Semana Santa is Coming!

A typical Semana Santa Parade
A typical Semana Santa Parade

As Semana Santa looms, Costa del Sol residents are bracing themselves for the annual influx of tourists with this year predicted to bring larger numbers than 2015.

The season begins today and the airports are expecting over half a million tourists on over 3,000 flights scheduled to arrive from today until Monday 28th. The effects will be felt across the country as the entire transport network feels the pressure, from road to rail and from sea to sky.

Airlines have over half a million seats available on flights to and from Málaga with the busiest day set to be Sunday 27th when there are 354 flights due to land at Andalucia’s busiest airport. Monday 28th will also be a manic day with 323 flights due with a total of 54,814 booked seats.

Following last year’s successful season airlines have increased the number of available seats and the frequency of flights, despite this year’s festivities coming earlier. Usually when Easter is early fewer seats are available as the ski season is still active but this year airlines are ready for the extra travellers who may otherwise have visited Tunisia, Turkey or Egypt, locations that are seeing a huge drop in visitor numbers to due to security concerns.

Málaga’s roads are also expected to suffer under the strain of the visitors. Over half a million long-haul road journeys are expected to make your daily commute that little bit longer.


Hoteliers in the region are predicting a small increase in bookings of 2% compared to the same period last year with their busiest time being from Palm Sunday (20th) to Holy Saturday (26th) with an average occupation of 80%. The figure could increase due to last minute bookings but as always, this will depend on the weather. Of course, those of us who live here know all too well that Semana Santa usually guarantees at least a little rain!

Coastal hotels often notice a marked difference in bookings between the first week of the festival and the second with a first week occupancy of 75% rising to 86% in the second week.

Spring is also the time that the golf travellers begin to arrive in Spain, and as a result, you will find increases in prices of green fees on many courses. Also you may find you need to book in advance as some courses will also restrict daily player capacity. El Chaparral Golf in La Cala de Mijas, for example, has a maximum player capacity of 200 players per day on both Holy Tuesday and Holy Thursday.


Remember that the Semana Santa parades are a must-see and you can find one in most towns and cities. Holy effigies, holy dress, music and fun will fill the streets and although you may have to park miles away you should definitely see at least one parade if you can.

Expect to see traffic building up, queues getting longer, parking spaces becoming sparse and the beaches filling up (weather permitting) over the next few days and continuing for the next two weeks. Remember that once it’s over the tourists go home and the coast is ours once more. Well, until the summer season begins anyway.

Of course, the regions businesses will receive a well needed financial injection over the holidays so despite how busy it can be we should be grateful that so many tourists choose the Costa del Sol for their Easter getway.

Andalucia To Woo French Travellers

The Salon Mondial du Tourisme de ParisContinuing the push for tourists in Andalucia, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports is now on its way to the Porte de Versailles, in the French capital, to take part in the Salon Mondial du Tourisme.

Following a successful trade fair in Berlin with the aim of attracting more German travellers to the region, the Ministry has now turned its attention to the French.

There will be several displays under the section “Turespaña” which it is hoped will attract many potential travellers, as well as business contacts eager to trade in the Spanish region.

The Ministry will attend in order to showcase the attractions of Andalucia with the simple aim of increasing tourism from France, which is currently the second largest source of travellers to the region.

During 2015 Andalucian hotels recorded 803,040 travellers from France which was 11.2% more than in the previous year. Total overnight stays from French travellers recorded in 2015 increased by a huge 18.6% with over 2.4 million overnight stays recorded.

The Salon Mondial du Tourisme de Paris will run from March 17th – 20th and is considered to be one of the most important trade shows for reaching the French market. In 2015 the show received over 100,000 visitors and just short of 2,000 exhibitors.


Fancy a holiday in Mauritius?

MauritiusLong haul luxury travel company, Hayes & Jarvis, are offering a prize of a 6 night holiday in Mauritius.

To win, all you need to do is send them your best holiday photos and they will select a winner from all submissions they receive.

Here is what you need to know…

Share your holiday experience and win a holiday

  • The holiday is 6 nights for two people in the four star Maratim hotel in Mauritius, return flights with Air Mauritius are included
  • Photos should be sent to
  • Photos should be at least 1MB in size
  • Photos should include a brief description including the location and date the picture was taken, also your address, name and telephone number
  • The closing date is 31st December 2012
  • The winner will be notified within 30 days of this closing date

Good luck!


A Place in The Sun Live – Sept 2012

A Place in the Sun Live

Next Show: 28th- 30th September 2012

Deciding on the ideal home abroad is a major decision, particularly in the current climate, and with so much choice on offer it’s important to do your research to make sure you get exactly what you want.
Every spring and every autumn, A Place in the Sun Live features thousands of overseas properties for sale, by hundreds of exhibitors from more than 40 countries worldwide. And with homes from less than £20,000 to over £1 million, there really is something to suit almost every taste – and budget.

The next A Place in the Sun Live overseas property exhibition takes place at NEC Birmingham between 28th- 30th September 2012 and we already have an impressive list of exhibitors booking stands at the show.

There will be a packed schedule of free-to-attend seminar sessions in dedicated theatres giving advice on buying property in FranceFlorida,Italy and Portugal.

Then there’s the Buying Advice Seminar Theatre which will play host to sessions on buying property in Spain, Cyprus, Turkey, plus many other destinations.

And as if that wasn’t enough there’s also a daily session focusing on emigration where you can learn everything you need to know if you’re thinking of leaving the UK for good.

The centrepiece of the show is The Main Stage where Channel 4 TV presenters Amanda Lamb, Jasmine Harman and Jonnie Irwin will be appearing over the weekend to give their top tips on buying property overseas.

Official web site of the show. WIN Free tickets to A Place in The Sun Live

Speed Networking and Summer Cocktail Andalucia

British Chamber of Commerce
British Chamber of Commerce in Spain

Following the immense success of our previous speed networking event and the feedback we received saying that many had organized meetings and even obtained new clients as a result, the British Chamber of Commerce in Spain is delighted to invite you and your colleagues to our next Speed Networking and Summer Cocktail event to be held on the 21st June in the award winning Marbella Golf and Country Club. (Calle de Cádiz, 29 29604 Marbella, Spain).

The BCCS anticipate yet another successful networking event for all participants and have decided to couple this with a Summer cocktail with an array of exquisite canapés, Champagne, Pimms and live music to accompany you as you connect and relax with those whose services have interested you whilst embracing the impressive views on what is forecasted to be a warm, summer’s evening.

For those who are not familiar with speed networking, this is the ultimate and guaranteed way of making new business contacts. Please have a 1-2 minute presentation prepared, as well as any business cards, leaflets or information you would like to hand out. Also, please bring a friend, colleague or someone outside of the chamber so that we can have as many different businesses as possible!

The format of the evening will run as follows:

  • 18:00-18:20 – guests arrive
  • 18:30 – guests take their seats for a prompt start
  • 18:30-20:00 – Speed Networking
  • 20:00-22:00 – guests will move onto the terrace for canapés, champagne and Pimms accompanied by live music

Price per person

Members: 15€
Non-members: 21€
Please make sure you take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to combine two events for the price of one. Please RSVP to Sarah at or call 952 667 511 for more information.

Best of British in Spain

British!EXPATS are being invited to take part in an event showcasing the best of British on the Costa del Sol.

British National Day is an opportunity for businesses, charities and those with special interests to promote what they do, at La Trocha Shopping Centre on July 28.

The day will feature over 25 stalls with a British theme and various performers offering a range of entertainment.

For more information, contact Jo Taylor. Email: or tel: 663 157 776

Centro Comercial La Trocha
Carretera Coín-Cártama, Km 1
29100 Coín
952 45 23 50‎

See map of the location: La Trocha

Source: The Olive Press

Marbella Luxury Weekend – May 31st to June 3rd

Puerto Banus will be hosting the 2nd edition of the Marbella Luxury Weekend, scheduled to be held from 31 May-3 June. Following the success of the first edition of the show, with the participation of the most prestigious luxury firms of this exclusive part of town, the Marbella Luxury Weekend is all set to welcome back those hankering after style and elegance.

Marbella Luxury Weekend
Marbella Luxury Weekend – May 31st – June 3rd

During the four-day show, not only will the shops and boutiques extend their opening hours until well into the night, but the port will also be alive with music, fashion shows and passacaglias attracting hundreds of visitors from all over the world.

There will be two spacious VIP areas catering to all the needs of the most select guests in a magical ambience. Other exclusive activities will take place both inside the numerous boutiques participating in the event and in the marquees erected in front of them along the promenade. And besides Puerto Banus’ shops and boutiques, this first event to welcome in the summer will also include the marina’s top restaurants, which will be preparing special dishes for the passersby.

In addition, the Cars & Arts Luxury Show, a sports and luxury car exhibition, will be must for car enthusiasts and other visitors, alike. The Guarnieri Group’s Malaga Porsche Centre will be exhibiting the “Gomez Collection” exclusively at the Marbella Luxury Weekend. This collection comprises 24 Porsche 911 GT2 bonnets that the Argentinean collector Jorge Gomez commissioned from 19 plastic artists, who used them as aluminum canvasses for their works of art. The bonnets have previously been exhibited at the Stuttgart Porsche Museum and at three venues in Buenas Aires: the Alvear Hotel, the Maman Gallery and the Autodromo.

As part of the Marbella Luxury Weekend, the 1st La Zagaleta “Brand and Trend” Forum will take place at the Marbella Congress Centre from 1-2 June.

During the two-day forum, executives from L’Oréal, Skype, Starwood Hotels, UBS, Melia Hoteles, KPMG, Tiffany and Inditex, among others, will be participating in a number of roundtable discussions so as to share their strategic, business and marketing vision as regards the hospitality, service, leisure, luxury, technology and fashion industries.

Further information can be found on Marbella Luxury Weekend (Note: this page is in Spanish)

Living On The Coast Exhibition

living on the coast show
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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live here on the Costa del Sol? Is it really all sun, sea, sand and sangria?

Now you can find out by visiting the “Living On the Coast” lifestyle show, taking place in Marbella from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th April, at the Palacios de Congresos (Marbella Conference Centre).

The event has been created by the organisers of the highly successful Over 50’s show, which is also held on the Costa del Sol each year.

To ensure the event appeals to the widest possible audience the event will host activities ranging from gardening and pastimes, to wine tasting and cooking demonstrations.

Visitors will be able to get financial advice, property advice for buyers and sellers and advice on health and wellbeing on the coast. The exhibition is also designed to encourage business to business opportunities.

There will also be live musical entertainment from Tres Divos.

Living on the Coast will feature an attractive mix of displays, presentations and demonstrations all geared to maximise interest in the Costa del Sol.

You can find out more information from the organisers here: Living On The Coast

Russian Meeting Point gets under way

Russian Meeting PointThe “Russian Meeting Point” opened yesterday in a bid to boost the sale of Spanish coastal property to Russian investors.

This years event is being held at the Hotel Villa Padierna and so far has attracted large numbers of investors and property agents, all here to find investment opportunities on the Costa del Sol. The main focus of the group is the so-called “Golden Triangle” which includes Marbella, Estepona and Benahavis. However, other areas are also being marketed at the event including the Canary Islands, Balearic Islands, Alicante and Andalucía. The three-day event will close tomorrow (Friday).

Ángeles Muñoz, Mayor of Marbella, visited the event on Thursday morning accompanied by Enrique Lacalle, the president of the organizing committee, and the President of the Andalusian Federation of Developers and Residential Tourism, Ricardo Arranz.

Muñoz attended the event to see first-hand the level of interest from various investors and property agents for the Spanish property market and, more specifically, that of the Costa del Sol.

Many of the exhibitors have already expressed their satisfaction with the volume of contacts made at the exclusive real-estate forum.

Sr. Lacalle thanked the exhibitors for their attendance and is convinced that the event will prove to be profitable for all involved.

David Scheffler, Director of Expansion of Engel & Völkers, said “This initiative is a great opportunity for the Spanish real estate sector in general and particularly for us, so we could not pass up this opportunity. At The Russian Meeting Point we are presenting over 6,000 real estate properties to potential buyers from Russia. ”

The event also included talks presented by some of Spain’s business leaders. One such talk, entitled “What the Russians want to know before buying a property: How to get a mortgage in Spain.” was given by Alberto Pulido, Director of Business Mortgages in Spain’s Banco Santander.

There will be further talks on Friday including “Managing visas and residence permits” which will be presented by the National Association of Developers.

This is the second edition of the Meeting Point and will be followed by a third which will take place in Barcelona in October at the Fira de Barcelona.

The 17th Moscow International Property Show

The 17th Moscow International Property Show
The 17th Moscow International Property Show

The World of Overseas property will return to Moscow for the 17th Moscow International Property Show on 6 & 7 April 2012.

Firmly established as the leading event in Russia for the overseas property market, the Moscow International Property Show will again attract more than 7,000 targeted visitors to meet with 200+ International Property Participants.

Conveniently held in the centrally located T-Modul Exhibition centre, the Moscow International Property Show is the premier event for the booming overseas property market in Russia.

Created in 2003 as the first specialised event for international property, the Moscow International Property Show is firmly established as the premier event in Russia for overseas property. Held in April and November, this professional exhibition addresses the exact requirements of International participants and Russian visitors, providing a highly concentrated 2-day show in the centre of Moscow.

International Developers and Agents soon recognized the significance of the Moscow International Property Shows and have become regular participants enjoying the professional organisation, friendly service of the aiGroup staff and the exceptional number of targeted visitors.

Whilst primarily a consumer show the Moscow International Property Show also attracts a growing number of Russian real estate agents presenting the International participants with an eclectic cross section of Russian buyers.


Address: Moscow, Tishinskaya sq., 1, building 1, map.

When: 6 April: 12:00 – 19:00 and 7 April: 11:00 – 19:00

Tel: +7 (495) 926-96-95