Brian's Blog

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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Sporting Events

Da Bruno water polo in Marbella 2015

The El Faro beach, right in the centre of Marbella, was the venue for the Da Bruno Beach Paradise Water Polo tournament 2015.

This year’s tournament was held over 3 days from 14 – 16 August and a total of ten teams participated – three local clubs and seven clubs from other Spanish provinces. There were male teams, female teams and some teams were mixed. The final was a hard fought battle between Master & Comander who took 1st place and Calypso who came 2nd.

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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.

Clearly, an ideal sport for Marbella when we are in the middle of a heatwave – a short run, a cool swim, another short run and a cold shower. Great!. The event was open to athletes of all levels, including veterans and children. As is usual with events like this in Marbella, there were plenty of competitors and the crowds turned out to support and cheer all of the participants.

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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.

The first of the six sessions started at around 11.00 am with trainers from Sevilla, Malaga, Cordoba and Jaen providing the encouragement and offering their expertise. Almost every available bike had been booked in advance and the spectators were out in force to encourage the participants.

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Sporting Events

La Vuelta Marbella Stage 1 2015

On Saturday 22 August, Marbella hosted Stage 1 of La Vuelta a España – a team time trial covering 7.4 kms from Puerto Banús to Venus Beach in the centre of Marbella.

MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to bring you great images and our grateful thanks goes to photographer Derek Evans who covered the start of the event in Puerto Banús. RTV Marbella was also there, so you will be able to see some of their footage in Thursday’s Marbella Now programme.

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Places to Visit

Marbella – the Costa del Sol’s jewel in the crown

Marbella is widely regarded as the Costa del Sol´s jewel in the crown. It has been the pre-eminent holiday destination in southern Spain since the 1960s, offering a unique combination of modern style and old world Spanish charm.

Marbella’s climate is legendary, with approximately 320 days of sunshine each year. Some of the best beaches on the Costa del Sol can be found in the Marbella area, so all you have to do is find a suitable spot, rent a sunbed and soak up the sun. On most of the beaches, you will find friendly chiringuitos (beach restaurants) offering a wide range of refreshments and tasty snacks.

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Places to Visit

Capilla de San Juan de Dios

You will find the Capilla de San Juan de Dios in Calle de San Juan de Dios in Marbella’s old town. There is a board outside the chapel which provides details as follows:

“The chapel belongs to the Hospital of the Misericordia or San Juan de Dios and was constructed at the request of the Catholic Monarchs in the first half of the 16th century. The facade of the building is simple yet interesting, with a stone entrance containing a semicircular opening enclosed by a large wooden door with carvings of the coat of arms of Carlos III and the order of San Juan de Dios. The cornice is decorated with a row of spheres. The interior contains a magnificent mudéjar coffered ceiling.”

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Places to Visit

Zoo de Castellar

Zoo de Castellar is an animal rescue centre located a few miles north of Sotogrande in Andalucia. It is a private initiative set up in 1998 to rescue animals seized by the authorities that have been involved in the black market.

Zoo de Castellar was officially opened in 2002 to provide these animals with better living conditions and it later opened to the public to increase awareness of this cruel business. Thanks to public support, the Zoo is constantly improving its facilities and visitors are now able to feed and interact with the animals. You may well find animals here that you have never seen before.

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Theatre & Cinema

Marbella International Film Festival opens

The long awaited opening night of the 10th Marbella International Film Festival took place on the roof terrace at Cine Teatro Goya in Puerto Banús on Wednesday 7 October 2015. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to meet the guests and bring you some of the best images.

With splendid views of Marbella and the Mediterranean, the guests were made welcome with ice cold Cava and delicious canapés and Jo-Anne van Tuijl (the festival’s co-ordinator) and Mac Chakaveh (the festival’s director) and his fiancée Laura introduced us to fellow guests. Nicole King from RTV Marbella’s “Marbella Now” show, James Gomez, Steve Cline and Tim Knight were among the more familiar faces.

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Shops & Shopping

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.

They only deal with top designer names and best selling items. In Marbella, many people buy designer clothes and only wear them once. But, thanks to Déjà Vu, you can buy second-hand clothes and reasonable prices and wear them as often as you like.

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Shops & Shopping

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.

D’Oliva is a stunning shop, with the most marvellous selection of Olive Oils. To ensure you get exactly what you need, you can even taste them before you buy. There is a vast selection of vinegars, pâtés, flavoured salts and cosmetics and you will find the staff very helpful and happy to give advice, whether the purchase is for you or a special gift for a relative or a friend.

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Shops & Shopping

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.

Los Quesitos has a great selection of Spanish and international cheeses. They can also provide cheese hampers and gift baskets for that special gift when you are invited to someone´s home for dinner.

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Shops & Shopping

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.

The shop´s ethos is “a dream and a smell, the perfume that enchants fields, terraces and gardens on Garda lakeside”. You will find cosmetics made from raw materials that respect your skin. There are home fragrances and organic essential oils.

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Bus & Ferry Timetables

Bus Timetable: Malaga Airport – Marbella

There is a bus service from Marbella to Malaga Airport and from Malaga Airport to Marbella throughout the year.

Tickets must be purchased from the ticket office (taquilla) at the airport – this is a small red building about 50 metres behind the bus stop on the road next to the arrivals hall. You cannot buy a ticket on the bus. The journey time is approximately 45 minutes. This service is in high demand during the summer months. We therefore recommend you check times and buy your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

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Bus & Ferry Timetables

Bus Timetable: Marbella – Malaga Airport

There is a bus service from Marbella to Malaga Airport and from Malaga Airport to Marbella throughout the year.

Tickets must be purchased from the ticket office (taquilla) in the bus station. You cannot buy tickets on the bus. Journey time is approximately 45 minutes. This service is in high demand during the summer months. We therefore recommend you check times and buy your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

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