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Starlite Marbella 2016

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in blog | 0 comments

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Starlite is the European reference in terms of cultural and social and from 2016 on it will also be a benchmark in Latin America.

In Spain, Starlite will celebrate its fifth edition next summer in Marbella´s quarry, a natural amphitheatre surrounded by nature in which people can enjoy the best offer under the stars during a whole month

Starlite is the favorite stage for the best international stars. Enrique Iglesias, Lenny Kravitz, Lionel Richie, Laura Pausini, Ricky Martin, Andrea Bocelli, Julio Iglesias, Tom Jones, Alejandro Sanz, Bryan Adams,Tony Bennett, Plácido Domingo or Anastacia, among many others, have chosen Starlite to give their most close and intimate concerts.

But Starlite is much more than concerts. It is “haute cuisine”, cinema premieres, art exhibitions and the most exclusive parties of the summer that take place every night at Starlite Disco.

In Starlite stars are not just on stage, but also among the audience, having a drink, dinning and enjoying this unique experience.

Starlite dedicates a night a year to philanthropy: Starlite Gala, hosted by actor Antonio Banderas.

Starlite has Marca España seal, as it is considered a representation of the country values and a great ambassador of Spain abroad

Starlite is a microuniverse where everything is possible.             

Starlite Artists

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“Thanks a million to the people of Starlite for creating one of the best festivals in Europe!”

estrellaENRIQUE IGLESIAS

alejandro-sanz

“Starlite is almost an addiction, once you live it you want to come back. The atmosphere is great, the acoustics are extraordinary, you are very close to the audience and the surroundings are amazing.”

estrellaALEJANDRO SANZ

andrea-bocelli

“I love Starlite, it is a beautiful place.”

estrellaANDREA BOCELLI

ricky-martin

“Starlite is very original, unique and magical; a stage where so many artists put their heart and soul into it … I want to be part of this!”

estrellaRICKY MARTIN

 

Beaches – Playa Nueva Andalucía  

Posted by on Feb 28, 2016 in blog | 0 comments

Lazy summer days in Andalucia © Michelle Chaplow
Lazy summer days in Andalucia © Michelle Chaplow
Playa Nueva Andalucia near Mistral Beach Bar
Playa Nueva Andalucia near Mistral Beach Bar.

Playa de Cortijo Blanco lies to the west.

PLAYA NUEVA ANDALUCIA

Playa Nueva Andalucia is the name of the length of a number of diverse small connected beaches facing the area known as Nueva Andalucia,  and just west of popular celebrity hauntPuerto Banus and up to the Guadaiza river.

At the west is a small quiet beach infront of the Ventura de Mar urbanisation.  This is where the Marbella seafront promenade ends. You can continue to walk along the beach and cross the Guadaiza river in the summer  to reach the seafront promenade of San Pedro.   Ventura del Mar beach is accessed by a wooden board walk in front of Malibu Urbanisation built on the site of the famous “Casa Malibu” where the Marbella Jet Set held parties in the 60’s and later became the home of Sean Connery.

The main section of beach is known as ‘Los Espigones’ or breakwaters due to the several breakwaters that have made somoe pleasant coves. It is very busy here in summer, parking is almost imposible. This beach is very popular with younger people as it is where you will find La Sala Beach Club (previously Buddha Beach Club) favourite of celebrities including TOWIE´s Ellie Redman.

This beach attracts glitz and glamour and you might to spot a celebrity or two in the summer months.

Playa Neuva Andalcia in Summer.
Playa Neuva Andalcia in Summer.

Access by road is from the A7 is a road called ‘Urb EL Rodeo’ but parking near the beach is very dificult. The road connects to the Urbanisations to the west where there will be parking. The construction of the sea fron promenade for pedestrians only has denied vehicle access to this section of beach.

At the end of ‘Urb El Rodeo’ is the popular “Mistral Beach” beach bar. This was the first beach bar in Marbella to have a web camera in 1999 but it was removed after a season as the guests complained. Next door and within in the urbanisation was the popular “Babaloo Beach Club” which is now closed. More traditional beach bars located on the beach here here are called Los Espigones (established 1982 )and the slightly tropical Pedro’s Beach.

On the land side of the promenade the facilities of Hotel Guadalpin Banus can be enjoyed and these include a Champagne bar further along  and also the very white Blue Ray Beach Club.

Hollywood watersports is found here here and the yellow buoys indicate the section of shore dedicated to access for motor sports.

Playa Nueva Andalucia is often awarded the Blue Flag award for its high standards of cleanliness and great facilities.

The east end of Playa Nueva Andalucia is the most crowded at it runs right up to the Puerto Banus harbour. Near here you can see the large public swimming pool which was abandoned for many years before becoming the successful Ocean Beach Club.

Playa Puerto Banus is the beach to the east, on the other side of Puerto Banus Marina.

Costa del Sol – Home

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 in blog | 0 comments

Balmy evenings on the Costa del Sol © Michelle Chaplow
Balmy evenings on the Costa del Sol © Michelle Chaplow

THE COSTA DEL SOL

The Costa del Sol is the coastline of Málaga province, stretching 150km it is one of Spain’s most popular tourist destinations. The area’s sunny climate is the main attraction. The coast comprises of a number of popular destinations.

Source: http://www.andalucia.com/costa_del_sol/home.htm

Marbella – Guadalmina

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Guadalmina is a beachside community that stradles the A7 coast road dividing it into Guadalmina Alta and Guadalmina Baja. Its west boundary runs along the Guadalmina River which is also the Marbella / Estepona boundary. Guadalmina is a mature urbanisation mostly developed in the 1980’s.  Conveniently located, about 10 minutes from Marbella’s Puerto Banus, even closer to the neighbourhood of San Pedro de Alcántara and a 15 minute drive from the town of Estepona.

The urbanisation has tow 18 hole golf course and is close to three more quality courses:Monte Mayor, Atalaya Golf and El Paraiso. It is also only about five minutes driving from the health clubs at the El Paraiso urbanisation’s commercial centre and the Hotel Atalaya.

Golf lovers will adore Guadalmina, you could have the course right on your doorstep! © Sophie Carefull
Golf lovers will adore Guadalmina, you could have the course right on your doorstep!

Source: //http://www.andalucia.com/marbella/guadalmina.htm

San Jose private school is within Guadalmina Baja and three international schools are nearby: Calpe College, Aloha College and Swans Primary School.

The Guadalmina Commercial Centre (Edificio Barclays and Guadalmina Two, Three and Four) on the mountain or Alta provides all amenities and services and includes a large supermarket, several banks, numerous restaurants and cafés, furniture stores and many other retail outlets. there is also a row of shops by the Golf Club House.

The main access is from the junction on the A7 to the west of the San Pedro Underpass. there are also higher access points in Guadalmina Alto to Valle del Sol and San Pedro.

The local beach is called Playa Guadalmina and nearby are the Roman Baths. there are three Hotels in Guadalmina including Hotel Guadalmina Spa & Golf Resort.

Marbella – La Cañada

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in blog | 0 comments

La Cañada. © Sophie Carefull
Marbella’s huge shopping centre La Cañada also has a large food court and a 7 screen cinema.

LA CAÑADA

Along with the sun, sea and sand attracting people to Marbella and the Costa del Sol, ‘La Cañada’ shopping centre is another huge attraction for tourists and inhabitants alike. It was built by ‘General de Galerías Comerciales’ and was designed with the latest technology in mind, using only the finest materials for construction and decoration. With revolutionary design and technology the Shopping Centre has managed to incorporate first-rate architecture with the best national and international firms in all sectors.

With the huge variety of shops on offer, one can spend an entire day inside the shopping centre which can be likened to the malls of the United States. The food area boasts 10 specialized restaurants and the shops include everything from high priced designer labels to high level decoration shops. Specific shops include an Apple Store, Zara, Fnac and Claire’s among many others.

After shopping and eating, La Cañada also has a huge Multi-Cinema operated by Cinesa which boasts 7 screens and always shows the biggest and most up-to-date blockbusters. The Cinema is usually a fantastic way to end the day.

Committed to the future generation of shopping centres and malls, the 100,000m2 area of La Cañada is constantly evolving and making changes. The shops, restaurants and cinema are also complimented with parking and easy access by foot and public transport links from all over Marbella and Andalucia.

Marbella 4Days Walking Celebrates Its 5th Anniversary

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in blog | 0 comments

This annual event sees participants take on the challenge of walking routes of 20 or 30 km per day for 4 days, exploring Marbella in a very different way, meeting new people and enjoying fun, social activities, which is all part of the 4Days Walking experience.

In order to open up the event to all residents and visitors alike, there are special 6km routes for children and families on Saturday and Sunday (10th and 11th) and participants can choose to join for one or more days to enjoy the experience. Completing the challenge of walking 80km in 4 days is a big achievement and those participants will be awarded with a medal at the end of the event.

The first edition of Marbella 4Days Walking took place in 2011 with 658 participants, more than doubling in 2012 to 1,552. In 2013, 1,932 people joined and last year that increased to over 2,000, with 19 nationalities travelling from around Europe to attend. This year’s organisers expect more than 2,500 participants and are encouraging more residents of Marbella and the Costa del Sol to get involved and represent Marbella’s vibrant community.

Starting and finishing at Las Terrazas del Puerto Deportivo, in the centre of Marbella each day, there will be entertainment, live music, refreshments, stands, and a great atmosphere from 12-17:00h and everyone is welcome to visit the area and enjoy the fun.

Participants can register to take part in the event on the website www.marbella4dayswalking.comfor a cost of 40€ for 4 days or 12.50€ per day. Children can take part in the shorter weekend routes for just 2.50€, with accompanying adults walking for free.

 

 

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015 in blog | 0 comments

Starlite 2016

Starlite 2016

The Starlite 2016 return to Marbella again next July.

 

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in blog | 0 comments

Live Demonstration – ART EXPRESSED THROUGH GASTRONOMY

Always a highlight of the forum is the live cooking demonstration by two-Michelin-star chef, Dani García, showed the attendees how cooking can also be art form. Or did he?

To help the reader decide, here is the definition of ‘art’ from the Oxford English Dictionary: “The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form, such as a painting or a sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.”

Dani said himself “Although the kitchen is in part artistic, philosophical and creative, I don’t think that a chef is an artist…..Well the inventor of the tortilla de patatas (Spanish omelette) was a ‘crack’.”

Dani García @danigarcia_ca, born in 1975, is a local Marbellan hero. He is one of the important figures of the current Spanish gastronomic scene. His gastronomic concept, like his strong accent, is based on Andalucian tradition.

Links to an interview with Dani Garcia and other related blog posts on Andalucia.com:
Interview with Dani Garcia
Andalucia Sabor International Fine Food Exhibition I
Andalucia Sabor International Fine Food Exhibition II
The Ultimate Tapas Experience(s), courtesy of Dani Garcia and other top Andalucian chefs
Dani Garcia heads to New York
TEDx Marbella

Not afraid to experiment with the latest and riskiest techniques, both in the kitchen, and in business or on the stage. A strong supporter of the troubled Málaga catering school, “La Cónsula”, where he first studied. Early on he joined the kitchen at Martín Berasategui Restaurant in Lasarte, Guipüzcoa, before returning south to Ronda where he was chef at Tragabuches. He opened Restaurant Calima in 2005, help re-brand La Moraga in Malaga, opened (and closed) Manzanilla in Malaga and New York. His other projects include a bistro called MilMilagros in Marbella; a Dani Garcia cafe in Malaga Airport (just after security), and he currently heads the spectacular Dani Garcia and Restaurant Bibo at the Hotel Puente Romano in Marbella, has two Michelin stars, and the Repsol Guide has awarded him three Sol Awards. His catering support the top events in Marbella.

Mara Torres interviewed Dani whilst the impromptu kitchen was being set up on stage. “What are you next projects?” “To be happy”, Dani quipped. “Seriously, when I was younger (and I still am young), I had loads of projects in my mind. Now I don’t, because you never know what is round the corner.” He continues jokingly “Perhaps open a pizzeria, or even make hamburgers in McDonald’s.”

This brought a loud laugh: non-Spanish readers might not be aware that the fast food chain has teamed up Dani in Spain to include on the menu for a limited time “Grand McExtrem BiBo Burger by Dani Garcia” We now see Dani’s smiling face on every bus stand from Albacete to Zaragoza. Dani’s burger is nice, but to me it still is both a McDonald’s burger and a textbook example of brand-stretching.

Dani’s justification was that many could not afford to eat at his restaurant that ‘only’ serves 17,000 a year, and this way his McDonald’s recipe reaches 70,000 a day.

My prize for the most retweeted (7) and favourited (7) tweeted photo of #FLZ15 goes to @luyk_e with a photo of @DaniGarcia and @maratorres_ talking on stage. Well done!

Dani believes that gastronomy should have an element of seduction which he refers to as ‘morbo’.

We enjoyed live demonstrations of his creations that did indeed turn out to look like art. One was chocolate ‘lacework’, and an edible coral reef.

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in blog | 0 comments

Marbella recibe de nuevo la visita del crucero más lujoso del mundo


Marbella recibe de nuevo la visita del crucero más lujoso del mundo

  • El crucero The World, fondeado frente a la costa de Puerto Banús.
  • Source: http://www.marbella24horas.es/ (Foto: J.Z.)
Marbella recibe estos días la visita del crucero más lujoso del mundo “The World Residences at Sea”. El barco está fondeado frente a Puerto Banús, dentro de su recorrido mundial, que posteriormente le llevará por otros puntos de la costa española y de diversos países del Mediterráneo. En la tercera vez que viene en los últimos cinco años y genera gran expectación además de un importante impacto económico. 
El viaje arrancó a primeros de año en Singapur para recorrer después puntos de la costa india, las islas Seychelles, el litoral surafricano y las islas de Cabo Verde, entre otros destinos.

Posteriormente, este espectacular crucero llegó a las Canarias y de allí visitó dos puertos marroquíes, Agadir y Casablanca. Desde este último, emprendió viaje a Marbella, donde ya se encuentra, fondeado frente a Puerto Banús.

De aquí partirá hacia Cartagena, Ibiza, Mahón y Barcelona, para pasar después por puertos de la costa francesa e italiana, así como de la costa adriática de diferentes países, antes de volver y hacer escala en otras ciudades españolas como Valencia y, ya en el Cantábrico, Gijón y Bilbao.

Es la tercera vez en los últimos cinco años que pasa por Marbella. La primera fue en junio de 2010 y la segunda en agosto de 2013. Pese a que el municipio no tiene un puerto apropiado para que pueda atracar, continúa formando parte de su itinerario.

Fondea frente a la costa y a través de lanzaderas desembarca en Puerto Banús a sus pasajeros. Su perfil es de una edad media de 52 años y procedentes principalmente de Norteamérica y Europa, aunque cuenta con pasaje de Australia, Asia o Sudáfrica.


El crucero es visible desde gran parte del litoral marbellí. (Foto: J.Z.)

“The World”, con casi 200 metros de eslora, es el crucero privado más grande del mundo. Se trata de una verdadera comunidad residencial flotante, formada por pasajeros millonarios que han comprado o arrendado uno de los 165 apartamentos privados del barco y que viven navegando todo el año, rodeados de lujos y comodidades.

El considerado “barco de los millonarios”, además de los apartamentos, cuenta con varias piscinas, tiendas, restaurantes, canchas de tenis y golf.

Las 165 suites de “The World Residences at Sea” tienen entre 102 y 301 metros cuadrados, en once cubiertas. Las pocas que no están vendidas se pueden alquilar por unos precios que oscilan entre los 2.500 dólares la noche, en el caso de las pequeñas, y los 10.000 dólares para las grandes.

El buque fue inaugurado en 2002 tras su construcción, que costó 380 millones de dólares. En marzo de 2013 entró en las instalaciones de Navantia, en la provincia de Cádiz, para realizar tareas de mantenimiento y modernización.

Durante todo el año ‘The World’ va recorriendo el mundo, llevando a sus pasajeros a los destino más exclusivos. El concepto del buque surgió de un importante armador noruego, aunque la central de la compañía está situada en Miami.

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in blog | 0 comments

BUSES TO AND FROM MARBELLA

The Marbella bus station is located a km inland from the centre of the town on the north side of the A7 ( old N340) coast road at one of the intersections. (See map beleow). The local buses pass through the town centre befroe terminating  at the bus station.  The long distance coaches only stop at the bus station.

Routes operate from Marbella bus station to the following destinations:
Aeropuerto de Málaga – Algeciras – Almería – Benahavís – Benalmádena Costa – Cádiz – Coín – Córdoba – Estepona – Fuengirola – Granada – Hipercor – Hospital (from the centre) – Jaén – La Línea – Málaga – Nueva Andalucía – Ojén – Ronda – San Pedro – Sevilla – Torremolinos –

Follow the link below for timetables of all routes.

Bus from Marbella to all possible Destinations in Andalucia

BUS TO MALAGA AIRPORT

Portillo operate a direct non stop coach service from Malaga Airport to Marbella bus station.  Journey time 45mins. Tickets purchased at the kiosk outside airport arrivals hall or at Marbella bus station ticket kiosk. Luggage is conveniently placd in the luggage compartment under the bus. In the winter the first bus to the airport is at 07.15 and the last bus from the airport to Marbella is at 22.30. There is no later service from Malaga city bus station, if your plane does not arrive in time for the 22.30 bus from the airport you will need to take a taxi. In the summer there is usually a later bus around midnight.

Bus from Marbella to Malaga Airport

 

URBAN AND LOCAL BUS IN MARBELLA

Local buses also operate in Marbella on a route from La Cañada shopping centre to El Ángel via the Hipercor in Puerto Banús. Timetables can be found here. It costs €1,16 for a single journey and tickets are purchased from the driver on board the bus. Travelcards are also available priced at €1,20 and are sold already charged with €5 (€6,20 total). These cards can then be topped up with 5 to 500 euros in Marbella Bus Station, in the ticket office at San Pedro Alcántara or on all Servicio Urbano de Transporte buses.

 

A monthly card is also available priced at €36 per month for unlimited travel on Servicio de Transporte Urbano de Marbella buses. It is personalised with your name and a photograph and can be recharged in Marbella Bus Station or at San Pedro Alcántara ticket office.

Source: http://www.andalucia.com/travel/bus/marbella.htm