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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25/09/2020 15:31

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Cártama town hall organises four guided hiking trails

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

25/09/2020 15:28

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Live music takes centre stage in Mijas

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

18/09/2020 14:53


The Phoenix Singers: an amateur choir with a difference

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

18/09/2020 14:46

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Torremolinos makes use of fairground to host live music

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

14/09/2020 16:45


Age Concern shop in Los Boliches to reopen on 17 September

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

11/09/2020 16:26

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Torremolinos gets a taste of vegan cuisine in new tapas route

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

09/09/2020 15:10


Portrait of an artist with dyslexia

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

04/09/2020 16:13

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The Free Soul Band offer a night of nostalgia in Mijas

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

04/09/2020 16:07


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

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

04/09/2020 14:52


Hyatt hotel chain announces plans for the former Byblos Hotel

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

02/09/2020 14:42


'I feel honoured to be president of Age Concern'

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

28/08/2020 15:33

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Salon Varietés postpones re-opening until October

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

28/08/2020 15:31

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In search of Andalucía's most authentic flamenco

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

24/08/2020 14:36

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TAPAS prepare for a series of autumn fundraising shows

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

07/08/2020 16:09

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Traditional song and dance at two-day flamenco festival

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

07/08/2020 12:44


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

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

04/08/2020 12:08


Possible solution for "eyesore" hotels in Benalmádena Costa

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

03/08/2020 11:48


"Everything has changed since the coronavirus pandemic struck"

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

29/07/2020 23:36


Former barrister bases first novel on his own ambitions

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

27/07/2020 12:47


Plaque dedicated to tourism pioneer Margaret Horn Taylor

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

17/07/2020 08:48

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A night of old-fashioned, stomping blues and boogie

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

17/07/2020 08:18

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

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

10/07/2020 14:57


10 July 1936: The launch of the Andalusian anthem

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

10/07/2020 14:27

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Mijas to host festival celebrating Celtic customs

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

07/07/2020 14:38


Malaga Lawn Bowls League gets ready to face challenging season

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

03/07/2020 18:02

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

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

03/07/2020 17:58

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Performing and creative arts take centre stage in Torremolinos

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

26/06/2020 18:11

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Torremolinos welcomes summer with a weekend of music

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

22/06/2020 18:51

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Torremolinos scales down its summer culture schedule

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

19/06/2020 22:01

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

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

19/06/2020 21:58

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Starlite Festival to go ahead after months of speculation

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

12/06/2020 20:58


Milestone anniversary for amateur theatre

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

08/06/2020 12:21


A passion for Andalucía inspires debut novel

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

05/06/2020 16:45


5 June 1599: Birth of influential artist Diego Velázquez

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

05/06/2020 15:03


UK police investigate case of Irish expat missing for 27 years

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

29/05/2020 18:59

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Salon Varietés offers local writers their 15 minutes of fame

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

25/05/2020 16:57

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Tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons goes online

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

25/05/2020 10:39


Free takeaway for the Torremolinos needy

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

22/05/2020 15:22


Torremolinos Cercanías station works force closure of platform

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

15/05/2020 18:40


15 May 1793: Farm labourer makes Spanish aviation history

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

15/05/2020 15:54


Age Concern responds to rallying call

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

08/05/2020 18:57

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Opera singer hosts online singing sessions in aid of Age Concern

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

08/05/2020 16:15


A lifelong devotion to the performing arts and the needy

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

08/05/2020 14:53


Benalmádena Red Cross receives cash injection

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

08/05/2020 14:21


Free masks to be handed out to children in Torremolinos

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

30/04/2020 15:32

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Artists and poets sought for online cultural programme

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

27/04/2020 20:19

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Cudeca turns its Walkathon into Walkahome

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

24/04/2020 09:03

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Costa entertainers bring a variety of music to your home

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

20/04/2020 17:09


Online cooking to promote local Torremolinos cuisine

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

20/04/2020 15:34

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U3A turns to social media during coronavirus lockdown

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

10/04/2020 15:08


10 April 1908: Birth of Malaga singer Miguel de Molina

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

09/04/2020 13:32


Caring community surprises diamond anniversary couple

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

06/04/2020 15:18


A bridge between two distinct musical genres

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

06/04/2020 14:12


Royal British Legion still on duty during state of alarm

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

03/04/2020 12:54


Bid to draw back tourists to Torremolinos after coronavirus crisis

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

31/03/2020 16:08


Extending a helping hand to the needy during this crisis

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

31/03/2020 16:04


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

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

23/03/2020 11:12


Coping with confinement

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

17/03/2020 17:32


Walking in the footsteps of the Apostle of Ireland

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

13/03/2020 12:27

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St Patrick's Day celebrations curtailed this year

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

06/03/2020 19:33

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Entertainers come together for annual charity concert in Calahonda

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

06/03/2020 16:15


6 March 1988: SAS intercept Gibraltar car bomb atrocity

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

06/03/2020 16:03

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Animal Care España hosts fundraising gala dinner in Fuengirola

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

02/03/2020 12:39


Making a mark at the World Gin Awards

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

27/02/2020 17:25

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UK's top Simply Red tribute comes to Benalmádena

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

27/02/2020 17:09


Overcrowding in Mijas schools forces parents to take action

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

21/02/2020 12:48


Local poet shines light on the 'marvels' of Benalmádena

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

14/02/2020 18:01

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Celebrated chamber music quartet comes to Marbella

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

13/02/2020 19:50


British author releases final instalment of Africa memoirs

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

07/02/2020 11:56

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The Chinese Aerobatic Circus tumbles into Torremolinos

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

05/02/2020 18:04

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Flamboyant Drag Queen Gala to kick off Torremolinos Carnival

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

03/02/2020 14:40

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Bill Bailey brings 20 years of comedy to Torremolinos

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

31/01/2020 18:04


31 January 1922: Inaugural flight of the gyrocopter

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

21/01/2020 13:02


Mijas Rotary Club launches dental appeal

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

17/01/2020 13:40


La Cizaña Roman ruins to become part of new development project

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

17/01/2020 13:28


Mijas food forest project seeks a reconnection with nature

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

17/01/2020 12:14

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Piano recitals to mark Beethoven's 250th birthday

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

10/01/2020 14:07


Torremolinos police praised for rapid response to suicide bid

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

07/01/2020 17:16


Torremolinos joins abandoned dogs adoption programme

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

07/01/2020 16:40


Sharing a lifelong passion for opera

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

03/01/2020 19:31


Torremolinos ends year with San Silvestre fun run

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

03/01/2020 14:33


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

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

03/01/2020 14:16

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Marbella starts new year with contemporary art

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

03/01/2020 11:11


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

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

27/12/2019 18:24


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

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

20/12/2019 17:19

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Two-wheeled Santas join charity Toy Run in Torremolinos

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

20/12/2019 17:02


All I want for Christmas

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

20/12/2019 13:21


Book market raises 2,000 euros for Cudeca

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

17/12/2019 18:07


Facing life with motor neuron disease

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

13/12/2019 17:54


Brave abseilers raise 1,700 euros for Age Concern

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

10/12/2019 16:23

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Christmas traditions from 15 countries on show in Benalmádena

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

06/12/2019 11:49


6 December 1978: Spain ratifies Constitution of 1978

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

05/12/2019 10:32


Hundreds attend Costa expat lifestyle show

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

29/11/2019 19:33


Recycled glass campaign to benefit breast cancer victims

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

23/11/2019 00:27

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A romantic setting for Cudeca's Advent charity concert

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

22/11/2019 18:28

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Punkirola comes to Torremolinos

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

22/11/2019 18:19


Costa town halls support fight for elimination of gender violence

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

22/11/2019 16:27


Cudeca Goldies host Christmas fair

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

18/11/2019 18:50


Athletes out in their numbers in Torremolinos

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

15/11/2019 19:20

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The Film Symphony Orchestra arrives in Andalucía

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

15/11/2019 10:50


Southern Spain district of the RBL honours the fallen

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

08/11/2019 16:46


The Costa del Sol remembers the fallen with Armistice Day services

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

08/11/2019 16:42


8 November 1975: Birth of Spanish dancer Ángel Corella

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

04/11/2019 00:26


THESPA, 40 years of amateur dramatics

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

28/10/2019 14:08

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American roots music festival returns to Benalmádena

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

14/10/2019 19:09


A passion for a Scottish tradition on the Costa del Sol

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

14/10/2019 14:56

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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