Springtime is one of the best times of year as we shake off winter and embrace warmer weather. Here in Andalucia the weather and landscapes are perfect for exploring as temperatures rise but aren’t too warm to enjoy. Whether you love the beach, the mountains, plains and forests…you name it, Spain has it. Aromatic blossoms around the region spring into life and fill the air with fragrance.
It is the perfect time of year to enjoy a round or two of golf and spend the rest of the afternoon at a chiringuito on the beach relaxing and enjoying the warmth of the sun.
Everyone comes out of their winter hibernation and celebrates the arrival of spring as festivals, concerts and other special events begin around the region. Spring means that people gather to eat, drink, dance and enjoy the weather and their rich culture. On any given day, you can walk the streets and find people sitting outside of cafes or in the parks relishing the time of year.
Visiting Andalucia during the months of March, April or May you will find the weather, festivals and beaches less bustling than during the heated months of summer. If you love exploring then Spring is the perfect time to visit some of the historical and cultural sites in the region.
Head to Granada, to see the Alhambra palace, the Generalife gardens and the mediaeval Albaicín neighbourhood; in Cordoba, its historic centre with the great Mosque; in Seville, the cathedral, the Alcázar palace and the Indies Archive; and in Jaén, the monumental sites of Úbeda and Baeza.
Of course, a few days spent in Malaga can be the perfect antidote to a stressful life with its many museums and art galleries and if you need more, tantalise your tastebuds in an award-winning restaurant or a relaxing tapas bar, wander the marina and look at the yachts or shop till you drop.
Bromley Estates Marbella announces the launch of Majestic Heights, stunning, contemporary town homes with unrivalled sea views.
We are the exclusive promoter for the newly launched Majestic Heights development in Bahia de la Rocas near Sotogrande.
We have achieved a well-earned reputation as a leading real estate agency on the Costa del Sol since its launch in 2009. As longstanding property experts, we have the experience needed to identify projects that present the best value for money as holiday homes, permanent residences and investment opportunities for their clients. Majestic Heights regally falls into all three categories.
We are officially launching this fabulous development to the market in mid-October 2017 Prices start at 268,000 Euros and prime units will not be around for long.
Majestic Heights really does offer a view like no other. As a contemporary development of 47 town homes it is just minutes from some of the best golf courses in the area including the Valderrama in Sotogrande. This brand-new development of contemporary town homes sits in a prominent position to ensure panoramic sea views from each property. It’s all about location and this prime real estate is perfectly positioned for enjoying the luxury lifestyle of the Costa del Sol with the upmarket resort of Marbella and the pretty port of Estepona around 20 minutes away. International investors will be attracted by properties of this standard at this price point.
Managing Director of Bromley Estates Marbella, Hayley Bromley, explains, “These stylish town homes have it all as far as location is concerned. The surrounding area of Sotogrande is one of the most sought after exclusive areas on the Costa del Sol that attracts golf professionals and even royalty with International polo events, a fantastic marina and yacht club. Gibraltar is just 20 minutes’ drive by car whilst the amenities of Marbella and Puerto Banus are only 20 minutes in the other direction. Our clients will love the high quality design and fabulous views – Majestic Heights really does offer a view like no other.”
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To say that the Spanish really enjoy their national holidays would be the understatement of the century, or in Spain’s case – centuries. The Spanish are of course known throughout the world for their warm personality, tapas, wines and beaches, but what really sets them apart is their love of Feria’s – or a good party.
Today we’re going to talk about the Feria’s in Spain, and what you can expect this summer. The first day of summer has already arrived, and it’s time for fun in the sun following a few ferias around Andalucia.
Here in the Southern Spain every town and village has its own feria to celebrate their patron saints, for example Marbella celebrates ‘San Bernebe’ with a feria starting on the 11th June every year. Many tourists visit the Costa del Sol just to attend events in their favourite villages, towns or cities. The first feria of the year always takes place just after Easter in Seville and the last will be the San Pedro de Alcántara feria in mid-October.
Interestingly, the date for Malaga’s feria is set by the local government so that it will take place between the 13th and 20th of August. This is because the city wants to commemorate the Re conquest of Malaga by the Catholic Monarchs on the 19thin 1497.
Ferias follow a tried and tested formula, opening with a speech and fireworks and then the festivities can begin. During the day there will be wine tasting, tapas and music. Then when the night falls there will be tents / booths, sponsored by local clubs, business and associations – all are equipped with a bar. Live entertainment of concerts, exhibitions, bulls, fairgrounds, folklore and flamenco will go on well into the early hours of the morning.
If you have never seen Spanish señoritas in traditional dress, vibrant with spots, dots and frills, and flowers in their hair, this is the place to be. Even though not everyone wears traditional dress, especially on the Costa del Sol due to the heat, you will still be wowed by the colourful outfits and high spirits.
Like many things in Spain, it is very much a family affair with lots to see and do for all ages. Children have amusement parks and there are “casetas” (tents) set up by the various clubs, associations and political parties of the town. Many of these tents provide live entertainment and all are equipped with a full bar – what else would you expect from this party loving nation!
Andalucía Feria Dates in 2016
Here is a list of ferias, locations and the dates for the entire summer here in Spain.
- Algeciras – 20th – 27th June
- San Pablo de Buciete – 26th – 28th June
- Estepona – 2nd -9th July
- Guadiaro – 2nd -5th July
- San Fernando – 14th – 19th July
- Barbate – 15th – 19th July
- Prado del Rey – 16th – 19th July
- La Línea – 17th – 27th July
- Benalup – 22nd – 26th July
- Algodonales – 23rd – 26th July
- Almáchar – 24th – 26th July
- Puente Mayorga – 30th July – 2nd August
- Fiesta de la Urta Rota – 31st July – 2nd August
- El Gastor – 1st – 6th August
- Benaocaz – 6th – 9th August
- Feria Setenil de las Bodegas – 6th – 9th August
- Guadarranque – 6th – 9th August
- Manilva / Sabinillas – 6th – 9th August
- Feria Benamargosa – 3rd – 5th August
- Almonaster la Real – 7th – 9th August
- Iznajar – 8th – 12th August
- Feria Real San Roque – 12th – 16th August
- Baeza – 11th – 17th August
- Alcala del Valle – 13th – 16th August
- Torre Alhaquime – 13th – 16th August
- Trebujena – 13th – 16th August
- Puerto Serrano – 13th – 17th August
- Campillos Jimena de la Frontera – 14th to 16th August
- Benahavís – 14th – 17th August
- Real Feria de Augusto Archidona – 14th – 18th August
- Feria Fuentes de Andalucia – 14th – 18th August
- Feria Real Puente Genil Puente Genil – 15th – 18th August
- Feria San Roque El Coronil – 15th – 19th August
- Feria Málaga – 15th – 23rd August
- Feria RealFuente Palmera – 16th – 19th August
- Feria Pedrera – 16th – 19th August
- Almeria – 17th – 26th August
- Zahara de la Sierra – 21st – 23rd August
- San Bartolome Umbrete – 23rd – 26th August
- Cumbres de San Bartolome – 19th – 23 August
- Feria Guaro – 23rd – 26th August
- Feria Real de Agusto Antequera – 19th – 23rd August 2015
- Feria Aracena – 23rd – 27th August
- Alcala de los Gazules – 26th – 30th August
- Coto de Bornos – 27th – 30th August
- Feria y Fiesta San Agustin Hinojosa del Duque – 4th – 8th September
For more information about Andalucia’s festivals visit Andalucia.com or the local.es
We know what most of you are thinking – when it comes to Marbella, the Golden Mile or Puerto Banus, the first things to come to mind are fast cars, designer items and celebrities. Although, Puerto Banus and yes, sometimes even Marbella is frequented by the rich and famous, there’s more to this glorious city than you realise.
Marbella is unique, and in many ways completely under-rated when it comes to families. What you probably didn’t know is that Marbella is perfect for all age groups, and there is plenty to do for the entire family, not just the kids.
During the summer months, the Costa del Sol welcomes hundreds of thousands of tourists, and Marbella is high on many must-do lists. The actual city of Marbella sits on the coast line, and only a few minutes inland is Old Town Marbella – it’s the only place in Spain where the modern meets the ancient world.
Marbella in the summer bustles with activity, and there is plenty to do to keep boredom at bay. We understand when it comes to holidaying with the entire family stress levels can be high, especially if you are struggling to find ways to entertain the whole family. Sure, you can simply hang out at the beach, choosing a stretch of the many kilometres of Blue Flag beaches at your disposal; but there is more to Marbella than beach life. If you need is a bit of variety, there is no better place than Southern Spain for culture, diversity and healthy outdoor pursuits.
The best of Marbella – Family friendly locations
Sporting adventures for the entire family can be found in Marbella, and throughout the Costa del Sol. Mini golf is always a family favourite, and there is no better place to enjoy mini-golf than on the Costa del Sol. Go at sunset is the best advice, this way you can avoid the intense sunshine. One new facility is Happy Days (a pirate themed course) located in San Pedro Alcantara right on the famous Boulevard. Only a 10 minute drive from the centre of Marbella, you and the entire family can enjoy mini-golfing, and a lot more!
Happy Days also has the first all weather, eco-friendly and synthetic ice rink. So besides 9 holes of mini-golf, you and the family can skate at night, and skate till late. The location also offers an authentic Airstream American Diner, providing great food and drinks at great prices.
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Marbella’s most popular cultural places to visit
Culture and a bit of ancient history is a must see and hear on the Costa del Sol. Your entire family can see some wonderful things, and all the while learn a few things or two as well. The Municipal art gallery is one location worth visiting; it has a good range of paintings, sculptures, and ceramics. Every time a new exhibit is on display, they host a great event.
For more information you can call +952 825 035
The Marbella Bonsai Museum should also not be missed. This bonsai garden is rated the best collection of bonsai trees in all of Europe. This museum also holds the “Pinsapo” pine tree which is in danger of extinction. Even if you’re undecided about the attraction of mini trees, it’s worth a visit to see this soon to be extinct specimen alone.
For more information you can call +34 952 862 926.
Alternatively, you could immerse yourself in ancient history by visiting the Paleo Christian or Moorish Cemetery which dates back to the fifth century. If you like archaeology, you’ll love visiting this location. Recently, works have been uncovered on the floor of the basilica, and there is a necropolis that surrounds the basilica with more than 18 different types of graves.
Another great day out is in the surrounding pueblos. The Costa del Sol is famous for its little white villages, such as Mijas, Coín and Casares. These are the type of villages that are postcard pretty and really give you a glimpse into the traditional Andalucian way of life. You can get more information on the different places to visit at Andalucia.com.
For those rainy days, go for some fun indoor activities in Marbella
Feel like winding down a bit? There are plenty of fun indoor activities to keep the kids busy while you chill out. A trampoline centre in Marbella can certainly keep them busy or how about Costa Jump? A brand new destination in the San Pedro Poligono. The entire family can challenge themselves to this unique obstacle course.
Another great family outing would be at Fantasy Land. Fantasy Land Parque Infantil is a great place for the kids with lots to enjoy. Outdoors and indoors you will find an unlimited list of fun things to do.
So you see, it doesn’t matter what age you are or where your interests lie, there is something to do for everyone. For more ideas about what to do in Marbella, check out Marbella Family Fun, the perfect site for everything available to families on the Costa del Sol.
The Starlite Festival Marbella – Who’s going to be there?
This year, from 14th July to 20th August, the highly anticipated Starlite Festival in Marbella is set to take place. The Starlite Festival in Marbella is a month long music, fashion, cinema and gourmet event, with an impressive lineup of pop and rock stars from across the globe.
The story behind Starlite Marbella
Since it began in 2010, the Starlite music festival in Marbella seems to get bigger and better and more popular each year. But how did Starlite come to be? What was the basis behind this famous festival?
According to the website, its history is linked to the Starlite Charity Gala; another fantastic event that takes place every year to raise money for a number of causes. The Starlite Gala is hosted by, none other than actor Antonio Banderas. Since the event started in 2010 it has gained a huge following and continues to be an incredible success today. It is the main charity gala in Spain, and the one night each year, when celebrities are guaranteed to come out in force to show their generosity and philanthropy.
This August, the Starlite Gala will be celebrating its seventh year in Spain.
“All the funds raised during the Starlite Gala go to Fundación Niños en Alegría and to Lágrimas y Favores, which was founded by Antonio Banderas. Funds are then channelled to Cáritas, Cudeca, Fundación Corinto, scholarships to Universidad de Málaga, Banco de Alimentos and more.”
Starlite Music Festival
The music festival itself has an interesting history as well. It was thirty years ago when Prince Alfonso Von Hohenlohe (the founder of the Marbella Club Hotel), Julio Iglesias and tenor Placido Domingo came together to create what has grown into one of the world’s most popular music festivals.
Each year, more and more singers, famous DJ’s and international rock and pop stars are keen to participate in the month long festival. This year’s lineup is even more impressive, with legendary international artists already confirmed to take centre stage.
The list so far this year is looking great and many more music stars are expected to confirm. Here’s the playlist as it stands:
- 14th July – Juan Magan – The King of the Electro-latino
- 16th July – The legendary Robert Plant
- 22nd July – Queen will perform a tribute to Freddie Mercury
- 24th July – Carlos Santana, one of the best guitarist of all time will grace the stage.
- 29th July – Charles Aznavour the “Ambassador of the French Song” work his magic.
- 1st August – Welsh heartthrob, Tom Jones will belt out his old classics.
- 2nd August – The famous Spanish (Seville) band Siempre Asi will perform.
- 3rd August – IL DIVO will likely be melting your hearts.
- 4th August – Performing for the first time at Starlite on August 4th is Spanish musical genius José Luis Perales.
- 5th August – Four of the greatest stars in Spanish music will reunite on stage: Ana Belén, Joan Manuel Serrat, Miguel Ríos and Víctor Manuel.
- 8th August – Spanish pop sensation Malu takes to the stage.
- 9th August – Alejandro Sanz will perform
- 10th August – Bertin Osborne will perform.
- 12th August -3 en Rock will take to the stage.
- 14th August – Starlite will transform into a theatrical stage with AIHUA, Cirque du Sens.
- 18th August -Features Noche Movida.
For more information on the latest acts and events, tickets, opening times, directions and much more, please visit the Starlite website.