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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19/01/2018 15:00

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Exhibition in honour of female pioneers

A new exhibition promoting pioneering women is currently on display in the Casa de los Navajas in Torremolinos. The exhibition, held under the banner of 'Mujeres Aventureras', is organised by Torremolinos town hall. A group of 24 artists have join

19/01/2018 14:57

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Festival of a Christian martyr

Alhaurín de la Torre is preparing for a weekend dedicated to San Sebastián, the town's patron saint. This popular festival begins at 6pm today (Friday) with a floral tribute in honour of the saint in the Plaza de San Sebastián. The celebrations c

12/01/2018 13:36


Redevelopment of central Torremolinos gets under way

Torremolinos town hall has begun work on the pedestrianisation of the Plaza Costa del Sol and the centre of Torremolinos. The work will be carried out in two phases. The first phase - due to be finished by May - will focus on the renovation and expan

12/01/2018 12:25

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Music, dance and fantasy extravaganza

The Auditorio Felipe VI in Estepona is to host a weekend of musical events that will include some of the most iconic music and dance of the stage and screen. DETAILS What: Music,dance and fantasy shows. Where: Felipe VI theatre, Estepona. www.a

12/01/2018 12:16

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Everything for weddings and communions

Torremolinos is to host the seventeenth edition of Deboda y Comuniones, a first communion and wedding fair that will be held in the Palacio de Congresos from today. DETAILS What: An exhibition of all things to do with weddings and communions. Wh

12/01/2018 12:13

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Burns Night dinner

The Cudeca Goldies will host their first fundraising event of the New Year on Thursday 25 January. As in previous years, Cudeca will hold a special Burns Night party at the Tamisa Golf Hotel in Mijas Costa. The event, which starts at 7.30pm, offer

12/01/2018 11:38


Intrigued by the events of February 1937 in Malaga

It was while working on an oral history on women in contemporary Spain that one of Joan's interviewees started to tell her about the massacre on the Malaga-Almeria road in February 1937, the subject of one of her books. The woman's own father had b

05/01/2018 12:56

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Start the year with a new pastime

Now that the Christmas and New Year's celebrations are over many of us will be contemplating the list of resolutions and tasks we promised to undertake in the coming year. Those who need to work off the excess Christmas kilos or want a new hobby,

05/01/2018 12:04


Successful fun run raises 1,000 kilos of food for charity

Around 1,000 runners took part in the third edition of the San Silvestre charity race in Torremolinos on New Year's Eve. The race, which was the last event in the town's calendar of sporting events for 2017, was, once again, deemed to have been a h

05/01/2018 11:36


New leisure and recreational park opens in Cártama

A new recreational park, which cost more than 250,000 euros and covers approximately 1,000 square metres, has opened in Cártama. Designed to expand the range of leisure and exercise facilities in Cártama, Parque Castillo includes a 25-metre rope s

05/01/2018 11:19


Cudeca announce Christmas raffle result

The Cudeca Christmas charity car raffle, organised by the Cudeca Goldies, was drawn on New Year's Day; however the winning number -21993 - was one of the 1,036 unsold tickets. The number coincided with the ONCE lottery draw on January 1, but because

04/01/2018 20:33

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The Wise Men are coming

The whole of the Costa del Sol, along with the rest of Spain, is gearing up for the traditional procession of the Three Kings, the final event of the Spanish festive calendar. The Cabalgatas (parades) are headed by Los Tres Reyes Magos (Three Wise

29/12/2017 19:48


New Year's resolutions: a 4,000-year-old pledge to self-improvement

As the old year comes to a close and we begin to embrace the new one, many of us will be thinking about our New Year's resolutions, even though the majority of them will have fallen by the wayside by the second week of January. A New Year's resolut

29/12/2017 18:30

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Torremolinos to see in the New Year in style

Residents and visitors in Torremolinos will enjoy a New Year's Eve extravaganza in the Plaza La Nogalera on Sunday 31 December. This will be the third consecutive year the party will be held in the centre of the town and a huge marquee has been er

29/12/2017 17:34


Famous sculptor's work to take pride of place in Torremolinos

A new addition to Torremolinos' impressive collection of bronze sculptures by internationally renowned Elena Laverón was unveiled in the town last week. The sculpture, called 'Los Oficíos' (tradesmen), is made up of five bronze figures and will be

22/12/2017 18:45


The intriguing history of a Christmas staple

Christmas is the season to deck our halls with boughs of holly and don our gay apparel, according to one popular Christmas carol, while others tell us that, unlike many festive traditions, man will live forever more because of Christmas day. Many a

22/12/2017 18:08


Pedestrianisation work in Torremolinos to begin in January

After two years of delays, work is to finally begin on the pedestrianisation of the Plaza Costa del Sol in Torremolinos. The town hall has announced that the renovation of the centre, which has been closed to traffic since December 2015, and the Av

22/12/2017 17:34

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A rock and roll Christmas in Coín

Coín will be getting in the festive mood when the town hosts a live music Christmas party in the Alameda today, Friday. The concert will be performed by Coín rock band, Dvuelta, a popular five-piece who have been performing together for more than 2

22/12/2017 16:42

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Film and music with Brenan

The Gerald Brenan Cultural Association in Churriana (ACGB) has organised a special dual-language seminar on one of Gerald Brenan's most celebrated works today, Friday 22 December. The event will begin with the screening of the film, South from Gran

22/12/2017 10:39


Cudeca lights a light

The Cudeca Hospice held its traditional Christmas 'Light a Light' ceremony last Friday 15 December. The event was attended by founder and honorary president, Joan Hunt, and directors, Marisa Martín and Rafael Olalla. In addition to switching on

15/12/2017 15:13


Spare a thought for the homeless

Over the next few days many of us will be dashing around the shopping centres and supermarkets buying presents for family and friends and stocking up on mince pies, Christmas crackers and all the little extra essentials we need to enjoy the festive s

15/12/2017 15:06

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Goldies Christmas party

The Cudeca Goldies will be hosting their annual Christmas dinner at the Valparaíso restaurant in Mijas on Wednesday 20 December. The event will present a line-up of some of the coast's top entertainers, all of whom will donate their time to raise f

15/12/2017 15:03

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A cheese lover's heaven

Estepona is to host the third edition of the Feria del Queso, an artisan cheese fair that will be held in the Parque Botánico Orquidario from today, Friday, until Sunday. DETAILS What. Cheese and dairy produce fair. Where. Parque Botánico Orquid

11/12/2017 15:30

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Christmas traditions fair in Benalmádena

Benalmádena is to host the ninth edition of the Festival of Christmas Traditions on Saturday 9 December. Organised by the Benalmádena foreign residents department and various local expat associations, the festival is the first in a string activities

11/12/2017 11:10


Torremolinos joins World Aids Day awareness campaign

Torremolinos participated in events commemorating Worlds Aids Day last Friday. Organised by the Torremolinos town hall and several local LGBTI groups, a programme of informative, educational and recreational activities were staged at different loca

11/12/2017 10:57


The gypsy Fred Astaire of flamenco

The flamenco world is full of flamboyant gypsy performers who started their careers in the back streets of Andalucía and went on to achieve fame and fortune while performing on some of the most coveted stages in the world. One of these is a 77-year-o

04/12/2017 12:09

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Remembering Camarón

The voice and image of Camarón de la Isla, the world's most celebrated flamenco singer, was very much alive in Spain during 2017, a year that marks the 25th anniversary of his death. Exhibitions, conferences, flamenco recitals and remembrance service

04/12/2017 11:55


Warm-hearted parishioner offers hope to the poor at Christmas

A benevolent expat musician has recorded a selection of Christmas music and traditional Irish hymns to raise money for local underprivileged families. Dublin-born Finion Kenny plays the clarinet and saxophone during Sunday mass at the Virgin del C

04/12/2017 11:18


A lifelong addiction to forecasting the unpredictable

Immersing oneself in the crazy world of endless betting - where every minute can bring an unbelievable fortune or untold misery - is not to everyone's taste, but it is something that one English expat has been doing for the best part of his life.

01/12/2017 13:36

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Marking 100 years of independence

Finnish communities along the Costa del Sol have enjoyed a series of events this year to commemorate the centenary of Finland's declaration of independence. The State Council of Finland approved and coordinated a series of activities that were org

30/11/2017 20:41

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Over fifties lifestyle show rolls into Fuengirola this weekend

The popular 50s Plus Expo, the lifestyle event aimed at the retired and those nearing retirement age, will take place at the IPV Palace and Spa Hotel in Fuengirola on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December. DETAILS What: Lifestyle exhibition for the ov

27/11/2017 12:13


Torremolinos town hall reaches out to foreign resident population

Torremolinos town hall hosted an information day this week aimed at the members of the 20,000-strong foreign population registered in the town. The initiative was to inform the expat community about the administrative procedures that they are subject

27/11/2017 11:44


A touch of class for Lux Mundi

The performance of 'A Touch of Cabaret', held at the Casa de la Cultura in Fuengirola last week, raised more than 1,500 euros for the Lux Mundi Ecumenical Centre. Staged by Mijas-based amateur show group, 'A Touch of Class', the production presented

17/11/2017 14:05

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Rock around Torremolinos

Torremolinos is gearing up for the fifth edition of the Ruta del Rock, a live music festival that will offer more than 60 concerts in the bars and restaurants in the town. · This popular event, which is organised b

17/11/2017 13:59

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Cudeca Goldies Christmas fair

The Cudeca Goldies will host their Christmas fair at St Anthony's College in La Cala de Mijas on Sunday 19 November. Organised by Aladin La Cala, the market will take place in the car park from 10am until 3pm and will offer second-hand clothing, je

17/11/2017 13:07


Remembering our silent heroes

British armed forces associations along the Costa del Sol turned out last weekend to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice during two World Wars and recent conflicts. Several Remembrance Day services were organised by the Royal British Legio

17/11/2017 11:02


Coaching the rich and famous in Mijas

The Costa del Sol has long been an area that's beauty has attracted a steady flow of world-renowned movie stars, musicians, bohemian artists and sporting personalities. One of Australia's most prominent tennis partnerships is among the sporting celeb

10/11/2017 14:15

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SCS returns to Malaga

The Scandinavian Cello School (SCS), led by award winning British cellist, Jacob Shaw, has arrived back on the Costa del Sol to perform a series of Christmas concerts. A group of six renowned cellists from Ireland, UK, Denmark, Poland and China, will

10/11/2017 14:13

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Blues at Moonlight

The tenth edition of the popular Blues at Moonlight Festival will be held from Thursday 16 until Sunday 19 November. DETAILS When. Thursday 16 until Sunday 19 November. Where. Sunset Beach Club, Benalmádena Costa. Tickets. Between 8 and 30 eur

03/11/2017 13:50

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Photography seminar

Mijas A three day photographic festival will be held at the Las Lagunas Theatre in Mijas Costa from Friday 10 until Sunday 12 November. Photofestival is the largest gathering of shutterbug aficionados in Andalucía and the event will present an exte

03/11/2017 13:43

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Malaga Jazz Festival

One of the biggest musical events during autumn is the celebrated Malaga Jazz Festival, this year celebrating its 31st edition. DETAILS What: Live music festival featuring some of today's top Jazz musicians. Where: Cervantes Theatre in Malaga.

03/11/2017 11:23


The musical ambassador of Barbados

Barbadian singer, Magnet Man, one of his country's most popular and biggest selling artists, has recently come to live on the Costa del Sol. The international singer has been busy performing at venues and events along the coast over the summer and he

27/10/2017 18:06


Prospective contract offered for new market in Torremolinos

Torremolinos town hall has put out to tender the contract for the construction of the town's future gourmet market, which is to be situated in the Plaza de Independencia. Prospective companies have until October 31 to submit their bids for the pro

27/10/2017 13:24

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Live music and bowling

Lovers of live music will enjoy the winter programme of concerts presented at the Que Bowling ten-pin bowling alley in Las Lagunas throughout November. DETAILS uWhat: Live tribute shows, featuring some of the coast's top musicians. uWhere: Que B

27/10/2017 13:19

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Evoking blood and fire

The Magpie International Art Gallery in Marbella is to host an exhibition of paintings by renowned French artist, Bernard Aubertin. ·Information: Red and Fire is a collection of his intriguing compositions that are char

27/10/2017 13:17

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Camino de Santiago exhibition

The post office in Avdenida Palma de Mallorca in Torremolinos is currently hosting a new exhibition of photographs based on the Camino de Santiago. Known in English as The Way of Saint James, the camino is a network of routes to the shrine of the a

20/10/2017 14:08

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A tribute to The Shadows

The nostalgic sounds of 1960s guitar pioneer, Hank Marvin will vibrate in Torremolinos on Saturday 21 October. DETAILS When: Saturday 21 October. 8.30pm. Where: Pablo Ruiz Picasso Cultural Centre, Torremolinos. Tickets: 12 euros. Fender Swin

13/10/2017 18:41

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A song to life

World Palliative Care Day, which takes place on Saturday 14 October, is a world-wide event that supports the development of Palliative Care. More than 1,000 solidarity concerts in over 74 countries have been organised to celebrate the day, one of whi

13/10/2017 18:04


Knitters make donation to local hospital

The Los Boliches based Knit and Natter group presented the Hospital Materno Infantil (Malaga maternity hospital) with more than 1,200 handmade baby garments last week. A selection of colourful bonnets, boots, suits, jumpers, blankets and covers had

13/10/2017 17:48


First phase of the facelift of Torremolinos gets under way

The historic nineteenth century Barrabino mansion in Torremolinos will soon open its doors once again for the first time in more than 20 years. PEDESTRIAN BOULEVARD Central Plaza. The Plaza Costa del Sol will be completely transformed and will beco

13/10/2017 12:11

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Swing jazz night

The Frame Gallery Bar in Fuengirola is to present a 'swing jazz' evening on Friday (today) 13 October. DETAILS When: Friday 13 October. Show starts at 8pm. Where: Frame Gallery Bar, Fuengirola. Tickets: 10 euros. The show will feature Kukk

06/10/2017 15:02

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Fuengirola fair kicks off

The annual feria in Fuengirola starts today (Friday) and continues until Thursday 12 October. It starts at 9.30pm, with a dance spectacular performed by several local dance troupes. This is followed by the official turning on of the fairground lights

06/10/2017 11:25


Hispanic Day, a celebration of what?

Malaga. 12 October, Día de la Hispanidad or Hispanic Day, is a national holiday in Spain that commemorates the exact date when Christopher Columbus first set foot in the Americas in 1492. Also known as Columbus Day or Día del Descubrimiento, Hispa

06/10/2017 10:52


A diversified career in show business

Integrating into Spanish society is something many expats find difficult when first moving to the Costa del Sol. Many foreigners choose to live on the outskirts of Spanish life simply because they do not speak the lingo, but Tina Hall, a 46-year-old

29/09/2017 17:27


The birth of writer Miguel de Unamuno

Born in Bilbao on 29 September 1864, Miguel de Unamuno y Jugo was a Spanish essayist, poet, playwright and philosopher. His most famous novel, Abel Sánchez: The History of a Passion, was considered a modern reworking of the Cain and Abel story. On

29/09/2017 13:57

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Classical music, art and food at the beach

A music, art and gastronomy festival is to be held at the Avanto Beach restaurant in La Cala de Mijas next week. The Salida de Sol II festival will consist of seven concerts over seven nights, presenting world renowned classical musicians. There wi

28/09/2017 14:51


Performers unite to tell the Cudeca Music Story

After months of preparations, the Goldies fundraising team staged their Music Story festival for Cudeca in the Benalmádena auditorium last weekend. Hundreds of music lovers enjoyed a two-day extravaganza that featured hits of the last 60 years, inc

28/09/2017 14:16

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Italian Friendship Day

Mijas Pueblo is gearing up for the tenth edition of the popular Friendship Day Festival, which this year will be dedicated to Italy. The event, which is organised by the foreign residents department of Mijas town hall, will be held in the main squa

20/09/2017 13:48


Roll up for the magical musical tour

Fundraising team the Cudeca Goldies are gearing up for a two-day musical extravaganza in Benalmádena next weekend in aid of the hospice charity. Music Story, to be held in the municipal auditorium near La Paloma Park in Benalmádena Costa on Saturd

15/09/2017 17:24

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Danza Invisible to open the Marbella Rockaneando festival

The bullring in Marbella will play host to the Rockaneando live music festival this weekend. Organised by the Marbella town hall, this pop and rock extravaganza will begin on Friday 15 September with a concert by local pop sensation Danza Invisible.

15/09/2017 16:32


British couple ascend Mount Toubkal in aid of local charity

A six-day charity trek through Morocco proved to be financially beneficial for one local animal refuge, even though the venture was almost abandoned on the second day. As reported by SUR in English in June, Pete and Karen Hawkins spent months train

15/09/2017 15:14


Charity retail, the good cause moneymaker

The image of the mothball-scented charity shop has changed greatly over the years and what were once considered as shops that sold out-of-date clothes, tacky ornaments and scratched records have transformed into big moneymaking enterprises. Over t

15/09/2017 14:23

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Roll up for the magical musical tour

Fundraising team the Cudeca Goldies are gearing up for a two-day musical extravaganza in Benalmádena next weekend in aid of the hospice charity. Music Story, to be held in the municipal auditorium near La Paloma Park in Benalmádena Costa on Saturd

13/09/2017 13:10


Benalmádena town hall backs campaign to help autistic child

Friends and family of a young boy in need of specialist treatment to reverse epilepsy took part in a fundraising event titled 'Todo con Matías' recently in Arroyo de la Miel. Matías Bravo Benítez suffers from severe autism and epilepsy and his heal

11/09/2017 18:34


Raising awareness of the little-known Turner syndrome

Torremolinos town hall and the Asociación Síndrome de Turner Andalucía (ASTA) hosted a special morning to raise awareness of the little-known Turner syndrome recently. The event was used as a platform to inform people about the characteristics of the

11/09/2017 16:17


Architects showcase innovative designs in ideas project

An open international ideas contest has been held to design a new contemporary vernacular building in Mijas Costa. Under the banner of 'Costa del Sprawl', architects, designers and students from around the world were invited to explore different t

24/08/2017 17:44


The heart of Scottish tradition

As August comes to an end and Andalucía starts to cool down after several months of scorching temperatures, the final summer festivals and celebrations will be under way throughout the region. One of these is the XIII edition of the Douglas Day festi

22/08/2017 18:11


Are tourists on the Costa del Sol intimidated by terrorism?

The recent terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils last week have outraged the world. The attacks, which resulted in the deaths of 15 people, and left more than 100 injured, happened during the height of the summer season when thousands of touris

22/08/2017 14:36

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Arabic culture comes to Benalmádena

Benalmádena Pueblo will host the seventh edition of the town's popular Arab souk from this week from Thursday until Sunday 27 August. Organised by the Benalmádena town hall and Andalucía Medieval, the Arab market will take place in various locatio

21/08/2017 13:45


The Douglas clan included Warriors, Marquises and Oscar Wilde's lover

The Douglas family history stretches back to the eighth century. Legend claims that a Scottish king, whose army was losing in battle, saw the tide turn in his favour following the intervention of an unknown warrior. The man was a fearsome fighter

15/08/2017 15:19


The postcard, a relic of a bygone era?

The traditional family summer holiday has always been a time for leaving behind the worries and strains of our daily routines in order to enjoy a few weeks in the sun. Probably the only chore we would have to attend while visiting our chosen destinat

10/08/2017 20:45

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The Mad Bear Beach Festival gets under way

This popular festival is one of the biggest gatherings of 'bears' in Spain and the event is attended by people from all over Europe. Last year's festival attracted more than 6,000 visitors and organisers are expecting this year's event to be even big

04/08/2017 18:32


Asbestos removal begins on Torremolinos primary school

Work has begun to remove dangerous asbestos panelling from the Centro de Educación Infantil y Primaria (CEIP) in Avenida Palma de Mallorca in Torremolinos. The work is being carried out on the infant and primary school during July and August, while

01/08/2017 16:04

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The evolution of tourism

An exhibition that charts how Spain and the Costa del Sol were first promoted as a tourist destination has opened in the Palacio de Congresos in Torremolinos. Organised by the town hall and with funds from the Aeronautical Museum of Malaga, 'Spain

01/08/2017 10:04

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Three-day Punk Festival

More than 40 punk rock and hardcore grunge bands will perform at the eleventh edition of the Canela Party in Malaga this August. The festival will begin on Thursday 3 August in Sala Velvet, with performances by Kill Kill, Fuckaine and Cuchillo de Fue

28/07/2017 19:53


Virgen del Carmen processions to receive regional tourism distinction

The residents of La Carihuela in Torremolinos were celebrating this week following the news that the annual procession of the Virgen del Carmen is to finally receive the status of Fiesta de Interés Turístico de Andalucía (a festival of touristic inte

28/07/2017 17:57

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The Mijas Blues Festival makes a comeback

After experiencing complications, the popular Festival de Blues de Mijas finished in 2014, but now the festival is back with a new format and a new venue at the Miguel González Bernal municipal auditorium. This year's festival will welcome three of

27/07/2017 20:09


The rise and fall of the expat club

During the 1960s and 70s, thousands of expatriates from all over Europe and America began arriving on the Costa del Sol. The majority were retirees in search of their dream home and a chance to spend their third age lapping up the Spanish sun. How

24/07/2017 19:47

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The week-long Wonder Gay Festival returns to Torremolinos

Torremolinos is gearing up for yet another huge party aimed at the LGBTI community. The Wonder Gay Festival, which will take place from Monday 24 until Sunday 30 July, is a week of gay themed fiestas and musical events which will take place at diff

24/07/2017 10:48


Cudeca Goldies to host two-night live music festival in Benalmádena

The Cudeca Goldies have come up with another adventurous event to raise awareness of the cancer charity's twenty-fifth anniversary celebrations. Set to take place over two days, the Goldies will host a grand musical extravaganza in the Benalmádena au

21/07/2017 17:26

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Rocking for diabetes

A charity rock concert for diabetes research has been organised by Diabetes O, a local diabetes association in Torremolinos. Diabetes O and Torremolinos town hall have joined forces with the cultural association, Artemolinos, to present a night of

19/07/2017 19:31

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Flamenco festivals

During spring and early summer, the southernmost part of Andalucía transforms into a kaleidoscope of colour and illumination. Dozens of local and national fiestas and celebrations take place all over the province, including ferias, music festivals an

19/07/2017 19:08


The Costa del Sol's favourite holiday high street

Calle San Miguel in Torremolinos is one of the best-known streets on the Costa del Sol, and it has become the focal point of the town, especially for those visiting for the first time. Formerly open to traffic, it was pedestrianised in 1971 and ha

17/07/2017 20:08

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Big names for big summer concerts

The Costa del Sol has been home to some huge music extravaganzas this summer and there are still more to come. This weekend was one dominated by the Los Alamos Beach Festival in Torremolinos, while the Starlite Festival got under way in Marbella.

07/07/2017 18:47


Mayor of Torremolinos voted 'influential ally' of the LGBTI community

Torremolinos continues to bolster its role as one of the most popular destinations for LGBTI tourism, thanks to the foresight and determination of the town's mayor, José Ortiz. The Mayor of Torremolinos has recently been voted one of the most influen

07/07/2017 16:30


An award for the last man standing

American expats along the Costa del Sol came together this week to acknowledge the Fourth of July Independence Day celebrations. The Fuengirola chapter of the American Club of the Costa del Sol held a celebratory lunch at the Caribbean Mermaid bar

07/07/2017 15:44

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Jazz concert for Cudeca

The Buchinger Wilhelmi Clinic in Marbella has organised a jazz concert in aid of the Cudeca Foundation. This will be the second consecutive year the clinic has held the fundraising concert and organisers are hoping that this year's event will attra

03/07/2017 17:27

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The Funky Town Festival returns to Torremolinos

Torremolinos is gearing up for second edition of the Funky Town Festival, a music festival that will present disco and funk music of the 1970s, '80s and '90s. The lineup of artists includes local musician, Javier Ojeda, leader of Spanish pop sensa

03/07/2017 16:34


Christianity with a difference?

Following months of hard work and preparations, a new community fellowship in Fuengirola has opened its doors to the public. Living Waters is a Christian foundation that has recently taken over the Ark foundation's former residence in Fuengirola.

03/07/2017 16:29


Camarón, the gypsy god of flamenco

In the early hours of the morning of Thursday 2 July 1992, one of the most venerated gypsy singers in the evolution of flamenco uttered his last words: "Mother of god, what is wrong with me?" The news of his death vibrated around Spain and gripped

23/06/2017 16:34


New summer opening hours for tourist offices in Torremolinos

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

23/06/2017 14:27

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Lemar comes to Estepona

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

23/06/2017 13:56


British couple to ascend Mount Toubkal in aid of animal charity

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. The c

22/06/2017 20:15

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Spain prepares for the traditional Fiesta de San Juan

INFORMATION When. Friday 23 June Where. At different locations along the Costa del Sol. Tickets. Free. 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

16/06/2017 18:06


16 June 1779: Spain declares war on Great Britain

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

09/06/2017 18:36

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Marbella dresses up for San Bernabé

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

09/06/2017 15:11


Santa Maria Golf Club to host two charity golf tournaments

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

05/06/2017 15:52


Torremolinos, home of Pride

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

02/06/2017 13:40


Fifty years in the life of Sgt Pepper and his band

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

02/06/2017 13:31


John Lennon visited Spain several times during the 1960s

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

02/06/2017 13:21

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Tapas and cocktail route

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. INFORMATION When: Thursday 8 until Sunday 11 June. Transport: Free bus service will operate ov

02/06/2017 13:10

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Reliving the Battle of Malaga

INFORMATION 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 e

02/06/2017 11:06


Costa resort comes to the aid of those in need of a holiday

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

02/06/2017 11:04


Work begins to restore life to a run-down area of Torremolinos

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

29/05/2017 15:17

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Art with a taste of Spain

INFORMATION 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

26/05/2017 14:28


Coín celebrates annual orange festival with local gastronomy

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

26/05/2017 13:36


A dream treble for Mijas community football club

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

26/05/2017 11:00


Four wheels for the next Cudeca fundraising event

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

25/05/2017 14:43

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Torremolinos hosts fourth Ruta del Rock

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

25/05/2017 14:27

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The healing power of art

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

19/05/2017 20:36


Cudeca expecting good turnout for this year's Walkathon

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

19/05/2017 14:13


"The amateur music society has been my life"

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

19/05/2017 11:48


Cudeca launches second furniture outlet in Arroyo de la Miel

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

12/05/2017 17:45


12 May 1930: Jesús Franco is born

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

12/05/2017 13:51

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Espeto music festival

INFORMATION When: Saturday 13 May. Where: Football stadium, Torremolinos. Tickets: 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

12/05/2017 13:51


Mad, comic genius heads for the Costa

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. INFORMATION Where. Salón Varietés Theatre, Fuengirola When. Saturday 13 May, 8pm Tickets. Tickets

12/05/2017 11:44


Charity race in Cártama aids underprivileged families

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

12/05/2017 11:40


Al's Ramblers raise 3,500 euros during recent sponsored hike

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

05/05/2017 13:26


Revisiting the Costa del Sol of the 1950s

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

05/05/2017 12:01

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Open day to raise funds for SEARCH

· 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

05/05/2017 11:52

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Natural soap workshop

INFORMATION When: Saturday 6 May Where: Casa de Laila, Camino Ardalejos, 7, Alhaurín El Grande, Tickets: 47.50EUR Alhaurín el grande. A natural soap making workshop, organised by Essía Organic Body Care, will be held in Alhaurín el Grande on Satu

04/05/2017 14:37


Lux Mundi seeks volunteers to help the homeless in Fuengirola

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

04/05/2017 13:35

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Sundown Sounds music festival

INFORMATION 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 : La Cala de

28/04/2017 16:07

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The multicultural Feria de los Pueblos gets under way in Fuengirola

INFORMATION 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

28/04/2017 15:31


Costa del Sol journalists glimpse the Torremolinos of the future

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',

24/04/2017 16:27


Cudeca raises 3.6 million euros going into anniversary year

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

21/04/2017 17:55


Have the English tired of St George?

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. His achievem

21/04/2017 14:45

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Mods and Rockers revival

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. INFORMATION When: Saturday 22 April. Where. Caseta Municipal, Recinto de fe

21/04/2017 14:40

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King's Day celebrations

INFORMATION When: Thursday 27 April. Where: La Carihuela, Torremolinos. Information: The streets and bars in La Carihuela, Torremolinos, will be decked out in bright orange next Thursday, in recognition of Koningsdag (King'

21/04/2017 12:19


Jorge, or Jordi, is venerated in Spain

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

21/04/2017 10:29


Classical concert to mark 25 years of care

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

12/04/2017 13:12


Preserving the traditions of Spain in art

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

12/04/2017 13:03


Two exhibitions, in Malaga and Coín

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

12/04/2017 12:12


British mixed martial arts fighter takes Spanish title in Las Palmas

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

07/04/2017 15:52

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Exotic plant exhibition

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

07/04/2017 14:59


'Glow of Aurora' glass art visits Fuengirola

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

31/03/2017 15:04

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Artistic reflections

The Magpie International Art Gallery in Marbella is to present an exhibition of photographic work by British artist, Ginny Aston. INFORMATION When: Friday 7 April until Thursday 18 May. Where. Magpie International Gallery, Marbella. Opening ti

31/03/2017 13:09


Southern soul in the moonlight

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

31/03/2017 11:32


Breaking new ground in decoration

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

31/03/2017 11:13


Work to begin on new train station in Torremolinos in January 2018

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

24/03/2017 16:07


"Music has to have feeling and emotion"

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

17/03/2017 15:17


The mysterious Apostle of Ireland

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

17/03/2017 14:23


Malaga's links with famous Irish nationals

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'

17/03/2017 13:51


Fuengirola hairdressers raise more than 3,000 euros for Cudeca

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

17/03/2017 11:51


20 years serving the Irish community in Spain

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

10/03/2017 19:03

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Torremolinos to host St Patrick's party

INFORMATION 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

10/03/2017 12:07


Finca Vida presents its second art exhibition in Alhaurín El Grande

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

10/03/2017 10:49


Top architect to design new look for Torremolinos

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

03/03/2017 15:25


3 March 1875: Premiere of Carmen

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

03/03/2017 14:02

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Carnival drag queen gala

INFORMATION 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

24/02/2017 14:38


Celebrating 50 years in Spain

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

24/02/2017 12:36


A lifelong dedication to the Legion

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

17/02/2017 17:38


From gypsy jazz to La Voz and back

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

17/02/2017 15:11


Foundation brings a smile to eight-year-old Miguel and his family

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

17/02/2017 13:46


Carnival: breaking down social barriers

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. CARNIVAL HIGHLIGHTS Marbella. Marbella holds its carnival from 12 February until 4 March. A

17/02/2017 13:30


Soul in the Moonlight

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. INFORMATION What. Soul concert by American singer Otis Redd

17/02/2017 13:23


British Society prepares to mark fifty years on the Costa del Sol

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. The event

06/02/2017 20:25


Taking the gospel to the streets of NYC

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

06/02/2017 14:05


3 February 1937: The Battle of Malaga

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

03/02/2017 14:12


Belgian mother on 1,000km barefoot walk for charity

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

01/02/2017 17:18


A life-long dedication to marine birds

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

31/01/2017 18:42

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Rock 'n' rollin'

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

27/01/2017 12:43


Cudeca celebrates 25 years of palliative care in Spain

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

20/01/2017 15:00


Royal British Legion told it must learn to blow its own trumpet

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

20/01/2017 14:57


The Force is with the Cudeca Goldies

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, '

20/01/2017 14:37


Trials and tribulations of life in Zambia

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

17/01/2017 10:31


Torremolinos town hall receives new mini-bus for disabled students

...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

17/01/2017 10:30


Industrial heritage uncovered in the centre of Torremolinos

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

17/01/2017 10:30


Learning for pleasure on the Costa del Sol

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

17/01/2017 10:11


Pensioner receives new mobility scooter from the Lions Club

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

17/01/2017 10:11


Mijas Costa welcomes newest International Rotary Club in Spain

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. Th

06/01/2017 13:51


Torremolinos enters the new year with optimism

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

30/12/2016 10:04

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Music for charity

EVENT DETAILS When. 29 January Where. Goya Theatre, Puerto Banús Tickets. Tel 63928753 Information. A solidarity concert is to be staged at The Goya Theatre in Puerto Banús on 29 January 2017 with all proceeds going toward