The tourism business which sustains the Costa del Sol brings with it high water consumption levels. The foreseeable extension of the tourist season into the first fortnight of September means that the Costa del Sol's desalination plant, based in Marb
The council in Marbella is to set aside funds to support the training of the municipality's elite sports men and women.
The main part of t he programme will be the sponsorship of individuals and teams competing in national or international competit
Two refuse collectors in Marbella have been suspended without pay as a cautionary measure after recent revelations that they may have been throwing rubbish bags into a stream instead of picking them up.
Last week SUR in English reported how locals
It was difficult to know which way to turn for the biggest sign of opulence. Puerto Banús was destination of choice last weekend for the luxury playthings of four huge international fortunes.
Italian fashion designer, Roberto Cavalli arrived at the
The Rugulopterix okamurae seaweed, all the way from Asia, which is colonising the fishing grounds of Marbella and Estepona, is seriously affecting not only the fishing sector in both towns, but also the land itself.
In the midst of high tourist sea
The national government's Coasts authority has given the go-ahead for a well-known sculpture in Marbella to get a new eye-catching home.
The town hall wants to move the sculpture, know as the Venus of Marbella, from its current location by the tour
Triple A will not have to close down after all. The animal rescue association has seen an influx of new members, donations and necessary materials after the call for help published in the SUR newspapers a couple of weeks ago, warning that it would no
Sports clubs and swimming competitors in Marbella look set to get what they most need at last: a place for high-level training and pool competitions within the municipality.
When the plan for the facility is carried out, almost 1,000 sportsmen and
A luxury apartment, one of the homes of Marbella's jailed former town-planning boss has finally been sold by the court.
The 535-square-metre single-floor property is between Avenida Ricardo Soriano and the Paseo Marítimo. It was one of the many hig
The regional Ministry for Ecological Transition has authorised Betancourt Ingenieros S.L.P. to start planning solutions to end the erosion of Marbella's beaches.
The company has been granted 42,428 euros and a deadline of eight months to carry out
Builders are currently putting the finishing touches to the centre for children with special needs being set up by the Global Gift Foundation in Marbella. Coinciding with the foundation's "philanthropic weekend", hosted by founder María Bravo and ben
Marbella town hall has launched a plan for the creation of five new underground car parks to help relieve a growing problem across the municipality.
A total of 826 spaces are to be created for the use of residents on a rotational basis.
Water supplies on the western Costa del Sol are guaranteed for the peak tourist season. The dry spring however has left reserves lower than they were a year ago, and the authorities are warning that if it doesn't rain later this summer and if demand
An agreement has been reached between Marbella town hall and the Junta de Andalucía to jointly fund much-needed repairs to the Carretera de Istán, between the Puente Romano hotel and the Manolo Santana Racquets Club.
A plan to repair the road, whi
Tourism bosses in Marbella are preparing for a strong summer season of business from high-spending customers from Arab-speaking countries.
Mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz, has confirmed to SUR that the town hall has been informed, via different co
Marbella town hall and the Malaga College of Architects last Friday signed an agreement which will see both bodies work together to decrease the wait for planning permits to a maximum of four months.
This is an attempt to stop investors from turnin
Easter is over and those looking forward to spending some time on the beaches can rest assured that safety measures are already in force.
Last week the 'Medios Acuáticos' company assigned its lifeguards to local beaches and set up its first aid an
There is good news for kitesurfers: Marbella council and the local kitesurfing club, which has about 250 members, have reached an agreement in principle to designate a permanent area for this sport on Los Monteros beach. However, before it can be put
Traffic jams or slow-moving traffic have become a constant on certain sections of the A-7 dual carriageway between Fuengirola and Estepona. Residents, professionals and those who regularly use this stretch of road blame this on the number of dangerou
The mayor of Marbella has included a British man on her party's list of candidates in the forthcoming municipal election. Ángeles Muñoz of the conservative Partido Popular is bidding to be reelected and announced her potential team last weekend.
The rooms under construction at the new central funeral parlour (tanatorio) at San Bernabé cemetery, the oldest in Marbella, will be ready for use by May.
The 726,308-euro project to demolish and construct the new 376-square-metre facilities inside
Volunteers from the ProDunas Association will no longer have to water the vegetation on the dunes in Marbella by hand. A drip irrigation system is being installed on the Barronal de la Morena dune, one of the protected areas in the Reserva Ecológica.
The old bullring at Puerto Banús, which has been closed since 2010, is undergoing extensive works to convert it into the multi-purpose Marbella Arena, a venue for cultural and sporting events.
The company responsible for the renovations, Grupo Teat
The effects of the torrential rains of December 2016 can still be seen on Calle Salduba where its raised square collapsed from below, with the debris sliding away and creating a slope.
Now, two years and four months later, the contract for its rec
Three-quarters of the funding required for the refurbishment of Marbella castle is to come from the Ministry of Public Works (Fomento), it has been confirmed.
The project, with a budget of almost 500,000 euros, will address a number of issues affec
Local food bank Bancosol will return to Marbella after the town hall granted the association the use of municipal premises in the Lomas del Olivar 'urbanisation' to the north of the town.
The centre will be used to offer training courses as well as
Works got under way on Tuesday to guarantee the water supply to thousands of families in the Palo Alto area, south of Ojén and to the north of Marbella.
The project, which has a budget in excess of one million euros, will see two small reservoirs,
The mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz, officially took possession on Tuesday of two rural estates that once belonged to the mastermind of the town's mammoth corruption scandal, Operation Malaya, unmasked over ten years ago.
The large properties, val
On the eastern side of the viewing point on the boulevard at San Pedro Alcántara, a man and woman sculpted from burnished metal dance in the wind; the piece was made years ago by artist Vicente de Espona (1918-1995), who moved to San Pedro in 1971 an
The council in Marbella has been giving more details of its ongoing plan to spruce up the 15-kilometres of seafront promenade in the resort.
A budget of 565,000 euros has been set aside for the work, which is already under way, and 23 council staf
Marbella town hall is to put private security guards in 28 public spaces in San Pedro Alcántara. These include parks and gardens as well as the seafront promenande, squares and archaeological sites.
The contract, worth 1.4 million euros, will be aw
Visitors to Marbella now have another tool at their disposal when exploring the town.
New mobile app 'Asistente de Marbella', available in both English and Spanish, is an automated chatbot service (nicknamed Venus) that has been programmed to answ
Building work has begun to convert Hotel Lima in the centre of Marbella from a two-star to a four-star hotel.
The building, on Avenida Antonio Belón, is undergoing a 2.8-million-euro refit which will not see the hotel increase in size (in fact it w
Marbella council has asked the Junta of Andalucía for a licence to install beach gyms, where people can exercise all year round.
The four beaches at which the council want to install the gyms are La Venus, Nagüeles, El Cable and San Pedro Alcántar
The Plaza del Mar, the open space above the car park and shopping centre alongside the seafront at the western end of central Marbella, has had a revamp. Local residents had been complaining about the poor state of repair and overall neglect. Now the
At this time of year, as winter approaches, many of us forget about the beach. That's something of a paradox in a province with such a lovely climate as Malaga with its 180 kilometres of coastline, and even more so if we bear in mind the numerous ben
It's a familiar sight for visitors to Marbella's conference and exhibition centre: if it's raining when you go to an event held there, you'll find buckets around the floors to collect dripping water. Once the rainy weather has passed, the building's
This year's Pedal Day, organised to encourage people to take up cycling, will be raising funds for Sarah, an 18-year-old girl from Marbella, who had her hands and feet amputated after suffering sepsis. Her family needs money to buy prostheses.
Patricia Rivas, a biologist with the Pro Dunas environmental association, was driving along the A-7 towards Estepona last Friday when she saw something very unexpected: a griffon vulture beside the road. The animal, a large adult, was perched on the
The official Andalucía tourism web page states that the Bonsai Museum in Marbella is one of the best in Europe. What's more, the page also claims that it has one of the most prevalent collections of wild olive trees in the world.
Residents who are registered on Marbella's local population census (padrón) will travel free of charge on the town's local bus service, without exception, when a new bylaw comes into force in 2019.
The revised regulations that detail the rights and
The ProDunas association, which has been fighting for decades for the protection of the last dune enclaves of Marbella, the most important in Malaga province, is pleased that the council has decided to invest in improving and maintaining the 11 ecosy
As fences, barriers, traffic signs and posters have had little effect on protecting the sand dunes from the damage due to ignorance, anti-social behaviour and vandalism which has occurred again in recent months, Marbella council's Department of the E
Businesses providing luxury goods and services in Marbella have reported an end to the steep growth in sales seen in the last few years.
Owners of designer boutiques, restaurants, clubs, hotels or firms offering leisure experiences say that their f
The bullring in central Marbella (one of the two disused ones in the resort, the other being in Nueva Andalucía) looks set to get a new lease of life with a one-million-euro restoration and rebuilding project.
However it remains to be seen if bullf
Police in Marbella have sealed off the office of a local company that rented out two-wheeled personal-mobility devices to tourists. The move comes against a background of a surge in usage of the devices, such as electric scooters and skateboards, in
The installation of the long-awaited CCTV system in key crime hotspots in Marbella is under way.
The first area to get its round-the -clock surveillance equipment will be the Elviria shopping centre in the east of the municipality. Here 16 cameras
The company responsible for the main collector sewer on the western Costa del Sol has been told to think again about its plans to change the route under a San Pedro beach.
Public-utility company Acosol wants to dig up the pipe that runs under the b
Councillors in Marbella have announced a plan to fight back against graffiti as soon as it crops up around the resort. The department for Public Works has started a tender process for companies that can rapidly remove the vandalism as soon as it is d
A real estate price monitoring index is pointing to good news in the property sector on the Costa del Sol and is further proof of the strength of the market. The regular survey by Fotocasa, an online real estate agency, focusses on resale properties,
A 3.3-million-euro tender process has been launched in Marbella to carry out repairs to pavements, lighting and street furniture on roads the council does not own but consider important thoroughfares.
A recent court ruling gave Marbella permission
Marbella council is to spend two million euros on resurfacing worn-out and damaged road surfaces on 45 streets and roads around the town.
The work will be finished in next spring and comes on top of a plan to repair 41 other streets due to start in
The Costa del Sol Health Agency has entered into the final phase of the process to revive the Costa del Sol Hospital expansion project which has been at a standstill since 2010, according to regional Health minister Marina Álvarez.
Álvarez, who pre
Vandals have pulled up parts of the perimeter fence around the protected Real de Zaragoza sand dunes, and the Pro Dunas association says tyre marks from vehicles such as quads were clearly visible on the sand.
This is the largest area in the ecolog
The security barrier which Marbella council installed to stop vehicles parking and driving in the area closest to the Artola dunes at Cabopino has not exactly proven effective. This part of the coast has an extremely high ecological value and has bee
On 11 June the Municipal Music Band accompanied the procession of Marbella's patron saint with great dignity, even though there were only just over a dozen of them. It did not go unnoticed among the public. It was some time since the band had perform
The IU party has criticised Marbella town hall for still not opening the main tourist office on the seafront in the afternoons, evenings and at weekends.
The council says it is in the process of recruiting 14 summer information officers
This year's Starlite Festival, the seventh edition of the event, will start on 11 July and run for 45 days in Marbella, the organiser and the town's mayor announced jointly last week.
To avoid disputes over opening hours like last year, which saw
It was 11 June 1485 when King Ferdinand the Catholics took the town of Marbella from the Muslims. The walls, the remains of the Alcazaba and the Royal Hospital are all that remain from that era. Horses, men in armour and other costumes of the time, c
Hundreds of small and medium-sized businesses in Marbella are set to be granted temporary opening licences in a bid to ease the blockage in applications caused by changes to the town's master planning document.
Since the 2010 document was annulled,
Former tennis star Manolo Santana, basketball coach Cesare Scariolo (also founder and president of the Cesare Scariolo Foundation) and World Cup-winning manager Vicente del Bosque received recognition for their contribution to society last Friday whe
The Andalusian regional government's Department of Culture has given the green light to emergency and restoration works to the Trapiche del Prado mill, once an emblem of Marbella's thriving local sugar industry but has recently fallen into a state of
Refurbishment works to be carried out on the Plaza de la Iglesia in San Pedro, a major square in the town centre where both the town hall and the main church are located, will begin imminently, according to sources from the mayor's office.
Marbella town hall has introduced a new system to dilute dog urine on local streets.
It is recommended that dog owners pour a mixture of water and white vinegar directly onto their pets' urine.
The street cleansing department will distribute 1,00
After collecting suggestions and comments, Marbella council will vote today on the first stage of approving a new set of bylaws to control unruly behaviour on the resort's streets.
As reported in SUR in English, the proposals include regulating par
To coincide with the 102nd anniversary of his birth in Zaragoza, the Spanish Print Museum opened the doors to its first single-subject exhibition of the work of Manuel Viola on 18 May.
Title. 'Manuel Viola. Obra gráfica y pinturas'.
Rafael Amargo himself took the initiative and offered to dance on top of La Concha, the most famous peak in the Sierra de Marbella at 1,200 metres high, in order to raise awareness for butterfly skin, a rare condition that between 3,200 and 5,000 peo
The new pedestrian footbridge over the A-397 in San Pedro that was opened without much fanfare on 4 May is already attracting criticism.
Deputy mayor for San Pedro, Rafael Piña (OSP) has visited the site and is calling for the Junta de Andalucía re
Legal proceedings have begun in an attempt to give "fresh impetus" to the Costa del Sol Hospital expansion project, according to the regional minister responsible for Health, Marina Álvarez.
Álvarez, speaking at an event during which the hospital w
Marbella mayor Ángeles Muñoz announced on Sunday that an indoor Olympic swimming pool would be built in the Guadaiza area in response to the needs of swimming, waterpolo and triathlon clubs in the area.
Its construction, however, will require the a
Emergency works are being carried out on beaches to repair the damage caused by storms earlier in the year. The works will take place throughout May and are scheduled to be completed before 1 June.
The first part of the project will involve compact
Some of Spain's best chefs have joined forces to take part in Chefs & Kids, an initiative in aid of the children's charity Aldeas Infantiles and endorsed by the town of Marbella and the Diputación de Málaga. Martín Berasategui, Ángel León, Eneko Atxa
It was a great party at the old Don Miguel hotel in Marbella earlier this week, when directors of Magna Hotels & Resorts, the company which owns the building, and Club Med, the French group which will run the establishment, laid the first stone of a
The Hotel Don Miguel, which closed in 2004, will reopen in summer 2019 with a new name and under new management.
Club Med-Magna Marbella will be open 11 months of the year and will be an all-inclusive resort, catering for families with new installa
The fight for Chloe's life began eight years ago. Over this time, Jorgelina Borda has visited countless hospitals, laboratories, institutions and scientific foundations in search of a diagnosis for the vicious combination of symptoms that affect her
What is a lazy eye and what is the strategy to combat it? Questions like these were answered by staff at the ophthalmology unit of the Hospital Costa del Sol during a campaign that began last week to raise awareness for parents and teachers about the
The mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz, said this week that for the time being she was suspending the search for a company to run the service that collects abandoned and dead animals from the town's streets.
It follows mounting controversy over a cla
A three-year-old boy from Marbella died on Sunday after being run over, apparently accidentally, by a car in the Casa Rusia shopping centre car park in San Pedro. Four young British men aged between 20 and 24, on holiday in Marbella, were travelling
A new boutique hotel will open in Calle Ancha in Marbella's old town by next summer. To be known as Maison Ardois, it will occupy a 16th century mansion that is currently being restored.
The 4.5-million-euro property development is being carried ou
In the past few weeks the estuary of the Río Verde in Marbella has been playing host to a new guest which was not only unexpected but is also a remarkable sight in Malaga province: a red-knobbed coot, also known as a crested coot.
This bird is a m
Three of Marbella's beaches are to have equipment installed to enable members of the public to help save lives in an emergency at any time of year, even with no lifeguard on duty.
The devices, known as 'puntos naranjas' (orange points) for their hi
The local branch of the Red Cross in Marbella (Cruz Roja) has launched an appeal for help due to an increase in the numbers of homeless in the town. The organisation offers on-the-spot help to people sleeping rough in the streets with its Intemperie
Councillors in Marbella are getting tough on people vandalising public spaces with graffiti.
A task force has been set up to blitz clean current graffiti in the town and the Local Police has committed to clamping down on suspects. Officials say th
Thousands of people hit the streets of Marbella and San Pedro for the grand switch-on of the Christmas lights on Thursday.
The festive spirit has been taken to a total of 90 streets and 15 squares where the lights will stay on for 38 days in total
Marbella's Christmas lights will be switched on today (Thursday) at 8pm in the Paseo de la Alameda. There are 545 lights decorating 90 streets and 15 squares which will stay on for 38 days in total and, as in Malaga centre, will "dance" to music in a
The town of San Pedro, part of the municipality of Marbella, is celebrating being given its highest budget ever to spend on local initiatives.
In Marbella council's 2018 budget, which passed the first approval stage last Friday, San Pedro has been
The town hall in Marbella has submitted an application for 15 million euros to the European Union urban development and sustainability fund. The EU is to allocate 189 million euros from the fund to Andalucía and this week local councillors in Marbell
The case against a fragrance shop at the heart of Puerto Banús has been given permission to proceed by a court in Marbella after complaints about the visual impact of a large screen installed on its façade.
Ever since it was installed in July, resi
Marbella town hall is set to offer up a plot of land in the Las Chapas area of the town to the Junta de Andalucía for the creation of a new school, as confirmed on Tuesday by the Education councillor, Carmen Díaz.
The council will offer up a plot o
The town hall in Marbella has been increasing the amount of building licences it issues in recent days. On Monday politicians gave their approval for the building of different projects in the resort with a value of 17 million euros.
THE APPROVED PL
The new team in charge at Marbella town hall, made up of the Partido Popular and San Pedro party Opción Sanpedreña, have just 20 months before the town's residents go to vote once more and pass judgement on returning mayor Ángeles Muñoz.
Her team h
One of the issues inherited by the new local government in Marbella is to ensure that the Starlite summer concert festival continues to take place in the town. This summer, organisers had threatened to take the 45-night event elsewhere next year afte
Marbella's first paramotor police patrol unit was presented on Wednesday as part of the town's aims to crack down on town planning violations and illegal dumping.
The idea was originally floated last year, however there was initial resistance from
Tired of beachgoers not respecting the protected status of the Real de Zaragoza dune system, Marbella councillors have decided to get tough.
The dunes to the east of the municipality, some of the last untouched ones, suffer as visitors break down b
José Bernal, mayor of Marbella, has insisted this week that the project to convert the Arroyo Primero -a dry stream valley that was once the town's showground- into a boulevard and park will still go ahead despite the provincial government withdrawin
The main sewer pipe running under the western end of San Pedro beach is to be moved inland slightly to stop it breaking up during regular winter storms.
For the last two winters, workers have had to rush to carry out emergency repairs to the 80-cen
Hot on the heels of the opening of Japanese restaurant Nobu in Marbella's Puente Romano Hotel last week, bosses have been explaining their plans to open a Nobu hotel there next year.
The exclusive restaurants of Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa are wel
A piece of Marbella's surprising industrial past has been closed off by council workers in a bid to prevent accidents and encourage a colony of bats to settle there.
The entrance to the historic Buenavista mine is on the mountainside behind the tow
Clients who attended the launch of Teatro Marbella last weekend discovered when they passed through the heavy curtains into the restaurant that they were about to enjoy, not only a delicious meal at the elegantly decorated tables, but also an amazing
Environmental prosecutors have reported two companies behind Marbella's prestigious Starlite summer music festival. They say organisers have put in permanent walls and flooring in the outdoor Nagüeles venue used as an auditorium for its concerts by f
A local police officer in Marbella who shot the driver of a car in the early hours of Sunday morning did so accidentally and not out of self-defence.
The officer was said to have lost his balance, causing the ready-loaded gun, which the officer had
Local Police have arrested three men who have been committing armed robberies wearing boiler suits and using a seven-metre ladder as a prop to disguise them as workmen.
The thieves, a Spaniard, Bulgarian and a Slovenian, who are all in their forti
Heartened by the results of its first national conference in late April, the Diabetes Cero (Dt0) association is now trying to raise funds to continue research projects discussed at the event. The 400 health professionals from all over Spain who went
Residents in Marbella have joined forces to try to get the mayor to agree to construct breakwaters on La Fontanilla beach similar to those the town had until 1991. They say it would be the perfect way to increase the amount of sand on Marbella's rapi
Over 70 people took part in Marbella's first 'Stroll with a Hat' event last Sunday. Wearing their finest headgear, a group of hat lovers met to parade around the centre. The idea came from hat-designer Estibaltiz Díaz de Durana and is based on New Yo
For the past two years the association of town councils of the western Costa del Sol (Mancomunidad) has been working on ways to encourage tourists to the area out of peak season. It has now designed a project called BicycleSleep, which starts this mo
The sauna of four-star Hotel Iberostar Marbella Coral Beach was set alight on Sunday, forcing the evacuation of up to 300 guests.
Fortunately, 11 firefighters were able to stop the fire spreading, extinguishing it within 30 minutes and all guests w
The Bellamar catering college was founded in the 60s, during the tourist boom, to answer a need for properly trained kitchen staff to tend to the hordes of visitors that were already descending on the Costa del Sol.
The hotel businesses in the cit
An association in Marbella set up to help drug addicts, Horizonte Proyecto Hombre, is extremely concerned by the number of youngsters who are now smoking marijuana, even if many are only experimenting with it.
The practice of taking the substance i
There has been mixed reaction to the new blue lights on Calle Huerta Chica in Marbella, which were put in place to mark the road, which is now the same level as the pavement. Some neighbours' groups have complained to the town hall that the road "loo
Pro Dunas, a group of volunteers dedicated to the conservation of beaches in east Marbella, has alerted the public to the startling damage caused to Real de Zaragoza beach by the winter and early spring storms.
The group stated that approximately
After the sudden burst of sunshine and high temperatures of last weekend, Marbella council, with a budget of 1.3 million euros provided by the central environmental ministry, initiated a project to restore the town's storm-damaged beaches. However, t
Nobuyuki Matsuhisa is a worldwide authority among chefs and the owner of a gastronomic empire which includes 34 restaurants across four continents.
The man whose formula attracts legions of celebrities (Tom Cruise, Richard Gere and Robert de Niro)
The national government's representative in Malaga, Miguel Briones, confirmed last Friday that all of the beaches in the province will be in good shape for Holy Week, following the damage caused by the storms in December and the one just two weeks ag
Two local doctors have become the first specialists in Andalucía to use a treatment called Irreversible Electroporation (IRE) for patients with prostate cancer, which is the most common type of cancer in men.
Dr Santos and Dr Schulten explain that
Chefs, restauranteurs, wine makers, sommeliers and representatives of hospitality schools met on Monday in Marbella to see the presentation of the publication 'Who's Who in Gastronomy, Malaga 2017'. The book is edited by Prensa Malagueña and has near
Tato's pancreas stopped producing insulin four and a half years ago, and the paediatricians at the Costa del Sol Hospital weren't able to explain to his parents the reason why. The boy, who turned eight years old last December, was later diagnosed wi
Marbella council is working to create the first network of allotments within the municipality. Personnel from the department of sustainability, who are leading the project, are currently searching for suitable plots of land for the endeavour.