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A Nativity Scene Made Completely out of Plasticine!

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Plasticine Nativity Scene in Malaga

A few days ago one of our colleagues from the commercial department, Inma, visited a unique and somewhat different Christmas nativity scene in Malaga… one made of plasticine!

The cultural department of Malaga’s town hall is exhibiting this nativity scene – created by the Educa Foundation – over the Christmas period. This wonderful 40 square metre exhibition is made up of more than 200 figures made of plasticine. Apparently they needed 35 kilos of plasticine and three months of hard word to put this masterpiece together.

As you can see in the photos, the attention to detail is unbelievable and certainly breaks the molds of the more traditional Nativity scenes! 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…

3 Local Christmas Markets you can Visit Over the Festive Season

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Christmas Markets on the Costa del SolChristmas 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. Read More…

Cervantes Theatre Stage Gets Frozen for ‘The Nutcracker on Ice’

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Nutcracker on Ice in Malaga

The stage of the famous Cervantes Theatre in Málaga will be transformed into an ice skating rink in December as it welcomes a spectacular and unique show: The Nutcracker on Ice.

The show is produced and performed by the award-winning Imperial Ice Stars under the artistic direction of Tony Mercer, one of the world’s leading creators of contemporary theatre on ice. Inspired by A.Dumas’ adaptation of E.T.A Hoffman’s famous story ‘The Nutcracker and the King of Mice’ and featuring the enchanting music of Tchaikovsky, the show is sure to be a big hit! Read More…

WWE Smackdown World Tour Lands in Málaga

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WWE Smackdown World Tour en MalagaAre you a fan of WWE Wrestling? How about your kids? If you answered yes to either of these questions then you are in for a real treat!

On Friday 9th November 2012, WWE and its Smackdown World Tour will be visiting Malaga for an unbelievable night of wrestling entertainment. It’s not often that these stars of the WWE visit Spain let alone Malaga so this is a unique opportunity to see all tour favourite wrestling stars live and in the flesh.

This Smackdown World Tour event will feature some great bouts including:

  • A Triple Threat Match for the World Heavyweight Championship: Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Big Show
  • A Fan’s Choice Match featuring Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler

Apart from these epic encounters, fans will be treated to lots more entertainment with their favourite wrestlers including: Rey Mysterio, The Miz, Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, Cody Rhodes, Wade Barrett, Sin Cara, Natalya and lots more…

Tickets are now on sale at www.elcorteingles.es/entradas  and range between €20 for the cheapest seats and €80 for getting right up close to the action.

The event will be held at the ‘Palacio de los Deportes Jose Maria Martin Carpena’ at the entrance to Málaga and starts at 7:30pm on the evening of the 9th November.

Are you a WWE wrestling fan? Are you planning on going to watch Smackdown inMalaga? Let us know in the comments below. :-)

Placido Domingo Concert in Malaga’s Cervantes Theatre

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Concierto Placido Domingo en Malaga

He was supposed to conduct the Malaga Filarmonic Orchestra for the ‘Placido Domingo Festival’, a lirical gala planned for the evening of the 26th October at the Teatro Cervantes in Malaga, but in actual fact Placido Domingo will be delighting the crowd with his powerful voice.

Fans of the famous tenor will want to take advantage of this unique opportunity as it will be the first time he performs in Málaga.

This fantastic evening of entertainment will also feature two of the most important stars in the world of opera: Tenor, Vittorio Grigolo and Grammy award winning soprano, Ana María Martínez. They will be accompanied on stage by legendary guitarist Ángel Romero in a programme that includes music by Rossini, Donizetti, Puccini, Catalani and Gounod. Placido Domingo has also confirmed that he will be performing ‘zarzuela’ and will conduct ‘one or two’ musical pieces during the gala.

The festival starts at 9:00pm and tickets are available from €24. More information about the event is available at the Teatro Cervantes website www.teatrocervantes.com or at the festival website at www.placidodomingofestival.com .

Training Day IV: Darth Vader’s Troops Invade the Streets of Malaga

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501st Legion Spanish Garrison in Malaga

Next Saturday the 22nd September 2012, the streets of Málaga will be invaded by the evil imperial troops of Darth Vader! But fear not, we aren’t really under attack; this unique spectacle is actually a well rehearsed and staged event organised by the 501st Legion Spanish Garrison.   Read More…

Places to See: La Concepcion Botanical Gardens in Málaga

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La Concepcion Botanical GardensIf you’re a nature lover and enjoy a little peace and tranquillity (at least once in a while) during your holidays, we highly recommend you visit the ‘La Concepcion’ Botanical Gardens in Malaga.

Located just north of the city centre, these vast and spectacular gardens are now part of the ‘Ciudad de Malaga’ (Malaga City) Municipal Botanical Trust.

A walk through its colourful gardens will allow you to enjoy an exquisite collection of plants and flora from all over the world.  Read More…

Muelle Uno: Málaga’s Fantastic New Waterfront Complex

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Sunset at Muelle Uno in Malaga

An amazing Sunset at Muelle Uno in Malaga

A visit to Málaga’s city centre is a ‘must do’ for anyone visiting the Costa del Sol for a holiday. You’ll want to do the whole cultural tour of the city taking in its famous museums and iconic landmarks such as the Cathedral or the Alcazaba; however, there’s a new attraction in town and it’s well worth a visit: Muelle Uno (Pier One).

This new (relatively) waterfront shopping centre is probably one of my favourite stops when I wonder in to Málaga city centre. With spectacular modern architecture and a fantastic selection of shops and restaurants, Muelle Uno provides the perfect setting for a family outing.

Málaga’s newest attraction is ideally split into 3 different areas: Services and accessories, fashion and restaurants. Another great advantage is that the complex offers a large underground parking area which means you won’t have to tackle the Málaga traffic for too long :-) Read More…

Jump on the 120 Bus for a Value-for-Money Day Out!

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Benalmadena Bus route nº120

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 :-) Read More…

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