The ‘Market by the Sea’

Mercado del Mar, Sabinillas

The ‘Mercado del Mar’ on the promenade in front of La Noria, Sabinillas, begins again on Friday 11 July.

As in previous years this summer market offers locals and visitors the opportunity to browse and purchase from a number of stall offering arts, crafts, jewellery, gifts, etc., in the beautiful setting of the Paseo Maritimo in Sabinillas.

The market is open of Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8 pm to 1 am every weekend until August 30.

Sweet Atelier, bringing the sweet smell of success to Duquesa Port

Mercedes Bornico

There are a number of smells that evoke a feeling of comfort and well-being, none more so than the smell of freshly baked bread. Often though that promise is not delivered and the anticipation is betrayed by a bland, tasteless lump of cooked dough. Not so at the Sweet Atelier, Duquesa Port’s very own patisserie. This boutique bakery offers a wide range of breads, cakes, pastries, all baked in-house by its award-winning owner, Mercedes Bornico.

According to Mercedes the key to a good product, is sourcing the best ingredients, whether it be the best French flour for the bread, or local produce for some of the sweeter temptations such as the Pear Tartin with Manilva Wine.

30 year-old Canadian Italian Mercedes began her career as a sou chef in London working at the prestigious Thomas Cubitt House in Belgravia, before coming to Spain to pursue a career as a pastry chef.

After studying at the CIOMijas hotel and cookery school she took up an internship at Finca Cortesin during which time she was offered a teaching post at the La Roche Hotel and Catering College which luckily for us she declined to pursue her own career as a pastry chef.

In fact it was whilst out walking her dog that Mercedes realised that one thing Duquesa Port was missing was a bakery and thus Sweet Atelier was founded.

Situated in Calle Poniente (next to the English Butcher) Sweet Atelier offers daily produced breads, cakes and pastries, with a number of speciality breads produced on the weekend, breads such as sour dough, bagels, chorizo, or sun dried tomato. Sweet Atelier are happy to produce breads, cakes and pastries to order for special occasions, parties, etc., and also cater for bars and restaurants.

Mercedes was also proud to point out that very little went to waste, typically products were available the following day with 50% off, and if still not sold, they were donated to a local food bank.

So why not treat yourself ….

Opening hours:
Tuesday – Friday 9 am to 5 pm
Saturday 9.30 am to 3 pm
Sunday 10 am to 3 pm

Tel: 670 991 661

Sweet Atelier

Mayfair Music Club opening in Sabinillas

Mayfair Music Club

The Mayfair Music Club is a great new music venue opening at Punto D’Encuentro in Sabinillas on Friday March 14.

The Mayfair aims to provide not just a venue for local people to enjoy some of the best music to be found in Andalucia, but also a resource for musicians who need somewhere to rehearse, and where they can meet experienced professionals who will be glad to offer help and advice.

With the help and backing of a host of people from the local music scene, the club has put together a packed programme of musical events, beginning with the opening night when the ever popular and versatile Mitch Jansen will be joined by David Dalby and Mick for some great blues, jazz and soul.

On Tuesday nights it’s karaoke with Ernesto and Tango Fusion, Thursdays see an evening of flamenco, salsa, latino and classical Spanish guitar with Diego Martinez “Mestizo”.

Every Saturday will be a theme night with artists including The New Orleans Jump Band, Mairead, Cafe con Leche Flamenco Show, Johnny Tristram and many others so make sure you keep checking back to their Facebook page for up to date information on what’s on.

All music nights are free entry, except where otherwise stated, and everyone is welcome to come and make this one of the best music venues on the Coast.

You can find images from the opening night here on The Resident’s Facebook page

Get your business moving this year

Business Directory

2014 is a big year for Manilva Life as the website celebrates its tenth anniversary.

During the year we will be developing the site and its forums to prepare it for the next ten years, and there will also be new opportunities for users and advertisers.

Don’t forget we at Manilva Life have always considered businesses as important a part of the local community as anyone else, and have always strove to keep advertising costs at a minimum.

In line with this policy we have introduced a new deal to our Business Directory members. Just an additional 55 euros + iva per year gives you a 83 mm x 39 mm colour advert for 12 issues on the NEW Yellow Page in The Resident newspaper.

So for a total of just 150 euros + iva you can get your business seen on both Manilva Life and The Resident Newspaper.

Contact us now at or 630 318 730 and get your business seen today.

Christmas market in Sabinillas

Sabinillas Christmas Market

Manilva’s Commerce and Fiestas Departments continues this year’s Christmas Market which is being held in Plaza Vicente Espinel every other weekend leading up to Three Kings Day with the next market this weekend Thursday 19 to Sunday 21 December.

The market includes stalls selling handicrafts, jewellery, plants, cakes, chestnuts, etc., and there are activities for young children.

This weekend there is an added bonus when Santa Claus takes up residence on Sunday 21 December between 5 pm and 7 pm during which time he will be collecting the children’s letters of request.

The final Christmas market will take place from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 January.

Christmas market poster


Christmas window display contest

Christmas Window Contest

Manilva’s Commerce Department, headed by Councillor Diego Díaz, has announced this year’s Christmas Window Contest.

This competition invites all those businesses which are open to the public to compete in presenting the best Christmas window display between the December 6 and January 6.

The display must include the official entry poster which is available from the Commerce and Consumer’s Department in the Edificio de Usos Multiples, Sabinillas.

The winners will be judged by a jury comprising local artists and qualified decorators, with prizes of 100 € for third; 150 € fir second; and 200 € first places.

New postal service at The Bookshop in Sabinillas

The English Bookshop in Sabinillas

All change again at The Bookshop in Sabinillas and this time it is with the Postal Service. Since 2011 we have been working with Offex Marbella , however to maintain a reliable 1st class postage service we are now sending parcels through IMX Spain, a major pan-European postal operator established in Spain since 1994. We have been working with IMX since before last Christmas and we are very pleased and confident with the service they have given us.

Working with IMX Spain includes:

  • Daily collection – more than any other provider.
  • Registered mail and guaranteed next day delivery  (Upon arrival in the UK)
  • Inbound mail delivered daily
  • Better inbound rates than most UK online stores
  • Parcel & Courier service – we guarantee to beat the price of any courier access point on the Costa del Sol.
  • Send mail to the UK from as little as 1.10€
  • Special rates and services for Christmas

Please call into the shop and ask either Steve or Thomas for further information.

We also offer a secure Mail Box rental service, where you can have your post or parcels delivered into our Mailroom. All registered mail or courier parcels are signed for and we will email you as soon any mail arrives, so no more lengthy and unnecessary queues.

Once again, just ask Steve or Thomas for more information.

For more information about the Sabinillas Bookshop and its wide range of services see: The Sabinillas Bookshop

Restaurant Marymar awarded Restaurant of the Month

Marymar Restaurant of the Month

Manilva’s Councillor for Commerce, Diego Diaz, has awarded the prize for ‘Restaurant of the Month’ to Restaurante Marymar, located on the Paseo Maritimo in Sabinillas.

With over 30 years of experience serving healthy Mediterranean dishes produced from best quality local fish and produce.

The award was the result of a telephone ballot conducted over the past month, with next month’s candidate to be selected in Castillo.

The award aims to recognize the efforts of local entrepreneurs in this sector of the economy.

Alcántara awarded ‘Business of the Month’

Business of the Month

The Mayoress of Manilva, Antonia Muñoz Vázquez, and the Councillor for Commerce, Diego Díaz, presented Paco Alcántera with the award for ‘Business of the Month’ at his bar restaurant in Manilva recently.

The award, which was the result of a telephone vote, aims to recognise local businesses in Manilva’s gastronomy and hospitality sector, and will be presented monthly.