Jennie Rhodes


England (1977), BA (Hons) in European Politics and French from the University of Derby (2001). Before coming to Spain, Jennie worked for the late Phillip Whitehead MEP in the UK and Brussels, Arts Council England as a Local Government Liaison Officer and for the DCLG (Dept. for Communities and Local Government) as a project manager. She has been in Spain since 2009 where she combines journalism with her work as a qualified English teacher and examiner. She has been with SUR in English since May 2015 and in January 2016 she became the correspondent for the Axarquía region.

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13/09/2021 20:15


Vélez-Málaga's Red Cross starts to extend services

At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the Red Cross (Cruz Roja) in Vélez-Málaga, which also runs an English-language service, was forced to suspend many services and activities. However, volunteer Richard Weale has told SUR that the charity is

09/07/2021 12:28


9 July 1993: Felipe González begins fourth term in office

On 9 July 1993 Felipe González was reelected by Spanish MPs in Congreso for a fourth term as prime minister after a two-day investiture debate. Voters had put González's Socialist party, the PSOE, back in power in the 6 June election, albeit with a

22/06/2021 17:49


When dragons follow you from Scotland to Malaga and far beyond

Coín-based Scottish author Gail Macgregor has lived in many different worlds, but undeniably the most exciting has to be the one that's full of dragons. She has recently released her first novel, The World is Full of Dragons, which follows the liv

19/06/2021 19:31


Friends of Lux Mundi raise funds for the ecumenical centre

Forty-one friends of Lux Mundi Torre del Mar enjoyed a lunch at the town's Bloom restaurant recently as a "great opportunity to be together again with such a great big family". A total of 297.70 euros were raised for the centre's funds, which pres

11/06/2021 13:15

LifeStyle | What to do

Artisan cheese and wine market returns to the Axarquía this Sunday

The Mercado del Queso de Cabra Malagueña y Vinos de la Axarquía will be taking place on Sunday 13 June, from 10am until 6pm on the Paseo Larios in Torre del Mar. This is the first time that the popular food market, which has been running for nine

11/06/2021 12:57


Support website for foreign residents set for charity status

A website service to help older Britons and other foreign residents reach local help last week took a major step to establishing itself as a national association in Spain. The legal documents for Support in Spain were signed in a notary office in Mal

11/06/2021 12:19


British bar raises funds for local breast cancer charity

Erica Russell-Watson collected a donation of 1,250 euros on behalf of Asociación Esperanza last Saturday from the Chapel Bar in Nerja. Erica is a member of the Vélez-Málaga based not for profit organisation, which provides support to women with br

01/06/2021 14:00


Weekend Beach festival postponed for second year running

Organisers of the Weekend Beach Festival have released a press statement this Tuesday announcing that the event will not take place this year. "Regrettably, the organisers of the Weekend Beach Festival Torre del Mar have had to take the decision n

31/05/2021 10:14

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An exhibition of watercolours by Danielle Paglino Belin

American painter Danielle Paglino Belin is exhibiting a collection of her watercolours at the Mesón del Gusto restaurant in Almuñécar until 12 June. Danielle, 42, and her family have been living in Almuñécar for around two years and in that time th

28/05/2021 12:50


28 May 1998: Spanish air traffic control strike causes chaos

Chaos reigned across Spain on 28 May 1998 as a 24-hour strike by Spanish air traffic controllers affected 100,000 passengers across the country's 40 airports. The reason for the strike was that air traffic controllers were unhappy about having to w

21/05/2021 13:09

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Exploring the colour and light of Joaquín Sorolla's masterpieces

Art historian Jacqueline Cockburn is an expert on Spanish art and combines her training with her skills as a linguist to reveal the secrets of some of Spain's greatest painters. One of these, Joaquín Sorolla, will be the subject of the next Benahavís

21/05/2021 13:02

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British artist exhibits paintings inspired by a lifetime of travel

Alhama de Granada based British artist Gary Elderfield will be exhibiting a collection of his paintings at the Bio Beach Club restaurant in El Morche, Torrox, from 27 May. INFORMATION What. Exhibition of paintings by British artist Gary Elderfield

21/05/2021 12:29

Local | LifeStyle

Royal British Legion Nerja marks 100 years with charity donation

Following the low-key events to mark 100 years of the Royal British Legion in London on 15 May and around the world, the Nerja branch of the organisation marked the anniversary by donating 100 boxes of toiletries to a local food bank last week. RBL

14/05/2021 18:15


The foreigners who farm La Vega de Maro

Jack Whitfield, Jon Stein and Renetta Anna are just three of a number of non-Spanish local residents who rent land from the Larios company on the Vega de Maro, which the landowners and Nerja town hall have earmarked for a development comprising a gol

14/05/2021 14:33


The international world of pianos on our doorstep

After a career in the piano industry that has spanned four decades, Cornelius Musters is still passionate about what he does. Further information : Instagram: PianoMalaga When he was 20, Cornelius did a three-year piano techni

14/05/2021 14:32


Chef to chocolatier; Scotland to Spain

If a craving for Belgian chocolate truffles has been exacerbated by not being able to travel to the country itself to sample some, or indeed you have ever wondered what combinations like salted liquorice caramel or Amaretto, honey and fig might taste

21/04/2021 11:59

What to do | What to do

Making jazz music on the Costa Tropical

Although she has been singing and playing piano and guitar since she was a child, it wasn't until Almuñécar-based British singer Sophie Newick turned 50 that she started recording her own music and releasing albums. Sophie, 56, writes and performs

16/04/2021 17:35


16 April 1990: End of school boycott over HIV positive pupil

A boycott held by parents at Malaga's Pintor Denis Belgrano primary school came to a temporary end in April 1990 when Spain's health ministry agreed to contract a support teacher to work in the school with a pupil who was HIV positive. The family o

09/04/2021 18:22

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Richard Ray Farrell returns to the stage in Almuñécar

American Blues musician Richard Ray Farrell will be performing at Almuñécar's Casa de la Cultura on Saturday 17 April. The concert will start at 7pm. The musician and composer will be performing tracks from his latest album, Three Pints of Gin, whi

09/04/2021 17:37


A space for creative expression in a former olive mill

The Alpujarra Artists' Network has opened a new creative space in the town of Lanjarón in the Alpujarra area of Granada province. President of the network, Gareth Lister, is the person behind the idea, which he says he had during the first lockdown

26/03/2021 17:41

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Experience Vélez-Málaga's Holy Week with tours in English

La Casa de las Titas in Vélez-Málaga is offering three Holy Week guided tours in English next week. Even though there will be no processions in Vélez-Málaga this year, English-speaking residents and visitors may still have the opportunity to learn

19/03/2021 10:28


Volunteers wanted for beach cleanup in Marbella

Plastic Free Seas Worldwide is calling for volunteers to help out at a beach cleanup at Trocadero Arena, Río Real beach in Marbella tomorrow, Saturday 20 March. The event starts at 10am and those wanting to participate are told to look out for the

12/03/2021 20:29


The art of improvisation in lockdown

When the first lockdown in March last year was announced and Robert Lawson had to all but give up teaching English in Malaga, he turned to his lifelong passion of music to help get him through. However, not satisfied with just picking up the instru

12/03/2021 20:02


12 March 2020: The day Covid-19 started to affect life in Spain

Thursday 12 March 2020 will go down in history as the daycoronavirus really started to take hold in Spain. The Spanish stock exchange, the Bolsa, or Ibex-35, fell by 14.06 per cent - the biggest drop in one day in its almost 200-year history (it wa

22/02/2021 15:10


Trapiche market - a firm fixture in the Axarquía diary

The weekly Trapiche farmer's market has been a key fixture in the diary and highlight of the week in the Axarquía for longer than some expats can even remember. Every Tuesday morning foreign and Spanish traders, companies and charities set up stall

19/02/2021 14:58


A 21st-century homage to Catalonia

When the coronavirus pandemic all but closed down the country, long-term Barcelona resident and Spanish Civil War tour guide, Nick Lloyd, had to rethink his day job. Nick, who is originally from Stockport, started his Spanish Civil War walking tour

12/02/2021 14:15


12 February 2005: Madrid's Windsor Tower goes up in flames

Flames swept through the Windsor Tower, a skyscraper in the heart of the financial and business district of Madrid, late on Saturday 12 February 2005, completely destroying the 32-storey building. It was 11.30pm when the fire broke out on the 21st

08/02/2021 17:59


Stripping the veneer off 'expat' life

A new book, which its editor and co-author Carrie Frais hopes will expose the reality behind the dream of life as an 'expat', tells the true stories of 10 women who have, for all sorts of reasons, left their own country in search of life in another.

22/01/2021 12:53


The local couple using plant power to make eco beauty products

When Alicia Jiménez's neighbour taught her about plants as a child, little did she know she would be using that knowledge to run a business. Jiménez and her partner Nicolas Trudu have been running Aletheia Nature from their home in Riogordo for two

15/01/2021 13:41


Brexit chaos leads to short supplies at Costa's British shops

Supermarkets selling British products in the province have been reporting problems with deliveries since 1 January, the day after the Brexit deal agreed on Christmas Eve came into force and the end of the transition period. The Food Co. and Oversea

15/01/2021 11:42


15 January 2012: The death of Manuel Fraga, founder of the PP

On 15 January 2012 Manuel Fraga, Franco's tourism and information minister, who went on to found the Alianza Popular - the forerunner to today's Partido Popular party - died of heart failure in Madrid. Fraga, (Villalba, Lugo, 23 November 1922) had

08/01/2021 12:05

LifeStyle | What to do

Downton Abbey jewels on show for first Arts Society lecture of 2021

The first Arts Society lecture of the year, From Downton to Gatsby, Jewellery and fashion 1890 - 1929, will be given by Downton Abbey jewellery designer, Andrew Prince. The lectures will be held via Zoom on Monday 10 January at 4.30pm (Costa del Sol)

21/12/2020 13:27


'Tis the season to think eco

With the European Union's ban on single-use plastics (SUP) coming into force next year - all EUcountries must have it written into national law by 3 July - why not get ahead and make sure plastics are merely a ghost of Christmases past? There are s

18/12/2020 19:35


25 Christmases

Twenty-five years ago today, my 18-year-old self was about to travel home for Christmas from Paris, where I had been working as an au pair since that September. I'd counted down the days since my arrival at Rue de Lorraine in Lagny-sur-Marne, a town

18/12/2020 14:03


18 December 2012: The UN holds first World Arabic Language Day

World Arabic Language Day has been celebrated every year on 18 December since 2012. The date coincides with the day in 1973 that the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted Arabic as the organisation's sixth official language. Today Arabic i

04/12/2020 12:18


Costa Women community reaches tenth birthday

Costa Women is celebrating its tenth anniversary this autumn. While planned celebrations have not gone ahead due to the current restrictions, the founder of the now Spain-wide women's group, Ali Meehan, talks to SUR in English about how it all starte

20/11/2020 14:23


20 November 1975: The death of General Francisco Franco

On 20 November 1975, Spain's military dictator, General Francisco Franco, died aged 82 in Madrid. On 19 July 1974, Franco fell ill from various health problems, and Juan Carlos I took over as acting head of state. Franco recovered and on 2 Septembe

06/11/2020 13:34

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From Malaga to Copenhagen

Malaga-based British artist Derek Worthington is showing his work at the APLAMA Manuel Barbadillo exhibition room in Malaga city (Avenida Comandante Benítez, 7) from 10 November. The two-part exhibition consists of Worthington's Malaga Tropical, a

23/10/2020 14:49


23 October 2013: Bank of Spain announces end of recession

On Wednesday 23 October 2013 the Bank of Spain announced that the country's recession, which had begun in 2009, was over. National GDP growth of 0.1 per cent between July to September 2013 meant a slight increase and enough for the bank to declare

16/10/2020 17:56


Beach cleanup team calling for volunteers in Fuengirola this weekend

Community cleanup team, Mi Moana, in collaboration with Diving with Nic and Fuengirola town hall, are holding their next beach and underwater cleanup this Saturday, 17 October, at Fuengirola's Carvajal beach. They will be there from 11am to 1pm fo

09/10/2020 17:06

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An exhibition that offers an 'escape' from the pandemic

Architect and illustrator Nigel Gilbert is holding an exhibition of his work at the Bio Beach Club restaurant and gallery in El Morche until 28 October. THE EXHIBITION What. Escape, an exhibition of line drawings by Nigel Gilbert. All drawings are

05/10/2020 15:30


A ceramic treasure trove tucked away in the Axarquía

Visiting Anne-Barbara Lenzin's garden and studio is a tonic for the soul during these exceptional times. Perched on a hillside just outside the small hamlet of Cajiz, which belongs to Vélez-Málaga, Anne-Barbara's terraced garden has spectacular vie

02/10/2020 14:17

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A month of gastronomy and subtropical fruit in Almuñécar

The twenty-second Almuñécar gastronomy fair (Feria Gastronómica) will be taking place in a number of restaurants in the town from 9 to 25 October. Unlike in previous years,, the event won't be taking place in the Majuelo park due to the coronavirus

28/09/2020 16:24


Duquesa pub owners reach 10,000-euro charity target

The owners of the Rose and Thistle bar at Puerto de Duquesa in Sabinillas have hit their 10,000-euro fundraising target to help local good causes. Simon and Sarah Dearing, who have owned the pub for two and a half years, started the Friday night ch

25/09/2020 15:32


25 September 1997: The Ryder Cup tees off at Valderrama

For the first time in its seventy-one-year history, golf's Ryder Cup took place outside the USA or UK and came to Sotogrande's Valderrama golf course (Cadiz) in 1997. King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía opened the ceremony on 25 September, fulfilling

25/09/2020 15:29

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Over 40 artists will take part in Frigiliana's fourth Ruta del Arte

The fourth Frigiliana art route, or Ruta del Arte, will be going ahead as planned from 2 to 4 October. Over 40 artists representing 14 different nationalities will be exhibiting their work in 26 locations around the village. Visitors will have t

21/09/2020 14:19


A right royal beach cleanup

Queen Sofía, the mother of Spain's King Felipe, spent 30 minutes picking up rubbish on one of Rincón de la Victoria's beaches last Saturday, as part of International Coastal Cleanup Day. The 81-year-old royal took part in the event at the beach ne

07/09/2020 17:57


Popular weekly markets reopen in Almuñécar and Trapiche

Almuñécar's weekly flea market started up again on Sunday with heightened health and safety measures in view of the coronavirus pandemic. These included the use of hand sanitiser and gloves as well as fewer stalls. The market will be on Paseo Bl

04/09/2020 15:22


Silly season

Summer in the UK and some other countries is typically known as silly season. Politicians are on holiday and there is generally little news to report. Journalists spend their time searching around for at best benign and at worse frivolous stories tha

28/08/2020 17:23


Info-bike educates about importance of Maro-Cerro Gordo cliffs

La Herradura's Amigos del Mar association will be running an information campaign to raise awareness of the importance of the Maro-Cerro Gordo nature reserve until mid-September. The Ocean Info-Bike is a mobile service run by the volunteers on the

28/08/2020 15:34

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Local Dutch artist showcases women at Nerja's Sala Municipal

Women are the theme of local Dutch artist Coby Bloemsma's exhibition 'Mujeres' at Nerja's Sala Municipal in Calle Cristo. Thirty-five paintings and eight sculptures are included in the exhibition which runs until 5 September. MUJERES / WOMEN What.

28/08/2020 14:25


28 August 1565: Spanish conquerors sight land off America

On 28 August 1565 the Spanish admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, on board the San Pelayo, first spotted land on the southeast coast of America; the area that today is northeast Florida. Menéndez de Avilés went on to name the settlement Saint Augusti

31/07/2020 17:45


31 July 1588: The Spanish Armada reaches English shores

On 31 July 1588 what became known as the Spanish 'Invincible Armada' encountered the English Navy off the coast of Plymouth. In May that year, during the undeclared Anglo-Spanish war (1585-1604), as Spain's King Felipe II wanted to remove the Prot

03/07/2020 16:12


3 July 2005: Same-sex marriage law comes into effect in Spain

A law allowing people of the same sex to marry and adopt children came into force on 3 July 2005, making Spain only the third country in the world where gay marriage was legal at the time. The law was passed on 30 June by the socialist PSOE govern

01/06/2020 13:09


Second volunteer to brave the shave for animal charity

Following the success of Sam Matthews-McCarthy's head shave on 1 May, fellow Axarquía Animal Rescue (AAR) supporter, Su Derrick, will be losing her locks on 8 June to raise money for the charity. Su said, "I saw the article in SUR about Sam Matthe

29/05/2020 17:05


29 May 1953: Mount Everest conquered for the first time

At 11.30am on 29 May 1953 New Zealand mountaineer and explorer Sir Edmund Hillary (1919-2008) and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay (1914-1986) reached the summit of Mount Everest, becoming the first confirmed mountaineers to successfully climb to the top. Hil

15/05/2020 15:47


Arts Society Chair recognised for outstanding contribution

Chair of the Nerja Arts Society Helen Sijsling has won an award for her outstanding contribution to the society since she took on the role four years ago. Unbeknown to Helen, the Nerja society's treasurer Robert Durston had nominated her for the aw

11/05/2020 14:09


UK government seeks to reassure Brits about residency and travel

The British Embassy in Madrid and the consulate in Malaga have released a series of informative videos on their Facebook pages, with the aim of answering some of the issues currently concerning Brits in Spain. They have offered advice to those trying

08/05/2020 18:44


8 May 2000: King Juan Carlos I joins protests against ETA

Then King Juan Carlos I and his wife Queen Sofía joined tens of thousands of Spaniards on 8 May 2000 in a silent protest in defiance of recent murders carried out by Basque separatist group ETA. "The murder of the word" is how they described the r

08/05/2020 14:57


Local artists pledge to support others during Covid lockdown

Two local artists, Annabel Keatley and Gerrit Oppelland Hampel, are participating in the Artist Support Pledge, an initiative set up by British artist Matthew Burrows designed to help artists during the coronavirus crisis. Burrows, who is a London-

05/05/2020 13:07


Local filmmaker captures the global lockdown in 10-minute video

La Herradura based Dutch filmmaker Jeroen Stultiens has made a 10-minute video bringing together some of the many thousands of clips that have gone viral since the lockdown began. Lockdown: A Short Documentary Made Entirely From Home starts with so

20/04/2020 17:01


Timely nursing practice in Uganda

One week before the coronavirus lockdown was announced in Spain, 25-year-old Elena Craven returned from a two-week expedition to Uganda, with the Malaga-based NGO, SAWA, which means 'Together' in Arabic. Elena is studying to become a nurse in Malag

11/04/2020 16:04


From book clubs to weddings, events go online in the crisis

Most foreign residents in the province are well versed at using video calls to speak to loved ones back home. However, a month ago it would probably never have occurred to anyone to 'attend' a church service, their monthly book club or even speak to

03/04/2020 18:50


Red Cross offers Covid-19 help in English in Vélez-Málaga

The group of English-speaking volunteers at Cruz Roja (Red Cross) Vélez-Málaga have set up response operation to help vulnerable English-speaking foreign residents in the area during the coronavirus lockdown. Red Cross social intervention volunteer

03/04/2020 16:34


3 April 1998: First stone laid to build Martín Carpena arena

On 3 April 1998 the first stone was laid for what would become Malaga's Palacio de Deportes José María Martín Carpena, or the Martín Carpena arena as it is known in English. After several months of controversy and political differences, the four pu

31/03/2020 16:06


Costas rally to meet the demand for protective kits

As existing supplies of masks and protective equipment rapidly diminish in Spain, groups of volunteers across Malaga province and the Costa Tropical have started to make them in their own homes. Town halls, businesses and individuals are rallying t

27/03/2020 17:20


Animal charities face hard times as shops and shelters close

One of the exceptions to the Spanish government's tight restrictions on movement during the coronavirus lockdown is for dog walking. However, there is a lack of clarity as to what is allowed. Anything from being 50 to 250 metres from your home, to 20

20/03/2020 18:19

Local | Education

New technologies allow students to keep learning during the lockdown

Public and private education centres across the province have all had to adapt almost overnight to the coronavirus emergency. There are 338,765 pupils in public primary and secondary education across the province, along with 22,575 teachers; they t

09/03/2020 19:12


A Place in the Sun in the Axarquía

The film crew from Channel Four's A Place in the Sun have been in the Axarquía area east of Malaga to talk to British residents this week. Presenter of Channel Four's A Place in the Sun, Danni Menzies, interviewed a couple at La Viñuela reservoi

08/03/2020 16:49


A show of strength for International Women's Day

Women along the Costa del Sol and Costa Tropical will be coming together to mark International Women's Day, which is on 8 March. A demonstration will be taking place on the streets of Malaga, starting at 6pm on the Alameda de Colón (on the corner o

06/03/2020 12:30


Possible change of date for Residents' Day

Nerja foreigners' office has said that this year's residents' day could be postponed until autumn. A note sent out on Monday said that the date would be confirmed in due course. However, there was no explanation as to the reason for the possible chan

28/02/2020 15:09


28 February 1980: Andalusians vote for autonomy

On 28 February 1980 the people of Andalucía voted in a referendum to make the region an autonomous community with devolved powers from central government. Sixty-two per cent of the electorate, or 2.84 million people, turned out to cast their votes;

21/02/2020 12:43


Withdrawal Agreement leaves plenty up in the air

So far there has been little change for most Brits living in Spain since the UK officially left the EU on 31 January. It might have been a timely reminder for those still needing to apply for residency, exchange driving licences and register on their

14/02/2020 17:40


Vélez-Málaga town hall reveals plans to plant 1,000 new trees

Vélez-Málaga town hall last week unveiled a new environment plan which aims to plant over 1,000 trees in the town this decade. Under the slogan 'One Child, One Tree' the town hall and local schools aim to have planted 165 trees by the end of Februa

14/02/2020 15:30

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Helen Mirren, Gustav Klimt and an international war correspondent

The next Nerja Arts Society lecture, which will take place at the town's cultural centre on Tuesday 18 February, will be given by international journalist Anne-Marie O'Connor. INFORMATION When. Tuesday 18 February, 5pm (doors open 4pm) Where. Ner

14/02/2020 15:15


Almuñécar council opens first dog park

Almuñécar's first dog park, situated to the north of the town's Alhucemas gardens, opened last Tuesday. The town hall said it decided to create the park following calls from residents as well as a petition from local animal organisation, APAMA.

07/02/2020 11:55

What to do

A music festival in Rincón de la Victoria's Cueva del Tesoro

The Cueva del Tesoro music festival starts this evening, Friday 7 February, at the Rincón de la Victoria cave. Four concerts, one each weekend, will offer a selection of opera, gospel, flamenco and fusion music. Malaga-born singer-songwriter Manu

31/01/2020 18:09


The Hokey Cokey

So we've arrived at Brexit day. It's important to remember though that today is largely symbolic; UK MEPs and the last UK commissioner, Julian King, left the European Parliament and Commission respectively earlier this week and as such the UK no long

31/01/2020 12:30


A rollercoaster four years for Brits in Spain

Since the result of the referendum became clear in the early hours of 24 June 2016, the 300,000 Brits in Spain, along with their counterparts across the EU 27 and European citizens living in the UK, have faced uncertainty, grief, hope and resolve: a

24/01/2020 17:51


24 January 1976: USA and Spain sign friendship treaty

As Spain started to make its first steps as a democratic and open country after 36 years of Franco's dictatorship, the treaty of friendship and cooperation with the USA was signed on 24 January 1976. Diario SUR's front page headline the following day

24/01/2020 13:05

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A chance to learn about the Axarquía's olive oil in English

The annual La Molina de Riogordo in English olive oil day will be taking place on Saturday 1 February. The event is now in its third year and provides English speakers with the opportunity to learn about one of the Axarquía's most important products.

21/01/2020 11:34


Young guitar talent shines in Almuñécar

The 35th La Herradura international Andrés Segovia classical guitar competition finished with Marko Topchii (Kiev, 1991) from Ukraine wining first prize. Second prize went to Vera Danilina from Russia while Mircea Gogoncea from Romania took third.

10/01/2020 12:28

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Fin de Siècle Europe comes to Andalucía

Soprano singer Aurea Marston will be joining Malaga resident and pianist Cornelia Lezin for a number of concerts in Andalucía in January. Like Cornelia, who lives in Cajiz where she regularly holds concerts in her converted mill, Aurea is originally

10/01/2020 12:12


10 January 2014: Sisters in their seventies meet for first time

On 10 January 2014 two sisters, both by then in their 70s, met for the first time. Josefa Campos Fernández, 78, was born in Antequera and her sister, Remedios Campos Cantador, 74 was born in Córdoba. They have the same father but different mothers.

13/12/2019 16:13


Bah humbug

Like me, many Brits on the Costa del Sol woke up feeling numb, shell-shocked this morning. Some sort of majority was likely, but not the landslide that has happened. Brexit is now inevitable. Under what terms exactly we don't know, but we can safely

13/12/2019 16:03


13 December 1938: The birth of ONCE, help for the blind

On 13 December 1938 ONCE, an organisation to provide assistance to blind people in Spain, was created. A government decree endorsed its foundation and granted the then national organisation of the blind the right to sell the so-called "pro-blind"

12/12/2019 09:43


Spain keeps a close eye on the UK General Election results

As the UK went to the polls on Thursday, not only were Britons living in Spain watching closely, but also Spanish citizens residing in the UK. The UK media claimed the 2019 General Election was "the most important in a generation" and news was comi

10/12/2019 10:20


The true spirit of Christmas in the Axarquía

On a Friday afternoon in late November and tucked away in a church hall at Puente Don Manuel in the Axarquía, I found a group of ten volunteers putting together bags of Barbie and baby dolls with assorted clothing and accessories. Surrounded by toys,

03/12/2019 13:25


Good turnout for launch of new U3A group in La Viñuela

Around 50 people attended a meeting to launch a new University of the Third Age (U3A) group recently at La Viñuela restaurant. La Viñuela councillor Ria O'Brien said, "We had a very successful launch despite the inclement weather." She explaine

02/12/2019 14:08


Foreign residents help to plant trees in the Axarquía

Around 75 people, including Britons, Germans and Belgians, participated in the second session of a tree planting project run by the Colectivo CreceT organisation near Periana recently. Find out more : Facebook: Colectivo Cre

29/11/2019 11:14


"Our best hope is to focus on alternatives to single use plastics"

Ann Jenkins, the founder of Playa Patrol, recently completed her two week leg of a round-the-world all female crew boat trip with the UK based organisation, eXXpedition, which is carrying out research into plastics in our seas and oceans. How long

15/11/2019 16:41


15 November 2005 | Tony King sentenced to 36 years in prison

On 15 November 2005, British national Tony Alexander King was sentenced to 36 years in prison for what judges described as the "savage, cruel and inhumane" murder of 17-year-old Sonia Carabantes during Coín's annual feria in August 2003. He was also

25/10/2019 11:56


Anti-Brexit demonstrations in UK and Spain

As the UK parliament debated Boris Johnson's withdrawal deal during a highly unusual Saturday sitting in the House of Common, protesters gathered to request a People's Vote, or second referendum, in London, following a similar event which was held in

18/10/2019 15:16


18 October 1997: Guggeinheim Museum Bilbao opens

On 18 October 1997 the iconic Guggenheim Museum Bilbao was officially opened by King Juan Carlos I. On the night before the official inauguration, 5,000 people were invited to a party at the museum which included fireworks and concerts. The idea fo

14/10/2019 17:16


Animal charity seeking dare devils for zip wire challenge

The Axarquía Animal Rescue (AAR) charity is organising a sponsored zip wire challenge on Sunday 20 October at the Comares zip wire. Anyone interested must register as soon as possible as places are limited. The 20 people already participating, amon

14/10/2019 15:16


The last of the original British players

Steven Craven and Nick Harcourt-Smith are the only two remaining British musicians who have been part of Malaga's philharmonic orchestra since it was formed in 1991. As the Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga heads towards its 30th anniversary in early

11/10/2019 18:37

What to do

Swedish "environmental explorer" to give talk in Marbella

The Palacio de Congresos in Marbella will host the environmental charity event Towards Nature on 14 and 15 October. The event is aimed at students and is designed to raise awareness of how climate change is affecting the world, as well as how to e

30/09/2019 14:48


Lux Mundi appeals for food donations for Harvest Festival

Lux Mundi will be holding Harvest Festival services in both Torre del Mar and Fuengirola centres in October. The Torre del Mar service will take place on 6 October at 11am and in Fuengirola it will take place on 27 October, at 8pm. Lux Mundi is

28/09/2019 15:49


Periana town hall to hold monthly flea market

Periana town hall will be holding a monthly flea market as of this Sunday. The event will take place on the last Sunday of every month from 10am to 2pm on Plaza de Andalucía. The town hall says that anyone is welcome to have a stall from fruit a

27/09/2019 14:08


British residents take to the streets of Malaga to say no to Brexit

Sunday's anti-Brexit demonstration in Malaga city centre attracted scores of Brits and Spaniards from across Malaga province as well as people from Granada, Seville and Cadiz. Some 277 people signed a petition to ask the UK and Spanish governments

20/09/2019 10:55


A timely excuse to celebrate a local writer in Malaga

From streets to schools, the name Salvador Rueda should be familiar to anyone living in Malaga province. But many may ask who he was. The hamlet of Benaque, where he was born, will be celebrating his life and works on 21 September. ·More informatio

06/09/2019 14:49


Dog refuge money is missing following break-in in Pedrera

A British woman who runs the A New Day Spain dog refuge in Pedrera, (Seville province), has reported that she returned home on Wednesday to discover funds raised for the refuge had been stolen. Maria Bradford, 61, told SUR in English that she and h

06/09/2019 11:50


6 September 2009: Malaga's first international air show

On Sunday 6 September 2009 Malaga city hosted its first international air festival, with some 200,000 people flocking to its beaches to watch the displays. Forty planes and 90 pilots participated in the event which lasted five hours and took place

06/09/2019 11:34


A local group with a global focus in Nerja

The American International Club (AIC) is a Nerja-based club whose members live locally, from Almuñécar to Torrox, but originally come from all different corners of the globe. The club says it is "open to all nationalities" and at the moment boasts

03/09/2019 14:48


Sharing political ideas for integration

Ria O'Brien was elected as a councillor in La Viñuela for a second term in the local elections in May. She was first approached in 2015 by the village's PSOE-A mayor, José Juan Jiménez López, as he recognised a need to have a native English-speaking

30/08/2019 15:19


Candy floss

Speaking on BBC Radio Four's The Today programme on Thursday, Commons Leader and hard Brexiteer Jacob Rees Mogg described the impromptu anti-Brexit protests that erupted across the UK following the announcement that Parliament was to be suspended for

29/08/2019 20:30


Brexit campaigners in Spain react to Johnson's prorogation plans

Spain-based campaigning groups have been reacting to news this week that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has gained approval from the Queen to suspend parliament for up to five weeks in the final lead up to what is currently believed to be Brexit day

16/08/2019 15:12


Sticking plasters

The Bishop of Malaga has announced that Father Jesús Ramesh Babu Gudapati, the priest who has had ongoing xenophobic abuse from a gang of youths, is to be moved from the parishes of Benajarafe, Chilches and Cajiz to Monda and Guaro in September and F

26/07/2019 18:58

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A chance to listen to jazz under the stars in Nerja

The fifth year of the music festival Nerja Ciudad Abierta, Music In Other Spaces, which is now known as '3 En El Paraíso,' will be taking place on 2 and 14 August and 4 September at the Hotel Paraíso del Mar on Calle Prolongación Hernando de Carabeo

26/07/2019 13:43


Algarrobo launches dog mess campaign

Algarrobo town hall has sent letters to 500 dog owners along with dispensers containing bags for faeces and bottles which should be filled with vinegar and water to be used when their dogs urinate in public spaces. The letters remind owners of a 3

25/07/2019 12:23


Short but sweet; Nerja rocks to God Save the Queen

Nearly 2,000 people packed the gardens of the Nerja Caves on Friday night to see Queen tribute band, God Save the Queen, from Brits on holiday and long-term residents to Spanish Queen fans. A 40-minute delayed start had the impatient audience burst

23/07/2019 13:26


A creative way to help the environment

Dita Grunte and Rafa Coellho have a clear vision: to combine their skills as artists with good environmental practices. It is said that charity starts at home and this is definitely the case with the couple, who have been living in Almuñécar since Ma

08/07/2019 14:32


Weekend Beach does it again

Torre del Mar's Weekend Beach festival has once again put the town firmly on the musical map of Spain with an event that continues to exceed expectations. Thousands of 'Weekers' descended on the town on Wednesday with high expectations for this the s

01/07/2019 14:20


Walking the English Way to give much-needed boost to Lux Mundi

Fuengirola resident and British retiree Michael Griffiths has recently completed one of the Camino de Santiago routes to raise money for the town's Lux Mundi ecumenical centre, which he attends regularly. He raised almost 1,000 euros for the centr

01/07/2019 13:39


Escape to the villages of the Axarquía and cool off

During the hot summer months it is all too easy just to pack up the swimming costumes and parasols and head to the beach. Regular dips in the sea and beach bars serving a constant supply of drinks and food provide everything needed to keep cool. But

28/06/2019 15:59


Pride and prejudice

The Duke of Cambridge said on Wednesday that he would be "absolutely fine" if one of his three children came out, but admitted that because of their roles he would be "worried about barriers and persecution". It would be nice to think that the rest o

28/06/2019 13:19

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A musical reunion in one of Malaga's most tranquil spots

Malaga resident, Thomas Kaurich, will be accompanied by two former Julliard School colleagues, Liba Schacht and John Sharp, on Friday 5 July at the English Cemetery in Malaga. The three, will be forming a chamber music trio (piano, violin, and cello)

24/05/2019 14:45


Tempting, but not worth a jail sentence

Having written off being able to vote in the European Parliament elections ever again after the June 2016 referendum, imagine my joy when it turned out that I would have one last opportunity to do so before Brexit, as the UK government failed to reac

17/05/2019 12:26


Families to exhibit empowering artwork

A two-day exhibition of artwork next month will be the culmination of an innovative and international project in which local Arts Societies (Nerja, Costa del Sol and Benahavís) have collaborated with the Museo Jorge Rando in Malaga and the NGO Aldeas

10/05/2019 14:38


10 MAY 1936 Azaña is elected president of the Republic

On 10 May 1936 Manuel Azaña (b. 10 January 1880, Madrid) was elected as president of Spain's Second Republic, amid growing political and social tension in the country, which would eventually lead to Civil War. Azaña had previously held the role of

12/04/2019 16:54

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A passion for getting involved

Hundreds of local people and actors will be taking part in Riogordo's giant Passion play, El Paso, on Good Friday and Easter Saturday. The Easter story has been performed in the village in this way since 1951; in recent years however the cast has inc

12/04/2019 14:12


Summer tourist train back in operation

A tourist and cultural train running between Torre del Mar and Vélez-Málaga will operate every Tuesday morning as of next week and throughout the summer months. The train will depart from the Azucarera (sugar cane factory) in Torre del Mar at 10am

12/04/2019 12:51


A passion for getting involved

Hundreds of local people and actors will be taking part in Riogordo's giant Passion play, El Paso, on Good Friday and Easter Saturday. The Easter story has been performed in the village in this way since 1951; in recent years however the cast has inc

02/04/2019 14:31


Bad weather hampers Residents' Day plans

Nerja's annual Residents' Day, has been cancelled altogether after being postponed twice due to bad weather. The event was initially postponed from 24 to 31 March due to an unfavourable weather forecast. Further rain predicted for Sunday 31st mean

29/03/2019 13:17


29 March 1985: A successful end to Spain's talks to join the EEC

On 29 March 1985 over 20 years of negotiations with what was then the European Economic Community (EEC) reached a positive outcome when Spain's accession to the bloc was agreed. The announcement was made following a visit to Madrid by a delegation

29/03/2019 12:40


Costa Tropical's international community joins beach cleaning efforts

Twenty-seven nationalities took part in a clean-up operation on Almuñécar's and La Herradura's beaches last Saturday. Forty thousand cigarette butts and almost a tonne of plastic and other rubbish were collected by more than 500 volunteers througho

29/03/2019 12:27


We love EU after all

Over a million people attended the Put it to the People march in London last Saturday asking for another chance to vote on Brexit. The tone was fiercely anti-Brexit and there was even healthy number of brave souls who had voted Leave in 2016 and have

25/03/2019 20:27


'Malagueños' unite for London anti-Brexit march

A group of 'Malagueños' were reunited for last Saturday's Put it to the People march in London. Numerous British residents living on the Costa del Sol and Costa Tropical travelled back to the UK especially for the protest, where they met up with Span

22/03/2019 11:52


EU agrees to Brexit delay but length depends on May's deal vote

The leaders of the 27 EU countries agreed on Thursday night to allowing the UK an extension to article 50 to delay its exit from the Union. Theresa was told, however that the UK can have until 22 May to organise legislation if prime minister Theresa

15/03/2019 14:51


Frustration felt by Brits in Spain as Brexit date remains unclear

It's been yet another week of uncertainty and more important votes. Thursday evening's vote to ask the EU to extend Article 50 to delay Brexit still lives residents unclear as to when, how and if the UK will leave the EU. The extension vote follow

15/03/2019 12:45


Business as usual

It was heartening to see so many men, young and old, actively participating in the International Women's Day march in Malaga last Friday. However, on Saturday morning, less than 12 hours after International Women's Day had ended, I had been sent, by

01/03/2019 15:09


UK parliament votes to ringfence citizens' rights, regardless of deal

The House of Commons has passed the amendment to the UK Withdrawal Agreement that seeks to ringfence rights for Britons living in the EU and EU citizens living in the UK, regardless of the circumstances under which the exit eventually occurs. The a

26/02/2019 21:24


A guiri's guide to extra virgin olive oil

With a large foreign population, it is of little surprise then that Malaga and Granada are also home to a number of Brits and other nationalities who have turned their hand to one of the region's key industries: olive oil. OLIVE OIL IN NUMBERS 100

15/02/2019 11:20


Arts Society stages stirring flamenco commentary in English

The Nerja Arts Society attracted its biggest audience yet to a dynamic narrated talk held recently about the history and culture of flamenco. Heartbeat of the South was presented by the Nerja society's chair, Helen Sijsling and performed by member

08/02/2019 13:59

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An erotic exhibition in the lead up to Valentine's Day

Around 20 artists from Granada, Malaga and Madrid are exhibiting work at the 'Erotica' exhibition which is currently on at Almuñécar's Casa de la Cultura. The featured work includes painting, sculpture and poetry by members of Almuñécar's Arte Sur

04/02/2019 10:41


Communities unite to #SaveSoraya

The British and Spanish communities of Malaga province are uniting to help 33-year-old Soraya Pérez Bradley in her fight against Leukemia, by organising a series of fundraising events to help towards urgent medical treatment. The first event took

01/02/2019 10:59

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Mediterranean diets on prescription

Dr Simon Poole will be giving a talk in English at the olive oil cooperative tour and talk in Riogordo tomorrow, Saturday 2 February. OLIVE OIL TOUR & TALK Where. Riogordo olive oil cooperative Paraje del Campo (at the entrance to Riogordo from Vél

25/01/2019 18:24


From Malaga to London with Kazimir Malevich

It is a coincidence that the Kazimir Malevich exhibition at Malaga's Museo Ruso should be showing at the same time as Malaga-based British artist Derek Worthington, is putting the finishing touches to a collection of three dimensional abstract collag

18/01/2019 13:57


SOHA 2019 AGM to discuss Junta change

Save Our Homes Axarquía (SOHA) will be holding its 2019 AGM on Wednesday 23 January at the camping bar and restaurant in La Viñuela, starting at 7.30pm. On the agenda is how the recent change in government at the Junta de Andalucía is likely to af

18/01/2019 13:55


Lux Mundi call for wool donations for shawls

Lux Mundi Torre del Mar has launched an appeal asking for donations of wool or knitted and crocheted squares to make waistcoats and shawls for homeless people and those in wheelchairs, ready for next winter. Donations can be taken to the ecumenical

14/12/2018 10:56


Milestones on a path of art appreciation

A year of celebrations for The Arts Society reached a climax this week with its CEO joining branches in the province for the final events to celebrate a series of milestones. While The Arts Society, formally known as NADFAS, reached its 50th year in

07/12/2018 12:08


A talent for singing recently discovered

I finally managed to catch up with Julie Abedin this month, two years after I first heard her, and Comares-based band Mentally Ska'd, play at an Axarquía Animal Rescue fundraiser in the area. This time she was performing just with the band's drumme

07/12/2018 12:02


School makes donation to Malaga children's oncology association

Five Year 11 students from Almuñécar International School, along with their teacher, Manuel Galiana, travelled to Malaga's Materno children's hospital earlier this week to donate 300 euros to the hospital's Asociación de Voluntarios de Oncología Infa

30/11/2018 13:47


Runners to perform Nativity on La Maroma

Two running clubs based in Torre del Mar are planning to act out the Nativity play on top of La Maroma mountain on Saturday 22 December. Members will carry their costumes, as well as typical Christmas sweets and hot chocolate, in rucksacks for the 16

30/11/2018 11:12


From Jersey to Spain, naturally

Nikki de Gruchy is hard to pin down; she recently finished a photography exhibition at the ethnographic museum in Riogordo, in the Axarquía, and from there she flew to Lanzarote to participate in the annual PhotoEspaña PhotoWalk. She took part in the

23/11/2018 17:37


Institutional sexism

So the war on sexism rages on. At a recent appointment with the social security gynaecologist, which in Andalucía, where we have a woman Socialist leader, is still called 'family planning', I was left wondering whether the woman doctor who attended t

23/11/2018 11:37


From a life on the road to an old dairy

When I arrived at La Vaquería, owner Su Derrick, was serving up mango jam tarts to one of her regulars, Audrey, who lives locally, near Benamargosa. We all agreed that jam tarts have lost out to trendy cakes such as muffins and cup cakes and start to

19/11/2018 11:43


Citizens' groups in EU27 react angrily to draft Brexit deal

Citizens' groups representing Britons abroad have reacted "with anger and disappointment" to the draft Brexit deal which Theresa May's cabinet approved on Wednesday evening. British in Europe, which is an umbrella organisation representing British

19/11/2018 11:12


Spa day raises 650 euros for Los Ángeles de la Noche food charity

Axarquía members of the international charity, Food for Change, raised 650 euros for the charity Los Ángeles de la Noche, the food kitchen based in Malaga, through a fundraising spa day on 3 November at the Centro Dhama complimentary therapy centre i

16/11/2018 17:28


Travels with my smartphone

Escaping the heat of Malaga for a ten-day trip around the Baltics would, in normal circumstances, have been heaven, except that I managed to time it in the middle of the pan-European heat wave. Still, it made packing easy and with my cabin-size troll

16/11/2018 14:45


Exploring Andalucía's gastronomy

British food and travel writer, blogger and photographer, Fiona Dunlop, was in Malaga last week ahead of a six-day gastronomic tour of Andalucía and following the launch of her new book, Andaluz. 'Secret Andalucía' is the first tour Fiona is giving

16/11/2018 11:48


Call for volunteers for post-summer cleanup at Cantarriján beach

The next Playa Patrol Community Beach Cleanup will take place at Playa Cantarriján, between Nerja and La Herradura, on Sunday, 25 November, from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Playa Patrol carried out its first beach cleanup in the La Herradura area in Octobe

02/11/2018 12:50


2 NOVEMBER 2017: Custody without bail for Catalan independence MPs

On Thursday 2 November 2017, prosecutors in Madrid called for former senior members of the Catalan regional government to be denied bail and held in jail following the attempted declaration of independence on 27 October when MPs voted to create a "Ca

02/11/2018 11:38


New law to safeguard UK citizens' health post Brexit

The UK Department of Health and Social Care has published details of the Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill which the department says on its website, has "been introduced to give the government legal powers to fund and implement healthcare

24/10/2018 11:23


When a dog isn't for life

Ask anyone who has ever fostered a cat or dog and they will tell you that first and foremost they do it "to save lives". However, with the numerous animal rescue centres across Malaga province all crying out for help as the number of stray and abando

19/10/2018 14:41


German man dies when paraglider falls to ground at popular spot

A 54-year-old German man died on Tuesday when his paraglider fell to the ground in the Camino Almenara area of Almuñécar. Emergency services were alerted at around 2pm when a witness called to report that they had "seen someone fall with a paragli

18/10/2018 13:50


First Weekend Beach festival tickets sell out in hours

Weekend Beach festival organisers announced on Wednesday that the 12,000 tickets that went on sale on Tuesday for next July's event in Torre del Mar sold out within hours of the launch. The tickets were sold at an early-bird price of 28 euros with

15/10/2018 16:42


Exiting department number two meets with British residents in Spain

The Minister at the Department for Exiting the EU, Robin Walker, was in Madrid last week to meet with Spanish government ministers, UK Ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley, and members of the business community. He also took part in a roundtable discuss

15/10/2018 16:20


On the steps of the European Parliament I sat down and wept

Meeting up with friends last weekend in Brussels - the city that brought us together some 20 years ago as young, self-assured European Politics students from different UK universities who were working as 'stagiares' for different British MEPs - I tho

05/10/2018 15:40


5th October 2011: The Duchess of Alba marries Alfonso Díez

On Wednesday 5 October 2011, Spain's Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y Silva, the 18th Duchess of Alba, married her third husband, the civil servant Alfonso Díez Carabantes. The wedding took place at 1.15pm in the chapel of the Palacio de las Dueñas in

05/10/2018 11:17


From Singapore to Algarrobo

When I arrive at Lux Mundi Torre del Mar to interview Katherin Ockenfels, I find her laughing and joking with a fellow volunteer at the centre about payment for an excursion she had signed up to do. She starts off our conversation by animatedly telli

28/09/2018 16:05

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October, a month filled with art in the Axarquía

While the summer may be drawing to a close, there is still plenty to look forward to next month for lovers of art in the Axarquía. In the area east of Malaga, October is punctuated by two stand-out dates: first up in the inland village of Frigilian

28/09/2018 15:49


25 years of Lux Mundi Torre del Mar

Volunteers from Lux Mundi Torre del Mar and Fuengirola met at the Santa Rosa hotel in El Morche, Torrox, on Wednesday for their annual lunch. This year it was the turn of the East of Malaga centre to host the event, coinciding with the silver anniver

28/09/2018 12:13


Veterans return for charity golf tournaments

For the fourth year in a row, a group of former British service personnel will be in Malaga to participate in a number of Battle Back Golf tournaments, also open to the public, to raise money for the charity which helps injured soldiers. Dates inc

13/09/2018 14:26


UK in EU Brexit challenge awaiting High Court decision over appeal

The UK in EU collective, of which Bremain in Spain is a member, is awaiting the decision of the UK High Court as to whether it will hear its appeal against the UK government's response to the challenge over the alleged illegal spending limits of the

24/08/2018 14:09


Superdry co-founder donates £1m to People's Vote campaign

Cofounder of international clothing brand, Superdry, and multimillionaire, Julian Dunkerton, announced last week that he would donate one million pounds to the People's Vote campaign. Dunkerton, 53, said that if Brexit had happened 20 years ago, "S

24/08/2018 09:30

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Almuñécar says adiós to August with blues, funk and jazz

The towns of Almuñécar and neighbouring La Herradura will be ending August on a varied musical note with the fifth Blues Festival taking place this weekend at La Herradura Castle while El Majuelo park in Almuñécar will be resonating to the sounds of

30/07/2018 18:11


Flying high in Torre del Mar

No sooner had the residents of and visitors to Torre del Mar put Santa Ana back to bed on the last evening of the town's feria, than they were woken at 8.30am last Friday to the sound of the Eurofighter flying overhead, marking the start of the town'

27/07/2018 14:45

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Nights at the castle

INFORMATION What. The first Noches en el Castillo festival. Where. La Herradura castle When. Wednesday 1 to Tuesday 8 August, 10.30pm Further information. or for tickets In its first year, Noches en

27/07/2018 13:56

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To the skies!

The third International Torre del Mar Air Show will be taking to the skies over the town's beaches from Friday 27 until Sunday 29 July. Forty-two aircraft from Spain, the UK, Switzerland, Belgium and Italy will be participating in the event which i

20/07/2018 13:17


Brexit researchers want the opinions of British expats in Spain

Research organisation, BrExpats Abroad are inviting Britons living in other EU countries to participate in a brief survey to help them better understand the impacts of Brexit for UK citizens living in the EU27. They say that through the project, r

06/07/2018 14:33

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Gálvez takes on British troops again to mark Independence Day

The village of Macharaviaya will be staging its annual Fourth of July celebrations with a parade through the streets of Malaga on Friday 6 July, starting from Plaza de la Marina at 7.30pm. This will commemorate the role of General Bernardo de Gálvez

29/06/2018 15:24


British expats in Spain join London's anti-Brexit march

An estimated 100,000 people took to the streets of London last Sunday, on the second anniversary of the EU referendum, to ask the government for a People's Vote on the final outcome of Brexit negotiations. Anti-Brexit campaigners travelled from acr

22/06/2018 14:50


The golden girls (and boys) of Almuñécar

Most people will remember the 1980s US sitcom, the Golden Girls, in which a group of older women lived together in a large house and shared the trials and tribulations of ageing together. Move on 30 years and the concept of shared living, or 'coopera

22/06/2018 13:35


Vélez-Málaga beaches given quality award

Vélez-Málaga's councillors for Torre del Mar and Caleta, Jesús Pérez Atencia and David Vilches, announced on Monday that the Q for quality flags, which are given to beaches that meet specific tourism and environmental criteria in Spain, have been awa

22/06/2018 13:27


Almuñécar water park celebrates 30 years

Almuñécar's Aquatropic water park opened its doors last Thursday for the 30th year running. To celebrate the anniversary, manager of Aquatropic, Vicente Barbero, said last week that visitors would find a new and improved wave pool. Barbero added

22/06/2018 13:23


Roman walls uncovered during restoration of Almuñécar town centre

The remains of Roman walls have been unearthed during major restoration work to Almuñécar's historic centre. Workers were improving water pipes and supply in Calle San Joaquín when the discovery was made. A number of similar discoveries have been

15/06/2018 13:40

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Contemporary art exhibition

The First International Art Exhibition at the Azucarera, in Guadalfeo, Salobreña will be taking place from Friday 21 until Sunday 24 June. INFORMATION What: International Art Exhibition Where: Azucarera, Guadalfeo, Salobreña When: Thursday 21 t

15/06/2018 13:38


A European lunch to thank clients and staff

More than 100 patients, staff and family members attended the third Diaverum dialysis clinic party at the Santa Rosa hotel in El Morche last Sunday. The party was organised by staff who work at the clinic and was free for those attending. Among th

15/06/2018 13:27


Town hall leaflet causes controversy among animal lovers

Animal lovers are up in arms in Benamocarra following the publication of a leaflet by the town hall which threatens fines of up to 750 euros for feeding the local cats. Antonio Fernández Arcas, who says he has been feeding the felines every mornin

08/06/2018 13:00

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The Cave festival in Nerja

The 59th Nerja Caves International Festival of Music and Dance will get under way on Saturday 16 June with a performance by African-American soprano and jazz musician, Barbara Hendricks, inside the cave itself. INFORMATION Where: Nerja Caves and Pl

08/06/2018 12:46


A nursing career in two countries

Liz Brown can be easily identified by her British nurse uniform. She is a Registered General Nurse (RGN) in the UK as well as being, as far as she is aware, the only Briton registered with the Colegio Oficial de Enfermería in Malaga. "It was a very

08/06/2018 12:33


A flavour of the Costa Tropical

Almuñécar, on the Costa Tropical, is celebrating 20 years of gastronomy this weekend, with the annual Feria Gastronómica in the town's Parque El Majuelo. The event, which is organised by the Almuñécar Valle Tropical hospitality association, officia

01/06/2018 14:29

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Árchez celebrates diversity and art

The village of Árchez is today celebrating its second Residents' Day as part of the annual cultural week. There will be music from Jukebox Bandits at 8pm and Proyecto Mandarina at 10pm as well as a market selling food from the countries represented i

18/05/2018 12:06


Warm welcome for barefoot runner

British athlete, Julia Chi Taylor has achieved her goal. She arrived in Almuñécar last Saturday, on her 59th birthday, after running 1,000 kilometres barefoot across Spain. Julia started her epic journey in the town of Suances in Cantabria on 23 Ma

18/05/2018 12:00


Finding enjoyable ways to make a living

Readers may be familiar with Ian Rutter's voice from his Life Stories programme on Talk Radio Europe. Classical music fans may also have heard him presenting his show on The Wireless Radio; an internet-based radio station. Ian, 55, and his partner

11/05/2018 13:08

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Twenty years of culture

Nerja Cultural Centre is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a number of special events throughout May. INFORMATION What. Nerja Cultural Centre 20th anniversary events Where. Nerja Cultural Centre and other locations. Further information. www

11/05/2018 13:00


Swimming the height of Everest for Cudeca

A community fundraising event in aid of the Cudeca hospice in Benalmádena will take place at Cómpeta's municipal swimming pool this Saturday at 10am. The swimming challenge will involve two teams; an Elite and a Challenge team, whose aim is to swim

04/05/2018 15:35

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A very European quartet

Ars Nova, a Granada-based quartet, will be playing at El Molino de Cajiz on Sunday 6 May and then on Thursday 10 May at the Sala Unicaja de Conciertos María Cristina in Malaga. They will be accompanied by pianist and owner of the Molino de Cajiz, Cor

27/04/2018 16:18


The secret life of a film set maker

Don Dossett has met some of the biggest names in Hollywood and knows who the more easygoing and more difficult film directors are. For almost 20 years he designed and built sets for movies including Superman, Judge Dredd and Kenneth Branagh's Haml

27/04/2018 14:49


Reminder for Nerja car tax payments

Nerja town hall foreigners' department is reminding residents that car and motorbike tax must be paid by Thursday 17 May. This can be done by taking the invoice to any bank and that a standing order may be set up for future payments by going to the

27/04/2018 14:42


Dead horse washed up on to beach may have come from a boat

Local police officers along with Almuñécar's beach cleaning and maintenance company, Urbaser, were called to identify and remove a dead horse which had been washed up onto the town's Cabalajío beach during last week's bad weather. The animal did no

20/04/2018 16:42

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Sweet black molasses and May crosses

The village of Frigiliana will be combining its fifth Día de Miel de Caña (molasses day) with the annual May Cross Day on Saturday 28 April. The event will start at 10am and finish at 3.30pm. Most activities will be centred around the village's Ingen

20/04/2018 16:29


Spanish group joins campaign for public vote on final Brexit deal

Bremain in Spain, the anti-Brexit group formed by British residents in this country, joined last weekend's launch of the PeoplesVote campaign, aimed at securing a public vote on the UK's final deal for its exit from the EU. Pro-Europe organisations w

20/04/2018 15:50


First prize for Scot at Almuñécar triathlon

Scottish triathlete, Christopher Roy, took first prize in Almuñécar's Pikaeras triathlon last Saturday. He completed the competition, which consisted of a 750-metre swim in the sea, 20-kilometre bike race and a five-kilometre run, in one hour and sev

20/04/2018 15:43


Moclinejo town hall sets up pioneer animal protection unit

All of the political parties at Moclinejo town hall have voted in favour of creating an animal protection and rescue unit. The unit (Unidad de Protección y Rescate Animal or UPRA in Spanish) will form part of the Moclinejo-El Valdés civil protectio

20/04/2018 13:27


Gold, Pearl and Silver celebrations for the Arts

This year is a special one for the Arts Society, Formerly Nadfas (National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies), both in Malaga and internationally; the latter is celebrating 50 years this year, while the Costa del Sol branch, which was t

13/04/2018 14:09


A bright day for Nerja

The sun came out for the 19th Nerja Residents' Day last Sunday. The event started at 12 noon and was opened by local mayor, Rosa Arrabal, and foreign residents' councillor, Jorge Bravo. It attracted around 2,500 people, many of whom are foreign res

13/04/2018 12:53


"I want to inspire other young women"

Kassandra Stultiens Zandstra is hoping to organise events in the area to inspire other young women to consider being a pilot. She often uses the new flight simulator, Flight Experience, in Marbella and would like to arrange events to show women in pa

12/04/2018 20:29


Almuñécar excavations unearth 15th-century and Roman artifacts

A jeweller's in Almuñécar reopened this week after work was carried out to accommodate a 15th-century water system as well as earthenware pots that were found during renovation work. Jeweller Manuel Torres said that the work had "taken longer than

09/04/2018 18:37


New and old associations raise funds at Nerja Residents' Day

The sun came out for the 19th Nerja Residents' Day last Sunday. The event attracted around 2,500 people throughout the afternoon, many of whom are foreign residents in the town. Nerja's population, according to the latest figures is 22,121 people, of

06/04/2018 11:51

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Brexit talk in the Axarquía

Myra Cecillia Azzopardi from the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) Spain will be talking to members of the U3A (University of the Third Age) Axarquía, as well as anyone who wishes to attend, on the subject of Brexit and how it will affect Britons living i

23/03/2018 15:53

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Celebrating 10 years of Cómpeta art walk

The village of Cómpeta will be celebrating its 10th art walk over the Easter weekend. F 31 March, and 1, 3 and 4 April, the doors of the village's art studios and galleries will be open. Thirty-five international artists, representing ten national

23/03/2018 15:43

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Life with George Orwell

George Orwell's only son, Richard Blair, will be talking to the Arts Society both in Fuengirola (Costa del Sol branch) and in Nerja on Tuesday 27 March. INFORMATION What: Talk by Richard Blair, George Orwell's son. Where: Danish Club, Fuengirola

23/03/2018 13:37


Cécile McLorin Salvant to open Almuñécar's jazz festival

Organisers of Almuñécar's annual Jazz en la Costa festival have announced that American-born Cécile McLorin Salvant (1989) will open this year's event. McLorin Salvant has won two Grammy awards; one in 2015 for her album 'For One to Love' and again

16/03/2018 13:26


SOHA reaches 10th birthday but there is still a lot to do

This year Save Our Homes in Axarquía (SOHA) is marking a decade since it was set up by a group of Spanish and foreign residents in the area who had learned that their houses were, to all intents and purposes, illegal in the eyes of the Junta de Andal

16/03/2018 12:06


A story of migration

Justin Smith, 48, originally from Pembrokeshire in Wales, and Sonia Janin, 40, from Lyon, France are a husband and wife team of artists who have chosen the town of Casares in Malaga to make their art. They first met 15 years ago in London, where So

16/03/2018 11:34


"It's hard to get real information"

The Missing Migrants project tracks incidents involving migrants, including refugees and asylum seekers who have died or gone missing in the process of migration. According to the website (, 81 people have died trying to cro

09/03/2018 13:06


"Art for sale here needs to be more accessible"

The next exhibition at El Casino will open on 31 March and will feature a number of artists. There will be workshops and activities on each Saturday throughout April, for which booking is essential. Roberta explains that the type of art and artist

09/03/2018 12:59


La Viñuela choir looking for singers for April concert

Coral Coraxalia are looking for members to sing in a Royal British Legion concert at the Nerja Caves restaurant on 21 April. Under the leadership of Eusebio Pita, the choir will be rehearsing on Thursdays from 5.30 to 8pm in the Casa Cultura on the A

09/03/2018 12:55


British Consul presents support website to Axarquía volunteers

Around 30 people, including volunteers and representatives from charities and the Axarquía hospital, attended a presentation given by British Consul in Malaga, Charmaine Arbouin and Neil Hesketh, from Support in Spain, at the Axarquía hospital in Tor

09/03/2018 12:08


Arts go back to the 60s

The Arts Societies Costa del Sol and Benahavís shared a joint celebration of the society's 50th Anniversary in the ballroom of the Gran Hotel Benahavís last Thursday afternoon. Around 100 members took part in the event which was given the name Gold

09/03/2018 12:03


Two artistic havens in Granada province

I was first introduced to Roberta Gordon-Smith at the Acompalia Artística exhibition at the Azucarera in Motril last December. After seeing one of the pieces she was exhibiting, a sofa with a life-size painting of a nude woman sprawled out on it, I k

26/02/2018 18:33


Written in memory of Cecilia and Drew

Paul Bradley, 68, who has lived in Nerja since 1992, was taking a stroll through the town when he saw an old friend sitting at the well-known Kronox cafe near the Balcón de Europa. He stopped to have a coffee with his fellow Englishman and this chanc

23/02/2018 11:18


"Nick came up with the name of the duo"

Bruce Reynolds will be performing at El Molino de Cajiz near Vélez-Málaga on Sunday 4 March along with Nick Graham as part of the Paradise Blues duo. "Nick came up with the name after a few days at our place. I think he quite likes it there," Bruce

16/02/2018 12:44


Free table tennis tables installed on beach in Torre del Mar

Two table tennis tables have been installed on Torre del Mar's beach, next to the biblioplaya. Bats and balls may be rented from the biblioplaya (storytelling area), which is located in front of the El Boquerón beach bar. The tables are free to u

09/02/2018 16:18


Wyclef Jean latest name on Weekend Beach lineup

Wyclef Jean, best known for being one of the three members of American hip hop group, The Fugees, is the latest confirmation for this year's Weekend Beach music festival in Torre del Mar. The group's biggest hits include, 'Ready or Not' and a cover

02/02/2018 13:03


Interim Brexit report highlights concerns

Following her research trip to Malaga in October 2017, Professor Karen O'Reilly has published an interim report on the initial findings of the Brexit Brits Abroad research project. The report, 'What Does Brexit Mean for British Citizens Living in

02/02/2018 13:01


Guidelines aim to explain lengthy EU and UK Brexit negotiations

The organisation British in Europe has published guidelines explaining how the agreement reached by the UK government and the EU negotiators, following the first round of Brexit negotiations, which concluded in December 2017, affects Britons living i

02/02/2018 12:48


Spanish citizenship talk to be held in Nerja

An event is to be held on Wednesday 7 February about how to apply for Spanish citizenship. The talk will be given by local language academy, Aprendo Idiomas, and will be aimed at British residents who may be considering becoming Spanish citizens in

02/02/2018 11:00


Learning about the area's 'liquid gold' in English

Foreign residents from across the Axarquía attended the event which started off at the town's Agro-olivarera cooperative. Participants were able to see first-hand how the olives are sorted upon arrival when they are brought in by local olive growers,

19/01/2018 11:24


Weekend Beach uses Fitur to announce David Guetta confirmation

Weekend Beach festival organisers along with the deputy mayor for Torre del Mar, Jesús Pérez Atencia, used Fitur to announce that internationally renowned DJ, David Guetta, would be performing at this year's Weekend Beach festival. The announcement

12/01/2018 11:16


Clothes and toys go to those most in need over Christmas

Lux Mundi Fuengirola and Torre del Mar received donations of women's and men's clothing as well as children's toys over the Christmas period. The donations were distributed to homeless people in the area who use the centres' weekly soup kitchens a

05/01/2018 14:59


The first ever Kings' parade in the streets of Malaga

There will be great excitement in the streets of Malaga this evening, just as there has been since 1923, when the first 'cabalgata' or Kings' parade, took place in the city. Since 1913 it had been a tradition in the city to take toys to children i

05/01/2018 12:03


Stolen car found and French driver arrested

Local police in Almuñécar detained a driver with French nationality last Friday on suspicion of driving a stolen vehicle and falsifying documents. The driver was stopped during routine checks on the Avenida Rey Juan Carlos I when the officers caug

29/12/2017 17:59


New promotional video of Frigiliana launched on Youtube

Frigiliana's councillor for tourism, Carmen Cerezo, presented the town's new promotional video last week. The two-minute video, which can be watched on YouTube, will be used to promote the town through social networks and replaces the last one whi

29/12/2017 17:33


Easter dates announced for tenth Cómpeta Art Walk

The dates were announced last week for the tenth Cómpeta Art Walk. The event will coincide with Easter Week and will run from Saturday 31 March until Wednesday 4 April 2018. The Art Walk will not be open on Sunday 1 April. Various locations, incl

26/12/2017 19:20


United in peace

It was impossible not to be moved by the last carol sung at the Lux Mundi carol service in Torre del Mar last Saturday: Silent Night. Noche de Paz in Spanish and Stille Nacht in German. The words were put up on giant screens in all three languages so

22/12/2017 18:05


Long-awaited fire station set to open in Nerja in January

Mayor of Nerja, Rosa Arrabal, along with councillors and representatives from Malaga province's Diputación signed off the completed work to the town's fire station on Tuesday. The service, which will cover Nerja, Frigiliana and Torrox, is expected

22/12/2017 10:40


Father Christmas picks Periana for dress rehearsal

Father Christmas chose the town of Periana in the Axarquía for his dress rehearsal last Sunday ahead of the big night. He said that he likes to "make sure everything is ok" a week before he does it for real in case he has to make any changes. This

22/12/2017 01:39


The renaissance of a forgotten 'ghost town'

Tucked away in a valley overlooked by the Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama mountain range lies the diminutive hamlet of Acebuchal. Situated between Cómpeta and Frigiliana, this once forgotten place is enjoying a renaissance. During Spain's Civil War it

15/12/2017 15:08

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36 years of migas in Torrox

As has been the tradition for 36 years, this Sunday Torrox Pueblo will be holding its Fiesta de las Migas. Every year, on the Sunday before Christmas, the town shares one of its traditional recipes with residents and visitors. INFORMATION When: S

15/12/2017 15:07

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Live nativity scenes

While many towns and villages display nativity scenes in their town halls or other buildings (in Torre del Mar there is one in the Azucarera building, complete with live goldfish, while in Cómpeta a local father and son take over a premises on the ma

15/12/2017 15:05

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La Herradura Christmas events

Highlights of La Herradura's Christmas activities include a Christmas sweet-making workshop today, Friday 15 December, at 11am and again at 4pm in the civic centre. On Saturday 16 a Christmas concert will be given by the Bahía de la Herradura choir

15/12/2017 11:45


Weekend Beach announces more names

Organisers of Torre del Mar's Weekend Beach Festival added new names to the 2018 line-up earlier this week. American rock band, The Offspring, along with Jamaican reggae legend, Jimmy Cliff, will be two of the biggest names at the fifth Weekend Bea

15/12/2017 11:43


City Sightseeing tour company arrives in Nerja with tourist train

City Sightseeing, the open-top bus tour company which operates in cities such as Malaga and Seville in Andalucía, as well as major cities around the world, inaugurated a sightseeing train in Nerja on Tuesday. Nerja is the eighth Andalusian destinat

08/12/2017 11:44


The first Feast of the Immaculate Conception in Spain

Today, 8 December, is the second of two public holidays in Spain in early December. The first is 6 December, or Constitution Day (Día de la Constitución) which marks 6 December 1978 when the new constitution was approved following the end of the Fran

04/12/2017 11:46


Nerja tourism sector prepares for Japanese visitors

Businesses connected with the tourism sector in Nerja completed the first phase in a training programme aimed at teaching the sector how to welcome Japanese tourists. The course included an introduction to Japanese, to the country, Japanese touris

04/12/2017 10:54


An explosion of colour for Acompalia exhibition opening

Acompalia Artistica's three-week-long exhibition opened on Saturday evening in the Azucarera de Nuestra Señora del Pilar (Our Lady of the Pillar sugar factory) in Motril. It is the culmination of three months of work by a group of international artis

01/12/2017 13:32

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Nerja society showcases 'Golden Andalucía'

The Arts Society Nerja currently has an exhibition, Golden Andalucía, on in the Sala Mercado in Nerja, which is the start of the 50th anniversary celebrations. Selected pieces that are currently on display will be sent to London to join other work

01/12/2017 13:21


Helping the arts to flourish in Nerja

Helen Sijsling is the current chair of The Arts Society - Nerja, formerly NADFAS. The UK- based organisation, which has five branches in Malaga and Gibraltar alone, changed its name in May this year and Helen says that she "supported the change 100 p

28/11/2017 17:11


A cultural revolution in Torre del Mar

Tr3s Puertas, a contemporary and international cultural association, is exactly what Torre del Mar needs. At a time of exciting cultural developments for this small seaside town, a place where anyone can feel welcome, international artists can expres

27/11/2017 12:29

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Oh yes it is...a charity panto in the Axarquía

The El Valle Drama Group's 2017 panto - Dorothy and the Wicked Witches -which they describe as "a pantomime loosely based on The Wizard of Oz" will be performed on Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December (matinee). INFORMATION When: Frid

24/11/2017 14:05


Brexit won't affect application of national law to wills

While there is great uncertainty surrounding many of the rights of British citizens living in other EU countries post Brexit, applying UK law to a will is not one, according to Sandra Wrightson of De Cotta Law. Anyone living in Spain has the right to

24/11/2017 14:05


Funeral homes in Malaga are adapting to foreign clients' expectations

As more and more foreign people come to live, and inevitably die, in Malaga, Spanish-run funeral homes are having to accommodate the wishes and cultures of a host of different nationalities, at least this is according to Jaime García Fernández, an ad

17/11/2017 13:13


Square renamed after former president

Friends, neighbours, foreigners' councillor, Jorge Bravo and infrastructure councillor, José María Rivas Gálvez, joined Alfons Mettel who retired earlier this year after 30 years as president of El Capistrano village in Nerja last Thursday for the re

13/11/2017 20:40


Researching Brits on the Costa del Sol

Karen O'Reilly is a professor of anthropology and sociology currently employed part time by Goldsmiths, University in London, to work on the BrexitBritsAbroad research project, which is researching the impact that Brexit is having on British national

10/11/2017 14:27

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Verdi's 'Nabucco' comes to Almuñécar

The Moldavia National Opera and Concerlírica Internacional will be presenting Verdi's Nabucco at the Casa de la Cultura on Wednesday 15 November. INFORMATION When. Wednesday 15 November, 8pm Where. Casa de la Cultura, Almuñécar Tickets. From 1

10/11/2017 14:11

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Alessia Desogus: Diva Jazz

Italian-born jazz singer, Alessia Desogus, will be performing on Saturday 11 November at the Casa de la Cultura in Almuñécar. INFORMATION When. Saturday 11 November, 8pm. Where. Casa de la Cultura, Almuñécar. Tickets. 10EUR in advance, 12EUR on th

10/11/2017 13:24


10,000 tickets sell in two hours for 2018 Weekend Beach festival

Organisers of Torre del Mar's Weekend Beach Festival announced last weekend that 10,000 tickets were bought in just two hours after they went on sale via the Weekend Beach website for the next event, which will take place from 4 to 7 July 2018. Th