Feature Writers


La Feria de los Pueblos

Right now we are in the middle of Marbella’s San Bernabé feria, so our thoughts turn to the many and varied ferias which take place in Southern Spain.

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Feria de Abril de Sevilla

The feria season is upon us – the first big feria of the year (and one of the biggest in Spain) is the ‘Feria de Abril de Sevilla’ (Seville April Fair).

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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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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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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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Cordoba

If you are looking for an Andalucian city to visit in spring look no further than Cordoba.

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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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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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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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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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Return of the Marbelli – Getting fit and a new purchase

It’s Summertime and things are looking up! Chris actually bought me some beautiful white roses for Mother’s Day, the girls very thoughtfully spent their money on some gorgeous clothes and shoes from Zara and the clocks going forward mean we get rid of those dark winter nights.

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The return of the Marbelli (Year 2/Week 11)

Brighton!! Do you ever get that excited tingling feeling when you’re about to go on holiday or open the birthday present you have been longing for? Well that’s the feeling I got when I arrived in Brighton.

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The return of the Marbelli ( Year 2/Week 10)

Looking back on Christmas and New year, it didn’t go quite as planned! Having spent months planning Christmas, even writing a handwritten list (unusual but true!) everything appeared to be so organised:

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The return of the Marbelli (Year2/Week 7)

Welcome back to my blog after a very long summer break! I have so much to tell you all that I’m almost bursting at the seams; including- another trip to the animal rescue centre in Castellar, a hypnotic experience in Sotogrande and living with a grumpy husband!

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The return of the Marbelli (Year2/Week 6)

This week has been busy, busy, busy. My birthday celebrations kicked off a hectic week and Chris managed to escape the separation papers when he presented me with a pair of diamond earrings. Oh I do love that man – once a year!

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The return of the Marbelli (Year2/Week5)

Auntie Teresa! Fancy another woman prime minister – well at least she will keep No 10 clean and tidy! Seriously though, you can always rely on Wikipedia to produce some important and interesting facts about the person who is leading the country – her height is 1.72m – well I can now go to bed rest assured that she is above 1.70m and we will be safe in her hands!

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The return of the Marbelli (Year2/Week4)

‘Brexit’ or as Chris likes to call it ‘we’re doomed’ has now become a dirty word within our household and any discussion has to be held outside on the terrace with a stiff vodka and tonic! Only current updates are allowed but luckily he is working till really late so we don’t have time to discuss the ins and outs of UK politics or Formula 1.

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The return of the Marbelli (Year2/Week3)

When life gets a little monotonous down here in Marbella, there’s nothing like a good old fashioned British referendum to liven things up! You could have knocked me over with a feather when the final results came in.

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The return of the Marbelli (Year2/Week1)

I’m so excited to be back – I was desperately running out of excuses why I couldn’t sit and chat for hours with Chris debating the new rules in Formula 1 or the painstaking politics of Brexit!

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