If you love films then the Marbella International Film Festival could be just the ticket. Running for its 12th year now the festival brings together artists and their films from around the globe for recognition.
The Festival has expanded considerably since its launch in 2006 and has collaboration and association with Marbella Town Hall and Tourist Board, Marbella Film Office and the Andalucia Film Commission. During the Festival five glamorous evening events are hosted culminating in the grand Gala Awards Ceremony.
This year the festival is on 4-8 October and is a fantastic springboard for up and coming talent whether it be film or documentary with days of film screenings, music, dance and art exhibitions. It is during this time that many budding artists are provided the opportunity to rub shoulders with financers, sponsors and entrepreneurs that could be just what they need to get their project off the ground.
The event has become an integral part of the region and it enjoys the support of the Andalucian Government as well as many other local businesses. Take a look at some of last year’s winners here.
The festival is the flagship project of the New World Trust. The objective of the trust is to provide start-up capital for independent art projects, offering hands on support in all commercial aspects. The support system includes assistance in marketing, project and financial management, business angles, agents and distribution networking, and trying to overcome any other obstacles which potentially hinder the artist’s ability to create.
Marbella is a big draw for many investors from around the globe due to its fabulous property, temperate climate and wonderful outdoors lifestyle. Many with investment potential have homes here in Spain and of course with the new port being planned in Malaga there will be space to dock that mega yacht!
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
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.
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.
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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.
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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.”
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.
Sub Heading: Notary Statistics: Spanish Property Sales Increased by 21 percent last year
The final data of 2015 has been published by the Ministry of Development, and the report states that residential property sales registered in Spain exceeded 400,000 for the first time since 2010, reaching a total of 401,281 following a 9.8% year on year increase.
For the real estate in Marbella sector, this is the best news possible. But, just in case some doubts might remain for interested property investors on the fence about buying property in Marbella, we can further explore some factual numbers, and the statistical data. This will help convince those not quite sure, just how sensible it is to buy property now on the Costa del Sol.
Further reading about Spain Housing Transactions in 2014, Kyero shows some great stats from previous quarters. This can give you a basis for comparison as we carry on.
Let’s dive a bit deeper into the registries findings for the fourth quarter.
The IMF raised its 2015 growth forecast twice in three months to 3.1%
Spain beat out the average in the EU, which was only 1.5%
2015 Q3 transactions in property were much healthier, and up 16.3% with 93,743 property sales
The Spanish property market reported growing trends in mortgage approvals
The Spanish construction industry was once again refuelled, with new investments and developments being built throughout the Costa del Sol (Andalucia)
Economic Bright Spots for Andalucia and the Marbella Property Market
Looking back at the first three quarters of 2015, we see exports were up 4.4%, which was an all-time high – in fact it was a record high for the period with a total of €186.26 million. Tourism from overseas helped boost the Spanish economy, with another record breaking influx. This in effect, helped the Spanish economy recover its losses incurred during the downturn.
For tourism, the news has been only good, and by the end of 2014 the numbers hit 65 million. By the end of November 2015 64.6m had already been recorded. The Spanish Ministry of Tourism predicts the final total will be in the region of 68 million in 2016, which would rank Spain the third most visited country in the world for the third consecutive year.
These figures are important for the Marbella property market, and of course property for sale on the Costa del Sol throughout because as many Marbella estate agencies have been reporting, the international buyers mostly start out as tourists. The tourism sector accounted for 15.3% of employment and 15.2% of GDP and both these percentages are higher than the peak year of 2007, this alone underlines just how important tourism is for the Spanish economy.
Is the now the time to buy Marbella Property or Sell your property on the Costa del Sol?
The short answer – yes absolutely.
Now is the time to buy and even to sell. Many foreign investors for example are taking full advantage of rental income – to be reminded about tourism, just go back to the top of this blog. To explore property investment options that gives you a high ROI, rental income is the number one source.
To generalise, the statistics speak for themselves when it comes to the property sector in Andalucia – this will include everything from luxury beachfront Marbella villas to bank owned Benalmadena golf apartments and other types of property on the Costa del Sol. But, as a Marbella estate agent it is foreign investors, especially those in the UK, who we see taking advantage of the property prices, buying up extremely reasonably priced property across the Costa del Sol with a focus on both personal use and a sound investment.
Tourism remains one of Spain’s biggest assets, and the property market comes in second place. As of today in 2016, property sales are at an all-time high, the construction industry is back at work building new Marbella developments, and jobs are once again flooding the market.
For those wishing to make a lifestyle change this could very well be the time to make a move. If owning a property in Marbella has been your dream, then find out how to make your dreams a reality.
For more information about our extensive portfolio of property for sale in Marbella, please browse through our site, and contact us with any questions you may have.
When it comes to festivals, there is no other country on the planet that has as many as Spain. It also has the most holidays per month, but who are we to complain? It’s all part of the lifestyle! Holy Week, known as Semana Santa, is the Spanish Easter. Although the holiday is celebrated throughout the entire Christian world, when it comes to the Passion of the Christ, no other place on earth does it so elaborately like Andalucia.
Malaga, and Seville have the most elaborate Easter celebrations in Spain. Each year tourists flock to Malaga to watch in awe as the processions go by, taking in the atmosphere, and the raw emotion. Even those with the hardest hearts, can be swept along by what is said to be an extremely moving experience. Holy Week is more important than Christmas here on the Costa del Sol, and just by looking at the images in this guide, you can understand why.
This guide will help answer your questions about Holy Week in the South of Spain. We explain the cultural importance, the Brotherhood, the clothing worn, and where you can see the processions in 2016. We provide updated information about Easter, so you and the entire family can get out there and take it all in.
Semana Santa – The Historical Significance
Easter is the biggest religious celebration in Spain, and nowhere is that more relevant than in the South of Spain. Semana Santa starts on Palm Sunday, and ends the following week. For the residents of Malaga province this means public holidays on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, unlike in the UK where the holidays fall on Good Friday and Easter Monday.
But, the question remains – why is Easter such a big deal in Spain?
Each year the dates of Semana Santa will vary, given that the Easter feast is not attached to any specific date, but is connected to a cosmic event or phenomenon. The Roman emperor Constantine started it all by calling the Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D. to the first Sunday after the full moon. This follows after the vernal equinox in the northern hemisphere – basically, Easter can never be celebrated before March 22nd or after April 25th.
Because Spain is over 75% Catholic, the Passion of the Christ is honoured during Semana Santa. Since the medieval ages, cities, towns and small villages across the whole of Spain come to life during Semana Santa – none however, like those in Malaga, Seville and Granada – Marbella also puts on an incredible show.
One particular Semana Santa celebration, in 1521, took place when the Marqués de Tarifa returned from a trip to the holy land. It was sometime after his trip where he institutionalized the Via Crucis (Stations of the Cross) in Spain. It was from that moment on, this holy event was celebrated with a procession. In the years that followed, the observance of the Via Crucis eventually broke up into the various scenes of the Passion, with the incorporation of portable crosses and altars. This would eventually lead to today’s elaborate processions in the South of Spain.
Semana Santa & the Processions
If you want to be utterly impressed, then understanding what exactly is happening during the processions or the Via Crucis, will give you a whole new perspective. You see, the processions are basically floats, but not the kind of floats you witness during parades. Instead, sometimes up to 200 men are carrying floats that can weigh up to 2 metric tons.
The floats contain statues of Christ, and each procession plays out the Passion of the Christ – or Stations of the Cross. These processions must be practised for the entire year leading up to Easter week here in Spain. Those 200 men cannot afford to make one simple miss-step in their sequence – if they do, it is very possible someone could die. Imagine for one moment dropping almost 2 metric tons – the end result wouldn’t be pretty.
This is exactly why the processions are so impressive, and garner worldwide attention. The floats are accompanied by members of the ‘Brotherhood’, who can be recognised by their distinctive garments and conical shaped headdresses.
The Brotherhoods (hermandad, corporacion, cofradia) are members of the parish who organise themselves to celebrate Semana Santa with processions. Every Brotherhood dedicates itself to a certain scene, for example – the burial of Christ, the taking of Christ’s body off the cross, the flogging of Christ by Roman soldiers, the judgement of Christ by Pilate, and so on.
The Brotherhood also perform specific functions during Semana Santa. For example, the Brotherhood of Death and Resurrection of the Lord will be the one to first announce resurrection on Saturday at midnight. Then there is the three grenadier Brotherhoods who are dedicated to the Virgin. They will take to the streets on the Friday of Pain – the day commemorating the Pain of the Mother.
Put together in one procession, they develop the whole story of the Passion before your very eyes, and it’s breath-taking.
Malaga’s Easter Celebrations Stand Apart
Each year, Easter week in Málaga takes to the streets an atmosphere worth seeing. We can almost guarantee that all of your 5 senses will be effected. You can see processional thrones carrying images that sway all along the entire route, thousands of penitents lighting each giving colour with their candles and robes, processional marches, as well as aromas of incense and flowers filling the air as the processions pass by and thousands of people crowded to see and applaud their favourite tronos.