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Teens on the Costa del Sol

Teens on the Costa del Sol

If you’re already living and renting long term on the Costa del Sol, or you’re planning to move over with a family, you may be wondering what there is to do for teenagers here and if this is a good place for them.

There are some excellent international schools in the area, which are the best choice for teens who do not speak Spanish and want to get internationally recognised qualifications. There are options to study the International Baccalaureate or the UK system to A level, so getting the qualifications shouldn’t be an issue. These schools also offer a rich programme of extra curricular activities.

Outside school, there are brilliant sports facilities, so if you are interested in football, basketball, rugby, sailing, golf, rock climbing, riding or any sport, then there are teams and clubs available and this can be a great way to integrate into the Spanish community. Also, if performing is a passion then there are lots of great performing arts and music groups to join which are excellent for teens who want to express themselves.

There are also lovely hikes and trips into the surrounding countryside organised by the town hall, where families can explore this beautiful area. During the summer months, it’s great to hang out down the beach during the day and there are big parties or ferias in every town and lots of activities for teens and people of all ages to enjoy. Check out the calendar of activities in your local town hall, there is often a lot more going on than you may realise.

An important activity for teens to make the most of their new surroundings is learning Spanish and while they might not be keen at first, it’s a great way to learn a new skill and feel settled in your environment. There are group classes, or private classes and once your teen has some confidence, you can introduce them to the language exchanges, where people get together socially to practice. You can talk to your local town hall to find out if there are any language exchanges and also look at the website Meetup which has loads of interesting things going on, including language exchanges.

Another idea for teens looking for things to do and to enrich their CV is to contact the local Costa del Sol charities and find out about volunteering opportunities. These organisations are always in desperate need of help and it can be a great way for teens to increase their skills, help the community, fill their time productively and really make a difference.

Last month, there was an interesting forum organised by Nicole King and RTV Marbella Now to get community ideas on how to improve the lives of people on the Costa del Sol. The most popular topic was teens on the Costa del Sol, as there was a lot of concern about the lack of options for this sector. Held at Laude School, the kids themselves were able to have their say. The kids and parents discussed that activities such as the cinema, ice-skating, paintballing, theme parks and water parks are widely available and teens would like to do them. However, they are expensive, so for teens and their parents the costs are too high to be affordable on a regular basis. The group plan to set up a discount card to get around this issue.

The other concern was having a safe place for the teens to hang out, and the attendees discussed creating some sort of youth club concept where kids would want to go and could be supervised. They will be speaking to owners of space in the Puerto Banus area and the Town Hall to see if this could be got off the ground, to improve the life for teens in the area.

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What’s On in July & August on the Costa del Sol

What’s On in July & August on the Costa del SolThose of us living on the Costa del Sol, whether we’re renting long term, or own a property, are in the very lucky position of being in one of the most desirable places in the world for a summer holiday and there’s loads going on that we can take advantage of, without having to spend a fortune renting a place or staying in a hotel.

There are things happening every day during this exciting season, but here are some highlights for July and August –

Global Gift Gala, Marbella 5th July – This annual event at the Gran Melia Don Pepe in Marbella is a place for celebrities, VIPs and philanthropists to get together to raise money and awareness of the plight of children and the empowerment of women worldwide. Described as a magical night of hope and inspiration, featuring entertainment, stunning cuisine and celebrity guests this is not to be missed if you can afford the 500€ ticket price. http://globalgiftfoundation.org/gala/marbella/

Elton John, Malaga 15th July – This month the legend that is Elton John is playing in Malaga, for the first time in a decade and will be bringing his best known songs and charisma to the Carpena Sports Arena for just 8,000 lucky people to enjoy. Tickets are expect to sell quickly, but check out  www.ticketmaster.es and www.entradas.com or pop into FNAC, Carrefour, Halcon Viajes or El Corte Ingles for last minute availability.

July Champagne Spray Party Ocean Club 26 July – This fantastic party at Ocean Club Beach Club in Puerto Banus brings together thousands of revellers in a cool environment, with great music from Sintillate and of course lots of champagne to spray! There are regular champagne spraying parties throughout summer, but be warned, beds book fast so don’t leave it too late.    http://www.mydestination.com/marbella/events/73614087/ocean-club-july-champagne-spray-party-26-july-2015

World Vision Gala, Sea Grill, Puente Romano 15 August – Raise money for charity World Vision whilst enjoying a stunning gala dinner under the stars at Puente Romano’s beautiful beachside restaurant. This VIP gala is featuring Kym Mazelle from Soul 2 Soul and Los Manolitos from Gypsy Kings performing live. http://www.puenteromano.com/

Starlite 18 July-22 August – One month of concerts in the impressive, outdoor Starlite Auditorium in Marbella, including performances from Lenny Kravitz, Placido Domingo, Lionel Richie, the Village People, Julio Iglesias, Enrique Iglesias, Anastacia, Alejandro Sanz and Andrea Bocelli. Plus when there are no concerts you can go and enjoy the atmosphere in their lounge every day from 8pm to 6am, and there will be fashion shows, film screenings and entertainment. http://starlitemarbella.com/en/

Spandau Ballet live in concert, Puente Romano Tennis Club 21 August – Spandau Ballet will be performing at the intimate venue of the Puente Romano Tennis Club this summer, playing their best known hits in a great environment. VIP seats are so close to the action that you can almost touch the performers and everyone gets a brilliant view. http://www.puenteromanotennis.com/

Amazing Sundays Nikki Beach – Throughout July and August Nikki Beach host regular events such as their Skandi party, Venician Carnival and much more, but one of the locals’ favourites is the Amazing Sunday parties for a fun, uber stylish, glamorous Sunday experience.

Let us know which event you’re most looking forward to this summer in Marbella and why you feel smug about renting long term on the Costa del Sol during the hot summer months by commenting on this post.

Costa del Sol in September

If you’re new to renting on the Costa del Sol there can be a sense that summer is over when the mass of tourists head back at the end of August, but in fact there’s still plenty of fun to be had and best of all you don’t have to share it with the masses!

There’s a whole month of beach club fun, plus the closing parties right at the end of September. Nikki Beach in Elviria has its legendary Red Party on the 29th September, the day after Ocean Club closes its doors with a bang. Great attractions such as the Aqua Park in Mijas is open until the 26th September and the beaches are still perfect for sunbathing and swimming but without the crowds. Continue reading “Costa del Sol in September”

The season of giving!

As we take the decorations down and tidy away the remains of Christmas wrapping paper, thousands of households across Spain are preparing to do it all again in celebration of the Three Kings!

Now you are renting long term on the Costa del Sol, you may want to settle in by learning more about Spanish traditions and the Christmas period is a great way to do that. With all kinds of exciting events being held until January 7th, there is still plenty of time to get involved. Every year on the 5th January, the three wise men take part in a big parade through Marbella and San Pedro throwing sweets to all the children in the street who try and catch them all with upside down umbrellas! There is also a big selection of festive events for all ages such as shows, concerts, fun days and competitions, so it is a magical time to be in the area, even if there’s no snow!

If you find that you have lots of left over, non perishable food and some unwanted gifts, why not put those to good use and donate them to charity? Unfortunately there are many families in Spain who haven’t been able to celebrate Christmas with the food and presents they would have wanted and the Three Kings day will see many go without again. If you have gifts from Christmas which will be likely to end up in the back of the cupboard never to be seen again, donating them to charity could really make someone’s day and a donation of food could make a big difference to a family.

When out shopping in the sales this week, keep your favourite charities in mind as any donations made now could easily be distributed to those in need just in time for Three Kings Day. Getting involved with charity is also a great way to start settling in! If you don’t speak Spanish you could drop your donations into somewhere like Specsavers Opticas in Marbella and Fuengirola who are currently collecting on behalf of Red Cross and AECC (Spanish Cancer Care Association).

You can see all details of local events, things to do and be involved with, including charity work, in the local newspapers and local websites such as Marbella Family Fun. Visit our website if you are looking to rent on the Costa del Sol in 2013 or call us for more information on 952 859 595.

 

 

Marbella Fashion Week

Marbella Fashion Weeks is fast approaching. Taking place from the 23rd August, the bank holiday event will showcase clothing, bags, swimwear, footwear and accessories from some high profile designers such as Maya Peters and Claireabella Classics.

This is the first year for the event, with four days of fashion, catwalk and celebrity guests, it promises to be the place to be for fashionistas on the Costa del Sol.

The week begins with a pre-launch evening at Ocean Club Marbella, located in the heart of Puerto Banus, allowing you to enjoy the evening with sunset sea views in the background.

The runway show will be held at the world famous Nikki Beach resort on Friday24th where a collection of the latest fashion will be on display in true catwalk style, allowing you to enjoy the outdoor event while topping up the tan and sipping a cocktail.

An after party is taking place on Saturday 25th at Tibu nightclub, located in Antonio Banderas square, the place to be on a Saturday night.

Rounding things off on Sunday the 26th is a live photo shoot event, taking place at Pangea Club in Puerto Banus, This one is invite only and with breathtaking views over the port the images are set to be nothing other than stunning. Keep an eye in the Costa del Sol press for the pictures.

A great event for a girl’s day out, now all you need to worry about is what to wear and be sure to charge that camera. For more information or to order your tickets, visit www.marbellafashionweek.eu

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Lend a Hand and Meet New People

If you are looking for a way to meet new people while learning a new skill and benefitting your community then Arboretum Marbella is the answer!

The aim of the charity is to create a more sustainable future by helping communities to take the steps which they need in order to reduce their carbon footprint, benefitting the environment.

There are many events which will be taking place throughout the year, which will allow you to be part of the cause. The “Lend a Hand” event is held on the second Saturday of each month, allowing you to go and help plant some new trees within a newly established forest. You are able to name your tree and then watch it grow.

Another event which may be of interest is the “Gratiferia” which takes place on the first Sunday of each month.  The purpose of the event is to take along any unwanted items which you may have lying around in the back of a cupboard and simply swap them with other peoples items or give them away, free of charge.

If you do not have anything to take along, don’t worry, the event is open to everyone and you are still more than welcome to go along and help yourself to any of the items on display. Free haircuts, fresh lemonade and a belly dancing show were also part of the last Gratiferia, making it a great day out for all.

If you would like to get involved, visit the Arboretum website, the charity are always looking for new volunteers and it is a great way to meet people while helping the local area.

For more information on affordable Costa del Sol accommodation, contact us on UK 0208 123 58 53, Spain +34 952 83 95 95 or email us at info@homerentalontheweb.com

Marbella Carnival February 10th – February 28th 2012

It’s that time of year again, the days are staying lighter longer and we are all looking forward to Spain’s famous fiestas this summer!

Until then though its carnival season, and the fun kicks off this year with the fabulous Marbella Carnival taking place from the 10th February to the 28th February 2012 in four different areas of the city – Marbella Central, San Pedro de Alcantara, Nueva Andalucia and Las Chapas.

The first event commences at 4.30pm with a comedy parade from Avda. Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, followed by the Gran Fiesta de Carnaval (the big party) at Plaza de la Parroquia Virgen Madre de Nueva Andalucía. Entrance is free for this event and there will be entertainment, bouncy castles, workshops and a costume competition for children under 14. Continue reading “Marbella Carnival February 10th – February 28th 2012”

Feria de Malaga

If you’re renting long term in Spain, or looking to rent here, you may have picked up some of the local traditions, learnt some of the Spanish language, got used to their hours of eating and sleeping, and generally be getting used to living in the life. Fiestas is what the Spanish do well, and a good place to visit if you really want something fun and traditional is the Malaga festival – Feria de Malaga.

One of the biggest on the national calendar, which can be traced back as far as 1487, Malaga Feria still remains very Spanish with surprisingly not many overseas visitors. The festival begins with a famous local celebrity giving the official announcement from the balcony of the town hall.(This year it’s Sandro, a Malaga FC football player). This is then followed by a massive firework display, and 10 days of partying Andaluz style with plenty of alcohol consumption, and flamenco dancing in the streets. Continue reading “Feria de Malaga”