Trip to Frigiliana and Nerja


The Foreign Residents Department has organised a trip to Nerja and Frigiliana for April 27.

The price per person of 34 euros includes return travel, guided visits of Frigiliana and Nerja including the caves and museum, followed by lunch.

The coach leaves Castillo de la Duquesa at 8.30 am returning at around 6 pm.

Places are limited so book early by calling 952 893 548.

The Foreigners and Statistics Departments advise residents to review their padron

Tenencia - Sabinillas

The Foreigners and Statistics departments are advising residents, regardless of nationality, of the importance to renew the information on their padron. This should be done every two years.

Remember that being registered on the padron benefits you in many ways:

  • Aid in public taxes, such as the IBI
  • Enrolment in municipal courses,workshops and activities
  • To enroll children in school
  • To obtain a certificate of residence, social security or social assistance
  • Right to vote in local and European elections
  • Unemployment Aid
  • Civil Marriage
  • Being self-employed

To renew your padron you must go to the municipal census office, which is located in both the Manilva Town Hall and the Tenencia

Town Hall events and activities for April 2013

Friday 5
Youth Department
Manilva Pavillion from 11.30 pm

Saturday 6
Fiestas Department
Lacemaking exhibition
Paseo Maritimo, Sabinillas
(Subject to confirmation)

Saturday 13
Culture Department
Visit to Mijas and the Benalmadena Butterfly Centre

Saturday 20
Youth Department
Make up course
Centro Formación, Sabinillas

Sunday 21
Youth Department
Hairstyling course
Centro Formación, Sabinillas

Tuesday 23 – Sunday 28
Culture Department
Culture Week
Programme of cultural events to be confirmed

Tuesday 23 – Friday 26
Education Department
Book Fair

Tuesday 23
Foreign Residents Department
Saint George’s Day Celebrations
Duquesa Port

Saturday 27
Tourism Department
Trip to Granada
Foreign Residents Department
Trip to Nerja

El Hacho road repairs imminent

El Hacho hole

Residents of the El Hacho area of Manilva are still waiting for urgent repairs to the development’s main road, Calle Corniso, part of which collapsed back in January 2012.

The damage occurred during a heavy storm and it is believed that the road’s retaining wall had been damaged during clearance works in the adjacent stream bed.

The local authorities in Manilva pursued the regional government’s Environment Department to rectify the damage to the road.

In the meantime further rainfall led to more damage resulting in the Town Hall taking the decision to close the road, erecting a barrier just past the Hotel La Duquesa, although cynics might say this was just to cover themselves for insurance purposes as nobody takes any notice of the closure, merely driving around the barrier.

Around this time local residents began to pressurise the government through a Facebook group and a petition signed by a large number of the population of this large urbanisation.

After unsuccessfully chasing the Junta de Andalucia to fix the road, the local authorities took the decision to undertake the repairs themselves and everything is in place to carry out the works, apart from one essential part of the process.
Unbelievably the only thing holding up the repair to this vital piece of local infrastructure is permission to access the stream bed from the very regional environment department that is believed to have caused the problem in the first place and subsequently ducked out of its responsibility to rectify the damage.

New radio station broadcasting from Castillo de la Duquesa

Castle Radio FM

A newcomer to the local radio scene, Castle Radio FM, began broadcasting from its studio in Castillo de la Duquesa earlier in March.

Founded by veteran of the local broadcasting scene, Andrew Charles, the station sets out to provide a wide range of music, both English and Spanish, as well as local news, chat, and interviews.

Whilst centred on the Manilva area in which it is based, Castle Radio FM also caters for the general Costa del Sol and Gibraltar area, as well as a growing band of overseas listeners.

Station chief, Andrew Charles told The Resident “We want to provide a focal point for the local community, as well as promote Manilva as a great destination for tourists and a good location for business”.

Castle Radio FM is currently available on the internet and can be heard via your PC, laptop, or on your tablet or smartphone.

For more information visit or

Country Music Night

Country Music

El Molino in Sabinillas are playing host to Hensler and the Texas Pearls who will be performing their Legends of Nashville Country Music Night paying tribute to those country legends such as Tammy Wynette, John Denver, Dolly Parton, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, etc.

They will be appearing on Sunday March 31 from 7 pm and tickets are just 20 euros including a selection of tapas throughout the night. Tickets are available from Meson El Molino, The English Bookshop in Sabinillas, or call 666 271 618.

If you can’t make it on Sunday they are also playing at Tikitano, Estepona on March 29; La Sala, Puerto Banus on Monday April 1; and Mijas Playa Restaurant on Tuesday April 2.

 Hensler and The Texas Pearls

lydia-barrettLydia Barrett is a familiar face here in southern Spain and Gibraltar having performed at numerous venues along the coast including two years as Resident Singer at Tikitano Beach Restaurant.  Previously, after graduating from the Arts Educational Schools London, Lydia appeared in West End musicals, namely Cats, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard (Sydmonton Festival) as well as various UK repertory productions.  Lydia’s first introduction to Country music was Elusive Dreams, a Tammy Wynette & George Jones tribute tour in which she appeared as featured soloist and lead backing vocalist.  Lydia is thrilled to be performing the greatest hits of this ever popular music genre.

Titim-henslerm Hensler is an accomplished singer, songwriter and performer.  Rock & Roll touring and West End credits include performances in The Roy Orbison Story, Buddy and as George Jones in Stand By Your Man and Elusive Dreams.  As a songwriter, Tim released two singles in the 80s and has had songs published by Future Music.  He won the coveted runner up award in the Country music category of the prestigious UK song writing event in association with the Brits.  Tim has produced two Country albums with Vanessa Barrett, writing the title track Already Gone and co-writing with her, Love Roulette.

vanessa-barrettVanessa Barrett appeared in West End hits Evita, Aspects of Love and The Sound of Music before touring as Tammy Wynette in Stand By Your Man with Tim Hensler.  Their musical partnership produced two Country albums which include tracks listed in the Top 20 Independent Country Music charts.  Vanessa appeared as supporting artist for Slim Whitman in his ‘Farewell Tour’ in Britain and is included in the Best of British Country Music album 2003.  Tim and Vanessa produced Elusive Dreams, a UK tour celebrating the music of George Jones and Tammy Wynette.  She is thrilled to be back on her favourite resort singing Country!

Saint Patrick’s Day celebration in Sabinillas

Saint Patricks Day in Sabinillas

Manilva’s Foreign Residents Department is hosting a party on Sunday March 17 to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day.

From 12 noon in the Plaza Jorge Guillen (Albert Square) Punta Almina, Sabinillas, there will be live music including performance by the popular Marcus Myers, craft market, and plenty of activities for the children during the afternoon.


Grand Carnival Paella in Parque El Duque


Manilva’s carnival association Peña Los Niños de Sabinillas, in collaboration with the Culture and Education Department are organising a day of traditional carnival entertainment this Saturday March 16 at the Parque El Duque in Sabinillas.

From 12 noon there will be a packed programme of entertainment featuring some of the best carnival music groups including:

Los de Gris and los Recortaos (Cadiz),
Con Juan Carlos no hay quien salga and Ya no somos los que éramos (San Roque)
El día después (Estepona)
Este año estamos arriba (Marbella)

Ropita Tendía (Los Barrios)
El Patio de los Canallas (Algeciras)

Entry is free and there will also be free paella during the afternoon.

For pictures from previous events see: Gran Paellada Popular Carnavalesca