Have you booked a ticket to Starlite Marbella 2019?

Have you booked a ticket to Starlite Marbella 2019?

Starlite Marbella is a well-known festival that brings national and international artists to the Costa del Sol every year. Whatever your music tastes there really is something for everyone here. The festival commenced on 5th July and goes on until 23rd August so there are plenty of dates to suit those that live here or may be on holiday.

You can buy weekly ticket passes and VIP tables if you are looking for a fabulous time. Here are a selection of the acts performing:

19th July – Jamie Cullum
Jamie Cullum will perform on Friday, July 19th 2019 at the Auditorium stage of Starlite.
Starlite welcomes the British jazz reference Jamie Cullum, on his second visit to the festival. Cullum turned upside down Starlite on 2013 with his energy and enthusiasm for music, and he will do it again this year with his so acclaimed and particular voice.

23rd July – Sting
The Starlite audience will be able to hear “Englishman In New York”, “Fields Of Gold”, “Shape Of My Heart”, “Every Breath You Take”, “Roxanne”, “Message In A Bottle” and many more, with Sting accompanied by an electric, rock ensemble.

24th July – John Legend
The critically acclaimed, multi-award winning, and platinum-selling singer-songwriter John Legend will attend the boutique festival for the first time, to share with the audience his music, which has garnered him ten Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Tony Award among many others.

3rd August – Luis Fonsi
The singer-songwriter and musician, currently coach of The Voice Spain, launched in 2019 his ninth and latest album, “VIDA”. With these new songs and remixes, Fonsi will land on the Auditorium stage of the festival to make the audience dance and enjoy an endless party, in addition to his global hits: “Despacito”, “Imposible”, “Calypso” or “Échame la culpa”.

5th August – James Rhodes & Katie Melua
Acclaimed pianist and James and talented vocalist Katie are performing for the first time at Starlite and its set to be a great night.

13th August – Jason Derulo
After his amazing performance at the festival in 2017, Derulo and his uncanny ability to find new angles and true trends will be back sharing his music in order to delight the audience once again. His 11 career-defining platinum singles include hits such as “Want to Want Me”, “Whatcha Say”, “In My Head”, “Ridin’ Solo” or “Don’t Wanna Go Home”.

There are so many great acts this year, you are sure to be going more than once if you love music like we do.

For more information check out the official website: https://starlitemarbella.com/en/

Happy San Juan

Happy San Juan

Today is the Summer Solstice marking the traditional start of summer when the children start their holidays. Everywhere becomes more bustling along the Costa del Sol during the three high summer months.

Noche de San Juan is celebrated on 23rd June with the main feature being those amazing bonfires you see along the resorts along the coast where people take to the beach to celebrate the start of summer.

The festival is celebrated all over Spain. But some of the most spectacular festivities are observed in the capital city of Madrid, Granada, Barcelona, Alicante, Valencia, and Gran Canaria. Coastal cities boast the most scenic celebrations though, as the bonfires are set right on the beach.

At midnight on Saturday 23 June 2019, effigies will be burned on the bonfires. According to tradition, if people jump over the bonfire three times on San Juan’s night, they will be cleansed and purified. It is ritual with pagan roots that rules at San Juan. After midnight, people wash their faces and feet three times in order to be granted three wishes and for a happy twelve months thereafter. How many times will you get to enjoy a moonlight swim!

Traditionally, the Spanish did not visit the beach until this day in each year but if you are of European descent the weather has been far too tempting to keep us from the beaches this summer.

In Malaga you’ll find the activity at Malagueta beach where entertainment starts at 9pm and goes on until dawn. In Marbella, head down to Cable Beach where music starts at 9pm.
In Benalmadena the most popular beaches are Bil-Bil and Santa Ana. Festivities start in the streets of Arroyo de Miel with fireworks and music at Bil-Bil Castle until 1am.

In Mijas Costa, as in other areas along the coast, San Juan Festival is the one night of the year when you are allowed to light fires on the beaches. This is definitely one in the event calendar for the whole family, with a great relaxed atmosphere. Midnight swimming, playing games on the beach and of course large family picnics until the early hours of the morning!

It is fair to say that wherever you are along the Costa del Sol on Sunday 23rd June – head down to the beach and you will find something going on. This is a wonderful festival to enjoy with family and friends and one of the many reasons we think living in Spain is fantastic.

The Costa del Sol: Paradise for golfers and investors

The Costa del Sol: Paradise for golfers and investors

The Costa del Sol in Southern Spain has always been a favourite holiday destination, especially for golfers. With an abundance of luxurious golf courses located next to the Mediterranean Sea, it offers not only a picturesque location and stunning sea views, but also pleasant year-round weather which means you can book several months in advance safe in the knowledge that you can guarantee almost perfect weather.

 

Golf properties and other properties on the Costa del Sol get lots of attention especially if they are close to the golf courses. Buying a property in Marbella or surrounding Costa del Sol on golf resorts or near, can offer an incredible holiday home investment. Golfing is so popular here and not just because of the weather.

 

These beautiful and challenging courses have attracted both amateur and professional golfers from all around the world. The East of Málaga is a desirable location with many golf courses being just a short car ride away from one of the busiest airports in the world, with hundreds of short flights arriving every single day from popular cities all across Europe and many of them offered at a low cost by several well-known airlines.

 

The golf courses of the Costa del Sol, colloquially known as ‘The Costa del Golf’ has a reputation for both luxury and professionalism with hosting international events such as the 1997 Ryder Cup hosted by Valderrama Golf Club and the World Golf Championships in Seville. The Women’s Open de España forms part of the European Women’s Professional Golf Circuit and in recent years has taken place at La Quinta Golf.

 

There are over 60 golf courses along the coast, many set up by ambitious local businessmen that have over the years become favourite golfing destinations for celebrities such as world-famous Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros, who would often vacation on the Costa del Sol during the height of his career from the 70s until the 90s. David Leadbetter, a British golfing instructor, has also enjoyed the outstanding courses that the Costa del Sol has to offer. They are a favourite to many golf enthusiasts and suit all abilities, affording the opportunity to holiday in a picturesque destination and combine it with their favourite hobby.

 

Other celebrities to endorse the exquisite courses on the Costa del Sol include English golfer turned on-air analyst Nick Faldo, and retired American golfer Arnold Palmer, nicknamed “The King”, due to his legendary golfing career and winning many events including the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour.

 

But these landscaped courses are far from just golfing destinations, as many of them offer superb amenities such as high-end shops, fine dining, spa facilities and access to nearby five-star resorts.  With many being just short walks away from beautiful seaside towns and stunning beaches and virtually guaranteed perfect weather, what more could a golfer want?

 

Aside from the fabulous amenities and activities that these locations have to offer, many also have their very own luxury residences right there on the golf course. These frontline golf properties have become somewhat of an investment opportunity of the years for budding entrepreneurs as well as individuals looking to invest overseas.  They are often rented out as world-class holiday destinations and many of these private residences also come with membership to the golf clubs to which they are affiliated, making them the perfect place to have a holiday home at the same time as being a great investment in prime real estate Marbella. If you fancy teeing off in Marbella, there are currently plenty of luxury golf properties for sale on the Costa del Sol at great value prices.

 

It’s just a matter of knowing where to look.

Semana Santa & the start of Spring

Semana Santa & the start of Spring

Holy Week or Semana Santa, in Andalucia is an event that every year literally transforms towns and cities across the region. Processions of elaborately decorated floats with Jesus and Mary statues, groups of Nazarenos (penitents) and brass bands walk slowly through the streets, from their local church to the cathedral and back.

Parades start on Sunday 25 March and run through to Easter Sunday with Malaga and Seville having some of the biggest and boldest celebrations. If you have never been in the area at this time of year, it is an amazing experience, and a great time to visit. Yes, cities and towns will be very busy but like any great experience it is well worth it even if you do have to wait a little longer for a table at your favourite restaurant. You will never see anything like it!

As the start of Spring too it is the perfect time to get away from it all and relax whether you are coming for a golfing break with friends or a shopping or culture trip. In Malaga, you can combine all of these and more. With museums and art galleries aplenty being the birth place of Picasso, Malaga has something for all tastes.

Spring time in Spain is truly delightful – you can enjoy every aspect of outdoor living with a lovely climate that doesn’t get too hot. Beaches are quieter and the love of outdoor life shows as more keen cyclists, joggers and walkers head out for fresh air. Tapas at a beach side chiringuito is a guilty pleasure as the first throng of warmth means balmy and comfortable temperatures.

Perfect golf weather or indeed just the right time to get out onto the water with a boat charter or trip. In certain spots along the coastline you can even see dolphins!

So, if you are tempted by the sound of this, book those flights and hotels. Living here it is easy to just drive around the coast and stop at the place that attracts you the most.

A taste of Spanish culture will have you hooked

A taste of Spanish culture will have you hooked

Spain offers culture by the bucket load, from Renaissance palaces to fine art museums, there’s enough here to keep even the most impassioned culture vulture occupied for a lifetime. Whether you’re looking for a pleasant interlude on a beach holiday in Spain or a whistle-stop tour of the Spanish art scene, put these destinations on your wish list in 2018.

The Prado Museum, Madrid: Immerse yourself in the elegance of art’s classical era with the ultimate permanent exhibition of old masters. The gems displayed at the Prado include works by El Greco, Rapheal and Rubens, as well as Goya and Velasquez. This sparkling mix of painting and sculpture are the aesthete’s dream – and if you’re looking for a bumper dose of culture you can buy a discount ticket that also includes entry to the nearby Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and Reina Sofia Arts Centre.

The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao:You could spend half an hour admiring this building without even venturing inside it, thanks to the architectural genius of Frank Gehry. The Basque Guggenheim is hard to describe without seeing it for yourself, but think a futuristic collision of spaceport and titanium ocean liner and you won’t be far off. Inside, a series of eclectic galleries displays one of the world’s greatest collections of modern art. There are also plenty of interactive exhibitions, so it’s a great place to take family of all ages.

The Alhambra Palace, Granada: If your taste in architecture trends towards the ancient rather than the modern then Granada’s glorious Moorish palace will give your heart strings a good thrum. It’s one of the most beautiful Arabian palaces in existence, and the design blends the grandeur of a sultan’s residence with the impregnability of a fortress. Time your visit to coincide with the annual International Festival of Music and Dance, which takes place within the palace walls and features some of the world’s top orchestras. It’s also possible to stay within the grounds in the Parador Hotel – although you’ll have to book several months in advance to secure a room.

The City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia: If one museum isn’t enough to sate your interest in art, then how about a whole city packed with museums and galleries? Valencia’s City of Arts and Science is packed with buildings dedicated to art and entertainment, including the Principe Felipe Science Museum and the Palau de les Arts, Valencia’s opera house. There are also plenty of less serious attractions for kids and easier-going culture vultures – check out the beautiful aquarium at L’Oceanografic Park and the Planetarium at L’Hemisferic. As the birthplace of paella too, you need to try one of the beachfront restaurants providing this traditional cuisine,

Five great museums in Malaga

Five great museums in Malaga

Malaga is an ever-developing city with millions spent by the council over the last ten years to enhance the cultural aspects of the city, it now rivals Barcelona and Madrid in terms of arty experience. The city boasts over thirty museums and has a multitude of galleries and exhibitions, ideal for a rainy day or just for something a little different.

Any trip to Malaga is best done when the streets are calmer so September and October are perfect for exploring. Here we look at five of our favourite cultural delights.

  1. The Picasso Museum – Spread over twelve halls, the permanent exhibition includes numerous classic and famed paintings and is a lovely collection for novices, while aficionados will find enough to keep them engaged long after the visit. Beyond the artist’s more recognisable paintings, and pieces from his various stylistic periods, the permanent collection houses sketches, sculptures and ceramics. Three more temporary exhibit rooms round out the experience.

  2. The Malaga Museum – Housing some 15,000 archaeological artefacts and more than 2,000 fine arts pieces, this comprehensive museum charts the city’s history from Prehistoric times up to modern day. There’s a rich collection of 19th century Spanish art, including all of the most important painters of the local Malaga school.

  3. The Carmen Thyssen Museum – Comprising hundreds of works from the personal collection of Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza, highlighting the various genres of 19th century Spanish art, from Francisco de Goya to Pablo Picasso. Included is a cannon of the most famous of Andalusian artists, such as Malaga’s own Felix Revello de Toro The Thyssen museum has been a must-see destination for lovers of Andalusian art since its opening in 2011.

  4. The Flamenco Art Museum – Flamenco art runs deep in Andalusian veins and Malaga itself has an important historical relationship with the art form, in fact, the museum is one of the most important of its kind in all of Spain. The Flamenco Museum of Malaga houses a gathering of more than 5000 pieces, half of those comprising a historical collection of recordings dating to the 19th century, along with centuries old guitars, traditional garb representing the various Flamenco forms and Flamenco inspired art and photography.

  5. The Contemporary Art Museum  400 or so permanent works prominently feature some of the most memorable artists of the late 20th century with a focus on North American artists such as Lichtenstein and Stella. Expect quirky works here, and once you’ve had your fill, head into Malaga’s up and coming, artsy SOHO district characterised by its lively café culture.

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