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Tony Bryant was born in London in 1961 and he has lived in Andalusia since 1994. He is the author of several books of Spanish theme and has worked as a journalist at SUR in English since January 2016.
Torremolinos town hall has announced extended summer opening hours at its tourist information centres. The offices are usually open between 9am and 2pm from Monday to Friday, but as from 1 July, they will open in the afternoon.
The tourist office
British singer, Lemar Obika, is to perform a one-off concert in Estepona this Saturday, 24 June.
The 29-year-old BRIT-award winner, known simply as Lemar, has had a string of chart hits in Britain, Europe and Australia, including seven top-ten sing
An energetic British couple is to embark on a fundraising trek up one of North Africa's highest mountains.
Pete and Karen Hayes will attempt the six-day trek through Moroccan villages, finishing with an ascent to the top of Mount Toubkal.
When. Friday 23 June
Where. At different locations along the Costa del Sol.
The Fiesta de San Juan (St John the Baptist) will be celebrated in style once again this year, as hundreds of bonfires are set to illuminate
The Great Siege of Gibraltar, the longest siege ever endured by the British Armed Forces, began after Spain officially declared war on Great Britain on 16 June, 1779.
The siege was an unsuccessful attempt by Spain and France to capture Gibraltar fr
Around 40,000 people visited Torremolinos last weekend for the Pride 2017 festival, the third largest LGBTI event in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona.
The highlight of the festival was a spectacular performance by Israeli singer, Dana International
The San Bernabé fair in Marbella got under way on Tuesday and the town is now celebrating six days of continual partying.
Tourists and locals will enjoy the charm of this traditional and colourful event, which is held next to the La Cañada shopping
As part of its twenty-fifth anniversary celebrations, the Santa Maria Golf and Country Club in Marbella is to host two charity golf tournaments.
The club, which is considered to have one of the best-looked-after courses on the Costa del Sol, has al
Around 40,000 people packed into the Plaza de la Nogalera in Torremolinos over the weekend for the town's Pride festival that has become the third most important LGBT event in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona.
Eurovision Song Contest winner, Dana I
The Cudeca Cancer Care Hospice is holding a photographic competition for its 2018 calendar.
This year the theme will be 'Corners of the Province of Malaga', and budding photographers have been invited to enter their pictures for possible publicati
When The Beatles entered studio two of the Abbey Road recording studios in North West London on 24 November 1966, there were rumours that the band were about to break up.
The greatest rock band in the world had seen poor audience attendance during
As part of their European tour in 1965, The Beatles played two sellout performances in Spain. The first was held in the Las Ventas bullring in Madrid on 2 July. They ended the tour the following day with a performance at the La Monumental bullring in
Cártama is preparing to celebrate the fifth edition of the 'Ruta de la Tapa y el Cóctel', a gastronomic event that will take place from 8 to 11 June.
When: Thursday 8 until Sunday 11 June.
Transport: Free bus service will operate ov
When: 9am to 1.30pm. Monday to Friday, until Friday 16 June.
Where. Ayuntamiento de Torremolinos. Plaza Blas Infante.
An exhibition entitled 'El Éxodo de la Carretera de Almería - Febrero de 1937', has opened in Torremolinos.
The holiday group CLC World Resorts & Hotels has announced a charitable scheme that will help the families of the ill, frail, injured and disabled to spend crucial time together.
The Costa resort is working with select UK-based charities to provid
Torremolinos town hall has begun working on the much-needed regeneration of the Avenida Carlota Alessandri.
Once a thriving commercial area, complete with shops, bars and restaurants, the road that connects Torremolinos to Benalmádena has deteriora
When: From 1 until 30 June.
Where: Arte y Cocina Restaurant Gallery. Free entry.
Popular Irish artist, Roger Cummiskey, will inaugurate his latest exhibition in Fuengirola next week.
'Sabor de España' (Taste of Spain) is a solo exhi
More than 8,000 people enjoyed the twenty-first edition of the Fiesta de la Naranja in Coín last Sunday.
This popular festival, which was declared a festival of cultural interest by the Malaga provincial government in 2004, coincides with the harve
The Field of Dreams Community Football Club in Mijas is celebrating a treble after three of their junior teams triumphed in their respective leagues this season.
The community football club encourages children to develop their skills in order to pl
The hotel sector of Torremolinos has invested more than 150 million euros in reforms and improvements to several of its key hotels.
During an informative meeting attended by hotel directors, tourism professionals and travel agents, José Ortiz, mayo
One of the next events organised to raise funds for the Cudeca Cancer Hospice in Benalmádena is a charity car rally. The event, which is sponsored by Porsche dealer Sportwagen Marbella, will be held on Saturday 3 June. Registration of vehicles will t
The centre of Torremolinos will become a huge stage this weekend, when the town hosts the fourth edition of the Ruta del Rock; a live music festival with more than 60 concerts taking place in 36 bars and restaurants in the town.
The half-hourly sh
The Magpie International Art Gallery in Marbella is hosting a new exhibition of works by French surrealist artist, Gabrielle Ange.
'The Journey of the Soul', an exhibition of paintings in oil on canvas, is a collection of colourful works that focus
Cudeca will be celebrating the fifteenth edition of its popular Walkathon on Sunday 21 May. The fundraising walk will consist of three routes. The main ten kilometre walk will begin at 10.30am, whereas the two and five kilometre walks will start at 1
Collegium Musicum, an amateur choir and orchestra that was formed in 1975, will be giving a series of concerts on the coast during the last week of May. Their popular concerts are held twice yearly, but most people may fail to recognise the amount of
Torremolinos town hall has recently opened a new foreign residents' office in the centre of the town.
Previously, foreign residents were able to use an office housed in the town hall building in El Calvario, but the service has now been relocated
The Cudeca Cancer Care Hospice opened its second charity furniture shop in Benalmádena last week. The new store, which is situated next to an existing Cudeca shop, will be the third in Arroyo de la Miel, bringing the total of Cudeca shops to 19 in th
Born in Malaga on 12 May 1930, Jesús 'Jess' Franco Manera was a Spanish film director, writer, composer and cinematographer. He wrote and directed more than 160 motion pictures in his lifetime, encompassing a wide variety of genres.
Franco began hi
When: Saturday 13 May.
Where: Football stadium, Torremolinos.
Lovers of live music are in for an extra special treat this Saturday, 13 May, when Torremolinos presents the second edition of the Espeto Fes
Three of Britain's most talented stand-up comedians are to take part in a one-off show tomorrow night at the Salón Varietés Theatre in Fuengirola.
Where. Salón Varietés Theatre, Fuengirola
When. Saturday 13 May, 8pm
More than 500 people participated in the eighth edition of the San Isidro Solidarity Race in Cártama last Friday.
As in previous years, the race had been organised to raise awareness of the problems faced by the town's underprivileged families. In
An intrepid group of walkers have raised an impressive 3,500 euros, after completing a 22km sponsored hike through the Coín mountains last weekend.
The fundraising walk was organised by the Coín-based inland hiking group, Al's Ramblers, and the 19
A singer who once preferred to sing to cows rather than to a human audience and a nervous guitarist who played with his back to the crowd are not the usual ingredients of a rock and roll success story.
They are, however, two musicians who are now m
Torremolinos is considered to be the town that started the tourism boom on the Costa del Sol, and it was once the preferred destination of the wealthy, the famous, and money-rich expats who arrived from all corners of the globe. But what was the town
SEARCH is holding an open day and natural horse training demonstration on Saturday, 6 May.
Local horse trainer, Michelle Peschke, will be on hand to give demonstrations and she will be available to answer questions on all aspects of
When: Saturday 6 May
Where: Casa de Laila, Camino Ardalejos, 7, Alhaurín El Grande,
Alhaurín el grande. A natural soap making workshop, organised by Essía Organic Body Care, will be held in Alhaurín el Grande on Satu
The Lux Mundi ecumenical centre is appealing for volunteers to help with the daily running of its facility in Fuengirola.
The Christian charity, which has been serving people of all nationalities for more than 40 years, maintains its centre thanks
When: From today and then every Thursday throughout the summer. Concerts will start at 8pm (9pm in July).
Where: Plaza del Ayuntamiento, La Cala de Mijas .
Tickets: Free admission.
·Information : www.costadeldisco.com
La Cala de
One-time professional footballer, André Lindbæk, has recently opened a state of the art gymnasium on the Costa del Sol.
The Epic Gym and Health Centre is a new hi-tech complex that first opened its doors in December 2016, although the official open
When: Thursday 27 April - Monday 1 May, 1pm to 4am.
Where: Fuengirola fairground.
Parade: Saturday 29 April at 11.30 from Plaza de España.
The twenty-third edition of the Feria de los Pueblos kicked off in Fuengirola on Thursday and
Members of the foreign media sector on the Costa del Sol learned more of Torremolinos council's plans and expectations for the future at a social forum held in the town last week.
The meeting, under the title of 'Torremolinos, rebirth of an icon',
The Cudeca Foundation has reason to celebrate this year, having now provided palliative care to patients in the final days of their lives for a quarter of a century.
During their annual results presentation last Wednesday, Joan Hunt, founder of Cud
Sunday 23 April is the day when English nationals celebrate St George's Day.
However, even though he is perhaps one of Christianity's most venerated saints, the English seem to have virtually turned their backs on him over the years.
The local mods and rockers will be polishing their Vespas and tuning their Triumphs in preparation for the forthcoming 'folk devils' soirée in Torremolinos this weekend.
When: Saturday 22 April.
Where. Caseta Municipal, Recinto de fe
When: Thursday 27 April.
Where: La Carihuela, Torremolinos.
The streets and bars in La Carihuela, Torremolinos, will be decked out in bright orange next Thursday, in recognition of Koningsdag (King'
The Finnish community of the Costa del Sol is enjoying a year of celebrations to commemorate the centenary of Finland's Declaration of Independence. Under the banner of 'Finland: 100 years on the Costa del Sol of Spain', several cultural and sporting
St George is also the patron saint of Catalonia (San Jordi), Aragón (San Jorge) and Cáceres in Extremadura.
The legend popular all over Catalonia is said to have occurred in Montblanc, where a dragon constantly attacked the kingdom. The petrified i
The Cudeca Foundation will celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary with a commemorative concert at the Cervantes Theatre in Malaga next Tuesday.
Under the direction of Salvador Vázquez, the Provincial Symphony Orchestra of Malaga will perform a cla
Brexit and how it could affect British people living or owning a business on the Costa del Sol was the subject of a seminar hosted by Linea Directa and SUR in English in Torremolinos last Friday.
Pedro Fernández, a partner with the Malaga-based law
A former plumber, tutor and newspaper cartoonist, 55-year-old Chandy Haggett is probably one of the most innovative artists living on the Costa del Sol today.
Born in London in 1962, Chandy's life has been far from conventional and her journey to b
Chandy is currently holding two exhibitions in Malaga province. She has a permanent show in the Artsenal gallery in Muelle Uno, a place where Chandy can be found most days. This creative gallery has become, as she is keen to point out, her home from
A British mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter has taken the coveted Spanish featherweight title during the recent Ansgar Fighting League championships.
Jay Cucciniello reached the finals, which were held in Las Palmas last Saturday 25 March, after tri
The eleventh edition of the Feria de Plantas de Coleccíon, the plant fair, is to be held in La Paloma Park in Benalmádena next weekend. The three day event will commence on Friday 14 (Good Friday) and will continue until Sunday 16 April.
The show w
An exhibition promoting the best Finnish glass designers of the last century will be on show in the Casa de la Cultura in Fuengirola in April.
As part of a series of events to commemorate the centenary of Finland's Declaration of Independence, El R
The Magpie International Art Gallery in Marbella is to present an exhibition of photographic work by British artist, Ginny Aston.
When: Friday 7 April until Thursday 18 May.
Where. Magpie International Gallery, Marbella.
More than 400 people attended a concert given by Otis Redding III at the Moonlight Lounge in Benalmádena last Friday night.
Son of the legendary 'King of Soul', the gospel-influenced singer performed some of his father's most celebrated hits, inclu
Two entrepreneurs from Romania have shown that starting a new business in a foreign country does not have to be as daunting or as stressful as it seems.
Andreea Curca and her sister, Luisa Hüttinger, have recently turned their business idea into a
Torremolinos town hall has announced an innovative project for a new, modern Cercanías train station with easy access for people with disabilities.
Madrid based architects, Estudio Lamela Arquitectos, have been commissioned to design the new statio
The son of one of the most legendary soul singers in the history of modern music is performing a one-off gig in Benalmádena this evening, Friday.
·The concert : Otis Redding III performs at the Moonlight Venue at Sunset Beach Club in Benalmádena at
St Patrick's Day parties and parades will be taking place all around the world today, as Irish nationals remember the Apostle of Ireland, the most celebrated saint of them all.
ST PATRICK'S EVENTS
Benalmádena. Mass will be held in the Iglesia de la
The roots that link Malaga with Ireland are more ingrained than many people might think.
Among the Irishmen who found a prominent place in the history of the city was a leather tanner named Thomas Livermore Page.
His name is etched into Malaga'
The Cudeca foundation held their latest fundraising extravaganza in Fuengirola last weekend. Under the banner of 'Hair to Care', a charity hair-cutting session took place in Petro Hair Salon in Los Boliches, and CR Hair Stylist in Fuengirola. Both es
Thousands of Irish nationals, and those who assume the identity for the day, are gearing up for the biggest party of the year.
St Patrick's Day celebrations will be taking place all along the Costa del Sol today, and gallons of Guinness will be co
After several years of searching, Age Concern Fuengirola and Mijas is delighted to announce the opening of its first charity shop in the heart of Los Boliches. The shop is located at 56 Calle Francisco, just a two-minute walk from the church.
When: Midday until 6pm. Saturday 18 March.
Where. Plaza la Nogalera, Torremolinos.
Tickets Free entry.
Torremolinos is to celebrate St Patrick's Day in the Plaza de la Nogalera on Saturday 18 March.
A traditional party has been
A new art exhibition presented by the Finca Vida group is currently on show at the Casa de Cultura in Alhaurín El Grande. The exhibition, 'Illusions', includes works in charcoal, oil, watercolours, chalk and acrylic, and all are the works of local ex
The town hall in Torremolinos has announced that renowned architect, Salvador Moreno Peralta, will coordinate the pedestrianisation of the Plaza Costa del Sol.
The planning department of the town hall disclosed the plans for the new look during la
On 3 March 1875, French composer, Georges Bizet, premiered what was to become one of the most successful works in the entire opera repertoire.
Bizet achieved few successes before the grand production of Carmen, a love story about a naïve soldier ca
When. 9pm, Saturday 4 March.
Where. C/Plaza La Nogalera, Torremolinos.
Tickets. Free entry.
The first edition of the Gala Drag Queen del Carnival Gay will be held in Torremolinos on Saturday 4 March.
This colourful drag queen gal
The world of classical music is often associated with the rich and upper-class intellectuals. To those people who are not familiar with the classic composers, it seems to be a world far beyond their reach.
Scandinavian Cello Schoo
More than fifty people gathered at the Villa Luisa in Benalmádena last week to celebrate the golden anniversary of the British Society on the Costa del Sol.
Among the guests who attended the event were current and former members, along with several
On October 9 1987 an article in SUR in English informed of the forthcoming opening of the first branch of the Royal British Legion in Spain.
This year, the Legion will be celebrating its thirtieth year on the coast and it is down to the sheer hard
A successful career in the music business is something that most musicians can only dream about, but 37-year-old Manu González believes that simple determination and passion is the key to success.
Born in Malaga in 1979, Manu González knew from an
The family of an eight-year-old boy who suffers from cerebral palsy has thanked The Smile Foundation for its support and assistance and during their son's hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment.
Miguel López Jordán received the specialist treatment (H
The prominent travel writer, Richard Ford, once questioned how the people of Andalusia managed to 'keep themselves', as every day seemed to be a holiday.
Marbella. Marbella holds its carnival from 12 February until 4 March.
Otis Redding III, whose father had worldwide hits with '(Sitting on) The Dock of the Bay' and 'These Arms of Mine', is to perform at the Moonlight Lounge in Benalmádena on Friday 24 March.
What. Soul concert by American singer Otis Redd
The British Society, one of the longest serving expat clubs on the Costa del Sol, is celebrating its golden anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, they are hosting a buffet lunch on 17 February at their headquarters in Benalmádena.
Salvador García, former regional director of cultural tourism for TUI, has retired after more than 40 years in the tourist industry.
Torremolinos town hall organised an event at the Hotel Don Pedro in Playamar to honour García's outstanding achiev
When 19-year-old James Harper told his parents that he had decided to work with a charity in New York, they had certain reservations about his decision.
James had volunteered to help dysfunctional families in areas like Brooklyn, Queens, Harlem and
The Battle of Malaga, which began in Ronda on 3 February 1937, was an offensive carried out by the Nationalist and Italian forces during the Spanish Civil War.
The assault was a combined effort to eradicate the Republicans' hold over the province o
An energetic Belgian mother has embarked on a 1,000-kilometre barefoot hike in order to raise awareness of poverty in Kenya.
Ilse Longuet began her gruelling sponsored hike on 11 November. She decided to walk barefoot from Barcelona to Gibraltar to
Mother Nature is full of mysterious beauty for those who care to look for it, and sometimes a chance encounter that lasts just a few minutes can justify months or even years of steadfast dedication.
Andy Paterson, a 74 year-old expat who has lived
Rockin Race Jamboree
When: Wednesday 1 February until Sunday 5 February
Where: Príncipe de Asturias Municipal Auditorium and at various locations around Torremolinos.
Tickets: Tickets cost 35 euros for each session. A bonus ticket that entitles
Cudeca launched its twenty-fifth anniversary year this week with a look back at its history.
During a presentation on Wednesday, founder, Joan Hunt, reminisced about her dream and how it all came together.
The meeting was organized to thank all
The Royal British Legion Spain South district held its annual conference in Torremolinos on Thursday last week.
The meeting was attended by members of RBL branches in Gibraltar, Marbella, Coín, Benalmádena, Torremolinos, Alhaurín el Grande and Moll
The Cudeca Goldies hosted their monthly charity bazaar in Los Boliches last Sunday.
The fair was held in the Ilunion Hotel and hundreds of people took advantage of the glorious weather in order to support the event.
The Goldies, whose motto is, '
In 1980, Ann Patras decided it was time to do something different with her life, and so she rounded up her family and headed to Zambia.
Initially on a two-year contact, the family eventually left Zambia in 1989, moving down to South Africa where th
According to a recent survey, Benalmádena was the top Costa del Sol tourist destination during November 2016.
The survey, carried out by the NIE (national institute of statistics), showed that there was a 56 per cent increase in overnight stays las
...fuengirola. The Lux Mundi charity in Fuengirola has expressed their gratitude to kind-hearted donors who came to the rescue over Christmas.
Lux Mundi had been expecting a donation of toys to help underprivileged families in Fuengirola, but due to r
...torremolinos. Torremolinos town hall has accepted the kind donation of a new mini bus.
The bus has been specially adapted for the use of providing transport for students with reduced mobility.
The bus, which seats eight, including two passenger
The remains of a nineteenth century mill have been uncovered in the Cuesta del Tajo, the street that joins Calle San Miguel with the Bajondillo beach in Torremolinos.
Following recent cleaning work carried out on the historical area of the town, th
There comes a time in many people's lives when they feel that they may have missed out on their true vocation. Maybe we feel that we should have pursued our particular goal or career, and yet once we reach 50, we inevitably believe that the chance ha
A Mijas resident received an extra special surprise when she arrived at the Casa de Cultura last week, as she was handed the keys to a brand new mobility scooter that was donated by the La Cala Lions Club.
Paul Butler, the club president, presented
A new English-speaking International Rotary Club is to open in Mijas Costa in January 2017.
Rotary International is an organisation whose purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services.
Taking stock of 2016, the Mayor of Torremolinos, José Ortiz, declared that it had been an important year for Torremolinos, and he believes that the coming year will be one of great development for the town.
In his end of year address, the mayor ack
When. 29 January
Where. Goya Theatre, Puerto Banús
Tickets. Tel 63928753
A solidarity concert is to be staged at The Goya Theatre in Puerto Banús on 29 January 2017 with all proceeds going toward