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Tony Bryant was born in London in 1961 and he has lived in Andalusia since 1994. He is the author of several books of Spanish theme and has worked as a journalist at SUR in English since January 2016.
Guinness, Ireland's national tipple, enjoys a seasonal popularity every St Patrick's Day, when it is estimated that around 13 million pints of it are consumed worldwide.
pints of Guinness are consumed worldwide on St Patrick's
Lovers of classical music will be in for a treat when the Atis String Quartet visits the Costa del Sol this month.
What. Classical music concerts.
Where. Vic and Jon's Gastro Bar, Marbella. Avanto Retsaurant, La Cala de Mijas.
The Andalusian Performing Arts Society (TAPAS) is holding two fun family events this month.
The first is the popular Car Treasure Hunt, which takes place on Sunday 18 March. The two-hour event will begin at the El Cruce Restaurant in Coín at 10.30a
Benalmádena is gearing up for the 12th edition of the Feria de Plantas de Coleccíon (rare plant fair) which will be held in La Paloma Park during Easter Week.
What. Rare plant fair.
Where. La Paloma Park.
When. Friday 30 March unti
Lovers of West End and Broadway musicals are in for a special treat this month when the popular 'Stars of the West End' show returns to the coast for a five-date tour.
What: Music of the most popular West Endshows
Irish communities along the Costa del Sol, as in the rest of the world, are gearing up for the biggest party of the year. St Patrick's Day celebrations will be taking place all along the Costa del Sol next weekend and hundreds of gallons of Guinness
ARCH (Andalusian Rescue Centre for Horses) is hosting a weekend of events to raise funds for the up-keep of their centre in Alhaurín El Grande. The fundraising begins on Good Friday, when the equestrian centre, which provides shelter and rehabilitati
Born in Tarazona in Aragón on 9 March 1888, Raquel Meller was a celebrated vaudeville performer who appeared in several films and toured extensively throughout Europe and America.
Christened Francisca (Paca) Marqués López, the popular actress, sing
The Welsh Society raised more than 2,000 euros for the Ty Olwen Hospice in Swansea during their St David's Day celebrations last week. The event was held at CJs Karaoke Bar in Benalmádena and, despite the heavy rain, the local Welsh community came to
Cudeca is to host a musical memorial evening to celebrate the life of Roy Alan, a popular local expat who recently lost his battle with cancer.
What. Memorial musical show for Roy Alan with singing and dancing.
Where. Club Náutico, Be
Fuengirola is gearing up for the twenty-third edition of the Festival Ciudad de Fuengirola, which incorporates Marenostrum Music Castle Park, a calendar of live music events that will continue throughout the year.
As part of its Mes del Poesía (poetry month), the Foreign Residents Department at Benalmádena town hall hosted a special day in honour of the popular Spanish children's poet, Gloria Fuertes. The event was held in Arroyo de la Miel on Tuesday and was
Two determined expats are currently undergoing an intensive training routine in order to compete in next month's Paris Marathon to raise money for Cudeca.
Tim Hulbert and Milly Fitzgerald have been in training for the last four months, which is st
Born in London in 1950, David Penny began writing at a tender age and was initially obsessed with science-fiction. He read avidly and wrote even more and eventually started seeing his work in amateur fanzines.
At the age of 23, a short story was ac
Due to the atrocious weather that was forecast to hit Andalucía on Wednesday, some town halls along the Costa del Sol were forced to cancel, or relocate events organised to celebrate Andalucía Day. Plans to commemorate the 1980 referendum - in which
Following the success of last year's edition, Torremolinos is gearing up for its spectacular Drag Queen Gala, which will take place on Saturday 3 March. The flamboyant extravaganza will be held in Plaza La Nogalera from 8.30pm until midnight and will
Cudeca has organised a new monthly fundraising event that will be held in Frederick's bar in Benalmádena Pueblo. The first instalment, which will take place on Saturday 24 February, will present an afternoon of sport, followed by live music and karao
The Anglican Chaplaincy of St Andrew is celebrating 50 years on the Costa del Sol this month and a series of events have been organised to coincide with the anniversary.
Saturday 24 February. Afternoon tea party in the Reserva El H
The Salon Varietés Theatre in Fuengirola is to host two nights of stand-up comedy this weekend. The shows will present some of the UK's top comedians, including Dave Thompson, Geoff Whiting and Sean Meo.
Originally a full-time snooker player, Sean
The Salon Varietés Theatre in Fuengirola is to host a night of stand-up comedy on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 February. Following the success of last year's one-night event, the theatre has added another night this year to cater for the ticket demand.
The Ateneo Art Gallery in Malaga is hosting a new exhibition of works by local artist, Luis Bujalance.
The work of the Malaga artist conveys expressionism based on the impulses of his own personality according to his mood. It is precisely this qua
The Cudeca Hospice in Benalmádena has revealed that its familiar green and yellow charity tins accumulated more than 60,000 euros during 2017.
The tins, which are located in bars, restaurants and shops along the Costa del Sol, and also at Malaga ai
Fernanda Jiménez Peña, known throughout the world as La Fernanda de Utrera, evolved from one of the most celebrated gypsy families in the history of flamenco. Born in the small town of Utrera, Seville, in 1927, La Fernanda was the granddaughter El Pi
The landscaping of the new pedestrian area in the centre of Torremolinos is currently ahead of schedule and the first stage, which began on January 8, is set to meet the May deadline, municipal workers confirmed this week.
The first stage began in
Towns along the Costa del Sol, as in the rest of Andalucía and Spain, are gearing up for Carnival, the first major festival of the year after the Three Kings wind up Christmas. Traditionally celebrated in the week before Ash Wednesday, carnival is an
Lovers of rock 'n' roll will enjoy the 24th edition of the Rockin Race Jamboree, which began on Thursday.
>What. Rock 'n' roll music festival.
>Where. Príncipe de Asturias auditorium and Hotel Barracuda, Torremolinos.
Those who took part in the revolution of dyed-hair, ripped jeans and offensive T-shirts in the mid-1970s might be interested in a special punk rock revival night that is being staged in Benalmádena Costa next week.
What: Punk rock concert.
Coín celebrated its popular Feria de Gallinas Andaluz Sureñas last weekend. The fifth edition of the southern Andalusian poultry fair moved its location to the La Trocha shopping park this year, where hundreds of visitors marvelled over more than 600
A new reality television series aimed at expats living along the Mediterranean coast is to be filmed on the Costa del Sol next month. Mediterranean Life will tell the stories of native English speaking families who are renting or buying a property in
The stage name, One Wish Steve, derived from the musician's involvement with a UK- based cancer charity called One Wish.
Steve recorded a song to raise funds for a young boy called Mitchell, who was in need of treatment for neuroblastoma cancer.
The Costa del Sol is home to numerous expat musicians, singers and composers, some of whom have been at the forefront of the British music scene, and others who have spent their lives on the boundaries of it.
Some of these people have retired to a
Long-time Costa del Sol resident, 94-year-old Charles Betty, has not wasted his retirement years.
Since the eighties he has been helping to improve the lives of fellow foreign residents and now his concerns will be recorded in academic journals.
CHAIN, a registered charity for animals in need, is appealing for volunteers to help run its charity shop in the La Trocha Commercial Centre in Coín.
The shop is staffed purely by volunteers and is divided into three shifts per day. These are betwe
At a packed meeting of the Royal British Legion Mollina branch on Tuesday members and friends raised over EUR1000 to kick start the 2018 Poppy Appeal.
Organiser and branch secretary Barbara Punshon explained that the bran
The Costa del Sol has long been the destination for retired Brits eager to while away their golden years in the sun.
Spain remains a relatively cheap place to live and will offer retirees a good standard of living for their money.
A new exhibition promoting pioneering women is currently on display in the Casa de los Navajas in Torremolinos. The exhibition, held under the banner of 'Mujeres Aventureras', is organised by Torremolinos town hall.
A group of 24 artists have join
Alhaurín de la Torre is preparing for a weekend dedicated to San Sebastián, the town's patron saint.
This popular festival begins at 6pm today (Friday) with a floral tribute in honour of the saint in the Plaza de San Sebastián.
The celebrations c
Torremolinos town hall has begun work on the pedestrianisation of the Plaza Costa del Sol and the centre of Torremolinos. The work will be carried out in two phases. The first phase - due to be finished by May - will focus on the renovation and expan
The Auditorio Felipe VI in Estepona is to host a weekend of musical events that will include some of the most iconic music and dance of the stage and screen.
What: Music,dance and fantasy shows.
Where: Felipe VI theatre, Estepona. www.a
Torremolinos is to host the seventeenth edition of Deboda y Comuniones, a first communion and wedding fair that will be held in the Palacio de Congresos from today.
What: An exhibition of all things to do with weddings and communions.
The Cudeca Goldies will host their first fundraising event of the New Year on Thursday 25 January.
As in previous years, Cudeca will hold a special Burns Night party at the Tamisa Golf Hotel in Mijas Costa. The event, which starts at 7.30pm, offer
It was while working on an oral history on women in contemporary Spain that one of Joan's interviewees started to tell her about the massacre on the Malaga-Almeria road in February 1937, the subject of one of her books.
The woman's own father had b
Now that the Christmas and New Year's celebrations are over many of us will be contemplating the list of resolutions and tasks we promised to undertake in the coming year.
Those who need to work off the excess Christmas kilos or want a new hobby,
Around 1,000 runners took part in the third edition of the San Silvestre charity race in Torremolinos on New Year's Eve.
The race, which was the last event in the town's calendar of sporting events for 2017, was, once again, deemed to have been a h
A new recreational park, which cost more than 250,000 euros and covers approximately 1,000 square metres, has opened in Cártama.
Designed to expand the range of leisure and exercise facilities in Cártama, Parque Castillo includes a 25-metre rope s
The Cudeca Christmas charity car raffle, organised by the Cudeca Goldies, was drawn on New Year's Day; however the winning number -21993 - was one of the 1,036 unsold tickets. The number coincided with the ONCE lottery draw on January 1, but because
The whole of the Costa del Sol, along with the rest of Spain, is gearing up for the traditional procession of the Three Kings, the final event of the Spanish festive calendar.
The Cabalgatas (parades) are headed by Los Tres Reyes Magos (Three Wise
As the old year comes to a close and we begin to embrace the new one, many of us will be thinking about our New Year's resolutions, even though the majority of them will have fallen by the wayside by the second week of January.
A New Year's resolut
Residents and visitors in Torremolinos will enjoy a New Year's Eve extravaganza in the Plaza La Nogalera on Sunday 31 December.
This will be the third consecutive year the party will be held in the centre of the town and a huge marquee has been er
A new addition to Torremolinos' impressive collection of bronze sculptures by internationally renowned Elena Laverón was unveiled in the town last week.
The sculpture, called 'Los Oficíos' (tradesmen), is made up of five bronze figures and will be
Following reports of animal cruelty in the village of Lucena del Puerto, near Huelva, the Guardia Civil's environment protection unit, Seprona, discovered 28 abnormally thin and weak horses. It is claimed that the owner was not feeding the horses nor
Christmas is the season to deck our halls with boughs of holly and don our gay apparel, according to one popular Christmas carol, while others tell us that, unlike many festive traditions, man will live forever more because of Christmas day.
Spanish Christmas carols, 'villancicos', originate from medieval peasant songs called 'canto de villano'. Villancicos gained popularity in the second half of the 16th century in Spain and these devotional songs, which were sung during the feasts of t
After two years of delays, work is to finally begin on the pedestrianisation of the Plaza Costa del Sol in Torremolinos.
The town hall has announced that the renovation of the centre, which has been closed to traffic since December 2015, and the Av
Torremolinos town hall has announced that the work to make the train station in Plaza La Nogalera more accessible will now go ahead as planned, although a little later than originally intended.
Following a period of uncertainty, rail company Renfe
Coín will be getting in the festive mood when the town hosts a live music Christmas party in the Alameda today, Friday.
The concert will be performed by Coín rock band, Dvuelta, a popular five-piece who have been performing together for more than 2
The Gerald Brenan Cultural Association in Churriana (ACGB) has organised a special dual-language seminar on one of Gerald Brenan's most celebrated works today, Friday 22 December.
The event will begin with the screening of the film, South from Gran
The Cudeca Hospice held its traditional Christmas 'Light a Light' ceremony last Friday 15 December.
The event was attended by founder and honorary president, Joan Hunt, and directors, Marisa Martín and Rafael Olalla.
In addition to switching on
Charitable organisations in the province of Malaga are reminding the public of the ongoing need to help the thousands of people sleeping rough in the region as well as those with reduced means to feed their families. The Christmas period often comes
Over the next few days many of us will be dashing around the shopping centres and supermarkets buying presents for family and friends and stocking up on mince pies, Christmas crackers and all the little extra essentials we need to enjoy the festive s
The Cudeca Goldies will be hosting their annual Christmas dinner at the Valparaíso restaurant in Mijas on Wednesday 20 December.
The event will present a line-up of some of the coast's top entertainers, all of whom will donate their time to raise f
Estepona is to host the third edition of the Feria del Queso, an artisan cheese fair that will be held in the Parque Botánico Orquidario from today, Friday, until Sunday.
What. Cheese and dairy produce fair.
Where. Parque Botánico Orquid
Following years of negotiations between Spain's newly elected socialist party and Margaret Thatcher's conservative government, Spain finally lifted its blockade of Gibraltar on Wednesday 15 December 1982. The heavy black iron gates that separated the
Benalmádena is to host the ninth edition of the Festival of Christmas Traditions on Saturday 9 December. Organised by the Benalmádena foreign residents department and various local expat associations, the festival is the first in a string activities
Torremolinos participated in events commemorating Worlds Aids Day last Friday.
Organised by the Torremolinos town hall and several local LGBTI groups, a programme of informative, educational and recreational activities were staged at different loca
The flamenco world is full of flamboyant gypsy performers who started their careers in the back streets of Andalucía and went on to achieve fame and fortune while performing on some of the most coveted stages in the world. One of these is a 77-year-o
The voice and image of Camarón de la Isla, the world's most celebrated flamenco singer, was very much alive in Spain during 2017, a year that marks the 25th anniversary of his death. Exhibitions, conferences, flamenco recitals and remembrance service
A benevolent expat musician has recorded a selection of Christmas music and traditional Irish hymns to raise money for local underprivileged families.
Dublin-born Finion Kenny plays the clarinet and saxophone during Sunday mass at the Virgin del C
Immersing oneself in the crazy world of endless betting - where every minute can bring an unbelievable fortune or untold misery - is not to everyone's taste, but it is something that one English expat has been doing for the best part of his life.
Finnish communities along the Costa del Sol have enjoyed a series of events this year to commemorate the centenary of Finland's declaration of independence.
The State Council of Finland approved and coordinated a series of activities that were org
Torremolinos will be getting in the Yuletide spirit when the Christmas lights are illuminated on Tuesday 5 December. The ceremony will mark the start of the town's three-week festive programme of events and attractions. These will include an open-air
The popular 50s Plus Expo, the lifestyle event aimed at the retired and those nearing retirement age, will take place at the IPV Palace and Spa Hotel in Fuengirola on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December.
What: Lifestyle exhibition for the ov
Torremolinos town hall hosted an information day this week aimed at the members of the 20,000-strong foreign population registered in the town. The initiative was to inform the expat community about the administrative procedures that they are subject
The performance of 'A Touch of Cabaret', held at the Casa de la Cultura in Fuengirola last week, raised more than 1,500 euros for the Lux Mundi Ecumenical Centre. Staged by Mijas-based amateur show group, 'A Touch of Class', the production presented
'Thirty campers held after Wild West battle' reported the front page of the Daily Mail on Saturday 5 August 1961.
Colin Stoddart, now retired and living in Calahonda, was among the young men who were arrested after a gang fight that took place on
Torremolinos is gearing up for the fifth edition of the Ruta del Rock, a live music festival that will offer more than 60 concerts in the bars and restaurants in the town.
This popular event, which is organised b
The Cudeca Goldies will host their Christmas fair at St Anthony's College in La Cala de Mijas on Sunday 19 November.
Organised by Aladin La Cala, the market will take place in the car park from 10am until 3pm and will offer second-hand clothing, je
British armed forces associations along the Costa del Sol turned out last weekend to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice during two World Wars and recent conflicts. Several Remembrance Day services were organised by the Royal British Legio
The Costa del Sol has long been an area that's beauty has attracted a steady flow of world-renowned movie stars, musicians, bohemian artists and sporting personalities. One of Australia's most prominent tennis partnerships is among the sporting celeb
The Scandinavian Cello School (SCS), led by award winning British cellist, Jacob Shaw, has arrived back on the Costa del Sol to perform a series of Christmas concerts. A group of six renowned cellists from Ireland, UK, Denmark, Poland and China, will
The tenth edition of the popular Blues at Moonlight Festival will be held from Thursday 16 until Sunday 19 November.
When. Thursday 16 until Sunday 19 November.
Where. Sunset Beach Club, Benalmádena Costa.
Tickets. Between 8 and 30 eur
The Smile Foundation support group recently organised a fun day out for a group of physically and mentally disabled youngsters. Around 30 children from ADIMI - an association set up to assist people with disabilities - participated in the event, whic
Born in Barcelona in 1919, Jesús Blasco was a Spanish illustrator whose career spanned the golden age of comic-strip art.
One of five brothers, Blasco is considered one of the masters of Spanish comics, making his debut in 1935, when his illustrati
Mijas A three day photographic festival will be held at the Las Lagunas Theatre in Mijas Costa from Friday 10 until Sunday 12 November.
Photofestival is the largest gathering of shutterbug aficionados in Andalucía and the event will present an exte
One of the biggest musical events during autumn is the celebrated Malaga Jazz Festival, this year celebrating its 31st edition.
What: Live music festival featuring some of today's top Jazz musicians.
Where: Cervantes Theatre in Malaga.
Barbadian singer, Magnet Man, one of his country's most popular and biggest selling artists, has recently come to live on the Costa del Sol. The international singer has been busy performing at venues and events along the coast over the summer and he
Torremolinos town hall has put out to tender the contract for the construction of the town's future gourmet market, which is to be situated in the Plaza de Independencia.
Prospective companies have until October 31 to submit their bids for the pro
Lovers of live music will enjoy the winter programme of concerts presented at the Que Bowling ten-pin bowling alley in Las Lagunas throughout November.
uWhat: Live tribute shows, featuring some of the coast's top musicians.
uWhere: Que B
The Magpie International Art Gallery in Marbella is to host an exhibition of paintings by renowned French artist, Bernard Aubertin.
Red and Fire is a collection of his intriguing compositions that are char
The post office in Avdenida Palma de Mallorca in Torremolinos is currently hosting a new exhibition of photographs based on the Camino de Santiago.
Known in English as The Way of Saint James, the camino is a network of routes to the shrine of the a
The nostalgic sounds of 1960s guitar pioneer, Hank Marvin will vibrate in Torremolinos on Saturday 21 October.
When: Saturday 21 October. 8.30pm.
Where: Pablo Ruiz Picasso Cultural Centre, Torremolinos.
Tickets: 12 euros.
World Palliative Care Day, which takes place on Saturday 14 October, is a world-wide event that supports the development of Palliative Care. More than 1,000 solidarity concerts in over 74 countries have been organised to celebrate the day, one of whi
The Los Boliches based Knit and Natter group presented the Hospital Materno Infantil (Malaga maternity hospital) with more than 1,200 handmade baby garments last week.
A selection of colourful bonnets, boots, suits, jumpers, blankets and covers had
The historic nineteenth century Barrabino mansion in Torremolinos will soon open its doors once again for the first time in more than 20 years.
Central Plaza. The Plaza Costa del Sol will be completely transformed and will beco
The Frame Gallery Bar in Fuengirola is to present a 'swing jazz' evening on Friday (today) 13 October.
When: Friday 13 October. Show starts at 8pm.
Where: Frame Gallery Bar, Fuengirola.
Tickets: 10 euros.
The show will feature Kukk
The annual feria in Fuengirola starts today (Friday) and continues until Thursday 12 October. It starts at 9.30pm, with a dance spectacular performed by several local dance troupes. This is followed by the official turning on of the fairground lights
Malaga. 12 October, Día de la Hispanidad or Hispanic Day, is a national holiday in Spain that commemorates the exact date when Christopher Columbus first set foot in the Americas in 1492.
Also known as Columbus Day or Día del Descubrimiento, Hispa
Integrating into Spanish society is something many expats find difficult when first moving to the Costa del Sol. Many foreigners choose to live on the outskirts of Spanish life simply because they do not speak the lingo, but Tina Hall, a 46-year-old
Born in Bilbao on 29 September 1864, Miguel de Unamuno y Jugo was a Spanish essayist, poet, playwright and philosopher. His most famous novel, Abel Sánchez: The History of a Passion, was considered a modern reworking of the Cain and Abel story.
A music, art and gastronomy festival is to be held at the Avanto Beach restaurant in La Cala de Mijas next week.
The Salida de Sol II festival will consist of seven concerts over seven nights, presenting world renowned classical musicians. There wi
After months of preparations, the Goldies fundraising team staged their Music Story festival for Cudeca in the Benalmádena auditorium last weekend.
Hundreds of music lovers enjoyed a two-day extravaganza that featured hits of the last 60 years, inc
Mijas Pueblo is gearing up for the tenth edition of the popular Friendship Day Festival, which this year will be dedicated to Italy.
The event, which is organised by the foreign residents department of Mijas town hall, will be held in the main squa
Fundraising team the Cudeca Goldies are gearing up for a two-day musical extravaganza in Benalmádena next weekend in aid of the hospice charity.
Music Story, to be held in the municipal auditorium near La Paloma Park in Benalmádena Costa on Saturd
The bullring in Marbella will play host to the Rockaneando live music festival this weekend. Organised by the Marbella town hall, this pop and rock extravaganza will begin on Friday 15 September with a concert by local pop sensation Danza Invisible.
A six-day charity trek through Morocco proved to be financially beneficial for one local animal refuge, even though the venture was almost abandoned on the second day.
As reported by SUR in English in June, Pete and Karen Hawkins spent months train
The image of the mothball-scented charity shop has changed greatly over the years and what were once considered as shops that sold out-of-date clothes, tacky ornaments and scratched records have transformed into big moneymaking enterprises.
Fundraising team the Cudeca Goldies are gearing up for a two-day musical extravaganza in Benalmádena next weekend in aid of the hospice charity.
Music Story, to be held in the municipal auditorium near La Paloma Park in Benalmádena Costa on Saturd
Friends and family of a young boy in need of specialist treatment to reverse epilepsy took part in a fundraising event titled 'Todo con Matías' recently in Arroyo de la Miel.
Matías Bravo Benítez suffers from severe autism and epilepsy and his heal
Torremolinos town hall and the Asociación Síndrome de Turner Andalucía (ASTA) hosted a special morning to raise awareness of the little-known Turner syndrome recently. The event was used as a platform to inform people about the characteristics of the
An open international ideas contest has been held to design a new contemporary vernacular building in Mijas Costa.
Under the banner of 'Costa del Sprawl', architects, designers and students from around the world were invited to explore different t
As August comes to an end and Andalucía starts to cool down after several months of scorching temperatures, the final summer festivals and celebrations will be under way throughout the region. One of these is the XIII edition of the Douglas Day festi
The recent terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils last week have outraged the world. The attacks, which resulted in the deaths of 15 people, and left more than 100 injured, happened during the height of the summer season when thousands of touris
Benalmádena Pueblo will host the seventh edition of the town's popular Arab souk from this week from Thursday until Sunday 27 August.
Organised by the Benalmádena town hall and Andalucía Medieval, the Arab market will take place in various locatio
The Douglas family history stretches back to the eighth century. Legend claims that a Scottish king, whose army was losing in battle, saw the tide turn in his favour following the intervention of an unknown warrior.
The man was a fearsome fighter
The traditional family summer holiday has always been a time for leaving behind the worries and strains of our daily routines in order to enjoy a few weeks in the sun. Probably the only chore we would have to attend while visiting our chosen destinat
This popular festival is one of the biggest gatherings of 'bears' in Spain and the event is attended by people from all over Europe. Last year's festival attracted more than 6,000 visitors and organisers are expecting this year's event to be even big
Work has begun to remove dangerous asbestos panelling from the Centro de Educación Infantil y Primaria (CEIP) in Avenida Palma de Mallorca in Torremolinos.
The work is being carried out on the infant and primary school during July and August, while
An exhibition that charts how Spain and the Costa del Sol were first promoted as a tourist destination has opened in the Palacio de Congresos in Torremolinos.
Organised by the town hall and with funds from the Aeronautical Museum of Malaga, 'Spain
More than 40 punk rock and hardcore grunge bands will perform at the eleventh edition of the Canela Party in Malaga this August. The festival will begin on Thursday 3 August in Sala Velvet, with performances by Kill Kill, Fuckaine and Cuchillo de Fue
Torremolinos town hall has begun a pest control campaign in order to combat a possible insect and rodent infestation this summer. The council has stressed that these measures are being enforced as a precautionary measure against rats and cockroaches,
The residents of La Carihuela in Torremolinos were celebrating this week following the news that the annual procession of the Virgen del Carmen is to finally receive the status of Fiesta de Interés Turístico de Andalucía (a festival of touristic inte
After experiencing complications, the popular Festival de Blues de Mijas finished in 2014, but now the festival is back with a new format and a new venue at the Miguel González Bernal municipal auditorium.
This year's festival will welcome three of
During the 1960s and 70s, thousands of expatriates from all over Europe and America began arriving on the Costa del Sol.
The majority were retirees in search of their dream home and a chance to spend their third age lapping up the Spanish sun. How
Torremolinos is gearing up for yet another huge party aimed at the LGBTI community.
The Wonder Gay Festival, which will take place from Monday 24 until Sunday 30 July, is a week of gay themed fiestas and musical events which will take place at diff
The Cudeca Goldies have come up with another adventurous event to raise awareness of the cancer charity's twenty-fifth anniversary celebrations. Set to take place over two days, the Goldies will host a grand musical extravaganza in the Benalmádena au
A charity rock concert for diabetes research has been organised by Diabetes O, a local diabetes association in Torremolinos.
Diabetes O and Torremolinos town hall have joined forces with the cultural association, Artemolinos, to present a night of
The town hall in Torremolinos has announced plans to tidy up a historic area at the heart of the resort, including the removal of business signage that obscures views of a local landmark.
The work will focus on the Cuesta del Tajo road and the famo
During spring and early summer, the southernmost part of Andalucía transforms into a kaleidoscope of colour and illumination. Dozens of local and national fiestas and celebrations take place all over the province, including ferias, music festivals an
Calle San Miguel in Torremolinos is one of the best-known streets on the Costa del Sol, and it has become the focal point of the town, especially for those visiting for the first time.
Formerly open to traffic, it was pedestrianised in 1971 and ha
The Costa del Sol has been home to some huge music extravaganzas this summer and there are still more to come.
This weekend was one dominated by the Los Alamos Beach Festival in Torremolinos, while the Starlite Festival got under way in Marbella.
A 33-year-old tourist had an unusual end to his holiday this week while taking a last walk along the promenade in Fuengirola. Benjamin Kouijzer and his mother, Jean, were strolling along the beach front in Fuengirola eating ice cream when they notice
Torremolinos continues to bolster its role as one of the most popular destinations for LGBTI tourism, thanks to the foresight and determination of the town's mayor, José Ortiz. The Mayor of Torremolinos has recently been voted one of the most influen
The long-awaited F Cruz Días ADIMI centre in Mijas officially opened last Friday.
ADIMI, an association for children with intellectual disabilities, was set up in 1999 by parents of numerous youngsters with varying levels of disability. In the same
American expats along the Costa del Sol came together this week to acknowledge the Fourth of July Independence Day celebrations.
The Fuengirola chapter of the American Club of the Costa del Sol held a celebratory lunch at the Caribbean Mermaid bar
The Buchinger Wilhelmi Clinic in Marbella has organised a jazz concert in aid of the Cudeca Foundation.
This will be the second consecutive year the clinic has held the fundraising concert and organisers are hoping that this year's event will attra
Torremolinos town hall has criticised its former mayor, Pedro Fernández Montes, for irregularities in the planning and construction of the town's ill-fated museum.
The building has been at the centre of controversy since 2014 and the ruling Social
Torremolinos is gearing up for second edition of the Funky Town Festival, a music festival that will present disco and funk music of the 1970s, '80s and '90s.
The lineup of artists includes local musician, Javier Ojeda, leader of Spanish pop sensa
Following months of hard work and preparations, a new community fellowship in Fuengirola has opened its doors to the public.
Living Waters is a Christian foundation that has recently taken over the Ark foundation's former residence in Fuengirola.
In the early hours of the morning of Thursday 2 July 1992, one of the most venerated gypsy singers in the evolution of flamenco uttered his last words: "Mother of god, what is wrong with me?"
The news of his death vibrated around Spain and gripped
The social services department of the Torremolinos town hall has helped a total of 68 underprivileged families with the Programa de Ayudas Familiares.
The family economic aid programme, which is conducted by the Junta de Andalucía, offers cash or
Torremolinos town hall has announced extended summer opening hours at its tourist information centres. The offices are usually open between 9am and 2pm from Monday to Friday, but as from 1 July, they will open in the afternoon.
The tourist office
British singer, Lemar Obika, is to perform a one-off concert in Estepona this Saturday, 24 June.
The 29-year-old BRIT-award winner, known simply as Lemar, has had a string of chart hits in Britain, Europe and Australia, including seven top-ten sing
An energetic British couple is to embark on a fundraising trek up one of North Africa's highest mountains.
Pete and Karen Hayes will attempt the six-day trek through Moroccan villages, finishing with an ascent to the top of Mount Toubkal.
When. Friday 23 June
Where. At different locations along the Costa del Sol.
The Fiesta de San Juan (St John the Baptist) will be celebrated in style once again this year, as hundreds of bonfires are set to illuminate
The Great Siege of Gibraltar, the longest siege ever endured by the British Armed Forces, began after Spain officially declared war on Great Britain on 16 June, 1779.
The siege was an unsuccessful attempt by Spain and France to capture Gibraltar fr
Around 40,000 people visited Torremolinos last weekend for the Pride 2017 festival, the third largest LGBTI event in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona.
The highlight of the festival was a spectacular performance by Israeli singer, Dana International
The San Bernabé fair in Marbella got under way on Tuesday and the town is now celebrating six days of continual partying.
Tourists and locals will enjoy the charm of this traditional and colourful event, which is held next to the La Cañada shopping
As part of its twenty-fifth anniversary celebrations, the Santa Maria Golf and Country Club in Marbella is to host two charity golf tournaments.
The club, which is considered to have one of the best-looked-after courses on the Costa del Sol, has al
Around 40,000 people packed into the Plaza de la Nogalera in Torremolinos over the weekend for the town's Pride festival that has become the third most important LGBT event in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona.
Eurovision Song Contest winner, Dana I
The Cudeca Cancer Care Hospice is holding a photographic competition for its 2018 calendar.
This year the theme will be 'Corners of the Province of Malaga', and budding photographers have been invited to enter their pictures for possible publicati
When The Beatles entered studio two of the Abbey Road recording studios in North West London on 24 November 1966, there were rumours that the band were about to break up.
The greatest rock band in the world had seen poor audience attendance during
As part of their European tour in 1965, The Beatles played two sellout performances in Spain. The first was held in the Las Ventas bullring in Madrid on 2 July. They ended the tour the following day with a performance at the La Monumental bullring in
Cártama is preparing to celebrate the fifth edition of the 'Ruta de la Tapa y el Cóctel', a gastronomic event that will take place from 8 to 11 June.
When: Thursday 8 until Sunday 11 June.
Transport: Free bus service will operate ov
When: 9am to 1.30pm. Monday to Friday, until Friday 16 June.
Where. Ayuntamiento de Torremolinos. Plaza Blas Infante.
An exhibition entitled 'El Éxodo de la Carretera de Almería - Febrero de 1937', has opened in Torremolinos.
The holiday group CLC World Resorts & Hotels has announced a charitable scheme that will help the families of the ill, frail, injured and disabled to spend crucial time together.
The Costa resort is working with select UK-based charities to provid
Torremolinos town hall has begun working on the much-needed regeneration of the Avenida Carlota Alessandri.
Once a thriving commercial area, complete with shops, bars and restaurants, the road that connects Torremolinos to Benalmádena has deteriora
When: From 1 until 30 June.
Where: Arte y Cocina Restaurant Gallery. Free entry.
Popular Irish artist, Roger Cummiskey, will inaugurate his latest exhibition in Fuengirola next week.
'Sabor de España' (Taste of Spain) is a solo exhi
More than 8,000 people enjoyed the twenty-first edition of the Fiesta de la Naranja in Coín last Sunday.
This popular festival, which was declared a festival of cultural interest by the Malaga provincial government in 2004, coincides with the harve
The Field of Dreams Community Football Club in Mijas is celebrating a treble after three of their junior teams triumphed in their respective leagues this season.
The community football club encourages children to develop their skills in order to pl
The hotel sector of Torremolinos has invested more than 150 million euros in reforms and improvements to several of its key hotels.
During an informative meeting attended by hotel directors, tourism professionals and travel agents, José Ortiz, mayo
One of the next events organised to raise funds for the Cudeca Cancer Hospice in Benalmádena is a charity car rally. The event, which is sponsored by Porsche dealer Sportwagen Marbella, will be held on Saturday 3 June. Registration of vehicles will t
The centre of Torremolinos will become a huge stage this weekend, when the town hosts the fourth edition of the Ruta del Rock; a live music festival with more than 60 concerts taking place in 36 bars and restaurants in the town.
The half-hourly sh
The Magpie International Art Gallery in Marbella is hosting a new exhibition of works by French surrealist artist, Gabrielle Ange.
'The Journey of the Soul', an exhibition of paintings in oil on canvas, is a collection of colourful works that focus
Cudeca will be celebrating the fifteenth edition of its popular Walkathon on Sunday 21 May. The fundraising walk will consist of three routes. The main ten kilometre walk will begin at 10.30am, whereas the two and five kilometre walks will start at 1
Collegium Musicum, an amateur choir and orchestra that was formed in 1975, will be giving a series of concerts on the coast during the last week of May. Their popular concerts are held twice yearly, but most people may fail to recognise the amount of
Torremolinos town hall has recently opened a new foreign residents' office in the centre of the town.
Previously, foreign residents were able to use an office housed in the town hall building in El Calvario, but the service has now been relocated
The Cudeca Cancer Care Hospice opened its second charity furniture shop in Benalmádena last week. The new store, which is situated next to an existing Cudeca shop, will be the third in Arroyo de la Miel, bringing the total of Cudeca shops to 19 in th
Born in Malaga on 12 May 1930, Jesús 'Jess' Franco Manera was a Spanish film director, writer, composer and cinematographer. He wrote and directed more than 160 motion pictures in his lifetime, encompassing a wide variety of genres.
Franco began hi
When: Saturday 13 May.
Where: Football stadium, Torremolinos.
Lovers of live music are in for an extra special treat this Saturday, 13 May, when Torremolinos presents the second edition of the Espeto Fes
Three of Britain's most talented stand-up comedians are to take part in a one-off show tomorrow night at the Salón Varietés Theatre in Fuengirola.
Where. Salón Varietés Theatre, Fuengirola
When. Saturday 13 May, 8pm
More than 500 people participated in the eighth edition of the San Isidro Solidarity Race in Cártama last Friday.
As in previous years, the race had been organised to raise awareness of the problems faced by the town's underprivileged families. In
An intrepid group of walkers have raised an impressive 3,500 euros, after completing a 22km sponsored hike through the Coín mountains last weekend.
The fundraising walk was organised by the Coín-based inland hiking group, Al's Ramblers, and the 19
A singer who once preferred to sing to cows rather than to a human audience and a nervous guitarist who played with his back to the crowd are not the usual ingredients of a rock and roll success story.
They are, however, two musicians who are now m
Torremolinos is considered to be the town that started the tourism boom on the Costa del Sol, and it was once the preferred destination of the wealthy, the famous, and money-rich expats who arrived from all corners of the globe. But what was the town
SEARCH is holding an open day and natural horse training demonstration on Saturday, 6 May.
Local horse trainer, Michelle Peschke, will be on hand to give demonstrations and she will be available to answer questions on all aspects of
When: Saturday 6 May
Where: Casa de Laila, Camino Ardalejos, 7, Alhaurín El Grande,
Alhaurín el grande. A natural soap making workshop, organised by Essía Organic Body Care, will be held in Alhaurín el Grande on Satu
The Lux Mundi ecumenical centre is appealing for volunteers to help with the daily running of its facility in Fuengirola.
The Christian charity, which has been serving people of all nationalities for more than 40 years, maintains its centre thanks
When: From today and then every Thursday throughout the summer. Concerts will start at 8pm (9pm in July).
Where: Plaza del Ayuntamiento, La Cala de Mijas .
Tickets: Free admission.
·Information : www.costadeldisco.com
La Cala de
One-time professional footballer, André Lindbæk, has recently opened a state of the art gymnasium on the Costa del Sol.
The Epic Gym and Health Centre is a new hi-tech complex that first opened its doors in December 2016, although the official open
When: Thursday 27 April - Monday 1 May, 1pm to 4am.
Where: Fuengirola fairground.
Parade: Saturday 29 April at 11.30 from Plaza de España.
The twenty-third edition of the Feria de los Pueblos kicked off in Fuengirola on Thursday and
Members of the foreign media sector on the Costa del Sol learned more of Torremolinos council's plans and expectations for the future at a social forum held in the town last week.
The meeting, under the title of 'Torremolinos, rebirth of an icon',
The Cudeca Foundation has reason to celebrate this year, having now provided palliative care to patients in the final days of their lives for a quarter of a century.
During their annual results presentation last Wednesday, Joan Hunt, founder of Cud
Sunday 23 April is the day when English nationals celebrate St George's Day.
However, even though he is perhaps one of Christianity's most venerated saints, the English seem to have virtually turned their backs on him over the years.
The local mods and rockers will be polishing their Vespas and tuning their Triumphs in preparation for the forthcoming 'folk devils' soirée in Torremolinos this weekend.
When: Saturday 22 April.
Where. Caseta Municipal, Recinto de fe
When: Thursday 27 April.
Where: La Carihuela, Torremolinos.
The streets and bars in La Carihuela, Torremolinos, will be decked out in bright orange next Thursday, in recognition of Koningsdag (King'
The Finnish community of the Costa del Sol is enjoying a year of celebrations to commemorate the centenary of Finland's Declaration of Independence. Under the banner of 'Finland: 100 years on the Costa del Sol of Spain', several cultural and sporting
St George is also the patron saint of Catalonia (San Jordi), Aragón (San Jorge) and Cáceres in Extremadura.
The legend popular all over Catalonia is said to have occurred in Montblanc, where a dragon constantly attacked the kingdom. The petrified i
The Cudeca Foundation will celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary with a commemorative concert at the Cervantes Theatre in Malaga next Tuesday.
Under the direction of Salvador Vázquez, the Provincial Symphony Orchestra of Malaga will perform a cla
Brexit and how it could affect British people living or owning a business on the Costa del Sol was the subject of a seminar hosted by Linea Directa and SUR in English in Torremolinos last Friday.
Pedro Fernández, a partner with the Malaga-based law
A former plumber, tutor and newspaper cartoonist, 55-year-old Chandy Haggett is probably one of the most innovative artists living on the Costa del Sol today.
Born in London in 1962, Chandy's life has been far from conventional and her journey to b
Chandy is currently holding two exhibitions in Malaga province. She has a permanent show in the Artsenal gallery in Muelle Uno, a place where Chandy can be found most days. This creative gallery has become, as she is keen to point out, her home from
A British mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter has taken the coveted Spanish featherweight title during the recent Ansgar Fighting League championships.
Jay Cucciniello reached the finals, which were held in Las Palmas last Saturday 25 March, after tri
The eleventh edition of the Feria de Plantas de Coleccíon, the plant fair, is to be held in La Paloma Park in Benalmádena next weekend. The three day event will commence on Friday 14 (Good Friday) and will continue until Sunday 16 April.
The show w
An exhibition promoting the best Finnish glass designers of the last century will be on show in the Casa de la Cultura in Fuengirola in April.
As part of a series of events to commemorate the centenary of Finland's Declaration of Independence, El R
The Magpie International Art Gallery in Marbella is to present an exhibition of photographic work by British artist, Ginny Aston.
When: Friday 7 April until Thursday 18 May.
Where. Magpie International Gallery, Marbella.
More than 400 people attended a concert given by Otis Redding III at the Moonlight Lounge in Benalmádena last Friday night.
Son of the legendary 'King of Soul', the gospel-influenced singer performed some of his father's most celebrated hits, inclu
Two entrepreneurs from Romania have shown that starting a new business in a foreign country does not have to be as daunting or as stressful as it seems.
Andreea Curca and her sister, Luisa Hüttinger, have recently turned their business idea into a
Torremolinos town hall has announced an innovative project for a new, modern Cercanías train station with easy access for people with disabilities.
Madrid based architects, Estudio Lamela Arquitectos, have been commissioned to design the new statio
The son of one of the most legendary soul singers in the history of modern music is performing a one-off gig in Benalmádena this evening, Friday.
·The concert : Otis Redding III performs at the Moonlight Venue at Sunset Beach Club in Benalmádena at
St Patrick's Day parties and parades will be taking place all around the world today, as Irish nationals remember the Apostle of Ireland, the most celebrated saint of them all.
ST PATRICK'S EVENTS
Benalmádena. Mass will be held in the Iglesia de la
The roots that link Malaga with Ireland are more ingrained than many people might think.
Among the Irishmen who found a prominent place in the history of the city was a leather tanner named Thomas Livermore Page.
His name is etched into Malaga'
The Cudeca foundation held their latest fundraising extravaganza in Fuengirola last weekend. Under the banner of 'Hair to Care', a charity hair-cutting session took place in Petro Hair Salon in Los Boliches, and CR Hair Stylist in Fuengirola. Both es
Thousands of Irish nationals, and those who assume the identity for the day, are gearing up for the biggest party of the year.
St Patrick's Day celebrations will be taking place all along the Costa del Sol today, and gallons of Guinness will be co
After several years of searching, Age Concern Fuengirola and Mijas is delighted to announce the opening of its first charity shop in the heart of Los Boliches. The shop is located at 56 Calle Francisco, just a two-minute walk from the church.
When: Midday until 6pm. Saturday 18 March.
Where. Plaza la Nogalera, Torremolinos.
Tickets Free entry.
Torremolinos is to celebrate St Patrick's Day in the Plaza de la Nogalera on Saturday 18 March.
A traditional party has been
A new art exhibition presented by the Finca Vida group is currently on show at the Casa de Cultura in Alhaurín El Grande. The exhibition, 'Illusions', includes works in charcoal, oil, watercolours, chalk and acrylic, and all are the works of local ex
The town hall in Torremolinos has announced that renowned architect, Salvador Moreno Peralta, will coordinate the pedestrianisation of the Plaza Costa del Sol.
The planning department of the town hall disclosed the plans for the new look during la
On 3 March 1875, French composer, Georges Bizet, premiered what was to become one of the most successful works in the entire opera repertoire.
Bizet achieved few successes before the grand production of Carmen, a love story about a naïve soldier ca
When. 9pm, Saturday 4 March.
Where. C/Plaza La Nogalera, Torremolinos.
Tickets. Free entry.
The first edition of the Gala Drag Queen del Carnival Gay will be held in Torremolinos on Saturday 4 March.
This colourful drag queen gal
The world of classical music is often associated with the rich and upper-class intellectuals. To those people who are not familiar with the classic composers, it seems to be a world far beyond their reach.
Scandinavian Cello Schoo
More than fifty people gathered at the Villa Luisa in Benalmádena last week to celebrate the golden anniversary of the British Society on the Costa del Sol.
Among the guests who attended the event were current and former members, along with several
On October 9 1987 an article in SUR in English informed of the forthcoming opening of the first branch of the Royal British Legion in Spain.
This year, the Legion will be celebrating its thirtieth year on the coast and it is down to the sheer hard
A successful career in the music business is something that most musicians can only dream about, but 37-year-old Manu González believes that simple determination and passion is the key to success.
Born in Malaga in 1979, Manu González knew from an
The family of an eight-year-old boy who suffers from cerebral palsy has thanked The Smile Foundation for its support and assistance and during their son's hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment.
Miguel López Jordán received the specialist treatment (H
The prominent travel writer, Richard Ford, once questioned how the people of Andalusia managed to 'keep themselves', as every day seemed to be a holiday.
Marbella. Marbella holds its carnival from 12 February until 4 March.
Otis Redding III, whose father had worldwide hits with '(Sitting on) The Dock of the Bay' and 'These Arms of Mine', is to perform at the Moonlight Lounge in Benalmádena on Friday 24 March.
What. Soul concert by American singer Otis Redd
The British Society, one of the longest serving expat clubs on the Costa del Sol, is celebrating its golden anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, they are hosting a buffet lunch on 17 February at their headquarters in Benalmádena.
Salvador García, former regional director of cultural tourism for TUI, has retired after more than 40 years in the tourist industry.
Torremolinos town hall organised an event at the Hotel Don Pedro in Playamar to honour García's outstanding achiev
When 19-year-old James Harper told his parents that he had decided to work with a charity in New York, they had certain reservations about his decision.
James had volunteered to help dysfunctional families in areas like Brooklyn, Queens, Harlem and
The Battle of Malaga, which began in Ronda on 3 February 1937, was an offensive carried out by the Nationalist and Italian forces during the Spanish Civil War.
The assault was a combined effort to eradicate the Republicans' hold over the province o
An energetic Belgian mother has embarked on a 1,000-kilometre barefoot hike in order to raise awareness of poverty in Kenya.
Ilse Longuet began her gruelling sponsored hike on 11 November. She decided to walk barefoot from Barcelona to Gibraltar to
Mother Nature is full of mysterious beauty for those who care to look for it, and sometimes a chance encounter that lasts just a few minutes can justify months or even years of steadfast dedication.
Andy Paterson, a 74 year-old expat who has lived
Rockin Race Jamboree
When: Wednesday 1 February until Sunday 5 February
Where: Príncipe de Asturias Municipal Auditorium and at various locations around Torremolinos.
Tickets: Tickets cost 35 euros for each session. A bonus ticket that entitles
Cudeca launched its twenty-fifth anniversary year this week with a look back at its history.
During a presentation on Wednesday, founder, Joan Hunt, reminisced about her dream and how it all came together.
The meeting was organized to thank all
The Royal British Legion Spain South district held its annual conference in Torremolinos on Thursday last week.
The meeting was attended by members of RBL branches in Gibraltar, Marbella, Coín, Benalmádena, Torremolinos, Alhaurín el Grande and Moll
The Cudeca Goldies hosted their monthly charity bazaar in Los Boliches last Sunday.
The fair was held in the Ilunion Hotel and hundreds of people took advantage of the glorious weather in order to support the event.
The Goldies, whose motto is, '
In 1980, Ann Patras decided it was time to do something different with her life, and so she rounded up her family and headed to Zambia.
Initially on a two-year contact, the family eventually left Zambia in 1989, moving down to South Africa where th
According to a recent survey, Benalmádena was the top Costa del Sol tourist destination during November 2016.
The survey, carried out by the NIE (national institute of statistics), showed that there was a 56 per cent increase in overnight stays las
...fuengirola. The Lux Mundi charity in Fuengirola has expressed their gratitude to kind-hearted donors who came to the rescue over Christmas.
Lux Mundi had been expecting a donation of toys to help underprivileged families in Fuengirola, but due to r
...torremolinos. Torremolinos town hall has accepted the kind donation of a new mini bus.
The bus has been specially adapted for the use of providing transport for students with reduced mobility.
The bus, which seats eight, including two passenger
The remains of a nineteenth century mill have been uncovered in the Cuesta del Tajo, the street that joins Calle San Miguel with the Bajondillo beach in Torremolinos.
Following recent cleaning work carried out on the historical area of the town, th
There comes a time in many people's lives when they feel that they may have missed out on their true vocation. Maybe we feel that we should have pursued our particular goal or career, and yet once we reach 50, we inevitably believe that the chance ha
A Mijas resident received an extra special surprise when she arrived at the Casa de Cultura last week, as she was handed the keys to a brand new mobility scooter that was donated by the La Cala Lions Club.
Paul Butler, the club president, presented
A new English-speaking International Rotary Club is to open in Mijas Costa in January 2017.
Rotary International is an organisation whose purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services.
Taking stock of 2016, the Mayor of Torremolinos, José Ortiz, declared that it had been an important year for Torremolinos, and he believes that the coming year will be one of great development for the town.
In his end of year address, the mayor ack
When. 29 January
Where. Goya Theatre, Puerto Banús
Tickets. Tel 63928753
A solidarity concert is to be staged at The Goya Theatre in Puerto Banús on 29 January 2017 with all proceeds going toward