Huge Fire in Marbella and surrounding areas

August 31st, 2012

This morning we awoke to find Sabinillas and Manilva covered in ash and a strong smell of smoke in the air… the result of a huge forest fire which affected  Coín, Monda, Ojén, Alhaurín, Mijas and Marbella.  The fire apparently started in Coin, yesterday afternoon and spread very quickly.  More than 4,000 people have been evacuated […]


Jesse J in concert in Gibraltar

August 30th, 2012

Wow, what a scoop. A proper pop star performing in Gibraltar…. Gibraltar’s first Mega concert will take place on September 8th and will be headlined by Jessie J. The concert is being held at the Victoria Stadium (If you don’t know it, you can’t miss it – it’s at the end of the runway!) which […]


Reduction in Capital Gains Tax if you buy now….

August 29th, 2012

We’ve been telling you for months that this is the perfect time to buy in Spain and here’s yet another incentive… The Government has recently  approved a new tax decree which  states that, if a property is purchased between the 12th of May and the 31st of December, 2012, the capital gains tax payable, as and when […]


Vendimia – Manilva’s Wine Festival 2012

August 29th, 2012

Every year, on the first weekend in September, Manilva celebrates its annual grape harvest, known as Vendimia and it’s yet another huge party. This festival was founded in the early ’60s and is a very important part of the local calendar, attracting visitors from all across the region.  Every year a “grape vat” is constructed in the […]


Bolonia beach… Well worth the drive

August 27th, 2012

Although here around the Manilva coastline, we have some of the best blue flag beaches on the Costa del sol, in my opinion, you can’t beat the beaches of the Costa de la luz.  Its well worth the drive.. Just follow the N340 /A7 coast road down the Tarifa and up the other side. Some of […]


Raft race in Duquesa…..

August 25th, 2012

Now this event looks like fun!!! The foreign residents and the local bars have organised an inter-bar raft race which will be held tomorrow, Sunday 26th in Duquesa Port. The nine rafts entered from various bars in Duquesa and Sabinillas, are all “home made”. The rules are that there can be no more than 6 […]


Sapporo – Japanese Restaurant in los Hidalgos

August 23rd, 2012

There is now a Japanese restaurant in Manilva.. to add to the many other varied types of restaurants on offer.  Sapporo is situated on the top level of the commercial centre in Los Hidalgos, next to The Clubhouse bar. The restaurant  is traditionally and tastefully decorated  and it is not just a restaurant … the staff try to offer a […]


Verbana de San Luis de Sabinillas 2012

August 23rd, 2012

This saturday 25th August, Sabinillas celebrates its patron saint with a day of processions, music and partying . The day will begin, like every other local festival with rockets being let off at 8am and a march through the street of Sabinillas by the town band. The main events take place in plaza Vincente  Espinel […]


Medieval Market in Sabinillas

August 19th, 2012

The finall one of this season’s medieval markets will take place in Sabinillas this weekend.  It will be held on the paseo maritimo, starting at 12.00 on Thursday 23rd and running through until Sunday 26th.  The other markets held in Manilva and Castillo earlier in the year were a great success and attracted many visitors.  With Sabinillas, the busiest we […]


Carrefour’s New opening hours

August 19th, 2012

I’ve recently discovered that Carrefour now opens at 9am instead of 10am.  They are still open until 10pm at night with some branches now even opening until 11pm… Carrefour is what us Brits would call a “superstore” It sells almost everything, clothes, tools, DIY, electical appliances both large and small, computers, televisions, garden furniture and […]


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