Tony Bryant

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.

Seguir por email

Recibe un email cuando Tony Bryant publique un nuevo trabajo

recent published articles

27/09/2021 09:17


Museums and monuments open doors to mark International Tourism Day

The world will celebrate International Tourism Day this Monday, 27 September, and Malaga, as in previous years, will mark the occasion by offering free admission to most of its museums and monuments. Some are also organising guided tours and themed

20/09/2021 19:11


Annemarie Philipps, Collegium Musicum musical director, dies aged 73

The amateur classical music scene on the Costa del Sol has been shocked by the death of Annemarie Philipps, a 73-year-old conductor who died after a short illness in Marbella on Sunday. Annemarie was the musical director and conductor of Collegium

19/09/2021 17:42


From the west coast of Scotland to rural Andalucía

The lockdown in 2020 caused confusion and disruption for people all over the world, but there were those who found the forced confinement the ideal opportunity to concentrate on projects they had not previously had the time to fulfil. One of these pe

10/09/2021 19:05

What to do

A taste of German tradition: the Oktoberfest is back in Torremolinos

. The sixth edition of the Oktoberfest, the traditional Bavarian beer festival, kicked off in Torremolinos this week with a series of live music, typical German gastronomy and plenty of cold beer. Due to the current work on the new train station i

23/07/2021 18:54


Summer fun and exercise for our pooches

The Costa del Sol is fast becoming popular as a pet-friendly destination. Along with dozens of animal charities, pet-friendly hotels and numerous specialised salons where pets can be pampered, the coast also offers a selection of designated beaches a

23/07/2021 18:26


TAPAS choir hosts its annual fundraising summer craft fair

TAPAS held its annual summer fair in Alhaurín de la Torre last week. The fair presented 23 craft stalls selling an array of items such as recycled goods, bric-a-brac, plants and homemade jams and preserves. The choir also performed at the event, w

23/07/2021 13:27

What to do

Gran Hotel de las Reinas drag show to stop off on the Costa

Some of Spain's top drag queens have come together to present a spectacular show entitled the Gran Hotel de las Reinas. The show, which has been featured on the Atresmedia television series on Antena 3, will begin its national tour at the Starlite fe

13/07/2021 18:34


Simply Surviving support group raises 5,000 euros for Cudeca

The recently formed Simply Surviving support group finished its first season of charitable projects by raising 5,000 euros for Cudeca during its June campaign. The charitable platform accumulated the funds during several events, which included its

13/07/2021 18:29

What to do

Legendary progressive rock musician to perform at Starlite

Legendary English musician and producer Alan Parsons, one of the most recognised creators of progressive rock, will appear at the Starlite festival in Marbella on 14 July with his band, The Alan Parsons Live Project. The multi-talented musician be

03/07/2021 09:52

What to do

Revealing the beauty and fragility of our planet

Torremolinos town hall and Fundación La Caixa, with the cooperation of National Geographic, inaugurated a new conservation exhibition in the Plaza Costa del Sol on Tuesday. De Polo a Polo (From Pole to Pole), is a spectacular photographic exhibition

29/06/2021 11:35


'It gives us financial security for the next two years at least'

The Malaga English Cemetery Foundation's two-year collaboration agreement with the Unicaja Foundation will help the historical graveyard overcome its current financial dilemma. SUR in English spoke to the foundation's president, former British Cons

28/06/2021 19:59


Adapted bathing area to offer safety for seniors

Fuengirola town hall has installed an adapted bathing area for senior citizens on the Playa San Francisco, the most central stretch of the beach. The facility, which will remain until 30 September, is divided into three sections and offers elements t

28/06/2021 18:28


Torremolinos town hall condemns homophobic graffiti

Torremolinos town hall has condemned the defacing of several of the recently installed posters to highlight the town's new Diversity Matters campaign. Vandals sprayed homophobic graffiti on some of the installations in the centre of Torremolinos l

26/06/2021 13:05


Students from Mijas academy triumph at National Dance Competition

Students from the International Theatre School (ITS), a British-run dance academy in Las Lagunas, have placed first in three sections of the National Dance Competition held in Tarragona last week. The students, between the ages of ten and 17, qualifi

19/06/2021 18:21

What to do

New art gallery to pin Alhaurín el Grande on cultural map

In a bid to make Alhaurín el Grande a serious cultural hub, a group of talented British, Spanish and German artists will launch an exciting new art gallery that will host a permanent collection of works by the late German sculptor, Gunter - along wit

19/06/2021 15:21


New centre to explain Benalmádena's Roman ruins to visitors

Benalmádena town hall has begun to improve access to the Roman site of Los Molinillos with a project that will include the construction of an visitor centre. The archaeological site, located on the Avenida Antonio Machado main seafront road, was u

11/06/2021 23:21


The Piano Man, getting in the mood for a melody

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, while others have created their names here on the coast. Pianist, composer and song writer Paul Maxwe

11/06/2021 13:42

What to do

A tribute to one of the most revered progressive rock bands

Continuing with its Festival of Legends cycle, the Las Lagunas Theatre in Mijas Costa will host a tribute concert to Pink Floyd on Saturday 26 June. The show will be performed by From the Wall, a six-piece band who reproduce the distinguished sound a

11/06/2021 13:39

What to do

Popular three-day horticultural fair returns to Benalmádena

Benalmádena is preparing for the 14th edition of the Feria de Plantas de Coleccíon (rare plant fair) which will be held in La Paloma Park between 25 and 27 June. The show, which focuses on the promotion of little-known plants, attracts serious collec

11/06/2021 12:22


Local priest joins campaign for inclusion and respect for diversity

Father Louis Darrant, the priest at St George's Church in Malaga, is one of the new faces behind the Diversity Matters campaign, an initiative set up by Torremolinos town hall to promote the importance of inclusivity. The campaign was launched dur

04/06/2021 19:03

What to do

Classical and chamber music soirées return to Marbella

Project Music will host its first classical music and fine dining event since the lockdown at the D Wine restaurant in Marbella on Tuesday 8 June. Featuring young cello duo Alejandro Blanco García and Juan Carlos Toribio, the concert will offer a m

04/06/2021 18:49

What to do

Malaga starts the summer cultural agenda with Terral en tu Zona

Malaga is gearing up for a series of free music concerts to kick-start the summer Terral Festival, which is held in the Cervantes Theatre in July. Terral en tu Zona will present more than a dozen performances in various locations around the city th

04/06/2021 13:17


4 June 1917: Birth of the 'greatest bullfighter of all time'

Manuel Laureano Rodríguez Sánchez, one of the icons of Spanish bullfighting, was born in Cordoba on 4 June 1917. Better known as Manolete, 'the greatest bullfighter of all time', he rose to prominence shortly after the Spanish Civil War. His innov

28/05/2021 14:38


New film about Torremolinos to promote the town's history

Filming has begun on a new film titled Torremolinos Siempre, a production that will be broadcast to promote the town's history through stories of the present. The film, which features a cameo role by Mayor José Ortiz, is being shot on location by M

28/05/2021 11:51

What to do

Marenostrum kicks off with show by celebrated violinist Ara Malikian

The Marenostrum cycle of summer concerts in Fuengirola starts on Friday 4 June with a concert by Lebanese electric-violinist Ara Malikian. The 52-year-old musician will make his second appearance on the coveted stage in the grounds of Sohail Castle,

21/05/2021 19:44


Rainbow-clad Torremolinos to mark a low-key Pride 2021

Torremolinos town hall has announced that Pride 2021 will be marked between 3 and 6 June. This year's edition will not offer a street parade or any concerts to avoid the spread of coronavirus: instead, the town will acknowledge the occasion by rais

21/05/2021 13:00

What to do

Festival of Legends brings two top tribute bands to Mijas

The Teatro Las Lagunas in Mijas Costa will continue its Festival of Legends cycle on Saturday 29 May with a show dedicated to the music of two of the biggest-selling bands of all time. The night will get going with Queen of Magic, a Malaga band th

17/05/2021 10:23


TAPAS choir members make a difference offstage

Even though members of TAPAS have not been active as a choir since the pandemic struck last year, they have been busy fundraising. During two presentations last week, the amateur choir donated 500 euros to cancer group Un Sí Por La Vida and to the

14/05/2021 18:04


'The annual WalkaHome event is our biggest fundraising initiative'

The Cudeca Foundation is gearing up for this year's on-line WalkaHome fundraising event, which will take place on Sunday 23 May. The virtual initiative will be repeated again this year to replace the annual seafront Walkathon in order to avoid the

14/05/2021 14:09


Isabel Manoja garden in Torremolinos undergoes major facelift

After several months of renovation work, Torremolinos council has unveiled the new, improved Isabel Manoja garden, located in the centre of the town. The project included cleaning and pruning, the addition of more than 2,500 plants, the renovation of

14/05/2021 11:37


Hundreds of walkers help shine a light on suicide prevention

More than 550 people along the Costa del Sol and in Gibraltar took part in last Saturday's Darkness into Light (DiL) walk, a global initiative aimed at highlighting awareness of suicide prevention. The local walkers also raised funds for the Afesol m

07/05/2021 15:10

What to do

Home-grown country from the Blues Stompers comes to Fuengirola

Lovers of traditional country, Delta and Chicago blues will enjoy a concert by The Blues Stompers Jump Review, the coast's most celebrated blues outfit. The gig, which is free, will take place at the Bonnet Bar in Fuengirola port on Sunday 23 May.

07/05/2021 14:35


A passion for history inspires new book about Fuengirola's past

A British expat with an ardent passion for history has published an English-language book about the history of Fuengirola, the town where he has lived for the past 20 years. The book, which was presented at the Salón Varietés Theatre last Saturday, i

07/05/2021 14:31


Lions club recognises dedication of long-serving members

La Cala de Mijas Lions Club recognised the hard work of two of its long-serving members during a special presentation in Mijas last week. Membership secretary Rosemary Brabrook, who has been a Lion for 16 years, was presented with the coveted Gold Pi

07/05/2021 14:16

Local | LifeStyle

Salón Varietés theatre set to reopen its doors in September

The Salón Varietés theatre has announced that it hopes to reopen its doors in September. In December 2020, a new fundraising committee was formed to support the theatre in raising 30,000 euros to maintain the building throughout the pandemic. Do

07/05/2021 14:03


Local businesses in Marbella pull together to feed the needy

Specsavers Ópticas Marbella continued its charitable campaign last month by donating 100 hot meals to the vulnerable. Working together with Restaurante Sofia in San Pedro, the opticians was able to provide meals containing fresh and healthy produce

30/04/2021 20:25

What to do

Soul Brothers invite audience to participate in promotional video

Popular Costa duo The Soul Brothers have invited the public to participate in the recording of a new promotional video at a concert that will take place in the 90 Mile Bar in Villacana, Estepona, tomorrow (Saturday). The musicians will perform thre

30/04/2021 18:51


Donation helps maintain support for Mijas food bank

Thanks to a recent financial donation, Soroptimist International Costa del Sol will be able to continue with its weekly delivery of fresh fruit, vegetables and eggs to the municipal foodbank for at least another six months. The donation was receive

30/04/2021 17:34


Torremolinos fairground to become year-round cultural space

Torremolinos town hall has launched a project to transform the fairground into an year-round space for leisure, gastronomy and culture. The initiative is intended to attract visitors to the area in a bid to boost economic activity. Four currently c

25/04/2021 12:03


'We are doing everything humanly possible to survive'

After moving back into its old premises in Fuengirola, Lux Mundi has sent out a desperate appeal for volunteers and financial assistance to continue to offer a meeting point where unity is promoted by means of helping others. Like many charities alon

23/04/2021 15:17

What to do

Presley and Jackson acts join forces for tribute concert

The music of the King of Rock and Roll and the undisputed King of Pop will be reproduced during the Festival of Legends, which returns to the Teatro Las Lagunas in Mijas Costa tomorrow (Saturday). The first part of the show will recreate the energ

19/04/2021 19:33


Cudeca calls for volunteers for new shop in Estepona

Cudeca's second-hand shop in Estepona has moved to larger premises in Calle Adolfo Suárez Figueroa. The cancer charity has now launched a campaign appealing for volunteers to work in the new shop. A spokesperson said

16/04/2021 18:32

What to do

A night of nostalgic rock anthems in Mijas

Lovers of classic rock music will enjoy a special tribute concert held in the Cazbah Live Lounge in Mijas Costa this Saturday. Performed by Rock of the Ages, the concert will present celebrated hits by some of rock's greatest stadiumbands, including

16/04/2021 18:32

What to do

Madcap afternoon in aid of Lions Club Alzheimer's group

A fun-filled charity afternoon will be held at the Village Inn, Riviera del Sol, in aid of the Mijas Lions Club Alzheimer's Support Group tomorrow, Saturday 17 April. Under the banner of Zingo, the "madcap" event will be hosted by two accomplished

16/04/2021 16:36


New 'Sabor a Málaga' food market in Torremolinos to open in May

The council in Torremolinos has announced that the new market for the 'Sabor a Málaga' local food promotional brand will open its doors to the public at the end of May. The concession for the gourmet market, located in Plaza de la Independencia, has

09/04/2021 18:20

What to do

Ruta del Rock set to return to Torremolinos over two weekends in May

Torremolinos town hall has announced that this year's edition of the Ruta del Rock is scheduled to take place over two weekends in May. With the coronavirus regulations in mind, the Culture department has invited bars and restaurants that have terrac

09/04/2021 18:15

What to do

The Soul Train Tour delivers disco fever to Fuengirola

Following the success of the first two editions, The Soul Train Tour will stop off again in Fuengirola this year. The third edition of the disco music event will present the hits of Earth, Wind and Fire, and Kool & the Gang - two of the most innovati

09/04/2021 18:13

What to do

Malaga marks International Jazz Day with two-day music festival

Lovers of jazz will enjoy the tenth edition of the Malaga International Jazz Day festival, which will be held in Plaza de la Merced at the end of April. This year's event will present some of the region's most celebrated musicians on a stage set u

01/04/2021 00:01


Documenting the live music scene on the Costa del Sol

The spectacular photographs of James Yeadon will be familiar to many people associated with the music scene of the Costa del Sol. The 34-year-old photographer has established his reputation with his incredible ability to tell the story of a musician'

31/03/2021 21:21

What to do

Beat of love comes to Torremolinos

Lovers of rhythm and blues will enjoy a concert by Suzette and More at the Metro Black Velvet live music venue in Torremolinos tomorrow (Saturday). The band is fronted by Suzette Moncrief, one of Malaga's most versatile and established singers. Her e

31/03/2021 20:42


The art of flamenco resilience

The cultural and entertainment business in the province of Malaga, as with the rest of the world, has suffered severely since the coronavirus pandemic struck in March 2020. The lack of tourists over the past 12 months has added further devastation to

26/03/2021 17:13

What to do

Pigsy, seeking calm and solitude within artistic chaos

La Casa Amarilla art gallery in Malaga is hosting a new exhibition by Irish artist Ciaran McCoy from tomorrow, Saturday, until Tuesday 6 April. Born in Dublin in 1972, the established architect and artist, who paints under the alter-ego Pigsy, will u

19/03/2021 15:35


Revealing the mysteries of Mijas in aid of worthy causes

The name of Alan Boardman will be familiar to many residents of the Costa del Sol. The 64-year-old Mancunian has been involved with several associations and charity platforms since arriving in Mijas in 2004. He has also helped raise thousands of euro

19/03/2021 14:35


19 March 1812: Liberals ratify La Pepa, the Constitution of Cadiz

On 19 March 1812, the Political Constitution of the Spanish Monarchy was founded in the Oratory San Felipe Neri in Cadiz. Also known as the Constitution of Cadiz, it was ratified by a group of liberals who refused to support the king (Napoleon's brot

19/03/2021 14:27

What to do

Marenostrum set to rock Fuengirola with packed season of concerts

Following months of uncertainty due to the coronavirus pandemic, Fuengirola town hall has announced that this year's Marenostrum festival will go ahead in the grounds of Sohail Castle and other locations in the town throughout the summer. The festi

19/03/2021 14:22

What to do

Recreating the magical era of the 1980s pop scene

Fans of the 1980s pop and rock music scene will enjoy a special tribute night at the Teatro Las Lagunas in Mijas Costa on Saturday 3 April. Organised as part of Ocio Music's Festival of Legends series, the show will present tributes to Tina Turner an

19/03/2021 14:21

What to do

A visual language of shape and colour

The Casa de Cultura in Fuengirola is, until Friday 26 March, hosting an exhibition of abstract paintings by Argentinian artist Graciela Valinoti. Valinoti has lived on the Costa del Sol for many years and has exhibited her colourful works all over

19/03/2021 11:32


Animal charity to take awareness campaign to schools in Álora

An Álora-based animal charity has come up with an initiative to educate youngsters about the responsibility of caring for pets in an attempt to address the increasing problem of stray cats and dogs in the town. Founded in July 2020 by animal lover

12/03/2021 20:32

What to do

Talking 'utter rubbish' in a bid to save the Salón Varietés theatre

The Salón Varietés theatre in Fuengirola will present a one-man show based on the life of director and actor Colin Pollard - one of the driving forces behind the Costa's only English-language theatre. The show, entitled Utter Rubbish - A Nobody's H

08/03/2021 13:34


An urban walk down memory lane

In its bid to become a serious cultural destination, Torremolinos is promoting a new Ruta del Murales, a route intended to recover its history and heritage through a series of spectacular murals. Prior to the pandemic, the town was focused on its new

05/03/2021 17:46


Malaga restaurant serves up a tasty treat for Cudeca

The Uvedoble restaurant in Malaga boosted the Cudeca Sunflower Appeal fund this week by donating 1,100 euros raised during a charity drive organised by the establishment's owner. Guillermo Orellana, known to the locals as Willy, decided to donate

05/03/2021 17:12

What to do

Afternoon of fun and games in aid of Mijas donkey sanctuary

An afternoon of fun and games has been organised by the Simply Surviving charity platform in order to raise funds for Donkey Dreamland, a Mijas-based donkey rescue and educational centre. The event will be held at the Cerros de Águila restaurant in

22/02/2021 20:04


Former Age Care president Syd Weldon dies, aged 76

Foreign residents along the Costa del Sol were saddened by the news of the death of popular British expat Sydney Weldon, the former president of Age Care, who died on Thursday 18 February after a lengthy battle with cancer. Known to his friends an

19/02/2021 15:07


Archaeologists discover more Roman mosaics in centre of Cártama

Archaeologists in Cártama have unearthed another Roman mosaic in Calle Feijóo, one of five streets in the town centre where excavation work is taking place. The discovery is the fifth mosaic to be documented in the project so far, following sections

19/02/2021 13:03

What to do

Costa musicians join forces to raise funds for local food banks

An afternoon of live music and entertainment will be held in the Millenium Cocktail Bar in Calahonda in order to raise funds for local food banks and people suffering from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The Festival of Music Charity After

19/02/2021 13:02

What to do

Costa del Sol Welsh Society to host St David's Day festivities online

The Welsh Society Costa del Sol is hosting an online concert to celebrate the Feast of St David, the patron saint of Wales. The organisation, which has hosted the annual festivities in Benalmádena for the past ten years, will use the occasion to ra

17/02/2021 19:10


Popular British expat celebrates 100th birthday in Benalmádena

A British resident who has lived in Arroyo de la Miel for almost 40 years celebrated her 100th birthday last week. Described by her friends as a "cheerful and sociable person", Ivy Rhodes is an active member of several foreign clubs in Benalmádena, i

05/02/2021 15:50


Pushing boundaries in aid of local charity

A Benalmádena-based British resident has launched a challenging task to raise funds for Age Concern Fuengirola/ Mijas/ Benalmádena by endeavouring to walk 2021 miles over the course of this year. Ed Franklin, 61, began his challenge in January and

05/02/2021 14:57

What to do | LifeStyle

Fundraising Texas scramble to support struggling amateur theatre

A fundraising golf tournament has been organised to raise money for the struggling Salón Varietés Theatre in Fuengirola, which is experiencing severe financial complications caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The fun tournament is open to all and

05/02/2021 13:55


Benalmádena bans fireworks outside organised festivities

Benalmádena town hall has passed a motion banning the use of fireworks on the streets of the town outside of traditional festivities. The new law was unanimously accepted following requests from several local animal associations and the Benalmádena

29/01/2021 16:51


Fuengirola town hall exhibits important Roman artifacts

Fuengirola town hall has unveiled numerous archaeological remains found in the ancient Roman village of Finca del Secretario. The 15 items, which include the renovated statue of La Venus de Fuengirola, are now on display in the visitor's centre locat

29/01/2021 15:10


Revealing the ups and downs of a pickled past

Valerie Williams has led an interesting life and she has travelled the world and enjoyed the beauty of such countries as India, Nepal, Egypt, Turkey, Morocco and Iceland to name a few. A former hotelier, Val moved to Mijas in 1985, and since then, sh

29/01/2021 13:28

What to do | LifeStyle

Simultaneous hikes planned to support struggling Fuengirola theatre

A series of sponsored walks are being organised to help raise money for the struggling Salón Varietés theatre in Fuengirola. The initiative, Save the Salon Hike, was originally due to be held in just Benalmádena, but due to the closure of municipal

22/01/2021 19:00

What to do

Inward-looking exhibition to reflect the feeling of confinement

The Casa de las Navajas in Torremolinos is hosting a new exhibition of photographs and artwork by Malaga artist Fran Doblas. Under the banner of Escape Inwards, the exhibition was initiated during the lockdown, when she invited friends and colleagu

22/01/2021 13:08


Estepona town hall joins the Cudeca Sunflower Effect campaign

Estepona town hall boosted the Cudeca Sunflower Effect campaign last week with a donation of 6,339 euros. The money was raised last year at a charity concert in the municipal auditorium given by popular flamenco singer Miguel Poveda. Mayor José Ma

22/01/2021 13:00


Local entertainers come together in support of popular expat musician

The name Steve Nelson will probably be familiar to those involved in the entertainment and music scene on the Costa del Sol. Steve has worked with numerous artists since arriving in 1982, and now many of them have come together to support the 67-year

22/01/2021 12:37


22 January 1972: ETA releases abducted tycoon Lorenzo Zabala

Lorenzo Zabala Suinaga, creator of the Motobic moped that was popular during the 1950s and '60s, was released after being held captive for four days by Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) on 22 January 1972. A self-made industrialist with a great entrepreneu

15/01/2021 14:16

What to do

Torremolinos dance school offers a free afternoon at the ballet

The Torremolinos Dance Centre will present an afternoon of ballet at the Príncipe de Asturias Auditorium tomorrow (Saturday). The show, which begins at midday, will be presented by students of the long-established academy and will offer a programme

15/01/2021 14:12

What to do

Country and western tribute show rolls into Mijas Costa

Lovers of a traditional-style country hoedown will enjoy Cowboys and Kisses, a show packed with classic country and western music and accompanied by a troupe of dancing cowgirls performing country waltz and line dancing. Presented by Costa favourit

15/01/2021 13:33


Local animal charities devastated by aftermath of storm Filomina

Storm Filomina played havoc on the Costa del Sol over the weekend and, along with damage and human casualties, many of the area's animal charities were severely affected. Urgent appeals were put out by local organisations requesting help with clean-u

15/01/2021 13:31

Local | LifeStyle

'It would be absolutely tragic if the Salón Varietés had to close'

The Salón Varietés Theatre has been presenting amateur theatrical productions in Fuengirola for more than 35 years, and in that time it has become an institution among the English-speaking community. The devastating effects of the coronavirus pande

08/01/2021 18:19


Rowing club comes to aid of needy children in Torremolinos

La Carihuela Rowing Club organised an initiative to collect toys to be distributed among underprivileged children in Torremolinos on Monday. The club usually sponsors the arrival of the Three Kings by sea, but this year, because of the pandemic, a

01/01/2021 14:19


Travelling the world in search of creative direction

Swedish artist and interior designer Kjell Sporrong has spent his life travelling the world exploring different creative directions. The 58-year-old decided to settle on the Costa del Sol in 2000. After spending 20 years as the driving force behind t

31/12/2020 23:06


A New Year's custom difficult to digest

As the old year comes to an end and the stroke of the clock at midnight is eagerly awaited, the people of Spain get ready to participate in the unusual custom of the twelve lucky grapes. This strange ordeal usually takes place in the main plazas of t

24/12/2020 13:16


Local community gets behind the Cudeca Sunflower Effect appeal

Benalmádena. Members of the La Cala Golf Resort presented 2,000 euros to Cudeca last week after holding a series of fundraising events to support the charity's current Sunflower Effect appeal. The cheque was presented to Susan Hannam by Vice Capta

24/12/2020 11:15


Greetings of the season that go back hundreds of years

The custom of exchanging the time-honoured Christmas card during the weeks leading to Christmas is a tradition that took off in Britain in the middle of the 19th century. However, like so many customs related to Yuletide, this simple gesture is almos

18/12/2020 17:21

What to do

Malaga gears up to host new-look winter Jazz Festival

Malaga. Lovers of jazz will enjoy the modified version of the Malaga Jazz Festival, which will take place at various outdoor locations in Malaga from Saturday 19 until Sunday 27 December. The line-up of artists includes some of genre's most formida

18/12/2020 17:19

What to do

ARCH equestrian refuge centre hosts open day this Sunday

The Andalusian Rescue Centre for Horses (ARCH) is holding an open day at its refuge centre in Alhaurín El Grande on Sunday 20 December. The event, which will begin at 9am and continue until 4.30pm, will offer visitors the chance to meet the horses,

07/12/2020 22:21


Age Concern take to the streets for Christmas fundraising drive

Age Concern Fuengirola/Mijas/Benalmádena is gearing up for its annual festive fundraising campaign, which will get going in La Cala de Mijas throughout December. The charity will set up an informative table outside Mijas town hall every Wednesday a

04/12/2020 12:30

What to do

A live music extravaganza to welcome in 2021 in Mijas

New Year's Eve will be celebrated in style with a night of live entertainment at the La Sierra Restaurant (Cerrado de Águila Golf and Resort) in Mijas on Thursday 31 December. The party will include several of the coast's top bands and entertainers,

27/11/2020 17:50

What to do

Pigsy's work goes virtual

Malaga-based Irish artist Pigsy (Ciaran McCoy) will host an online exhibition of his work from 28 November until 12 December. The artist, renowned for his large colourful paintings, will exhibit the body of work he has produced since arriving in Mala

25/11/2020 14:21


British author publishes new book about the life of George Langworthy

Credited as being the grandfather of tourism on the Costa del Sol, George Langworthy's amazing story has been etched into the history of Torremolinos. Although several authors have focused on the former dragoon who set up home in a secluded corner of

13/11/2020 15:53

What to do

Salón Varietés theatre reschedules all of its November performances

Due to the new restrictions introduced by the regional government to combat the spread of the coronavirus, the Salón Varietés theatre in Fuengirola has announced that it has been forced to reschedule, or postpone, all of its planned performances for

13/11/2020 15:36


Threatened dog sanctuary in Guaro still in search of new premises

A Belgian couple who have dedicated the last 20 years to helping stray and abandoned dogs in Spain are appealing for help to find a new property after being told they must leave their current premises this week. Vera and Bert Wesenbeek, founders of

06/11/2020 13:36

What to do

Local musicians join forces to support the Salón Varietés theatre

More than 30 of the Costa del Sol's top musicians and singers will participate in the Salón Benefit Festival, which will be held at the Salón Varietés Theatre between Wednesday 11 and Sunday 15 November. The five-night musical extravaganza has been o

03/11/2020 13:27

Local | What to do

St George's Church in Malaga remembers the fallen this Sunday

A special Remembrance Day service will be held at St George's Anglican Church in Malaga on Sunday 8 November. The service, which will be held at 11am, will be followed by the laying of a wreath on the war graves in the church cemetery. This year's

30/10/2020 14:40

What to do

Salón Varietés pays tribute to music legends Queen and Cher

Tribute acts to two of the biggest icons in music history come to the Salón Varietés Theatre in Fuengirola this weekend. Two Legends: One Stage features Gary Goodmaze and Michelle Daniels as Freddie Mercury and Cher, respectively, in an explosive min

30/10/2020 14:38

What to do

Zarzuela and opera in aid of Cudeca

Lovers of opera music will enjoy the annual Lyrical Concert for Cudeca which will take place at the Teatro Ciudad de Marbella on Friday 27 November at 9pm. The fundraising event will present a repertoire of Spanish zarzuela and opera, performed by so

30/10/2020 14:20


30 October 1910: Birth of republican poet Miguel Hernández

Miguel Hernández Gilabert, the republican playwright and poet who received considerable fame during the late 1930s and early '40s, was born in Valencia on 30 October 1910. Raised in a poverty-stricken environment, Hernández was associated with the

23/10/2020 15:01

What to do

An All Saints pilgrimage to the Caminito del Rey

Father Louis Darrant from St George's Church in Malaga is preparing to lead a group of pilgrims on the Caminito del Rey on Saturday 7 November. The theme of the day is 'Friends above and friends below', which the priest hopes will give the pilgrims t

16/10/2020 18:21

What to do

Popular Mijas music venue reopens with weekend of live concerts

The Cazbah Live Lounge in La Cala de Mijas has lined up a series of music events to take place through October. The popular music venue reopens its doors this weekend with concerts by two of the coast's most popular bands. The music will get going

16/10/2020 18:19

What to do

Exploring the light and colours of southern Spain

The Gallery Art Club in Fuengirola will host the latest exhibition by the Costa del Arte Collective from Friday 30 October until Tuesday 17 November. The group is made up of five female artists from Germany, the Netherlands and the UK, and their ex

13/10/2020 17:28


Benalmádena to honour Islamic botanist with new park

Benalmádena town hall has announced an initiative to plant 250 trees as part of its development of the new ibn al-Baytar Park. The trees, which include pine, ash, cork oak, white and black poplar and mulberry, are part of the first stage of the new

09/10/2020 19:26


Hispanic Day, a celebration of what?

October 12th, 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', Hispanic

09/10/2020 17:15

What to do

Revealing the creative direction of a Swedish artist

Swedish artist Kjell Sporrong is to launch an exhibition of his abstract art in La Casa de Las Tejerinas in Plaza de Las Flores, Estepona, this evening (Friday). Born in Stockholm in 1962, Kjell has spent his life exploring different creative direc

02/10/2020 14:14

What to do

Salon Varietés reopens with country music hoe-down

The Salon Varietés Theatre in Fuengirola will celebrate its grand reopening on Friday 9 October with Cowboys and Kisses, a night of country and western classics. Presented by Costa favourites Johnny G and Melissa Carver, the show presents the best of

02/10/2020 13:57


2 October 1928: Opus Dei founded by "saint of ordinary life"

Opus Dei, one of the most controversial institutions of the Catholic Church, was founded in Madrid by Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer y Albás on October 2 1928. At the time, Josemaría was a 26-year-old Spanish Roman Catholic priest who is said to have

28/09/2020 18:03


The Phoenix Singers: an amateur choir with a difference

The Phoenix Singers, the Costa del Sol's most recently formed choir, is currently holding auditions for a series of live shows to raise funds for local charitable organisations. The choir is based in the Coín area and was formed last year by jazz ent

25/09/2020 15:31

What to do

Cártama town hall organises four guided hiking trails

Cártama town hall has launched a series of autumn hiking trails under the banner of Cártama en Ruta, four routes that will pass through some of the most representative natural areas of Andalucía. Those with a passion for hiking will be able to enjoy

25/09/2020 15:28

What to do

Live music takes centre stage in Mijas

The Coyote Saloon In Las Lagunas is leading the way with the reactivation of the live music scene on the Costa del Sol. The popular American theme venue and bowling alley has announced a series of concerts that will take place every Friday and Saturd

18/09/2020 14:46

What to do

Torremolinos makes use of fairground to host live music

Torremolinos town hall has announced rescheduled dates for several live music concerts that were postponed last month because of the coronavirus restrictions decreed by the Junta de Andalucía. The series of rock, blues, soul and folk concerts under t

14/09/2020 16:45


Age Concern shop in Los Boliches to reopen on 17 September

The Age Concern charity shop in Los Boliches has been closed for more than a week because one of the organisation's volunteers tested positive for coronavirus. The charity acted immediately and the committee decided that the best course of action

11/09/2020 16:26

What to do

Torremolinos gets a taste of vegan cuisine in new tapas route

Vegetarians and vegans will enjoy the latest gastronomic initiative launched by Torremolinos town hall. Ruta del Tapa Vegana will be held in a selection of the town's restaurants and bars on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September. This is the first edit

09/09/2020 15:10


Portrait of an artist with dyslexia

Dyslexia is a reading disorder that changes the way millions of people read and process information, but not many people understand how it shapes the confidence of people who have it, especially those with artistic tendencies. Born in Dublin in 19

04/09/2020 16:13

What to do

The Free Soul Band offer a night of nostalgia in Mijas

Live music fans will enjoy a night of soul, funk and disco next week, when Malaga's popular Free Soul Band take to the stage at the Coyote Bowling Saloon in Mijas. The band have been together for more than 20 years and in that time, they have buil

04/09/2020 16:07


4 September 1936: Leader of workers' union (UGT) designated PM

On 4 September 1936, Spanish politician and trade unionist Francisco Largo Caballero was designated the 134th Prime Minister of Spain. He also became Minister of War, and just a few months into the Spanish Civil War, he spearheaded a campaign to main

04/09/2020 14:52


Hyatt hotel chain announces plans for the former Byblos Hotel

The iconic Byblos Hotel in Mijas Costa is set to reopen its doors to guests in 2022 after being brought by the Hyatt Hotels Corporation. The property, which has been closed since 2010, will be managed by Marugal Hotel Management and will join The U

02/09/2020 14:42


'I feel honoured to be president of Age Concern'

David Long came to live in Spain in 1994 and he has since become known for his charitable nature and for his determination to help English-speaking senior citizens who live on the Costa del Sol. Born and reared in Dublin, David was one of the foundin

28/08/2020 15:33

What to do | LifeStyle

Salon Varietés postpones re-opening until October

The Salón Varietés Theatre in Fuengirola has announced that the theatre will not now reopen in September as planned. Theatre organisers had intended to kick off the new post-lockdown season with four Prince tribute concerts beginning on 3 September.

28/08/2020 15:31

What to do

In search of Andalucía's most authentic flamenco

The four finalists of the fortieth edition of the Concurso de Cante Flamenco Mirando a la Torre will come together to participate in the coveted flamenco singing competition in Alhaurín de la Torre on Saturday (tomorrow). The event, which will take

24/08/2020 14:36

LifeStyle | What to do

TAPAS prepare for a series of autumn fundraising shows

The Andalucía Performing Arts Society (TAPAS) has announced its plans to host series of post-lockdown fundraising events over the coming months. Like all associations, societies and charities along the coast, raising funds has been particularly hard

07/08/2020 16:09

What to do

Traditional song and dance at two-day flamenco festival

Malaga. Some of Andalucía's most revered singers, dancers and guitarists will perform at the forty-first edition of the Ciudad de Malaga Flamenco Festival in the Malagueta bullring this weekend. The two-day festival starts at 9pm tonight (Friday) wit

07/08/2020 12:44


7 August 1996: Flash flood kills 87 at Las Nieves campsite

On Wednesday 7 August 1996, 87 holidaymakers were killed and nearly 200 injured when a torrent of mud and rock engulfed a crowded family campsite near the town of Biescas in northern Spain. Remnants of the Las Nieves campsite were strewn for miles as

04/08/2020 12:08


Possible solution for "eyesore" hotels in Benalmádena Costa

The local town hall in Benalmádena has announced plans to turn the derelict Los Pintores Hotel complex into landscaped gardens and green areas. The complex, in Benalmádena Costa, which incorporates the Velázquez, Greco and Goya hotels, is current

03/08/2020 11:48


"Everything has changed since the coronavirus pandemic struck"

Katie O'Neill came to live on the Costa del Sol 15 years ago. She soon discovered the Cudeca Foundation and began working as a volunteer. Today, Katie is the coordinator of Cudeca's 23 shops and outlets and, as she explains to SUR in English, she is

29/07/2020 23:36


Former barrister bases first novel on his own ambitions

A former barrister who now lives in Spain has recently published his first novel, Tilting at Windmills: a Spanish Year Chasing a Novel Dream. Henry Murphy came to live in Spain in 2014 and, like the main character in his new novel, he has always ha

27/07/2020 12:47


Plaque dedicated to tourism pioneer Margaret Horn Taylor

Mayor of Torremolinos José Ortiz and councillor for Culture David Tejeiro attended the unveiling of a new plaque at the Hotel Castillo Santa Clara in honour of Margaret Horn Taylor. A pioneer of tourism on the Costa del Sol, Mrs Beautell, as she wa

17/07/2020 08:48

What to do

A night of old-fashioned, stomping blues and boogie

Authentic stomping blues from Memphis, Delta, Chicago and Detroit will be on offer at the Coyote Bowling Saloon in Las Lagunas, Mijas, today, Friday. The popular live music venue will continue its summer schedule with a concert by The Blues Stomper

17/07/2020 08:18

What to do

Recreating the vibes of Camarón de la Isla and Paco de Lucía

Flamenco enthusiasts can enjoy a free concert by the popular local trio, Chanela, which takes place in Torremolinos today, Friday. Chanela consists of three celebrated flamenco musicians: Antonio Soto, one of the most respected guitarists in Andalu

10/07/2020 14:57


10 July 1936: The launch of the Andalusian anthem

Andalusians, stand up and demand land and freedom for a free Andalucía, Spain and mankind, claims the song Bandera Blanca y Verde. The Green and White Flag, which is the official anthem of Andalucía, was performed for the first time during a concert

10/07/2020 14:27

What to do

Mijas to host festival celebrating Celtic customs

The Mijas Tourism Department has teamed up with Big M Promotions once again to host the second edition of the Celtic Festival, an event that presents live music and entertainment, along with a themed market. The festival will focus on modern and t

07/07/2020 14:38


Malaga Lawn Bowls League gets ready to face challenging season

The Federación Andaluz de Bolos (FAB), the governing body for all lawn bowls related sports in Andalucía, has announced that it will resume play this year after more than three months in lockdown. Lawn bowls clubs along the Costa del Sol have slowly

03/07/2020 18:02

What to do

A tribute night in honour of 'The Kings of Disco', the Bee Gees

Fans of the 1970s dance music scene will enjoy a special tribute night at The Hall live music venue in Malaga on Saturday 1 August. The venue, which is situated close to the María Zambrano train station, will continue its new summer season with a con

03/07/2020 17:58

What to do

Performing and creative arts take centre stage in Torremolinos

After announcing the cancellation of all large-format events this summer, the cultural department of Torremolinos town hall has presented a scaled-down summer calendar of events under the banner of 'Tenemos Talento' (We Have Talent). The programme

26/06/2020 18:11

What to do

Torremolinos welcomes summer with a weekend of music

The Amber Plaza Club in La Carihuela, Torremolinos, will host The Festival of Legends on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 July. The live music and celebration venue - situated opposite the Hotel Pez Espada - will kick off its summer series of live music event

22/06/2020 18:51

Local | What to do

Torremolinos scales down its summer culture schedule

Torremolinos town hall has announced the cancellation of almost all of the large-scale events planned for July, August and September. Suspended events include San Juan, the Festival of Santa María del Mar, the Latin Music Festival, the open-air summe

19/06/2020 22:01

What to do

Málaga Gira offers a series of pop, flamenco and rock concerts

Live music is set to return to the Cortijo de Torres municipal auditorium in Malaga next month. A series of rock, pop and flamenco concerts have been organised to take place from July to September. With a limited capacity of 800 people, Málaga Gira w

19/06/2020 21:58

What to do

Starlite Festival to go ahead after months of speculation

Organisers of the Starlite Festival have announced that its ninth edition will go ahead this year. Following months of uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, a shortened version of the festival, billed as 'The most important boutique festi

12/06/2020 20:58


Milestone anniversary for amateur theatre

The much-loved Salon Varietés Theatre in Fuengirola is celebrating 35 years of serving the artistic community of the Costa del Sol. The English-speaking theatre, the only one of its kind in Spain, was founded by a group of like-minded British residen

08/06/2020 12:21


A passion for Andalucía inspires debut novel

Benalmádena-based British author with a passion for Andalucía has recently published her debut novel. The flamenco-theme love story, published in both English and Spanish, is set in Andalucía, London, Los Angeles and New York and focuses on the ethic

05/06/2020 16:45


5 June 1599: Birth of influential artist Diego Velázquez

Baroque artist Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez is considered the most influential figure in the history of Spanish portraiture. Although some confusion surrounds the date of his birth, it is of common belief that he was born in Seville on 5 June

05/06/2020 15:03


UK police investigate case of Irish expat missing for 27 years

Officers from the Surrey Constabulary have begun investigating a 27-year-old missing persons case involving a Benalmádena-based British bar owner. After the missing woman's nephew produced what he believes might be fresh evidence, the police decided

29/05/2020 18:59

What to do

Salon Varietés offers local writers their 15 minutes of fame

In order to kick start its 2020-21 season, the Salon Varietés theatre in Fuengirola is to host a new initiative called Famous for 15 Minutes, a festival that will focus on short plays, or playlets, as they are known in the theatrical world. The pro

25/05/2020 16:57

What to do

Tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons goes online

Fans of the music of the 1960s and 70s will enjoy an online lockdown concert staged by one of the Costa del Sol's most popular vocal groups. A Tribute to The Jersey Boys is a show dedicated to the incredible story of the rise to fame of one of the mo

25/05/2020 10:39


Free takeaway for the Torremolinos needy

A kind-hearted Torremolinos bar owner has started to offer free food to those who are struggling to survive during the coronavirus crisis. Cafetería Princesas, in Plaza Andalucía, is offering a complimentary hot meal between 6pm and 7.30pm every d

22/05/2020 15:22


Torremolinos Cercanías station works force closure of platform

After nine months of extensive infrastructure work, the Torremolinos Cercanías station has entered phase two of its renovation project. In order to progress with the work, platform two has now been closed, so passengers for Malaga and Fuengirola must

15/05/2020 18:40


15 May 1793: Farm labourer makes Spanish aviation history

On the night of 15 May 1793, a farm labourer with no formal scientific education made Spanish aviation history with an invention that was purely the result of his own ingenuity, skill and courage. Although his achievements were often overlooked, toda

15/05/2020 15:54


Age Concern responds to rallying call

Phrases like "we are all in this together" have now become a rallying call for many charities and support organisations along the coast. Age Concern Fuengirola, Mijas and Benalmádena is one charity that is responding to this call every week, working

08/05/2020 18:57

What to do

Opera singer hosts online singing sessions in aid of Age Concern

A local opera singer is using her vocal talents to raise money for the Estepona/Manilva branch of Age Concern. Originally from New Zealand, Clarice Williams has lived in Estepona since 2016, but prior to this has performed on stages all over the wo

08/05/2020 16:15


A lifelong devotion to the performing arts and the needy

Multitalented Welsh national Cath John has earned a reputation as being one of the most popular and considerate expats in Benalmádena. As well as being known to many as the face behind the bar of one of the oldest Welsh pubs in Benalmádena, Cath is a

08/05/2020 14:53


Benalmádena Red Cross receives cash injection

Benalmádena town hall has strengthened its guarantee to supply basic needs to families at risk during the coronavirus crisis by signing an agreement with the Benalmádena branch of the Red Cross. The town hall initiated a 60,000 euro grant to provide

08/05/2020 14:21


Free masks to be handed out to children in Torremolinos

Torremolinos town hall has launched an initiative to provide all schoolchildren in the town with masks in a bid to control the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The project was announced by councillor of Citizen Participation, Josefina Serdio,

30/04/2020 15:32

What to do

Artists and poets sought for online cultural programme

The Culture and Foreign Residents departments of Torremolinos town hall have launched several new initiatives for both Spanish and English-speaking residents to participate in to help relieve the boredom of the lockdown. The council's cultural progra

27/04/2020 20:19

What to do

Cudeca turns its Walkathon into Walkahome

The Cudeca Foundation is following suit with other charities and support groups by endeavouring to continue its fundraising events online. The cancer charity was due to host the annual Walkathon later this month, but due to the restrictions enforc

24/04/2020 09:03

What to do

Costa entertainers bring a variety of music to your home

As part of its 'Salon in your Salon' initiative, The Salon Varietés Theatre in Fuengirola will present a special online show of live music on Friday 24 April (today). Aimed at relieving the boredom of the lockdown, the marathon eight-hour concert t

20/04/2020 17:09


Online cooking to promote local Torremolinos cuisine

The tourism department of Torremolinos town hall has launched a new online initiative to highlight the typical gastronomy of the town's restaurants, beach bars, pastry shops and bakeries. The scheme (#CocinamosEnCasaCon) is designed to promote loca

20/04/2020 15:34

What to do

U3A turns to social media during coronavirus lockdown

The U3A Costa del Sol Fuengirola is the latest association to turn to social media in order to continue offering a service to its members during the current state of alarm. The association is run by group leaders who usually offer their knowledge and

10/04/2020 15:08


10 April 1908: Birth of Malaga singer Miguel de Molina

Born in Malaga on 10 April 1908, Miguel Frías de Molina, artistically known as Miguel de Molina, was a Spanish 'copla' singer and actor who made his name in the 'tablaos' (flamenco clubs) and theatres of Madrid during the early 1930s. His big break c

09/04/2020 13:32


Caring community surprises diamond anniversary couple

The residents of Calle Nardos in Fuengirola had an extra special reason to cheer and applaud from their gardens and balconies last week, because the oldest residents in the street were celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. The neighbours all

06/04/2020 15:18


A bridge between two distinct musical genres

"When you have been raised among a family of gospel singers, the calling to create your own music speaks loudly to your soul," claims up-and-coming pop artist Wendy Halo. This calling is what convinced the British singer/songwriter to quit her corpor

06/04/2020 14:12


Royal British Legion still on duty during state of alarm

The Spain South district of the Royal British Legion has recently issued guidelines and information to help its members cope during the current state of alarm. INFORMATION Royal British Legion website.

03/04/2020 12:54


Bid to draw back tourists to Torremolinos after coronavirus crisis

The Torremolinos tourism department has launched a campaign in a bid to draw visitors back after the state of alarm has been lifted. Under the banner of #NosVemosPronto (see you soon), a new promotional video focuses on the town's main assets, inc

31/03/2020 16:08


Extending a helping hand to the needy during this crisis

While most of the Costa del Sol's volunteer-run charities have suspended their usual services and closed shops and drop-in centres because of the state of alarm, others are working against the clock to look after those who are at high risk of contrac

31/03/2020 16:04


Costa charities turn to social media and radio to help the elderly

With the lockdown now extended across Spain, many of the Costa del Sol's volunteer-run charities that cater for older English-speaking citizens are continuing to increase the services for those considered most vulnerable. Age Care and Age Concern h

23/03/2020 11:12


Coping with confinement

The current lockdown enforced by the Spanish government in an attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus has left almost the entire population confined to their homes. Many believe that the isolation period will definitely be extended and they

17/03/2020 17:32


Walking in the footsteps of the Apostle of Ireland

Honouring the religious and cultural heritage of St Patrick is something that Father Gerard Daly has encouraged since first being ordained as a Catholic priest. Father Gerard is the English-speaking minister at the Church of the Immaculate Concept

13/03/2020 12:27

What to do

St Patrick's Day celebrations curtailed this year

Irish communities along the coast have been preparing for four days of celebrations in honour of Ireland's patron, St Patrick. However, some of the official events have been cancelled amid fears concerning the coronavirus (Covid-19). The two biggest

06/03/2020 19:33

What to do

Entertainers come together for annual charity concert in Calahonda

Some of the coast's top entertainers will join forces next month to raise money for the fundraising initiative Less Oxygen More Lives, and also for sufferers of motor neuron disease. Organised by Steve Hughes (One Wish Steve) and his wife Sandie, t

06/03/2020 16:15


6 March 1988: SAS intercept Gibraltar car bomb atrocity

ABritish military operation targeted at preventing a planned car bomb attack in Gibraltar was intercepted by undercover members of the Special Airforce Services (SAS) on Sunday 6 March 1988. Three members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA), Sean Sava

06/03/2020 16:03

What to do

Animal Care España hosts fundraising gala dinner in Fuengirola

Animal Care España (ACE) is hosting its annual spring fundraising gala dinner at the Restaurante Dominique's on the Paseo Marítimo in Los Boliches, on Friday 20 March at 7pm. The event, which will present live entertainment from vocal duo Lucy & Ol

02/03/2020 12:39


Making a mark at the World Gin Awards

A British-owned craft gin company has scooped two awards at the recent World Gin Awards in London. Run by husband and wife team Chris and Carolina Tunmore, Hayes Gin won the prestigious Gold Award for its London Dry Gin. The couple, both avid gin

27/02/2020 17:25

What to do

UK's top Simply Red tribute comes to Benalmádena

The UK's top Simply Red tribute is coming to Benalmádena on Saturday 7 March. Held in the Moonlight Show Bar at the Sunset Beach Club Hotel, the show features amazing sound-alike Red Mick, who will perform many of Simply Red's greatest hits, includin

27/02/2020 17:09


Overcrowding in Mijas schools forces parents to take action

Parents' associations from several schools in Mijas have come together to organise a march to raise awareness of the growing problem of overcrowding in their schools. The action was organised after a letter was sent out by AMPA El Torreón, the parent

21/02/2020 12:48


Local poet shines light on the 'marvels' of Benalmádena

Local poet and children's author Marcos Antonio López has recently published a book of poetry and short stories about Benalmádena. Known as 'El Escritor de Benalmádena' (the writer of Benalmádena), the author's latest work, Benalmádena from my Heart,

14/02/2020 18:01

What to do

Celebrated chamber music quartet comes to Marbella

The celebrated Sinoidal Ensemble saxophone quartet will play two concerts on the Costa del Sol later this month. Organised by Marbella-based Project Music, the classical music events will take place in the D-Wine restaurant in Marbella on Wednesday 2

13/02/2020 19:50


British author releases final instalment of Africa memoirs

A local expat author has released the eagerly awaited final book in the Zambia Trilogy of her Africa series. Much More Into Africa continues the light-hearted look at the life of Ann Patras and her family after they left their fhome in Burton upon Tr

07/02/2020 11:56

What to do

The Chinese Aerobatic Circus tumbles into Torremolinos

The Great Aerobatic Circus of China will stop in Torremolinos for a one-off performance at the Auditorium Príncipe de Asturias on Friday 14 February. The award-winning circus will present Dream Trip, a heart-stopping show of Chinese circus tradition

05/02/2020 18:04

What to do

Flamboyant Drag Queen Gala to kick off Torremolinos Carnival

The fourth edition of the Gala Drag Queen del Carnival Gay will be held in Torremolinos on Saturday 15 February from 8pm. This colourful event is organised by the ACOGAT, gay business owners' association of Torremolinos, and the cultural department o

03/02/2020 14:40

What to do

Bill Bailey brings 20 years of comedy to Torremolinos

The multi-talented British television presenter and stand-up comedian Bill Bailey is bringing his Larks in Transit show to Torremolinos in March. Bailey is currently touring Europe with the show, which is described as "a compendium of travellers' tal

31/01/2020 18:04


31 January 1922: Inaugural flight of the gyrocopter

Pioneering civil engineer and pilot Juan de la Cierva y Codorniu made aeronautical history on 31 January 1922 when he made the first flight in an autogiro. The event took place at the Getafe Air Base (Madrid), one of Spain's oldest military airbases.

21/01/2020 13:02


Mijas Rotary Club launches dental appeal

The Rotary Club Mijas International is appealing to local dentists and dental technicians to assist with its initiative to supply free treatment to the homeless. This is the second year the Rotary Club has organised the project, which began after

17/01/2020 13:40


La Cizaña Roman ruins to become part of new development project

Torremolinos town hall has announced plans for the protection and recovery of the ruins of La Cizaña, a Roman settlement situated close to Los Álamos beach. The area around the site is about to be redeveloped with the construction of more than 200

17/01/2020 13:28


Mijas food forest project seeks a reconnection with nature

Until recently there was little mainstream interest in growing one's own vegetables and food. However, there is now an increasing focus on taking back control over what we eat and where it comes from. One of the sustainability philosophies that is

17/01/2020 12:14

What to do

Piano recitals to mark Beethoven's 250th birthday

In order to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, international classical pianist Cahal Masterson will perform two concerts on the Costa del Sol this month. Described by the Belfast Telegraph as a musician who "play

10/01/2020 14:07


Torremolinos police praised for rapid response to suicide bid

Torremolinos town hall has praised the rapid and effective intervention of Local Police officers in the attempted suicide of a teenager last week. The incident took place on one of the bridges that cross over the AP-7 motorway, after several driver

07/01/2020 17:16


Torremolinos joins abandoned dogs adoption programme

Torremolinos is the latest town to join the initiative #CuidayAdopta, a service that encourages the adoption of abandoned and lost dogs. Organised by the Spanish association of municipal veterinarians (AEVM), the project aims to reduce the number of

07/01/2020 16:40


Sharing a lifelong passion for opera

As in most parts of the world, the University of the Third Age (U3A) in Fuengirola is run by group leaders who offer their services free in order to share their knowledge and skills in an activity of their choice. No qualifications are required but g

03/01/2020 19:31


Torremolinos ends year with San Silvestre fun run

More than 500 runners took part in the fifth edition of the San Silvestre fun race in Torremolinos on New Year's Eve. The popular, non-competitive street race was organised by Torremolinos town hall, who requested that those taking part, whether seas

03/01/2020 14:33


3 January 1974: Birth of 'housewives' favourite' matador

Born on 3 January 1974, Francisco de Asís Rivera Ordóñez - Fran, as he is affectionately known to his fans - is a matador who was born into one of the most distinguished bullfighting families in Spain. Rivera's great-grandfather on his mother's si

03/01/2020 14:16

What to do

Marbella starts new year with contemporary art

The Excellence Art Gallery in Marbella will host the first of a series of international exhibitions planned for the new year on Saturday 4 January. Under the banner of Painting and Connecting the Global Mind, the exhibition will feature the works

03/01/2020 11:11


Age Care co-founder receives MBE in New Year Honours List

British expat Dr Charles Betty is among nine UK nationals in Spain named in the Queen's New Year Honours List. Charles, an active charity and community worker, was awarded an MBE for services to British Nationals overseas under the UK honours system

27/12/2019 18:24


Animal Care España finds new homes in Belgium for 42 rescued dogs

Animal Care España (ACE) has given the perfect Christmas present to more than 40 rescued dogs. As part of the charity's ongoing rehousing programme, which organises forever homes in various parts of Europe, the dogs have been found new families in Be

20/12/2019 17:19

What to do

Two-wheeled Santas join charity Toy Run in Torremolinos

The fifth edition of the charity Toy Run organised by the Komando Amimoto motorcycle club and Torremolinos town hall will take place on Saturday 21 December More than 200 bikers dressed as Santa Claus will participate in the collection of toys and

20/12/2019 17:02


All I want for Christmas

The tradition of Christmas has changed greatly over the last one hundred years and the simple customs that many of us grew up with have long fallen by the wayside. In days of old, Christmas was defined by the custom of exchanging simple handmade gift

20/12/2019 13:21


Book market raises 2,000 euros for Cudeca

The annual Christmas charity book fair held in Benalmádena last month raised more than 2,000 euros for the Cudeca Cancer Hospice. Held in the municipal library in Arroyo de la Miel, the market offered more than 5,000 second- hand books, magazines and

17/12/2019 18:07


Facing life with motor neuron disease

A 45-year-old British expat who once enjoyed an active life on the Costa del Sol has had her life shattered by the devastating muscle disorder motor neuron disease (MND). Prior to 2014, Della Hall, who has lived in Benalmádena for 25 years, had run h

13/12/2019 17:54


Brave abseilers raise 1,700 euros for Age Concern

Age Concern has announced that the fundraising abseil challenge it organised at the Sunset Beach Hotel in October earlier this year has raised 1,700 euros. Secretary Steve Marshall said: "What a fantastic effort from some very brave people. "All

10/12/2019 16:23

What to do

Christmas traditions from 15 countries on show in Benalmádena

The Festival of Christmas Traditions will be the first in a series of festive activities scheduled to take place in Benalmádena in the lead-up to Christmas. Organised by the foreign residents' department and various local expat associations, the fest

06/12/2019 11:49


6 December 1978: Spain ratifies Constitution of 1978

On Wednesday 6 December 1978, the people of Spain voted in a referendum to ratify the new Spanish Constitution. The vote marked the culmination of the Spanish transition to democracy after the death of General Francisco Franco. The new constitutio

05/12/2019 10:32


Hundreds attend Costa expat lifestyle show

The first edition of the ExPat Expo - formerly the 50 Plus Expo - was held at the IPV Hotel in Fuengirola last month. The lifestyle event featured an extensive mix of interests, including finance, legal and consumer advice, as well as fashion show

29/11/2019 19:33


Recycled glass campaign to benefit breast cancer victims

More than 225 kilos of glass has been collected during the 'Recycling Glass for Them' cancer campaign that was held in Torremolinos last month. The campaign, now in its fourth year, was organised by Ecovidrio, a non-profit entity responsible for mana

23/11/2019 00:27

What to do

A romantic setting for Cudeca's Advent charity concert

Cudeca will host its annual Advent Charity Concert at the Bil Bil Castle in Benalmádena Costa next Friday, 29 November. This year, the festive music event will again present the Mijas-based mezzosoprano, Mariza Ruppmann, a singer who has performed

22/11/2019 18:28

What to do

Punkirola comes to Torremolinos

The explosive music scene of the late 1970s will be relived during the second edition of the Punkirola festival in Torremolinos on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 December. INFORMATION When. Friday 6 and Saturday 7 December. Where. Black Velvet, Pasaje

22/11/2019 18:19


Costa town halls support fight for elimination of gender violence

The Malaga provincial government has organised various activities to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on 25 November. Workshops for young people, informative talks, self-defence classes and theatrical

22/11/2019 16:27


Cudeca Goldies host Christmas fair

The Cudeca Goldies hosted their annual Christmas fair at the Ilunion Hotel in Fuengirola last weekend. The two-day event took the form of a traditional Christmas market with more than 20 stalls offering everything from handmade jewellery, clothing an

18/11/2019 18:50


Athletes out in their numbers in Torremolinos

El Cross de Torremolinos, a popular six-kilometre street race, attracted more than 800 athletes from all over Andalucía last weekend. Held in the El Pinar district of the town, the race, which celebrated its 36th edition, was won by Dani García (Cl

15/11/2019 19:20

What to do

The Film Symphony Orchestra arrives in Andalucía

Spain's top cinematic orchestra, the Film Symphony Orchestra (FSO), are currently on a national tour that will take them to most of the major cities in Spain. The FSO Tour 2019/20 will present a show highlighting the music of some of the most popul

15/11/2019 10:50


Southern Spain district of the RBL honours the fallen

Members and supporters of the Royal British Legion participated in several Armistice Day services along the Costa del Sol last weekend. Remembrance parades and ceremonies took place from Malaga to Gibraltar, and also inland in Coín, Mollina and Loja.

08/11/2019 16:46


The Costa del Sol remembers the fallen with Armistice Day services

The Royal British Legion Spain South has organised several Remembrance Day services along the Costa del Sol this weekend. Ex-military personnel and the families and friends of those who served will participate in parades and services in Malaga and Fu

08/11/2019 16:42


8 November 1975: Birth of Spanish dancer Ángel Corella

Considered one of the leading dancers of his generation, Spanish ballet sensation Ángel Corella was born in Madrid on 8 November 1975. His dancing career began when he was spotted by celebrated Russian ballerina Natalia Makarova, who recommended the

04/11/2019 00:26


THESPA, 40 years of amateur dramatics

The English-Speaking Players Association (THESPA), the Costa del Sol's longest-running expat amateur dramatic society, marked its 40th anniversary with a special celebration in Fuengirola on Wednesday. Current and past members, including the group's

28/10/2019 14:08

What to do

American roots music festival returns to Benalmádena

The twelfth edition of the popular Blues at Moonlight Festival will be held in Benalmádena from Thursday 21 until Sunday 24 November. The international rockabilly and American roots music gathering, organised by Active Sound Productions and Benalmá

14/10/2019 19:09


A passion for a Scottish tradition on the Costa del Sol

Bagpipes might seem to be a little out of place in Andalucía, unlike in northern Spain, especially in Galica and Asturias, where they are part of the musical backcloth. However, over the past few years, this traditional Scottish instrument has become

14/10/2019 14:56

What to do

Yunquera festival to promote local wine and chestnuts

The village of Yunquera is gearing up for the 11th edition of the popular Feria de Vino y la Castaña, a gastronomic festival that promotes local chestnuts and mosto wine, a grape juice that adheres to an age old local recipe. The Wine and Chestnut Fe

11/10/2019 13:02


New central station opens for Local Police in Torremolinos

Torremolinos council has opened a new Local Police headquarters in the town centre to increase security in the area and to bring the services offered by the force closer to the public. The new station, which will see greater police presence in the

11/10/2019 12:39


Benalmádena dog owners obliged to wash away their pets' urine

Benalmádena town hall has approved a new law that forces dog owners to carry a bottle of soapy water when walking their pets to reduce the effects of canine urination in public areas. The new law is an amendment to the town's existing bylaw concern

04/10/2019 17:11

What to do

Álora celebrates day in honour of its traditional 'sopa perota'

The sixteenth edition of Día de las Sopas Perotas, one of the most popular gastronomic events in the province of Malaga, will take place in Álora tomorrow (Saturday). The festival is held in the Plaza Baja de la Despedía from midday and highlights on

04/10/2019 14:14


Age Concern's annual challenge shows life does not end at 50

Age Concern Fuengirola/Mijas hosted its annual fundraising challenge on Wednesday and, as in previous years, members and supporters of the charity came together to take part in the hair-raising escapade. Previous adventures have included a sky jum

27/09/2019 14:16

What to do

Fuengirola gets ready to celebrate the Feria del Rosario

The town of Fuengirola will celebrate its popular Feria del Rosario from Sunday 6 until Saturday 12 October. This is one of the more traditional-style fairs and it offers an extensive programme of activities, including bullfights, equestrian shows an

20/09/2019 12:54

What to do

Cártama celebrates its medieval past

Cártama remembers its medieval past with the celebration of the popular Noches de la Bella Jarifa, an event that promotes the cultural, musical and gastronomic traditions of Andalucía. Organised by the town hall, the 10th edition of the festival will

13/09/2019 15:00


Foreign residents join the class

Mijas Foreign Residents Department is appealing for volunteers to help extend its popular English language conversation classes to more schools in the Mijas area. The initiative, which is called I Speak English, was started 15 years ago with the a

13/09/2019 14:59

What to do

Torremolinos celebrates Havana's quincentenary

The first edition of the Festival Internacíonal de Salsa Costa del Sol, an exciting Latin music and dance festival in Torremolinos, is organised to coincide with the 500th anniversary of Havana, the Cuban capital founded by the Spanish in 1519. The

13/09/2019 14:20


Guaro dog shelter needs a new home

A Belgian couple who have dedicated the last 20 years to helping stray and abandoned dogs in Spain are appealing for help to enable them to start a new canine sanctuary on the Costa del Sol. The property where their rescue centre is currently based i

13/09/2019 11:10


Torremolinos: overlooking its cultural heritage?

Torremolinos' bid to promote itself as a global centre of urban art was bolstered this week when Mayor José Ortiz unveiled the latest mural inspired by the famous icons who visited the resort during the town's golden age. The lifelike image of Frank

13/09/2019 10:48


Sinatra's image promotes Torremolinos as urban art centre

In a bid to secure Torremolinos as a global centre of urban art, the town hall has presented the latest mural inspired by iconic figures who passed through the resort during the 1960s and 70s. Known as "the playground of the rich and famous", among t

11/09/2019 20:44

What to do

Garden party to raise funds for Coín equestrian centre

The Spanish Equine Association for Rescue, Care and Homing (SEARCH) is holding its annual garden party at Finca El Sueño in Coín on Sunday, 15 September. The event is organised to raise funds for the equestrian rescue centre and will present an aft

06/09/2019 16:13

What to do

Animal Care España celebrates its 20th anniversary with a party

ACE (Animal Care España) will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a series of events, starting with a special party night at the Snack Attack restaurant in La Cala de Mijas on Saturday 14 September. Tickets for the event, which is sponsored by Ibex I