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…

Discover the Beauty of the Costa del Sol’s Interior Towns, Villages and Countryside

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Excursions that take you inland...

The Costa del Sol is predominantly known as a sun and beach destination; however, what many visitors don’t realise is that there are some amazing and beautiful locations to discover by travelling into the interior towns, villages and countryside.

Well, we’re happy to introduce a new excursion to our – already ample – list of great day trips on offer at our Leisure Desk: Introducing the new excursion from our new collaborating company, Parknatur. You’ll be taken on a unique trip which will allow you to discover the ‘other’ Andalucia; rest assured, it will seduce your senses!

Parknatur will be offering daily excursions (Monday to Friday) which will take you on a truly memorable adventure into the Biosphere Nature Reserve of the Sierra de las Nieves, approximately40 kminto the mountains. Here’s a brief summary of what you’ll get to see on this great day out: Read More…

Guide to the Costa del Sol’s Best Street Markets

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Street markets on the Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol is known for its wide choice of street markets – or flea markets, as they are sometimes referred to. As visiting these markets seems to be on most of our guest’s to-do lists, we thought we’d put together a short and concise guide featuring the most popular markets along the coast.

Many of the local street markets combine flea markets and boot sales, so for the sake of this guide, we’ll just refer to all as street markets.  Although we haven’t included all the markets which take place throughout the week, we have tried to include all the ones that we’ve actually been to and that our guests have recommended. Read More…

The 52nd Nerja Caves Festival: A Spectacle of Music and Dance

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Nerja Caves Festival 2011Next Tuesday the 12th July sees the start of the 52nd edition of the famous Nerja Caves Festival, one of the most important music and dance events on the Costa del Sol.

Since the opening of this spectacular cave in 1960, this Festival has been held every year, attracting artists and musicians from all over the world. Thanks to its incomparable beauty and exceptional acoustics, the Nerja Caves attract thousands of spectators every year – approximately 800 people are seated every night in the “Sala de Ballet” auditorium to enjoy the very best music and dance shows.

This year, the festival will be split into four separate parts: An evening of Flamenco, an evening dedicated to music of the world, an evening of Spanish dance and opera and last, but by no means least, a lyrical concert.

The programme for the 5 day event is as follows:

Tuesday 12th July at 10 pm – Flamenco Evening

The Festival starts with a true andalucian flavour; Málaga flamenco dancer, Rocio Molina’s show “Danzaora”, winner of the 2010 Dance Prize. Read More…

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.


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