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.
You will enjoy the warmest of welcomes from owners Frank and Irene who opened the restaurant twelve years ago. You can dine inside the restaurant and enjoy its contemporary modern lines or outside soaking up the atmosphere of being right in the heart of the Old Town. The menu is both international and creative and it is changed every six weeks to keep it fresh and seasonal.
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 10th anniversary. In 2014, Becketts again received the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. Over the years, it has played host to a number of celebrities including Liam Neeson, Antony Worral Thompson, Rebecca Loos and Sir Alan Sugar.
Becketts offers international cuisine to an excellent standard under the watchful eye of chef and owner Marc Quinlan. They offer a wide selection of specials to suit all tastes and there is also a three course Early Bird menu between 6pm and 8pm.
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 are offering a unique experience with fine food and regular entertainment. Judging by its popularity, they have clearly succeeded in both.
The Playwright is a great place to pop into just for a drink. There is a large whiskey collection, with some dating back to the early 1800s. Alternatively, you can enjoy a perfectly served pint of Guinness. Here, you can enjoy a delicious meal with a selection of wines carefully chosen by wine expert Charlotte Rodríguez. The food is freshly prepared daily by their award winning chef and his team. And, with the excellent entertainment, this is a great venue for a great evening.
Peperoncino is probably the most authentic Italian restaurant we have visited in Marbella. We love it and we have been there several times. Daniella, Fabrizio and her staff will welcome you warmly and they are extremely attentive. They will ensure that your visit is one to remember.
The restaurant is tastefully decorated and the tables are beautifully laid. The outside terrace is a great place to enjoy a typically Italian lunch or dinner. The lighting and the decor create a wonderful atmosphere. The starters are well worth considering. Everything is light and fresh, leaving room for home made pastas and an array of different sauces. You won´t have tasted flavours like it. They also offer a full menu of meat and fish dishes.
L´Angolinos is one of our favourite restaurants – during the winter and the summer. 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 beautifully laid out.
The inside is very quaint and a wonderful place to eat during the winter months. The walls are covered in interesting photographs. The terrace is shady and comfortable and the colour theme continues in the garden. There is even an old bicycle which has taken on the purple theme. The Menu del Día is excellent and very good value. It is three courses plus a glass of wine and a cup of coffee.
MarbellaAzul.com were delighted to be invited by Maureen and Laurence Benezra to view 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.
The gallery is a bright and contemporary space housing an eclectic art collection of outstanding quality. We were given a very warm welcome by Maureen and Laurence. And we were delighted to see the care and attention given to the placement of every painting and sculpture.
MarbellaAzul.com’s Roz James was delighted to be offered an opportunity to interview the charismatic Sandro Morelli at his Villa Tiberio restaurant on Marbella’s golden mile.
Sandro bought Villa Tiberio in the late 1980s. It was a rundown villa with gardens resembling a wilderness. But, under the watchful eye of Sandro, the villa and its gardens were lovingly restored and the restaurant opened in 1989. Sandro suggested we have a look round the gardens before starting the interview whilst he gave his gardener some instructions concerning some new plants. The restaurant is surrounded by trees, palms and semi tropical vegitation covering approximately 6,000 square metres. As you wander the walkways, enjoying the cascading waterfalls and fountains and admiring the strategically placed statues, it seems like an oasis of calm in the centre of Marbella.
MarbellaAzul.com’s Roz James was delighted to have the opportunity to interview Kara Robertson from the Boardwalk in Marbella about the Costa Christmas Collections for 2016.
Kara is totally dedicated to her charity work. How she manages to fit everything in whilst running a successful restaurant and having a family life is a mystery. But thankfully, she does find the time with the help of her husband Gary Robertson, her sister Charlie and Sera Jane of Que-Será.
The Talk Radio Europe Telethon will be taking place again this year from 10 am to 7 pm on 25 November. You can hear the Telethon on your radio: 91.5 FM Costa del Sol East or 91.9 FM Costa del Sol West or 98.7 FM Gibraltar & Sotogrande or you can click here for TRE online.
MarbellaAzul.com caught up with Martin Nathan (Chairman of Talk Radio Europe) and asked him what we can expect from this year’s telethon and how people can participate.
We were delighted to have an opportunity to interview the charismatic María Bravo following the press conference for this year’s Global Gift Gala at the Hotel Gran Melia Don Pepe in Marbella. María, who was born and grew up in Marbella, is the co-founder of the Global Gift foundation which has raised $millions for worthwhile causes. She has been living and working in the USA for the last 27 years as an actress appearing in films and on TV. She is now more involved in production and her passion for philanthropy – effecting real change in the world.
On the 7th and 8th of September, three renowned Michelin starred chefs cooked together to create a 12 course culinary extravaganza at the 5* Kempinski Hotel Bahia Estepona. Jaume Puigdengolas from Skina, Diego Gallegos from Sollo and Mauricio Giovanini from Messina each cooked four amazing courses and Ana Núñez, Head Sommelier of Kempinski Hotel Bahia expertly paired them with wines.
Each dish was spectacular, and often surprising, such as the depth of flavour from the Sisho leaf and apple tartar from Skina, which managed to be both light, yet complex and was the first time most diners had sampled this Japanese leaf. Other highlights from Skina included Amberjack fish cooked in yogurt and served with textures of beetroot, a chestnut mushroom ravioli which was meaty and rich and full of umami, and their Yuzu snow which was both creamy and light and bursting with a citrus tang.
Internationally renowned artist Alexandra Spyratos very kindly agreed to be interviewed by Marbella Azul at the Kasser Rassu Gallery (opposite the Marbella Club on the Golden Mile) where she is exhibiting her work until 31 July.
Alexandra is currently exhibiting more than 20 pieces of her beautiful, bold canvases of African wildlife and you can visit the gallery from Monday to Friday 11.00 – 14.00 and in the evenings by appointment.
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.
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.
“I can’t go a day without belting out a tune!” she says. Zoe is a seasoned Marbelli. She holidayed here when she was young and she has lived here from the age of 11 when she spent a whole summer playing with a computer game and recording herself singing. She enjoyed it so much, she convinced her mum to send her for singing lessons. And she hasn´t looked back since.
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. Whilst there, he combined his musical studies with the practical experience of playing in the youth band “Miraflores Gibraljaire”. This helped him develop as a classical saxophonist.
In 1999, he left the band and took time out from his saxophone. He spent a period of time concentrating on different instruments – strings, percussion, keyboards, etc. This gave him a broader view of performance, composition and arrangement.
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.
He loves to entertain. His energy and enthusiasuim is legendary and he puts it all into every performance. He is a gifted pianist with a powerful voice enabling him to thrill his audience with a vast selection of musical styles. He never disappoints. Paul performs regularly at Joy’s in Puerto Banús and other Marbella venues such as the Marbella Club and the Hotel Puente Romano.
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.
In 1984, he opened his own beach bar (aptly named “Mel’s”) in San Pedro de Alcántara and then the legendary “Banana Beach”. He performed regularly at both places, along with countless other well known acts. But there is much, much more to this “Camberwell cockney crooner”!
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.”
Like many of us, Nikki first came to Marbella when she was a child. And it has always held a special place in her heart. “To now be living and working here and doing what I love best is something very special.” Nikki performs at a number of places on the Costa del Sol, including La Sala Banús. She is probably best known here for her tribute to Adele, but she also performs songs from the 1960s to the present day and loves singing ballads and soul.
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.
He is currently resident entertainer at the Hotel Los Monteros, the Marriott Marbella Beach Resort, the Hotel Guadalmina Spa & Golf Resort and the Alanda Club Marbella. A check on Tripadviser will tell you how popular his shows are.
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.
She has a strong and vibrant voice that is full of passion. She captures the hearts of all of her audiences. Her parents and her six older siblings all love Flamenco. She grew up listening to the music and says it is in her blood. Her father was her biggest influence. Despite being Flemish, he passed his passion for the art of Flamenco on to Eva and her brothers. Eva is very adventurous and says travel is one of the best ways to grow personally and professionally, learning about different genres of music, languages and cultures.
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. Los Piratas are José Antonio Fernandez Ortiz (Vocals), José Antonio Lobato Luque (Percussion) and Bernabe Lomeña Mena (Guitar) – three friends who have a passion for music and extend that passion to all who enjoy an evening with them.
There are hard working musicians at many venues in Marbella where they combine work with their busy family lives. Los Pirates create a party atmosphere with their music, playing current Flamenco and encouraging their audience to dance and sing. There is never a still foot or hand with Los Piratas.
Marbella was packed again this week with walkers from around the world arriving to take part in the 6th Marbella 4Days Walking – an event which originated in the Netherlands, where around 50,000 walkers take part in the Nijmegen Vierdaagse every year.
This year, the terraces of the Puerto Deportivo in Marbella came alive to the sound of a brass band playing an amazing selection of popular tunes. In addition, there was an evening fiesta in the Plaza de la Iglesia in Marbella’s old town offering a wide range of entertainment. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to bring you all the news and images.
A beautiful September morning and a clear blue Marbella sky welcomed the cyclists to this year’s Día del Pedal at the Plaza del Mar terraces on Sunday. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to bring you the news and images.
DJ music helped build the atmosphere for this wonderful event as participants registered and received their water bottles and nicely designed T-Shirts. It’s important to remember that this is not a race. It’s just a good reason to get together for a cycle ride around Marbella that is available to everyone. This year, a special circuit was set up at the Plaza del Mar’s entrance by the Ayuntamiento and the Association CADI for children and adults to try out the specially adapted bikes and handbikes.
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.
A large crowd gathered at midday to hear the opening speeches from representatives of the Hispano-Guarani Asociación. These were followed by the national anthem and a brief history of Paraguay by Pedro Emilio Zulín Rojas – Cónsulate General of the Republic of Paraguay in Málaga Miguel Luna,. Marbella’s minister of tourism then provided some words of welcome.
Saturday evening in Marbella seemed a little surreal, as the 501st Spanish Garrison of Imperial Stormtroopers marched through the streets to tremendous acclaim. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to find out what was going on!
They started their march in the old town, crossed the Avenida Ricardo Soriano (passing basketball matches taking place on the main road next to the Parque de Alameda), headed south down Avenida Miguel Cano and ended up by the La Mafia Restaurant in Avenida Antonio Belón for a photocall with Star Wars fans.
German residents and friends celebrated the 25th anniversary of the reunification of Germany here in Marbella on 3 October 2015. The party celebrating German Unity Day (Tag der Deutschen Einheit) was again held in the centre of Marbella on the Paseo Maritimo in front of the tourist office, next to the Glorieta fountain. It was arranged by the Ayuntamiento de Marbella and the German Lions Club.
There was a wonderful turnout and the canapés were delicious. There was traditional German food, desserts and of course plenty of beer. The entertainment this year was more mainstream with many favourite songs from the 1960s and 1970s. Honoured guests Count Rudi von Schonburg and Princess Marie Louise of Prussia enjoyed the entertainment and meeting up with old friends.
Another Día del Pedal organized by Bycivic and the Delegación de Deportes Marbella took place in Marbella on Sunday 20 September 2015.
The meeting point was again on the terraces above the Plaza del Mar in Central Marbella and MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to soak up the atmosphere and bring you some outstanding images. This event has become extremely popular and this year’s Dia del Pedal certainly didn’t disappoint. There were literally hundreds of participants on bikes of all shapes and sizes. There were competitors of all ages, with some hilarious costumes and coloured wigs – as you will see below.
Saturday 11 July 2015 is an important date for your diary. The Luks Marbella Fashion Awards & Summer Gala is being held at the H10 Andalucia Plaza Hotel in Puerto Banús. Make sure you book early to avoid disappointment – you will find booking information below.
This night promises everything you would expect from a Marbella Gala – an International Fashion Show, live music, great food and awards. It is certain to be a wonderful night under the stars in the hotel’s stunning gardens. Marina Nitzak, the founder of Luks Marbella and Johnnie B will be co-presenting the evening. The dress code is Black and Gold Glamour. The public can vote from 5 – 26 June. There are 7 categories and you can find all the information and images to help you make your decision and cast your votes Click here.
On Saturday 19 December, the Carrera del Pavo (the Turkey Trot) returned to Marbella.
The race started just after 16.00 next to the Parque Alameda and the competitors completed several laps of the circuit up and down the Avenida Ricardo Soriano in Central Marbella. You will find some images below and there are more on our Marbella Gallery page:
The annual Marbella Half Marathon was held this year on Sunday 27 September. It was a beautiful sunny day in Marbella – not too hot, but ideal for running a half marathon. The competitors arrived at the Palacio de Congresos just before 10.00 am, picked up their numbers and headed for the start line.
This year, the organizers achieved their registration limit of 2,500 runners two weeks before the day of the race. Runners from Marbella, Andalucia, many other regions of Spain and other European countries took part. The event began in Calle Jacinto Benavente. The competitors headed towards the Old Town, then down to the Paseo Maritimo and onto Puerto Banús. They then returned to Marbella, finishing on the terraces above the Puerto Deportivo.
The official presentation and press conference for this year’s Senior Masters Cup took place on 21 September at the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to bring you all the information about the tournament and images of the competitors.
The presentation was attended by John McEnroe, Yannick Noah, Sebastian Grosjean and Albert Costa along with the mayor of Marbella Jose Bernal, the Secretary for Sport of the Junta de Andalucía Antonio Fernandez, Director General of the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa Jorge Manzur and the 1966 Wimbledon champion Manolo Santana.
The Farm (also known as El Pozo Viejo) is located in a very special house in Marbella’s old town. It was originally built in the 16th century and it was the home of Marbella’s first Mayor. Owners Maria and Elio have established a restaurant in this historic building, enabling visitors to experience their passion for gastronomy.
But, this house is much more than just a restaurant. Inside, you can still see the splendour of the original building with its sturdy wooden beams and the original hand painted ceramics along the staircase leading to the upper floor – which still houses a small chapel.
It was another fantastic year for the Marbella International Film Festival which was once again held at the H10 Andalucia Plaza Hotel in Nueva Andalucia with screenings at the Cine Teatro Goya in Puerto BVanús.
This year’s winners received their awards at a Gala Dinner at the H10 Andalucia Plaza Hotel on Sunday October 2.
MarbellaAzul.com were at Teatro Goya in Puerto Banús on 22 September for the press conference introducing this year’s Marbella International Film Festival XI.
In attendance were Mac Chakaveh (MIFF director), Miguel Luna (Marbella’s Minister of Tourism), Jose Jaime Lopez (Teatro Goya) and Lucía Pérez Suárez (H10 Hotel Andalucía Plaza) – all of whom expressed their on-going support for the festival.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Marbella coastline covers a distance of approximately 27 kilometres from Guadalmina in the west to Cabopino in the east.
Marbella´s beaches are very popular during the summer months and there are many beach bars (chiringuitos) and restaurants and the usual amenities including showers and rest rooms. There are usually lifeguards on duty during the summer months and most of the beaches have non-emergency medical facilities. Most have parasols and sun loungers to rent, along with watersports. There are always areas where you can take your own chairs and parasols if you want to.