See another side to Marbella

Marbella's FairNearby Marbella, famed for glitz, glamour and gorgeous beaches is also host to one of Malaga’s largest Fiestas – the San Bernabé Fiesta and Summer Fair. Held mid-June in honour of Marbella’s Patron Saint, this week long event is a riot of colour and fun for all the family.

A riotous combination of flamenco music, street parades with traditional costumes and Spanish dancing, lots of local food and plenty of drink, the San Bernabé Fiesta takes place from June 9th-15th. (more…)

Emirates airlines interested in flying to Malaga

Marbella contacts with intermediaries of entrepreneurs who want to buy and manage luxury hotels in this well-known resort on the Costa del Sol.

During the International Fair of Tourism -Fitur- held these days in Madrid, Marbella Tourist Board closed a deal with UAE and Kuwait for mutual promotional activities. As well have been established contacts with the airline Emirates, which is interested in having direct connections with Malaga airport.

The company Qatar is also interested in the terminal in Malaga. These routes would be essential to improve the arrival of some tourists who appreciate the destination of Marbella and which are of great interest for tourism. Of course, these connections may not be raised for the summer season 2011 as it takes more time to realize projects like these.

Also was held a meeting with a trade delegation of some entrepreneurs who want to establish contacts with hoteliers in Marbella with the aim of buying or taking over the management of luxury hotels in this location.

Another objective of the city council of Marbella in Fitur is to increase the arrival of cruise passengers with stopover at Malaga port. In this regard, in 2009 more than 40,000 passengers of cruise ships visited the town of Marbella during the break in their journey in the port of the capital of the Costa del Sol.

The most excellent Spanish chefs at Marbella’s Food & Sun Festival

The top chefs of Spain will come together in the second edition of the “Food & Sun Festival”, celebrated from the 22nd to the 24th of August in the Hotel Gran Meliá Don Pepe in Marbella, the finest holiday resort along the Costa del Sol.

As the event was already a success in the first edition, it now aims to become an outstanding event in the agenda of Marbella and a reference for culinary competitions.

The gastronomic event, arranged by the town hall of Marbella, will present some of the best culinary artists and combine traditional and avant-garde cuisine.

Furthermore, during the three days there will be several activities and events addressed to the palates of the visitors.

On Sunday, 22nd of August will take place a Live Cooking, where the attendees will prepare their own dinner on the terrace of the Hotel Gran Melia Don Pepe, under the supervision of some of the most famous chefs of Spain.

The next day, Monday, 23rd of August will be held a golf tournament called “Wine and Greens”, thus bringing together gastronomy and sport, with the best of the world of Golf, wines and Haute Cuisine in the setting of Marbella, the municipality with most Golf courses in Andalusia. Visitors can furthermore sample white wines and sparkling wines of the most important wineries, and a cocktail offered by the three Michelin star chefs in Marbella, such as the Calima Restaurant, among others.

On Thursday, 24th of August the scene of action will shift to the beach Playa de Venus, where will take place the second edition of the Competition of Espeto, grilled sardines on a wooden stick, which are a traditional dish in the area of Malaga. After the contest, which will be valued by a jury of renowned chefs and masters in the matter, visitors will be invited to a refreshing beer.

One of the outstanding chefs is Dani Garcia, in charge of the Restaurant Calima in the Hotel Gran Meliá Don Pepe, a highly creative head, who since several years is experimenting with the so-called molecular cuisine, reinventing the presentation of traditional dishes.

This creative chef has also designed the Gastrobar La Moraga in the new terminal of Malaga airport.

The town hall of Marbella organizes the Food & Sun Festival

The gastronomic happening will be held from the 1st to the 6th of September in Marbella and there are programmed varied activities like a Competition of Espeto (Sardines grilled on a stick over carbon fires, typical for Malaga) or a “Dinner Michelin” with the presence of several internationally known Chefs as for instance Dani Garcia, who is as well one of the promoters of the Festival.

The Food & Sun festival pretends making known the important variety and quality of the Marbellean Cuisine and has been created with the vocation of continuance and the intention of converting into a international reference.