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The 12 Lucky Grapes: A New Year’s Eve Tradition in Spain

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12 Lucky Grapes on New Years EveThose of you who have been lucky enough to celebrate New Year’s Eve here in Spain will be familiar with the tradition of eating 12 ‘lucky’grapes as the clock strikes midnight. If you haven’t the faintest idea what we are talking about, be sure to read on as we explain where this bizarre tradition originated and what it actually entails.

Although many believe the tradition of eating the 12 lucky grapes at midnight on New Year’s Eve originated in 1909 due to a bumper crop of white grapes in the Almeria, Murcia and Alicante regions, it appears that this might not be entirely correct. Read More…

Christmas Activities at the Malaga Automobile Museum

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Malaga Automobile MuseumMálaga’s impressive Automobile Museum is one of our recommended places to visit this Christmas. With a special Christmas programme of events aimed at all the family, visitors will be able to enjoy the history of the automobile together with fashion in a unique and unforgettable experience.

The star of this year’s programme is the presentation of the new collection: Trilogy. Once again, the museum will delight us with its unique take on the evolution of the automobile industry and fashion: An impressive exhibition of models combining society, movies and fashion. Marilyn Monroe in Givenchy, Ava Gardner in Pierre Cardin, Paloma Picasso with Yves Saint Laurent are just some of the amazing displays visitors will be able to see.  Read More…

A Great Accommodation Option for Couples: Our Studio Apartments

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Studio apartments at Sunset Beach ClubWe recently wrote about the great accommodation options we have for larger families with out 1 bedroom (5 pax) and 2 bedroom apartments. Well today we want to tell you about another type of accommodation ideal for couples couples visiting Benalmadena and who don’t require a separate bedroom: Our Studio apartments.

We’ve only got a limited number of these units but their generous open plan layout (no separate bedroom) and sea facing location make them a popular choice. Add to that the fact that they are cheaper than our standard 1 bedroom exterior apartments, you can understand why these Studios don’t stay on the availability list for too long! Read More…

Photos & Videos of the Sunset Beach Club Staff Christmas Party (2013)

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Staff Christmas PartyLast Wednesday the 11th December, we celebrated our traditional Staff Christmas Party here at Sunset Beach Club.

This year’s theme was “Brazilian Carnival” and as I am sure you can imagine, it made for some interesting fancy dress costumes and stage performances!!!

After a welcome cocktail with drinks and canapés we all sat down to enjoy a delicious buffet dinner which our chefs and kitchen staff had spent most of the day preparing. The meal was superb but the best part of the evening was yet to come…

Just before midnight – and to the sound of Samba drums – four ‘beautiful’ brazilian dancers took to the stage for a spectacular show with a traditional mix of Samba and impressive Capoeira moves! (See photos below). Read More…

Arroyo de la Miel’s Famous ‘Urban Turkey Race’: A Fun & Healthy Morning Run for all the Family

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Arroyo de la Miel is getting ready to celebrate the 31st edition of its famous ‘Carrera Urbana del Pavo’ (Urban Turkey Race) which will take place this coming Sunday the 15th December, 2013.

Poster for the Carrera del Pavo (Urban Turkey Race) in Arroyo de la Miel, BenalmadenaThis traditional race was first held 31 years ago when participants had to run after a live turkey! Nowadays the turkey is taking a well earned rest; however, the winner of the race does get to take home a fantastic specimen to enjoy with their family over Christmas dinner! :-)  Read More…

Live in the Moonlight Theatre: Cinderella, True Loves Kiss! A Pantomime with a Twist!

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Christmas Pantomime at Sunset Beach ClubGet into the Christmas spirit next weekend and come and watch the kids from Club DanSing Performing Arts Club put on a very special show for you: a slightly different pantomime… “Cinderella, True Loves Kiss! A Pantomime with a Twist!”.

Kids aged 3 to 22 will take to the stage of our Moonlight Theatre and fill your afternoon with a fun and entertaining mix of acting, singing and dancing. We’re told the show is great fun and there will be lots of audience participation so make sure you mark the date on your calendars… Sunday 15th December 2013 at 4pm!

Tickets are just €5 per person and kids under the age of 15 can enter for free.

Another Great Reason to Visit Mijas: The New Contemporary Art Centre

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Contemporary Art Centre in MijasThe town of Mijas is probably one of the most popular tourist attractions on the Costa del Sol with thousands of weekly visitors. As from last Saturday, there’s another reason to add this charming town to your list of places to visit: The opening of the new Contemporary Art Centre (CACMijas: Centro de Arte Contemporáneo).

This new art gallery opened to the public with an impressive exhibition made up of 86 works from some of Spain’s greatest artists including, Picasso, Dalí and Miró. This wonderful collection actually goes by the name of “Picasso, amigos y contemporaneous” (Picasso, friends and contemporaries) and is made up of ceramics (43 pieces from Picasso himself and one of the most important collections in the world), lithographs and oil paintings.  Read More…

Cirque du Soleil Returns to Málaga with Quidam

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Quidam Cirque du Soleil in MalagaThe Cirque du Soleil returns to Malaga next week with their spectacular show, Quidam. Over the course of 4 days – from the 5th to the 8th December 2013 – we’ll be able to enjoy the energy and artistic flair of the world’s most important circus!

Quidam, one of Cirque du Soleil’s classic shows (it debuted in Montreal in April 1996) offers spectators a breathtaking mix of acts including aerial contortion, diabolo, skipping ropes, juggling, clowns and more. Millions of people  all over the world have been fortunate enough to see the show and next weekend those of us living or visiting the Costa del Sol will have the chance to experience the magic of Cirque du Soleil :-) Read More…

6 of Benalmadena’s Most Popular Walking and Hiking Routes [Guide]

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Map of Benalmadena Walking & Hiking Routes

Map of Benalmadena’s Walking and Hiking Routes (Click on the map to see larger version)

Do you enjoy walking and hiking in the countryside? Although better known as a sun and beach holiday destination, Benalmadena also offers many fun and entertaining activities during the quieter winter months. Two of those activities are walking and hiking.

Benalmadena actually boasts an impressive network of natural walking routes and trails from which you can experience unbelievable views of the Costa del Sol and beyond.

These routes are spread over the Municipality’s vast expanse which stretches into the hills and mountains behind Benalmadena Pueblo and Arroyo de la Miel. The town hall has actually been promoting these walking routes at recent travel trade fairs and has also invested in maintenance and cleaning-up of the 6 routes it recommends. Read More…

‘Spicy’ Photos From The Erotic Tapas Route in Fuengirola (2013)

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Photos of 'Erotic' TapasWe recently wrote about the Erotic Tapas Route which was to be held in Fuengirola at the start of November. This fun and ‘cheeky’ event has grown in popularity over that last few years and now attracts thousands of visitors from all over Spain.

As it’s such a unique concept, we like to get our roving reporters on the scene to grab photographic evidence of these ‘erotic’ tapas and see what all the fuss is about. Our intrepid colleague, Inma, enlisted the help of some of her friends and – camera in hand – started her adventure visiting many of the bars and restaurants participating in the Erotic Tapas Route. Read More…

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