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Kayak & Stand Up Paddle on the Costa del Sol: Two Fun Activities From Just €35 Per Day!

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SUP and Kayak on the Costa del Sol

Have you ever tried Kayaking? How about the latest water sport craze, SUP (Stand Up Paddle)?

Both of these fun activities are available on many of the Costa del Sol’s beaches and for just €35 per day, you can enjoy a wonderful day out paddling on the Mediterranean whilst experiencing our amazing coastline from a completely different perspective!

Another added benefit is that a day out in a kayak or standing on a surf board will certainly help burn off those extra calories many of us tend to put on whilst on holiday :-) Read More…

Top Events at This Year’s Benalmadena Town Fair

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Feria de Benalmadena Pueblo 2013Next week is ‘Feria’ week here in Benalmadena with the ‘Pueblo’ (Town) celebrating  festivities in honor of their patron, the Virgen de la Cruz.

Obviously this is a very traditional event and many of the activities and events organised for the week may not appeal to many of our guests; however, we’ve put together a short list of – what we feel are – some of the highlights of the fair and that you might enjoy. Here goes…

  • The traditional ‘Chocolatada’ which takes place every morning at 11.00am in the Plaza de España. Organised by the town hall, it’s basically free hot chocolate for everyone! Head on up there for breakfast one day and try some original Spanish hot chocolote (note: we’re not sure if the ‘churros’ are included ;-)) Read More…

Dinosaurios Park: A New Family Attraction in Torremolinos

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dinosaurios park in TorremolinosThere’s a fun new exhibition in Torremolinos and it’s got some pretty massive inhabitants… Dinosaurs!

During July, August and September, the Dinosaurios Park exhibition will be located in the main car park of the Torremolinos Exhibition Centre and will provide both entertainment and education for children and parents alike.

An enormous 12 metre tall brachiosaurus will welcome you upon arrival at the exhibition and once inside, you’ll be taken on a fascinating trip into the world of the dinosaurs. There are more than 50 replicas of dinosaurs, many of which are life size!

Here’s a quick summary of what you’ll find at the Dinosaurios Park:

  • Life size Dinosaur fossils
  • Mechanical dinosaurs which come to life with their unique movements and sounds.
  • Realistic scenes that take you back to the dinosaur age.
  • Replicas of dinosaurs that reach 12m in height!
  • The chance to become a palaeontologist for a day by looking for fossils.
  • Documentaries
  • Games
  • And lots more…

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Oktoberfest comes to Benalmádena

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Fiesta de la Cerveza de Benalmadena

This coming Thursday the 6th June – and until the 16th June – Benalmadena Marina will host its 1st Beer Festival.

This fun concept has been extremely successful in other towns along the Costa del Sol and now it’s finally coming to Benalmadena!

This Beer Festival will bring together the essence of the world famous Oktoberfest celebrations and the hospitality of Benalmadena and its citizens. Anyone who visits the festival will have the opportunity to sample more than 20 different beers from Germany and other parts of the world; and we mustn’t forget the delicious and typical German foods on offer… Roast pork, a wide variety of sausages, sauerkraut and pretzels to name but a few! Read More…

25th Edition of the International Festival in Mijas: 7th, 8th & 9th June 2013

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International Festival in Mijas 2013

The beautiful white village of Mijas is getting ready for another edition of its International Festival; however, this one is special as it is the 25th anniversary.

Organised by the foreigners department of Mijas Town Hall, this fun 3 day event is a must-see for anyone visiting the Costa del Sol next weekend. More than 20 countries and nationalities take part in this festival which includes music, dancing, delicious foods from all over the world, street performers, giant BBQ’s, handcrafted goods, special performaces (see below) and general all round fun! Read More…

Our New Summer Activities Programme: Fun For All the Family!

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We’re just days away from the start of our new Summer Activities Programme. Those of you planning a visit to Sunset Beach Club over the warm summer months will be delighted to know that we’ve got some great new activities and shows lined up which are sure to make your holiday even more fun!

We’re going to give you a brief preview of some of these new activities so that you can add them to your busy holiday schedule :-) For a copy of the full activities programme, please click on this link.  Read More…

What to do in Benalmadena When it Rains: 7 Fun Ideas

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Rainy day in BenalmadenaAlthough we enjoy approximately 320 days of sunshine a year here in Benalmadena, there are those odd days when the heavens open and you have to make use of the dreaded umbrella!

On these rare rainy days, we often get guests asking for tips and ideas of what to do on a rainy day. Thankfully Benalmadena is not all about sun, sea and beaches; there are plenty of interesting places to visit and things to do…Here’s a list of 9 ideas to keep you busy in Benalmadena (and the surrounding area) when it rains.

#1 Jump on the bus (or taxi) which stop just outside the hotel and head down to the Marina. You’ll find lots of great restaurants to enjoy a lovely lunch and can also visit the popular Sea Life park with its fascinating range of sea creatures. A must if you have kids! Read More…

12 Interesting Things to do in Benalmadena at Christmas Time

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12 things to do at christmas in BenalmadenaAlthough not the high season here on the Costa del Sol, Christmas time offers lots of interesting things to keep the whole family entertained.

Our guests often ask us for recommendations on things to do at this time of year so we’ve decided to put together this list which includes activities and specific places you can visit during the holidays. Although the title of this post specifically states Benalmadena, you’ll find that out list wanders a little further down the Coast; that being said, all of these places are well connected by public transport. If you’re planning on visiting the Coast this Christmas I’m sure you’ll find something of interest on the list. Here goes…

#1 Visit one of the many tradition Christmas Markets on the Coast . You’ve got two nice markets here in Benalmadena but a trip to Malaga’s city centre is also highly recommended as they too have a popular market.

#2 Selwo Marina is open form the 22nd December 2012 to the 6th January 2013 and offers a great day out for all the family. With a spectacular Dolphin show and the only Penguinarium in Andalucia, it’s definitely one to put on your list.

#3 Time to head in to Málaga city centre and see the impressive Christmas light display. You can get the train from Arroyo de la Miel straight into the centre of Málaga; easy and cheap! Well worth a visit! Read More…

Father Christmas Keeps Busy on his Holiday

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He’s supposed to be on holiday, relaxing and getting ready for his long trip around the world; however, Santa just can’t stay still!

We’ve caught him on camera again, helping around the resort: Cleaning around the pool, gardening, changing light bulbs, lifeguard duties, cleaning rooms, you name it, he’s been doing it! He’s even managed to find time to do some exercise in the gym and to play Petanca on the promenade with some of the hotel guests!

Giant Pacific Octopus at Sea Life Aquarium Lays Thousands of Eggs

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Pulpo gigante en Sea Life Benalmadena

No messing with this Fella!

If you have been to the Sea Life Aquarium in Benalmadena Marina, you will have had the chance to meet one of their star attractions: a giant pacific octopus weighing in at an amazing 15 kilograms! I actually took my family a couple of weeks ago and I have to say that this creature is impressive; every time it moved around the tank, water spilled out over the top –that’s how big this thing is!

Anyway, I digress…… Apparently, last weekend, the octopus in question laid thousands of eggs; she’s going to be a busy mum over the next few weeks as she protects the eggs and keeps them oxygenated until they hatch. Once they hatch, the babies which will measure between 3 and 5 millimetres will be kept in quarantine so that keepers at the aquarium can feed them, thereby, increasing survival rates.

Here’s an interesting fact: the giant pacific octopus is the largest of its species; the largest specimen found measured 9 metres and weighed a staggering 272 Kilos! No messing with him! Wow, it’s like something out of a Jules Verne novel.

The octopus is considered a highly intelligent creature with a great capacity for learning; they have been known to take tops off containers, make their way out of man-made labyrinths and, of course, predict football results!!!! J

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