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Superstar dance legend Joaquín Cortés centre stage in Marbella 25 & 26 July 2014

Joaquín Cortés in 'Gitano', Marbella, July 2014

Joaquín Cortés' 'Gitano' spectacular takes place at the Hotel Puente Romano Tennis Club on 25 & 26 July 2014

Córdoba-born Joaquín Cortés – hailed as one of the ten best dancers of all time – brings ‘Gitano’, his latest Show, to Marbella this Friday and Saturday night. Fusing the most orthodox flamenco with both classical ballet and contemporary dance, ‘Gitano’ – Gypsy – has been acclaimed as Cortés’ most spectacular Show to date, which the world-famous dancer and choreographer describes as “a journey through dance and music… an explosion of dance in which I want to take the audience on a journey, the journey of my life”…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 23/07/2014 [0] Comments 
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Marbella International University Centre and Town Hall launch scholarship programme

MIUC Dean and Marbella's Culture & Education Councillor

MIUC Dean, Óscar Martínez Tapia and Marbella's Culture & Education Councillor, Carmen Díaz at the presentation of the scholarship programme.

On Friday, 11 July, the Dean of Marbella International University Centre (MIUC), Óscar Martínez Tapia and Marbella’s Culture and Education Councillor, Carmen Díaz presented the scholarship programme that the Town Hall is offering to five young people from the town…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 15/07/2014 [0] Comments 
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Spanish property market: the Costa del Sol leads the way says Tinsa

Marbella, Costa del Sol

Property prices in Marbella rose 4.8 per cent between the first quarters of 2013 and 2014

New build properties selling off-plan… prices that have reached rock bottom and which in certain areas such as Marbella and Manilva are now on the rise again… plus increasing demand from foreign buyers are reason enough for Tinsa – which provides an index to house prices as well as other real estate information in Spain – to put the Costa del Sol at the forefront of the resurgence of Spain’s property market…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 11/07/2014 [0] Comments 
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See Antequera in a different light… moonlight!

Antequera Luz de Luna

For the 5th year running, Antequera's 'Luz de Luna' programme of events takes place on Thursday and Friday nights until September

Less than an hour’s drive inland from Málaga – and only 25 minutes if you hop aboard the AVE high-speed train – for the fifth year running, the historic city of Antequera  is currently holding its innovative ‘Luz de Luna’ programme of visits which takes place on Thursdays and Fridays until September, and with something on offer for pretty much everyone…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 04/07/2014 [0] Comments 
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VIVA’s HOT Properties Magazine No. 99 – now online

HOT Properties Magazine: issue 99 front cover

The digital version of our latest edition of HOT Properties – The VIVA Magazine – is now available for you to read or download here, while you can also pick up a copy of the print edition from any of our 13 regional offices throughout the Costa del Sol and inland too, or from one of 200+ selected distribution points on the Coast.

Here’s a sneak preview of what’s inside…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 25/06/2014 [0] Comments 
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Mijas – Ain't Nothin’ But… Blues Festival 4 – 6 July

Singing the blues at the Mijas Blues Festival

The Festival is a joint collaboration between London's Ain't Nothin' But... Blues Bar and the Mijas Town Hall's Foreigners Department.

Think of Andalucía’s picture postcard white villages and the one that’s probably the most likely to spring to mind first is Mijas. Winding cobbled streets, historic churches, pots of geraniums clinging to wrought iron balconies… Mijas epitomises Andalusian traditions to perfection. Famed for its donkey taxis and oval-shaped bull ring – the streets were too narrow for a circular one – this endearingly sleepy and laid-back corner of the Costa del Sol also plays host on 4 – 6 July this year to the 8th annual Ain’t Nothin’ But… Blues Festival with a fabulous line-up of musicians from Spain, Europe and the US…

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VIVA’s Martina Heynemann a guest speaker at the Inmonext Conference in Madrid

Martina Heynemann speaking at the Inmonext 14 Conference

Martina Heynemann speaking at the Inmonext 14 Conference during the SIMA Exhibition in Madrid

On 30 May, VIVA Managing Partner, Martina Heynemann, was one of a panel of 13 guest speakers at the ‘Inmonext 14: The Year of Recovery’ Conference, organised by idealista.com – Spain’s leading property portal – which took place within the framework of the SIMA (Madrid International Real Estate Exhibition) running from 29 May to 1 June…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 06/06/2014 [0] Comments 
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Jorge’s images: Río Tinto – 'Mars' in Andalucía

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In case you’re wondering what planet VIVA’s very own in-house photographer, Jorge Morales, was on when he captured these awesome images… actually he hadn’t even set foot beyond Andalucía! Located in the province of Huelva – lying between Cádiz and Portugal – the Río Tinto region more closely resembles the surface of the Red Planet than anywhere else on Earth. But far from being a natural phenomenon, it’s the 5,000-odd years of open-cast mining in the area that have resulted in its arid, alien landscape cleaved by a blood-red, iron-rich river. The mines are no longer in use, although their reopening has been mooted, and much of the machinery and rolling stock remain, while the Río Tinto Mining Park is a popular attraction. NASA scientists have explored the area using instruments designed for use in a Mars mission, and the Austrian Space Forum have also been here to test a spacesuit as well as putting the Eurobot prototype unmanned rover through its paces.
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Photographer:Jorge Morales 05/06/2014 [4] Comments 
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VIVA’s Martina Heynemann hosts members of the British press

When a group of 16 prominent British journalists and mortgage specialists visited the Costa del Sol earlier this month on a fact-finding mission, VIVA were delighted to have the opportunity to play host to them for an afternoon presentation and Q&A session, organised by Moneycorp, who have been dealing in foreign exchange since 1979 and have a network of offices in the UK, USA and Spain.

The aim of this research trip was to get the low-down – first-hand – on the current state of the property market in Mediterranean Spain, with particular reference of course to emerging trends among British expats and home buyers alike…. And VIVA Managing Partner, Martina Heynemann, was only too happy to share her knowledge!… Continue Reading

Author:Carolyn Mowlem 30/05/2014 [0] Comments 
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Hot Yoga comes to Marbella

Lunge, hot yoga

Hot Yoga is considered to be one of the most effective yoga disciplines. Photo: davidtomsphotography.com

Forty yoga devotees were the first to experience the benefits of one of the world’s fastest-growing exercise trends – Hot Yoga, at Radiant Yoga Marbella’s recent Open Day.

Now open for business in Nueva Andalucía, the light and spacious purpose-built studio is unique in the area. Owned and managed by well-known multilingual yoga teachers and health professionals, Radiant Yoga Marbella offers a complete programme of yoga classes six days a week…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 16/05/2014 [0] Comments 
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