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Grandma’s Casserole is Back for a Second Serving

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La cazuela de la abuelaFollowing the success of the 1st edition of ‘La Cazuela dela Abuela’ (Grandma’s Casserole) in Fuengirola last year, the town hall has decided to organise ‘Part 2’ of this successful gastronomic initiative.

Originally designed to help promote the town’s excellent selection of restaurants – and to help support the restaurant trade in the quieter off-season – this unique event also helps to introduce visitors to more traditional Spanish dishes and stews.

Due to the great success of last year’s event, Grandma’s Casserole has been extended from 10 days to 17 days (from 15th to 3rd March). Both locals and tourists will have more days to sample the delicious and traditional stews and casseroles which will be available in many of the town’s restaurants. A small casserole and a drink (glass of wine, beer or soft drink) will cost just €2 :-)  Read More…

Jump Aboard Fuengirola’s New Tourist Train

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Fuengirola City Tour Tourist Train

Fuengirola 'City Tour' Tourist Train

For just over a month now, our neighbouring town, Fuengirola, has been enjoying a new attraction: The ‘City tour’ Tourist Train.

This new tourist train service will allow visitors to easily make their way around the town’s most emblematic tourist attractions and landmarks including the Roman Ruins, the main sea front promenade, the fabulous beaches and Bioparc (Our favourite :-)). One of the highlights of this new service is its’ ‘hop-on hop-off’ system which allows the user to jump on and off as often as they like throughout the day.  Read More…

Photos of the ‘Erotic’ Tapas Route in Fuengirola

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A couple of weeks ago we wrote about the upcoming ‘Erotic’ Tapas Route in our neighbouring town of Fuengirola. Thousands of people have since visited the 80 bars and restaurants taking part in this fun initiative and have had the chance to sample the imaginative and somewhat riské tapas on offer.

We promised to do some field work and join the Tapas Route to try some of these ‘spicy’ creations and report back on our findings; it was tough work but we managed to make our way through the hoards of people and get some photographic evidence of the tapas we got to taste.

Below you’ll find photos of some of these ‘Erotic’ tapas with their names  (and their rough translations) the name of the bar/restaurant serving them and a brief description of the ingredients used to make them (at least the ones we could work out :-)):

#1 Lengua Sedienta (Dry tongue): The popular ‘La Plaza’ Bar is serving this tapa which is basically your traditional jamon serrano on a piece of toasted bread with olive oil and tomato; the olives and guerkins provide the more erotic touch. Not very adventurous but still tasty and goes down well with a cool beer :-)

La Plaza - Lengua Sedienta- Ruta de la tapa erotica

Lengua Sedienta

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Fuengirola’s EroticTapas Route: A “Spicy” Gastronomic Adventure

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3ª Ruta de La Tapa Erótica FuengirolaOn the 1st November 2011, our neighbouring town of Fuengirola kicked off the 3rd edition of the “Ruta dela Tapa Erótica” (Erotic Tapas Route), a simple and original idea which, in the last couple of years, has become a reference all over Spain.

Up until the 20th November, visitors to Fuengirola will be able to enjoy this traditional Spanish snack, with a slightly “spicy” touch. This year, the route sees 69 different establishments take part, each preparing a sensual and fun tapa, with creativity and flair being the main ingredients.

Anyone who visits one of the participating restaurants or bars will be able to sample one of these “erotic” tapas and a cool beer for a – very reasonable – €1.5. They will also have the chance to enter a fun competition; all they have to do is pick up a “pasaporte del tapeo” (special tapas passport) at the Tourist Office or in participating establishments. Once they are equipped with their passports, they have to make sure they get it stamped every time they try a different tapa.

The aim of the competition is to complete the passport with the stamps of 10 different establishments and vote on a favourite tapa. Once the passport is full, they have to hand it in at the Tourist Office to be entered into the fantastic prize draw; these are some of the great prizes they can win: Mediterranean cruise for 2 people; 42”Plasma TV; Romantic weekend break; lunches, dinners, and, of course, one or two more erotic gifts ;-)

During last years edition of the “Ruta dela Tapa”, more than 120,000 tapas were served. From what we can see, this year could see them surpass that figure; during the first day of this year’s event, some establishments sold more than 700 tapas!

 

 

 

Official Opening of the New River Park in Fuengirola

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Fuengirola River Park Project

The Fuengirola River Park Project

Next Saturday the 15th October, the Mayor of Fuengirola will officially open the town’s new river park. With this ambitious project, the Fuengirola Town Hall has recovered the edges of the Fuengirola river, allowing locals and visitors to enjoy the marvellous new installations which will be used for leisure, sports and recreation. Read More…

Our Checklist of 9 Things to Do at this Year’s Fuengirola Fair

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Feria del Rosario en Fuengirola 2011Our neighbours in Fuengirola are celebrating their local “Feria” this week (starts on the 6th October and ends on the 12th). Referred to as the “Feria del Rosario” – in honour of the town’s patron saint – it is famous for its’ horse exhibitions and processions.

We thought it would be interesting (and fun!) to give you a checklist of things you should do during this year’s Fuengirola Fair… so here goes:

1)      Go and watch the official “switching on” of the Fair Lights. Takes place on the 6th October at 10:30pm at the Palacio dela Paz.

2)      Watch the “Misa Flamenca” (Flamenco Mass) in honour of the Patron Saint, La Virgendel Rosario Coronada. There will also be a procession which leaves from the Plaza de la Constituciónin the town centre. 7th October at 10:30am.

3)      Horse Show and Exhibition in the Fuengirola Bull Ring. 12:00pm on the 8th October – Entrance is Free Read More…

Did You Know You Can Visit the Fuengirola Zoo (Bioparc) at Night?

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Bioparc Fuengirola at Night

Bioparc at night...

Fuengirola Zoo, or Bioparc, as it is now called is a favourite amongst holiday makers who visit theCosta del Sol. If you haven’t been, you need to make sure you a visit in to your busy holiday plans; the kids will love you for it and you’ll have a blast of a time! Until the end of August, they’re even open at night!

Divided into different themes, Bioparc Fuengirola offers visitors a unique experience as you are taken on a fascinating tour that includes visiting Africa’sCongoValleywith its lush vegetation and a group of gorillas, including an enormous silverback! Read More…

Jamie Cullum Concert at the Sohail Castle in Fuengirola

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Jamie Cullum Concert in FuengirolaWe’re in for a real treat this Thursday evening (4th August) as contemporary Jazz artist, Jamie Cullum, takes to the stage in the amazing setting of Sohail Castle in Fuengirola.

Known for his passionate and energetic live performances, the 31 year old visits the Costa del Sol for what will be his only show in Andalucia (even more of a reason to go!). The foundations of Sohail Castle will be literally shacking as he performs songs from his own albums as well as hits from other famous artists.

Although his music is rooted in Jazz, he delves into a vibrant mix of pop, rock ‘n roll and jazz. He’ll be pounding away at his piano, but if we are lucky, we’ll also be able to sample his talents on the guitar and drums too! An interesting fact: Jamie never works to a set list in his live performances, it’s all improvised! Should make for a very entertaining evening…

The doors of Sohail Castle will open to the public at 8:30pm and the show starts at 10pm. If you’re looking for tickets, you can buy them online at www.ticketmaster.es or at any El Corte Inglés department store. Prices start at €35 if you buy before the event and go up to €45 on the night.

Note: If you’re heading to the Costa del Solspecially to see the concert and you are looking for somewhere to stay, you can check our availability on www.sunsetbeachclub.com

The 4th Beer Festival at the Sohail Castle in Fuengirola

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Beer Festival at Sohail Castle in Fuengirola

Dusk at Sohail Castle...

I’ve got some good news for all you beer lovers out there; as from next Thursday the 21st July, the Sohail Castle in Fuengirola will be the venue for the 4th Beer Festival (Bierfest).

For 10 days, visitors will be able to sample some of the finest German beers. This year, the organisers of the event have tried to make things a little more “international” by setting up various stands with a wide variety of foods from around the world.

Obviously, there will be a German stand with their frikadellen, chucrut and wide variety of German sausages, but you will also be able to try a whole range of Moroccan delicacies; an authentic Argentine “Parrillada” (BBQ); some spicy Mexican food and even fresh sea food. With hunger no longer being a problem, you might want to head over to the Cocktails stand and try a cool and refreshing Mojito – or whatever tickles your fancy.

On the 24th and 31st July, there will be Formula One races and theSohailCastle will be the perfect place to watch the top motor sport event! There will be a large TV screen so that visitors can watch their favourite drivers without giving up their delicious German beer.

The fair starts at 7:00 pm from Monday to Friday and at 12:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday; entrance is free ;-)

Bioparc in Fuengirola Organises Educational Workshops and Activities for all the Family

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Bioparc Fuengirola

Bioparc in Fuengirola

Next week is half term here in Andalucía (we call it Semana Blanca) and many children will be off school. Because of this, the Bioparc in Fuengirola (Zoo) has decided to put on some extra activities targeted mainly at children – although no reason why adults can’t join in!

If you’re staying at Sunset Beach Club for half term next week and haven’t visited the Bioparc in Fuengirola yet, this is the perfect chance to do so.

Between the 1st and 4th of March, visitors to the park will be able to enjoy free guided tours in the morning (for parents and their children); in the afternoon, there will be special educational workshops designed to explain to visitors, in an easy and non-techie way, facts about protected and endangered species which face extinction.

A visit to the Bioparc is a great day out for all the family. The park is very well maintained and a lot of care and attention has gone in to ensuring a fantastic experience for kids and adults alike.

If you’d like more information, please stop by our Leisure Desk where Annemie and Susanna will be able to help you.

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