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!
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!
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!
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!
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
The guys that look after weddings and banquets have a busy week ahead of them……we’ve got four weddings at the hotel. The smallest is for only 6 people but the largest is for 100 guests! That’s a lot of food and drink!
Congratulations to all the brides & grooms!
New Activities Programme
We’ve got a new activities programme this week. There’s plenty to do for kids, teenagers and adults: Aquagym for those looking to do a bit of exercise; Beach Soccer for the sporty at heart; Cooking lessons for those eager to learn how to make the perfect paella! – there’s something for everyone.
Evening entertainment in the Moonlight bar continues with shows every night. On Tuesday evening we have a new show: A Tribute to Gloria Estefan and on Sunday guests can enjoy another new show: “Divas”.
Sports at the Panorama Bar
At the Panorama Bar, guests can enjoy their favourite sporting events on one of the Plasma screens. Highlights this week are the following:
Us Open tennis – Live form New York – everyday from 17:00 hrs
Football – Euro Qualifyers – Friday at 16:30 Armenia v. Rep of Ireland
Friday at 20:30 England v. Bulgaria
Rugby – London Irish v. Saracens – Saturday at 14:15 hrs
Wasps v. Harlequins – Saturday at 17:30 hrs
GAA – Hurling Finals – 14:30 hrs
Every week, our Entertainment Team carry out cooking lessons for guests who are interested in learning how to make traditional spanish dishes like paella or tortilla. This week I decided to film their cooking skills; it was time to make a Paella!
The actual lessons take place in a make shift kitchen set up by the pool area and as you can see in the video, many of the guests stop by and watch; we are not sure whether the free glasses of wine and chance to taste the finished product have anything to do with this!
I noticed no-one took notes(understandable seeing as they are only in swimwear ;-)) so I decided to make the video into a step by step guide of how to make the paella. If you decide to give it a try and make your own, let us know how you get on! Even better, post a photo of your paella on our Facebook page!
Are you an Abba Fan? If you are, then we’ve got good news for you as the international sell-out show, Bjorn Again, will be performing exclusively in Marbella next Wednesday the 18th August.
This fantastic evening of entertainment for the whole family will take place at the Marbella Bullring. During the show you will be able to sing and dance to classics from Abba and Mamma Mia (Show): Waterloo, Super Trouper, Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia….. all your favourite songs will be performed live!
Although the Bjorn Again show is the highlight of the evening, the fun doesn’t stop there; supporting acts include Ruth Lorenzo, the Spanish finalist from the X Factor as well as Becky Tate, finalist of our local Wow Factor.
Tickets start at €20 for kids and €30 for adults and can be purchased at an El Corte Inglés store or online at www.ticketmaster.es . Doors open at 8pm.
From the 22nd July to the 1st August, you can enjoy a slightly different experience during your holidays by visiting the Beer Festival in Fuengirola’s Sohail Castle.
The festival is in its 3rd year now and is basically the Costa del Sol’s version of the Oktoberfest! You’ll have the chance to sample a great selection of wheat beers and tuck in to some typical German dishes; sausages, roast pork, german burgers and sauerkraut, will all be on the menu. Children’s entertainment and live performances throughout the week also help to make this event a fun day out for the whole family.
Just a few stats to give you an idea of the popularity of the event: last year over 100,000 people made their way to the Sohail Castle for the event and managed to drink approximately 30,000 litres of beer!!!
If you would like to visit the festival, just head on down to Fuengirola as from Thursday the 22nd July. Doors – or should I say drawbridge, remember it is in a castle – open at 19:00hrs from Monday to Friday and at 12:00hrs on weekends. Access is free but I am afraid the beer isn’t!!!!
The famous Caves of Nerja come alive next week with their 51st Festival. From the 13th to the 17th July, visitors can enjoy evenings of music and ballet in these spectacular caves which have been set up with special seating and lighting to host a number of shows.
Not only will you get the chance to see the amazing rock formations of stalagmites and stalagtites – a must see if you have never been to the caves – you will also be able to watch the following amazing artists: Flamenco singer, Estrella Morente; the RTVE(Spanish Television) Orchestra; the Prague National Theatre Ballet and the Argentine Ballet by Julio Bocca.