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King and Queen of Spain to visit the Costa del Sol in September

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia on their coronation day

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia on their coronation day, 19 June 2014

Less than three months into their reign, Spain’s new monarchs King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia will be visiting the Costa del Sol from 5 – 7 September to attend the XIX edition of the Spain–United States Forum taking place at Marbella’s internationally renowned Hotel Don Carlos

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 20/08/2014 [0] Comments 
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US Fund Cerberus said to be investing €220m in Sotogrande

The marina at Sotogrande

World-famous sport and leisure amenities at Sotogrande include a beautiful marina, five golf courses and a polo ground

Although details of the deal are still few and far between, according to reports, giant US investment fund, Cerberus Capital Management L.P. – which is headquartered in New York and whose acquisitions also include a portfolio of bank branches bought from Caja Madrid in 2010 – has successfully won a bid at auction to acquire the Sotogrande real estate unit from previous owners NH Hoteles which controls Sotogrande Golf & Polo Resorts…

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Michelin Guide presentation to bring €10m to Marbella

The Costa del Sol's Michelin-starred chefs

The Costa del Sol's Michelin-starred chefs: Dani García, Diego del Río, Marcos Granda & José Carlos García

An ambitious initiative four years in the making has finally paid off with the recent news that the presentation of the ‘Spain & Portugal Michelin Guide 2015’ will be taking place at Marbella’s landmark Hotel Los Monteros this autumn. It’s the first time that the prestigious event has ever been held in Andalucía, and as the most important gastronomic ceremony in the Iberian Peninsula, in terms of media coverage alone it’s estimated to be worth a cool €10m to Marbella in particular, and to the Costa del Sol in general…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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