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Mónica has a degree in Journalism from Malaga University and joined SUR in 2000. She has been a reporter in Marbella since 2011.
Councillors in Marbella have drawn up a draft set of terms and conditions for the outdoor venue currently used only by the annual Starlite Festival to be rented out for other events during the year.
The large open-air space, an old quarry on the hi
The mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz, has said that the council-run art gallery dedicated to prints and sketches, the Museo del Grabado, is to be granted state aid again to expand its current premises.
In total one million euros will be allocated f
Bureaucracy continues to blight the upkeep of Cabopino marina despite Marbella council's wish to take over running the port.
Only basic upkeep is being done while the Junta de Andalucía, which owns the site, sets up a tender process for a new long-
Marbella council has asked the Junta de Andalucía's permission to take over running the marina in Cabopino, which has been without any formal management for two years since the last licence agreement expired.
Currently the previous licencee is carr
Representatives of some 40 local golf clubs met with western Costa water supplier, Acocosol, and the Andalusian Golf Federation last Friday to discuss ways to keep their golf courses green as the risk of drought restrictions continues.
It was the l
Their ages range from eight to 15, but their musical tastes are unlike those of most of their generation. They love immortal rock classics like AC/DC, Iron Maiden and the Rolling Stones, and those have been the inspiration for their first album, whic
The council in Marbella has announced that it is to outsource the maintenance of its parks and gardens due to a shortage of staff.
A contract will be signed with an external company to deliver the service and support existing council workers over a
A special team of inspectors and police officers is being set up in Marbella to make sure that outdoor terraces don't spread out onto public pavements.
Councillors are reacting to increasing complaints that tables and chairs are set up outside area
The company responsible for water distribution on the western Costa del Sol is seeking the agreement of local councils for them to use treated water from sewage works to water their parks and gardens and to wash the streets.
Acosol, a publicly owne
The Starlite Festival has already started warming up for next summer with the announcement of the first acts that will be performing at the six-week-long event.
Recently festival organisers confirmed that the event, which has become one of the most
"The captain Sergi Bruguera put the proposal to his players and the support was unanimous," said Spanish Tennis Federation president Miguel Díaz.
Díaz, who was speaking at the official presentation of the Davis Cup clash between Spain and Great Bri
Two watchtowers on Marbella's coast are forming part of a detailed Malaga University analysis of the origins and current state of repair of these type of structures.
Watchtowers are a characteristic sight along the Costa del Sol and some go back as
The increasing number of visitors to the Costa del Sol in general, and Marbella in particular, this summer has highlighted the fragility of some of the town's infrastructure. There is an urgent need for road improvements. Marbella is the only town in
The video surveillance commission of the Superior Court of Justice of Andalucía (TSJA) has ruled that the installation of CCTV cameras, 57 of which are in Puerto Banús, proposed by Marbella town hall are excessive.
According to town hall sources, 1
Some have been camping for years; others have just arrived. El Cable and Las Chapas beaches were the first to be occupied by homeless campers, but now other stretches of Marbella's coastline have become "home" to people whose lives have taken a turn
Businesses across Marbella have welcomed the news that the Andalusian high court (TSJA) has given the green light to a scheme to roll out CCTV surveillance cameras at four points across the town. The number of cameras in total, though, will be fewer
The stretch of motorway between Marbella and San Pedro near Puerto Banús has been in need of investment for a long time, with congested exits and frequent traffic jams.
At a meeting with the town hall, the government has agreed to look into the op
Experts at the centre for the recovery of endangered marine species, CREMA, part of the Aula del Mar organisation, are to investigate the recent spate of dolphins being washed up on beaches on the stretch of coast from Manilva to Mijas.
Of the 45 c
Today, former mayor of Marbella, José Bernal, will return to his old teaching job.
In 2004, he started teaching history at IES Victoria Kent, but put this post on hold in 2009 when he was named CEO of Acosol, the district water company, by the Man
The outgoing mayor of Marbella José Bernal was praised for the dignified way in which he passed the "baton" over to Ángeles Muñoz, a process for which he said he had "the utmost respect".
In an open letter to the people of Marbella he said that he
The municipal Town Planning Department has introduced a new IT tool that will offer greater access to information for users as well as promising to halve waiting time for planning permission.
The department, currently run by councillor Isabel Pérez
It may seem primitive, but Marbella town hall this Tuesday moved to install large boulders in order to prevent cars from entering a restricted-access area close to the protected Artola dunes at Cabopino, to the east of the resort.
With greater numb
Politicians and environmental groups have joined forces to release five endangered chameleons into the wild at the Artola dunes nature reserve in Cabopino.
It is hoped that they will reproduce in the dunes and create a thriving colony. Efforts have
According to calculations, some 12,000 cubic metres of sand needs to be removed from the mouth of Cabopino marina. There is currently only 70 centimetres of clearance in the water for vessels that enter this leisure port of 179 berths at the eastern
Marbella town hall is working on a change to the local bylaw that governs public spaces to expressly ban locals and tourists from going shirtless in the streets.
According to councillor Javier Porcuna, the growing number of men who walk around with
The dreaded tiger mosquito, wasps, bees, jellyfish... there is a long list of 'bugs' which we are likely to come across in the summer months, a time of year when we spend more time outdoors.
Although tiger mosquitos are proving to be a problem and
The town hall's lifeguard units on Marbella's beaches are operating an extra service to help reunite families with lost children as quickly as possible.
Wristbands are available for youngsters and for elderly family members who could be at risk of
A well-known upmarket Marbella nightclub has reopened its summer beach club venue, two years after it was shut down in a planning scandal involving Marbella town hall.
Funky Buddha Beach is now operating for the summer season next to El Pinillo be
Marbella town hall is currently exploring ways that will allow tourist properties which currently don't have a first occupancy licence, following the annulment of the 2010 urban development plan (PGOU), to comply with the Junta's requirements for tou
Spanish and Bulgarian police have broken up an organised criminal prostitution network centred on Puerto Banús, Marbella.
In a joint operation, 34 people were arrested in both countries for supposedly forming part of a gang that was aiming to take
It's quite early in the morning: 9.30am, before the sun becomes too hot. The setting couldn't be better: Cabopino beach, at the foot of the Artola sand dunes, one of the loveliest places on the Marbella coast. At this time of the morning the first yo
Local Police in Marbella have been bought two motorised paragliders by town councillors so they can patrol from the skies.
The idea was originally floated last year, however there was initial resistance from Malaga airport bosses over a possible da
This summer sees the introduction of two designated dog-friendly zones on El Pinillo and Ventura del Mar beaches, after the Junta de Andalucía gave the green light to Marbella's 2017 Beach Plan in early June.
An area around 250 metres long on both
The summer storm that crossed the province of Malaga on Sunday is thought to have been behind three forest fires that broke out in Benahavís, Alozaina and Casarabonela.
The storm brought little rain but came charged with electricity, with lightning
The central government has said that work is over to clean up and restore sand on Costa del Sol beaches after winter and spring storm damage.
In total, 900,000 cubic metres of sand have been put back on the coast, either by moving it from other par
The Costa del Sol is still reflecting the ongoing recovery of the residential property market along the Spanish coasts, especially in Marbella, Manilva, Estepona and Mijas. Prices have risen most in the first two of these municipalities, according to
The International Pokerstars championship, which will take place in Marbella Casino between 19 and 25 June, is expected to draw in 1,000 poker players from all over the world, who will in turn provide the town's hotels with around 5,000 overnight sta
One of Marbella's original hotels from the 1970s is set for a 70-million renovation after being closed for over ten years.
The Hotel Don Miguel, behind the resort's old town near the bus station, is set to reopen in 2019 after Arab investors, who b
More than 800 people, including pupils and teachers from 11 schools on the Costa del Sol, recently took part in the III Provincial Conference on Sun Protection at School, which was part of a campaign to encourage people in this region to protect them
The hotel sector on the Costa del Sol says the area cannot afford to wait any longer for the railway line to be extended to Marbella and Estepona, and a petition has been organised to demand that the project be put into immediate effect.
Marbella is fast becoming the destination for luxury gastronomy events Just a few months ago Malaga's Dani García arranged for some of the best chefs in the world to meet in Marbella and this month it is the turn of the Marbella All Stars This is the
Around 500 watersport enthusiasts were welcomed to Marbella's beaches as part of the annual 'Solmarina Semana Náutica', which ended last weekend. The two-week-long event, now in its sixth year, was organised by the association of western Costa del So
"There's quite a dangerous problem here for the boats entering and leaving the port with the silty sand accumulating at the entrance. In some places, like here near the filling station" - the captain points to the Puerto Deportivo marina in Marbella-
American car company Tesla has increased the number of charging points for their electric cars on the Costa del Sol. The company now has six stations in Malaga province, including four in hotels in Marbella, while the other two are situated at Malaga
Taxi drivers, transport companies and private motorists have urged the authorities to reach an agreement to solve the fresh wave of traffic jams hitting Marbella at the start of the tourist season.
Four accidents on the A-7 around Marbella on the l
The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines quality of life as "the individual's perception of their position in life in the context of the culture and value systems in which they live and in relation to their goals". How, then, is quality of life af
Volunteers from the Civil Protection organisation and staff from Marbella's municipal "Green Patrol" took part in the rescue on Thursday of a young dolphin that had become stranded close to El Rodeo beach in Puerto Banús.
At around 12 midday bather
He proudly wears a T-shirt bearing the name of his current band Fastway - which comes from his nickname 'Fast' (from the movement of his fingers on the guitar) and the surname of UFO bass player Peter Way - but in his heart he is still part of Motorh
Marbella's Funky Buddha Beach, which closed two years ago among controversy over the legality of its licences, looks set to reopen. The company behind the popular Marbella landmark has been working to ensure that the beach club adheres to a series of
"We continue to work for our animals. Someone has to. It's our obligation; that's why we're here." It is now a year since officers from the Guardia Civil's Nature Protection Service (Seprona) turned up at the Triple A animal shelter in Marbella as pa
You may never have noticed, but the left breast of one of the women in the painting The Three Graces, by Rubens (the model on the right of the picture) is smaller than the right one, the nipple is retracted and she has a lesion on the superoexterno q
A few months ago, the Danish Association against Cancer launched a campaign aimed at the most popular holiday destinations for tourists from that country, including Spain, asking them to collaborate in preventing skin cancer statistics in Denmark fro
The local council in Marbella is currently in negotiations with the concession holders of the town's central bullring to end their contract and take over the direct running of the space. It will then be used for concerts and other cultural events, bu
Hotel Incosol, a feature of Marbella since 1973, is set to be relaunched after it was bought by HI Partners. The company is a subsidiary of the Banco Sabadell banking group.
The hotel was a pioneer in health tourism before it was forced to close in
Following last week's announcement in Hong Kong that the Starwood-Marriott group will open a luxury hotel in Marbella in 2021, local councillors have been explaining this week the likely impact on the town.
The low-density hotel, under the exclusiv
Malaga province enjoyed temperatures of around 30 degrees on Saturday and in the mid-twenties on Sunday as the weather conditions saw both residents and tourists come out in their hundreds to enjoy the summery climate.
All the beaches across the co
Marbella town hall has opened two sets of disciplinary proceedings against the Puente Romano Beach Resort&Spa after it began to carry out work which the local authority says is being conducted without its permission.
For some months now the resort
The Agencia Sanitaria Costa del Sol, the public health body that runs the hospitals in the western Costa area, carried out a record number of operations in 2016.
The agency is responsible for the main Costa del Sol hospital near Marbella and smalle
A petition devised by a group of Costa del Sol residents, that appeals for the the AP-7 road toll to be lifted when the alternative A-7 road suffers traffic tailbacks, gathered more than 800 signatures in its first few days.
The petition, which wa
It takes time to read her CV. At present, it is 14 pages long and there are still more to be completed. Today, she is considered one of the principal experts on Spanish poetry in the USA. Her professionalism, expertise and effort have earned her reco
The climate, the food, the quality of life: these are just some of the Spanish delights which attract Americans so much. At least, that is the perception that Marina Llorente has, after many years living in their country. The stereotype of wild Spani
Not only has Marbella experienced a significant rise in tourism in recent years, the resident population is also increasing and this is reflected in a rise in the number of births to Spanish and foreign mothers. In 2015 the registered population rose
Several hundred people queued outside Marbella town hall on Wednesday after the council announced it would be opening up a register for some 500 temporary job posts it will need to fill over the coming years. The majority of the jobs are cleaning, ma
The construction of a new cycle lane on Avenida Julio Iglesias in Puerto Banús has started this week as part of the general remodelling of the area's main street.
In a local questionnaire, residents voted the lane second out of ten possible sustai
Drivers who regularly travel around Malaga province are probably more aware than most of a fact which has just been confirmed by official statistics: fuel prices in Marbella are higher than elsewhere in the region, and this has become even more notic
Nine people were arrested on Monday in connection with a series of car thefts in San Pedro.
Sources close to the case say a group of three repeat offenders caught in the act were among those held. Police vigilance was stepped up several weeks ago a
The central government has guaranteed that the beaches along the Costa del Sol will be in "optimum condition" for tourists arriving for Semana Santa after allocating 4.1 million euros to emergency works made necessary by the recent storms.
Marbella council has begun granting planning permission to 25 'chiringuito' beach restaurants in the town that had their operating licences renewed in 2014 by the Junta and which have had to wait until now for the go-ahead from the local town hall to
The Junta de Andalucía has cancelled the contract to run the La Bajadilla marina in Marbella that it awarded in 2011 to NAS Marbella, a company headed by Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani, who also owns Málaga CF.
According to the Junta statement, the compa