Marbella Life


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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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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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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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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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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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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Marbella Beach Guide

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.

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Marbella classic car show 2014

On Sunday, we were invited to the ‘Classic Car Show and Demonstration’ in Puerto Banus. This event was arranged to enable drivers to understand the concept of this type of rally – the most famous being the Mille Miglia in Italy.

As you can see from the attached images, the cars were stunning and it really was a great event. Later this year, there will be a Marbella Classic Grand Prix in association with Marbella´s Town Hall and it will be an exclusive open road race known as a Regularity Rally. It will take place in Marbella in November – the exact dates will be released soon and we will of course let you know when we know.

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Sonrisa Studios Marbella

Sonrisa Studios is a wonderful space created and run by the owner Sherry Midas. It is located right in the centre of Marbella, on the corner of the new underground car park in Calle Notario Luis Oliver.

Sherry says “We want to provide a theatre group offering plays throughout the year for different nationalities that include comedy and dance – review shows just like the ones we used to enjoy years ago.” Sherry has lots of other great ideas for the future, including dinner shows in local hotels with jazz and flamenco. She also wants to show short films and adult storytelling. A previous one was a sell out.

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Marbella International Film Festival press conference

A Press Conference for the Marbella International Film Festival 2015 was held today at the Teatro Goya in Puerto Banús, Marbella. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to bring you the news and images.

Festival director Mac Chakaveh told us the festival is dedicated to independent film makers around the world and currently attracts around 1,000 films from over 50 countries. This is the tenth year it has been held in Marbella and the festival’s reputation is growing.

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Marbella open water swim race

The Travesia San Pedro de Alcántara open water swim race  took place this year on a beautiful sunny Sunday morning in August from the Playa de la Salida in the centre of San Pedro. MarbellaAzul.com was there to bring you great images courtesy of photographer Derek Evans.

Competitors for the shorter 400 metre race assembled at 10.30 and the referee’s horn heralded the start of the race from the shore to the first buoy and back. The longer two lap 2,000 metre race started at 11.00 from the shore to a second buoy and back.

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