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 2018.
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 2018 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!
The Marbella Feria opening ceremony took place this year on Tuesday 5 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.
This year’s Marbella Feria will take place in and around the town – in the Parque de Alameda and the Avenida del Mar. The night Feria will once again take place in the area next to the La Cañada shopping centre. Fase III and the concerts and shows will be at the auditorium there.
The inaugural Costa del Sol Beach Polo Cup will be held at the Kempinski Hotel Bahia in Estepona this year on 19 – 20 May. Here, we provide news, interviews and images of this wonderful event which will be free to spectators!
The Playa Padre beach club is definitely the place to be seen. It was opened in 2017 by Maria Bravo and Pamela Anderson. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to bring you all the news, images and interviews.
IRONMAN 70.3 Marbella were offering 50 age group qualifying slots for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship 2018 being held in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to bring you all the news and images of this prestigious event.
MarbellaAzul.com is delighted to bring you a fabulous article written by Jackie Edwards, giving great advice and tips, with useful information about your gardens here is Spain and how to enjoy and make them pet friendly.
April 24 was a magical evening in London which will be remembered for a long time. It brought together personalities from around the world to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela on what would have been his one hundredth birthday.
Magna Hotels & Resorts and Club Med are investing more than €70 million to refurbish the iconic Hotel Don Miguel in Marbella. Here, we will provide information from the commencement of this work to the re-opening which is currently scheduled for July 2019. MarbellaAzul.com will be reporting on all the press conferences to ensure that you are kept up to date with great images.
Sunday April 22 was dedicated to “black pets” at Triple A’s animal shelter here in Marbella. Why black pets? Well, due to a number of superstitions, black animals generally spend more time in the shelter before they find a “forever home”. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to bring you news of this fantastic day and some great images.
The Baltazár Bar & Grill, located poolside in the Kempinski Hotel Bahia in Estepona, welcomes hotel guests, local residents and non-residents to enjoy their food, which includes fresh ingredients prepared in the open kitchen with love and passion. MarbellaAzul.com were pleased to accept an invitation to experience the grill.
There are currently fourteen Michelin Star restaurants in Andalucia and four of them are in Marbella. A Michelin Star is a universally acknowledged indicator of quality and it is awarded based on the design of dishes, presentation, flavours, textures, service, premises and the produce used. To become a Michelin Star restaurant, everything is taken into account. Here, we let you know what to expect from the Michelin star restaurants in Marbella.
The International Folklore Festival (Europealia) heralds the start of Marbella’s summer season. The festival features traditional music, dance and amazing national costumes from around the world. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to enjoy the spectacle and bring you some of the best images.
The Triple A charity dog walk takes place in Marbella every year on a Sunday morning in March or April. Enthusiastic walkers and their four pawed friends meet at the Plaza del Mar on Marbella’s Paseo Maritimo and head for the terraces above the Puerto Deportivo collecting money along the way for this popular charity. MarbellaAzul.com is of course there to bring you news, interviews and pictures of this wonderful event.
The Davis Cup first round tie between Spain and Great Britain was played at the Puente Romano tennis complex in Marbella from 2 – 4 February 2018. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to bring you the news and images.
On Thursday 4 January, a large crowd gathered in Marbella’s Puerto Deportivo to herald the arrival of the Three Kings (Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar).
They arrived just after 17.00 on a Fly Blue Catamarán to the sound of cheering children, all keen to see them and grab hold of the caramelos (sweets) traditionally throw into the crowd by them. As usual, the Three Kings mingled with the crowd before setting off in three open top cars through the streets of Marbella to the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) in the old town.
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.
This information is kindly provided by members of the Guardia Civil based in Torrevieja, Costa Blanca, N332. The labelling on child seats has changed across Europe, making it theoretically easier for children to be secured in a more appropriate seat, making them safer.
What taxes do you have to pay in Spain? When do you have to pay them? Are there differences for residents and non-residents? Questions we have tried answer in this article – information provided by Perez Legal Group.
The following information is kindly provided by members of the Guardia Civil based in Torrevieja, Costa Blanca, N332. Information on what to do if you are involved in a car accident in Spain: who to call and how to fill in the accident report document for insurance.
What is Marbella like for disabled access? Are hotels and rental properties disabled friendly? What about the beaches? We look at these and answer a number of other questions below. You can trust MarbellaAzul.com’s information about disabled access because it is written from a disabled person´s point of view by a disabled person.
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.
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.
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.
An ITV (Inspeccion Tecnica de Vehiculos) is the equivalent of an MOT in the UK and these tests take place in an authorized garage. If you live in Marbella, the nearest authorized ITV centres are in Málaga, San Pedro de Alcántara and Estepona. This article also gives details of changes as of May 2018.
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.
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.
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.
The PSOE lost its majority in Andlucia in the 2015 election. It currently retains power as a result of its coalition with Ciudadanos. In return for its support for the 2018 budget, Ciudadanos has forced the PSOE to accept a substantial change to the Impuesto sobre Sucesiones y Donaciones (ISD), Spain’s inheritance and gift tax.
The Noisy Budgie Brewery has opened a brand new bar in the centre of Marbella dedicated to craft beers. It is located next to Churreria Parquesol on Avenida Ramon y Cajal, close to Marbella’s old town and the Parque de Alameda.
After an unsuccessful pilot scheme last year, the Council have now said there will be more Wi-Fi areas in Marbella. The previous scheme was criticized for being too slow but, having done a new deal with a new supplier, this should now be a thing of the past.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
“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.
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.
Laude International College in San Pedro de Alcántara held its annual charity gala on 31 March 2017. It was expected to be their biggest and best ever – a tall order, but the staff and students pulled out all the stops.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.