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The Virgen del Carmen Processions: Don’t Miss this Breathtaking Cultural Event

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Virgen del CarmenFor those of you who enjoy taking in a little Spanish culture during your holidays, I highly recommend you take a couple of hours this Saturday (16th July) to go and see one of the many “Virgen del Carmen” processions taking place along the Coast.

Last year I went along to the Virgen del Carmen procession in Los Boliches – just a 15 minute drive from the hotel – and thoroughly enjoyed the experience (follow the link to the blog post I wrote).

I won’t provide a long winded explanation of what this day represents – you can see this post about the Virgen del Carmen celebrations for that – but I will quickly explain a little about the reason for this colourful and emotional event.

The Virgen del Carmen, or Stella Maris, as she is often referred to is the patron saint of fishermen and of the Spanish Navy! If you visit one of the processions which take place in most of the “traditional” fishing villages along the Coast – Los Boliches, Benalmádena,La Carrihuelain Torremolinos, Marbella and Estepona, to name but a few – you will witness the pure devotion the local villagers towards their patron saint.

The processions usually start off in the afternoon as the fishermen carry their “Virgen” – which is usually handcrafted in wood and porcelain Read More…

Concerts on the Costa del Sol: A Full List of This Summers Top Live Acts

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Tom Jones Concert MarbellaConcert season is in full swing on the Costa del Sol. Many of our guests like to know what’s going on up and down the Coast as they often like to get out and experience some of the great night life we have on offer in this wonderful part of the world and a good concert is the perfect excuse for a great night out.

Yes, we do have a great entertainment programme on site at Sunset Beach Club, with live music, tribute bands and musicals; however, sometimes even we can’t compete with the likes of Tom Jones or Jamie Cullum!

There are plenty of live concerts programmed along the coast over the summer: Below, we have highlighted some of the top concerts and shows with information on specific dates and venues: Read More…

We’re off to the Arroyo de la Miel Fair this Weekend!

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Arroyo de la Miel Fair

We’ve got a busy week ahead of us: On Thursday evening we’ve got the Night of San Juan celebrations to look forward to and Friday sees the start of the fair in Arroyo de la Miel!

For those of you who have yet to experience a true Spanish fair, this weekend is your chance to cross that off your list of things to do. Read More…

Have You Experienced the “Night of San Juan”?

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Noche de San Juan en Benalmadena

Traditional Bonfire for San Juan

Next Thursday the 23rd June, the beaches of Benalmádena – and many other Spanish towns and cities – will come alive to celebrate the Night of San Juan.

This not-to-be-missed date on the local festivities calendar coincides (nearly…) with the summer solstice; the perfect way to celebrate the arrival of the summer!

Fire is the protagonist of this magical night as hoards of people head to the beach to build bonfires and watch the impressive firework displays up and down the coastline. If you’re staying at Sunset Beach Club and you’re lucky enough to have an east facing view (towards the Marina), don’t miss the firework display programmed for 1am (night of the 23rd to 24th June) at the Bil-Bil Castle.

If you don’t have a room facing east, you can always take a stroll to the end of the promenade in front of the hotel; from there you will have panoramic views of the firework display.

Don’t be alarmed by all the people you see on the beaches, the Night of San Juan is extremely popular amongst locals and parties go on until early hours of the morning. Read More…

The James Bond Show at the Moonlight Theatre

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James Bond show at Moonlight theatreJames Bond fans, or to be more precise, fans of the music from James Bond films, are in for a real treat this weekend. On Saturday evening (28th May) Trevor Brooks and his team at Entertain in Spain will be presenting their latest production which pays tribute to songs from all the favourite James Bond films.

Entertain in Spain put on two shows last year in our Moonlight Theatre and both were extremely popular: The “Back to the 40’s” show and “The Christmas Show”. This new show will be no exception with its state of the art visual effects and video, as well as some of the Coast’s most talented singers and performers.

The show starts at 8:30pm (we recommend you get there early to get a good seat) Tickets are 15€ for adults and 10€ for children and can be purchased at the Sunset Beach Club Leisure Desk or online at www.entertaininspain.es.

 

Don’t Miss Luna Beach Club’s New “Sundowner” Parties

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Sundowner Party at Luna Beach Club

Tomorrow evening (Tuesday 24th May), hotel guests  can enjoy our New Sundowner Party; a fantastic evening with BBQ and live music at our new beach side venue, Luna Beach Club – (non residents also welcome!) Read More…

Travel Back in Time: Visit the Medieval Market in Benalmadena Port

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Medieval Market

Sweets and Pastries...yuuuum!

One of this weekend’s highlights will be the Medieval Market which will take place at the Benalmadena Marina.

From tomorrow Friday 13th May – and until Sunday the 15th – tourists and locals who wonder down to Puerto Marina will feel like they have been transported to medieval times as they make their way around the Medieval Market which will be located in the large exhibition tent in the “Pueblo Marinero” area of the Marina.

A walk through the market will allow visitors to see artisans (my favourite are the ones who make sweets and pastries!), exhibition workshops, theatre groups, street performers and dancers, circus acts, jugglers, theatre for children, musical groups, snake charmers…the works!

There’s no doubt that the Medieval Market will provide a fun alternative for all the family this weekend. By the way…it’s free! :-)

Photo: Keith Williamson

New Butterfly Park in Benalmadena will be the Largest in Europe

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Butterfly Park in BenalmadenaAs from tomorrow (Friday 25th March) Benalmadena will be the home of the largest butterfly park in Europe. This new 2000 square metre installation had been built to resemble a traditional Thai building and will prove to be a favourite amongst locals and tourists alike.

This unique initiative has been backed by the Benalmadena Town Hall which has provided the plot on which the park has been built; this initiative will only help to strengthen Benalmadena’s position as the Costa del Sol’s leading resort for family holidays.

The Butterfly Park’s main building includes a glassed tropical garden which has a surface area of over 900 square metres and is 8 metres high; this is where visitors can experience the beauty of more than 1500 exotic butterflies in full flight. Read More…

Our Very Own Guide to Benalmadena on Google Maps

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Map of Benalmadena

Interactive Map of Benalmadena

Although we get many repeat guests at Sunset Beach Club, many are first timers and as a result often require local information to help them get around. Our Leisure Desk staff are more than happy to provide guests with local information and a long list of things to do; however, its handy to have a quick reference at hand before travelling so that you can plan your activities and decide where to go and what to see.

That’s why we prepared our quick guide to Benalmádena on Google Maps. If you click on the link below, you’ll be taken to our tailor made map which includes a list of places to see and things to do in the Benalmádena area. Here are just some of the interesting places highlighted on the map:

  • Puerto Marina (Benalmádena Port)
  • Selwo Marina
  • Sealife Park
  • Tivoli World
  • Parque La Paloma
  • Aqualand
  • And more…….

Click here to see the Map of Benalmadena

The map is by no means finished; we will constantly be adding new locations to it. If anyone has any suggestions as to places to include on the map, please let us know!

The Arab Baths in Benalmadena: A Treat for the Senses

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Arab Baths in BenalmadenaStressed out and in need of some R&R? Staying here at Sunset should help; however, if you need a little boost, I highly recommend a quick visit to the “Agua de Oriente” Arab baths in Benalmádena.

The Arab Baths are located in the centre of Benalmadena (just next to the Marina) and a mere 20 minute walk from Sunset Beach Club. Inspired by the Nazari architecture of XI century Granada, this impressive “Oasis” of relaxation is a real treat to the senses. I think the following phrase on the “Agua de Oriente” website describes the experience perfectly:

“A journey into the past, to discover a world of sensasions”

The traditional word for this type of Arab Bath is “Hammam” and in the next few paragraphs, I’ll provide you with a brief explanation of what you can expect on your visit – just in case you’ve never been before.

The “Hammam” Experience

As you can see by the photos, lighting and architecture are key components of the Hammam experience. When you enter the baths you are, literally, transported into another time period. Read More…

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