A Day at the Marbella Feria

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The summer season is just around the corner, which means it is almost time for the Marbella Feria, the most famous social gathering on the Marbella calendar. The Feria de San Bernabe is a week-long event during which the whole town comes alive as people of all ages gather together to sing, dance, socialise and party.


The feria week is a great time to visit Marbella ─ the streets are busy, vibrant and full of colour. As part of the tradition, the Town Hall decorates the centre with bright posters and flags, and the locals dress up in their best feria costumes, which are full of glitter and sequins ─ a spectacular sight to see!


In previous years the fair has taken place in Marbella’s fair ground, however following the success of last year’s event, the Parque de la Alameda in central Marbella will once again play host to the majority of this year’s feria events, which will begin on Monday 5th June with an impressive fireworks display at the beach.


The Feria de San Bernabe is packed full of entertainment options catering to all ages and tastes. Here you will find everything from children’s entertainment, dance workshops and dance shows to beauty pageants, horse shows, music in every corner and a wide selection of lively stalls offering traditional Spanish snacks and a selection of alcoholic beverages.


As evening draws the celebrations move from the centre of town to the fairground near La Cañada shopping centre, where people of all ages sing, dance and party the night away in the famous Casetas (Marquee tents), each of which is individually decorated with its own style and colour theme. The area also plays host to a lively fairground, where amusement rides that are lit up like a Christmas tree are open until the small hours.

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The Marbella Feria provides hours of entertainment for the whole family and is a great way to sample Spanish culture, mix with the locals and practice your Spanish ─ we highly recommend a visit!


For more information on the Marbella Feria, take a look at the Marbella Town Hall’s website.

If you are thinking about relocating to Marbella or are currently searching new property in the area contact us for more information.

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Buoyant Property Sales For 2017

AVS01112---La-Monesa-de-Marbella---swimming-poolThe figures are in for property sales on the Costa del Sol in the first month of 2017 and the news is extremely heartening! According to data from the Land Registry and the national Institute of Statistics, sales rose by 19% in January of this year compared with the same month in 2016. And, it is also the biggest increase in Spanish property sales since January 2013.

Real estate observers responded to the announcement by commenting that 2017 has got off to the best start since 2008, because the figures released for 2011 and 2013 were presented by the government in a way that didn’t accurately reflect reality. In other words, 2017 is the best year to date since the big crash that halted Spain’s property boom.


Moreover, Málaga is one of the Spanish regions that is benefiting most from this sales revival, with what is regarded as Málaga/Costa del Sol showing a sales increase of 20% in January. This figure puts it above the national average, which is very good news for sellers and property developers in Marbella and the rest of the coast.

Regarding Spain as a whole, the Balearics and Cantabria are leading the property sales league table for 2017 with a 40% increase in transactions. Interest in Barcelona continues to thrive, followed by Tarragona and Cataluña plus Girona on the Costa Brava and the Asturias in Spain’s north. Madrid and Valencia are only slightly ahead of Málaga and Alicante. Regions that have shown a decline include the Canaries, Cádiz and the Costa de la Luz, as well as Granada’s Costa Tropical and Almeria’s Costa Calida.


There was also good news for sellers with older properties as the resales market was up 21% in January compared with new home sales, which increased by 8%. This may seem a low figure for new builds, but it is in fact a positive reflection of the fact that new developments are once again making a comeback to the market compared with figures for 2016, which were quite variable when looked at on a month-by-month basis. For example, sales of new builds in January 2016 were around minus 30%, so 8% growth in January 2017 reflects a healthy turnaround.

Although there have been concerns about the effects of the UK’s vote to leave the EU, it seems apparent that there is sufficient interest from other nationalities in Costa del Sol property to compensate for any dip in British buyers. It certainly looks like 2017 is going to be a very good year for property for sale in Marbella.

If you are looking for properties in Marbella and surroundings please contact Altavista Property.


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Live Music in Marbella


With the temperatures on the rise and summer just around the corner, it’s time to start planning those evenings and afternoons out, and where better than a venue with some live music? There is simply nothing better than sitting back and relaxing in the afternoon sunshine or enjoying the vibrant evening atmosphere with family and friends and live entertainment.

The Marbella area has a large selection of venues to choose from, offering something for every music taste ─ from soothing soul and classic jazz to vibrant rock, pop and chill out DJ sessions. We have put together a list of some of our favourite venues from around the coast.

Playwright – Located in Elviria, the Playwright restaurant offers live music from Thursday to Sunday featuring Jazz, soul and pop from local favourites including Georgie ONeill and Sam Oliver – helping to set the scene for a romantic dinner.

Karma Beach – Situated on the beach in El Rosario, Karma Beach offers the perfect venue to relax and top up your tan while listening to a wide selection of live music throughout the afternoon by some of the top names on the coast.

Boardwalk – Set on Marbella’s Paseo Marítimo, the boardwalk is a scenic venue for afternoon drinks in the sun or a lazy lunch with stunning views, while listening to live music from Marbella’s favourite vocal artiststhroughout the afternoon and evening.

Route 66 – Route 66, in Antonio Banderas square, Puerto Banús, offers a vibrant atmosphere from early afternoon until late throughout the weekend. Here you will find the likes of resident musicians Mark Romana and Sean Murray.

Joy’s Live  – This renowned piano bar located in the heart of Puerto Banús has long been a favourite of locals and tourists alike. Expect a fun-filled evening of Jazz and soul featuring the piano, sax, flute and violin.

La Sala – A favourite of locals and celebrities alike, La Sala offers a mix of music genres from renowned local artists and DJ’s seven nights a week. It’s important to dress to impress for this one as you never know who you might bump into.

Aqua Mist – Located around the corner from La Sala, Aqua Mist is the perfect venue for those who are looking to party the night away into the small hours. The trendy nightclub plays host to top artists throughout the summer, such as international superstars Craig David and Chris Brown.

These are just a few of the bars and restaurants in and around Marbella offering live music. Wherever you decide to go we hope you have a fun-filled afternoon or evening. If you are looking to relocate to the area on a more permanent basis contact us to find out how we can help you.

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