Costa del Sol property & lifestyle, news, views, advice & information

The Blairs spend Easter on the Costa del Sol, and get star treatment…

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  April 21st, 2014

Leave a comment
The Blairs and Antonio Banderas in Málaga

Bernardino León, Antonio Banderas, Cherie Blair, Tony Blair & Mayor of Málaga Francisco de la Torre

While David Cameron was getting away from it all in the Canary Islands – and famously getting stung by a jellyfish in the process – former British PM Tony Blair and his family chose to spend their Easter break on the Costa del Sol this year, where they are said to have been staying with friends who have a mansion in exclusive La Zagaleta…

Continue Reading

David Cameron stung by jellyfish in Spain

Author: Ian Clover  |  April 18th, 2014

Leave a comment

David Cameron... sensibly staying out of the water this time

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

Five of Spain’s top 10 resorts in Andalucía

Author: Ian Clover  |  April 17th, 2014

Leave a comment [2]
Marbella

More and more tourists have cottoned-on to the enduring delights of Marbella

Marbella has joined Málaga, Seville, Córdoba and Granada in Spain’s top 10 resorts in the latest TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 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

Marbella nominated for Europe's Leading Beach Destination 2014

Author: Holly Purnell  |  April 16th, 2014

Leave a comment

Marbella nominated for Europe's Leading Beach Destination 2014

With miles of beautiful golden sandy beaches it's hardly surprising that Marbella has been nominated for 'Europe's Leading Beach Destination 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

Brits help Spain home sales and flight bookings reach nine-year high

Author: Ian Clover  |  April 15th, 2014

Leave a comment

The Brits are coming this Easter, and many will stick around to snap up a property, too

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 BritsContinue Reading

Top 5 tips for enjoying Easter in Spain

Author: Ian Clover  |  April 14th, 2014

Leave a comment

For a slice of Spanish tradition this Easter, why not head to San Pedro de Alcantara?

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

Rolling Stones’ Madrid gig crashes servers

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  April 11th, 2014

Leave a comment

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…

Continue Reading

Foreign tourism spend up nearly 19 per cent in Andalucía

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  April 10th, 2014

Leave a comment
A handful of Euro banknotes

Andalucía's foreign tourist income streets ahead of the rest of Spain

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

Toys go large at KAWS’ ‘Final Day’ exhibition in Málaga

Author: Carolyn Mowlem  |  April 9th, 2014

Leave a comment
Kaws' monumental 'Final Day' centrepiece

Kaws' monumental 'Final Days' centrepiece is 6 metres high and weighs a massive 10 tonnes

“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…

Continue Reading

Health tourism a booster for the Costa del Sol

Author: Ian Clover  |  April 8th, 2014

Leave a comment

The warm Costa del Sol sunshine and Mediterranean diet make it a healthy destination for tourists

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