As from the 11th July, Fuengirola’s River Park has some fantastic new facilities and activities for people of all ages. These new additions make this beautiful public space even more attractive to visitors and tourists and make it the perfect setting to enjoy a pleasant family outing.
Fuengirola’s main fairground is almost ready to host the ever-popular ‘Feria Internacional de losPueblos’ (International People’s Fair), a multicultural event where visitors can experience the rich cultural diversity the city has to offer.
This year the Fair will last 5 days (from 1st to 5th May, 2013); with 33 participating countries, each with their own “Caseta” or stand, the fun is guaranteed!
For those of you who have yet to visit the Feria de Los Pueblos, it really is a must-see event where you’ll be treated to beautiful music from all over the world, delicious mouth-watering foods (The Argentinian Barbecue is highly recommended :-)), traditional dances and a dazzling display of colourful costumes.
Following the success of the 1st edition of ‘La Cazuela dela Abuela’ (Grandma’s Casserole) in Fuengirola last year, the town hall has decided to organise ‘Part 2’ of this successful gastronomic initiative.
Originally designed to help promote the town’s excellent selection of restaurants – and to help support the restaurant trade in the quieter off-season – this unique event also helps to introduce visitors to more traditional Spanish dishes and stews.
Due to the great success of last year’s event, Grandma’s Casserole has been extended from 10 days to 17 days (from 15th to 3rd March). Both locals and tourists will have more days to sample the delicious and traditional stews and casseroles which will be available in many of the town’s restaurants. A small casserole and a drink (glass of wine, beer or soft drink) will cost just €2
Christmas is fast approaching and you can really start to feel the magic of the festive season; the streets are decorated with colourful lights and local shops and businesses are getting into the Christmas spirit with shop fronts showing off wonderful gifts and products which are sure to attract passers by!
There’s nothing quite like a good Christmas Market to get into the festive spirit and we’re happy to report that there are quite a few locations for you to choose from this year. These markets are a great opportunity to buy interesting gifts and treats to take home as well as a chance to sample delicious sweets, cakes, and other wonderful local products, so typical at this time of year.
For just over a month now, our neighbouring town, Fuengirola, has been enjoying a new attraction: The ‘City tour’ Tourist Train.
This new tourist train service will allow visitors to easily make their way around the town’s most emblematic tourist attractions and landmarks including the Roman Ruins, the main sea front promenade, the fabulous beaches and Bioparc (Our favourite :-)). One of the highlights of this new service is its’ ‘hop-on hop-off’ system which allows the user to jump on and off as often as they like throughout the day.
From the 1st to the 18th of November 2012, Fuengirola will celebrate the 4th edition of its – now famous – and extremely popular ‘Erotic’ Tapas Route, an original and fun initiative which increases in popularity each year attracting tapas lovers from all over Spain.
This year the town hall expects the participation of 80 of the city’s bars and restaurants, all of which will compete for the coveted prize of best ‘Erotic’ Tapa. Each of these establishments will have to prepare a sensual and fun tapa which clients will be able to try during the 18 days of the event.
Last year’s tapas route saw visitors consume the impressive figure of 260.000 tapas; this year organisers hope to improve on this number. A few of us here in Sunset Beach Club’s Commercial Department will do our best to contribute to this figure as we’re planning an evening out to make our way around the Tapas Route and report on this fun event from the ‘front lines’
Following the success of last years Festival which managed to attract more than 100.000 visitors, this year’s edition promises to be even more successful. Not only has the length of the Festival been extended from 10 to 15 days; visitors will also be able to enjoy a fantastic selection of 20 different beers from countries such as Belgium, Ireland, Great Britain,Australia and France!
The stars of the Festival are the great Bavarian beers which will be served in traditional 1 litre jars. To combat hunger, nothing better than some tasty German sausages and other typical dishes which will also be available. As mentioned earlier, if you’re not too keen on German beers, you’ll have a choice of over 20 other beers from all over the world
Another of the main attractions this year will be the large chillout terrace which will be set up on the clearing just outside the spectacular medieval fortress. Here you’ll be able to try delicious cocktails or tropical fruit juices and sample delicious dishes from countries such as India, Australia and Argentina!
Although the International Beer Festival has an obvious protagonist, it really is a true family event. Every day there will be live music, dj’s, gogos, children´s entertainment with clowns and a bouncing castle, all in a truly spectacular settling with breathtaking views over Fuengirola and the Coast.
Entrance to the Festival is free and the opening times are as follows:
From the 1st to the 15th August 2012
Monday to Friday: 7pm to 2am
Saturday and Sunday: 12pm to 2am
This unique fair has grown to become a reference at local, regional and even international level. From the 28th April to the 1st May, the Fuengirola fair ground will be home to a fun and multicultural event for all the family.
Last year, this same event managed to attract almost 1 million visitors! The town hall hopes to equal this impressive figure this year, thereby serving as a perfect stage to promote the virtues of Fuengirola and its multicultural population.
The fair will open to the public from 1:00 pm to 4:00 am – plenty of time for visitors to make their way around all the ‘casetas’ (stands) representing the countries taking part in the event. Each ‘caseta’ will be colourfully decorated with flags and other traditional items from each country. You’ll come across natives dressed in typical costumes, lots of music and dancing and you’ll also have the chance to purchase products and delicious food from each country.
Reading through our latest reviews on Tripadvisor, I came across a very complementary comment by a guest who recently stayed with us at Sunset Beach Club.
Apart from his very kind words praising our facilities and friendly staff (thank you!), this guest also reminded me of our hotel’s fantastic location as a base to explore other areas and towns on the Costa del Sol. In particular, he made reference to the bus stop just outside the hotel and the fantastic nº120 bus! Yes, we have taxis outside the hotel, but the beauty the 120 bus is that it only costs €1.50 per trip
Known for his passionate and energetic live performances, the 31 year old visits the Costa del Sol for what will be his only show in Andalucia (even more of a reason to go!). The foundations of Sohail Castle will be literally shacking as he performs songs from his own albums as well as hits from other famous artists.
Although his music is rooted in Jazz, he delves into a vibrant mix of pop, rock ‘n roll and jazz. He’ll be pounding away at his piano, but if we are lucky, we’ll also be able to sample his talents on the guitar and drums too! An interesting fact: Jamie never works to a set list in his live performances, it’s all improvised! Should make for a very entertaining evening…
The doors of Sohail Castle will open to the public at 8:30pm and the show starts at 10pm. If you’re looking for tickets, you can buy them online at www.ticketmaster.es or at any El Corte Inglés department store. Prices start at €35 if you buy before the event and go up to €45 on the night.
Note: If you’re heading to the Costa del Solspecially to see the concert and you are looking for somewhere to stay, you can check our availability on www.sunsetbeachclub.com