Arte Sano showcasing the alternative Andalucia

After the success of previous editions of Arte Sano, the organisers are planning another festival on the beautiful sea front in San Pedro Alcantara for 25 and 26 July, 2015, from 11 am to midnight. “We had a very successful event there last year for an excellent weekend full of activities and music,” say the organisation. “This year we will be bringing the colourful world of alternative Andalucía to life for another weekend for all the family.” A diverse mix of classes, workshops and talks on subjects ranging from personal development to natural health, spirituality and the environment are on offer and all for free.

The ‘Peace tent’ will host many of these talks, as well as the classes in the open air in the gardens and activities on the beach. children are always an important part of the event and this year they will be well catered for in their own dedicated area with theatre, games and crafts, while the grown ups can enjoy concerts by some of the coast’s favourite artists, with some familiar faces from last year.

A market extends along the sea front full of artisans, natural products, therapists, art and healthy food for the visitors to enjoy. Apart from the main stage, the event includes a special salsa space, dance and movement stage and an area for sustainable technology where visitors can see how solar ovens, ram pumps and dehydrators work. The stage is set for a fantastic weekend in July 2015 on the San Pedro sea front.

Arte Sano poster 2015

Spandau Ballet at Puente Romano Tennis Club, Marbella this August

Spandau Ballet at Puente Romano Marbella

80s new romantics Spandau Ballet will be performing at the Puente Romano Tennis Club in Marbella on Friday 21 August, as part of the Spanish leg of their world tour.

The band fronted by singer Tony Hadley, who played at the Gibraltar Music Festival last year, and the Kemp brothers had a string of hits during the 1980s with tracks such as True, Gold, Through The Barricades, etc., reformed back in 2009 after many years of legal wranglings over royalties and are currently in the middle of a world tour.

Tickets go on sale on Tuesday 23 June priced from 90 euros to 220 euros.

Tickets are available online at Ticketmaster.

Noche de San Juan 2015

Once again the Summer season is kick started with the annual Noche de San Juan festival which is held over the evening of June 23 into the early hours of June 24.

The festivities begin in Plaza Cali in front of the statue on the Promenade, at 10.15 pm with a performance by the music group ‘Tentation’ which continues until 11.45 pm at which time the Mayor will welcome residents and visitors alike before lighting the bonfire at midnight.

This will be followed by the firework display before the band ‘Tentation’ continue their performance into the early hours.

Local artist Juan Oliva is once again the architect of the fabulous tableau, and it is almost a shame to set light to it.

San Juan 2015
This year’s tableau with the artist Juan Manuel Oliva Rondon

Specsavers – Tell the world you look great in glasses

Specsavers - Spectacle wearer of the Year

To highlight and reward the millions of ordinary people in Spain who look amazing in their glasses Specsavers Opticas are running the Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition. People can enter between the 1st June and the 5th July via Facebook and online at by submitting a recent colour photo of themselves wearing glasses.

Anyone from the age of 16 or over can enter and there are five age categories; 16-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-59, 60+. The person crowned the overall Spectacle Wearer of the Year will win €500 and a pair of designer frames. There will also be a semi-finalist from each age category who will each win a pair of designer frames worth 159 €.

All Specsavers staff are fully trained to offer style advice on the latest trends and frames to suit all face shapes and help make glasses wearers look and feel great. The team will be at the Costa Women Big Sparkling Charity Summer Party on 25th June at The Courtyard in Marbella. They will be offering guests a free glasses styling and helping them to enter the competition. Tickets are 25€ which includes a glass of cava on arrival and buffet meal, as well as donation to Fundación Cudeca. Tickets are available at Costa Women events, by calling Karen on 689 992 163 or by visiting The House Hairdressers in Elviria.

People can also enter the competition in store at Specsavers Opticas in Marbella or Fuengirola. Visit to find your nearest store or enter the competition online

Sabinillas Horse Fair 2015

This year’s Sabinillas Horse Fair, organised by the town’s Tourism Department, will be held in Sabinillas on Saturday 4 July.

Beginning at around 7.30 pm with a horse parade through the streets of Sabinillas, the focus then turns to the beach at the La Noria end of the village where the riders will display their horsemanship with various tests with the lance, etc., as well as races along the water’s edge.

Spectators are welcome to come and enjoy this display of traditional Andalucian horsemanship.

Horse Fair


Manilva Basketball campus

Manilva’s Sports Department has organised a five-day Basketball Campus, to be held at the Las Viñas Sports Centre by the football ground in Manilva, 24, 25, 26, 29 and 30 June.

Organised by the Sports Department in collaboration with Andalucia Basketball Federation and the Malaga Provincial Government, the campus is open to boys and girls born in the years 1997 to 2012 inclusive and runs from 9 am to 2 pm each day.

The cost is 25 euros per child which includes transport from various points in the municipality.

There will be a visit by a top professional basketball player at some point during the campus, the day of which is yet to be confirmed.

For more information or to enroll your child visit the ‘Delegación de Deportes’ office next to the football ground in Manilva or call 952 891 532 or 600 074 352.

Manilva Basketball Campus

CANCELLED Concert – The Golden Age of Spanish Pop


Enjoy the “The Golden Age of Spanish Pop” with a concert by some of the top names from that era including: Modestia Aparte, Jordi Sánches (of the band OBK), Miguel Costas (from Siniestro Total), Nacho Campillo (singer from Tam Tam Go) and Dylan Ferrero, from the group Taxi.

Top Spanish pop covers band Sótano Sur will also be performing on the night.

Organised by EG Events in collaboration with Manilva’s Youth Department the concert will be held on July 4 at the San Luis school in Sabinillas. Doors open 8 pm and concert begins at 10 pm.

Tickets are 20 € in advance or 23 € on the door and are available from: Pub Morey in Manilva; Pub TJ in Sabinillas; Musisol in Estepona; Radio Andalucía in La Línea; Discos Grammy in Algeciras and Mesón La Ermita in Algatocín. Tickets can also be purchased on line at

Golden Age of Spanish Pop

New Council team meets with municipal workers

The newly elected councillors recently held a meeting with council workers with the aim of introducing themselves and outlining their plans for the coming months.

The Mayor, Diego José Jiménez, made a point of the cooperation and good relations between all the councillors from both participating parties and called on all council staff to pull together to provide the best service for the benefit of the people of Manilva.

One of the priorities for the summer was the strengthening of the cleaning and beaches departments given the importance of Manilva’s image with its many visitors.

Meeting with municipal workers

The Dog Beach in Casares is closed for the summer

The section of beach on Casares Costa, Playa de la Sal, which had been allocated for the use of dog owners and their pets has been closed for this purpose from June 1 to September 30.

The Casares Beach Department has been forced to ban dogs from all its beaches thanks to a directive from the Environment Ministry which has indicated that it is incompatible to have dogs and bathers sharing the same beach.

Casares has been a pioneer in providing a beach for dogs, and has stressed that the users have show great responsibility in controlling their pets and cleaning up after them.

This ban applies to all coastal municipalities and will be reviewed in September.

Dog beach Playa de la Sal Casares

Manilva School of Music end of course concert

Manilva’s Municipal School of Music celebrates the end of the 2014-2015 course with concert in Manilva’s Plaza de Orfeo, above the police station in Manilva, on Friday 19 June, from 8 pm.

There will be performances by various musicians, groups, and bands during the concert with the School’s “El Sexto Sonido” band rounding off the evening.

Prior to that, on Wednesday 17 June, there will be auditions in the Wine Centre theatre for students who wish to perform in Friday’s concert.

There will be a bar available for refreshments with all profits going towards the Manilva Town Band’s musical exchange in Holland.

Manilva School of Music