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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

06/09/2019 16:08

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Luna Mora: a fusion of Andalusian cultures in Guaro

Thousands of candles will illuminate the streets of Guaro this weekend as the town celebrates its popular Luna Mora Festival, an event that promotes the gastronomic, cultural and musical traditions that have formed Andalucía's colourful history. T

19/08/2019 17:01

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Relive the UK rock music scene of the 80s at La Paloma park

The municipal auditorium in La Paloma park in Benalmádena will host a special tribute concert that will recreate the sounds and ambience of the 1980s pop music scene on Friday, 30 August. The three-hour concert will present celebrated Spanish band

02/08/2019 14:23


A life-changing test of endurance

Marbella. Two athletic expats are to undertake a gruelling triathlon in order to help Sarah Almagro Vallejo, the youngster from Marbella who had her hands and feet amputated after contracting septicaemia, a potentially life-threatening condition caus

31/07/2019 21:47

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Mijas welcomes the return of the Celtic Night festival

The municipal auditorium in Mijas Pueblo will host the Celtic Night festival on Saturday 3 August. The event, which is organised by Big M Promotions and Mijas town hall, will return after a 12- year absence and will present live music and entertain

26/07/2019 18:57

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A rising star of classical and Spanish guitar

The Casa de las Navajas will present a night of classical and Spanish guitar music today, Friday 26 July. The concert will be performed by guitarist and composer Pablo Alcázar, a young musician from Nerja who has received much acclaim both in Spain a

15/07/2019 14:50

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The fiesta of the Virgen del Carmen remembers those lost at sea

The Virgen del Carmen festivities will be taking place all along the coast on Tuesday 16 July, and this colourful, religious event is one of the most popular summer activities on the Costa del Sol. Processions in honour of the much-loved Santa María

05/07/2019 14:01

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"My task is to keep the spirit of Bob Marley alive"

More than 140,000 people are expected to attend the Weekend Beach Festival in Torre del Mar this weekend. The four-day music extravaganza, which began on Wednesday, will present a mixture of musical genres performed by some of today's most inspiratio

05/07/2019 13:55


Charity golf tournament raises 8,800 euros for Cudeca

La Cala Resort and Golf Hotel in Mijas raised an impressive 8,800 euros during the recent Cudeca Cup Golf Tournament. Sixty-five players took part in the competition which provides a significant financial injection to the Cudeca Hospice each year. Th

01/07/2019 14:19


Fuengirola centre makes urgent appeal for volunteers and donations

Lux Mundi is urgently appealing for volunteers to help with the day-to-day running of the ecumenical centre in Fuengirola, especially in its second-hand boutique. The shop, situated in the Lux Mundi building in Calle Nueva, opens from Tuesday to Fr

28/06/2019 13:15

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Emblematic Ronda locations play host to contemporary music festival

The Real Maestranza de Caballería (RMR) will host La Semana de la Música de Ronda from Tuesday 2 until Friday 5 July. The four-day music festival will take place in the bullring and other emblematic locations in Ronda and presents a programme of conc

24/06/2019 18:21


Requiem mass in memory of local television presenter Karen McMahon

The Parish Church of Santa Teresa in La Cala de Mijas will host a service in memory of Karen McMahon, the popular Costa del Sol television presenter who died last month after a long illness. The mass, which will be held in English and Spanish, will

21/06/2019 15:48

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Promoting the cultural importance of the art of flamenco

The Picasso Museum in Malaga will host the fourth edition of the Flamenco EÑE Festival from Thursday 27 until Saturday 29 June. Organised by the SGAE Foundation, with the collaboration of the Picasso Museum, the festival aims to promote the cultural

21/06/2019 15:38

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The Costa del Sol gets ready for the Fiesta de San Juan

The Costa del Sol will be illuminated with bonfires and fireworks on Sunday 23 June, as thousands of people crowd onto the beaches to enjoy the Fiesta de San Juan. The celebrations, which generally start around 10pm, include the tradition of the mora

17/06/2019 14:11

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Young Irish pianist Peter Regan comes to Marbella

International concert pianist Peter Regan will present a night of classical music at the Los Naranjos Golf Club in Marbella on Sunday 23 June. The concert, which begins at 8pm, will include a repertoire of classic works by Bach, Chopin, Liszt and Wag

17/05/2019 11:55


Torremolinos foreigners department launches new blog-site in English

Torremolinos Foreign Residents Department has launched a new English-language blog-site. The platform ( has been set up to help English-speaking residents with information concerning all aspects of living in the

17/05/2019 11:01


"I killed the woman I loved out of love"

Robert Vandamm, a Dutch national resident on the Costa del Sol, has recently lived through the most difficult period of his life. Not a day goes by without devastating flashbacks, feelings of severe guilt, anxiety attacks and even suicidal thoughts.

06/05/2019 13:17


New book reveals life-changing advice about mental health issues

After 15 recovery years, local writer David Hurst suffered a summer of extreme emotional and mental torment when he had tried to do things his own way again for a few months. ·For more information, visit: The 52-year-old freel

03/05/2019 16:33


3 May 1997: Death of guitar virtuoso Narciso Yepes

The death of Narciso Yepes on 3 May 1997 marked the end of an era in the history of the Spanish guitar. Yepes was considered one of the finest virtuoso classical guitarists of the twentieth century, surpassed only by Andrés Segovia. He developed a st

09/04/2019 19:41


Pastures new for abandoned animals

After much deliberation concerning the future of her country house set in four acres of land in the Montes de Málaga, an Irish woman with a heart of gold has decided to donate the property to be used as an animal sanctuary. Gráinne O'Carroll, know

09/04/2019 10:28


Cudeca announces revenue of four million euros for 2018

During the annual results presentation held in Benalmádena this week, the Cudeca Foundation announced an income of more than four million euros for 2018. The money had been raised throughout the year via Cudeca's charity shops, fundraising events and

05/04/2019 17:57


5 April 1419: The death of Saint Vincent Ferrer

Saint Vincent Ferrer, who died on 5 April 1419, was a Spanish Catholic priest who played a significant role in the conversion of Jews to Catholicism during the early fifteenth century. He also participated in the management of a significant political

29/03/2019 17:19

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Torremolinos unites for two-day multicultural festival

Torremolinos. Representatives from 18 countries will participate in the Foreign Residents Day festival in Torremolinos next Saturday, 6 and Sunday, 7 April. This year will be the 25th edition of the multicultural festival, which will promote the cult

29/03/2019 15:07

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Raising the stakes for the Cudeca Hospice

The Cudeca Goldies will host their annual fundraising Grand National afternoon at the Tamisa Golf Hotel on Saturday 6 April. The event begins at 2pm and will show all of the racing live from Aintree on several large television screens, starting with

29/03/2019 13:26


SOS Animals to close after 22 years of caring for abandoned dogs

Inland dog charity, SOS Animals, is to close in June and is urgently appealing for people who can offer a loving home to any of its dogs. ·More information : The land where the Coín-based refuge is situated was sold after the

25/03/2019 13:50


A lifelong devotion to language and art

Art historian and novelist, Liz Cochrane, first encountered Spain on a road trip she undertook in 1959, and this was to be the start of a long affection for a country that she would eventually call home. At an age when many might be considering retir

18/03/2019 13:49


Painting the town green for St Patrick's Day

Irish communities along the Costa del Sol came out in force last weekend to celebrate the feast day in honour of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Huge street parties were held in the coastal towns, where armies of green floppy hats enjoyed

15/03/2019 16:42


La Concha mountain hike this Saturday in aid of Cudeca

A fundraising hike will take place on Saturday 16 March (tomorrow) to raise money for the Cudeca Cancer Hospice. Organised by the All in 1 Café in Benahavís, the charity walk will begin at the Hotel El Refugio de Juanar in Ojén. Participants will e

15/03/2019 14:08

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New wave nostalgia for diehard punk rockers

The Costa del Sol's resident punk rock band, The Reinfected, will perform in the newly-refurbished Voodoo Bar (formerly The Elephante) in Benalmádena Costa tomorrow, Saturday . The five-piece band, which consists of English and Swedish musicians th

08/03/2019 14:48

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An exhibition highlighting ethnic and cultural inequalities

Following the success of last year's 'Earth of Hunger' exhibition, the es.Arte gallery in San Pedro Alcántara is presenting a new collection of art that aims to highlight ethnic, cultural, linguistic and economic inequalities. In its struggle for awa

08/03/2019 14:41

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A touch of music hall and satirical fun

A Touch of Class will present its latest production at St Andrews Church in Los Boliches today (Friday, 8 March). All Aboard, which features Ken Knowles, a former member of The Hollies, will present popular hit songs along with satirical sketches a

08/03/2019 14:27


New Cudeca charity shop opens in Los Boliches

The Cudeca Foundation opened a new charity shop in Los Boliches on Tuesday. The second-hand outlet, the charity's second in Fuengirola, was inaugurated by the mayor of Fuengirola, Ana Mula. The opening ceremony was attended by various Cudeca official

08/03/2019 13:48


Plans in motion to turn land by old Torremolinos mill into new hotel

The council in Torremolinos has announced that a historic flour mill in the heart of the resort is to be restored as part of a luxury hotel project on the land around it. The Molina de la Bóveda is a disused 18th-century mill overlooking the sea by t

08/03/2019 12:27


Innovative new pergola in central Torremolinos to be extended

Torremolinos town hall has announced its plans to extend the town's eye-catching new pergola so that it covers almost the entire pedestrianised central boulevard. The Pergola Torremolinos was designed by Salvador Moreno Peralta, the architect respo

01/03/2019 15:48

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Colourful carnival celebrations reach their climax

The annual carnival celebrations are coming to a climax in Andalucía, but there is still chance to catch a few of the remaining colourful galas and parades. This weekend, Malaga will host the annual Drag Queen Gala, a flamboyant and extremely visual

01/03/2019 15:10


Raising the Welsh flag for St David's Day

The Welsh communities of the Costa del Sol, along with those in the rest of the world, will be celebrating their annual feast day to mark the death of Saint David on Friday (today). Along with the singing of Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau - the country's nationa

01/03/2019 13:53


Coín's new mayor promises transparency

Following the resignation of Fernando Fernández, Coín town hall has elected Francisco Santos Cantos as the town's new mayor. Santos was sworn in during a special plenary session held earlier this week, after Fernández stepped down to take up his new

27/02/2019 18:00


Cártama students' project honours female pioneers

A new project initiated by Cártama town hall and a local secondary school has been launched to rename the streets in the Doña Ana district of the town after pioneering women. The scheme, under the banner of 'Deserve a Street', was approved after a

22/02/2019 14:09


22 February 2000: ETA kills leader of Basque socialist party

On Tuesday 22 February 2000, the separatist terrorist group, ETA, murdered Spanish politician Fernando Buesa Blanco. At the time of his death, Buesa was leader of the PSE-EE (Basque Socialist Party) in Álava. He died while walking through the univers

15/02/2019 14:45

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Montejaque hosts traditional 'game of the pitcher'

The town of Montejaque, located in the Serranía de Ronda, is celebrating Andalucía Day with a traditional event known as the Juego del Cántaro. The 'game of the pitcher' is a participatory sport in which teams compete in a tournament that involves th

15/02/2019 13:27


Torremolinos unveils a revolutionary new image

The inauguration of the recently pedestrianised centre of Torremolinos took place on Thursday. The new-look central plaza and boulevard was officially opened by José Ortiz, Mayor of Torremolinos, and Salvador Moreno Peralta, the distinguished archite

12/02/2019 12:18


Rockin' Race Jamboree 2019

Rock and roll fans from all over Europe, the USA and Latin America came together in Torremolinos last weekend to celebrate the coveted Rockin Race Jamboree, the most important rockabilly gathering in Europe. The festival was celebrating its 25th edit

08/02/2019 17:35


"We want our British residents to have their own voice"

Torremolinos has undergone an extensive transformation over the last 12 months and the new-look boulevard and central plaza are now complete and will be officially inaugurated on Thursday 14 February. The town hall has pulled out all the stops to sec

08/02/2019 13:57


Lift to be installed in Parque La Batería

Torremolinos town hall has announced plans for a lift to be installed in the Parque La Batería to facilitate access to Avenida Carlota Alessandri and the beaches of La Carihuela. The glass-fronted lift, which is expected to cost approximately 270,0

08/02/2019 13:52

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Mods and rockers unite to support 'butterfly children'

Several local musicians and entertainers have joined forces to participate in a live music extravaganza to raise money for Debra, the Malaga-based charity founded with the aim of improving the lives of children who suffer from Epidermolysis bullosa,

30/01/2019 20:45


Ten years taking care of horses and donkeys

The Andalusian Rescue Centre for Horses (ARCH) is celebrating its tenth anniversary this month. Founded in 2009 by president Jill Newman Rogers and a group of horse-loving friends, the charity has since rescued, cared for and re-homed more than 300 h

28/01/2019 11:30

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Exhibition in Torremolinos highlights the issue of equality for women

The Casa de los Navajas in Torremolinos is currently hosting an exhibition by Cadiz artist, Mariemma Yagüe. Under the title of 'Our Voice', the artist's work reflects on discrimination against women in the workplace and in wider society. Organised

18/01/2019 16:16


Athletes and fun runners prepare for Torremolinos half marathon

Local and national athletes are preparing for the thirtieth edition of the Media Maratón de Torremolinos, the town's popular half marathon that will take place on Sunday 3 February. Athletes from all over Spain will participate in one of the longest-

18/01/2019 14:02


Age Concern zip wire challenge raises a record total of 5,225 euros

Age Concern Fuengirola/Mijas has announced that last year's fundraising zip wire challenge netted the charity over 5,000 euros. The event, which took place last October, saw ten members and supporters of Age Concern participate in the only cross-boar

18/01/2019 14:00


National fire prevention initiative comes to Torremolinos bullring

Torremolinos is hosting the Semana de la Prevención de Incendios, a fire prevention programme designed to help people to identify the risks of a fire in the home, schools and workplaces. The initiative, which is being held in the Torremolinos bull

11/01/2019 17:09


11 January 1933: The savage massacre in Casas Viejas

The Casas Viejas Incident, also known as the Massacre of Casas Viejas, took place on 11 January 1933 in the small village in Cadiz from which the incident takes its name. The massacre, one of the most tragic events of the second Spanish Republic, l

11/01/2019 12:42


Mijas Rotary Club delivers new year parcels to local homeless

The International Rotary Club in Mijas offered some joy to the local homeless community at the start of the New Year, after raising over 1,600 euros at charity events staged over the Christmas period. With this money, and the generous donations of se

11/01/2019 10:46


Rocking from Solihull to Spain

Diehard rocker Martin Hope has spent almost his entire life playing the guitar. He was active on the exciting punk scene that took over the UK in 1970s and went on to appear alongside numerous iconic bands of the era. Today, he is content to entertai

08/01/2019 11:41


Charity football tournament raises awareness of vulnerable families

The fundraising day comprised a series of friendly football matches held in the Joaquín Martín Díaz sports complex in Cártama. Entry to the event was possible with the contribution of one kilo of non-perishable food, or hygiene and cleaning products,

04/01/2019 19:12


Spain eagerly awaits arrival of Three Kings

The Costa del Sol, along with the rest of Spain, is getting ready for the traditional procession of Los Reyes Magos (the Three Kings, or Wise Men), the final spectacle of the Spanish festive season. Tradition says that the Three Kings, Melchior, Gasp

04/01/2019 17:07


Torremolinos town hall ordered to reopen pedestrianised street

Torremolinos town hall has been forced to comply with a court order to reopen Calle Olivarillo, a project that will cost 150,000 euros. The road was pedestrianised amid a row concerning the closure of the CEPSA petrol station in 2006, which was order

28/12/2018 10:30


Benalmádena and Torremolinos join forces to promote tourism

The bullring in Torremolinos played host to the first edition of the Encuentro del Turismo last weekend. The new tourism fair was organised by WE4TRIPS - an online platform that specialises in the hospitality industry of the Costa del Sol - and the t

24/12/2018 11:30


A saint who became Santa

Santa Claus is a character that brings joy to children all around the world in the weeks leading to Christmas, and especially on Christmas Eve. As youngsters, we were told that Father Christmas, as he is affectionately known in the UK, lived in Lapla

17/12/2018 14:54


Age Care, a lifeline for expats facing social isolation

The festive season is upon us once again and many people will be busy preparing to enjoy the holidays with family and friends, whether here on the Costa del Sol, on back in the UK. There is, however, a sector of people that will be dedicating their t

14/12/2018 15:37

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A festival of art on display in the streets of Torremolinos

Torremolinos is preparing for the first edition of the Ruta del Arte, an open air art festival that will take place in the centre of the town on Saturday (tomorrow). The 'art route', which is organised by the town hall, will promote the works of loca

14/12/2018 15:35

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Sea Breeze Bar hosts Beatles tribute night

Fans of The Beatles will enjoy a tribute concert in the Sea Breeze Bar in Fuengirola port tomorrow night (Saturday). The show will be performed by Revival, one of the Costa del Sol's top tribute bands. Formed in 2007, the group will be remembered a

14/12/2018 15:04


14 December 1927: Iberia's first foray into commercial aviation

The launch of the airline Iberia's first commercial flight from Madrid to Barcelona on 14 December 1927 was Spain's first foray into commercial aviation. Iberia Líneas Aéreas de España, S. A. was founded in June 1927 by Horacio Echevarrieta, a Basque

14/12/2018 13:34


Year's final beach clean-up to focus on Fuengirola coastline

As part of the campaign orchestrated by the Plastic Free Seas Worldwide foundation, the Beaches Department of the Fuengirola town hall has announced that the final beach clean-up of the year will take place on Saturday 15 December. It is hoped that

14/12/2018 13:22


Torremolinos expat community informed of 'padrón' benefits

The Foreign Residents Department of Torremolinos town hall held an English language informative meeting aimed at the town's expat community on Wednesday. The meeting, chaired by Aida Blanes, councillor for Foreign Residents, focused on the legal aspe

14/12/2018 12:43


Extended parking hours in Torremolinos town centre

Torremolinos town hall has announced that the car park of the Centro Cultural Pablo Ruiz Picasso will be extended throughout December. The car park, which is free, will open to the public from Monday to Friday between 7.30am and 2am. During the wee

14/12/2018 12:39


Delayed Torremolinos plaza to include a time capsule

Although a delay in the progress of the pedestrianisation of the centre of Torremolinos has postponed the official inauguration until January, most of the new boulevard and central plaza was opened in time for the switching on of the Christmas lights

11/12/2018 19:27

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Acclaimed Korean pianist to perform on the Costa del Sol

The award-winning concert pianist, Sarah Lee, is to perform two concerts on the Cost del Sol next week. The internationally-acclaimed musician from South Korea, who lives in New Zealand, is currently on a European tour and these will be the only co

07/12/2018 14:58


Torremolinos lights up for Christmas

Torremolinos will switch on its Christmas lights in the Plaza Costa del Sol tonight (Friday). The festivities will begin at 5pm, when several musical shows will be staged in the square. The town's mayor, José Ortiz, will perform the switching-on ce

07/12/2018 14:41


Reforestation project in Cártama funded by domestic appliance outlet

Cártama. An initiative aimed at the reforestation of areas in Cártama that have been affected by drought, floods or fires has been launched by the Worten domestic appliance outlet. The company has initiated a programme under the banner of Bosque Wort

30/11/2018 13:51


Spanish and Finnish to mark democracy and independence on 6 December

Thursday 6 December will mark the 40th anniversary of the day Spaniards voted for democracy and ended almost 40 years of dictatorial rule. Constitution Day is a public holiday, although it is not celebrated with the same panache afforded to other And

30/11/2018 11:01


Christmas song for butterfly children

A British expat singer is to release a charity Christmas song to raise funds for the 'butterfly children'. Composed and performed by Rashpal Singh, the song is called Sack of Dreams, a catchy festive composition produced by John Springate, former bas

23/11/2018 13:01


Community beach clean-up in Mijas

As part of the campaign launched by the Plastic Free Seas Worldwide foundation, the Foreign Residents department of Mijas town hall has helped organise a community beach clean-up in La Cala and El Faro. The project will take place this Saturday, 2

23/11/2018 12:57


Christmas charity campaign under way

Torremolinos town hall has launched its Christmas charity campaign to help underprivileged families and those in danger of social exclusion in the run up to the festive season. As in previous years, Bancosol Malaga will be collecting non-perishabl

23/11/2018 12:19


Support sessions offer comfort for those affected by cancer

The Cudeca Foundation has initiated a campaign to promote its monthly support groups for English-speaking people with cancer or other life-limiting illnesses. MEETINGS uEstepona. American Club of Estepona on the first Thursday of the month at 11.30

23/11/2018 11:43


Helping to build the Costa del Sol

The story of Ivar Dahl is the story of a life dedicated to real estate, a story of hard work, expertise, Scandinavian efficiency, and above all, a work ethic that has withstood several economic ups and downs. This week he is celebrating the 50th anni

16/11/2018 14:20


Costa del Sol mourns death of 60s wild child, Shelagh Tennant

The recent death of Shelagh Tennant, the 60s wild child noted for being the person who helped bring The Beatles to Spain, has shocked the expat community of the Costa del Sol. The 75-year-old former model and owner of Shelagh's Bar, one of the fir

16/11/2018 14:13


An American dream on the Costa del Sol

David Kylen, President of the American Club of the Costa del Sol, has seen many changes since his first visit to the Costa del Sol almost 50 years ago, but he claims that this has not altered his opinion of the place he has come to adore. Born in D

16/11/2018 11:43


Benalmádena hosts "essential" film festival

Malaga filmmaker and director, Carlos Taillefer, collected a special award during the 17th edition of the Benalmádena International Festival of Short Film and Alternative Cinema (Ficcab) last week. The award celebrated the 40th anniversary of his

12/11/2018 14:28


Benalmádena takes steps to boost links with Polish tourism sector

A group of Polish tour operators visited Malaga last week with the aim of uilding new tourism links between the Costa del Sol and Poland. The young travel agents represented Rainbow Tours, a company that specialises in promoting holidays in Andalucía

09/11/2018 15:48

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The fair for anyone over fifty returns to Fuengirola

The popular 50 Plus Expo, the lifestyle event for people over the age of 50, will be held at the IPV Palace Hotel and Spa in Fuengirola on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November. The exhibition is well established on the coast and has been catering for t

09/11/2018 15:47

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Punk rock festival to rekindle the colourful spirit of 1977

Those who participated in the explosive punk rock scene of the 1970s will enjoy the Punkirola 77 festival on Saturday 10 November. This exciting music festival will present several bands from the UK and Spain and will invoke the spirit of 1977, a yea

09/11/2018 15:43

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Classical music soirée comes to La Cala

The Avanto Theatre in La Cala de Mijas is holding a classical music soirée on Tuesday 14 November. The event will present celebrated Italian mezzo soprano, Simona Mango, and Malaga pianist, María del Carmen Pérez. Organised by Music Management, the

09/11/2018 14:56


9 November 2016: Suspicious death of transsexual vedette artiste

Speculation still surrounds the death of Cristina Ortiz Rodríguez, the transsexual vedette entertainer who died under suspicious circumstances on 9 November 2016. Better known as La Veneno (poison), the risqué entertainer had received death threats

09/11/2018 14:50


Remembering the deadliest conflict in history

Sunday 11 November will mark the centenary of the end of World War I and to commemorate the occasion, the British and German governments are promoting a special programme of bell ringing as a symbolic way of remembering the importance of peace. Presi

02/11/2018 14:56

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An investigation of the geometric shape

The Es Arte Gallery in San Pedro Alcántara is currently exhibiting a collection of work by Cordoba artist, Aurora Cid. Chromatic Geometry is a deep investigation of the geometric shape and includes a collection of colourful abstract designs on paper,

02/11/2018 12:46


Awareness march to support children's cancer research

Cártama is preparing for the ninth edition of the Marcha Vecinal en Apoyo a la Investigación del Cáncer Infantil, an awareness march in aid of children's cancer research. The event, which is organised by Cártama town hall and the Casa de Castilla

02/11/2018 12:36


International Rotary Club Mijas marks World Polio Day

Mijas. The International Rotary Club Mijas participated in the annual World Polio Day events last week, with an initiative aimed at raising funds for, and awareness of, victims of poliomyelitis. Celebrated around the world on 24 October, the day i

02/11/2018 12:10


Age Care Association sponsors Cudeca Hospice's new car

The Age Care Association of the Costa del Sol has sponsored a brand new Volkswagen Polo to the Cudeca Foundation. The car, which will be used by the cancer charity's home care teams, was presented to Cudeca founder, Joan Hunt, in Benalmádena on Monda

02/11/2018 11:49


Town hall hosts meeting to combat gender abuse

The Mayor of Benalmádena, Víctor Navas, hosted a meeting with representatives of the Democratic Women's Movement (MDM) in Benalmádena last week. The MDM works to raise awareness on issues such as gender-based violence and the group aired various conc

02/11/2018 11:02


Local council pledges to eliminate single-use plastics

Benalmádena town hall has supported a motion that will reduce and eventually omit the use of harmful petroleum-based plastics. The motion was proposed by members of Podemos and was supported by all parties during last month's plenary meeting. In o

31/10/2018 13:51

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Spooky events for the scariest night of the year

The Costa del Sol is getting ready to celebrate All Hallows Eve, the night when disembodied spirits walk the earth. Children and grown ups will be busy preparing their fancy dress costumes ready for the string of events organised by local councils an

26/10/2018 13:57


Terry Clear radio presenter 1949-2018

The Costa del Sol is mourning the death of another of its most popular characters, radio presenter, Terry Clear. The former Onda Cero International (OCI) blues specialist, who came to live on the coast at the end of the 1980s, died last Sunday follow

26/10/2018 13:06

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Yunquera promotes locally produced wine and chestnuts

The village of Yunquera is getting ready for its annual Feria de Vino y la Castaña, a gastronomic festival that promotes the local chestnuts and wine made from grapes grown in the Sierra de las Nieves. The smell of chestnuts roasting on open coals

26/10/2018 12:49

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A faulty dinner date to remember

Those who seek a fine dining experience on the Costa del Sol have plenty of top notch restaurants from which to choose. However, those who enjoy their order being taken by a sabre-toothed tart with a braying laugh, or being served by an incompetent w

26/10/2018 12:01


Popular Torremolinos greetings card shop closes after 16 years

After serving the expat community in Torremolinos for more than 16 years, an English greetings cards shop shut its doors for the last time on Wednesday. A Date to Remember has been offering greetings cards, stationery and party decorations since 2002

26/10/2018 11:01


Collective art exhibition to raise awareness of gender violence

Torremolinos is to host an art exhibition in support of victims of gender violence. Organised by the El Calvario cultural association and the town hall, artists of all genres are invited to submit proposals for inclusion in the collective exhibition.

24/10/2018 11:19


Treading the boards and raising the roof

Many of the Costa del Sol's amateur music and theatrical groups are busy preparing for their winter shows and Christmas performances, and none more so than The Andalusian Performing Arts Society, or TAPAS, as it is affectionately known. Based in Al

23/10/2018 14:54


Fundraising horse racing night for butterfly children

More than 400 euros was raised at a charity horse race night held in Biddy Mulligans Bar in La Cala de Mijas on Tuesday. The event was organised by Black Tower Financial Services to raise funds for Debra España, the Marbella-based association that im

19/10/2018 16:16


Opening of landscaped Torremolinos boulevard set for December

Mayor of Torremolinos, José Ortiz, has announced that the town's new central pedestrianised boulevard will be opened on Wednesday 5 December. The mayor visited Plaza Costa del Sol and Avenida Palma de Mallorca this week to inspect progress on the cur

15/10/2018 12:24


Cudeca hospice appeals for collection tin volunteers

Cancer care hospice charity Cudeca is looking to swell the ranks in its Collection Tin Army, its team of dedicated volunteers who install and maintain the familiar green tins in commercial outlets, offices and banks along the Costa del Sol. The ca

12/10/2018 12:00


12 October 1910: Birth of pioneering Spanish athlete Margot Moles

Born in Terrasa, Catalonia, in 1910, Margot Moles Piña was a pioneer in women's athletics in Spain. Specialising in hammer throw, discus, hockey, swimming and skiing, in 1936, she became the first Spanish women's skiing champion in an official compet

05/10/2018 16:58

LifeStyle | Education

British school celebrates 50th anniversary

St Anthony's College, the first British school to open on the Costa del Sol, celebrated its fiftieth anniversary last weekend. The milestone event was marked with a special open day where teachers, former and current students, and parents came togeth

05/10/2018 11:24


A hitch-hiker's guide to stop bullying

A British actor has participated in a gruelling awareness campaign in order to highlight the problems of children who suffer from bullying. Maximus McNeill embarked on a 2,800-kilometre hitch-hike from Dunbar, on the southeast coast of Scotland, to M

05/10/2018 11:00


Brexpats accuses Theresa May of denying basic human rights

Brexpats in Spain, the organisation set up to defend the rights of European expat residents in the lead-up to the forthcoming Brexit, has written to British prime minister, Theresa May, to express the group's disappointment concerning the treatment o

28/09/2018 17:04


Red carpet rolled out for Costa singer Tina Hall

One of the Costa del Sol's most popular entertainers is to be given the Marbella Loves Award in recognition of her contribution to the arts and entertainment industry in Malaga. Actress and singer, Tina Hall, came to live in Marbella almost 20 year

28/09/2018 16:07

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The last of the Andalusian ferias signal the end of summer

Though the curtain is coming down on September, there is still time to enjoy the last of the traditional Andalusian summer fairs. FAIRS Torremolinos. Until Sunday. Fuengirola. 6 to 12 October. Nerja. 8 to 12 October. Ojén. 5 to 9 October. S

28/09/2018 15:47


Acclaim for British residents' contribution to Torremolinos

Torremolinos town hall held a special Independence Day plenary session this week in order to vote on a proposal to honour the town's British community. With the approval of all political parties, it was decided that the Medalla de Torremolinos wil

28/09/2018 11:43


Red Cross opens new branch in Torremolinos town centre

As part of the continued efforts to help its underprivileged and vulnerable citizens, Torremolinos town hall inaugurated a new Red Cross headquarters (Cruz Roja) in the centre of the town on Tuesday. The fully-equipped facility, which has four office

21/09/2018 17:46

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Torremolinos festivities take different route this year

Around a hundred thousand people are expected descend on Torremolinos this Sunday (23 September) to enjoy the colourful Romería de San Miguel. In what is one of the biggest urban pilgrimages in Spain, more than 60 decorated gypsy-style caravans an

21/09/2018 17:28

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Festival of different artistic traditions

The Costa del Sol is preparing for the third edition of the Salida del Sol Festival, an event that explores both traditional and contemporary art through audible and visual mediums. CONCERTS 1 October. The Rhaman String Quartet. 2 October. Kangmi

21/09/2018 13:55


'Geyser' in La Paloma park switched back on after nine years

Benalmádena town hall has announced a new initiative to restore and improve the parks, gardens and green areas of the town. The plan includes switching the 'geyser' in La Paloma park back on. The water jet, which has not been in use since 2009, is

21/09/2018 13:32


Dogs take centre stage at Torremolinos pet contest

Torremolinos hosted the 16th edition of the Concurso de Mascotas on Wednesday. More than 20 dogs, from Chihuahuas to poodles and German shepherds took part in the competition staged in the Plaza La Nogalera. Organised by the Local Police and sponsore

21/09/2018 11:52


Town halls join forces to raise awareness on World Alzheimer's Day

The town halls of Torremolinos and Benalmádena have joined forces to mark World Alzheimer's Day by supporting events aimed at generating social awareness of the condition, while offering information and support for those affected by the disease. The

14/09/2018 15:21


Torremolinos town hall hands over 10,000-euro donation

The Social Services department of Torremolinos town hall has made a donation of 10,000 euros to the Cudeca Cancer Hospice in Benalmádena. The grant was made in recognition of the social and humanitarian work the foundation offers to cancer patients

14/09/2018 14:41

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Malaga hosts popular tattoo convention

Malaga is fast becoming celebrated as a city famed for its art and its reputation will be boosted this weekend when the city hosts the fifth edition of the Malaga Tattoo Convention. Held in the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos in Malaga, from Friday (to

11/09/2018 22:31


"Comedy is right in front of you; my job is to point it out"

The Salon Varietés Theatre in Fuengirola is to host two stand-up comedy nights this weekend. The shows will present Dave Thompson, Alan Francis and Kevin McCarthy, all of whom have received considerable fame on stage and screen in the UK. Former l

11/09/2018 16:58


Esteemed Finnish choir announces winter concerts in Malaga

One of Finland's most highly-esteemed male-voice choirs is to perform a series of concerts on the Costa del Sol later this year. The Laulu-Miehet Choir was founded in the spring of 1914 by members of the Helsinki University Chorus (today the YL Ma

07/09/2018 17:04

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Age Concern celebrates fourth birthday with musical gala

Age Concern Fuengirola/Mijas is celebrating its fourth birthday with a special gala show at the Tamisa Golf Hotel on Sunday 23 September. The event will begin at 2.30pm, when welcome drinks will be served, before guests enjoy an afternoon of live ent

07/09/2018 16:44

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Medieval market returns to Sohail castle in Fuengirola

Sohail castle in Fuengirola will host the annual Medieval market from Wednesday 12 until Sunday 16 September. This is one of the most charming medieval markets on the Costa del Sol, mainly because of the privileged setting where it is held. The eve

07/09/2018 12:02

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Award-winning classical musicians come to the Costa

Award-winning classical musician, Roger Morelló Ros, will perform two concerts on the Costa del Sol this weekend. The 25-year-old cellist will team up with German pianist, Alica Müller, to perform a soiree of chamber music featuring the works of Brah

05/09/2018 15:13

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The 'weirdest dude on the planet' returns to the Costa

Three of the UK's top stand-up comedians are heading to the Costa del Sol this September. The trio will perform a series of shows on the coast, including a performance at The Boma in Alhaurín El Grande on 14 September, and shows at The Salon Variétes

05/09/2018 15:08

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Coín gears up for 12-hour music festival

The third edition of the Festival Concierto, a twelve-hour, open-air, live music festival that will be staged at various locations around the town will start on Saturday 8 September. Organised by the town hall, the event is designed to promote the

31/08/2018 18:03


31 August 1240: Death of the patron saint of childbirth and midwives

Saint Ramón Nonato, a Spanish priest who was canonised in 1657, died on route to Rome on 31 August 1240, after being appointed Cardinal Deacon of Sant'Eustachio by Pope Gregory IX. He is the patron saint of childbirth, midwives, pregnant women and pr

27/08/2018 17:41


International Art Textile Festival to raise funds for cancer patients

A former Ukrainian ballet dancer is about to host her second textile festival on the Costa del Sol. Oksana Mader, who came to live in Benalmádena Costa in 2000, took up the art of patchworking after winning first prize in the World Quilting Festival

24/08/2018 20:37

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David Bowie and Prince come together for double tribute concert

A special double tribute concert featuring the music of two of the most influential pop musicians of the 1980s will be held in the municipal auditorium in Benalmádena Costa on Saturday 1 September at 9.30pm. The concert will feature the greatest hi

24/08/2018 19:47

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Scots invade Teba for the Douglas Days Festival

Teba is well prepared for the invasion of the Scots this weekend, when the town celebrates the fourteenth edition of the Douglas Days Festival. The festival celebrates one of the most epic stories in Teba's history, a 700-year-old legend about the ex

24/08/2018 19:34

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Churriana to welcome Hindu folklore and gastronomy festival

Hindu communities in the province of Malaga will come together to enjoy the Festival de la India, which will be held in Churriana on Saturday 1 September. This vibrant and colourful festival offers an afternoon of oriental culture, complete with Bo

24/08/2018 18:08


A fond farewell to legendary Costa del Sol entertainer, Mel Williams

The Costa del Sol has become home for countless British entertainers over the years and many have used their skills to raise funds for local charity organisations, and none as much as Mel Williams, the 75-year-old musician who died last week. When

17/08/2018 15:45


New Torremolinos gourmet market on schedule to open in November

Torremolinos town hall has announced that the new gourmet market in the resort will be ready to open in the second week of November. Renovation work was halted early this year after workers discovered serious structural damage in the former town hall

13/08/2018 18:45


Dog rescue centre appeals for foster homes

The SOS Perrera animal charity in Los Barrios has made an urgent plea to the local community in order to find temporary homes for dozens of abandoned dogs. The animal rescue centre is currently stretched to the limit and is desperate for reliable and

10/08/2018 19:05

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UB40 to celebrate 40th anniversary in Estepona

The legendary UK reggae band, UB40, are coming to Estepona next week as part of their 40th Anniversary Tour. Following the release earlier this year of A Real Labour Of Love - their most successful album for 25 years and which gives the tour its na

03/08/2018 20:23

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Cártama to relive the classic music of the 1980s

The most celebrated music of the 1980s will rock Cártama during the Noche Ochentera Festival on Saturday 4 August. The eighties night concert will bring to an end the sixth edition of the Azahar Joven summer cultural activities programme, which is or

27/07/2018 14:49

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Healing arts beach festival

The Festival Arte Sano, one of the most popular summer festivals on the Costa del Sol, will celebrate its fourteenth edition on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July. Held on the Playa La Salida beach in San Pedro de Alcántara, this is one of the largest al

27/07/2018 14:47

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Classical pianist in Cártama

The 44-year-old pianist, David Gómez, who is currently touring Spain with his '1 Piano and 200 Candles' show, will offer a recital of the music of Chopin, Lecuona and Piazzolla, as well as some his own compositions. The concert will be performed on t

27/07/2018 13:22


Torremolinos hosts Moroccan tourism festival

Torremolinos joined forces with the Western Saharan region of Dakhla this week to celebrate the Semana de Dakhla festival, a programme of events aimed at the promotion of the cultural and tourist attractions of this region of Morocco, known as 'the p

20/07/2018 19:55

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Daniel Casares to star at the Summer in the Caves festival in Coín

Las Cuevas Rupestres de Coín - the prehistoric caves where Mozarab tribes settled between the eighth and tenth centuries - will host a series of musical concerts that will begin today, Friday 20 July. The Summer in the Caves Festival will begin to

20/07/2018 09:36

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Roots reggae comes to Sohail Castle

Sohail Castle in Fuengirola will host the much-anticipated Rototom Sunsplash Reggae Festival on Friday 20 June (today). The festival is part of the popular Marenostrum Castle Park Music Festival, an annual programme of live music events presenting na

18/07/2018 15:57

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Week-long Wonder Gay Festival makes Torremolinos return

Torremolinos is getting ready for the second biggest LGBT festival of the summer season, the Wonder Gay Festival, a week of themed parties and musical events that will take place at different venues in the town centre and on the beaches of El Bajondi

13/07/2018 20:44


Combining World Cup fever and a traditional interactive pastime

A football-mad expat has designed and marketed a new dice game aimed at helping children learn while having fun - the traditional way. Ian Holden, originally from Bolton, moved to Marbella three years ago and the idea for the game grew out of his l

13/07/2018 13:17


Are you going out today?

Today is Friday 13th, a day that is considered unlucky for those of a superstitious nature, for it is believed to be a bad omen and bring misfortune. Some people, especially in US and UK, will avoid normal daily activities, like driving their car

09/07/2018 11:58

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Ojén lets its hair down

It is a typical Andalusian village with white-washed houses and narrow streets, but in July, Ojén's reserved image will be swept away by the Ojeando Festival, a two-day independent music festival where more than 40 bands will perform on three large s

06/07/2018 18:23

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Eighties pop music makes a comeback in Fuengirola

The twenty-third edition of the Festival Ciudad de Fuengirola, which incorporates Marenostrum Music Castle Park, will present a calendar of live music events that will continue throughout the summer. This weekend, Sohail Castle will be transformed

06/07/2018 15:52


Carving a living out of the Torremolinos sand

Summer has arrived with a vengeance and the beaches along the Costa del Sol are full of tourists enjoying their annual vacations. While the visitors relax on the beach and soak up the sun, others are busy trying to make a living, whether working in t

06/07/2018 14:23


Memorial plaque for Benalmádena Ombú tree poet

In a campaign to recognise celebrated writers and artists, Benalmádena town hall has honoured Pablo García Baena, a Cordoba poet who died earlier this year. Baena had lived in Benalmádena Costa for many years and was inspired to write a poem about

06/07/2018 14:14


Egalitarian wedding fair comes to Torremolinos

Torremolinos is to host the first edition of the egalitarian bridal fair, Expobodas, on 6 and 7 of October. This new concept in the industry aims to offer services to all people planning their big day, regardless of gender and sexual orientation. T

06/07/2018 14:11


Emaús receives 65,000 euro grant from Torremolinos town hall

Torremolinos town hall has approved a grant of 65,000 euros for the town's Emaús soup kitchen. Emaús International, created in 1971, is an organisation of active solidarity, fighting against poverty and social exclusion. The branch in Torremolinos

03/07/2018 14:46

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A summer of culture in the open air gets under way in Benalmádena

Music and culture lovers will welcome the return of the popular Cultura en la Calle festival, which takes place in Benalmádena throughout July and August. INFORMATION When: July and August. Inauguration concert in the Casa de Cultura in Arroyo de l

02/07/2018 17:37


July Fourth: Independence Day?

American residents on the Costa del Sol, along with those in the rest of the world, will be remembering America's independence from the British Empire next week. The celebrations on the coast are a little less elaborate than those in the USA, althoug

02/07/2018 17:37


American Club gets ready to celebrate

It is estimated that around 4,000 North Americans live in Andalucía and many of them will already be preparing for next Wednesday's celebrations. Several events have been organised by The American Club of the Costa del Sol, which was formed in 1974.

29/06/2018 16:22

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Whodunnit murder mystery farce to be performed in Cártama

The Andalusian Performing Arts Society (TAPAS) will present its latest whodunnit at the Restaurant Los Cabales in Cártama on Saturday 30 June. The show - Who Killed the Hotel Manager? - was written by Chris Martin, a popular British playwright renown

22/06/2018 16:13

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Summer begins with San Juan

The Costa del Sol will be illuminated by blazing bonfires on Saturday 23 June, as thousands of revellers head to the beaches to enjoy the Fiesta de San Juan. At midnight, huge firework displays will mark the arrival of the Feast of Saint John the Bap

15/06/2018 14:00

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Original Blues Brothers Band to perform in Torremolinos

The original Blues Brothers Band will be performing in the Bullring in Torremolinos on Tuesday 7 August. The Blues Brothers have backed musicians like Booker T and the MGs, Muddy Waters and Otis Reading. The show begins at 10pm, and will include al

15/06/2018 13:50

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A touch of old-time music hall

La Cala de Mijas Lions Club is hosting a special gala dinner at the Tamisa Golf Hotel on Thursday 28 June. Tickets for the event cost 25 euros and include cava on arrival, plus a three course meal with wine, beer or soft drinks, and live entertainmen

15/06/2018 13:45

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Uniting folklore and tradition

The Festival de las Culturas gives Torremolinos the chance to demonstrate its cosmopolitan nature this weekend. The multicultural festival, which will bring together 14 countries from four continents, will present folklore shows, traditional arts and

15/06/2018 13:34


Andalusian horse show with a twist

Aficionados of the Andalusian stallion will enjoy the unique beauty of Unalome, a new equestrian theatrical show staged by the Teatro Artequus. The production is set to an oriental backdrop and incorporates different aspects of Japanese performing ar

15/06/2018 13:34


Making the world a better place with art

A group of creative British expats have joined forces to raise funds for cancer research and palliative care. Known as the Lucky Quilters, the group is made up of several specialists in the traditional art of patchwork. Based in Benalmádena, Lucky

08/06/2018 13:31


Benalmádena Darts League hosts annual trophy presentation night

The Benalmádena Darts League (BDL) held its trophy presentation ceremony in Benalmádena Costa on Tuesday night. The event, which was held in, and sponsored by, Capone's Bar, was attended by players from the 15 teams that competed in the winter league

08/06/2018 12:58

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Traditional romería in Coín

Coín is getting ready to celebrate its annual pilgrimage to the shrine of the Virgen de la Fuensanta. A popular tradition where religious devotion is mixed with joyous celebration, the romería's origins are based on a legend concerning the apparition

08/06/2018 12:09


New novel depicts Malaga of the 80s

British expat author, Sandra Danby, has recently published the second instalment of her popular identity detective novel series. Her first book, Ignoring Gravity, received rave reviews and a five-star rating on Amazon, and the second in the series is

08/06/2018 11:45


Sixties wild child returns to Torremolinos

A special tribute party was held last week to honour Shelagh Tennant, proprietor of one of the first English pubs in Torremolinos. Shelagh, a former model noted for being the person who helped bring the Beatles to Spain, owned Shelagh's Bar during

01/06/2018 14:39


Mayor of Torremolinos offers support at Brexpats meeting

The mayor of Torremolinos showed his support for the local British community during a meeting hosted by Brexpats in Spain last week in Torremolinos. The talk focused on the effect the forthcoming Brexit could have on British residents in Spain and co

01/06/2018 14:23

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Marbella celebrates reconquest

Marbella is getting ready for its annual feria, a celebration that pays tribute to the town's patron, Saint Barnabas. The popular Feria de San Bernabé takes place from Tuesday 5 until Monday 11 June - which is a public holiday in Marbella and one of

01/06/2018 12:24


A graveyard with a curious history

Some people may not relish the thought of spending their leisure time in a cemetery, especially when they are enjoying their holidays, but Leslie Thompson, a local undertaker, believes he can change this. Leslie, who works for the Francisco Camero

25/05/2018 13:37

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Fashion and design festival

The third edition of the popular Festival Terral, an event that promotes the fashions of some of the most avant-garde designers in Spain, will take place in Torremolinos this weekend. The Terral Market is a unique event in Andalucía that brings tog

25/05/2018 13:24


Walkathon raises 29,000 for Cudeca

Around 1,600 people participated in the 16th edition of the Cudeca Walkathon last Sunday in Benalmádena Costa. The charity hike is one of the organisation's biggest annual events and this year it raised more than 29,000 euros. The walkers, some

25/05/2018 12:53


Folklore and gastronomy of Argentina celebrated in Torremolinos

The Argentinian community of the Costa del Sol celebrated the Fiesta Gaucha in Torremolinos last weekend. The three-day festival, which promoted the folklore, music and gastronomy of Argentina, was organised by Torremolinos town hall. Held in the P

24/05/2018 14:22


Walkathon raises 29,000 for Cudeca

Around 1,600 people participated in the 16th edition of the Cudeca Walkathon last Sunday in Benalmádena Costa. The charity hike is one of the organisation's biggest annual events and this year it raised more than 29,000 euros. The walkers, some o

18/05/2018 12:42

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Torremolinos gears up for Pride 2018

Torremolinos will be hosting the biggest gay party of the year. Under the slogan of '50 Años Siendo Visibles' (50 years of being visible) the festival will begin on 26 May and continue until 3 June. Organised by Torremolinos town hall and several l

18/05/2018 12:40

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La Cala de Mijas comes alive

Live music fans will enjoy a new season of free outdoor concerts that will take place in La Cala de Mijas throughout the summer. CONCERTS 24 May: Reality ES 31 May: El Calerito 07 June: The Rolling Steves 14 June: Skafeinados 21 June: Arte

18/05/2018 12:39

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Kingsmen arrive in Malaga

The Kingsmen, an all-male a cappella group consisting of students from Columbia University in New York, are to perform three concerts on the Costa del Sol this month. The tour has been organised by Project Music Management and the first show will b

18/05/2018 11:52


Novelising the social issues of expats

"When you try to escape from your problems, they are the first things you pack," claims a new book by British author, Gus Duffy. The Estepona-based writer has just released his first novel, A Little Bit of the Moon, a book set in Fuengirola that f

11/05/2018 15:37

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Pink Floyd tribute act Sons of Nothing returns to the Costa

The music of legendary psychedelic rock band, Pink Floyd, will be recreated in a spectacular show at the Sala Paris 15 on Saturday 19 May. INFORMATION What. Pink Floyd tribute show. Where. Sala Paris 15, Calle La Orotava, Malaga. When. Saturday

11/05/2018 13:11

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Torremolinos Ruta del Rock

The centre of Torremolinos will resonate with live music during the sixth edition of the popular Ruta del Rock, which begins today. More than 40 bands and musicians of differing genres will perform a series of concerts in 47 of the town's bars, res

11/05/2018 13:10

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Coín celebrates the orange harvest

The town of Coín is preparing to celebrate the twenty-second edition of the Fiesta de la Naranja, which takes place on Sunday 20 May. The festival of the orange, which was declared a festival of cultural interest by the Diputación de Malaga in 2004,

11/05/2018 12:40


New home for abandoned Elena Laverón sculpture

Benalmádena town hall has announced that one of its most popular sculptures, 'Couple Sunbathing', by Elena Laverón, has been renovated and installed in the Parque de los Limones. The limestone sculpture, carved by the Malaga artist in 1972, was ori

11/05/2018 12:36


LGBT community of Torremolinos unite against homophobia

Members of the LGBT community of Torremolinos came together in Plaza La Nogalera last week in a demonstration to show their outrage over the recent attack on a transsexual couple in Torremolinos. The protest was organised by the LGBT association Cole

07/05/2018 18:56


Sad farewell to popular Belgian tour guide

An emotional tribute service was held in Torremolinos last week to honour Eduard Vandoorne, one of Malaga's most knowledgeable tour guides and ecologists, who recently died from cancer. Members of his family and close friends gathered in the Molina

04/05/2018 16:28


Torremolinos announces third wheelchair-friendly beach

Torremolinos town hall has announced that the Playa Bajondillo is to be adapted for people with reduced mobility. The town already has two beaches (La Carihuela and Los Alamos) that have been equipped with special facilities for people in wheelchairs

04/05/2018 15:54

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Hidden Figures art exhibition

Swedish artist, Johan Wahlstrom is to present his latest exhibition in the ES Art Gallery in San Pedro de Alcántara this month. Under the title of Hidden Figures, the exhibition includes works that channel nature to symbolise the artist's inner emoti

04/05/2018 15:44

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Fashion fever hits Torremolinos

The Plaza La Nogalera in Torremolinos will be transformed into a gigantic catwalk this weekend, when the town celebrates the spring edition of the Torremolinos Fashion Weekend (TFW). In order to support the local fashion industry, the TFW will hig

04/05/2018 15:38

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Beatlemania in Benalmádena

Fans of the legendary music of The Beatles will enjoy two special tribute concerts, the first in Estepona on Friday 18 May and then in Benalmádena Costa on Saturday 19 May. TICKETS Estepona: The auditorium Felipe VI Mon-Fri 10am-4pm or any Corte In

04/05/2018 12:53


Dutch community celebrates King's Day in Torremolinos

Hundreds of Dutch nationals came together in La Carihuela last week to celebrate Koningsdag, the national holiday of the Netherlands. The King's Day party, which was organised by the cultural department of Torremolinos town hall and the Voom Voom Clu

30/04/2018 15:30


A boundless ambition to help abused dogs

Several dog refuge centres in Malaga have benefitted from a recent scheme organised by Hope for Paws vzw, a foundation established by Cindy Terriére, a lady with a boundless love for rescue dogs. In order to raise money for the shelters around Mala

27/04/2018 15:49

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Spring jazz fever hits Malaga as new festival arrives

Malaga has seen an extraordinary rise in interest in the jazz scene over the past few years, as the annual winter International Jazz Festival has demonstrated. As a result the city has now introduced a new spring jazz event that has been organised by

27/04/2018 15:47


Exploring the forests of consciousness

Matt Rivers is a singer, composer, poet and writer who describes his art as "exploring the forests of consciousness, time and space, while surfing the waves of thought, love and being". Inspired by the poems and lyrics of Jim Morrison and Bob Dylan

27/04/2018 14:58

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Festival of San Isidro, the labourer

Churriana is preparing for its annual celebration in honour of San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of farmers and land workers. This year's festivities will begin at 10am on Sunday 6 May, when the town will participate in the traditional pilgrima

27/04/2018 14:53

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Four Seasons tribute concert

Following several sell-out shows last November, the vocal band, The Valli Seasons, is set to return to the Costa del Sol in May. The band is made up of members of the award winning West End show, The Jersey Boys, which came to a triumphant end in Lon

27/04/2018 14:02


Torremolinos town hall to renovate the iconic Pasaje Begoña

Torremolinos town hall and the newly formed Asociación Pasaje Begoña has applied for the Pasaje Begoña, (now called Pasaje Gil Vicente), to become recognised by the Law of Historical and Democratic Memory of Andalucía. During the 1960s and '70s, the

26/04/2018 21:23

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Around the world in five days

The 24th edition of the Feria de Los Pueblos will be held in Fuengirola from Friday 27 April until Tuesday 1 May. INFORMATION What: International culture and gastronomic festival. Where: Feria ground, Fuengirola. When: Friday 27 April until Tue

20/04/2018 20:18

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Dutch community of Torremolinos ready to party for King's Day

La Carihuela in Torremolinos will be decorated in orange to celebrate Koningsdag (The Kings Day), the national holiday of the Netherlands, on Friday 27 April. The Festival, which begins at 3pm and continues until 8pm, is organised by the cultural d

13/04/2018 16:48

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Queen to take castle by storm

Queen Machine, Europe's top Queen Tribute act is coming to the Costa del Sol for the first time to perform a special charity concert in aid of Cudeca next week. INFORMATION What: Queen tribute show. Where: Sohail Castle, Fuengirola. When: Satur

13/04/2018 16:30

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Classic motor car show for breast cancer

Cártama is to host the second edition of the Classic Car Show in aid of breast cancer on Sunday 15 April. INFORMATION What. Vintage car show in aid of breast cancer charity. Where. Parque de los Naranjos, Cártama. When. Sunday 15 April. Organ

13/04/2018 15:57

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Opera and chamber music in Mijas

Lovers of opera and chamber music will enjoy the concert by Australian mezzo-soprano, Allegra Giagu, who is making a one-off appearance on the coast next week. Organised by Project Music Management, the concert will take place at the Avanto restauran

13/04/2018 15:52

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Grand National at the Tamisa Golf

Those who like a flutter on the horses will enjoy the special fundraising Grand National afternoon at the Tamisa Golf Hotel in Mijas on Saturday 14 April. The event, organised by the Cudeca Goldies, begins at 2pm and will show all of the racing fro

13/04/2018 15:48

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Saint George's Day garden party

The Andalucía Performing Arts Society (TAPAS) is hosting a special St George's Day garden party on Monday 23 April. In true English style, sandwiches, afternoon tea and a collection of homemade cakes will be available. The event will offer an afterno

13/04/2018 13:16


Fuengirola council rejects official status proposal for 'Fish Alley'

Fuengirola town hall has rejected a proposal by Ciudadanos (Cs) for official recognition to be given to Calle Moncayo, an area known by locals and tourists as Fish Alley in English and Calle del Hambre in Spanish. Ciudadanos had suggested that the st

06/04/2018 14:56


British rugby fanatic sets his sights on Spain's national team

British schoolboy rugby fanatic, Spike Parsons, is celebrating this week after his team, Club Rugby del Estrecho, reached the Under-14 Andalusian National Spanish Championships. Originally from Sutton Coldfield, 13-year-old Spike began playing rugb

06/04/2018 12:50


Mods and rockers unite to raise funds for Cudeca

The Millenium Bar in Calahonda enjoyed a nostalgic trip back to the 1960s last weekend, when dozens of mods and rockers rode into town for a charity fundraising musical extravaganza. Organised by local entertainer, One Wish Steve, 'Suited and Boot

06/04/2018 12:09


6 April 1968: Spain triumphs at the Eurovision Song Contest in London

The 13th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, held in the Royal Albert Hall on 6 April 1968, was won by the Spanish singer and actress, María de los Ángeles Félix Santamaría Espinosa. Better known as Massiel, the Madrid-born artist was just 21 whe

06/04/2018 11:48

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Colourful parades planned for Torremolinos foreign residents' day

Representatives from 21 countries will participate in the Foreign Residents' Day Festival this weekend in Torremolinos. This year will be the 24th edition of the popular gathering of the foreign communities and instead of the usual one-day event; the

03/04/2018 20:03


High-flying Age Concern staff prepare for daring zip wire event

Age Concern Fuengirola/Mijas has announced its latest thrill-seeking fundraising event, and it is most certainly not for the faint-hearted. Following last year's daredevil skydive, which raised 2,000 euros, the charity has invited its members and sup

29/03/2018 00:14


The ancient tradition of giving eggs at Easter

Most of us take for granted the association of eggs with Easter, particularly when that association involves elegantly wrapped chocolate eggs filled with Smarties or sugared almonds. The tradition of painting hard-boiled eggs inspring pre-dates Ch

23/03/2018 14:27


Bremain in Spain claims Theresa May is 'boxed into a corner'

When David Davis appeared at a press conference in Brussels on Monday, to announce that a Brexit transition deal had been agreed, there was a general acceptance that significant progress had been made. However, Bremain in Spain, a group campaignin

23/03/2018 12:59


The Rockin' Rev's contemporary gospel

Howard Coley is the reverend of the Elim Family Fellowship Pentecostal Church in Benalmádena Costa - a branch of Elim España. However he is not the stereotypical preaching pastor. The reverend is not from a religious background, aside from the fact t

16/03/2018 16:21


Is Guinness good for your health?

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. STATISTICS 13 million pints of Guinness are consumed worldwide on St Patrick's

16/03/2018 12:42

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Atis String Quartet to perform in Marbella and La Cala

Lovers of classical music will be in for a treat when the Atis String Quartet visits the Costa del Sol this month. INFORMATION What. Classical music concerts. Where. Vic and Jon's Gastro Bar, Marbella. Avanto Retsaurant, La Cala de Mijas. When.

16/03/2018 12:29

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TAPAS treasure hunt and Easter bake-off

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

16/03/2018 12:22

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A weekend for horticulturalists in Benalmádena

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. INFORMATION What. Rare plant fair. Where. La Paloma Park. When. Friday 30 March unti

09/03/2018 15:01

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Stars of the West End

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. DETAILS What: Music of the most popular West Endshows Where:Various locations

09/03/2018 14:59

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Irish get ready to party

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

09/03/2018 14:49

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ARCH rescue centre fundraising events

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

09/03/2018 12:52


Welsh Society raises 2,000 euros at St David's Day event

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

02/03/2018 14:56

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Memorial night concert

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. INFORMATION What. Memorial musical show for Roy Alan with singing and dancing. Where. Club Náutico, Be

02/03/2018 14:51

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Top acts confirmed for Castle Park Music 2018

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. ·

02/03/2018 12:41


Spanish language students honour the works of 'Generation of 50' poet

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

02/03/2018 12:27


Mammoth fundraising challenge for determined Paris Marathon runners

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

02/03/2018 12:19


From science fiction to Moorish Spain

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

23/02/2018 13:49

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Torremolinos hosts second Drag Queen Gala

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

23/02/2018 13:45

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Rugby and reggae day

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

23/02/2018 11:56


Five decades of ministry in Fuengirola

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. 50TH ANNIVERSARY Saturday 24 February. Afternoon tea party in the Reserva El H

23/02/2018 11:32


"What you'll see is a lifetime's work"

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

16/02/2018 14:34

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Stand-up comedy night

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.

16/02/2018 14:28

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Abstract art exhibition in Malaga

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

16/02/2018 12:09


Cudeca collection tins took 60k euros in 2017

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

05/02/2018 13:49


Landscaping work ahead of schedule in Torremolinos

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

02/02/2018 15:15

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Prepare to let your hair down for carnival

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

02/02/2018 15:07

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Reliving the retro culture of the 1950s

Lovers of rock 'n' roll will enjoy the 24th edition of the Rockin Race Jamboree, which began on Thursday. DETAILS >What. Rock 'n' roll music festival. >Where. Príncipe de Asturias auditorium and Hotel Barracuda, Torremolinos. >When. Thursday

02/02/2018 13:36

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Punk rock revival party

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. DETAILS What: Punk rock concert.

02/02/2018 11:38


Cockerels take centre stage during Coín's annual bird show

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

02/02/2018 11:15


New reality show to focus on English-speaking property owners in Spain

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

02/02/2018 11:05


A name to honour a young boy's wish

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.

02/02/2018 11:02


Making music to assist cancer care

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

31/01/2018 19:18


Benalmádena resident submits PhD thesis at 94

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.