Every week we will write about living on the Costa del Sol. You'll find new stories, local and national events, comments, recipes and advice.

Topics will range from schooling your kids in Spain to tips on how to travel to the Costa del Sol, from insights on properties for sale to helpful advice on legal issues. But we also want to share events and culture, to show how wonderful life can be in the area around Estepona, Marbella and Malaga.

Scroll down or click through the list (right) to see previous posts full of interesting information and links about this great place.

The perfect time of year

Katherine Oneill // Friday, 07 September 2018

The towel count is falling on the beaches of the Costa del Sol and that, coupled with an average September daytime temperature of 28°c makes this, for me, the perfect time to visit.

This is THE best season for property hunting too, with cheaper flights and rental accommodation.

The Spanish Estate Agent is booking up their agents fast for September and October viewings. To bag your preferred dates contact Chloe on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

And if you need a little pre-holiday reading, browse our specialist listings of brand new developments for sale, ready built or off-plan, along the Costa del Sol.

Biznaga!

Katherine O'Neill // Friday, 31 August 2018

No, this is nothing to do with the Big Bang Theory.  When you visit Malaga, you’ll probably notice the little bunches of white flowers that are sold in the streets. They are biznagas and they are a symbol of the city.

It’s customary to make them in summer, but you can make them all year round due to Malaga's excellent weather. 

The word biznaga comes from the Arabic and means “a gift of God". In the old days it was used as an air freshener due to its pleasant fragrance, and as a natural mosquito repellent. Now it has become a decoration, as well as one of the emblems of Malaga.

Biznagas are handmade, using jasmine and the stalk of a nerdo, a kind of thistle that is collected in late spring. The jasmine flowers are inserted onto the umbels of the nerdo when they are still closed. In the evening, the flowers open up, releasing their characteristic fragrance.

There are many types of jasmine but the one most frequently used is the Royal Jasmine, which is white and has a sweet aroma.

Top designer, Carolina Herrera has just launched a new collection with the Biznaga as the inspiration. Check out the Facebook page here

To check out properties in the area where these jasmine grow, click here

 

Still time to catch the cycle race!

Katherine O'Neill // Monday, 27 August 2018

The peloton of the Vuelta a España will wind its way across 280 kilometres taking in the Costa del Sol and inland areas during the first four stages of the tour
The 'Vuelta' never forgets Malaga. In fact, this is the 30th time that the famous international cycle race will pass through the province, after that first time in a difficult year (1936), which was only the second time it took place. This year three of the stages will be held in Malaga and the fourth will start in the province and head to Granada. These are three days which should definitely not be missed by lovers of this sport who want to see their idols close up, even if it is only for a few fleeting seconds.

Stage 3 (Monday):

Mijas-Alhaurín de la Torre (178.2 kms.)

The longest stage through Malaga province will begin at 12.50pm in Calle La Noria, in Mijas.

It is nearly 180 kilometres in length and will pass through Mijas, Marbella (and San Pedro Alcántara), Ronda, El Burgo, Yunquera, Alozaina, Coín, Mijas again, Benalmádena, Torremolinos and then finish in Alhaurín de la Torre. This is the first time Alhaurín has been the finishing point for the Vuelta, and the winner of this third stage is expected to arrive around 5.26pm.

This stage crosses two mountain passes, the Puerto de Madroño at km. 45.6 and the Puerto del Viento, at km 85.

This route is classified as medium mountain, and it will provide the cyclists with one of the few occasions this year when they are able to battle it out in a sprint to the finish at the end of the day.

Stage 4 (Tuesday):

Vélez-Málaga-Alfácar (161.4 kms.)

Cycling fans in Vélez-Malaga will also be able to enjoy their moment of glory, thanks to the fact that a stage of the Vuelta will be beginning there for the first time.

This will also be the last day the cyclists are in Malaga province.

They are due to set off from Avenida de las Naciones at 1pm, but the finishing line is in Granada province. After passing through Torrox and El Morche, in the opposite direction to last year, Nerja will be the final town in Malaga province which the multicoloured snake of the peloton will pass through before reaching Granada via Almuñécar.

After more than 160 kilometres, the cyclists' finishing point will be in a place which is completely new to them: Alfácar, in the Sierra de Alfaguara.

 

Published by Sur In English

 

8 days and nights of Málaga Fair!

Katherine O'Neill // Wednesday, 08 August 2018

Coming up this weekend! MALAGA FAIR! Not to be missed!

Starting this Friday 10th August with a firework display at the port, it is party time for a full 8 days and nights! The fair is a huge event and takes place over two venues where you can see free concerts and generally let your hair down and take in the different flavours of Spain.

During the day head to Calle Larios (from midday-6pm) where you will find free concerts in several squares in the old quarter such as Plaza Uncibay, Plaza Mitjana, Plaza de las Flores and Plaza de San Pedro de Alcántara (off Calle Carreteria).

At night head to Real de la Feria – in the west of city where partying is full on and the atmosphere electric!

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New development news!

Julie Savill // Monday, 11 June 2018

We've launched a brand new section on our website where you will find over 200 new developments of apartments, townhouses and villas all along the Costa del Sol from the elegant city centre of Malaga to the stylish destination of Marbella and the charming fishing village of Estepona. With properties to suit every taste and budget, click through to choose your new home in Spain.

Costa del Sol is currently a hotbed of creativity and you’ll find some of the most exciting and innovative new developments in Europe. Stylish interiors and ultra contemporary designs using the latest building techniques are creating wonderful living spaces. With the emphasis on outdoor living and seamless transitions between interiors and exteriors, leading architects are designing fabulous new projects for international clients who want to live full- or part-time on the Mediterranean coast of the Costa del Sol.

Want to flex your Green muscle? No problem; with the latest European quality building codes and green credentials including solar panels, terrace cooling, air conditioning, electric car charging points in garages it’s there at the touch of a switch. And home domotics allow you to control the operation of the property from a distance so you can lie on the beach and turn on the aircon ready for when you get home! Bliss!

It's festival time today in Estepona!

Julie Savill // Monday, 14 May 2018

FERIA DE SAN ISIDRO LABRADOR
Andalucia is extremely proud of its history and traditions and this is easily seen with various festivities happening throughout the calendar year. On the 15th May Estepona celebrates the day of its patron saint, San Isidro Labrador (the Farmer), with a procession starting at San José church in the old town and making its way around the centre before returning back to the church. As the festival honours Estepona’s agricultural heritage, the procession is made up of farm vehicles dressed up in foliage, flowers and produce. There is a prize for the best decorated float and everyone makes a great effort, there are even some tractors with ‘San Isidro’ written in dough on a giant loaf of bread on the front of their trailers!

For more information see andalucia.com

Star Wars on the Costa del Sol!

Julie Savill // Thursday, 03 May 2018

The Legion 501 disembarks in Malaga!

The Imperial troops of the 501st Legion arrive on the streets of the centre of Malaga on Saturday, May 5, starting at 5 pm. Departure from Muelle Uno (Pier One), parade to Plaza de la Constitución.

At 5:30 pm, 170 members of the 501st Legion, accompanied by 10 Mandalorian Mercs and 48 cadets from the Galactic Academy, will start the tour at La Farola. They will take Pier One and then head towards the Pompidou Museum, where the Tagomago patrol ship of the Spanish Armada awaits them. From there, the Emperor will disembark with his guard to join the parade.

They will continue along Palmeral de las Sorpresas (Pier Two), cross Plaza de la Marina and take Calle Larios until they reach Plaza de la Constitución at around 8 pm.

Courtesy of www.malagacar.com

The best-trained team on the Costa del Sol

Julie Savill // Thursday, 03 May 2018

New regulations are about to come into play regarding how we gather and use our clients' data.

We take client security seriously and our whole Spain team sat down this afternoon to take part in an online training webinar to make sure your details are handled safely and to the highest standards of care.

 

Encouraging currency update

Tim Williams // Monday, 16 April 2018

The exchange rate between the pound and the euro broke through the 1.15 level last week for the first time in nearly a year.
Since the end of May 2017, the rate has been remarkably steady around the 1.10 - 1.15 level.

It remains to be seen whether this is the start of a new trend or not.

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A sight worth seeing

Julie Savill // Wednesday, 21 March 2018

'Semana Santa' (Holy Week), is a week-long festival of events. from 25 March to 1st April 2018  Here's what not to miss:

Palm Sunday
The first parades day. It passes the  'Tribune of the Poor' (Tribuna de los Pobres), one of the most popular viewing spots along the parades route next to Carreteria street.

Holy Monday
This day is for the parade of the figure of Jesus the Captive, the longest parade of the Holy Week. People walk behind the throne in penance praying to the statue. They are called 'The Promises' (Las Promesas).

Holy Tuesday
Virgen de las Penas, a parade of a throne and a religious figure with a mantle of flowers. The mantle of flowers is made by the gardeners of Malaga city. It is common for the men who carry the throne on their backs to pick it up higher and move it according the music rhythm.

Holy Wednesday
During the Holy Week, a prisoner is released on Wednesday. This dates back to the 18th century when, one year, the parade was suspended but the prisoners decided to escape and make the parade by theirselves. They later returned to their cells and the king to decided to release one prisoner every year, an act that still takes place.

Maundy Thursday
The Thursday is the day for the Parade of Legionaries. They land in the port of Malaga and are part of a procession though the streets of the city.

Good Friday
This is the day for the official townhall brotherhood and the religious figure called Virgen de los Dolores. The lights of the city fade off as the throne passes by.

Easter Sunday
This day is the Resurrection parade. You can also have a good day in Malaga by visiting any of the monuments of the city and eating typical food around the place or at the promenade next to the beach.

For more information visit malagaweb.com

 

Easter treats all round!

Julie Savill // Tuesday, 20 March 2018

So, if you are heading to Spain over this Easter break, what specialities might you expect to eat?

Lots of deliciousness awaits but you might want to pack some loose clothes - low-calorie this is not!

Torrijas. This scrumptious treat is very traditional for Easter, with recipes dating back to the 1600s. Thick pieces of bread are soaked in a mixture of milk and egg, then fried with olive oil and served with honey and sugar.

Flores de Semana Santa. Also known as flores manchegas, these sweet and fried pastries come in delightful shapes.

Potaje de Vigilia. Traditionally served on Good Friday before Easter Sunday, this 'vigil stew' is made of cod, chickpeas, spinach and garlic.

For more Spanish treast visit The Local 

Start your property search around Estepona where you'll find lots of restaurants lining pretty little back streets.

 

 

 

Satisfaction from anti-Brexit groups...

Katherine Oneill // Thursday, 15 March 2018

...Votes for Life Bill goes to committee stage

Maglaga.

Bremain in Spain has said that it "welcomes the progress made with the second reading of the "Overseas Electors Bill" which aims to give Brits living abroad a 'vote for life' in UK elections, instead of the current 15 year cut-off period.

The second reading of the Private Member's Bill brought by Welsh Conservative MP, Glyn Davies, took place on Friday 23rd February. It gained support from the Conservative and Liberal Democrat benches and opposition from some Labour MPs. It was supported by Mike Gapes MP, the president of Labour International. The Bill was passed and will now go to the committee stage.

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Spain on the up!

Julie Savill // Tuesday, 13 March 2018

The Spanish economy grew 3.1% in 2017 thanks to an increase in consumer spending and a higher rate of investment, data released recently by the government has confirmed.

The nation GDP figure showed an increase of 0.7% in the fourth quarter of last years, slightly slower than in previous quarters, meaning the economy grew slightly less than in 2016 when it expanded by 3.3%. Last year was the third consecutive year that GDP increased more than 3%.

Household demand was up 2.4% in the year and investment was up 5% (including 6.1% for investment in equipments and 4.6% in construction). Exports grew 5% and imports grew at almost the same pace, up 4.7%
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Of the 3.1% growth, 90% came from and increase in overall domestic demand.

Credit: Sur in English

Your Overseas Home: Property Exhibition

Katherine Oneill // Tuesday, 06 March 2018

Our intrepid team of property consultants descended on the Hammersmith Novotel to represent Affordable France, The Spanish Estate Agent and Beaux Villages Immobilier at the Your Overseas Home Property Exhibition this weekend.

The team flew in from Malaga, Bordeaux, Amsterdam and Bergerac.

Ironically, our 'local' team from the south west of England couldn't get there!

Pictured, Karen Mathers, our call team manager, caught in a flurry of snow on Hammersmith Bridge.

All best wishes to our clients who battled the elements to attend this great ticket-only event.

Sold by The Spanish Estate Agent!

Julie Savill // Monday, 05 March 2018

SOLD : Estepona town centre, 3-bed, 2-bath apartment, 185,000€ - step out of your door and onto the beach-front promenade
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