Talking about Málaga in spring means talking about the Málaga Spanish Cinema Festival. It is one of the most prestigious cinema festivals in Spain, created in 1998 and this year celebrates its 17th edition. For just over a week, Málaga becomes the cradle of cinema and receives an endless number of famous faces: actors & actresses, film directors, photographers, the media, etc. The main streets in the centre are decorated with cinema elements and you can enjoy with the variety of screenings and cultural events that take place during the festival.
Due to the warm reception that people give the Festival every year, last year they had the idea of creating a new project: MAF (Málaga de Festival), a season of cultural, musical, literary activities that are carried out not only in the city centre but in ten different districts just before the Festival. This project wouldn’t be possible without the involvement and help of numerous companies, institutions, associations, artists, etc., most of them originally from Málaga. This year, MAF event will take place from 3rd to 20th March (Click on the following link for more details: www.festivaldemalaga.com)
I would like to invite you to one of MAF’s funniest activities this year: a Flashmob! Last year, Dany Cantos Company, a show company that I am part of, got a huge amount of people dancing the same choreography at Muelle Uno (Málaga’s port) and this year we want our Flashmob to be even bigger! We have chosen a song from the film “High School Musical” and we have prepared a new choreography. It is very easy to learn and you are all welcome! If you click on the following picture you can see the video with the instructions.
We will all meet at Plaza de la Constitución (the big square at the end of the famous Larios Street). When the music starts, the members of the company will start dancing the first part of the choreography (we explain it to you on the video) and then you will join us in the second part so we will finish all together.
Don’t forget to put Saturday 15th March at 8pm in your diary. You still have time to learn the choreography!
Are you planning to visit Málaga soon or do you already live here and you want to eat good quality fried fish at a good price? Then you should not miss the “Seafood Days” at the “Los Mellizos” Restaurants, from 13th February to 2nd March.
Seafood lovers can sample more than 20 varieties of quality seafood at discounted prices that this family run business is offering this week to promote & bring their foodstuffs to the city of Málaga.
Among the specialties of the menu included in this promotion, are dishes like cockles, clams or mussels (from 6 Euros) to the “Los Mellizos Special Grill” (Paradilla especial los mellizos) at 60 Euros for 2 people. Other varieties which can be enjoyed during these days are fine shells, sea snails, scallops, carabineers, crayfish, and lobster, among others.
They also offer discounts on various types of high quality wine for the enjoyment of their clientele like Verdeo and Viña Sol, at 9€ a bottle and Viña Esmeralda at 10€.
Surely you are now wanting to try some and your mouth is already watering, imagining yourself on one of their terraces, enjoying the sun & the lovely surroundings with a glass of wine in your hand and a plate fried fish in the other – but where can we find them?
This offer can be enjoyed in several of their restaurants along the Coast, such as “Los Mellizos Málaga” (located in the heart of the city), “Casa Juan Los Mellizos” (in La Carihuela), “El Mero” (in Puerto Marina) and “La Nave” (in Benalmádena). For more exact information you can visit their website at www.losmellizos.net and click on “Restaurants” link.
Of course, if you do not like fish you can always ask for other types of food that they provide such as good paella, steak, salad, starters or cold dishes. See you there?
Good afternoon ICP followers. How has your week been? Mine has been hectic, well every week has been hectic since the beginning of the year! The real estate market really seems to be picking up and that’s a fantastic sign. However due to the volume of rental clients I have had lately I haven’t really been dealing with the sales side of the business.
Changing the subject, this week I have decided to focus my Blog post on something a bit different. Two friends of mine Eli and Patri (Eli is a teacher at Lourdes school in Coín and Patri works in the admin department at Mondaglass, a glass company in Monda) both have full time jobs but in their free time their hobby is making homemade clocks & handbags from old LP records (as you can see in the photos).
The clocks can be personalized and be painted in any way you like. For a standard design they charge 15 Euros and for a personalized design, 20 Euros. The handbags cost 22 Euros.
They have a Facebook page called Artesanas Zipi y Zape so if you are interested in finding out more then please visit their page!
Have a nice weekend (apparently it’s going to be nice and sunny) and I’ll be back next week.
Our staff that sit by or near the windows in our office have had to come up with ingenious ways to put up with the glare of the sun streaming through at them over the years. Our clients may have been puzzled to see books and magazines piled unusually high on certain desks or big placards strategically placed around the office but no more!
Last weekend we had new solar protection screens installed on all the windows by a company called Protecsol Málaga. The screens not only keep out the glare of the sun but also reduce the heat generated too.
The process took 6 long hours but the finished result is incredible. Not only did the lads prepare and clean all the windows beforehand, they cleaned up everything afterwards too and put back everything just as it was before it started; something that you don’t see often in this neck of the woods. Plus, I have to say that this is the first time I have seen a man with a mop doing a good job!
If you want to see more photos of their work on our office, find out more about their company or just send them a message, then visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/protecsolmalaga
Hello Ideal Country Property followers! I hope you’re all doing well! Today I’m going to share with you one of my recent experiences with a couple that have been wonderful clients of mine for the past 3 years: Benjamin & his wife Mierta.
I met Benjamin via a friend of his when his friend walked in to our office, explained to me what Benjamin & his wife were looking for and we started the property hunt. Both Benjamin and his wife are very busy people; he is a very well-known nutritionist doctor who is constantly travelling around the world and Mierta works for the Bank of America.
They would pop over for a few days every now & again and I would show them properties I believed would be of interest to them. Our property search expanded from the inland areas of Alhaurín el Grande & Coín to Málaga city, Marbella and finally Mijas, which is where they ended up purchasing a stunning villa with panoramic mountain & sea views within walking distance to the town.
Although it has taken us 3 years of research, I have enjoyed every moment of it, and I actually feel that I am really going to miss their visits and touring with them! This sometimes can be a frustrating job, especially when you can’t find a suitable property for your client, but when your clients are loyal and patient it makes the whole world of difference.
Benjamin and his wife sent me a very kind email after purchasing their property last Friday at the Notary Office in Fuengirola. Part of it reads as follows…
I want to thank you again for your help in finding our home. Attached [are] a photo and this blurb for your blog. With her perseverance and professional skills, Kelly helped us find the house of our dreams. For several years, each time we went to the Costa del Sol on holidays, Kelly would have two or three houses lined up for us to see. This way we refined our goals and narrowed the search, until finally we found a house with so many of the features we wanted, that initially we thought it could not possibly exist! But it did, and now it is ours. Thanks, Kelly!
Benjamin and Mierta, the pleasure is mine. Thank you both for everything. I’m going to miss you two. All the best, and I hope you enjoy your new home.
“Driving over Lemons” tells the story of Chris Stewart, drummer on the first album of the legendary music group Genesis, and how he decided to leave his boring life in England to buy a farm in Alpujarra. The only thing he knew how to do was to shear sheep so he took a big risk.
The adventures of Chris in his finca called “El Valero” are at times funny, sometimes strange and almost always surprising. The book includes the purchase of the property, temporary sharing with the former owner, the arrival of his wife Ana at their new home, teething problems & reforms, arrival of the first animals, bridge building & garden landscaping etc.
The humour of the book comes mainly from Chris’ unique viewpoint, using typical English irony as he describes the locals, his difficulties with many of the things he tries to do, and his own constant lack of experience, etc. It is a very straightforward and heart-warming book in which he manages to connect with the reader right from the start through his irony and good sense of humour.
I recommend this book as a way of getting to know the lifestyle in Andalucía, in particular the Alpujarra area, and what the inhabitants are like in this portrait of rural life in the peninsula. It is an optimistic read that encourages you to dream and start again by changing everything; going to live somewhere completely different. Highly recommended if you’re planning to go and live in the mountains (we’ve all thought about it at least once, right?)
Our agency is happy to recommend to you the best fincas available in the beautiful Guadalhorce Valley area, where you can fulfil your own dream of “Driving over Lemons”. What are you waiting for?
Good afternoon everyone. Thank you for taking your time to read our blog! This week I have decided to write a little bit about our neighbours, “Bar – Restaurante Hermanos Nietos”, who have opened their new business this year right on the main street in Alhaurín el Grande: Calle Gerald Brenan.
They offer daily three-course menus at a very competitive price of only €7.50. They have quite a large variety of homemade soups, fresh salads, meat, fish and desserts. Once a week they tend to make a large paella, which is absolutely delicious!
They staff is extremely friendly and I highly recommend that you pop in for a meal.
Have a nice weekend. Hopefully the weather will pick up a bit and the sun will shine!
“Good morning! Would you like a coffee?” Surely this is the phrase that you want to hear in the morning, isn’t it? If you are in Málaga and it is the first time that you’re visiting us, you will no doubt be surprised to hear the customers asking the waiter for a “sombra” (shadow) or a “nube” (cloud), things that have nothing to do with the weather!
To help you order a coffee to your liking, almost of all the typical coffee bars in Málaga usually hang up a picture with the names & types of coffee they serve.
If you want to start the day with plenty of energy, you should probably ask for a “mitad” (half) or a “corto” (short). If you had a good night’s sleep but you need to recharge your batteries then you could ask for a “sombra” or a “nube”.
Have a good look at the picture above and the next time you order a coffee you know how to do it in Málaga style!
Here’s wishing you a good weekend, wherever you may be.
El Pimpi is located in Málaga town centre, just next to the Picasso Museum and the Cathedral. Many cultural events take place in this wine bar & restaurant, which has the most festive and warm atmosphere you can find in the area. Due to its character, many film directors have chosen it as the setting to shoot their films. You can have a glass of wine along with the most famous singers, actors, politicians & celebrities ever as most of them have left their autographs on the numerous wine barrels placed around the restaurant!
El Pimpi is a meeting point for all kind of people: young (and not so young) people, foreigners and Spaniards, regular customers and people who just pass by, but there is one common thing with all of them: they always come back for more! The evenings normally finish with Spanish songs & dances and you can enjoy live music on Thursdays & Fridays.
Summer nights have a very special charm: you can sit on the terrace and have a glass of Málaga wine with amazing views of the Alcazaba castle and the Roman Theatre. Without a doubt, it is the best way to finish the day!
Positively Pink offers expat ladies living on the Costa del Sol access to a FREE breast screening programme and has done so for a number of years now.
You may also be aware that Positively Blue was launched in 2013 to offer expat men living on the Costa del Sol access to a screening programme, covering education and awareness with regard to Testicular cancer as well as a PSA (Prostate) blood test.
These screenings are offered to any UK Passport holders over the age of 18.