A Star-Studded Summer in Marbella


The Marbella summer is in full swing, the town is buzzing, the beaches are vibrant and the prestigious high season events are underway. Each year the town boasts a star-studded programme of live music, which includes a selection of famous artists from around the globe.

Last week Grammy award winning singer Seal put on a spectacular show at the Puente Romano Tennis Club in Marbella. The sell-out concert attracted locals, tourists and celebrities alike to enjoy classics including ‘Crazy’ and ‘Wishing on a Star’.

World number one professional tennis player Novak Djokovic and wife Jelena attended the concert at which Seal dedicated his most iconic song ‘Kiss from a Rose’ to the couple. Djokovic has been in the area for a number of weeks training at the Puente Romano Tennis Club for the upcoming hard-court season, starting with the Canadian Rogers Cup, which takes place between 21st and 31st July in Toronto. Dutch football manager Frank Rijkaard, who has recently relocated to Marbella, was also spotted amongst fans in the arena.

Seal is by no means the only high profile artist to perform this year in Marbella; British soul and pop band Simply Red are set to light up Fuengirola Castle (Parque Castillo Sohail) on 18th August with top hits including ‘Holding Back the Years’, ‘If you Don’t Know me by Now’ and ‘Fairground’. Located just a short drive from Marbella, the Parque Castillo Sohail makes for a scenic venue, which is sure to attract many of Marbella’s music lovers.

Another impressive musical event taking place in Marbella during the summer is the renowned Starlite Festival, held annually at the Nagüeles auditorium in the exclusive area of Sierra Blanca. It has become a popular venue for international and national celebrities, both on the stage and among the audience. Past performers include Enrique Iglesias, Tom Jones, Jamie Callum and Andrea Bocelli. This year the month-long event hosts favourites including Santana, The Corrs and Status Quo.

If you are looking to enjoy Marbella’s glitzy summer events on a more regular basis by making the area your home, take a look at our range of villas for sale in Marbella and the surrounding areas.


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Catch the Hollywood Stars at Night in Marbella

Starlite Festival MarbellaThe American concept of catching the latest movie in an outdoor theatre on warm summer evenings reached its apogee with the Drive-In cinema in the 1960s.

This of course was a natural fit for a country that has had a long love affair with the automobile. What is not quite so well known is that Spain and Marbella too, has its own version—but here it follows Spanish cultural patterns and involves a trip to the beach to watch the Hollywood stars on screen while relaxing under the star-lit night sky, rather than sitting in a giant parking lot.

The Cine de Verano (summer cinema) is a decades old tradition celebrated across the Mediterranean, but particularly in Andalucía and the Costa del Sol. It is an experience that peaked during the 1960s, when Córdoba opened as many as 30 open air cinemas—although parks and other outdoor spaces were the venue rather than beaches in the inland city.

Apart from the fact that it was often free or at least offered at a very modest price, the people enjoyed outdoor cinema because it brought communities together at night time—the best time to be outside during the long summer months. So while Americans shut themselves away in cars, Spaniards gregariously used the outdoor cinema as a way to meet up with friends and family for a social experience.

However, with modern lifestyles and other entertainment options freely available, open air cinemas aren’t such a common occurrence anymore. People now have less time to go to the comfortable air-conditioned indoor theatres, let alone an outdoor one. However, many of the trendy holiday resorts of the Costa del Sol have maintained the tradition and continue to host screenings in the summer months on the beaches.

In Marbella the tradition had fallen into disuse by the 1980s—until last year that is. After a successful inauguration of ‘Cine bajo las estrellas’ (Cinema under the Stars)—a month long cycle of screenings on Marbella’s beaches—the popular event will be returning. Last year’s hosts, La Bajadilla beach in Marbella and La Salida in San Pedro Alcántara, will be joined by Pinomar beach in Las Chapas. The cinemas are free to all, but are expected to fill up quickly—so make sure you get there early to grab your seats.

This year, the famed Starlite Festival will also be hosting its own cycle of luxury open air movie screenings in one of Europe’s largest outdoor cinemas at the Nagüeles Auditorium—an old quarry that has been converted for stage and screen use. This year’s programme features some of the best and most loved old school classics. The outdoor theatre features stadium seating with VIP areas and some impressive cinema acoustics. The screenings began on July 17th, but don’t fret if you missed out, more shows are planned, so you have plenty of time to book your place.

Most major cities and towns on the Costa del Sol will be hosting open-air screenings, including Málaga, Estepona, Benalmádena and Fuengirola to name a few. So wherever you are this summer, find out about your local Cine de Verano and spend movie night on the sandy shore beneath the stars.

The beach cinemas are a manifestation of the laid-back lifestyle of Marbella and the Costa del Sol. Should you wish to be a part of this way of life, please contact Altavista Property—we have a fine selection of villas and apartments for sale in the area.

Programme details for Marbella’s ‘Cine bajo las estrellas’ can be found here and those for the Starlite Festival here.


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Marbella homes for modern lifestyles  


The modern villas at La Finca de Marbella have been somewhat of a sensation, offering just the kind of modern home that many buyers are looking for. People are drawn by the attractive contemporary architecture, the spacious open-plan interiors, the top end fittings in bathrooms and kitchens, and a setting that – while peaceful and almost rural in character – finds itself within a few minutes from the beach and the centre of Marbella.


Shopping, golf and schools are also right nearby, so La Finca combines the enviable mix of a prime location less than two kilometres from the beach with newly built homes that are right up to date. What’s more, these homes have been designed around a concept that takes into account the Marbella climate and lifestyle – not just during the summer months but throughout the year. Having established why the villas at La Finca de Marbella are so popular it’s interesting to look at who is buying there.


Who is buying at La Finca de Marbella

Though homeowners can choose from a variety of architectural designs and interior layouts, the villas in the main range between three and four bedrooms, with private gardens, pools, parking and luxurious interiors set within a safe community that is still bordered by olive groves yet looks out over the Mediterranean Sea, Marbella and mountain scenery. Not surprisingly perhaps, this appeals greatly to families who wish to have modern style and conveniences accompanied by privacy, space and the convenience of a compact villa.


There is no one single type of buyer, as homeowners at La Finca de Marbella might be typically made up of buyers in their forties with young families, but many also include couples with grown-up children or indeed younger professionals looking for a permanent home or a second property in Marbella. “We’re glad that there is a good mix of ages and nationalities at La Finca de Marbella, having young families residing here permanently anchors the community,” says Michael Liggan, founder of Altavista Property and one of the driving forces behind the development.


In terms of nationalities there has been a very good spread too, with Scandinavian, Dutch, Belgian and French buyers attracted by the modern styling, which has also appealed to British and Spanish clients keen on a tranquil location close to all amenities. “We also have a sprinkling of Russian and Arab buyers, mostly younger families who love the contemporary architecture and find the more compact refinement of the villas suits them perfectly,” adds sales manager Jaanus Lussmaa They all share the desire to enjoy the Marbella way of life in a modern home that blends contemporary styling, technology and amenities with a great location right by the golf club and sandy beaches of Río Real and just minutes away from Marbella town, La Cañada shopping mall and the glitzy marina of Puerto Banús.



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