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Mijas International Festival 2011: Music, Culture and More…

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Mijas International Festival 2011It looks like Mijas is the place to be at the moment. Last week the pretty white village hosted their popular Blues Festival and this weekend, residents and visitors alike can enjoy the 23rd edition of the Mijas International Festival.

This colourful event is ideal for all the family, with lots of activities for kids and plenty of food and drink for the adults!

There will be twenty different nationalities taking part in this years festival with the celebrations taking place in three separate zones: The blue zone in the La Muralla Gardens; the red zone in Plaza Virgen de la Peña (in front of the Townhall) and the green zone in Plaza de la Constitución.

Each of these stages will be provide live entertainment in the form of musical performances and traditional dances; we’re talking Mexican Mariachis, Celtic music, Indian dances and, of course, Flamenco music and dance.

As well as the three stages, visitors will be able to wonder around the 19 different stands, each representing a different culture or country; typical foods, drinks and traditional handmade goods will all be available for people to purchase. I hear they are also going to have 2 giant Argentinian and Uruguayan BBQ’s; those guys don’t mess around when it comes to BBQ’s… a definite must!

If you like street parades, make sure you don’t miss some of the fantastic ethnical street parades planned over the weekend: Dragons from Korea, Colombian Carnival as well as parades from Bolivia, Senegal and a whole host of other countries!

The fun starts at 9pm on Friday the 10th June and continues until Sunday evening (12th June). Please note that in Saturday and Sunday the Festival kicks off at 1:30pm.

Entrance to the Festival is Free and the Town Hall have arranged special parking areas with free shuttles; they are obviously expecting large crowds!

Definitely a good option if you’re looking to do something different this weekend!

If you do happen to go, please let us know what you thought of the Festival.

 

Don’t Miss the 5th Blues Festival in Mijas Village

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Mijas Blues FestivalThis weekend, visitors to the traditional village of Mijas wont be spending their time visiting the usual tourist attractions and riding on the famous Mijas donkeys! This weekend, the town has lined up a fantastic event which has the makings of a great weekend of music and fun: The Mijas Blues Festival.

Starting tomorrow Saturday 4th June and continuing until late on Sunday evening (5th June), the main square of Mijas will become the centre stage for some of the best Blues music.

This exclusive event has been jointly organised by Ain’t Nothin But the Blues Bar in London and the Mijas Town Council Foreigner’s Department; anyone planning on attending will be happy to know that all the music is FREE J, just make sure you turn up early as they’re expecting large crowds!

Here’s a quick look at the line ups for the weekend: Read More…

Fuengirola Celebrates its “Feria Internacional de Los Pueblos”

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Feria Internacional de los pueblos Fuengirola

La Feria Internacional de Los Pueblos

Our neighbouring town of Fuengirola is getting ready to celebrate its “Feria Internacional de Los Pueblos” (International Peoples Fair). This unique event dates back to 1994 and was started as a way to showcase the different customs, folklore, gastronomy and cultural, historic and tourist attractions of the inhabitants of this multicultural town.

As from next Friday the 29th April and up until the 2nd May, visitors and locals alike can head down to the local fair ground in Fuengirola and enjoy the multitude of stands; there are more than 30 different countries represented at the fair!

Visiting the Feria Internacional de Los Pueblos is like travelling around the world in just 4 days! All five senses will be at work as you experience the following:

  • The sounds of the traditional music of each culture, played by authentic groups which, in many cases, have actually flown in from their country of origin.
  • The amazing smells and aromas from the different food posts where visitors can taste traditional argentinian “parilladas” (barbecues), delicious Moroccan pastries, exotic Asian dishes and traditional foods from around Spain.
  • Traditional dances with their typical colourful costumes.

At each stand, visitors to the fair will have the chance to purchase typical products from each represented country and even obtain specific tourist information about the country or area being promoted.

Entrance to the “Feria” is free and we thoroughly recommend you take a trip down to this fascinating fair and enjoy a fun- multicultural- day of music, dancing and delicious food!

 

 

20.000 Candles Light Up the Luna Mora Festival

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Thousands of Candles Light up the Street

For two weekends in September, the white village of Guaro becomes the centre of andalusi music and culture. Every year, this traditional village hosts one the most popular and entertaining festivals of the summer: The Festival of the Luna Mora.

The streets of the “Old Town” come to life with musicians, dancers and artists, allowing visitors to travel back in time (almost 5 centuries) and experience traditional Andalusi culture. Read More…

“It’s a Celebration” – Kool & the Gang Live in Concert in Marbella

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Kool and the Gang Concert in Marbella

Kool & the Gang

Where? At the Puente Romano Tennis Club in Marbella

When? This Friday the 6th August; doors open at 8pm

The legendary 70’s Band known for their mix of R&B, Disco, Soul and Funky music will get the crowd moving with classic tracks like Celebration, Get Down on It, Ladies Night and Jungle Boogie.

You get the real deal at this concert as the band is made up of all the original members; they’ve been delighting their fans for over 40 years!

So what are you waiting for? Get down to one of the El Corte Inglés centres or online at www.ticketmaster.es and get your tickets before they sell out! Prices start at €30.

Get ready to Boogie the night away!

Seal Concert in Marbella Bullring

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Seal

Tomorrow evening, the Marbella Bullring hosts one of the most awaited concerts of the year. Singer and songwriter, Seal, will perform  hits such as “Kiss from a Rose”, “Free”, “Prayer for the Dying” and “Crazy” as well as classic soul tracks by legends such as Ray Charles, James Brown or Aretha Franklin.

Doors open at 20:00 hrs and you can buy tickets online at www.ticketmaster.es or at one of the El Corte Inglés department stores. Price of the tickets is €35.

Oktoberfest, Costa del Sol Style!

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Beer festival in fuengirola

Poster for the Festival

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!!!!

Virgen del Carmen Processions – a must see!

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The "Virgen del Carmen" procession

This Friday the 16th July many coastal towns throughout Spain will celebrate the festivities of the “Virgen del Carmen”. This is a special day for many of the small original fishing villages (I know, they’ve changed a lot!) on the Costa del Sol as the Virgen del Carmen is actually the patron saint of fishermen (she’s also the patron saint of the Spanish Navy) and no fishing boat sets to sea without her image on board.

Head down to “La Carihuela” in Torremolinos, Los Boliches in Fuengirola or even the Marina in Benalmadena,  and you will witness the beautiful processions which pay homage to the Virgen del Carmen. Each locality will have a slightly different ritual but all include the amazing procession of the Virgen del Carmen in the sea. She will be carried from the church to a beach or port and then placed on one of the fishing boats surrounded by flowers; what follows is a beautiful spectacle as dozens of boats surround the “Stella Maris” – as she is also referred to-  and follow her out to sea.

If you haven’t seen this procession, I recommend you take a drive down to the port in Benalmadena (or any of the other fishing ports and villages mentioned), you won’t be disappointed! You might even be able to see the boat procession from the terrace of our Panorama Bar as they often come up as far as the hotel; make sure you bring your binoculars!

An Evening of Music and Culture at the Nerja Caves Festival

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A live concert at the Nerja Caves

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. Read More…

Puerto Banus

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The World Famous Puerto Banus is a desireable destination, not just for the rich & famous, but for everyone from high flying business men to families just looking for a relaxing break. Puerto Banus offers exclusive restaurants to suit all tastes, designer boutiques and a wide range of bar and clubs open throughout the night. Best of all, this bustling port is located just 40 minutes away from Sunset Beach Club.

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