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Hi guys! I´d like to start this, my new year message, by wishing all of our friends and the many fans and followers of MarbellaAzul.com a happy and prosperous 2017.

I would particularly like to thank all those people (you know who you are) who have helped us spread the word about the website since its launch in 2014. This year, our aim is to confirm MarbellaAzul.com as Marbella’s premier information website and build on the success of our events calendar, restaurant guide and the business directory.

We are of course extremely grateful for all your likes/shares and follows on social media and this year we will be developing our Facebook and Twitter pages to widen the website´s popularity.

We believe 2017 is going to be a great year for Marbella´s residents and our many visitors. It would be great if you join us on this amazing journey!

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Interviews

Interview with Marbella Now’s Nicole King

“Marbella Now” is an English speaking TV show on RTV Marbella every Thursday evening from 19.30 – 20.30. The show is presented by Nicole King and includes local news, interviews and details of what’s going on in Marbella from MarbellaAzul.com´s Roz James.

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Interviews

Interview with Alexandra Spyratos

Internationally renowned artist Alexandra Spyratos very kindly agreed to be interviewed by MarbellaAzul.com at the Kasser Rassu Gallery (opposite the Marbella Club on the Golden Mile) where she is exhibiting her work until 31 July.

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Marbella Entertainers

Pablo Melgar

Pablo Melgar is one of the best saxophonists in Spain. He is also known internationally. Pablo studied the saxophone from the age of ten at the Conservatory of Music in Málaga.

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Marbella Entertainers

Zoe Louise

Zoe Louise is a popular performer in and around Marbella. As soon as she could walk and talk, Zoe Louise Hughes was singing, performing and entertaining her friends and family.

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Marbella Entertainers

Los Piratas

Los Piratas are a Flamenco group working on the Costa del Sol. Over the last couple of years, they have been busy recording their first álbum and working on their repertoire.

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Marbella Entertainers

Eva Piñero

Eva Piñero has worked as a professional entertainer in the Marbella area for 13 years. Her career began when she went to London to learn English and shared a room with a dancer from Madrid who was working in Flamenco clubs. Eva’s life then changed completely.

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Marbella Entertainers

Paul Maxwel

Paul (the Piano Man) Maxwel is an accomplished performer who performs regularly in Joy’s in Puerto Banús. He was born in Gloucester in England, but he has lived in Andalucía since he was a child. He now lives in Marbella.

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Marbella Entertainers

Mel Williams

Mel Williams is a professional entertainer who has been working on the Costa del Sol for over 40 years. Mel arrived in Spain in 1974 to become Entertainments Manager for Holiday Club International. He continued working, preparing shows and performing for eight years before arriving in Puerto Banús where he worked the clubs and started to build a reputation.

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Marbella Entertainers

Nikki Rae

Nikki Rae is probably best known on the Costa del Sol for her tribute to Adele. She has loved singing from a very young age. She was just five years old when she starred in her school´s musical. And she has been singing ever since. She says “When I sing, I forget all the problems life throws at you. I’m at my happiest when I´m entertaining people.”

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Marbella Entertainers

Antony Wolfson

Antony Wolfson is an internationally renowned vocalist living and working in and around Marbella. His success in Marbella is amazing! In less than 12 months, he was performing at the very best 5 star hotels most nights of the week.

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Marbella Events

Marbella International Folklore Festival (Europealia)

Couple at the Marbella International Folklore Festival in Marbella 2017

The International Folklore Festival (Europealia) heralds the start of Marbella’s summer season. The festival features traditional music, dance and amazing national costumes from around the world. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to enjoy the spectacle and bring you some of the best images.

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Marbella Events

Paraguay Independence Day in Marbella 2016

The sun was shining here on Sunday as Marbella’s Paraguayan community gathered on the Paseo Maritimo in front of the tourist office to celebrate the 205th anniversary of Paraguay’s Independence. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to experience the atmosphere and provide images for you to enjoy.

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Marbella Events

German Unity Day 2015

German residents and friends celebrated the 25th anniversary of the reunification of Germany in Marbella on 3 October. The party, celebrating German Unity Day (Tag der Deutschen Einheit), was once again held on the Paseo Maritimo next to the Glorieta fountain. It was arranged by the Ayuntamiento de Marbella and the German Lions Club.

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Sporting Events

Fit Cycling Marbella

“Fit Cycling” arrived in Marbella on Saturday 19 September. Over 100 fitness bikes were set up on the terraces above the Puerto Deportivo in the centre of Marbella ready for a mass workout to the incredible, pulsating high energy music.

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Sporting Events

Acuatlon in Marbella 2015

On Sunday 26 July, the Acuatlon returned to Marbella. In this event, competitors have to run 2.5 kilometres, swim 1,000 metres and then run another 2.5 kilometres. It is a sort of mini-triathlon without the bicycle ride.

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Business News & Events

Our Space in Marbella

Roz & Derek James of MarbellaAzul.com were delighted to receive an invitation to the official launch of the new Our Space co-working venture at the Oasis Business Centre on Marbella’s Golden Mile on Wednesday evening. See all the images and our interview with the CEO as well as contact details.

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Business News & Events

PureSkin launches in Marbella

MarbellaAzul.com were pleased to be invited to the official launch of the new boutique spa PureSkin which is located right in the heart of Marbella’s Golden Mile. It is easy to find and has ample parking. A delicious array of canapes looked almost too good to eat!

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Featured Businesses

LanguageLinker

The best way to learn a language is to talk regularly with native speakers. LanguageLinker is a great way to learn a new language – and it is totally FREE OF CHARGE.

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Featured Businesses

Hostal Tak

Hostal Tak is much more than a hostal – it is more like a boutique hotel. It is located on the edge of Marbella’s Old Town in a quaint street, close to shopping, restaurants, beaches and Marbella’s famous night life. You will receive a very warm welcome from the owners, who are only too pleased to help in any way they can to make your stay enjoyable.

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Featured Businesses

Los Quesitos

There is a specialist cheese shop just off the Plaza de los Naranjos (Orange Square) in Marbella’s old town. It is a lovely shop with a great selection of cheeses. The owner is happy to help you choose cheeses suitable for you and you can taste them before you buy.

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Featured Businesses

Lavanda del Lago

This may be the cutest shop you will ever visit. Everything here is a variation of lavender, purple or lilac – even the antique bicycle that is usually parked outside.

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Featured Businesses

D’Oliva

You can find this wonderful shop in a narrow street on the south side of the Plaza de los Naranjos (Orange Square) in Marbella´s Old Town.

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Featured Businesses

Déjà Vu in Marbella

Déjà Vu is a luxury shop in the heart of Marbella’s old town offering designer names at affordable prices. This shop first opened its doors in 1997. When you go inside, you are transported into a world of timeless elegance. You may wonder how this is possible! Déjà Vu, as the name suggests, is a second hand shop like no other.

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Excursions

Lunch at a private villa

CRIS&KIM Travel Designers offers the opportunity to enjoy  lunch at a private villa – a unique day in the countryside. Enjoy an exclusive meal in the home of one the most beloved families in Marbella, the Marquis of Belvis and enjoy the hospitality of the owners.

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History of Marbella

Marbella’s Early History

Archaeological excavations carried out in the mountains around Marbella indicate human habitation in the Paleolithic and Neolithic eras. Some historians believe that the first settlement on the present site of Marbella was by the Phoenicians in the 7th Century BC. They are known to have established several colonies along the coast of the Malaga province.

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Useful Information - Ex-Patriots

Registering a vehicle in Spain

Registering a vehicle from another country and buying a new or used vehicle in Spain is a complex and potentially costly procedure. If you are a Spanish resident, you will normally be exempt from Spanish registration tax if you obtain Spanish number plates within one month of the vehicle entering the country.

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Useful Information - Ex-Patriots

Driving in Andalucia

Driving in Andalucia is similar to driving in any European country, but there are some differences. So, please take a few moments to read this post to ensure that you understand the rules here in Spain before heading out onto the roads.

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Useful Information - Ex-Patriots

Registering for Social Security

If you are in receipt of a UK pension and you live in Spain, you should obtain an S1 form (previously E121). This form is required to register with a state doctor here in Spain. You should then take it to the INSS office in your area (in central Marbella, this is in Plaza Leganitos 5) along with the following documents (with copies of each):

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Marbella News

Dog DNA tests to stop fouling offenders comes to Marbella

We all know how difficult it is to avoid the mess left by irresponsible dog owners who don’t “‘pick up” after their pets when we are walking around town. But, a plan will soon be voted on by the council to ensure that dogs are registered on a central DNA database. The cost of this test will be approximately €35.00 from approved veterinary clinics.

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Marbella News

Nao Victoria visits Marbella

The Nao Victoria, a replica of the first ship to circumnavigate the world, has arrived in the Costa del Sol. It arrived in Marbella on Friday 15 April and it is currently moored at the Bajadilla marina, close to the fishing port.

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Spain In Focus - Derek Evans

Visit to Zoo Castellar

Our latest ‘Spain in Focus’ is all about a place which has become very dear to those of us associated with MarbellaAzul.com. Zoo Castellar is a very special place. It is no ordinary zoo, rather a rescue centre for wild animals of all shapes and sizes.

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Spain In Focus - Derek Evans

Beware of blazes!

This is a very special post written by local resident Vladimir Solomatin (aged 10) – accompanied by Derek Evans’ photographs for Spain in Focus. Now we are entering the period of very high risk of fire here in Spain, so it is a good time to remember the terrible fire of summer 2012.

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Spain In Focus - Derek Evans

Marbella Fishing Port

Once upon a time (long before the advent of Price Hohenlohe and Europe’s ruling elite transformed Marbella into an international tourist destination) our cosmopolitan city was a small fishing and farming village with only 900 inhabitants.

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Spain In Focus - Derek Evans

The Andalucian Horse

Horses have always been linked to Spanish history and culture…from the strong, swift warhorses of the conquistadors through the brave, tragic horses of the bullfights to the dazzling dancing horses of the Spanish dressage shows.

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Spain In Focus - Derek Evans

Camino de Santiago

It is spring … the weather (according to Marbella Azul) is warmer and a young (pious) man´s fancy turns to pilgrimage. And Spain is home to the daddy of all pilgrimages – the world famous Camino de Santiago.

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Spain In Focus - Derek Evans

The rain in Spain

During the last few weeks we have had our share of the wet stuff falling from the sky. Rain…we may not like it, but we really need it. During the long, dry months of summer, drought is an ever present threat here in southern Spain.

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Spain In Focus - Derek Evans

Spring is in the air

Spring is in the air…and arriving early this year. Not only have we already heard the chattering of cicadas, but take a short drive up La Concha – Marbella’s mountain – and you can experience the stunning sight and delicious smell of the first almond trees in bloom.

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