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Mijas Gets Ready for the 7th Edition of its Popular Blues Festival

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Mijas Blues Festival 2013The usually quiet and tranquil white village of Mijas is about to get a little noisier… but it’s a good kind of noise: The Mijas Blues Festival!

For the 7th year running (from the 5th to 7th July) this fantastic festival, organised by ‘Aint Nothin’ But…’ and the Mijas Town Hall Foreigner’s Department, will once again provide 3 days of the best Blues music; and all for FREE!

This year the whole festival will be held in the main ‘Plaza’ and visitors will also be able to enjoy lots of delicious food and drink in the many bars and restaurants surrounding the square (that part isn’t free though ;-))  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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‘Luz de Luna’: Moonlight Tours of Antequera During the Summer Months

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El Torcal de Antequera

Limestone landscapes of El Torcal

Have you ever visited Antequera? If not, you should definitely consider adding it to your list of ‘places to visit’ as it’s probably one of the most overlooked attractions in Andalucia.

This summer you’ll have the perfect excuse as the Antequera Town Hall will be running a special campaign called ‘Luz de Luna’ (‘Moonlight’). This unique initiative consists of a series of night visits – in English and Spanish – which will take you to some of the most iconic landmarks in the area; a great idea as visiting this beautiful part of Andalucia during the day and having to deal with the extreme heat is probably not a good idea ;-) Read More…

Holy Week Processions in Malaga: A Must-See During Your Easter Holiday

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Malaga Easter Processions Poster for 2013

Malaga Easter Processions Poster for 2013

We’re just days away from one of the most important events in Málaga’s calendar year: The Holy Week or ‘Semana Santa’ as it is known here.

If you’re planning a holiday to this part of the world for your Easter Holidays this year, we highly recommend you take – at least – a day to explore the wonders of this amazing festivity; you won’t regret it.

The ‘Semana Santa de Málaga’ is famous for its impressive processions in which the ‘cofradías’ (brotherhoods) proudly parade their ‘Tronos’ (Thrones) through the streets of the city as the expectant crowds cheer, sing and applaud to the sound of the unmistakable music played by the marching bands.  Read More…

A Day Trip to Sierra Nevada [Photo Essay]

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Sierra Nevada Views

Amazing views from the Youth Hostal

Our Community Manager’s (Justin) trip to Sierra Nevada…

Last weekend I took my family on a day trip to Sierra Nevada. The kids had been bugging me for weeks that they wanted to go and see the snow, so after quickly checking the weather forecast (didn’t want to drive all the way up the mountain to find that the ski station was closed due to bad weather) we decided to head out on Saturday morning.

The beauty of Sierra Nevada is that it’s just a couple of hours drive from Benalmádena. We left at 8:00am and – after a short breakfast stop – arrived in Europe’s most southern ski resort at around 11:00am.  Read More…

Carnival Week in Benalmadena & Málaga: Event Calendar

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Carnival Week in Benalmadena & MalagaThe fun and entertainment of Carnival is about to kick off here on the Costa del Sol.

Carnival season is popular in many of the towns and cities located up and down the coast but in this post, we’re going to focus on two cities: Benalmadena (for obvious reasons) and the amazing Málaga Carnival which is probably the most spectacular and colourful of all!

Although we refer to it as ‘Carnival Week’ it actually goes on for a little longer… 10 days. There are literally hundreds of activities and events taking place during these festivities; below, we’ve highlighted some of the most popular you’ll want to look out for in each of the cities. Read More…

Fuengirola Gets Ready for its 4th ‘Erotic’Tapas Route

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4th Erotic Tapas Route in FuengirolaFrom 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’ :-) Read More…

Visiting Ronda: Two Amazing Monuments you Must See

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Ronda Gorge

The amazing Gorge in Ronda

The town of Ronda is located approximately45 km inland and is undoubtedly one of the most popular and spectacular destinations for tourists who visit the Costa del Sol.

Ronda has much to offer; however, in this post we’ll feature two of its most famous landmarks: The spectacular Gorge and the fabulous Bullring.

As you drive into the town, you’ll make your way over the ‘Puente Nuevo’ (NewBridge) which stretches over the famous Ronda Gorge. Over100 metres deep and 500 metres in length, The Gorge was formed by the Guadalevin river which winds its way through its deep walls.

The Gorge was once the historical divide which separated the old and the new quarters of Ronda. In 1751, architect Jose Martín de Aldehuela began an engineering feat which would take over 40 years to complete and become the iconic monument which today offers stunning panoramic views of Ronda and its surroundings. Apparently, all of the stone blocks used to build the impressive structure were sourced from the river bed at the bottom of the Gorge. Read More…

8 Great Reasons to Visit this Year’s Malaga Fair

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Malaga Fair 2012There’s just over a week to go until the start of the Costa del Sol’s most popular event of the year: The Málaga Fair (2012).

This year there will be lots of new surprises, extended hours (to 7pm) and the introduction of new areas and spaces such as the impressive Muelle Uno which has received lots of great publicity this year.

There’s lots to do during the Malaga Fair and to detail all here would be practically impossible. Instead, we’ve highlighted 8 of the most interesting events and activities you might like to see during these crazy festivities. Here goes… Read More…

Malaga Gets Her Very Own Jurassic Park

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Dinopetrea MalagaThe Trade and Exhibitions Hall (Palacio de Ferias y Congresos) will host a fantastic Dinosaur Exhibition from the 28th April to the 24th June 2012.

After successfully touring various Spanish cities, this unique exhibition – named ‘Dinopétrea’ – arrives in Málaga for the first time and is sure to be a favourite attraction which will allow children and families to discover the amazing world of the dinosaurs.

Although presented as a scientific exhibition, ‘Dinopétrea’ promises to be a fun and educational experience for all who visit. You’ll be able to see large skeletons and fossils from all over the planet as well as take part in numerous activities which will allow, both adults and children, to travel back millions of years to a time where the infamous T-Rex was the greatest predator on the face of the earth! Read More…

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