News & Articles

Here, you will find news and articles in a number of categories relating to Marbella related subjects:


Marbella Events

Paraguay Independence Day in Marbella 2016

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.

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Marbella Events

German Unity Day 2015

German residents and friends celebrated the 25th anniversary of the reunification of Germany in Marbella on 3 October. The party, celebrating German Unity Day (Tag der Deutschen Einheit), was once again held on the Paseo Maritimo next to the Glorieta fountain. It was arranged by the Ayuntamiento de Marbella and the German Lions Club.

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Marbella Events

Fit Cycling Marbella

“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.

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Marbella Events

Acuatlon in Marbella 2015

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.

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Charity Events

Triple A’s Black Pet Day

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.

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Charity Events

Triple A charity dog walk in Marbella

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.

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Ex-Patriot Information

Lost or Stolen Social Security Health Cards

When you register for Spain’s Social Security Health facilities, you will be given a Health Card. This card is very important, because it will enable you to be identified by Andalusia’s Public Health System. It also provides access to electronic medical records, enabling you to obtain drugs from a pharmacy. So, what happens if your card is lost or stolen?

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Charity Events

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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Charity Events

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 Events

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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Charity Events

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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Food & Drink

Michelin Star Restaurants in Marbella

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.

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Food & Drink

MOMA Food & People opens in Puerto Banús

MOMA Food & People will open in Calle Manolete (close to the Plaza de Toros) in Puerto Banús on Thursday 19 July. This 1,000 square metre space offers a unique concept with six different zones and terraces. Whether you want to eat or just meet for cocktails, this is a great place to do.  It will be open daily from 11.00 to 01.00.

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Food & Drink

Baltazár Bar & Grill at Kempinski Hotel Bahia

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.

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Food & Drink

How to read a Spanish menu

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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Food & Drink

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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Food & Drink

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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Food & Drink

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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Food & Drink

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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Food & Drink

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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Food & Drink

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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Food & Drink

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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Food & Drink

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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Food & Drink

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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Food & Drink

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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Marbella News

Marbella Events

If you want to know what’s going on in Marbella, check out MarbellaAzul.com’s comprehensive events calendar. It includes details of live music venues, theatre, shows, concerts, art & culture, festivals and much, much more. Put it on your favourites bar now.

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Marbella News

Faster Public Wi-Fi in Marbella

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.

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Marbella News

Dog DNA tests to stop fouling offenders comes to Marbella

We all know how difficult it is to avoid the mess left by irresponsible dog owners who don’t “‘pick up” after their pets when we are walking around town. But, a plan will soon be voted on by the council to ensure that dogs are registered on a central DNA database. The cost of this test will be approximately €35.00 from approved veterinary clinics.

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Marbella News

Nao Victoria visits Marbella

The Nao Victoria, a replica of the first ship to circumnavigate the world, has arrived in the Costa del Sol. It arrived in Marbella on Friday 15 April and it is currently moored at the Bajadilla marina, close to the fishing port.

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Bus & Ferry Timetables

Bus Timetable: Málaga Airport – Marbella

There are regular bus services from Málaga Airport to Marbella and from Marbella to Málaga Airport throughout the year. The timetable below is correct at the time of publication and it will be updated on receipt of new information. Allow plenty of time before your bus leaves to buy your ticket or book on line from here……..

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Bus & Ferry Timetables

Bus Timetable: Marbella – Málaga Airport

There are regular bus services from Marbella to Málaga Airport and from Málaga Airport to Marbella throughout the year. The timetable below is correct at the time of publication and it will be updated on receipt of new information.

Make sure you leave plenty of time to buy your ticket at the bus station. Or book on line……

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Cinema Listings

English movie listings in Marbella

English Cinema Listings in Marbella

22On this page, you will find up to date information about films being shown in English at Cines Teatro Goya in Puerto Banús, Marbella | We also include details of operas and ballets being streamed live from around the world.

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Ex-Patriot Information

Disabled access in Marbella

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.

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Ex-Patriot Information

How to apply for an NIE

A NIE is required for any type of process in Spain if you live here, do business or own a property, (such as opening a bank account, registering for a doctor etc.). It does not mean you are resident, (you can have a NIE but still live full-time in another country), and does not affect your tax resident status.

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Ex-Patriot Information

Registering for Social Security

If you are in receipt of a UK pension and you live in Spain, you should obtain an S1 form (previously E121). This form is required to register with a state doctor here in Spain. You should then take it to the INSS office in your area (in central Marbella, this is in Plaza Leganitos 5) along with the following documents (with copies of each):

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Ex-Patriot Information

Residency requirements in Spain

Please find below regulations for residence certificates, non-residence certificates, European Union (EU) certificates, general registration, return authorizations, letters of invitation, nationality reports, student cards and other trades & NIE:

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History of Marbella

Marbella’s Early History

Archaeological excavations carried out in the mountains around Marbella indicate human habitation in the Paleolithic and Neolithic eras. Some historians believe that the first settlement on the present site of Marbella was by the Phoenicians in the 7th Century BC. They are known to have established several colonies along the coast of the Malaga province.

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Legal & Financial News

What taxes to pay in Spain

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.

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Vehicle Information

ITV Test in Andalucia

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.

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Vehicle Information

Registering a vehicle in Spain

Registering a vehicle from another country and buying a new or used vehicle in Spain is a complex and potentially costly procedure. If you are a Spanish resident, you will normally be exempt from Spanish registration tax if you obtain Spanish number plates within one month of the vehicle entering the country.

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Vehicle Information

Driving in Andalucia

Driving in Andalucia is similar to driving in any European country, but there are some differences. So, please take a few moments to read this post to ensure that you understand the rules here in Spain before heading out onto the roads.

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Vehicle Information

EU Driving Licence Law in Spain

From January 2015, anyone applyiing for Spanish residency is now required to exchange their driving licence for a Spanish one. This new law enables the Spanish authorities to check the health and driving ability of foreign drivers in Spain.

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