Costa del Sol property & lifestyle, news, views, advice & information
Author: Ian Clover | April 18th, 2014
If you’ve ever wanted to test out the theory that human urine eases the pain of a jellyfish sting then form an orderly queue – British Prime Minister David Cameron could do with your help.
The beleaguered premier was stung by a jellyfish last week after popping into the sea off the Arrieta beach on Lanzarote. Onlookers have reported that Cameron came running out of the water screaming “Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!” while rubbing his arm… Continue Reading
Author: Ian Clover | April 17th, 2014
This is the first time that Marbella has made it into the top 10, with the resort’s Mayor, Maria Angeles Munoz, in attendance at the awards ceremony in Madrid to celebrate the landmark achievement.
Marbella’s inclusion in the top 10 means that Andalucia boasts half of Spain’s leading resort destinations – at least according to users of the travel site, who were polled over the past 12 months on their favoured holiday destinations… Continue Reading
Author: Holly Purnell | April 16th, 2014
Fantastic news for the Coast as Marbella has been nominated for the award for ‘Europe’s leading Beach destination’ in the 2014 edition of the World Travel Awards… and even better news – you can help it win with your vote!
Nominated alongside Cannes, France; Costa Smeralda, Italy; Corfu, Greece; Formentera Island, Ibiza, Spain; Oludeniz, Turkey and The Algarve, Portugal, Marbella has some serious competition for the hugely coveted award... Continue Reading
Author: Ian Clover | April 15th, 2014
For many, 2005 may not seem like all that long ago. But if you were to somehow transport yourself back to those pre-recession days there are a few things that are sure to stick out like a sore thumb: phones with buttons (indeed, phones as phones, rather than portable computers), no Facebook, a YouTube with approximately five videos on it, and a Liverpool FC mere weeks away from an unexpected triumph. How things have, erm, changed.
But nine years later things most certainly look different. Spain’s previously impervious property market has since been shaken down for its last penny and left to splutter in the dust, only recently rising gingerly to its feet. And the benevolent good Samaritan lending a helping, steadying hand? Why, the Brits… Continue Reading
Author: Ian Clover | April 14th, 2014
Santa comes but once a year. Across the Anglo-speaking world he’s a jolly fat man in a red suit with a rather lax approach to breaking-and-entry laws, healthy eating, and the laws of physics.
But in Spain, Santa comes a little later in the year and sticks around for more than a week. Semana Santa means Holy Week in Spanish, and is a celebration of Easter that is one of the most spectacular and hotly anticipated dates on the Spanish calendar… Continue Reading
Author: Carolyn Mowlem | April 11th, 2014
The Rolling Stones – 14 ON FIRE tour sees Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood returning to Madrid for one night only when they play to an audience of 54,000 at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu Stadium on 25 June, treating their generations of fans to a set packed full of classic Stones hits such as ‘Gimme Shelter’, ‘Paint It Black’, ‘Jumping Jack Flash’, ‘Tumbling Dice’, ‘It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll’, plus a couple of unexpected gems…
Author: Carolyn Mowlem | April 10th, 2014
According to figures just released by the Ministry of Industry, Energy & Tourism in their latest monthly report, in February of this year no other Spanish region’s foreign tourism income came anywhere near that of Andalucía which registered a whopping rise of nearly 19 per cent – or to be exact, 18.6 per cent.
So, while overall figures for Spain in January and February showed a year on year increase of 9.1 per cent – hitting a 10-year high, Andalucía was simply streets ahead of the rest of the country!… Continue Reading
Author: Carolyn Mowlem | April 9th, 2014
“It’s amusing to think that when I work on a large-format piece in bronze or wood it’s termed sculpture… but if I do the same piece in plastic on a small scale, it’s called a toy.“ So says US painter, sculptor and designer KAWS, whose first solo exhibition in Spain – entitled ‘Final Days’ – is currently running at the prestigious CAC Málaga Centre of Contemporary Art.
As a precursor of the Art & Toys movement, according to Fernando Francés, director of the CAC Málaga, “KAWS is capable of creating a particularly edgy mood, moving in areas of the subconscious like a fish in water.”
Falling within the iconography genre, the showcase features five large-scale sculptures carved from wood and which have never before been exhibited…
Author: Ian Clover | April 8th, 2014
A spell in the Spanish sunshine can lift the weightiest of spirits, but more often than not one would imagine that a summer dose of the Costa del Sol leaves holidaymakers a little heavier than when they arrived.
After a week or two indulging in excellent Spanish cuisine, incredible local wine, gallons of crisp beer and hours of lounging by pools, on beaches and in shaded squares, tourists could be forgiven for punching an extra hole in their belts as they pack to leave… Continue Reading
Author: Ian Clover | April 7th, 2014
It comes to something when you can hit the headlines for choosing NOT to go somewhere, but that is exactly what has happened in the UK with the recent news that former The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE) star Mark Wright has been banned from visiting Marbella for his stag do by wife-to-be, Coronation Street actress Michelle Keegan.
The Corrie beauty is reportedly rather nervous about the prospect of Wright, 27, hitting up the beaches and clubs of the famously decadent resort and so has ordered the radio and TV presenter to celebrate his last few weeks of freedom elsewhere…