Visitors flock to Spain to enjoy the climate and of course the wonderful beaches throughout the country. Here in Andalucia we have our fair share of Blue Flag beaches where families know they can be safe and facilities are good.
The iconic Blue Flag is one of the world’s most recognised voluntary eco-labels awarded to beaches, marinas, and sustainable boating tourism operators. In order to qualify for the Blue Flag, a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety, and accessibility criteria must be met and maintained.
Spain has 669 blue flag beaches, putting it top worldwide of the list compiled by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).
If you’re loving the rising temperatures making it feel like summer here in Andalucia right now, why not grab those beach towels and head down to one of the Blue Flag beaches and enjoy the first taste of summer with some sardines in a beachside chiringuito.
We’ve listed the most current of selection of beaches in Malaga province that have been awarded a Blue Flag.
- Estepona – El Cristo and Arroyo Vaquero
- Casares – Ancha
- Mijas – La Cala – Torreon; El Bombo and Calahonda I (Royal Beach – La Luna)
- Fuengirola – Carvajal
- Marbella – Casablanca, El Faro and San Pedro de Alcantara (Guadalmina)
- Benalmadena – Fuente de la Salud and Torrebermeja-Sta.Ana
- Torrox – Ferrara Beach
- Algarrobo – Algarrobo Costa
- Velez-Malaga – Benajarafe, Torre del Mar and La Caleta Paseo
The great outdoor lifestyle is what entices most people to live here or buy a second home. With superb beaches, a plethora of golf courses, water sports, horse riding, sailing and tennis as well as gentle walks, hiking and cycling who would not love a healthy life filled with great things to do.
If you are interested in properties in Marbella we have a superb selection up and down the coastline with beachside apartments frontline golf properties to luxury villas and exclusive plots of land available. Our multilingual team is here to guide you through the process so contact us today with your requirements. Follow us on Facebook and see our website for the latest updates.
According to the 2019 edition of the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index that ranks 169 countries on overall health, Spain has just surpassed Italy to become the healthiest country for 2019.
In previous years Spain was ranked sixth but due to the fabulous climate, healthy and active outdoor lifestyle and beneficial Mediterranean cuisine people here tend to live longer. Many other factors come in to play with levels of obesity and tobacco use also taken into account and what also ranks the country high are its excellent levels of primary care.
The index ranks Spain first, Italy second, Iceland third, Japan fourth and Switzerland fifth. If you are looking to healthy lifestyle and longevity then it might be time to take the plunge and buy that property you’ve always dreamt of in sunny Spain.
Here in Spain and in this area of Andalucia there are some fabulous healthcare facilities that offer a service second to none. The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies 2018 review of Spain noted in the past decade there has been a decline of cardiovascular diseases and deaths from cancer.
Diet has a particularly large part to play in this with a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil and nuts said to be one that is good for both heart health and waistlines.
By 2040 Spain is forecast to have the highest lifespan, at almost 86 years, followed by Japan, Singapore and Switzerland, according to the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
A stressful life contributes negatively to the body and here in Spain spending time outside on the golf course, sailing, walking or practising yoga in the fresh air will help balance those stress hormones. Many of our developments are geared up to provide that luxury lifestyle with onsite gyms, spas and tennis courts.
So, if you are considering buying a property in Spain how about a beachside apartment in Marbella or a luxury villa in La Zagaleta. Perhaps a frontline golf property in Benahavis or an apartment in the upmarket marina of Sotogrande. We have properties to suit all lifestyles and budgets so contact us today and let us help you live a better life.
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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With environmental issues under the spotlight worldwide everyone is trying to do their bit to provide a better future. Andalucia is leading the way with an injection of funding into sustainable buildings meaning more than €75 million is set to be pumped into sustainable building projects across the region in a major green campaign over the coming years.
The Junta is financing environmentally-sound and long-lasting projects that are due to come to fruition before 2020 meaning that more building work and smarter environmentally friendly property options will be available over the coming years here on the Costa del Sol.
José Sánchez Maldonado, head of the department for employment and business, said the funding has been drawn from the region’s energy agency. It is excellent that Andalucia is leading the way pumping this kind of investment into the property market.
A report in The Olive Press says some of the money will also go into renovating existing buildings to make them more environmentally friendly, installing thermal insulation to bring down energy use and eco-air conditioning. This investment makes up part of the Junta’s new three-pronged energy efficiency programme report The Olive Press.
We are finding that developers are taking a greener view with eco-friendly features being introduced to selected contemporary developments like a recent energy efficient development near Estepona. Helping both the environment and keeping the owners’ costs down. Eco friendly designs take advantage of the best aspects of a site such as making the most of natural light so minimizing energy use.
A further report in the environmental section of The Olive Press states that the local government are looking to make the area a centre for green energy production: “The Junta has once again committed to making Andalucía a green energy powerhouse. Officials want to reduce the region’s energy consumption by 25% and increase the amount of energy created by renewable sources by 25%. This further highlights Andalucía as a prominent place to live with its investment in the environment.
With the economy growing and more interest from overseas buyers seeing Spain and particularly the Andalucian coastline as a sound investment, investing in the sustainability of its buildings and property is a must.
Marbella’s many retreats
You’ve read it here before on Bromley’s blogs, but it´s worth repeating – Marbella property is super-hot right now. It´s not just our personal view – we have recently shared some amazing statistics and facts regarding Marbella real estate. We even provided our readers with exclusive access to our own predictions about the Marbella property market in 2017. With so much good news on the horizon, we think it´s time to explore the many retreats on offer in Marbella and the whole of the Costa del Sol… Some even more affordable than you thought!
Marbella Retreats – Experience just about everything
You’ll find that most resort-type coastal cities provide just about everything you’d expect. White sandy beaches, lounge chairs, cocktails and of course incredible food. But not many visitors to the Costa del Sol truly know about the hidden gems situated throughout the area. Hidden gems that can dazzle you, teach you something new, relax you, or leave you in complete peace and solitude. Marbella and the surrounding areas offer a great variety of different retreats and today we’re going to list the top Marbella retreats you’ll definitely want to try.
#1 – Well-being Treats
Let’s face it, we all need that get away sometimes. There’s nothing wrong with wanting a little quiet and pampering. Marbella provides you with the solitude and meditation you crave. Believe it or not there are several spots outside Marbella’s city walls that surround you in scenic beauty and even solitude.
Here are our top picks:
Shanti-Som Wellbeing Retreat
You certainly get your pick here at Shanti-Som, but if it’s relaxation you want, they offer you a special package that promotes “from burnout to freedom”. They have a Chakra experience, conscious living experience and plenty more.
Molino del Rey – Yoga Retreat
If you love Yoga or even want to learn about Yoga and its many benefits, then Molino del Rey is the perfect escape. Molino del Rey sits in one of the most beautiful reserves in Andalucia – the Sierra de las Nieves. The owners of this retreat have been building on the resort since 1994, and with their very own hands. All aspects of the retreat have been improved, providing the most luxurious comforts you would expect.
#2 – Creative Retreats in Marbella
Are you a writer? Or perhaps you want to be a writer some day? You can include Marbella on your bucket list of the best place to get creative in 2017. There are locations situated throughout the outskirts of the coastal city, much like the well being retreats that offer creative writing retreats. You can even learn from some of the masters.
#3 – Master Spanish Retreats
Want to brush up on your Spanish while enjoying the sites in a beautiful sea side town? Then Nerja is the place you want to be. This 1 week Spanish immersion course starts at all levels, so even if you’re just getting started with Spanish, you get to learn the language and explore its culture.
#4 – Cooking vacations in Andalucia
Put your culinary expertise to the test with a wonderful cooking vacation in Andalucia. One thing you might not have known is Andalucia stands apart from the rest of the country because of its very unique history. Here in the south of Spain you will find a blend of Middle Eastern tastes and the very best sea food the country has to offer.
Imagine relaxing in a fully-restored traditional Andalusian farmhouse, where the owners will teach you how to prepare the finest of Spanish and Mediterranean foods. You get the full experience which includes stunning views and excursions to Cordoba, Zuheros and Granada.
Marbella Spain is so much more than sunshine and cocktails. You have a chance to escape the ordinary while learning and enjoying everything Andalucia has to offer. Because the Costa del Sol is breaking records in tourism, it might be a good idea to book early for a Marbella retreat making sure you get to travel when you want too.
Remember if you are looking for any information on Marbella real estate or looking to buy property in Marbella, Bromley has an extensive database of exclusive properties.
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.
Holy Week, Day’s & Meanings
- 20 de Marzo, Domingo de Ramos
- 21 de Marzo, Lunes Santo
- 22 de Marzo, Martes Santo
- 23 de Marzo, Miércoles Santo
- 24 de Marzo, Jueves Santo
- 25 de Marzo, Viernes Santo
- 26 de Marzo, Sábado de Gloria (ó Sábado Santo)
- 27 de Marzo, Domingo de Resurrección (ó Domingo de Pascua)
- 28 de Marzo, Lunes de Pascua, festivo en algunas comunidades
For events listing, you can visit Marbella Family Fun for Marbella, and Andalucia.com for Malaga’s.