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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…

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…

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…

10 Reasons to Visit the Costa del Sol in Winter

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10 Reasons to visit Costa del Sol in Winter

The Costa del Sol continues to be one of the most popular winter destinations for tourists from the UK, Ireland and northern Europe. Eager to escape the cold and dreary winters of their home countries, these visitors make the most of the great prices and short flight times to visit our beautiful Coast and bask in some winter sun!

But the sun isn’t the only thing bringing these visitors to our coast in the winter: Below we’ve put together a list of 10 reasons to visit the Costa del Sol in the Winter. Read More…

Benalmadena Town Celebrates 6th Tapas Route

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Benalmadena Tapas Route

Next week sees the start of the 6th edition of Benalmadena Town’s popular Tapas Route. From the 18th to the 27th October, many of the Benalmadena’s bars and restaurants will take part in this gastronomic event which every year produces some mouth-watering creations!

The establishments which take part in the Tapas Route will have to prepare a special tapa designed only for this event. This way visitors will be able to make their way around the town following the ‘route’ and trying a different and unique tapa in each bar and restaurant; just make sure they are officially taking part in the event. Read More…

A “Cool” Place to Visit: The Ice Bar in Benalmadena Marina

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Keeping warm at Boals Ice Bar in Benalmadena

Keeping warm with the thermal capes...

They say it’s “The Coolest Place in Spain”, literally! With temperatures inside its frozen walls reaching a chilling -14ºC Boal’s Ice Bar in Benalmadena Marina is actually Spain’s first ice bar and an extremely popular destination for tourists and locals looking for a fun and unique experience.

Everything in the bar is made of ice: The walls, the bar, the seats, the sculptures and even some of the glasses (the ones used for shots) are made of ice! And don’t worry of you haven’t packed your fleece… as part of the entrance fee, you are provided with a thermal cape, gloves and socks to keep you warm! Read More…

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…

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…

Tapas with a Touch of Magic: The New Gastronomic Route in Arroyo de la Miel

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Tapas con Magia in Arroyo de la MielNext Friday the 24th May sees the start of a new gastronomic route in Arroyo dela Miel: ‘Tapas with Magic’.

For those of you unfamiliar with these gastronomic tapas routes, they are initiatives organised by the local town hall to promote local businesses and encourage local residents and visitors to visit the town centre to enjoy some of the great restaurants and bars.

This first edition of this new tapas route will be held from the 24th May to the 2nd June and, as the name states, has the novelty of including magic shows as part of the experience (Only at weekends).

Approximately twenty bars and restaurants will take part in the event, each offering their very own and unique tapas dish to all visitors; for the – very reasonable – price of €2, you’ll be able to enjoy a delicious tapa and a refreshment (soft drink, beer or glass of wine).  Read More…

Tribute to the Stars: A Fabulous Show in Aid of the Tomas Leighton Care Charity

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We’re delighted to host a fantastic show in aid of the Tomas Leighton Care Charity next Saturday the 27th April 2013.

Some of the Coast’s top entertainers will join forces on the stage of our Moonlight Theatre for a great show; Sunset Beach Club regulars, Ricky Lavazza and Nikki Rae will be performing their popular Tribute Acts – in Ricky’s case that’s Robbie Williams, Michael Bublé, Elvis and Tom Jones, whilst Nikki will transform herself into the wonderful Adele. Joining Ricky and Nikki on stage will be Jordana who will perform songs by Amy Winehouse.

The doors open at 7.30 pm and tickets are just €10 (€5 for kids). If you are interesting in supporting young Tomas, you can purchase tickets for the show at the Sunset Beach Club leisure desk located next to the main reception from 10am to 6pm.

For more information about the event please call Jon on 952 964361 or 628 562580. If you’d like to find out a bit more about the Tomas Leighton Care Charity, please visit their website at www.tlc-charity.com.

Thomas Leighton Care Charity Show at Sunset Beach Club

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