash happened at km181 of the AP -7 when he lost control of his scooter and crashed into a lamppost. He was killed instantly. Married with three children, Moro was 51 years old . Moro served under Angeles Munoz when the Partido Popular governed Marbella and was named in the…

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Marbella Craic!

Marbella has gone green for St Patrick's Day! As part of Tourism Ireland's initiative of turning the World Green for St Patrick's Day. Marbella's best known landmarks have turned green for one week. The Marbella Arch, Town Hall, Old City Walls, Puerto Deportivo and several other sites will join The Great Wall of China, The Eifel Tower, The Sydney Opera House, The Empire State Building, Christ the…

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Police nab jewel thieves in Banus!

Police dramatically caught a group of thieves red handed as they robbed a jewellery store in Puerto Banus tonight. The gang of five Mexicans were apprehended as they carried out a robbery at the  Tourbillon store. One member of staff was rushed to hospital after being struck on the head during the crime. The emergency services were alerted at 7.30pm that a robbery was taking place. At the same…

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Armin van Buuren set for San Pedro!

Armin van Buuren is set to play Marbella this summer One of the most renowned DJs on the international scene, van Buuren will play the Municipal Studium in San Pedro as part of his "Armin Only Embrace" tour on July 30. The five-hour-set, which is the Dutch DJs only gig in mainland Spain this year,  will be accompanied by more than 30 artists including  vocalist Mr Probz and trumpeter Eric…

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Asset Folio showcase Azure in Oslo

Leading contemporary Real Estate agency Asset Folio is showcasing one of the most exciting new developments on the coast in Oslo this week Azure is a collection of 18 stylish,villas in the residential neighbourhood of El Paraíso, just a few minutes drive to Puerto Banus. This residential setting is home to a host of amenities making Azure the perfect choice for buyers looking for convenience on…

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Marbellisma – Katerina Bramley

Multi Platinum songwriter Katerina Bramley shares some of her favourite places in her second home Best View: From my house, we have a breathtaking view of La Concha and the sea.I literally jump out of bed to open my blinds every morning to see that view! Best for Eating: Marbella has some fantastic restaurants but my personal favourites are Mistral Beach for lunch and dinner at The Grill at…

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Raising awareness on World Kidney Day

Today is World Kidney Day and this year the focus is on the important theme of Kidney Disease and Children. All eight Specsavers Opticas stores in Spain have announced that they are getting behind this event and will be raising money and distributing information about the cause until March 15. The global optical brand have been inspired to support this important cause, after Martin Blake the…

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Now Showing – Zootropolis

Wednesday is movie day at Planet Marbella, and the Cine Goya Marbella in Puerto Banus runs a special deal today with all tickets at €4.50, fantastic value as they also throw in a couple of hours free parking. I caught the latest Disney film, Zootropolis, a week ago, and it's a great, fun, family film. From the largest elephant to the smallest shrew, the city of Zootopia is a mammal metropolis…

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Property of the Week

Planet Marbella's country property expert has discovered a beautiful country house close to the pueblo blanco of Gaucin This enchanting contemporary south-facing villa, combines chic elegance with simple rustic charm and enjoys breathtaking mountain views and across the Genal Valley to the Mediterranean, Gibraltar and North Africa. Set in 40,000m2 with a 250-year-old olive grove, landscaped…

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Marbella celebrates International Women’s Day

Marbella marked International Women's Day with ceremony honouring 16 of the town's most remarkable women. And no, there wasn't a TOWIE or Life on Marbs babe on the list. The event at the Adolfo Suarez Palacio de Congresos was attended by the mayor, Jose Bernal, as well as Ana Leschiera,  the Councillor for Equality and Diversity, and other Marbella notabables. Mayor Bernal remarked that the…

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Marbella gets sporty!

Marbella Town Hall awarded the prizes to its most outstanding clubs and athletes at the  Sports Gala 2015 last weekend. Held at the Adolfo Suarez Palace of Congresses and Exhibitions, Marbella mayor, Jose Bernal  handed out the awards, including Best Male to footballer Javier Ontiveros and Best Female to golfer Noemi Jimenez (pictured). The mayor recognised the hard work and dedication made by…

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(Get me) Out of Africa!

I've a soft spot for Tangier. It was an international zone awash with spies in the Second World War, and only incorporated into Morocco after its independence from France in 1956. Even today, it retains a faint air of mystery and intrigue. Small and intimate, I've always thought it would have made a more plausible setting for Bogart and Bergman than 'Casablanca'. The atmosphere is pure Agatha…

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Loss of Luxury

It's a sign of changing times. Last week Marbella Town Hall announced that Marbella Luxury Weekend, the event that was meant to showcase luxury goods, will not be taking place this year. Held for the past five years in Puerto Banus, the last edition of Marbella Luxury Fair had failed to attract the support of the luxury market, meaning that the Town Hall had to contribute to the event. Councillor…

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