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Benalmadena’s Paloma Park Included in Tripadvisor’s List of Top 25 Parks in Europe

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Paloma Park in Benalmadena included in Top 25 parks in EuropePaloma Park in Benalmádena has recently received an important award from Tripadvisor, the world’s nº1 travel review site. We’re delighted and proud to announce that our beautiful park located in the centre of the town is now included in Tripadvisor’s 25 Top Parks in Europe (nº24), a great bit of news to start off the busy summer season. :-)  

Tripadvisor is recognised as one the world’s most influential travel sites. In this second edition of its ‘Travellers’ Choice Attractions Awards’- which honors top landmarks and parks throughout Europe – the travellers who leave reviews on Tripadvisor have decided that this 200.000 square metre park is worthy of a place in the Top 25 list and thereby become one of the most recommended parks on the continent!  Read More…

Travellers Can Now Enjoy Free Wi-Fi Access at Malaga Airport

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Malaga airport Free WiFi

If you are regular visitor to the Costa del Sol you’ll know that – up until now – accessing Málaga airport’s Wi-Fi network meant paying for the privilege.

Well, you’ll be delighted to know that as of last week, that is no longer the case as passengers can now enjoy 15 minutes of FREE Wi-Fi access. Granted, it’s not the ideal scenario (read: Free unlimited Wi-Fi); however, it beats having to pay to check the latest bus time tables, making a quick Skype call to let someone know you’ve arrived, sending a Whatsapp message or simply checking the latest news from your favourite online newspaper. Read More…

Paloma Park Gets a Much-Needed Makeover

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Paloma Park in Benalmadena

Feeding the ducks in Paloma Park

Paloma Park is one of Benalmadena’s most popular attractions – for locals and tourists alike.

Famous for its large lake, extensive gardens (including one consisting of cactus trees) and its diverse collection of animals, many of which roam freely through its grounds, Paloma Parkis a must-visit for all visitors to Benalmadena.

Those of you who have visited the park recently may have noticed that it was starting to look a little run down and in need of a little TLC. Thankfully, this iconic landmark is now set to receive a major face lift thanks to a special state fund of €200,000.

The improvement works began last Friday and will include the following:

  • Replacement of the main lake’s ‘feeder’ waterways
  • New Signage
  • New Street Lamps
  • New park benches
  • Installation of a new eco-friendly irrigation system that uses recycled water

The work is set to last several months but once finished will restore Paloma Park’s reputation as one of the Costa del Sol’s most beautiful public parks.

New App to Detect Jellyfish Plagues on Costa del Sol Beaches

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jellyfish appAnyone who has been to the Costa del Sol on holiday this summer will have had first hand experience with the jellyfish problem which has plagued our beaches during these warm months.

These annoying invertebrates have messed up many an afternoon on the beach for my family and I this summer! Each time we were forced to abandon our plans for a cool dip in the sea I thought to myself “Wouldn’t it be great if there were an App that let you know which beaches on the Costa del Sol are affected by plagues of Jellyfish?”

Well, it looks like next summer my wish will be granted :-) The provincial government and the Aula del Mar Foundation will join forces to develop a mobile application (App) which will allow users to know the location of jellyfish shoals along the coast.

Apparently this new app will be easy to use and will use geo-location to warn bathers as to the whereabouts of jellyfish shoals; this way, they’ll be able to choose a beach which isn’t affected by these slippery creatures. Read More…

Benalmadena Introduces New QR Codes at Local Tourist Attractions

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Benalmadena QR Codes

Try scanning this QR Code and see where it takes you...

If you’ve walked around any of Benalmádena’s most popular tourist attractions lately, you may have come across some strange looking barcodes located in special frames and posted in visible areas; these are the new QR Codes (Quick Response) which the town hall will be using to provide tourists and visitors with detailed information about the town’s attractions.

For those of you who are less familiar with the latest technological gadgets and technologies, I’ll quickly explain what a QR Code is and how it works.

QR Codes are a type of barcode which, when placed at specific tourist attractions, allows visitors to access immediate information about them (opening times, historical info, photos, etc) by pointing their smart-phone at the QR Code. A special scanner within the phone – which you can download for free – reads the code and automatically sends you to a website featuring the tourist attraction in question.

The following attractions around Benalmadena have QR Codes which you can scan during your visit: Selwo Marina, Tivoli World, Sea Life, BenalmadenaButterflyPark, La Niñade Benalmádena Statue, Puerto Marina, the Casa dela Cultura, Castillo de Colomares, the Pre-Columbian Museum, PalomaPark, Santa Ana Beach and Bil-Bil Castle. There are plans to install more QR Codes in the near future.

We’re so inspired by this initiative that we’re already planning to start using QR Codes around Sunset Beach Club. Keep your smart phones loaded :-)

 

Málaga Airport’s Second Runway Almost Ready for Take-off

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Second runway at Malaga airport

Anyone who has flown in to Málaga Airport will probably agree that the new airport terminal is an impressive piece of engineering; with its sleek and modern design and extensive services, this gateway to the Costa del Sol is now one of the largest in Spain and indeed Europe.

Well, it’s about to get even more impressive with a new2,750 metrelong second runway! The expected date for the opening of this new runway is next month (June) as the airport authority – Aena – are still awaiting the completion of the certification process as well as the correction of a few minor faults which have been detected; don’t worry, it’s nothing serious, they just need to check some of the signage ;-)

Malaga airport already has capacity for a not-too-shabby 37 take-offs and landings per hour. The new runway will increase this figure to a massive 72 take-offs and landings per hour, or 9,500 passengers.

There are only 4 other airports in Spain – Madrid, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca and Gran Canaria – that have 2 runways, so with the addition, Malaga airport really does join the airport elite :-)

The addition of this second runway to Malaga airport will hopefully mean more inbound flights full of tourists and visitors coming to stay at Sunset Beach Club ;-)

 

New Bus Service from Malaga Airport to Benalmádena

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Bus from Benalmadena to Malaga Airport

 

IMPORTANT UPDATE (October 2014): The bus service from Malaga Airport to Benalmadena has been cancelled indefinitely.

UPDATE: From the 1st May 2013 the airport bus route will be extended and will reach the Holiday World Hotel Complex. Timetables are still not available but we will put them up as soon as they are.

We’ve got some great news for all those of you who travel to Benalmádena regularly but don’t particularly like to fork out €27 (each way) for a taxi from the airport to your hotel of choice (hopefully Sunset Beach Club ;-)).

The local bus company (Avanza Portillo) has just started an all new service (nºM128) which will run daily between Benalmádena Costa and Malaga airport. If you’re staying at Sunset Beach Club, the bus stops right outside the hotel – well… almost – so it’s really handy and will allow you to save quite a bit of money. Read More…

Benalmadena Hosts the National Electronic Darts Championship

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electronic darts championship BenalmadenaThis coming weekend – from 23rd to 25th March 2012 – Benalmadena will host the National Electronic Darts Championship.

According to figures released by the Championship’s organisers, there are approximately 2500 players signed up for the event. Benalmadena will be welcoming players from all over Spain, many of whom, will be coming with their families; great news for local tourism! (By the way, if anyone is looking for accommodation for the event, we know a really good 4 star hotel located on the seafront..;-))

The Championship will be held at the Holiday Village Hotel and will include the following categories: Individual male and female, pairs, mixed triples and teams. The whole tournament will take place under the ‘open’ format meaning that anyone who is interested in playing can sign up to compete.

Juan Olea, local councillor in charge of sports, has expressed his satisfaction at the number of players signed up for the event: “The National Darts Championship will be a splendid opportunity  for thousands of people to get to know Benalmadena and for them to enjoy the large variety of activities we have to offer”.

The town hall hopes that talks held with the Federation of Darts Clubs will help to establish Benalmadena as the official host of this Championship.

The finalists of the different categories will travel t oLas Vegas representing the National Team :-)

If you are looking for accommodation over this Championship weekend, head over to www.sunsetbeachclub.com for great rates!

It’s Andalucia Day Tomorrow: We Suggest the Following…

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Andalucia DayTomorrow (28th February) is Andalucia Day or “ Día de Andalucia”. Apart from being a public holiday in all of the Andalusian region – shops and businesses will be closed – Andalucia Day is a special day… It commemorates the February 28th, 1980 referendum on the Statute of the Autonomy of Andalucia in which the Andalucian people voted to make Andalucia an autonomous community of Spain.

If you are walking through the streets of any Andalucian town or city, don’t be surprised if you see green and white flags decorating the balconies of many buildings; it’s also common for various cultural competitions to be held in conjunction with this special day on the Andalucian calendar.

Here are a couple of suggestions on ways to spend Andalucia Day:

1)      The Thyssen Museum in Málaga is offering free entrance to all visitors tomorrow the 28th February. If you haven’t been, this is the perfect opportunity to do so. Take the train or bus into the centre of Málaga, visit the museum and then take a stroll through the streets of the old town – don’t forget to stop in at one of the many bars for some traditional tapas! You might also want to take a walk along the impressive new waterfront area called ‘Muelle Uno’; definitely worth a visit!

2)      Option two is a little closer to home. The beach bars (chiringuitos) and restaurants in theSanta AnaBeacharea – near the windmill – is celebrating the ‘II Feria del Pescaito’. This basically means that you can dig into some fantastic fish dishes at unbeatable prices. Typical fried fish dishes such as Calamares or Boquerones will be available for just €4.5 per plate and shell fish dishes will be priced at €7 per plate – we’re basically talking half price here! If the weather stays as it has been for the past few days, you’d be mad not to take advantage of this great offer… Enjoy a leisurely stroll down the promenade and treat yourself to some of the best fish on the Coast :-)

Selwo Marina and Selwo Aventura Open for the New Season

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Selwo AventuraTwo of our favourite attractions on the Costa del Sol, Selwo Marina Dolphinarium and Selwo Aventura will be opening for the new season today (Friday 24th February 2012).

After a well earned winter break, these popular parks are ready to delight visitors with their unique facilities.

Selwo Marina Dolphinarium, located just minutes away from Sunset Beach Club, will be celebrating their 10th anniversary this year. Special activities will be planned throughout the season to celebrate, so visiting the park is a must if you are visiting theCosta del Sol :-)

Selwo Aventura, the wildlife adventure park located near Estepona (Approx. 1 hour drive from Sunset Beach Club) also opens to the public today. In a constant effort to reinvent the visitor experience, Selwo Aventura will be introducing new species and animals to their, already impressive, wildlife family. Here’s a quick list of the new attractions:

  • Two new Hippos – Margarita and Manolito (can’t get more Spanish than that!! ) – have been brought to the park in the hope that they’ll be able to add to the parks population with a little Manolito Hippo! The Masai Mara area of the park has been especially prepared to welcome the two Hippos and to make sure they feel at home.
  • HyenaTerritoryis one of the new installations which will be introduced this season. This is perfect opportunity to learn more about this roaming carnivore, vital for the African ecosystem.
  • The newLionTerritory. Located in the main village area of Selwo Aventura, this new feature will allow visitors to see the King of the Jungle up close!
  • The “Reserva de losLagos” area of the park will be the new home of the Sitatunga (don’t worry, I had to look it up too ;-) it’s a type of antelope) another African species.

If you are planning on visiting Sunset Beach Club for a holiday – and especially if you have kids –  make sure you include Selwo Marina Dolphinarium and Selwo Aventura on your list of ‘Places to see’, you’ll have a blast!

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