Marbella Life


Marbella to host Spain v Great Britain Davis Cup tie

The first round tie for the Davis Cup World Group between Spain and Great Britain will be played at the Puente Romano tennis complex in Marbella from 2 – 4 February 2018.  MarbellaAzul.com will of course be there to bring you all the news and images.

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Ronan Keating Global Gift Celebrity Golf Weekend

The second Ronan Keating and Global Gift Foundation celebrity golf weekend took place on 3 – 4 November this year, once again bringing celebrities to Marbella to raise funds for worthwhile causes, have a round of golf at one of our classic golf courses, eat good food and enjoy some great entertainment. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to bring you the news and images.

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Marbella 4Days Walking

Marbella 4Days Walking is an annual event which has become a firm favourite with Marbellis and visitors from right across Europe. Every year, the number of participants increases. Here, we provide details and images of recent events.

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Marbella Néon Night

Neon Night in Marbella helps to raise funds for the Central Association of Child Care Diversity (CADI) and it is one of the most popular charity walks of the year. The walkers gather wearing their fluorescent neons and MarbellaAzul.com are there to bring you news and images.

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Día del Pedal Marbella

This year’s Día del Pedal event took place on Sunday 1st October with participants meeting on the terraces above the Plaza del Mar in Marbella. It is always very popular and MarbellaAzul.com were of course there to bring you some great images.

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Christmas & New Year 2017/18

The restaurants listed below are offering dining and entertainment for the festive season – Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

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San Pedro Feria Programme 2017

San Pedro Feria Programme:

Monday 16 October

19.00 Parade of the Giant Heads.
Route: Leaves Plaza de la Iglesia, Avenida Marqués del Duero (pedestrian area), Calle Pozo, Calle Lagasca, Calle Revilla, Avenida Oriental, Calle Pepe Osorio, Calle Córdoba, Calle Juan Fortuni, Avenida Oriental, ending in the Plaza de la Iglesia.

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Senior Masters Cup Tennis at Puente Romano

John McEnroe at the Senior Masters Cup in Marbella

Matches / Results & News 2017

30 September:

Final: Carlos Moyá beat John McEnroe 6-4, 6-4. This was John McEnroe’s last competitive match, following his recent announcement that he will be withdrawing from the competition circuit.

The Mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz, presented the trophy to the Carlos Moyá.

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Marbella Half Marathon 2017

Marbella’s Media Maratón (half marathon) 2017 was held this year on Sunday 24 September. The weather was perfect for this annual event and almost 1,600 runners arrived early on Sunday morning to take part. The start and finish were in the Avenida Ramón y Cajal, right next to the Parque de la Alameda in central Marbella.

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The Global Gift Gala in Marbella

Maria Bravo & Eva Longoria Bastón at the Marbella Global Gift Gala 2017

This year’s Global Gift Gala weekend in Marbella was held from July 14 – 16, with the dinner and presentation of awards taking place at the Hotel Gran Meliá Don Pepe on Sunday evening.

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Global Gift Party at Chiringuito Playa Padre

This year’s Global Gift Party was held on Saturday July 15 at the recently opened Chiringuito Playa Padre on el Playa Cable in Marbella. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to bring you news and images of the event.

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“Equitana” exhibition at Benezra Gallery

Anna Louise Andersen

We were delighted to receive an invitation to the opening of the new “Equitana” exhibition at the Benezra Gallery in Benahavis on Thursday 30 March. Roz was involved with horses from an early age and she was really looking forward to an evening dedicated to these wonderful animals. The exhibition is open to the public from 31 March to 30 April.

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“Objects of Desire” exhibition at Kasser Rassu

The Kasser Rassu Gallery on Marbella’s “Golden Mile” invited art lovers to the opening of their latest exhibition by L E Art Côtier entitled “Objects of Desire” on Friday 26 August. As usual, MarbellaAzul.com was there to find out what it was all about and provide images of some of the art on display.

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“Art of MSS” exhibition at Kasser Rassu

Thursday 14 July saw the opening of a new “Art of MSS” exhibition at the Kasser Rassu Gallery on Marbella’s “Golden Mile”. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to provide news and images.

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“Urban Collectives” exhibition at Kasser Rassu

We were once again delighted to be invited to the Kasser Rassu Gallery in Marbella to see their “Urban Collectives” exhibition. This is a collection of works by three very different artists, which has been put together by the Benezra Art Investments & Consultancy. It is certainly worth a visit!

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José González Bueno at Kasser Rassu

Nos emocionamos cuando descubrimos que José González Bueno iba a realizar una exposición de su obra titulada “Acuarelas únicas hiperrealistas” en la maravillosa Galería Kasser Rassu de Marbella del 1 al 29 de febrero de 2016.

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Marc Chagall exhibition at Museo Ralli in Marbella

Marc Chagall was born in Belarus in 1877. In 1907, he moved to Paris and lived in an artist colony on the outskirts of the city. As a child, Chagall attended the Jewish elementary school and then the Russian public school.

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Beryl Cook exhibition at Museo Ralli in Marbella

The Museo Ralli in Marbella is currently exhibiting the work of English artist Beryl Cook. Beryl Cook was born in Surrey in 1926, but she lived in Plymouth in the south west of England for much of her life and she died there in May 2008. She started painting relatively late using her son’s paint set!

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Kasser Rassu celebrates 6 amazing years

The Kasser Rassu Gallery celebrated its 6th anniversary in true Marbella style on Friday 20 November. Kasser Rassu has brought us so much pleasure over the last six years with featured artists from all over the world. And this year has been particularly interesting.

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Like a Queen collection at Kasser Rassu

Like a Queen’s “The Art of Jewelry” collection was on display at the Kasser Rassu Gallery in Marbella on Tuesday 27 October. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to bring you news and images.

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“Urban Beauty” at Kasser Rassu Marbella

The Kasser Rassu Gallery in Marbella is currently showing Kathrina Rupit’s “Urban Beauty” exhibition in association with Benezra Art Investment. Kathrina Rupit is originally from Mexico. but after a period of travelling, she established herself in Dublin, Ireland.

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Sandra Meiland exhibition in Marbella

“Farbreisen”, an exhibition presenting the work of Sandra Meiland, opened on Friday 18 September at the Kasser Rassu Gallery here on Marbella´s Golden Mile – opposite the Marbella Club. The exhibition will run until Wednesday 14 October.

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Alexandra Spyratos at Kasser Rassu

On a very hot and humid July night, art enthusiasts gathered at the Kassu Rassu Art Gallery on Marbella’s Golden Mile to enjoy cocktails with Alexandra Spyratos who is exhibiting her work there from July 1 – 31.

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Triple A charity dog walk in Marbella

It was a lovely sunny day in Marbella on Sunday 23 April for the fifth annual Triple A dog walk. Enthusiastic walkers and their four pawed friends headed for the Manuka Restaurant, Plaza del Mar on the Paseo Maritimo for the start of the walk at 11.00.

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Ascot Ladies Day at the Boardwalk

MarbellaAzul.com and a few friends joined the amazing turnout for Ascot Ladies Day at the Boardwalk in Marbella to raise funds for Amusuvig, a charity dedicated to helping women and children who have suffered domestic violence.

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Charity run for Lions Club Marbella

Marbella played host to a charity run for the Lions Club of Marbella on Friday morning 15 April on the terraces of the Puerto Deportivo. In collaboration with Marbella’s Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) and the youth division of the Leo Club, funds were raised for the Comisión Española de Ayuda al Refugiado (CEAR).

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Triple A charity dinner at Conrad’s

We were very pleased to attend the charity dinner for Triple A on 12 March at Conrad’s Il Ristorante in Nueva Andalucia. The tickets were sold quickly and they had to set up extra tables on the terrace to meet demand. Over 100 people attended and over €3,500 was raised for Triple A.

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Marbella Pinktober charity run 2015

This year’s Pinktober Charity Run was held on Sunday 15 November, starting and finishing next to the Hard Rock Café in Puerto Banus. It was as usual well attended by both young and old.

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George Benson at Puente Romano Tennis Club in Marbella

George Benson is a renowned US guitarist and singer-songwriter who has been making records for over 50 years. Between 1964 and 2013, he released 36 studio albums. George Benson will be playing at the Puente Romano Tennis Club in Marbella on July 21 2017.

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Foreigner at Puente Romano Tennis Club in Marbella

Foreigner is a UK/US rock band formed in 1976 by Mick Jones (guitar), Ian MacDonald (guitar) and Lou Gramm (vocals). The other original members were Dennis Elliott (drums), Al Greenwood (keyboards) and Ed Gagliardi (bass guitar).

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Kaiser Chiefs in Torremolinos

Kaiser Chiefs in Torremolinos - August 6 2016

On Saturday 6 August, British rock band the Kaiser Chiefs played the Auditorio Principe de Asturias in Torremolinos – an event arranged by Crazy Music Productions. The band’s line-up was as usual Ricky Wilson (Vocals), Andrew White (Lead Guitar), Simon Rix (Bass Guitar), Nick Baines (Keyboards) and Vijay Mistry (Drums).

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Seal concert rocks Puente Romano

Marbella is renowned for hosting concerts in the summer months. This week was no exception, when the beautiful setting of the Puente Romano Tennis Club hosted one of the world’s most talented singers, Seal.

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Suggs at Nutty Bar in Marbella

On Tuesday September 8, two days after his appearance at the Gibraltar Music Festival with Madness, Suggs arrived in Marbella to give a special performance of his one man show at the Nutty Bar in the Puerto Deportivo.

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Noche de San Juan in Marbella

Noche de San Juan was celebrated as usual on June 23 (the longest day of the year in Spain) on many of Marbella’s beaches, where it’s traditional to build a bonfire on the beach, make a wish for the coming year, jump over the fire and run into the sea.

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Marbella Feria Opening Ceremony

The Marbella Feria opening ceremony took place this year on Tuesday 6 June on the terraces of the Puerto Deportivo and was followed by the usual firework display. MarbellaAzul.com were of course there to bring you images of this amazing event and all the news.

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Marbella Feria Programme 2017

This year, the Marbella Feria will take place in and around the town, in the Parque de la Alameda and the Avenida del Mar. The night Feria will take place at the La Cañada III area, where it was last year, and all the concerts and shows will be performed at the auditorium there.

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Easter Week in Marbella programme 2017

Easter week (Semana Santa) in Marbella is something everyone should enjoy. The spectacle, the culture and the tradition will enthrall all who see it. The processions start joyous with Jesus’s arrival in Jerusalem and become more sombre as the week progresses.

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Marbella Carnival parade 2016

On Saturday 13 February, the Grand Parade de Humor (the highlight of the Marbella Carnival) set out from the Parque de la Represa to the east of Marbella’s old town and headed for the Avenida Ricardo Soriano.

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Three Kings arrive in Marbella 2016

On 5 January, a large crowd gathered in Marbella’s Puerto Deportivo to welcome the arrival of the Three Kings (Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar) who were due to arrive by sea just after midday.

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Marbella Christmas lights 2015

Christmas has now officially arrived here in Marbella and this year’s Christmas lights are amazing. And don’t forget to check out the side streets and the old town – it really does look like a magical wonderland.

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Marbella Carnival parade 2015

On Sunday 22 February, we captured all the colour and excitement of the carnival parade as it made its way through the streets of Marbella.

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Three Kings arrive in Marbella 2015

At 12.30 pm on 5 January, the Three Kings (Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar) arrived by boat in Marbella´s Puerto Deportivo to be greeted by several hundred local people and Marbella´s mayor Angeles Muñoz.

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Where to eat tapas in Marbella

Tapas is, as you would expect, extremely popular in Marbella and throughout Spain. Here, we point you in the direction of some of the places in central Marbella where you can get good tapas.

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Where to enjoy entertainment when dining out in Marbella

There are so many places to enjoy a good meal in Marbella. But, sometimes we want a little entertainment while we are dining out to make the evening even more special. Here, we tell you about some of the venues offering regular entertainment while you eat.

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Where to enjoy a traditional Sunday lunch in Marbella

If you are visiting Marbella or you are living here, everyone enjoys a traditional Sunday lunch. Well, why bother going to all the trouble of cooking it yourself when you can go to one of the many restaurants in Marbella offering a traditional Sunday lunch.

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An evening at Jacks Smokehouse in Puerto Banús

Many people will no doubt be aware of Jacks restaurant in Puerto Banús. Previously known as Jacks American Brasserie, it first opened its doors back in 1999 and soon became a firm favourite with locals and visitors to Marbella.

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Juan José Carmona – new chef at El Lago

This year, the El Lago restaurant in Marbella is celebrating its seventeenth year. It has held a Michelin star since 2005 and the new chef Juan José Carmona has introduced a new winter menu.

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La Sala Banús re-opens with new look

MarbellaAzul.com were delighted to receive an invitation to La Sala Banús’s re-opening party on Monday 5 December, following the popular restaurant’s complete transformation, to bring you the ultimate social and dining experience.

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Oak Garden & Grill in Puerto Banús

The La Sala Group is opening a new garden restaurant in Nueva Andalucia adjacent to La Sala Banús on Friday June 10 2016. The Oak Garden & Grill will offer charm and elegance for Marbella’s more discerning diners.

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The Orange Tree Restaurant

The Orange Tree Restaurant in Marbella’s Casco Antiguo (Old Town) has become a firm favourite with residents and visitors, returning time after time for this amazing fine dining experience.

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The Playwright Restaurant

The Playwright opened its doors in February 2011 following the success of its sister restaurant Beckitts in the centre of Marbella. The owners of this restaurant offer a unique experience with fine food and regular entertainment. Judging by its popularity, they have clearly succeeded in both.

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Becketts Restaurant

Becketts is a well established restaurant in the centre of Marbella and a dining venue popular with both residents and visitors. Opened in 2004, it has recently celebrated its 11th anniversary. In 2014, Becketts received the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.

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Peperoncino Restaurant

Peperoncino is one of the most authentic Italian restaurants in Marbella. We love it and we have been there several times. Daniella, Fabrizio and their staff will welcome you warmly and they are all extremely attentive. They will ensure your visit is one to remember.

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L’Angolino Restaurant

L´Angolino is one of our favourite restaurants at any time of the year. The owner has decorated it in a very individual way. Apparently, her favourite colour is purple and it features throughout the restaurant. The tables inside and out are all beautifully laid out.

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How to read a Spanish menu

Spanish restaurants and tapas bars can be an absolute delight. Some of the best restaurants in Europe can be found in Spain and they are usually in the major cities or in tourist areas.

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Popular Cocktails

A cocktail is an alcoholic drink consisting of a spirit or spirits (typically vodka, gin, rum, whiskey or brandy) mixed with other ingredients such as vermouth or a fruit juice. However, these days almost any mixed drink can be referred to as a cocktail.

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Carajillo

A carajillo is a Spanish drink that combines coffee with brandy or rum. It is thought to date back to the Spanish occupation of Cuba in the 16th Century when conquistadors combined coffee with rum to give them courage before going into battle – the Spanish word for courage is “coraje”.

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Spain’s coffee culture

You can experience the coffee culture in Marbella in so many ways. Spanish people will typically have a coffee first thing in the morning with their breakfast to get them started. Then, at about 11.00 am, they will stop for a short break and have a coffee with a light snack – perhaps a pitufo or a bocadillo.

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History of Spanish coffee

Coffee was discovered in the area now known as Ethiopia in north east Africa about a thousand years ago and it arrived in Europe in the early 17th century. Coffee houses became popular meeting places in many European cities and over the last 400 years it has become an integral part of our culture.

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Marbella Global Gift Gala Press Conference

The press conference for the sixth edition of the Global Gift Gala in Marbella took place at the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) in the Plaza de Los Naranjos on Wednesday June 21. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to bring you all the details and images for this amazing event.

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Global Gift Initiative at Althorp House

Last week, Maria Bravo held the first Global Gift Initiative at Diana Princess of Wales’ family home Althorp House in Northamptonshire, England. The event was hosted by Earl Spencer, the Princess’s younger brother for a night of philanthropy and inspiration to honour the 20th anniversary of her death in 1997.

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Maria Bravo & Pamela Anderson opening Playa Padre in Marbella

Maria Bravo, international businesswoman and philanthropist, unveiled her new leisure venue Playa Padre on the beautiful playa el Cable in Marbella on Saturday. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to bring you images of the opening with a few words from Maria and her special guest Pamela Anderson.

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Paris Global Gift Gala 2017

Maria Bravo, Orianne Collins, Eva Longoria Bastón & Valerie Messika

The Paris Global Gift Gala VII 2017 was held this week to honour the philanthropic work of Orianne Collins, Pamela Anderson and Valerie Messika. Proceeds from the event will go entirely to UNICEF France, the Eva Longoria Foundation and the Global Gift Foundation.

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Edinburgh Global Gift Gala 2017

Eva Longoria Bastón and Maria Bravo this week presented the first Global Gift Foundation charity initiative to be held in Scotland – Edinburgh becoming the thirteenth capital of solidarity on the philanthropic map.

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Maria Bravo receives award at “We are One” gala

On Saturday 21 January, María Bravo was given an honorary award at the “We are one” gala in Stockholm, Sweden. This award is given to philanthropists for their exemplary work around the world to change the lives of vulnerable people.

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Global Gift Celebrity Golf Challenge & Gala Dinner 2016

The Global Gift Foundation and Ronan Keating weekend of philanthropy took place in November 2016. Golf at Estepona Golf Club followed by a Gala Dinner At the Hotel Gran Meliá Don Pepe in Marbella.

In this article you will find videos, images from all the Red Carpet events along with one to one interviews.

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Casa Global Gift Marbella

Casa Global Gift is a brand new concept and the first of its kind here in Marbella. It was the dream of Maria Bravo (co-founder of the Global Gift Foundation) as you may have seen in our recent interview with her.

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Interview with Charley Caradas about the opening of MIRAGE

MarbellaAzul.com’s Roz James was delighted to catch up with Charley Caradas this week to discuss the launch of her new nightclub in Puerto Banús, which will be called “MIRAGE”. It opens on Friday 28 April and will be offering a wide range of amazing entertainment.

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Interview with Maureen & Laurence of the Benezra Gallery

MarbellaAzul.com were delighted to be invited by Maureen and Laurence Benezra to their newly opened gallery in Benahavis. It’s a modern gallery, located in a quiet residential area on the La Quinta Golf urbanization. The courtyard is a tranquil setting, complete with orange trees and a relaxing water feature.

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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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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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An interview with Lucy Faye

Lucy Faye has an amazing voice! She is without doubt one of the best singers working on the Costa del Sol at the present time. We were therefore delighted when she agreed to be interviewed by MarbellaAzul.com.

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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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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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