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MARBELLA


An International Associate of Savills


Beachfront villa next to Puerto Banús Bedrooms: 5 Terraces: 405 m²

Built: 835 m²

Price: € 13,900,000

Ref: ES9953

Plot: 1,894 m²

A beautiful and elegant Marbella beachfront mansion in a gated community with superb panoramic views over the Mediterranean Sea. Built to exceptionally high standards, and exquisitely finished and decorated with designer furniture and signature art pieces. Radiating wow factor, the villa features a spa and indoor pool as well as the latest in lighting and smart home system design. Direct beach access and just a short stroll along the seafront Offered subject to obtaining certificate of first occupancy. promenade to Puerto Banús. Absolutely unique!

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Offices at Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa and opposite the Marbella Club hotel Tel. (+34) 952 863 750 info@panorama.es www.panorama.es


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Los Monteros - 50 m to the Beach

Unique beach residence! Situated just 50 meters from the white sand beach dunes of Los Monteros, incomparable in prestige and luxury, this residence is certainly one of the most luxurious beachside properties. Set on a large plot of 3.561 m2 with marvelous mature gardens, this sophisticated villa with beautiful sea views offers a

unique contemporary design with majestic large reception areas, exceptional ample corridors with integrated artwork and very large main suites. Separate staff quarters. Spectacular villa for grand indoor and outdoor entertaining. 5 beds, 5 baths. Built 894 m2, plot 3.561 m2. E&V ID: W-00AR4I. P.O.A.

Office Marbella El Rosario: 952 83 20 40 ¡ www.engelvoelkers.com/MarbellaAndEast


Fantastically priced! One of the most impressive residences on the Golden Mile, situated close to the famous Marbella Club Hotel and the beach. Set on a very private plot of 2.644 m2, this prestigious home offers luxurious modern living in the absolutely best location of Marbella. A beautiful scenario of marvelous gardens, with a spectacular

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fountain and a large swimming pool, welcomes you into an oasis of tranquility just meters away from all the amenities. Very elegant, with large reception rooms, ample bedroom suites and a guest house. Sea views from the upper floor. 6 beds, 6 baths. Built 794 m2, plot 2.644 m2. E&V ID: W-028ZG1. Price: 3.100.000 €.

Office Marbella Golden Mile: 952 86 84 06 · www.engelvoelkers.com/MarbellaAndEast


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Marbella has over 27 kilometres of coastline, which can be enjoyed almost at any time of the year thanks to its privileged microclimate with mild temperatures. The variety of beach scenes, settings and ambiences add to the appeal, providing a beach experience for many different occasions and preferences. To live within close proximity to the beach adds an understandable quality of life and value, which is why beachside properties are always high in demand and represent a good investment. Diana Morales Properties has an extensive selection of luxury villas and apartments for sale in the most sought after locations in Marbella and surrounding areas. For advice on any of your real estate needs please contact us.

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Sierra Blanca: Fantastically priced! Elegant villa in a classical style with magnificent panoramic sea views in the most exclusive gated community in Marbella. Bar, bodega, gym, steam room, separate guest apartment. 8 beds, 6 baths. Built 1.288 m2, plot 2.001 m2. E&V ID: W-01LJVZ. Price: 3.750.000 €. Tel.: 952 86 84 06.

Beachfront Marbella East: A unique villa, set on a prime seafront plot of 2.475 m2 with unbeatable sea views from every room. Large plot with total privacy. 4 beds, 3 baths. Built 370 m2, plot 2.475 m2. E&V ID: W-023X1H. Price 2.850.000 €. Tel.: 952 83 55 80.

Beachside Bahía de Marbella: Impressive villa in Mediterranean style. 200 meters from the beach, exquisite interiors with the latest modern features. 6 beds, 6 baths. Built 715 m2, plot 1.205 m2. E&V ID: W-02933M. Price: 1.990.000 €. Tel.: 952 83 20 40.

Sierra Blanca: Absolutely beautiful and luxurious! Garden apartment with a large terrace in the elegant gated community of Lagos de Sierra Blanca. 3 beds, 3 baths. Living area 182 m2, terrace 80 m2. E&V ID: W-026U4Q. Price: 695.000 €. Tel.: 952 86 84 06.

Frontline Puerto Banús: Top luxury. Modern designer apartment in the heart of the famous marina. Very spacious, with high qualities throughout.2 beds, 2 baths. Living area 150 m2, terrace 20 m2. E&V ID: W-025H96. Price: 935.000 €. Tel: 952 85 98 60.

Office Elviria: 952 83 55 80 · Office El Rosario: 952 83 20 40 www.engelvoelkers.com/MarbellaAndEast


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La Reserva de Alcuzcuz: Enjoying the most breathtaking uninterrupted views over the whole coastline, this spectacular grand estate in an exclusive gated community incorporates open spaces, luxury features and highest qualities. 6 beds, 5 baths. Built 1.134 m², plot 3.900 m². E&V ID: W-023QFT. Price: 4.900.000 €. Tel.: 952 85 98 60.

Frontline Golf Río Real: Stunning villa overlooking the beautiful golf course, the lake and the sea. Modern contemporary design with double height ceilings. 4 beds, 4 baths. Built 453 m2, plot 2.938 m2. E&V ID: W-028GFE. Price: 1.845.000 €. Tel.: 952 83 20 40.

Los Naranjos: Combining style and elegance, this exceptional villa with incredible panoramic views is certainly the most attractive property on the market. 5 beds, 5 baths. Built 377 m², plot 1.031m². E&V ID: W-028VZ9. Price: 3.195.000 €. Tel.: 952 85 98 60.

Frontline Beach Puerto Banús: Fantastic penthouse with breathtaking sea views. Terrace with bbq, direct beach access, 2 pools, gym, sauna, hammam. 3 beds, 3 baths. Living area 182 m², terrace 115 m². E&V ID: W-0280H1. Price: 1.700.000 €. Tel.: 952 85 98 60.

Golden Mile: Luxury penthouse with large wrap around and roof terraces. Spectacular sea views. Gated complex, pool, sauna, gym, 24h security. 5 beds, 4 baths. Living area 327 m2, terrace 343 m2. E&V ID: W-02988T. Price: 2.190.000 €. Tel.: 952 86 84 06.

Office Puerto Banús: 952 85 98 60 · Office Marbella: 952 86 84 06 www.engelvoelkers.com/MarbellaAndEast


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THE GRAND COLLECTION AT BENAHAVIS HILLS COUNTRY CLUB There are currently ONLY A FEW HOMES left. These properties have been specifically designed to represent expansive style and great investment value. There are no comparable properties at this price per square meter across the whole of the region. Benahavis Hills Country Club offers the “trinity” of luxury amenities: nearby exquisite signature Golf Courses, vast expanses of soft sandy beaches, the full

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service marinas of Puerto Banús and its very own relaxing private spas and wellness facilities. Located in a privileged position above the village of Benahavis, renowned for its gastronomic restaurants, this 24/7 guarded development offers security and safety as well as onsite concierge services. In addition, the clubhouse including restaurant, spa, and gym is only a few steps away.

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Bedrooms: 10

Built: 819 m²

Plot: 4,282 m²

Price: € 4,500,000

LOS FLAMINGOS 10-bedroom villa with sea, golf and mountain views near the Villa Padierna Hotel. Accommodation for up to 24 guests. Ref. ES9573

Bedrooms: 4

Built: 344 m²

Plot: 1,052 m²

Price: € 1,350,000

GOLDEN MILE Villa in La Carolina, walking distance to the beach. Ref. ES9735

Bedrooms: 4

Built: 528 m²

Plot: 1,005 m²

Price: € 1,775,000

ELVIRIA 4-bedroom villa. 120 metres to the best beaches. Ref. ES9523

An International Associate of Savills

Bedrooms: 3

Built: 193 m²

Terraces: 48 m²

Price: € 1,295,000

PUERTO BANÚS Apartment in Benabola, just metres to the sea. Ref.ES8592

Bedrooms: 5

Built: 279 m²

Plot: 796 m²

Price: € 899,000

LA QUINTA Villa next to The Westin La Quinta Golf Hotel. Ref. ES9720


Bedrooms: 5

Built: 931 m²

Plot: 1,750 m²

Price on application

BAHÍA DE MARBELLA Stunning villa with fabulous sea views, only 150 metres to Marbella’s best beaches! Community with 24-hour security. Ref. ES9325

Bedrooms: 6

Built: 1,086 m²

Plot: 2,256 m²

Price: € 6,500,000

CASASOLA Beachfront villa with direct access to the beach. Ref. ES7065

Bedrooms: 4

Built: 217 m²

Plot: 76 m²

Price: € 3,650,000

MARINA PUENTE ROMANO Duplex penthouse, steps to beach. Ref. ES9902

Regulated by RICS

Bedrooms: 10

Built: 1,085 m²

Plot: 3,925 m²

Price: € 4,500,000

LOS FLAMINGOS Villa next to Villa Padierna Hotel. Great views. Ref. ES9572

Bedrooms: 6

Built: 1,299 m²

Plot: 5,200 m²

Price: € 6,950,000

CASCADA DE CAMOJÁN Villa with amazing views. 24-hr security. Ref. ES8873

Offices at Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa and opposite the Marbella Club hotel Tel. (+34) 952 863 750 info@panorama.es www.panorama.es


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contents the trend Cinema 42

Top Summer Movies 44

Music News 46 Top Reads 48

Water Gadgets 50

The Lamborghini Aventador S 52

the focus

Game of Thrones Season Seven 58 Atomic Blonde 64 Roswell, 70 years On 68 Art Marbella 74 10 Great Reasons to Visit Laguna Village 78 The Sbay Motor Company 84 Meet the Team at Blackshaw Interior Design 90

the style A Villa in Las Chapas by Residencia Estates 94 Décor News 102 Beachwear by Figleaves 104 Fashion News 112

the spa Make-Up Brushes 116

the pro 128 Enterprise 136 Finance: Non-Resident Taxation 138 The Starlite Festival 140 Billy Ocean, George Benson, and Michael Bolton Play the Coast

142 The Vibe

the leisure 152 Scintillating Sintra 160 Huelva - Capital Española de la Gastronomía 2017 168 The Hotel El Fuerte - 60 Years in Marbella!

the gourmet 173 Nobu 175 Monkey Club 177 Les Cubes 178 Food News 180 Andreas Nygren, Executive Chef of Ocean Club 182 Rosé Wine

the guide 184 Listings

Beauty News 118

197 Pet News

Food Addiction 122

198 What’s On

Summer Skin Care 124 Health News 126

200 Stars for July 202 World Video Games Day: Top Games

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s we go to print, the Coast is already packed and temperatures are hitting 30ºC – phew! With record numbers of visitors due to descend on Marbella this summer and even hotter times ahead, we suggest you ease up, don’t overdo things and take some respite in a cool place where you can put yourself in the picture with . Get the low down on the many outstanding live music events coming this month, summer blockbusters at the cinema and Art Marbella, a must for art-lovers. Find out why Laguna Village makes for an excellent day out and enjoy sumptuous cuisine at some of the highly-rated restaurants reviewed in these pages. We also preview the much-anticipated new Season of Game of Thrones, set to premiere mid-July, and entice you to see Atomic Blonde, with Charlize Theron as an undercover MI6 ass-kicking agent in exemplary female-Bond tradition. Experience life in the fast lane courtesy of the new Lamborghini Aventador S, discover the sublime magic of Sintra in the hills northwest of Lisbon and visit Huelva en route, this year’s Capital Española de la Gastronomía. It’s also the 70th anniversary of the events that occurred at Roswell in 1947 and our feature re-examines the case. This is just a sampling of what you will discover in this month’s edition. Enjoy the summer!

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Party Roof erenity is a new classic contemporary villa situated in Marbella’s most exclusive and secure luxury community, Cascada de Camoján, so named for its famous waterfalls. Serenity nestles in the foothills of the beautiful La Concha mountain and offers its new owner a rare combination of peace, tranquility and stimulation. Serenity’s stunning interior is perfectly complemented by its magnificent gardens, bewitching location and one of the best rooftop entertainment spaces we’ve ever seen. Garden Spa

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Exclusive Design Villa LAS BRISAS Golfside Contemporary Luxury Villa

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Most produ the mmer season. Enjoy releases for the su July with is th me eti lif a nce of cinematic experie TILLAS CU A RIS MPILED BY MA these top films, CO tts (Cop Car) » DIRECTOR Jon Wa d, Rober t Downey Jr, llan Ho Tom RS TO » AC ton Kea l hae Marisa Tomei, Mic

Holland, atic new Spidey – Tom Finally we have a charism acting top and next door’ looks few the actor with the ‘boy like ne sho o wh r, rke ter Pa ent ability. In this film, Pe erim exp to a Civil War, begins others in Captain Americ e to be hom ing urn ret , ers pow with his newly obtained an). Peter ilant Tony Stark (Ironm mentored by the ever vig severely is tine rou his but mal life attempts to lead a nor played e, ltur (Vu l of a new villain interrupted by the arriva what ate ihil ann to ens eat o thr by Michael Keaton), wh matters most to him.

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» DIRECTOR Matt Reeves (Let Me In) » ACTORS Judy Greer, Woody Harrelson, Andy Serkis

War of the Planet of the Apes

Cesar and his group of simians are forced to fight against a human army headed by an evil Colonel. After the simians lose a large percentage of their force, Cesar gives in to his evil side and vows to obtain vengeance. An epic fight ensues and the planet will never be the same again.

» DIRECTOR Christopher Nolan (Inception) » ACTORS Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylace

Dunkirk

Dunkirk is the story of a group of British and allied divisions who find that they are totally surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on a Normandy beach with only the sea behind them, they wonder how they can rise to this impossible challenge as the enemy fast approaches. The talented Christopher Nolan has written the script for this exciting film, while the camera work is taken care of by the amazing Hoyte van Hoytema (whose repertoire includes The Fighter, Interstellar and Spectre).

» DIRECTOR Michael Bay (Transformers) » ACTORS Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel

Transformers: The Last Knight

This is the fifth film in the Transformer series. Once again, humans are at war with the Transformers, even though Optimus Prime is now gone. The key to the future lies in the past and the secret history of the Transformers on the planet. Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) forms an intrepid group whose aim is to save humanity from extinction.

» DIRECTOR Luc Besson (Lucy) » ACTORS Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Valerian (the highly talented Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special agents who aim to save the entire universe. Valerian is madly in love with Laureline, who is far too conservative to accept the advances of her womanising suitor. Their commander entrusts them with a special mission: to visit the intergalactic city of Alpha, where a dangerous group is threatening the future of the human race.

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s s SUMMERTIME e n d a M Marisa Cutillas brings you her personal list of top summer movies of all time.

SUMMER WITH MONIKA

STAND BY ME

(INGMAR BERGMAN, 1953)

(ROB REINER, 1986)

This is the story of two working-class teenagers living in Stockholm. Monika (Harriet Andersson) who lives in a tiny apartment with her parents and works at a store, and Harry (Lars Ekborg), a stock clerk living with his widowed father. The film may not be one of Bergman’s Top 5, but it is certainly considered one of the most scandalous, owing to its heavy doses of nudity and eroticism. The teenagers escape from boredom and responsibility by taking Harry’s father’s boat out to sea, drifting from island to island and making love beneath the stars. Reality soon sets in, however, and the young couple faces the consequences of their libertine lifestyle…

“If I could have one food to eat for the rest of my life? That’s easy. Pez. Cherry flavoured Pez. No question about it.” This beautiful film captures the last, magical summer in which a group of boys are still children. This changes as the film progresses, and they come closer to finding the body of a missing boy. Bullying, power struggles and insecurities come to the surface but we are also reminded of how beautiful this time of life is, and it makes us wish we could relive it, if only for one day.

DIRTY DANCING (EMILE ARDOLINO, 1987)

Who can forget the magnificent romance that arises between young Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman (Jennifer Grey) and her camp resort’s dance instructor, Johnny Castle (Patrick

Swayze). Baby and Johnny have nothing in common but their attraction for each other – and their love for dance. They knock down one prejudice after another and learn the meaning of maturity, courage and friendship along the way.

BEFORE SUNRISE (RICHARD LINKLATER, 1995)

This film usually makes it to many critics’ top romantic films of all time. It is incredibly fresh and natural, and much of it is made up of the vibrant banter between two passengers on a train, played by Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke. The film was so successful that it turned into a wonderful trilogy which captures all the stages of true love – the initial, electric stage; the stable stage; and forever love, presented as probably the most valuable and elusive of all.

JAWS (STEVEN SPIELBERG, 1975)

How one enormous fake shark could cause so much mayhem among the audience, is beyond me. The film is definitely testimony to the incredible talent of Steven Spielberg, who managed to unravel the tale of man vs shark in a most compelling, well-crafted and terrorific manner. Of course, Jaws is about so much more than a shark that won’t give up; as critic, Mark Kermode notes: “The underlying story of Jaws is more complex than the simple terror of being eaten by a very big fish. As a novel, it reads like a morality tale about the dangers of extramarital sex and the inability of a weak father to control his family and his community.” Those of us who were lucky enough to watch this film upon its first release will never forget the impact it had on us, nor the frightful scenes which reminded us that there is always danger lurking beneath even the most tranquil waters.

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¿QUÉ PASA?

STING At Marbella’s Puente Romano Tennis Club this summer: Crazy 80s Live Show (July 6) with RIGHT SAID FRED, HEATHER SMALL (M PEOPLE) and BILLY OCEAN. Also GEORGE BENSON on July 21. Then on August 10, MICHAEL BOLTON. Ticket info: crazymusicproductions.com The Fuengirola castle area hosts STING on July 17 and the UK jazz and pop singer JAMIE CULLUM on July 26. Ticket info: marenostrumcastlepark.com The Plaza del Ayuntamiento, La Cala de Mijas has free concerts every Thursday throughout the summer. For line-up info: costadeldisco.com The Torre del Mar Weekend Festival (July 5 to 9) has THE PRODIGY, Spanish sister act ESTOPA and Brazilian hard core rockers SEPULTURA as its headliners: ticket info: weekendbeach.es Further afield: the second Mad-Cool Festival (July 6 - 8) in Madrid features FOO FIGHTERS, GREEN DAY and the KINGS OF LEON as its headliners; ticket info: madcoolfestival.es/en THE KILLERS, DEPECHE MODE, TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB, JUSTICE and THE 1975 are among the line-up for the Bilbao

The long awaited LANA DEL REY ‘more socially aware’ new album, Lust For Life, lands on July 21 and includes her recent single Love plus a collaboration with STEVIE NICKS of FLEETWOOD MAC entitled Beautiful People, Beautiful Problems.

BBK Live Festival (July 6 - 8). Ticket info: bilbaobbklive.com

METALLICA

The concert season really kicks in this month and Marbella’s musical extravaganza, the Starlite Festival, begins on July 13. There is plenty more going on along the Coast with many tribute acts and it’s best to check your local weekly publications as many gigs are arranged at the last minute. All information on this page was correct at the time of writing.

LANA DEL REY

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KASABIAN, LIAM GALLAGHER, the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, THE WEEKEND and the FOALS headline Spain’s biggest festival, Benicàssim (July 13-16). Ticket info: fiberfib.com Spain’s MTV channel will have some coverage of the festival – check their TV listings nearer the date. The line-up for the MTV Presents Gibraltar Calling (formerly the Gibraltar Music Festival) is expanding big time. To see who’s playing and for ticket info go to gibraltarcalling.com for the September 2 and 3 event. The 2017 Benalmádena Suena Festival has been cancelled – shame – for its two years existence they put on some class acts. ROGER DALTREY has announced that 2017 could be the end of the road for THE WHO gig wise. They recently signed up to play six dates at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas between July 29 and August 11 before doing a South American tour with GUN’S ’N’ ROSES in September. After 53 years since their first gig, the iconic front man said “People at our age have been popping their clogs over the last year. If we get through this year, we’re gonna need some time off.” Sticking with GUN’S ’N’ ROSES, guitarist RICHARD FORTUS reckons the band will head for the studio after the current tour to record a new album. If it happens it will be the first time ace axe man SLASH has recorded with the band since 1993’s The Spaghetti Incident? cover versions LP.

Following in the footsteps of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, GILES MARTIN, son of The BEATLES producer GEORGE MARTIN, will re-mix the classic White Album for its 50th anniversary next year. The said album was originally released in December 1968 and was the band’s first on their Apple label. Former AC/DC vocalist BRIAN JOHNSON returned to the stage joining ROBERT PLANT and PAUL RODGERS at the latter’s recent gig in Oxford (UK). It was the first time Johnson had performed live since quitting AC/DC last year after he was forced to pack it in on recommendation of his doctor or risk total hearing loss. It’s not known if he will rejoin the legendary UK/Aussie rockers at this moment in time. Is GAGA gonna become a metal head? Veteran US heavy rockers ANTHRAX have offered their services to back her on tour and also want to head for the studio after seeing her guest appearance with METALLICA

earlier this year at The Grammys Awards. The latter have also said they would like to record with her as has ROB HALFORD of JUDAS PRIEST fame. When asked if anything was in the pipeline she just smiled. It seemed like brotherly love had returned to the GALLAGHER family after LIAM recently wished his elder brother NOEL a happy 50th birthday – it didn’t last long as the former then called his bruv a sad f**k for not performing at the One Love Manchester gig – yet found time to go on holiday to Italy and team up with the old enemy DAMON ALBARN to sing live on UK TV for a track off the recently released GORILLAZ album. Both of them were due to appear at Glastonbury (after our deadline) last month – with these two, who knows what could happen! BARRY MANILOW has been given a BMI award for his services to song writing – yet he didn’t pen one of his most famous tunes – I Write The Songs. e

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Even E ven the most avid lovers of literature can lag behind in their reading during the summer. After all, this time of the year is more about long, lazy days on the beach or by the pool, connecting with friends and family and cooking up a storm on the barbecue. If you can’t imagine a day out without a book by your side, we recommend these relatively short yet riveting books.

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS BY JOHN GREEN

This best-selling novel, made into a blockbuster film starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, is the story of a sensitive young woman, Hazel Grace Lancaster, whose cancer has spread to her lungs. When her mum suggests that she attend a cancer support group, Hazel is almost sure she will obtain nothing of benefit, but she goes anyway, only to meet the fascinating Augustus Waters – who has lost a leg to cancer, but who is on the mend. Augustus works his way into Hazel’s heart, convincing her to live her dreams while she can; the only problem is, he is hiding a secret that could break her altogether, or fully awaken her to the beauty of life.

THE OUTSIDERS BY S.E. HINTON

S.E. Hinton was only in his teens when he wrote what would become a best-selling book, eventually made into a film starring Tom Cruise and Emilio Estevez: The Outsiders. This is a classic tale of warring factions of youths, who fail to understand that their real fight is not against each other, but against those who have failed them – their families, their educators, and society as a whole. The story is told by Ponyboy, a sensitive youth who hangs out with the Greasers – a tough, rebellious gang whose nemesis is another group called the Socials – comprising richer, more influential youths who think that money and power entitle them to anything and everything.

THE AWAKENING BY KATE CHOPIN

A woman struggles against ingrained beliefs about the nature of a woman’s role in the American South of the late 19th century. Edna is a wife and mother who has an affair with Robert, a young man she has just met. When he leaves for Mexico, she explores her sexual passion with another man. She also begins to neglect her household duties and spends her free time painting. When her lover returns, eager to start a relationship with her, she realises that conventional relationships will never fulfill her and her honesty starts off a chain of events that lead to death and destruction.

THE TURN OF THE SCREW BY HENRY JAMES

This sinister, exciting story centres on two small children (Miles and Flora) and their governess. The children are sweet and childlike, but their governess suspects that they may be communicating with two strange figures she consistently sees roaming around the estate they live in. The governess attempts to shield the children from the ghosts, only to anger the latter and cause them to unleash their fury.

CHRONICLE OF A DEATH FORETOLD BY GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ

When this short story was released almost four decades ago, it sold over four million copies in the Spanish language alone. It is fascinating, funny in a dark way and impossible to put down. It begins with a narrator who visits a crime scene and starts to investigate the past. He wades through contradictory versions, recreated memories and mistaken interpretations to comprehend that there were many people who could have stopped the assassination, yet allowed ill will to result in the death of a man who is, at least in the eyes of the law, ‘innocent’.

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LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR S

Over the years, Lamborghini continues to surprise the automotive world with brash new designs, innovative engineering and ‘out of the box’ thinking. Like so many creative automakers, the company has seen its share of financial challenges over the years but always managed to come up with remarkable sports cars. Since 1998, Lamborghini has been part of the huge Volkswagen Audi Group and is thus able to draw on one of the world’s best resources of automobile technology. WORDS TONY WHITNEY PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF LAMBORGHINI

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n recent years, Lamborghini has grown from strength to strength and a series of wonderful supercars have been introduced, including the scissor-door Diablo, the Murciélago coupé and roadster and the more recent Aventador and Huracán. If there’s one thing Lamborghini has managed to pull off over the years it’s been the ability to surprise. Each successive model is more exciting than the last and although rivals like Ferrari create some fantastic cars, Lamborghini always seems to have something a little more daring, a touch more brash. Typical of this bold and progressive approach to design and performance is the Aventador S, a model that amazingly is even

more impressive than the original sportster of that name. The new car has more or less the same lines as the first Aventador with Lamborghini’s now-characteristic mix of angled and curved surfaces, a design cue which started way back in the days of the Countach. Stunning isn’t a word good enough for this car, with its huge air ducts around the bodywork, low profile and dramatically swept-back windscreen. Not content to leave the old Aventador as it was, Lamborghini introduced an ‘S’ model for 2017 with some jaw-dropping upgrades plus minor detailing enhancements inside and out. For starters, how about 740-horsepower from

its 6.5-litre V-12 engine and four-wheel steering to go along with that? Like the old car, the S has all-wheel drive and a seven-speed semiautomatic transmission. The four-wheel steering electronically adapts to handling needs in milliseconds. Drive the car hard in a slow, tight turn and the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction to the front ones, switching neatly back in sync at higher speeds. The manufacturer calls this ‘Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Attiva or LDVA. This complex technology adds up to better stability for high-speed cornering on twisty roads and the car’s Pirelli P Zero tyres add even more grip, performance and safety.

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The cockpit is snug and comfortable once you get behind the wheel and expectedly, you’re surrounded by leather and carbon fibre luxury. Most of the switchgear is concentrated on a central panel, though the chunky leather and suede steering wheel has a fair number too. The instrumentation is mostly LCD rather than dials and needles but it’s easy to scan and very reliable. For a little more money, buyers can dress up the interior with added doses of shiny carbon fibre if they wish and there are lots of tempting options for the leather trim too. Few Lamborghinis are anything but thoroughly satisfying and the Aventador S faithfully follows the company’s many years of creating evermore-exciting vehicles. It’s an expensive set of wheels, but for those with the means, there’s nothing more thrilling that rocketing to 100 km/h in less than three seconds in one of these beauties.

Z ENGINE: 6.5-litre V-12. Z TRANSMISSION: 7-speed semi-auto. Z ACCELERATION: Zero to 100 km/h in 2.9-secs. Z TOP SPEED: 350 km/h. Z I LIKED: Bold, dramatic styling. Astonishing performance. Very impressive handling with new four-wheel steering system. Allwheel drive adds a lot of safety and stability to any supercar and Lamborghini has Audi’s famed AWD technology with which to create a sound and reliable system. Z I DIDN’T LIKE: Like all supercars, the Aventador S is not that easy to get in and out of, but it’s worth the

contortions to get behind the wheel. It is costly, but given the level of technology and workmanship, probably well worth its price. Interior stowage space is modest, as with most cars in this class. Z MARKET ALTERNATIVES: Ferrari 812, Aston Martin Vanquish. Z WHO DRIVES ONE? Lamborghini enthusiasts who have probably owned various models over the years and want the latest and greatest in their garage. People who desire a prestigious sports supercar that will one-up just about any rival in the business. Z PRICE AND AVAILABILITY: Arriving now at around €281.555.

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he series’ producers have been characteristically hush-hush about the plot details, though we have gathered seeds of information thanks to the presence of actors in specific countries, as they film the Season’s seven episodes. The first episode of Season Seven will premiere simultaneously on July 18 at 9pm in the United States and at 2am in the UK (3am in Spain). The season is starting a bit later this year than previously, because by the end of the season Winter will finally have come… the idea was to film scenes in the midst of “grim grey weather even in the sunniest places we shoot,” said David Benioff, co-producer and co-writer alongside D.B. Weiss. The only information facilitated so far is a

Season Seven

teaser, in which we hear Cersei say “Everyone who isn’t us is an enemy,” Daenerys utter, “I know what my father was and what he did. I know the mad king and his name,” and most importantly, Jon Snow warn, “The same thing (the White Walkers) is coming for all of us. There is only one war that matters – The Great War – and it is here.” The season poster was also released – representing flames of fire making their way through ice – thus suggesting that Daenerys and Jon Snow are finally to meet… We also know which actors have been renewed for the season – there are no surprises here – the cast includes Peter Dinklage (Tyrion), Lena Headey (Cersei) Nikolaj CosterWaldau (Jaime), Kit Harington (Jon Snow)

and Emilia Clarke (Daenerys). We know that these same actors have been renewed for the eighth and final season of the series, for which they will be fetching a rumoured €1 million per season. We additionally learned that our beloved Ser Jorah (with greyscale and all) will be coming back, since he was spotted on a flight to Northern Irleand, where some scenes have been filmed. Other characters appearing include Benjen Stark, Lady Lyanna and Tycho Nestoris. There are some exciting newbies as well – including Grammy-award winning musician Ed Sheeran, who has confirmed he will be making a guest appearance (other famous musicians have done so in previous seasons – including members of bands like Coldplay and Snow Patrol).

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For Game of Thrones (GoT) fans, news of the upcoming seventh season of the series conjures up mixed emotions. On the one hand, this is the second-to-the-last of possibly the best, most intricate, well filmed series we have ever seen. On the other, GoT has been gathering momentum and reached what many would call a pinnacle of tension in Season Six, and we urgently need resolution of specific themes (including Jon Snow’s parentage, the much desired meeting of Jon and Daenerys, and the future of Cersei’s reign). We need to know who (if anybody) will claim the throne, since the powerful army of White Walkers is determined to leave not one man, woman (or Cersei) standing. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

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The cast has also confirmed that the last two seasons will be shorter, owing to the large-scale, epic nature of the episodes. As for the plot, given the way Season Six ended, these are some events we can most probably look forward to: Z DAENERYS FINALLY SAILS TO WESTEROS: Daenerys is ready to confront Cersei, with a powerful army comprising the Dothraki, Missandei, Olenna Tyrell and the women of Dorne, the Ironborn, and the support of Varys and of course, the series’ most intelligent strategist, Tyrion. Series Director, Matt Shakman, tells us Daenerys’ two remaining dragons are bigger than ever: “The dragons this year are the size of 747s. Drogon is the biggest of the bunch – his flame is 30-feet in diameter!” The Dornish women are supporting Daenerys because they hope she will help them obtain

vengeance against the Lannisters (for the brutal death of their brother, Prince Oberyn, at the hands of the violent Ser Gregor). What they don’t know, however, is that Daenery’s ‘hand’ is Tyrion, who will most likely seek vengeance against the Dornish women for their murder of his niece (Cersei’s daughter, Myrcella). Z CERSEI FACES THE CONSEQUENCES OF HER ACTIONS: Cersei is already sitting on the Iron Throne, following the destruction via wildfire, of her main enemies: including the High Sparrow, and Margaery and Ser Loras Tyrell. In this season, she has to face the results of her violent actions, since she lacks the support she needs to sustain her reign – her own realm is divided into factions and powerful enemies are on their way to confront her. Z ‘NO-ONE’ UNLEASHES HER VENGEANCE: Arya Stark, who has completed her training to become a ‘Faceless Man’ and violently assassinated her mother’s murderer, Walder Frey, will continue to avenge the wrongful deaths of those she loves. Next on her list may

WILL JAIME EVER FALL OUT OF LOVE WITH CERSEI?

be Melisandre, the ‘Red Woman’, who took Gendry away. In Season 3, Melisandre said to Arya, “I see a darkness in you. And in that darkness, eyes staring back at me. Brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes… eyes you’ll shut forever. We will meet again.” Z BRIENNE OF TARTH AND TORMUND MAY UNITE: We’ve seen Tormund Giantsbane eyeing Brienne of Tarth with desire (the feeling does not seem to be mutual). Brienne may indeed succumb to Tormund’s charms, but first she has to make her way out of the perilous Riverlands alive! Z JAIME SEPARATES FROM CERSEI?: The book version of Jaime is more multi-faceted than the one we meet on screen. In the books, he loathes himself for having slayed a king and breaks off with his sister and lover, keen to tread his own path. Z SANSA UNITES WITH JON?: We still don’t know whether Sansa will remain loyal to Jon Snow, or fall prey once again to the machinations of her puppeteer, Littlefinger. In the books she continues to be the

latter’s pawn, but she has come so far in the series that we hope she continues to grow in her own right, far from the clutches of the evil schemer. Z JON STRUGGLES WITH HIS ROYAL LINEAGE: Jon Snow discovers his powerful lineage: that he is the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen. Season Seven’s teaser trailer indicates that Jon will rally support for the only common enemy all factions face: the White Walkers. It is hoped that Jon will finally reconnect with his beloved little brother, Bran, whose visionary powers will undoubtedly come in handy.

KING OF THE NORTH, JON SNOW DAENERYS IS MORE POWERFUL THAN EVER

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WHO WILL WIN THE

IRON THRONE? The Iron Throne is the ultimate seat of power for GoT’s biggest heroes, heroines and villains, yet only one will likely claim it. Who will it be? Those with the strongest claim are:

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CERSEI: Since Season 1, Cersei has made it perfectly clear that she is willing to stop at nothing to obtain control. Taking part in the evil plot that saw little Bran plummet to the bottom of a high tower, she dragged the far more heroic Jaime (her brother and lover) into her evil schemes. Cersei’s biggest coup was undoubtedly her clever idea to use wildfire (a mysterious green, highly volatile substance) to blow most of her enemies to shreds in the Sept. Some of the series’ most important characters, including the gorgeous Margaery Tyrell, went up in flames. The result of the explosion saw Tommen (Margaery’s husband and Cersei’s young son) take his own life, but this didn’t seem to matter so much to the Queen, who managed to escape her own trial through violent means. Cersei desires the throne more than anything yet considering her kingdom is in shambles, it is unlikely that she will have the support she needs to beat Daenerys’ powerful army. Before giving up on her, we should remember that she has crawled her way out of deeper pits in the past… you never know what she is capable of – anything and everything, that is for sure. DAENERYS: The goddess of dragons finally has a powerful army comprising everyone

from the Dothraki to Cersei’s own brother, Tyrion. Daenerys has shown that she can be ruthless when she needs to be, though she is generally compassionate and forgiving. Fans are hoping she will join forces with Jon Snow, who, we recently discovered, is a Targaryen, just like Daenerys. This makes their claim to the throne just about equal. JON SNOW: The ultimate hero, Jon Snow has none of the failings of his lesser rivals. He has neither killed for greed and power, nor exercised cruelty towards the innocent. Jon has shown great loyalty and heart; his romance with the now dead Ygritte was one of the most wonderful plots in the show. Jon has grown up believing he is a ‘bastard’ Stark, yet once he discovers that he is a Targaryen and his claim to the throne is just, he may decide to take command. His vision goes deeper, however, than a throne or kingdom. In Season Seven, he will be reminding those around him that they have one common enemy – and should face it with all their might. LITTLEFINGER: He isn’t popular (except among those who love a good villain), but Littlefinger has shown he is capable of manipulating those around him. He mercilessly advised Sansa to marry the series’ most violent villain, hands-down, the sadistic Ramsay Bolton, in

order to further his aims. Currently, he continues to work on Sansa, attempting to make her doubt Jon Snow. His claim to the throne is weak, unless he manages to lure Sansa into becoming his wife… she is the only surviving princess of the north (as far as anyone knows), which could improve Littlefinger’s chances. ARYA: This character, now a Faceless Man or ‘No-one’ was the shining hope for many viewers. Rebellious, feisty, determined to avenge her father’s death, she nevertheless seems to have ‘lost the plot’ a little, putting vengeance at the forefront of her plans. Regardless of her violent actions, Arya remains a hero to many of us and certainly has more gumption than her weaker sister. Just recalling Sansa’s behavior with her husband, King Joffrey, reveals the extent of her stupidity or ambition, especially considering that the Lannisters had just beheaded her father. Mind you, post Ramsay Bolton, Sansa has certainly grown a pair. If she is wise, she will remain loyal to Jon Snow and wake up to all the devastation that Littlefinger has caused in her life. Of course, considering the fact that the White Walkers have amassed a larger army than ever, the question of who takes the throne, may suddenly become irrelevant. e

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She’s the new super-heroine who crushes foes between her fishnet-stockinged thighs, digs girls as well as guys and drinks her Stolichnaya neat. Charlize Theron’s mind-blowing martial arts moves alone make Cold War action thriller Atomic Blonde this summer’s essential viewing. PREVIEW BELINDA BECKETT

LETHALLY Blonde

Now you’re my bitch” growls Charlize Theron as she nails two goons with the spiked heel of her red patent Louboutin shoe to a Killer Queen soundtrack in the trailer of Atomic Blonde. The name’s not James Blonde but there’s more than a dash of 007 in her hot-yet-steely MI6 agent, Lorraine Broughton, a peroxide Mata Hari dispatched to 1989 Berlin days before the wall came down to

retrieve a vital list of double agents and prevent the Cold War with Russia escalating into WW3. With current tensions between superpowers, the film is perfect timing. However, it’s Theron’s convincing fight scenes that are set to leave audiences shaken and stirred. In one, she rappels from a balcony using an unconscious goon as a counterweight. In another – variously reported by critics as lasting anything

from five to 12 minutes – she battles from an elevator to a staircase to an apartment and into a speeding car in what looks like one seamless take . In reality, she cracked two teeth and needed “massive dental surgery right before we left for Budapest to shoot the film” – although as coproducer of the movie, based on Antony Johnston’s graphic novel The Coldest City, it’s self-inflicted. She bought the rights and spent

five years developing the story, making an inspired choice in stunt choreographer-turned-director David Leitch (John Wick and the upcoming Deadpool 2) who has doubled for Brad Pitt and Jean-Claude Van Damme. He taught her multiple-attacker combat techniques including the ‘hanging arm throw’ where she flings herself on the ground, landing on her back, to throw another man over her head.

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THE HOT SCOT “I got my ass handed to me by eight amazing trainers who basically made me puke every single day, and I am very grateful to them,” says ballet-trained Theron who spent three months adding mixed martial arts to her skills set, using Keanu Reeves as a sparring partner while he was prepping for John Wick. After the first two weeks she told Leitch, “This is never going to work. I look like Big Bird.” Leitch was impressed by her dedication. “It’s insane how hard she worked, and refreshing to find an actor who can do these long, long takes, memorise the choreography, maintain the character and deliver a performance.” Her perseverance was rewarded at the film’s Texas world premiere in March, where critics were blown away by the action scenes if not always by the plot. But if ever a movie threatened to drop-kick the traditional maledominated action thriller into oblivion it’s this classy cocktail of John Le Carré spy thriller meets Marvel comics superhero with its synthesizer-driven ’80s soundtrack, cool period wardrobe and feisty femme fatale. Even James McAvoy, who plays a Berlin bureau chief gone feral in a fur coat, is upstaged for Theron’s affections by a female agent

(hip-hop star/actress Sofia Boutella) – cue steamy girl-on-girl scene that seems to be compulsory in all genres of adult films today. McAvoy, who said at the postpremier press conference that he had “a massive hard on” for the role after reading the script, doesn’t tempt the heroine even when wearing a bodylicious black mesh tank top. “I think I f***in’ love you,” his character tells Theron’s. “That’s too bad”, she rebuffs him. Toby Jones and John Goodman add gravitas as master spooks and the cinematography has style to burn, employing enough neon lighting to power Las Vegas in its mission to portray Berlin as it was then – ‘a ticking time bomb of a city simmering with revolution and double-crossing hives of traitors’, according to the blurb. The score, composed of hits by New Order, Flock of Seagulls, Falco, Queen and Depeche Mode, is pure Eighties nostalgia and the use of musical cues is wild, with every kick, punch and gunshot timed to a change in the beat. And that’s just the trailer! Atomic Blonde goes on general release on July 27 (August 4 in Spain) and, in the style of its heroine, it looks set to kick serious butt at the box office.

If he was ever a contender to replace Daniel Craig as 007 – and there’s a We Want James McAvoy for James Bond Facebook page that says he should be – his scumbag agent in Atomic Blonde may have ruined his pitch. “He’s not your usual spy,” says the 38-year-old Glaswegian who plays an MI6 spook gone native as a zany, gun-wielding psychopath. “He doesn’t wear a suit or a mac, he has lots of threesomes, drinks too much, smokes too much... I wanted to make him as alcoholic, as drug addicted and as sexually depraved as I could.” Although it seems to be Theron’s movie – his fight scenes weren’t as challenging as his co-star’s as he broke his hand in a previous movie – McAvoy should be used to playing also-ran to strong women, having been initiated by Angelina Jolie in 2008’s Wanted. Although seven centimetres shorter than leggy Theron, the suave Scot’s brooding charm has won him countless Sexiest Actor accolades. Acclaimed for his roles in Atonement, the X-Men series and The Last King of Scotland which won him two Baftas, he has done everything from TV to Shakespeare to a talking faun in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005). For a long time after he was “stuck playing posh English dudes” but his recent role as a child kidnapper with 24 different personalities in Split has been rated his finest performance to date. Mad on scifi and Celtic, the club he’s supported since a lad, he has a son from his 10-year marriage to Anne-Marie Duff, his co-star in Channel 4’s adult comedy drama, Shameless.

CHARLIZE THERON

CELLULOID SUPERWOMAN

Move over Angelina Jolie – Hollywood has a new action icon. At 41, the statuesque blonde with mile-long legs and startling green eyes who was told she’d never find work past 40 has reinvented herself as a screen superwoman who can handle her own stunts. The South African American actress first showed us she’d take no prisoners as feminist action hero Furiosa in the epic Mad Max: Fury Road, returning to kick ass as a cyber terrorist opposite Vin Diesel in The Fast and the Furious street racing franchise. The ‘atomic blonde’ in her forthcoming movie was partly her own creation. “She doesn’t apologise for anything. We made her strong, feisty and cheeky, all things I responded to. I was raised by strong women,” says Charlize whose mother ran a construction company and shot her alcoholic father dead in selfdefense. That background has helped her to portray gritty women – notably, hard-bitten lesbian serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster (2003), which won her 20 awards and nominations including a Best Actress Oscar. The actress-turnedproducer is a committed activist and animal rights campaigner who has marched for everything from abortion to women’s equality. She’s a UN Ambassador for Peace and founded the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project to combat AIDS and poverty in her homeland. A single mum with an adopted son and daughter, she has “never had the dream of the white dress”. She called off her engagement to actor Sean Penn after he pushed too hard for marriage.

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The 1947 incident ďŹ rmly put Roswell on the tourist map

The events that occurred in the empty expanses of Roswell, New Mexico 70 years ago continue to fuel one of the most persistent mysteries in modern times. Whether you believe aliens crashed there or not, the Roswell Incident reveals more about human society than it does about UFOs. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ

ROSWELL REVISITED

The presence of the military in the area continues to cast a shadow of intrigue for many

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A popular depiction of aliens

If there were indeed aliens, is this what they looked like?

In true American style Roswell has a very popular UFO museum

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o you believe in the government? It’s a given that our faith in king and country is not as unshakable as it once was, but to what extent can we trust officialdom and are we wrong even to assume that they are always on our side – always the ‘good guy’, as the Americans would put it? Within a human lifetime we have gone from unquestioning patriotism to allquestioning conspiracy paranoia. While the latter is of course a sign of the rather more cynical times we live in, it has been fuelled by an increasing sense that those in positions of power hide behind the parliamentary democracy they have created while still having the ability to collectively mislead and manipulate the millions on whose behalf they are meant to serve. This is true not only of politicians who have been exposed as corrupt or immoral, but also of large corporations, international

organisations and entire government departments, not to mention the military, police and intelligence services. As a result, pride and obedience has eroded layer by layer to reveal an undercoating of active disbelief.

UFO OR HIGH ALTITUDE BALLOON? Apart from anything else, it is this change in attitudes that is one of the enduring legacies of Roswell, for while the official line was easily accepted back in 1947, when the incident occurred, it came to be increasingly questioned as time wore on, resurfacing as a conspiracy mystery in the 1970s and persisting to this day. On the 14th of June 1947 a rancher was out in the fields when he noticed debris scattered across a large section of the barren New Mexico land. He noticed it was unusual, consisting mostly of strips

of rubber, wood, a hard type of paper and a silvery foil. It didn’t amount to much in volume or weight but sure got a response from the authorities, the minute he reported it to the local sheriff. Next thing the local US Air Force base sent boys along to collect the material and keep civilians at bay. Though the first report on the 8th of July mentioned the wreckage of an unidentified craft, the subsequent press statement that the wreckage was that of a normal weather balloon, was accepted out of hand by all but a few, and after an initial flurry of reporting the matter largely died down almost within days. Only to resurface almost three decades later, when groups of persistent conspiracy theorists and Ufologists began to attract media attention with claims that the army’s version of events at Roswell in June 1947 was part of a big cover up.

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SOWING THE SEEDS OF DOUBT All of a sudden, the official story about an innocuous weather balloon coming down over the New Mexico plains was not taken for granted anymore, and gradually the underground rumour that Roswell was, in fact, the crash site of an alien craft, gathered momentum and became a popular myth cloaked in delicious extra-terrestrial mystery. By the end of the following decade, hundreds of people who had been in and around the area at the time of the crash had been interviewed by the researchers, their testimony eagerly used by those who wanted to prove both the existence of UFOs/ aliens and large-scale government cover-ups. It says something about the recent evolution of human (western) society that what was once summarily accepted as truth was now doggedly

rejected. As time wore on and the myth gained ground more and more people came to believe that an unidentified craft with the bodies of its alien crewmembers had indeed crashed in Roswell – even though many of the ‘witness’ accounts were subsequently discredited and socalled imagery of the aliens was revealed to be a hoax. Later reports that followed congressional hearings and the by now ubiquitous ‘independent investigations’ declared that there had indeed been a military cover-up, but that it involved not aliens but the wreckage of an observation balloon used during nuclear weapons testing. Even this admission did nothing to restore faith in the authorities. In fact, it merely fuelled further conjecture, such as the theory that the

alien craft had been witnessing the nuclear exercises of the US armed forces when it was downed by an unexpected lightning strike. The recovered wreckage is said to have given the Americans a quantum leap in technology over foes such as the Soviet Union, fast-tracking the development of everything from supersonic flight and intercontinental ballistic missiles to advanced new materials and computers. Another, even more farfetched belief is that the ‘aliens’ were human mutants produced by ex-Nazi doctor Josef Mengele on behalf of Stalin’s regime. In spite of the fact that many of the theories surrounding the Roswell Incident read like a science fiction comic they had gained widespread credibility by the 1990s.

The open country in Roswell County, New Mexico

Is this what hovered above New Mexico in 1947, instead of a weather balloon

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HUMANS NEED SOMETHING TO BELIEVE IN Of course, the authorities don’t help matters when they class talk of Roswell aliens as ludicrous yet continue to mark large volumes of information classified well beyond the usual 25year term. This merely serves to heighten talk of conspiracies and intrigue, especially when even congressmen and senators can’t obtain access to the classified files. That said, the nineties was a decade in the grip of the paranormal, a situation partly caused by the popularity of TV series such as Twin Peaks and the X Files. Since then, the need to not believe has only grown, coating everything from 9/11 to the Financial Crisis in deep tones of paranoid distrust of the state and its various figures of authority. When the media reports one thing millions now

read in it an opposite message, so naturally the intrigue of a mass-scale deception of the public about the existence of aliens continues to draw adherents. Now, on its 70th anniversary, Roswell does not quite stir emotions the way it did for much of the 1980s and 90s, but maybe that is again more a reflection of the times than actual convincing arguments either way. Where we were once shocked, indignant and felt betrayed at the ‘discovery’ of having been misled by our leaders we now almost take this for granted. In the process of believing it we have also kind of come to accept it, and with acceptance comes a certain degree of indifference. We live in highly isolated, individualistic times in which people seek both solace in and contact through

technology, modern media forms and 21st century consumerism. We no longer become outraged by betrayals – real or perceived – of our trust, but cynically accept them as a fact of life. As a result we tend to believe that all is not well concerning Roswell but also don’t feel quite as gripped by the accompanying mysteries and revelations. Indeed, it takes a lot to stir 21st century society, and yet the 70th anniversary of the Roswell Incident will be marked by millions across the world and will briefly flare up discussion about one of the most persistent and baffling mysteries of modern times. Why? Because whether pro or contra, we humans need something to believe in. e

Area 51 and its supposed secrets continue to fascinate the public An artist’s impression of the little aliens meant to have crashed in Roswell

A recreation of the ‘alien autopsy’ in the local UFO museum

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ART MARBELLA Comes to the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos

Marbella’s biggest art fair, Art Marbella, is back, featuring works from some of the world’s most important galleries. The event will be taking place at the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos from July 28 to August 2.

WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF ART MARBELLA

Arnold by Daniel Merlín, Galería Fernando Latorre

Adagio by Juan Genovés, Galería Aurora Vigil-Escalera

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t’s that time of the year again – peak season on the Coast – when culture, art and entertainment take over our city and make us dream of an endless summer of creativity. The Starlite Festival and concerts by Crazy Music Productions bring musical magic to our evenings, while Art Marbella brings million-euro works of art to our city, thanks to the participation of some of the world’s best galleries. Last year was a big success and this year, the ‘boutique fair’ will include participation by 50 galleries from all the world. The event will bring over 120 art collectors to our shores, as well as over 12,000 visitors. For the very first time, there will be a Support Committee, made up of Pedro Carreras (CarrerasMugica), Carles Taché (Galería Carles Taché) and María Baró (Baró Galería). In addition to being a showcase for stunning paintings, sculptures and installations, Art Marbella (now in its third edition) will also be moving big money. The average price of paintings exhibited is between €7.000 and €15.000, though in past events, works priced at around $1 million have been sold.

Lady Gaga’s Belvedere by Dioniso González

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Reflections - Plaza de España, 2017, acrylic on canvas. 140 x 200 cm

Lu Xinjian For his first solo exhibition in Spain, Lu Xinjian (China, born 1977) was inspired to create works from his latest Reflections series as well as his original City DNA series, which shows a bird’s eye view capturing the city's DNA with his language of line, form and colour drawn from his personal experience.

FABIEN FRYNS FINE ART Address: The Chapel Artist Residency Dehesa de Alcuzcuz Ctra de Ronda, km. 42 E-29679 Benahavis This exhibition will run from July 13 to July 23 Opening hours: 7-10 pm And by appointment (contact Paula tel +34 607959222 thechapel@fabienfryns.com) Please note that there is no VIP pre-opening cocktail party.  Visitors will be welcomed with refreshments. 

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Perfil IV by Manolo Valdés, Galería Lucía Mendoza

Desde lo Inexistente by Manolo Oyonarte, ASPA Contemporary

Expanded Warhol by Fabian Ugalde, RoFa Projects

Many works make their way through some of the most important art fairs in the world, including Miami Art Basel, Frieze New York and ARCO. This year, galleries will be present from a plethora of countries, including Brazil, France, the United States, Mexico, Switzerland and Austria. Leading artists being represented include Spanish maestros such as Manolo Valdés, Juan Garaizabal, Juan Uslé, Joan Hernández Pijuan, Miquel Navarro, Joan Miró and Antoni Tàpies, and international talents such as Jeff Koons, Christo, Mimmo Rotella, Léster Rodríguez and Daniel Merlín. Important Spanish galleries such as Cayón from Madrid, Joan Prats and Carles Taché from Barcelona and CarrerasMugica from Bilbao will be present, a luxury for serious collectors but also for those who simply love good art. Children and families make up the thousands of visitors who make their way to the Palacio to see what the current art scene is all about. This year’s featured artist is Dionisio González, a photographer famed for capturing the essence of contemporary existence while suggesting alternatives for a better life in the modern world.

González has won many important prizes, including the Pilar Juncosa Sotheby’s Award from the Pilar and Joan Miró Foundation. Born in Gijón in 1965, the artist reinvents imagery through graphic design, adding a touch of the ethereal to urban surroundings. The themes that run through his work include ruin, recovery and utopia, with pieces that blur the lines between fantasy and reality. He has photographed some of the world’s most populated cities, including Buenos Aires, Chandigarh (India) and New York. He has exhibited his work at top museums across the world, including the Museu de Arte in Sao Paulo and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid. Alejandro Zaia, organiser of the event, is beaming with enthusiasm. He is certainly well versed in his matter, having founded and directed numerous fairs such as PINTA London and New York, which specialise in Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese art. Zaia was recently awarded a prize by the Observatorio D’Achtall, in recognition for his work in supporting culture and the arts. He chose Marbella for this important fair because of its reputation as a luxury destination, and its ability to attract top-level investors and art lovers from all over the world. The Art Marbella team proudly announced that one thing to really look forward to this year, is the design and logistics, carried out by Herreros Architecture Studio – whose work includes ARCO (2008, 2009) in Madrid – arguably Spain’s most illustrious art fair. Herreros has also designed exhibition spaces at the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid and the future Munch Museum in Oslo, currently under construction.

Black Tide by Léster Rodríguez, RoFa Projects

Rio Sao Francisco II (2015) by Caio Reisewitz, Galería Joan Prats

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TO VISIT LAGUNA VILLAGE THIS SUMMER WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN

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It’s peak season on the Coast and there is no time like right now to head for one of the most attractive places to spend the entire day, Laguna Village: a haven for shopping, exquisite dining and beachside relaxation. These are just 10 of the many reasons why Laguna Village encompasses the very best that southern Spain has to offer.

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In 2014, Laguna Village was deemed Best Retail Development in Spain, 2014, at the European Property Awards. The Awards, celebrated since 1995, are organised yearly by International Property Awards and they recognise exceptional European projects within the real estate sector. Laguna Village, developed by Sauer Real Estate, boasts a total area of approximately 5,000m2. The Laguna Village team proudly accepted their award at an elegant gala celebrated at the Grosvenor House Marriot Hotel in London. The event was sponsored by Virgin Atlantic and Yamaha.

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THE THE FOOD AN BEA CH C D LUB S You would have to return to Laguna Village many times to sample all the delicious offerings. Restaurants range from healthy and organic (think Terra Sana for a freshly squeezed smoothie, Thai salad, healthy pizza, juicy chicken satay or hearty wrap) to Mediterranean (enjoy a magnificent view over the bejewelled Mediterranean at Palapa, while tucking into a wealth of fish, rice and seafood dishes, as well as Oriental delights such as salads and sushi, washed down with an excellent bottle of wine or a cool mojito). At beach level is Camurí, with three different areas: the beach, restaurant and lounge zones. Enjoy Mediterranean dishes jazzed up with touches of Oriental fusion. Camurí’s menu offers an array of choices, including sushi, wok dishes, paellas, fish and meat dishes. The restaurant also has a beach area with over 80 sun loungers, as well as Balinese Beds. One of Laguna Village’s newest additions is Claro! Beach Club, an ‘earthchic’ restaurant serving a variety of Mediterranean and international dishes. Treat yourself to a pampering massage, fall

into temptation with a sweet piña colada shisha, or work on your tan at one of the Coast’s best ‘blue flag’ beaches. The chill-out terrace offers crystal clear views of Gibraltar and is the perfect spot for a refreshing cocktail and a bit of ‘Vitamin Sea’. Restaurante Carmen, on the opposite side of the centre, also serves Mediterranean cuisine, and boasts a sunny top floor terrace from which to enjoy enviable views of the sea. Market-fresh fish, seafood dishes and various starters tempt your tastebuds – served alongside a glass of ice-cold beer, they make the perfect excuse to spend all afternoon relaxing and working on your tan. Laguna Village is famed for its international offerings as well, with restaurants such as La Pappardella Sul Mare (a famed Italian family restaurant serving pasta, pizza, meat and fish dishes, as well as light options), or Top Thai (you will find all your favourite traditional Thai bites here – from spicy soups to curries, and mango and sticky rice for desert!). Gaucho’s Argentinian Grill & Restaurant, meanwhile is a haven for meat lovers, with

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succulent steaks to tempt and delight! Purobeach Marbella, meanwhile, is one of the most exclusives beach clubs on the Coast. The seafront oasis, with amazing views of Gibraltar and the Moroccan Atlas mountains, offers a relaxing atmosphere with great music, excellent international cuisine, cocktails, restaurant service, a lounge, events during the season, a spa service, etc. Purobeach boasts more than a hundred sunbeds around a spacious pool and beach areas, plus four nomads and four Balinese beds.  If you prefer to come with your friends and family, why not opt for one of Puro’s Experiences Packs? Choose between a day at the pool while you enjoy a cocktail, sushi or Mediterranean menu and a well deserved massage, or celebrate a special occasion by taking part in water sports at the beach and dining at the restaurant afterwards. Do not miss any of Purobeach’s seasonal themed events: Full Moon, Nu Moon, Pasión Gitana, etc., in combination with many deep house DJ sessions and  performances by other artists.

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Laguna Village is an oasis of fashion, with a plethora of boutiques running parallel to the beach. Shops include Elle Morgan Boutique and Elle Morgan Beach by one of Marbella’s best known designers, famed for her stunning beach, poolside and summer wear and accessories. Think vividly hued bikinis, delicate coral necklaces or sparkly beach sandals. Viva La Moda also stocks lovely clothing items and accessories, while Raquel Troyano Jewels adds a little sparkle to your latest designer outfit, with contemporary jewellery items. There are international items as well at shops such as Sonia Troyano whose eclectic boutique captures the eye with colourful clothing and accessories, some of which hail from as far as Hungary and Saint-Tropez (including the latest designs of swimwear and casual wear outfits for

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men and women). Close to these shops are Enrico (again with a wide array of clothing and accessories) and Dreamsgirl (where fashionistas will find über-trendy Italian outfits and accessories). AmirA is one of Laguna Village’s newest brands, featuring clothing, shoes and accessories, which are affordable and catered to all ages, size and tastes. Its exclusive designers are Danuta Al – Ani and Ivona Sedlak, who create clothing that is perfectly suited to the good life on the Coast. Chilly sells romantic, feminine wear as well as unique jewellery pieces and décor items that make the perfect gift; Justy tempts you with designer fashion wear for men and women; Laguna Golf has all you need to look and perform your best on the golfing greens, while Deha is an Italian boutique selling luxury sportswear.

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Laguna Village is not just a place to visit for a swim or an exce llent meal, it also regularly hosts fantastic ev ents – everything from fashion shows to live flamenco, jaz z and more. The founde rs of the centre are also into sport – watch out for an elegant Beach Polo Tourna ment, which they will be hosting in May, 2018.

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PARKING

Finding a plac e to park can be a nightmare in urban Mar bella. Laguna Villag e has a sizeab le parking area for vehicles of all sizes.

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Four generations dedicated to the real estate profession Established in Marbella in 1970 27 highly experienced professionals, speaking 13 languages A portfolio of more than 1,000 exceptional properties Specialists in Marbella’s Golden Mile and the greater Marbella area Exclusive associate of Savills for Marbella, Estepona and Benahavís Regulated by RICS Offices at Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa and opposite the Marbella Club hotel

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THERE IS MORE TO LAGUNA VILLAGE THAN FOOD AND FASHION The Centre is home to a variety of businesses, including hair and beauty salon, Pure Style; luxury yacht sale and charter company, Boat Business; a real estate agency famed for its personalised service

and in-depth knowledge of the market – Metta Estates; luxury property sales and rentals agency, Engel & Völkers; dentists specialised in implants, Dental Care; and interior and exterior car cleaning specialists,

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VIP Lavado. The centre also has a handy store called Press Shop, featuring a wide variety of national and international press, accessories such as flip-flops, toys for kids, cold drinks and ice-cream.

EASY ACCESS

Laguna Village is very easy to find. It is strategically located between Marbella and Estep ona and guests travel from as far as Sotogrande or Málaga to enjoy a day to be remembered, lazing on sunloungers at the centre’s ma ny beach clubs or enjoying a refres hing swim at the Purobeach po ol.

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VITAL CONNECTIONS Last year, work was completed to connect Laguna Village with the Paseo Marítimo and the Kempinski Hotel Bahía via a beautiful outdoor walkway. This means that guests staying at the five-star Kempinski and people living in Estepona can easily make their way to the commercial centre, and those visiting Laguna Village for a day visit can enjoy a beautiful seaside stroll after a fantastic meal.

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EXCITING PLANS FOR THE FUTURE

Sauer Real Estate is currently planning a brand new project called Laguna Hills: a 44-villa resort which will be built in close proximity to Laguna Village. Without a doubt, the location of the project will be one of its most attractive features for prospective buyers. i www.lagunahills.es

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p THE FOCUS motoring

SBAY

On the salt flats of Bonneville

MOTOR COMPANY

High Tech Engineering on our Doorstep Even if you’re not a bike fanatic you’ll know about Harley Davidson, have seen a Ducati or Triumph and maybe even have heard of Laverda, but are you aware that Sbay Motor Company make fantastic two-wheeled machines right on our very doorstep? WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF SBAY MOTOR COMPANY

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here are owners clubs on this coast for everything from Ferraris and Mustangs to Harleys and Minis, but pretty soon someone should think about creating a chapter of Sbay owners. Why? Because these beautiful works of engineering are not only magnificent examples of hand-built, custommade super sports bikes, but if that’s not enough of a reason you could also add the

salient detail that these powerful machines are not made in Japan, Germany or even Barcelona, but right down the road in Los Barrios. You know, just past Sotogrande and the Gibraltar turn-off, in the direction of Algeciras. It seems an honour to have a company of this kind in our midst, after all, the Costa del Sol is not exactly an industrial powerhouse,

but Sergio Bayarri, who founded the brand in 2009, proves what can be achieved with a great deal of vision, ambition and guts. Though his background is in managing companies rather than designing racing machines, motor sport has always played an important role in Bayarri’s life and ultimately led him to pursue this very daring and personal quest.

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Close-up of the handmade SBay Flying

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The SBay collection at Race Resort Ascari

A FLYING START

Those who thought the company’s beginnings would be slow and anonymous, with SBay destined to remain a brand with strictly local impact, would be proved very wrong, for the moment the first model, the radical-looking Sbay Flying, hit the road it scooped awards, praise and no end of admiring looks from professionals and fans alike. In 2010 the Sbay Motor Company even managed to do the unthinkable and win the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building in the Production Category in the first year of participating. The newcomers must have turned some heads, especially when it became known that Sbay hails not from some technology hotspot in Tokyo or Modena, but from the south coast of Spain. That said, Sergio Bayarri soon showed his intentions when in 2012 he moved into a new 800 square metre facility in Los Barrios complete with R&D

centre and the latest testing and tuning equipment. Not long after, development agreements were signed with the engineering departments of several leading universities in Spain and abroad, and the project had just reached another level. The powerful, almost menacing-looking Flying was followed by a second model, the Jerry, and 2013 saw the launch of the upgraded Sbay Omega. While certainly not a mass-produced motorbike on the Honda or Suzuki lines, the SBay also deviates from the more typical retro-inspired or ‘pimped-up’ product normally handmade by specialist firms. Not willing to conform, Sergio Bayarri develops contemporary models of his own, doing in the bike world what Horacio Pagani saw as the founding principle behind the Pagani Zonda, namely to produce pure-blooded racing machines with the use of the latest technology and design.

The sleek SBay Omega

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A SINGULAR DESIGN AND ENGINEERING PHILOSOPHY At the SBay Motor Company form follows function. But this is no bad thing, for while the powerful, stripped-down look is devoid of unnecessary stylistics frills, it works. The bike reflects the ethos that created it and the desire to find engineering solutions that is at the heart of this small but dedicated specialist manufacturer seeps out of its very pores. The purpose of all this tireless engineering work, I hear you ask? Well, nothing more or less than to provide maximum performance and exhilarate all who climb aboard an SBay. Though it looks every bit as menacing, the SBay Jerry was a little more ‘civilised’, a ‘brute’ who wipes its feet and says ‘thanks’, so to speak, before piling on the power and merging with the horizon in

record time. One thing you’ll notice about an SBay bike is its ‘nakedness’, with little paint to cover the beautifully tooled alloy steel and lightweight aluminium. The Omega, however, marks a turning point for the make, a coming of age in which it retains its purity while also embracing a sleeker architecture. To call the Omega more conventional would be to miss the point, for neither in its makeup nor in its look is this a ‘conventional’ machine. It’s very much a 21st century bike, powerful, tooled by hand and aggressively perched on its haunches, seemingly ready to pounce. It should be clear by now that SBay motorbikes are made by enthusiasts for enthusiasts, making this one of the ultimate riders’ bikes available today. What’s more, the new bikes come with ABS, traction

control and are emission compliant, so they are Euro 4 homologated and can now be shipped and licensed worldwide. With the new Dragster model about to be launched, these are exciting times for one of the smallest but also one of the purest and most eyecatching motorbike manufacturers in the world. The bespoke machines made for racing competition and private owners on our doorstep keep the true racing creed going as they offer enthusiasts the pleasure of hand-tooled, custom-made bikes of great majesty and beauty as an alternative to the more toned-down, mass-produced offerings that come off corporate drawing boards. Long may the spirit live on! i www.sbaymotorco.com

The unique look of a bespoke machine – made in Los Barrios

The team putting the bikes through their paces

Motorbikes don´t come much cooler than this

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Sally Blackshaw is one of Marbella’s most successful entrepreneurs, yet the qualities she most strongly exudes are warmth, passion and creativity. Her company, Blackshaw Interior Design, comprises a solid team of designers who have given life to everything from commercial premises to home designs, yet Sally is still astounded at how far she has come, and is determined to achieve even bigger goals. “I never thought I would be a business owner,” she laughs, admitting, however, that she has always been a natural at two things: creativity, and team leadership. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN AND COURTESY OF BLACKSHAW INTERIOR DESIGN

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BLACKSHAW The Unexpected Dream S

ally’s love for transformation and design hail back to her childhood. She grew up watching her talented mum create everything from cakes to dresses and home décor and Sally was drawn to design from a very early age. She says, “Mum used to tell me to go to bed and I’d be upstairs rearranging my bedroom.” Sally thought about studying fashion design, though there was an interesting design course commencing at the local college she wished to attend: “We were the first batch, there were only five of us,” she says. “As soon as the course started I knew that I had found my passion. It was fascinating to learn about The Great Exhibition that took place in the 1860s, bringing together bespoke pieces that people had never seen before in England –

items like hand-painted wallpaper, different types of sculpture, porcelain, silver, etc. I was captivated by history, art and design – I wanted to know where everything came from. I would have kept studying forever…” Sally recalls long nights working on designs: “My boarding room was tiny – most of the space was taken up by my drawing board and tools. I remember drawing and making models for hours on end until nearly daylight,” she says. Sally then went on to University and came across the designers who would serve as inspiration – Gehry, Calatrava, Gaudi. With a degree under her belt, Sally decided to head for the sunny climes of Marbella, to find “the perfect balance between work and quality of life.” She

landed a job at Fendi Casa after “popping in and leaving my resumé” and later, she helped launch Armani Casa. After completing many large-scale projects, she felt she was ready to launch her own business. In 2008, Blackshaw Interior Design was born. The company offers something quite unique in Marbella: an allin-one service which includes construction, design, and all the final touches that make a home or commercial space as beautiful as it is practical. Busy clients can relay all their needs to Sally and her team, who take care of the rest – all permits, design, construction and interior finishes. Sally prides herself on efficiency when it comes to delivering high quality products and services, which in turn leads to clients recommending Blackshaw Interior Design to friends and associates.

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Today, in addition to offering design services, Blackshaw Interior Design also sells indoor and outdoor furniture, by high-end Italian brands such as Trussardi and Cavalli Casa, and more affordable brands alike. “There’s not really any brand I don’t have and, if I can’t find something, I make it, to ensure we have something for all budgets and styles. People can come in and just buy a chair, a bed, or accessories.”

Blackshaw Interior Design can renovate a part of your home you would like to change – be it your kitchen, living room or bedroom, though most of Sally’s clients approach the team after buying a house they wish to make significant changes to (the company specialises in renovation and also builds new villas). Sally is currently working on various show homes, which are ideal for showing potential clients what her

company is capable of. She hopes to continue leading her team and consolidating Blackshaw’s reputation for being a top standard service provider. “We work closely with our clients, listening to their needs and being there for them every step of the way.” Sally and her team have made many dream homes come to life, with stunning contemporary renovations, cutting-edge architecture and inviting interior design.

Meet Sally’s Team

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PERSONAL ASSISTANT / OFFICE MANAGER

ARCHITECT & STRUCTURAL DESIGNER

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INTERIOR DESIGNER

Lucy joined Blackshaw Interior Design as an interior designer in 2014. Originally from the UK, she studied interior design at the famous KLC School of Design in Chelsea Harbour, London. She is involved in all things creative, from conceptualising interior design concepts to interior remodelling for all types of projects. Lucy is also a highly experience project manager who deals with our contractors to ensure that everything runs smoothly and is completed within the deadline.

Danielle joined Blackshaw Interior Design as an Interior Designer in 2016. Originally from the UK, she studied Interior & Environmental Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee. With a varied background in exhibition design as well as retail and residential, she is involved with a variety of projects working with clients from concept to completion.

Andrea is Sally’s personal assistant, responsible for the day-to-day running of the busy office and showroom in Marbella. Andrea also works closely with the designers, assisting with quotes and helping with project management. She additionally provides an aftercare service, liaising with international clients on a daily basis.

Candela joined Blackshaw Interior Design in 2012, as the technical expert within the company. She is a qualified architect who studied architecture at a technical college in Spain. Her interest in the technical aspects of construction dates back to her childhood, which is when she started drawing her first blueprints. Candela liaises with clients and suppliers on all the technical aspects of the company’s projects and is involved in the creative process of putting furnishing quotes together.

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Turn off the coastal road near the celebrated El Rancho restaurant and follow leafy residential streets into the secluded haven that is Hacienda Las Chapas. Stands of protected coastal pine envelop you in a green embrace as you follow a gentle, almost imperceptible incline. As the gate opens, a magnificent park-like garden comes into view, punctuated by the kind of elegant driveway following a circular path that reminds you of a classic American villa from the movies.

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t the heart of the circular drive stands a statuesque tree. Look around and you see a low-slung villa surrounded by the beautiful greenery of its grounds. This is an established garden, and it fills you with a sense of wellbeing as you pass through the impressive front portico and step inside. Though also designed to impress and to be able to entertain and accommodate guests, the villa is first and foremost a property with everything you’d want from a luxury family home. Hacienda Las Chapas was chosen for the peace, beauty, views and its large plots, and the home was designed specifically with family living in mind. And indeed, standing on over a hectare of gently flowing land, the villa exudes space and privacy in a setting whose magnificent greenery makes it feel like a private domain. Such large, mostly level plots are hard to find these days, and if you add the fact that this home is endowed with some of the most magnificent views not just in Marbella East, but across the Costa del Sol, it becomes clear just how privileged a setting this is. The beaches of Artola and its natural reserve, like the marina and 18-hole golf course of Cabopino, are just minutes away. A little further, and you’re surrounded by the shops, restaurants, cafés and sports clubs of Elviria and Calahonda, while you can be in Marbella, Puerto Banús and La Cañada shopping mall in 15 minutes. For all that this is a highly central location, the villa feels very private, snugly ensconced as it is within a paradisiacal parkland landscape of its own. What’s more, this little personal domain’s vistas across the surrounding greenery following the shoreline to Marbella and beyond it all the way down to Gibraltar and North Africa really are a breathtaking feature.

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CLASSIC VILLA LUXURIES The internal distribution of the villa is intuitive and easy, channeling living areas that are interlinked yet also private and intimate. This is partly achieved through two radial wings that open like a flower to the sunny south-westerly views. As a result, the principal entrance leads off to the main living areas while also connecting the wings and the different levels of the home. Turn left and you come to a private area consisting of an office and staff or guest accommodation. It is allied to the living area by an open-plan kitchen that flows on into the dining room, itself joined to a delightful private but professional-looking bar, and the main salon. The fact that all these spaces feel not like one big open space but instead like three cosy and intimate rooms in spite of the fact that you can walk from the one to the other without opening doors is a testament to the floor plan skills of the architect. The latter was influenced by the owners’ desire to create a home that is a showpiece while above all functioning as a practical family house designed to provide all that different generations might need from a home. All the living areas, indeed most of the wings too, are open to the garden-fronting terrace and as a result rich in views and natural light. The wing on the right side of the villa contains a welcoming family room with views to both the front and back parts of the garden, and it is here that the indoor area merges with the outdoors through a handy little kitchen, bathroom and storage area that links with a large sunny terrace.

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It’s also here that you will find the swimming pool and a surrounding terrace that is complete with play areas for kids and relaxing zones for the adults. The former have a wonderful lawn to explore, along with grounds bordered with mature trees, a pond and a well-kept tennis court on the edge of the garden. A retractable cover makes swimming also possible during the winter months, completing an outdoor area that is a delight for all ages and offers the space and amenities for both family life and impressive entertaining.

It makes for a home that is both imposing and practical, and this tone continues on the upper level, where a series of guest suites provide independent accommodation in the left wing that is complete with panoramic terraces and access of their own. The property also features two large bedroom suites with dressing rooms and large, luxurious bathrooms that have separate toilets – as well as an elegant stairway that connects the entrance hall and private quarters with classical panache.

Practicality and style merge throughout in a home where mesmerising views abound, that take in the pine groves, mountain ranges, the Mediterranean Sea and the curving shoreline to Marbella and well beyond. Not surprisingly, the main upper floor terrace is designed to make the most of this and imparts a comfortable spot from which to watch the sun set behind Gibraltar and colour the sky in tones of orange gold. The villa’s southwest orientation provides the ideal setting in which to enjoy what are really some of the best views in all of Marbella.

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A HOME WITH EXTRAS In addition to a pond, tennis court and the extensive grounds, this home also features some other enticing extras. For me, one of these is the wonderful entrance to the property, which allows you to arrive in style each and every time you pull up on the forecourt or follow the gentle curve down to the multi-car garage. It’s just the thing for car lovers and, indeed, provides an ideal setting in which to enjoy your cars, be they classics or new. The garage leads to the rest of the villa’s lower level, which also comprises a private gymnasium and a traditional Spanish wine cellar with tasting area that will have you transported to the richly ambient bodegas of Jerez de la Frontera. In addition to the TV room and lounge upstairs, there is also a spacious family and games room on this level, adjacent both to storage rooms, his and hers bathrooms and offering direct access to the garden. Interior design and décor are a very personal thing and quite easily adapted to one’s preferences, but a beautifully laid out villa on a large private plot in one of the most desirable parts of Marbella has an evergreen appeal. Such properties are rare these days and plots of this type in these locations very hard to come by, making this villa in Hacienda Las Chapas a classic. i www.residenciaestates.com

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Why everyone’s talking about the Arques ‘Aesthetic Medicine’ Clinic Arques seems to be the name on nearly everyone’s eye-catching lips in Marbella and surrounding areas when it comes to recommending a leading-edge beauty and anti-ageing clinic. And its reputation resonates way beyond The Golden Triangle. Arques’ advanced treatments for such conditions as obesity, skin ageing, wrinkles, cellulite, varicose veins and other age-related and lifestyle conditions is now attracting patients from over 30 countries.

So the clinic’s ‘Responsible Aesthetic Medicines’ are based on new techniques that fight these influences and wherever possible prevent them from happening. In many cases, the clinic asserts that it can not only prevent the signs of ageing but can even reverse them. The techniques to do so are surprising.

“We offer the world’s most innovative cosmetic techniques plus exquisite modern facilities”

“I feel really proud of our commitment to social responsibility, an approach shared by every member of our team,” he said “We are very gratified to be able to earmark a percentage of our profits to various foundations to help the needy.

So what’s the secret? “We believe that the real revolution is quite simple,” explained the clinic’s principle, Dr Arques “We offer the world’s most innovative cosmetic techniques plus exquisite modern facilities, including a spa environment, a relaxed and harmonious setting and a very professional service. Added to that we source with great care the world’s number one laboratory products and we obtain the most competitive prices to pass on to our patients. We constantly seek the latest tried and tested scientific advances to ensure the quality we offer is always the best you can obtain anywhere in the world.” "Our joint objective then, as it continues to be is to use the latest and most effective aesthetic medicine in a responsible way so that results are totally natural.” “Unfortunately the signs of aging are increasing all around us,” said Dr Arques. “They reflect our current lifestyle: our inadequate diet, lack of exercise and sports practice, lack of oxygen, work and home pressures, pollution, and not least, the sun’s damaging ultra-violet rays.”

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There is one addiction that affects millions of people in the world and leads to obesity – food addiction is not the only culprit, yet it certainly plays an important role in stopping many people from maintaining a healthy weight. Moreover, it is possible to be within a ‘healthy weight’ yet still addicted to specific foods. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

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WHAT IS FOOD ADDICTION? Most of us crave specific foods depending on our mood (chocolate when we are blue, or a refreshing juice after a tough workout) but food addiction goes beyond this. It is similar to any other type of addiction in that those affected find it difficult to quit, despite knowing it is harmful to their health. Recent research featuring MRI scanning (which demonstrates how the brain responds to sensory cues) has revealed that those who are addicted to food respond to unhealthy foods in a similar way to drug addicts with specific substances. When exposed to healthy foods, food addicts’ brains have lower dopamine levels than when they are exposed to flavourenhanced foods. Moreover, when someone is addicted to either unhealthy options such as sugary and refined foods, even small amounts can trigger big cravings once again, leading to feelings such as shame, guilt and helplessness.

Dr. Rober Lusting, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, states: “The brain’s pleasure centre, called the nucleus accumbens, is essential for our survival as a species… Turn off pleasure, and you turn off the will to live… But long-term stimulation of the pleasure centre drives the process of addiction… When you consume any substance of abuse, including sugar, the nucleus accumbens receives a dopamine signal, from which you experience pleasure. And so you consume more.”

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF FOOD ADDICTION These include: Z Eating more sugary, unhealthy

foods than you intend to Z Having to eat greater amounts of the objects of your cravings, before your feel satisfied Z Feeling helpless; not being able to stop consuming foods you don’t want to Z Thinking often about certain foods Z Making food a bigger priority than

hobbies and sometimes, even family and friends Z Continuing to consume unhealthy food even though you are unhappy about weight gain and other physiological effects

ADDICTION AND THE FOOD INDUSTRY The media has much to blame, as does the food industry itself. The latter attempts to indulge our senses by making food more appealing (controlling unimaginable features of food such as the sound crisps make, the roundness of donuts, the texture of pizza, the shape and size of snacks and so much more). The aim is to sell products, regardless of the consequences. There are three harmful ingredients to watch out for in commercially bought items: sugar, unhealthy refined vegetable fats, and high carbohydrate counts. Food with these ingredients/ characteristics can cause cravings for a particular texture, moisture level and carbohydrate content.

WHAT TO DO IN THE CASE OF ADDICTION

The way to ultimately free oneself of food addiction is by following a Mediterranean style diet in which healthy proteins, some raw fruits and vegetables, and healthy nuts and lowglycaemic-index fruits, play a major part. Avoid all refined foods, especially carbonated beverages, sports drinks (which are super high in sugar), any fruit juice that is not freshly made, and cookies, pasta, wheat bread and cakes. Pizza is another big culprit, since its tomato sauce contains inordinate amounts of sugar. Try to make your own pizza at home (following Jamie Oliver’s simple recipe for the base and sauce) and make homemade bread with spelt rather than wheat flour. We strongly recommend purchasing a bread machine (costing around €150), which will enable you to make healthy pizza bases, spelt bread and even healthy baguettestyle bread, at home. e

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Summer is the time of the year in which our skin enjoys the most exposure; this means that many of us look a little healthier, and even sport a sexy tan, yet the summer also exposes our skin to conditions which can easily be prevented. Follow our tips and avoid the following common summer skin problems: Z SKIN BURN: This is perhaps the greatest worry in the summer – even half an hour under the direct noon sun can result in everything from burns to welts, so it is vital to use common sense, and leave the sun for early in the morning or later in the afternoon. Be wary of sunscreens containing chemicals (since they can interact with the sun’s UV rays), opting instead for an organic ‘physical block’ – the latter may be a little thicker and more visible than commercial alternatives, yet it is free of harmful chemicals and lasts longer than ‘feel good’ products. Z PRICKLY HEAT: Also known as miliaria rubra, this itchy skin rash can develop when we perspire more than normal owing to heat or humidity and our sweat glands become blocked, causing irritation and tiny red blisters. To avoid prickly heat, wear loose cotton clothing and avoid polyster and nylon. Use calamine lotion to soothe your rash and if symptoms persist, try an overthe-counter hydrocortisone cream. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Z OILY SKIN: Excessive oil production is the bane of many a woman’s existence, especially when it threatens to make make-up fade or slide. This condition

once seemed part and parcel of the warm weather, until the arrival of De-Slick – an amazing spray by Urban Decay, available at Sephora. This spray is used after your primer and prior to applying foundation, and once again after your make-up has been fully applied. Additional ways to avoid an unflattering shine include moisturising with an oilfree product (which is gel- rather than cream-based) and bringing blotting paper with you – lightly press a sheet onto your face when you start noticing a bit of shine. You should also avoid harsh facial cleansers (especially the kind that foam up), since they promote excessive sebum production. Z HYPERPIGMENTATION: Those who have freckles and sun spots notice that pigmentation becomes far more pronounced in the summer. Make sure you apply sunscreen; if you wear foundation daily, opt for products with a built-in sunscreen such as Estée Lauder’s magnificent Double Wear Foundation. Z BODY ODOUR: It can be much harder to smell nice and fresh in the summer, since skin folds in our armpits can harbour bacteria when we perspire. It is very simple to avoid B.O.: take a shower daily and use a 24-hour deodorant. Often,

a deodorant that works very well for one family member may not be suitable for another, so experiment until you find a lasting product. Z DRY SKIN: Hot, humid air and frequent swims in the pool can dry your skin. Shower immediately after exiting the pool and apply moisturising cream within five minutes after your shower, to ‘trap’ moisture. Don’t overuse your air conditioning – too much of this good thing can make your home ambience too dry. Z FOLLICULITIS: Folliculitis (infected hair follicles) occurs more frequently in warm and hot weather. The condition causes skin to break out in pimples, which feel itchy and tender to the touch. To avoid this problem, immediately shower after exercise. Avoid hot tubs, since they may not have the right acid and chlorine levels to keep the condition at bay. Z TINEA VERSICOLOR: Natural fungi (malassezia) is found as a norm on human skin; it is harmeless and usually has no effects at all. However, since it feeds on fat, which is released when we sweat,

malassezia can grow, causing white patches to appear on skin. The conditions is benign, non-contagious and easy to treat. Doctors usually recommend the use of an anti-fungal body soap or cream. In severe cases, doctors may recommend a pill, which will stop yeast expansion from the inside. Z ROUGH, SCALY FEET: Those who wear sandals are prone to develop this condition, which feels uncomfortable and can become itchy or painful when skin cracks. Keep heels in tip-top condition by exfoliating frequently. Dr. Scholl’s battery-operated foot file is a Godsend for those who previously had no way to treat this unsightly condition. Right after filing, apply a cracked heel cream which contains the ingredient urea. Slip on a pair of socks so that the product does not dirty your footwear or floor.

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DEPRESSION RATE RISES

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The media constantly refers to sunny Spain as one of the happiest countries in the world so it was rather a surprise to receive the news from the Vithas Xanit International Hospital, indicating that the percentage of people with depression has actually risen by over 20 per cent. Depression affects not only adults, but youths and, sometimes, even children. In general, over 12 per cent of people in Spain will suffer at least one major episode of depression in their lifetime. If you or a loved one are underdoing a tough time, and you think depression may be involved, obtaining a diagnosis and the right treatment is vital. The condition can definitely be cured, but medication, therapy and alternative therapies may be warranted. i www.xanit.es

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A new study carried out by scientists at Cancer Research UK has found that cutting out two amino acids (serine and glycine) from the diet of laboratory mice prolongs survival from cancer, by slowing down the growth of tumours. A diet without these amino acids makes cancer cells more susceptible to chemicals in cells called ‘reactive oxygen species’. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy actually boost reactive oxygen species levels so by adopting this special diet, the treatments may become more effective. Scientists noted the next step was to study the effect of this diet on adults, in the hopes that just a few small changes in one’s diet can increase the success of conventional anticancer treatments.

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Blood transfusions are vital life-savers for patients who have experienced major blood loss, but sometimes, hospitals can have low supplies, or not enough of the type of blood they need. Thankfully, a new in vitro study, published recently in the journal Biomacromolecules, reveals that a possible substitute has been developed: one which uses slightly modified haemoglobin (the part of blood which carries oxygen and which scavenges damaging free radicals). The synthetic haemoglobin also causes minimal cell damage, indicating that it could play an important role in areas where access to blood is low.

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Scientists at the Baylor College of Medicine have identified specific types of bacteria that grow in abundance in individuals with colorectal cancer. The microbes, which can be detected in a simple stool test, will enable scientists to develop an efficient, completely non-invasive way to diagnose the disease. Currently, a number of options are available for diagnostics, including stool DNA tests (which still require a colonoscopy if a possible cancer or pre-cancer is detected), colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, double-contrast barium enema, and a CT colonography.

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INTERNATIONAL CLIENT BASE FOR AWARD WINNING HAIR TRANSPLANT SURGEON: DR. PANNO Marbella is undoubtedly an excellent tourist destination and for over 15 years, Dr. E. Panno of the Panno Hair Transplant Clinic has had his surgical residency here. During this time, he has offered patients real solutions to alopecia, carried out extensive research and taught the practice of surgery at different universities. Currently, patients from various international destinations visit his Clinic daily to fulfill their dream and to be treated by one of the most renowned Hair Loss Surgeons in Spain. Dr. Panno holds over six international awards and is a leading specialist in the field of hair transplant surgery. i www.drpanno.com

MARBELLA POKERSTARS FESTIVAL BRINGS OVER €1M OF PRIZES TO THE COAST The Casino de Marbella recently hosted the magnificent Marbella PokerStars Festival, with over €1M worth of prizes awarded to the talented winners. The week-long event saw a variety of competitions taking place, including the PokerStars Open, Marbella Poker Cub and the Main Event of the PokerStars Festival. The festival certainly raises the standard of high-stake poker in Marbella, and is one of the highlights of the poker world at a European level. i www.casinomarbella.com

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10TH ANNIVERSARY GALA FOR CHILDREN WITH CANCER UK RAISES OVER €40.000 Every year, those with a giving spirit gather together for a lovely dinner at Villa Tiberio Restaurant on Marbella's Golden Mile to raise funds for Children with Cancer UK. Wonderfully supported by the restaurant owner, Sandro Morelli, and organised by Caroline Randerson (who was aided by Barbara Fernando, Faith Baxter, Susan Briggs and a team of hardworking ladies), this year's event raised over €40.000. Everyone enjoyed a great dinner and entertainment by Mr. MAPH and Simone, Mel Williams, Steve Cline, Vicky Jay, Stelvis and a fantastic Donald Trump impersonator. A beautiful performance was also given by the Singing Sanctuary, a choir that gives life to old and new songs with plenty of panache. i www.villatiberio.com

15TH ANNIVERSARY GALA FOR COSTA PRESS CLUB The Costa Press Club, the Coast’s association of international journalists, writers and broadcasters, celebrated its fifteenth anniversary in style with a gala dinner at Avanto in La Cala de Mijas. Over fifty members and guests attended the evening which brought together many people from the media industry on the Coast. The event saw the presentation of the annual Communicator Awards, recognising excellence in writing and production. The Club was pleased to welcome author and journalist, Tim Parfitt as guest speaker. Tim is author of the book A Load of Bull, which delves into his work setting up the Spanish edition of Vogue. i www.costapressclub.com

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ALOHA COLLEGE ART FAIR Aloha College recently celebrated its annual Art Exhibition. For the first time this was held on site, in the school’s new Arts and Sports Hall. IGCSE and IB Visual Arts students have to present their work to be moderated as part of their final exams. The result was a fabulous creative display of the students’ skills. Displays ranged from large pieces in oil and acrylic to ceramics and time-lapse videos. Students and their friends and family were impressed by the excellent standard of work and the thought-provoking discussions it inspired. i www.aloha-college.com

NEW FURNITURE DESIGN COMPANY AND ART STUDIO IN BENAHAVÍS Skytte & O’Connor is a unique wood furniture design company which has opened a studio in Benahavís village. The furniture is made from large slabs of hardwood and raw steel. Skytte & O’Connor provides a sharp contrast to modern design uniformity and manufactures pieces made only once and limited edition designs. They offer a selection of options custom make to client’s specifications with a choice of wood and steel finishes. The studio exists in combination with Tanja Skytte’s Art studio which shows many of her latest’s textured and abstract paintings. Tanja is a Danish born International fine artist living in Benahavís and her work has been shown in New York, Cannes, Rome and Bologna. She is represented by Agora Gallery in Chelsea, New York. g La Aldea, Local 3,

Benahavís. www.skytteoconnor.com

SUMMER GOLF CAMPS FOR KIDS AT LA CALA RESORT

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La Cala Resort will once again be hosting a number of junior camps for kids wishing to learn golf or hone their skills. The camps started at the end of June but will carry on throughout the summer, with each camp lasting five days. Children aged six to 14 will be headed by experienced teachers who will be relaying information on the basic rules of golf, safety and courtesy edicts, and teaching kids to improve their swing. i For further information, www.lacala.com

Walking Football, probably one of the fastest growing new sports in the world, has just arrived on the Costa Del Sol, with the launch of Walking Football Spain! Walking Football began in 2011 in Chesterfield in the UK and was designed primarily for people over 50 to continue to be able to play the game they love. Since then, it has blossomed to over 1,000 clubs and even the EU are encouraging top league football teams to support it, as a form of community outreach. Walking Football is played as a five-a-side or seven-a-side football match with no running and minimal contact. This makes it ideal for men and women of all ages to play together. i For further

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PILMA TRAVEL STORE OPENS IN PUERTO BANÚS Puerto Banús is home to a brand new Pilma Travel store, selling luxury travel goods and complements. The store, measuring over 200m2, stocks items by some of the world’s leading travel goods brands, including Rimowa, Samsonite and Tumi. Also featuring items by Porsche Design, Furla and Lautem. Pilma is a Catalunyan firm with boutiques in Madrid and Barcelona. i www.pilma.com 130 / JULY 2017 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM

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BARONESS CARMEN THYSSEN VISITS ESTEPONA BOTANIC PARK AND ORCHIDARIUM Baroness Carmen Thyssen recently paid a visit to Estepona’s Botanic Park and Orchidarium, learning about the project entitled Estepona, Jardín de la Costa del Sol. ‘Tita’ was welcomed by the Mayor of Estepona, José María García Urbano, who revealed the many changes that have made Estepona a more beautiful, greener place in which to live and work. The Baroness was particularly taken by the beauty of her favourite flower, the orchid, many of which are now in bloom at the Estepona Botanic Park and Orchidarium. i www.estepona.es

HOMIES MARBELLA LAUNCHES ON THE PORT Homies, a brand born in Marbella in 2014, recently opened its first store in the heart of Puerto Banús, in collaboration with Biocest, featuring beauty merchandise made from all-natural products. With its minimalistic designs and monochromatic colours, the new store gives a fresh look to the traditional visuals Puerto Banús offers. Homies’ latest collection, My Marbella Hood, features four different designs portraying urban style blended with tropical vibes. The launch party gave an excellent indication of what is yet to come, with guests enjoying drinks and hip-hop tracks by DJ Patrick Martin. g Muelle

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BRIAN TRAVERS ART EXHIBITION Brian Travers (saxophonist, songwriter, composer and founding member of world pop reggae band, UB40) recently launched an art exhibition at the H10 Andalucía Plaza Hotel. Brian was educated at Birmingham’s Moseley Road School of Art and has been enthusiastic about all forms of art since his childhood. Through his paintings and sculptures, he represents his most introspective self. His style is abstract impressionistic, though he also creates ‘humanitarian’, figurative images that provoke and encourage thought and awareness. Brian is being represented by ArtMoves on the Coast. g For further information about his work, contact Dunja or Elena on Tel: 629

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FUNDRAISING DINNER AT OLIVIA VALERE

FIRST FIESTA UNDER THE STARS IN MARBELLA Successful businessman, philanthropist and owner of the Marbella International University Centre, Dr. Nissim Levy, and his spouse Rina, were the gracious hosts of the first Marbella Gala in aid of the Sheba Medical Center, the biggest and most advanced hospital in Israel and in the entire Middle East, a world leader in research projects and medical achievements. 'Drink. Dance. Donate' was the evening’s theme, held in a pop-up venue in the lavish gardens of the Marbella International University Centre. Generous guests gathered for a good cause and raised a sensational sum for medical equipment such as incubators and medical crash carts. The night featured a charity auction, as well as performances by Loona, Sammy G and Veronica Malka. i www.sheba.co.il

The Diksha Project, which currently supports education for 226 orphaned, single parented and HIV-positive children from below the poverty line in India, hosted a fundraising dinner in the Babilonia Restaurant at Olivia Valere in Marbella. The event was organised by Dr. Jovanka Manojlovic and a team of volunteers for the third consecutive year. Around 170 guests of different nationalities and professions attended the Charity dinner with Indian live music and dance performances. Numerous gifts were donated by local businesses, clinics, artists, restaurants, etc. and €7.000 was raised for the project. i www.rcdsss.org

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LAUDE DEBATING COMPETITION Spanish and other international students recently came together for the first debating competition to be held across the Laude Group of schools in Spain. The event took place at Laude Fontenebro School in Moralzarzal, Madrid, one of the seven schools in Spain. The competition included seven rounds of debates. Taking part in the event were Aida Benet, Sammy-Lee van den Berg, David Racovita and Ilan Sasson, accompanied by Mr. Marcos, from Laude San Pedro International College. Laude San Pedro won two of the debates and Ilan Sasson was given a special commendation for his sharp and convincing debating skills. i www.laudesanpedro.com

QUIRÓNSALUD MÁLAGA Y MARBELLA HOLDS SOLAR PROTECTION WEEK The summer is making its presence felt, which made Solar Protection Week, an event held by the Quirónsalud Hospitals in Málaga and Marbella, more pertinent than ever. Both hospitals put up stands in which experts gave information and advice to the public about the protection required for their respective skin types, how to use solar protection and the different skin conditions caused by the sun which need to be attended to by a dermatologist. According to the Spanish Dermatology and Venereology Academy, every year over 200,000 cases of melanoma are diagnosed on a global scale; around 4,000 of these cases are diagnosed in Spain. i www.quironsalud.es

TOP5 TENNIS TOURNAMENT AT THE PUENTE ROMANO BEACH RESORT & SPA’S TENNIS CLUB The Tennis Club at the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa recently hosted the seventh annual tennis tournament held by TOP5 Agency Spain – VII Top5 Tennis Cup Marbella. Every year new players join regular participants. A total of 52 tennis lovers from Spain, Estonia, Lithuania, Russia, Latvia and Great Britain took part in the event. Sponsors of the tournament provided gifts for the winners and organised a ‘win-win lottery’ for all participants. The event took place over two days and on the last day, everyone enjoyed a cocktail with live saxophone beats. i www.top-5.es

LES ROCHES HIGHLY PRIZED AT THE FIRST EDITION OF THE EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS Hotel management school, Les Roches Marbella, was the most lauded school at the first edition of the Educational Excellence Awards, held recently at the Ateneo de Madrid and presented by Patricia Betancort. Les Roches took home six prizes, including Best International Senior Management School 2017 and Best International Tourism School 2017. Carlos Díez de la Lastra, CEO of Les Roches Marbella, stated: “This prize is very important for us, since it recognises that which we work so hard to uphold at Les Roches Marbella – our search for excellence in all aspects of our pupils’ education – at academic, professional and personal/ human levels.” i www.lesroches.es

FINCA CORTESIN BECOMES EUROPEAN TOUR DESTINATION Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf & Spa is the latest addition to the exclusive European Tour Properties portfolio, becoming the 25th member of the network and only the second Spanish venue to achieve the prestigious European Tour Destination status. The resort joins fellow Spanish venue PGA Catalunya Resort in the European Tour Properties network and will benefit from the shared expertise across the portfolio in elevating its status and growing their business. David MacLaren, Head of European Tour Properties, said: “We are delighted to be able to welcome Finca Cortesin to our world-class network and look forward to working with the team to help ensure it maintains its outstanding reputation with both golfers and non-golfers.” i www.fincacortesin.com 134 / JULY 2017 ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM

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NEW BASTIEN GONZALEZ STUDIO MANAGER AT THE KEMPINSKI HOTEL BAHÍA ESTEPONA The Pedi: Mani: Cure Studio by Bastien Gonzalez at the Kempinski Hotel Bahia Estepona opened in the hotel’s spa in 2015, bringing their unique approach to manicures and pedicures to the Costa del Sol. Laetitia Breillot has been appointed as the new studio manager due to her excellent qualifications and experience. She studied podiatry in Paris, graduating in 2013, gained experience in a medical centre and started with Bastien Gonzalez in 2015, working in Vietnam and then on a two year placement at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi. In additional news, the Kempinski Hotel Group opened the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana, Cuba’s first five-star luxury hotel. Centrally located in the heart of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the hotel brings a new level of guest experience to a city that has become a leading urban tourism destination. i www.kempinski.com

THE MARTIN MILLER’S ALCHEMIST CLUB COMES TO MÁLAGA The Martin Miller’s Alchemist Club brought together the very best bartenders in Spain, under the guiding hand of Antonio Garrido (barman and owner of El Pimpi). The event included various activities and discussions about drinks. The star ingredient was Martin Miller’s Gin, made in England with pure water from the Arctic. The competition was won by David Mármol, who will be travelling to London to learn more about the history and values of the Martin Miller’s Gin brand. i www.martinmillersgin.es ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM JULY 2017 / 135

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z THE PRO finance The general rule is that if you are taxresident in Spain, you will be paying taxes in this country on your worldwide income, whatever the source. This includes items as arguable as the presumed rent on overseas properties, for which you will be taxed in Spain too. WORDS CRISTINA FALKENBERG

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f you are however a non-resident, you will only be taxed on your income arising from Spanish domestic sources, whether a pension, share dividend or winning the lottery. Tax planning starts by listing your assets and sources of income, both current and those you expect to see in the near future. Spanish residents must declare any assets they have abroad exceeding €50.000 in value, whether real estate, bank accounts or other financial assets. This is the famous Model 720 form which accounted for a few changes in residence. Introduced for the fiscal year 2012, it aimed at ending the practice of residents not declaring their income. Declared between January 1 and March 31 of the following year, it may only be presented electronically. Penalties for not declaring or doing so late, with incorrect or incomplete information are huge, and even if in February 2017 the European Commission drew Spain’s attention to the excessive fines, the Tax Office has ignored the Commission’s remarks. As model 720 can only be presented electronically, this means

you’ll need an electronic certificate or a PIN number you can get from the Tax Office. You might want to prepare your declaration well in advance, as they require a certain degree of detail you might have to ask for first. The Spanish Tax Office has one of the most sophisticated information systems in the world. Together with France, Italy, Germany and the UK, Spain was one of the working members of the Berlin Treaty. Under the Treaty, the database fields of member state’s tax offices can exchange information on a real-time basis.

WHEN ARE YOU A RESIDENT AND WHEN NOT? All Spanish nationals are deemed resident in Spain unless they expressly state they reside elsewhere. This presumption applies too should you have other passports additional to your Spanish one. If you don’t have a Spanish passport, you’ll be regarded as resident if you spend 183 days or more in the country, as well as if your main centre of economic interest is directly or indirectly located in Spain.

However these aren’t the only criteria. If your spouse, not legally separated, and your dependants are resident in Spain, you’ll be regarded as resident in the country unless you manage to effectively prove you are abroad for 183 days or more during the year. Should you require to prove you’re a tax-resident abroad, you’ll need to produce a certificate from your own tax authorities. The certificates are valid for one year. Should more than one country claim your fiscal residence, treaties tend to follow this order: (i) where you have a permanent home available; (ii) where you have closer ties; (iii) where you live most of the time; (iv) the country of your nationality; and (v) by agreement of the authorities. If you’re resident in a tax haven, the Tax Office may ask for effective proof of your stay for 183 days or more. Should you have a Spanish passport and decide to become resident in a tax haven, you’ll be paying personal income tax in Spain in the year you moved abroad and the following four years. Even if the fiscal year matches

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Eyvazov. Featuring highlights from beloved Italian operas and excerpts from Netrebko’s latest, Grammy-nominated solo-recording, Verismo. Thursday July 20 ELTON JHON: Musical genius Elton John and his band will play emblematic tunes from the artist’s five decades-long career, as part of his international tour, Wonderful Crazy Night. Wednesday July 26 THE PRETENDERS: The Pretenders are one of the most popular pop/rock bands of all time, with hits including Brass In Pocket, I Go To Sleep and Don’t Get me Wrong. They will be performing classics and newer tunes alike. Sunday July 30 DISNEY IN CONCERT: This special concert will feature the emblematic music of Disney films interpreted by the Symphonic Orchestra of Málaga and the voices of Paco Arrojo, Julia Moller, Judith Tobella and Diego Rodriguez. Monday July 31 CARLOS VIVES: Latin music legend, Carlos Vives, whose duet with Shakira, La bicicleta, has over 700 million visits on YouTube, will bring the sound of cumbia and vallenato music to the quarry. Tuesday August 1 JOAQUÍN SABINA: Spain’s most famous cantautor brings us songs from his 18th studio album, Lo Niego Todo. This is undoubtedly one of Starlite’s most highly anticipated concerts, considering that the artist took a long sixyear break from the music industry. Wednesday August 2 LUIS FONSI: All over the world, music lovers and celebrities are grooving to Despacito,

arguably Luis Fonsi’s biggest hit, and he will perform many more gems from his 18-year career. Friday August 4 MIGUEL BOSÉ: The charismatic singer and composer will be performing his greatest hits as well as presenting the concept of his latest work: an audio-visual spectacle that will showcase the artist in a whole new light. Saturday August 5 THE CRANBERRIES: This popular Irish band recently released a new (acoustic) album with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and they will be bringing this and well known songs to life between the vertiginous cliffs of the quarry. Sunday August 6 MALÚ: Singer and TV personality, Malú, has released 12 albums and boasts 22 platinum records. She will be singing hits old and new at Starlite. Monday August 7 CANTAJUEGO: A show for little tots featuring songs, dance routines and kids’ characters. Tuesday August 8 AINHOA ARTETA AND DWAYNE CROFT: Soprano, Ainhoa Arteta and baritone, Dwayne Croft will be singing major classics from Hollywood cinema and Broadway musicals. Wednesday August 9 ANA TORROJA: The voice of Spanish pop will be performing songs from her latest album, Conexion. Thursday August 10 EROS RAMAZOTTI: This Italian crooner has sold over 65 million albums and will make his audience vibrate with hits old and new. Friday August 11 DANI MARTÍN: This beloved Spanish singer/composer will be singing tunes from his latest album, La

Nothing is more exciting than the summertime in Marbella and one of the biggest reasons why is Starlite Marbella: the starstudded event featuring concerts by some of the world’s best acts. There are many reasons why Starlite is so special: Montaña Rusa. Saturday August 12 NIÑA PASTORI AND ANTONIO CARMONA: The warm voice of Niña Pastori wil be joined by the unmistakable art of Antonio Carmona. Tuesday August 15 ANDREA BOCELLI: The ‘Master of Tuscany’ will entertain his audience with his powerfully emotive voice. Wednesday August 16 BEN HARPER: With 14 studio albums under his belt, Ben Harper will show why he is hailed as one of America’s most talented multi-genre artists. Friday August 18 NOCHE MOVIDA: Featuring a host of rockers, including Alejo Stivel of Tequila, Coti and Javier Gurruchaga of Orquestra Mondragón. Tuesday August 22 MAGO POP: This talented illusionist shows how artistic and entertaining magic can be in the 21st century. Thursday August 24 JASON DERULO: Kiss the Sky and Talk Dirty to Me are two of Jason Derulo’s greatest hits though he has many more, making him one of pop music’s best-selling current artists. Friday August 25 MANUEL CARRASCO: This artist’s 2016 album, Bailar al Viento was the best-selling album in Spain in 2016. He brings his greatest hits to Startlite this year.

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Thursday, July 6 Crazy 80s Live featuring Billy Ocean, Heather Small and Right Said Fred, as well as Paul Maxwel ‘The Piano Man’. Billy Ocean is the biggest black recording artist Britain has ever produced, selling over 30 million records to date. Born in Trinidad, he settled in London’s East End at the tender age of seven. The calypso crazy kid was inspired by soul singers like Otis Redding and Sam Cooke, as well as pop groups like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, leading him to spend much of his study time in the music room. Billy got his first break when he signed to GTO records. His second single was the Motown-ish Love Really Hurts Without You, which reached No. 2 in the UK charts and No. 12 in the US. Two top twenty singles followed; Love on Delivery and Stop Me, then Red Light Spells Danger became a smash in both the UK and the United States. Billy changed record labels and his move to Jive Records provided instant

success, with the million selling American number one single Caribbean Queen (for which Billy won a Grammy for best R&B Vocal), followed by Loverboy, and Suddenly, which became the first of Billy’s killer ballads. The Album from which these singles came from spent a year in the US Charts selling double platinum (triple in Canada). Billy also performed on the American half of Live Aid, making 1985 a truly incredible year for him. Subsequent hits include When the Going Gets Tough, There’ll Be Sad Songs and Get Outta My Dreams Get Into My Car. This year, he will be releasing his album Here You Are in the United States, as well as touring the UK, Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. In Marbella, Billy will be joined by Heather Small (the voice of M People, with hits such as Moving On Up, One Night in Heaven and Search For The Hero). Also rocking the night away will be Right Said Fred – the brotherly duo from

East Grinstead who broke the listening charts with their hits, I’m Too Sexy and Don’t Talk Just Kiss.

Friday, July 21 GEORGE BENSON Who hasn’t fallen in love and replayed George Benson’s romantic tunes over and over? Benson, born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, showed he had a special gift early on in his life, winning a talent show at the age of four! By eight, he was performing in clubs as a singer, as well as dancing and playing the ukulele. Benson also formed his own rock band at 17, though his special interest was always the rich world of jazz. George worked as a guitarist and singer for various R&B and rock bands until he was discovered by guitarist Wes Montgomery and Columbia Records producer and executive John Hammond, who signed him up to his label. Benson switched labels several times and collaborated with many of the world’s top artists, including Al Jarreau. Some of Benson’s biggest hits include Give Me the Night, Turn Your Love Around, Never Give Up on a Good Thing and The Greatest Love of All All.

Thursday, August 10 MICHAEL BOLTON This artist is a multiple Grammy Awardwinning Singer, Songwriter and Social Activist, who has sold more than 53 million albums and singles worldwide. Known for his soulful voice and poignant lyrics, his timeless style, charm and good looks have also earned him a spot in several People Magazine’s ‘Sexiest Man’ issues, including 2012’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’. He most recently became a viral sensation for featuring in The Lonely Island’s hugely popular, Jack Sparrow video that launched on Saturday Night Live and was performed live at the Emmys.  Michael has recorded and performed with musical icons that have inspired and influenced his own career.  He joined Luciano Pavarotti on stage in a highly praised rendition of Vesti La Giubba, and pays homage to the Italian tenor when performing the aria Nessun Dorma at each of his concerts while on tour. He has sung with Placido Domingo, José Carreras and Renée Fleming, played guitar with BB King and collaborated with Lady Gaga, Diane Warren, Ne Yo and many more stars. Some of his greatest hits include Soul Provider, How Am I Supposed to Live Without You and Said I Loved You but I Lied. e

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Clients, friends and staff of magazine celebrated the magazine’s 18th anniversary with a big bash at elegant beachfront restaurant and lounge, Les Cubes. Guests tucked into sushi platters, roast beef, steak tartare and a host of amazing dishes created by the talented chefs at Les Cubes, washed down with cava, wine and cocktails. We all look forward to many more years serving Marbella and highlighting the best it has to offer, in terms of business and lifestyle. Slange Var! i www.essentialmagazine.com

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The members of the Porsche Owners Club, Ferrari Owners Club and Rotary Club Marbella-Guadalmina recently joined forces to raise funds for cancer care hospice Cudeca, taking part in a fun car run that ended at the Las Brisas Golf Club, where everyone enjoyed a hearty lunch. A great day was had by all, with the Clubs announcing further dinners and rallies set to take place soon. i Further information, www.porscheownersandalucia.eu

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Marbella Estates celebrated in style with a cocktail event, commemorating many achievements – including CEO Kristoffer Mincberg’s longstanding role in the local real estate industry and Marbella Estates’ presence on the Coast. The event was also held to connect with clients, friends and associates. Here’s to many more years of success for this highly reputed company. i www.marbella-estates.com

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SECOND ANNUAL AWARDS GALA RESERVA DEL HIGUERÓN RESORT The second annual awards evening was celebrated recently at the Reserva del Higuerón Resort in Benalmádena. Guests enjoyed fine cocktails and canapés and an entertaining awards ceremony at the Hotel’s elegant rooftop infinity pool. Various agencies and agents were recognised for their outstanding performances over the past year.  i www.reservadelhigueronresort.com

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Didier Dewyn and the ACOOLA team recently held a special event at their showroom to present their latest products, including Bioclimatic Pergolas, Retractable and Fixed Shade Sails, Design Awnings, Exclusive Outdoor Furniture, Design Parasols and Design Heaters and Lighting, by outstanding brands. The event featured a speech by Dirk Wynants (top furniture designer and founder of Extremis.be).  i www.acoola.eu

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Those ‘familiar’ with Portugal probably know the Algarve, the coastal expanse not unlike the Costa del Sol. Others may have ventured as far as Lisbon, one of the most scenic and atmospheric capitals in Europe, but few have made it into the green, wooded valley that shelters a truly captivating little fairytale town. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ

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Fairy Tale Town On Your Doorstep Magnificent parks are part of Sintra’s charm

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The rugged coastline on the western edge of the European continent

THE ROUTE FROM LISBON TO SINTRA At this point there may be a lot to take in – I once saw all the above as an aeroplane was taking off from the nearby Portela airport and the QE2 sailed under the bridge – but look left and you can see all along the estuary, to where the Tagus River blends with the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way, on the north bank, it’s easy to pick out the historic monuments dotted among the green parks of Belem, an elegant waterside suburb from which the views back to the bridge and Cristo Rei are equally imposing. Once off the bridge you follow the Marginal, the coastal road that hugs the shoreline as it meanders past leafy suburbs and little fortresses that once protected the entrance to Lisbon. Although you’re about to smell the salty air of the Atlantic, it all feels very Mediterranean, somewhat Italian. Indeed, this part of Portugal is almost more akin to Rome or Genoa than Spain, but as you enter the classic resort towns of Estoril and Cascais you’ll think you’ve strayed into the French Riviera. Resist the majestic Hotel Palacio just beyond the elegant parks and the casino as you follow a classic Riviera seaside drive into Cascais. Both exclusive and charming, this is a privileged area made up of leafy villa streets, golf courses and pretty little coves, but carry on doggedly towards Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point on the European continent, and you come to yet another setting: the expansive surfer’s beach of Guincho. If you can pull your gaze away from the huge waves and the surfer’s scene this is where you’ll notice green mountains rising up into the mist. Head inland, on the final trail of your quest to find one of the prettiest and most mysterious little towns in all of Europe.

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The quirky Quinta da Regaleira

MOUNTAINS, MIST AND ANCIENT WOODS A comfortable country road leads past quaint villages, through wondrously green country and as you notice the rise in altitude you’re suddenly confronted with panoramic views down the hills across a huge expansive of rocky Atlantic coastline. In the distance Cabo da Roca marks out the western finger of Europe as it points out towards the ocean, but soon you change course, heading into the dark forest and its domain of elves, knights and warrior monks. Though the surroundings certainly evoke a sense of the magical, at least the bit about the warrior monks is true, for deep in the wooded heights of the Serra de Sintra range there is a medieval stronghold built into the rock. It’s not the sort of place you want to get lost, so keep your eye on the signs and follow them through little villages and out into farmland until you arrive at a royal town that could have come straight out of a Disney film.

QUINTA DA REGALEIRA

Camoês referred to these mountains as a mythical land ruled by water nymphs, and indeed, it is easy to see why, for enter the almost eerily wooded domain of Quinta da Regaleira and you feel like you’ve stepped into a netherworld. Overgrown with moss, this otherworldly stone mansion with its wonderland garden, grottoes, wells and fountains is one of the most amazing properties anywhere in Europe – and in so being no more than typical of Sintra.

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Sintra is a place of dreamy atmospheres

Pretty as a picture: Sintra’s lively centre

AN ALPINE TOWN IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

The tower of Sintra´s town hall sticks out above the almost alpine architecture

Coming round the corner and spotting the town set against the green hillside is always impressive, but do so in the evening and the effect is multiplied, for then it really feels like you’ve entered a fairytale world. The fact that this little town is built along the folds of a hill means it is laid out like an octopus, allowing you to spot many of its palaces, castles, parks and quaint little squares in one view. At night the lights and floodlit fortresses apparently hovering in the air but in reality, set higher up on the hill, just take your breath away. Those with a romantic disposition will particularly like Sintra, as will anyone with a sweet tooth, for in addition to a proliferation of castles, palaces, otherworldly mansions and Austrianstyle architecture in the middle of Portugal, Sintra is also famous for its sweet pastries. The best thing to do is to park in one of the leafy streets approaching the main centre and stroll in along the broad pathway. Look down and you will see how even today this historic village almost immediately gives way to country cottages and pastures where animals graze within sight of the many monuments. Just the quaint houses, elegant hostels and pretty little restaurants, shops and pastry parlours themselves are a delight, set as they are in the deep green embrace of parks and mossy, wooded hillsides. The main square is a picture in its own right, and leads straight to the first of the town’s many architectural wonders.

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The exoticism of the Monserrate Palace is typical of Sintra

Medieval citadel overlooking the surrounding country

PALACE WITH THE CONE CHIMNEYS Officially known as the Palacio de Sintra, or Palacio da Vila, this medieval royal residence is located at the heart of the old town and can be visited most of the time. Though its origins go further back, the current palace was first started in the 15th century as a summer residence of the Portuguese kings, and the extensive structure stands out for two large ‘cone-shaped’ chimneys that give it a somewhat comical appearance.

Palacio da Pena, Portugal’s fairy-tale castle

Palacio da Vila at dusk

CASTELO DOS MOUROS

PALACIO DA PENA

A classic fortress citadel, this fighting structure dating back over a thousand years was built by the Moors and later taken by Christian forces in the reconquest of Portugal. Over 400 metres up the mountain, it offers magnificent views all across the countryside and back to Estoril, Lisbon and the Atlantic, while the long battlements that extend over undulating mountainside are the ideal spot for some romantic daydreaming.

Indeed, if ever there was a romantic spot it is Sintra, and much of its architecture and palaces belong to the Romantic style, including the amazing hilltop Palacio da Pena. Commissioned by a 19th-century king and designed by Baron Wilhelm Ludwig von Eschwege, it is one big wonderful folly in the tradition of the famous Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, and also served as a summer hunting palace. The range of styles and pastel tones add to a magnificent location

surrounded by woods from where you can easily pick out the Tagus Bridge and Cristo Rei on a clear day.

PALACIO DE SETEAIS Rather more French in style is the elegant Seteais Palace, once the main summer residence of the Portuguese royal family. Laid out like a true palace, it has all the regal splendour of Versailles complete with magnificent lawns and outdoor performances of the Swan Lake and other ballets. Quite the place to enjoy high tea overlooking the landscaped

gardens, and yet another of Sintra’s many surprises.

MONSERRATE ESTATE Yet there are more surprises, for not only does the very town hall look like a little fairytale castle, but Sintra is also home to an impressive collection of amazing villas and estates tucked into its greenery. One of the prettiest is Monserrate, an arabesque villa set on a beautiful estate, and proof that Johnny Depp and Robert de Niro weren’t the first big-wigs to have lost their heart to this most enchanting of towns. e

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A Capital Year for Gastronomy Andalucia’s wild southwest is a path less trodden by tourists but Huelva is grabbing all the glory this year as Spain’s Capital of Gastronomy. And it’s high time the least famous of the region’s eight provincial capitals took a bow… for its D.O. hams and wines, sensational seafood, succulent strawberries… and for the debt the world owes to the good villagers of Palos, without whom Columbus might never have discovered America 525 years ago. PHOTOGRAPHY DAVID CUSSEN AND COURTESY OF HUELVA TOURISM

Cubist monument to the voyages of Columbus, Punto del Sebo

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cross the estuary from the port city of Huelva, three graceful galleons float anachronistically at anchor in a pretty palm-fringed bay. They are replicas of the Pinta, the Niña and the Santa María – the three wooden ships that took Christopher Columbus across the Atlantic to stake Spain’s claim on the New World. Cristóbal Colón, as he’s known in Spain, is a local hero. His famous 1492 voyage set sail from Palos de la Frontera, on Huelva’s shores. His expeditions were crewed and heavily bankrolled by the townsfolk, among them the Pinzón brothers, three wealthy merchant mariners who captained his ships, stopped a mutiny and are honoured with statues in Palos, where their family home is a museum.

The galleons’ picturesque anchorage, Muelle de los Carabelas (Wharf of the Caravels) opened in 1992 to mark the Fifth Centenary of the Discovery of America. Yet, despite having such an illustrious adopted son, Huelva has remained under the tourist radar until now. Close to the border with Portugal, and just over an hour’s drive from Sevilla, much of its medieval architecture was swept away by a massive tsunami triggered by the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. Today, swathes of plastic fields sheltering exotic fruits cover this agricultural region where the sub-tropical microclimate is perfect for growing almost anything. Gastronomic tourism brought 650,000 visitors to Andalucía last year and Huelva is

looking forward to receiving a fairer share of them as Spain’s 2017 Capital of Gastronomy. An honour bestowed by the Spanish Federation of Journalists and Travel Writers and promoted by Spain’s Hotel and Catering Federation, it’s the first time a seaside city has been chosen, and a first for Andalucía. Judges were captivated by Huelva’s ‘gastronomy based on fish and seafood’, making special mention of its prawns, berries, Jabugo ham and ‘innovative new generation of gastrobars and food businesses’. Restaurant Acánthum won the city its first Michelin star last year and other up-andcoming local chefs are showcasing what they can do with their enviable local larder. This will be their year to shine.

“Moguer is like a glass rod, thick and transparent which waits all year long, under a blue sky, for its golden wine. Once September arrives, if the devil doesn’t spoil the festivities, the cup is filled to the top with wine, and it spills over, almost always, like a generous heart. The entire village smells of wine and sounds of glass.” Huelva’s Nobel Prize-winning poet, Juan Ramón Jiménez, on the wine-growing region surrounding his home town of Moguer

Culinary art at Acánthum

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Huelva’s white prawns are world famous

PIG OUT ON NOSE TO TAIL Huelva’s melt-in-the-mouth cured mountain ham is one of Spain’s greatest gifts to gastronomy. And ham from the village of Jabugo, like the best wines, has its own D.O. Produced from pure-bred black Iberian pigs and colloquially known as pata negra because of their black hooves, they live high on the hog, free-ranging on acorns that fall from the trees and give the meat its sweet, nutty flavour. The hams are covered for three weeks in mounds of Atlantic sea salt and 24-30 months of mountain air does the rest. But despite having been cured in it, the ham is low in salt and, at 190 calories per 100g, it ticks the diet box too. There’s a saying in Andalucía that ‘the only part of a pig you can’t eat is its squeak’. Nothing is wasted, as you’ll know if you’ve ever been to a matanza – pig slaughter – still a gory public ritual in many mountain villages throughout the Sierra de Aracena over winter. Villagers roll up their sleeves and butcher their prime porkers into special cuts (secreto, presa, pluma), using the intestines for chorizo, the fat for chicharrones (pork scratchings), and the blood for morcilla (black pudding). Careta de Cerdo is a traditional dish using most of the head.

Succulent acorn-fed jamón from Huelva

OCEAN AND RIVER TO TABLE Fish gravitate to the shelter of estuaries giving Huelva, straddling the Odiel and Tinto rivers, the best of fresh and saltwater worlds: not only a huge choice of Atlantic fish but barbel and eel for its unusual ‘river stews’. Bream, bass and tuna, monkfish and mackerel, sole, skate and sardines are all fair game and the seafood also comes in infinite varieties – cockles, razor shells, Venus clams and tasty little Atlantic squid called chocos. Huelva’s hand-caught gambas blancas are so prized for their delicate flavour, there’s a tourist trail in honour of this white queen of prawns. Everything is brought in fresh from the boat to Huelva’s markets each morning. The city’s seafaring tradition is also evident in the locally-canned fish – wind-dried tuna, salt cod, anchovies in olive oil... The wind, salt and olive oil are also produced locally.

Black Iberian pig

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Orange-flavoured D.O. wine

SHH! DON’T SAY THE ‘SHERRY WORD’. A lot of Huelva wine is sherry by any other name but you can’t call it that. By law all wine labelled ‘sherry’ must come from the Sherry Triangle of Jerez, in neighbouring Cádiz province. Huelva has its own D.O. and the Condado de Huelva label is hoping to give sherry some serious competition this year. Huelva’s were the first Spanish wines to be exported to America, courtesy of Columbus. Known as ‘sack’ and fortified to prevent them from deteriorating during long sea voyages, they continue to occupy oak casks in wine cellars today. There are over 40 bodegas in the region producing everything from white table wines and wine vinager to floral finos and nutty olorosos which go especially well with jamón. Specialist varieties include an orange wine flavored with the bitter peel – delicious over ice in summer – and Raigal, Andalusia’s only sparkling wine.

Land of plenty

THE LARDER OF EUROPE Huelva’s bounty, like John Cleese in The Romans sketch, goes on and on... Its forests and lowlands bring lamb, beef and game of all varieties to the table, from rabbit and partridge to venison and wild boar. Goat's cheese, chestnuts and walnuts are other grass roots produce and there is no spring festival without habas enzapatás – baby broad beans cooked with pennyroyal, a spearmint-flavoured herb. Local rosemary and lavender honey are used in Huelva’s sticky Morocco-style pastries while its sierras yield the most abundant fungi in Andalucia... saffron milk caps, slippery jacks Caesar's mushrooms and prized gurumelos. In Paymogo on the Portuguese border, a three-day festival is held in honour of this monarch of mushrooms on both sides of the frontier. All kinds of fruits – persimmons, peaches, watermelons – are grown intensively year-round. Huelva is southern Europe's prime red fruit provider. Plantations of raspberries, redcurrants, cranberries and strawberries dominate the landscape, growing round-the-clock under long tunnels of plastic. Spain is the world’s biggest strawberry exporter and Huelva grows 95% of them. Rice is grown too – Huelva, which produces more than Valencia, is the gift that keeps on giving. But agriculture’s drain on water resources at wildlife’s expense is a sore point with environmentalists who will be hoping to raise awareness during Huelva’s spell in the spotlight.

Strawberries are Huelva’s biggest cash crop

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HUELVA HIGHLIGHTS Check out our bucket list of hot spots in the city and province of Huelva

The Columbus galleons at Palos

A GREAT GOURMET GIG From now until the end of the year the province will be staging a host of foodie events, from show cooking and tapas contests to markets and workshops. Columbus, who introduced potatoes, tomatoes, vanilla and cocoa to the European diet, has a VIP place at the feast to mark the 525th anniversary of his Voyage of Discovery. On Columbus Day (October 12, a public holiday in Spain) a new replica of the Santa María will set sail on a commemorative voyage around Europe to mark his arrival in the Americas. The original Santa María foundered on the return journey but Columbus and the other two ships made it back to Palos on March 15, 1493. If he came back today, the intrepid explorer wouldn’t recognise the place as the riverbed’s course has changed over time, stranding Palos several kilometers inland. But after existing on salt cod and hardtack for months, he would certainly have enjoyed the feast!

Xanty Elías won Huelva its first Michelin star

DINE OUT AT ACÁNTHUM Michelin chef Xanty Elías heads Huelva’s new breed of culinary alchemists taking cuisine to a higher plane. He trained for two years at three Michelin-starred Arzak in San Sebastián and it shows in his artsy food and wine pairing menus created entirely with Huelva produce. Coral pâté with peanuts, chocolate beetroot, ham hock tartar with mustard ice-cream and a pistachio and white chocolate dessert laid out as a map of the nearby marshes are among his stand-out dishes. “Cooking is about expressing sensations and emotions,” says Xanty, who enjoys experimenting with “unusual fish and parts of Iberian pig that people tended not to value such as the hock and lips”. Other Spanish Michelin-

starred chefs will be popping into his kitchens throughout the year to cook one-off dinners. Book early, this restaurant is in hot demand. i www.acanthum.com

TASTE THE BEST JAMÓN IN THE WORLD Ham from Bodega 5 Jotas in the town of Jabugo is revered around the globe. Established in 1879, five generations have contributed their expertise to creating this fine pata negra jamón. The bodega offers tours, tastings and demonstrations by a master carver. It also runs three of its own restaurants, the nearest in Sevilla. i www.cincojotas.com

TAKE THE COLUMBUS TRAIL Follow in the explorer’s footsteps as he made plans for his voyage (and rattled a few tins) on a 40km self-drive round trip. Go behind the dazzling white walls of Moguer’s Santa Clara Monastery where he talked the Abbess into persuading her nephew (King Ferdinand of Spain, no less) to back his madcap venture; visit La Rabida monastery where he rallied the support of the Franciscans; climb aboard the galleons in Palos to la Frontera or make a detour to San Jorge church where the royal decree was read out, ordering the local sailors to accompany this Columbus character to ‘certain parts of the ocean’.

Culinary art at Acánthum

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The wild west town of El Rocío

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SPOT WILDLIFE IN DOÑANA Shared with Sevilla and Cádiz provinces, you can’t take your own car into this stunning National Park. Book a tour or explore the surrounding Natural Park where there’s still plenty to see. The scenery is a collage of flat Dutch landscapes, sepia-toned Serengeti planes, marshes evocative of the Norfolk Fens, umbrella pine forests like The Carmargue and vivid green paddy fields. When the lakes are full, a pair of binoculars will show you more feathered creatures than Hitchcock recruited for The Birds – spoonbills with beaks like salad tongs, avocets with bills like eyebrow tweezers, grey and purple herons and clouds of flamingos in 50 shades of pink. Doñana is also one of the last refuges of the endangered Iberian lynx. Once dead cats walking, captive breeding and habitat management programmes are boosting their population, although you’ll be wildly lucky to spot one.

MAKE A PILGRIMAGE TO EL ROCÍO It looks like Disneyworld’s version of a wild west town with sand blowing through the streets and hitching posts outside every house. With a lake which evaporates in summer, bars, shops and stalls selling flamenco dresses, Catholic trinkets, leather handbags

and riding boots, it’s touristy but extraordinary. El Rocío is world-famous for its annual pilgrimage in May which sees over a million devotees from all over arriving on horseback, on foot or by carriage to pay their respects to the virgin in her white wedding cake of a hermitage.

VISIT LITTLE BRITAIN There are pockets of Huelva that will beam you back to Victorian England. The Barrio Reina Victoria, on the city outskirts, is unmistakably British with its colonial gabled houses set round a village green. The Brits came to set up the famous Rio Tinto Mining Company in 1873, took copper and left behind suburbia and a local passion for tennis, golf, billiards, beach tourism, five o’clock tea and football. Recreativo de Huelva was the very first soccer club in Spain. For 81 years, until 1954 when the mines were sold to Franco, Huelva was the copper capital of Europe, morphing from a sleepy fishing town into a trading post with bourgeois buildings and magnificent examples of industrial architecture which can be explored on the self-guided English Legacy route. In Punta Umbría, on a strip known as Punta de los Ingleses, you can see their beach houses, one now a museum. Bella Vista in Minas de Riotinto is a complete neighbourhood

with an English church. Take a train trip in an original wooden carriage along the banks of the red river to see the old mines and machinery. The tomb of The Man Who Never Was in Barrio Reina Victoria is another curiosity. During WW2 the body of Welshman Glyndwr Michael who had died destitute in London was planted on the shore with fake invasion plans in his pocket for German spies to discover. The Operation Mincemeat deception wrong-footed the Nazis and tipped the balance of the war. 

FIND A DESERTED BEACH Huelva’s white sand beaches, backed by towering sand dunes, stretch for miles and some of them make Robinson Crusoe’s castaway island look crowded, such as the wild 14mile stretch between Mazagón and Matalascañas. For more sociable tanning, Isla Cristina, wedged between marsh and sea, offers lifeguards, a promenade, easy parking, a frontline of palms and plenty of bars serving cold beer, fresh sardines and arroz marinero.

SAIL TO PORTUGAL The 15-minute car ferry ride from Ayamonte across the River Guadiana takes you to a different country and time zone, specifically Vila Real do Santo António where you can enjoy a different culture, language and cuisine.

Scores of events are slated for Huelva this year to showcase the quality of its produce, with summer celebrations heavily tied into American gastronomy in honour of Columbus. More events will be added on the websites www. huelvacapitalgastronomica.com and www.525aniversario.es NOW UNTIL MID-SEPTEMBER America on the Menu. Chefs throughout the region present workshops and menus featuring US cuisine. Recipes will be published in a commemorative booklet at the end of the year AUGUST 1-6 Fiestas Colombinas. Huelva city celebrates its feria, climaxing on August 3, the day Columbus sailed for America. Watch the famous Colombian football and golf trophy matches, enjoy estuary concerts, food, flamenco, fireworks and family fun. SEPTEMBER 2-9 Sailing regatta retracing the first part of Columbus’s voyage between Palos and La Gomera in the Canaries starts from Mazagón Port. OCTOBER 4-15 Ibero-American Street Market Tastings of produce from both sides of the Atlantic, Avenida Martín Alonso Pinzón, Huelva city. OCTOBER 12 Launch of a replica Santa María built in the local shipyards of Punta Umbría to mark Columbus Day. The ship will tour the ports of the world promoting Huelva. OCTOBER 16-20 Ibero-American Cookery Contest. Visiting chefs from America compete with local talent to create the best Spanish/American fusion dish, in Almonte. e

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THE FUERTE HOTEL Celebrates its 60th Anniversary WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE FUERTE HOTEL GROUP

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he Fuerte Hotel Group, currently comprising six (four-star) hotels and one rental apartment complex, is one of the Andalusian hotel industry’s most consolidated names. The group has built a strong presence in the region (with hotels in Málaga, Cádiz and Huelva), and in 2016, it launched its brand new baby: the Amàre, a super stylish hotel for adults with a happening beach club, live entertainment and a luxurious spa offering top treatments for the face and body. Known as much for its passion for environmental sustainability as for the style and comfort of each of its hotels, the Fuerte Group celebrates a special occasion this year: it’s 60th anniversary. The family-run group was founded with the building of its first hotel, Fuerte Marbella, in 1957, by José Luque Manzano. The hotel, built next to the ruins of the San Luis Fort (which played an important role during the Napoleonic invasion), was considered a risky venture for this innovative entrepreneur, who owned a chocolate factory in his native Estepa. His friends and family warned him that he was making a wrong move, by abandoning an

established business to open a hotel which had little hope of success. How wrong they were! Manzano was as socially savvy as he was visionary, and on July 15, 1957, he invited around 500 guests to a blacktie gala to launch the hotel’s first building, which at the time comprised only 33 rooms and boasted the first lift in Spain! Today, the Hotel contains an impressive 263 rooms, two restaurants, and 4,000m2 gardens, as well as two outdoor pools, and a gorgeous terrace from which to enjoy ‘the most beautiful sunset in Marbella’. Manzano brought many illustrious guests to the Hotel, including Walt Disney, Rafael Aberti and Lola Flores (the latter spent many summers toasting on the warm sands of the beach, a stone’s throw from her room at the Fuerte). When Manzano passed away in 1984, his wife, Isabel García Bardón, took the reins of the business, with a view to expansion and renovation. In 1999, the Group’s second hotel (the Fuerte Conil) was launched in Cádiz and five years later, the Fuerte Costa Luz in Conil de la Frontera was completed. A few years down the track, these two hotels were joined into one and the Hotel Fuerto

Conil-Costa Luz was born. In 2001, the Group opened its second hotel in Marbella: the Amàre Marbella Beach Hotel, now an über-trendy establishment famed for its beautiful outdoor terrace, modern interiors and chic party vibe. The following year, the smallest hotel in the Fuerte Group was born: the Hotel Fuerte Grazalema, ensconced in the verdant heart of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park. In 2005, the Hotel Fuerte El Rompido came to life, in the province of Huelva, availing of its proximity to some of the region’s top golf courses. Three years later, the Group constructed the Fuerte Calaceite Apartments, located between Nerja and Torrox, which boasts some of the Coast’s most beautiful beaches. Finally, the Hotel Fuerte Estepona was launched in 2010, as were the Fuerte Estepona Apartments. In 2009, the Group crossed the Atlantic, with the launch of the Hotel Secrets Montego Bay in Jamaica. The Fuerte Group is a co-promoter of the project, though other investors manage the luxury, 700-room resort in Jamaica’s dreamy Montego Bay. Another important event in the company’s timeline is the founding of

the Fuerte Foundation, which works to promote sustainable development and cultural dissemination, also helping those who are in situations of risk or exclusion. Back in Marbella, the Fuerte, despite its 60-year-long history, has kept very much up-to-date with international developments. Some of its many cool features include a Play Centre, free WiFi for guests, pillow menus, the modern Soleo Marbella beach club, a paddle tennis court, wellness activities, and a cutting-edge gym. Like all the Group’s hotels, the Fuerte Marbella applies a variety of measures to promote sustainability, by saving water, promoting ecological produce, reducing noise, and much more. The jewel in the Fuerte’s crown, however, will always be its location; few things are more satisfying in the summer than walking from the pool to the beach and back, or enjoying the toasty warmth of the beach club. The Hotel is also a five-minute walk from Marbella’s historical centre, thereby lending culturally rich and historically significant experiences to guests’ holidays. i www.fuertehoteles.com

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CHECK OUT THE HOT NEW RESTAURANTS THAT HAVE OPENED AT THE PUENTE ROMANO BEACH RESORT & SPA: WORLD-CLASS NEW STYLE CUISINE RESTAURANT, NOBU, AND MONKEY CLUB, BY THE TALENTED CASAMONO TEAM. MEET ANDREAS NYGREN, NEW EXECUTIVE CHEF OF OCEAN CLUB, WHILE YOU SIT BACK AND SAVOUR A GLASS OF CHILLED ROSÉ WINE.

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TASTE Signature Japanese cuisine awarded one Michelin star

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Puente Romano Hotel, Blv. Principe Alfonso Von Hohenlohe, Marbella. www.thaigallerymarbella.com

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TAI PAN chinese cuisine polynesian bar

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SUKHOTHAI Exquisite Royal Thai Cuisine

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NOBU Launches in the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa La Plaza at the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa has fast become a chic, elegant yet laidback place to enjoy a romantic meal with one’s partner, friends and family. Home to restaurants serving different world cuisines, it is located alongside the ancient Roman bridge that gives the resort its name. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN

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raced with delicate fairy lights, the bridge, surrounded by ancient trees whose branches reach into the sky, offers just about as scenic a view as one could hope for. La Plaza is home to many renowned restaurants, and has recently opened Nobu: a worldfamous establishment serving inventive, ‘new style’ Nobu-San cuisine, which marries Japanese cooking and Peruvian flavours. The Nobu Group is currently in an ambitious state of expansion; in Marbella alone work has already begun on the new Nobu Hotel Marbella (which will be established alongside the Puente Romano), while the new Nobu restaurant at the resort is the very first in Spain (Nobu restaurants are present in 21 cities, including Los Angeles, Melbourne, New York, Beijing, Dubai and Moscow). Nobu is the brainchild of Nobu Matsuhisa, famed Japanese restaurateur and Chef who moved to Peru, at the age of 24 and opened his first restaurant, Matsue, in Lima. Faced with the challenge of finding traditional ingredients, he began to improvise, thus sparking a new type g Tel: 952 778 686. www.puenteromano.com

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of cuisine that fuses Japanese and Peruvian traditions. At the Puente Romano, his delectable cuisine is created by a hardworking team under the guiding hand of Executive Chef, Eleni Manousou, who has been with the Nobu Group since 2010, and who previously worked at Nobu Dubai and Matsuhisa Athens. Eleni’s enthusiasm and bubbly personality were palpable as she exited the busy kitchens (the restaurant was packed on a pre-launch night) to meet us, and happily told us of the origins of Nobu and her own vertiginous career. Elena created a beautiful selection of some of the restaurant’s most characteristic dishes, happily switching a few ingredients to suit the dietary needs of one of the diners at our table (who is allergic to cod). We tried an array of dishes, going from cool to warm. As we glanced at the menu, we tucked into lovely edamame beans with Maldon salt, meanwhile sipping on two fantastic cocktails by Nobu – the Pacharán cocktail and the yuzu kumquat cooler, so refreshing on a balmy summer evening. The fusion between Latin and

Oriental dishes then began in the form of sashimi tacos, filled with various delights, including spicy lobster wasabi and sour cream, red tuna, and King crab. The fresh interior of each bite was complemented beautifully by the crisp tacos, which we topped with diced tomato. The salmon new style sashimi is moreish in every sense – delicate, fine slices of salmon are jazzed up with a tantalising yuzu and soy sauce, as well as ginger and sesame seeds, drizzled with sesame and olive oil – definitely a dish that sent our taste buds into overdrive. Equally citrusy was the yellowtail sashimi with soy sauce and yuzu, topped with slices of jalapeño and coriander, which added freshness to every bite. Next up came the warmer dishes – such as the baby rock shrimp tempura (Robert DeNiro’s favourite choice) – featuring super plump shrimp from the gulf of Mexico, served in a creamy, spicy sauce, over a bed of field greens and shiitake mushrooms. One of the stars of the Nobu brand is the black cod with Miso – sweet and golden black on the outside and buttery soft on the inside. My

companion opted for the broiled Japanese eggplant with miso – served with the same delightful miso sauce that accompanied the fish. The blend of sweet and salty was unbeatable and the textures of both dishes, just perfect. We washed this fantastic meal down with a classic white – the renowned José Pariente Rueda Verdejo – fruity and fresh, the perfect companion to a sea-inspired meal. It should be noted that Nobu serves a host of Spanish and new world wines, as well as a wide selection of Japanese sake, made at the famous Hokusetsu Brewery on Sado Island in the Sea of Japan. Japanese whiskey also features on the drinks menu, with brands including Suntory, Yamazaki and Nikka. Nobu has always been the prime choice for celebrities across the globe and the restaurant undoubtedly raises the bar in Marbella – a city now famed for being a top gastronomic destination for foodies from all over the world. g Open nightly for dinner. At the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa. Blvd Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n, Marbella. ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM JULY 2017 / 173

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MONKEY CLUB opens at the Puente Romano Hotel

Monkey Club is a fresh addition to the growing culinary reputation of the Puente Romano as a hub of fine dining in Marbella. Here the management of Casa Mono are creating a new experience that will prove to be every bit as iconic as the original restaurant that inspired it. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN AND COURTESY OF MONKEY CLUB

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hen Clement Mokeddel was invited by the illustrious Puente Romano Hotel to open a restaurant to form part of its growing offer of top-class eateries, he was understandably flattered. The creator of another well-known Marbella icon, Casamono, took it as a compliment and a sign that the philosophy that drives his restaurant has earned the respect and admiration of diners and peers alike. “I love challenges and being thrown out of my comfort zone, as I believe this is when we excel and discover our true selves, so naturally I accepted this challenge,” says the passionate restaurateur. Months of hard toil followed, during which Clement and his team worked to recreate the magic and the spirit behind Casamono in a new setting. “I remain true to the philosophy underlying Casamono, but Monkey Club is very much a restaurant with its own ambience, character and cuisine, and this comes from a unique mix of its location and the dining style that we create.”

While he constructed the menu and got his team – which he describes as ‘an interactive ecosystem’ – to operate like a well-oiled outfit, his wife Daniela Koffman designed a striking décor that adds eclectic elements to a contemporary, trendy feel that is stylish and sophisticated without feeling too formal. “I wanted to bring back some of the old-school glamour of Marbella,” says Daniela, whose design evolved around two doors that once belonged to Puente Romano’s famous nightclub Regina but are now integrated into the bar design. “Of course it helps that Daniela is a professional interior designer,” says Clement, “but even more that she knows our philosophy so well.” It is surely why Monkey Club has a look and feel all of its own while also retaining a link to Casamono. The different areas blend well, with two distinct but complementary dining zones also communicating with the open kitchen and the elegant backlit onyx bar to create a richly atmospheric venue. The stunning art by Aldo Gigli, meanwhile, brings a jungle vibe to the

surrounds. Though this is a trendy, upmarket restaurant you feel at home the minute you walk through the door, and as at Casamono, design, décor and ambience form part of the alchemy built around service, food and soul. “For us, the art of food is our business, and that is how we approach it.”

ARTFUL FOOD

If you like Casamono you’ll love Monkey Club. The restaurant offers the right setting to first enjoy some cocktails, and the menu bestows a delicious blend of fun and sophistication with a French touch. On the night, we opted for a crisp, white Albariño wine – Pionero Mundi – from the Rias Baixas in Galicia that suited us beautifully throughout the evening. The wine list also includes French and other international choices, but having remained faithful to a Spanish region we sampled gorgeous cold cuts and fresh bread before ordering beautifully prepared Monkey Style tiger prawns with olive oil, sage and basil, and a refreshing

g www.monkeyclubmarbella.com Tel: 951 60 70 18 Hotel Puente Romano, Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, 9/10, Marbella

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foie gras marinated in Sauternes. These dishes add a delightful personal twist to classic inspiration, as is the case with the melt-in-themouth salmon fillet served with chard and vacuum-infused with citric sauce. Now you’d think this would make it sharp and astringent but no, this is a wonderfully balanced dish that shows just how good simple, uncomplicated quality can be, and just how adept you have to be to execute it to perfection. The same applies to the Galician beef fillet, with its pitchperfect flavour and texture. The desert we chose was an Ile Flottante, a sweet French creation consisting of a meringue floating on alternate layers of alcohol-infused biscuits, ice cream and vanilla cream. Already, this new restaurant feels established and polished, and with live DJs soon adding to the ambience, all that rests is to congratulate Clement, Daniela, Executive Chef Nicolas Fantasia for his amazing work as without him it would not be possible, and the rest of the team on creating what is set to be another Marbella landmark.

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C/Ancha 8 (Casco Antiguo Marbella) tel . 952 900 450 www.casanis.es

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Urb. Coto chico 4D, Elviria-Marbella tel . 952 837 862 www.laplagecasanis.com

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LES CUBES

Dining in Style in a Contemporary Setting by the Sea Walking through the stately Arabic door gracing the entrance to Les Cubes, one is overtaken by the prevalence of air and light and the stunning sea views that make the dazzling Mediterranean visible from every corner, for this inviting restaurant is just a few steps away from one of Marbella’s most popular soft sand beaches. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN

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es Cubes, ensconced on the Golden Mile, is famed as much for its stunningly designed interiors (contemporary furniture is married to floor-to-ceiling glass doors, to make the most of the dazzling view) as for its exquisite food, representing the very best in world cuisine and service which reflects the standards of times gone by. Here, waiters carefully prepare a tempting steak tartare or crêpe Suzette by your table, adding ingredients so that you enjoy your dish just the way you like it… Those who are lucky enough to have discovered the secret hideaway that is Les Cubes, know that the establishment is divided into three distinct spaces, each bearing its own particular vibe. To the left is To Be or Not To Be (a swish bar/lounge area where you can enjoy a Hendrick’s G&T with a twist of cucumber or a sophisticated cocktail). This is my favourite spot for after-work drinks, followed by a walk on the beach. The central area, called Kalinka Malinka,

is the ideal setting for lunch. With its bright, sunny interiors, it evokes the very best of the good life on the Coast. To the right is C’est La Vie, a gourmet lover’s paradise where haute cuisine can be enjoyed by night. There are many reasons why Les Cubes is one of Marbella’s most magical restaurants. First of all, the service – the friendly maitre’d and waiters (including Gala, famed for her incredible steak tartare preparation skills) are attentive, warm and professional and the elegant attire they don adds sartorial elegance to the surrounds. Secondly, there is the produce – the freshest meat, tuna, sea bass and other delights, reveal that no expense is spared when it comes to creating a truly exquisite meal, where the price reasonably reflects the quality of every dish. Thirdly, there is the ambience… few restaurants boast this location, smack bang in the centre of Marbella’s most luxurious boulevard, a stone’s

throw from the golden sands of the beach. My recent lunch, enjoyed with two colleagues, was as excellent as we recalled. Every bite was delicious, from the starters to the dessert. We began by sharing a lovely fresh tuna tartare (bearing a light lime dressing but really allowing the Barbate tuna to reveal its plump freshness) and a platter of homemade croquettes – so crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside, I resolved to order this all for myself next time! Les Cubes is also a haven of outstanding ham – we enjoyed a plate of fine, handcut slices, served with airy toasted bread and fresh tomato, as well as a full-bodied extra virgin olive oil. We washed our entrées down with a fruity white Shaya Rueda, perfect on a balmy summer’s day. The mains were equally appealing. The staff whipped up a generous portion of steak tartare for one of my companions, making sure the blend of ingredients was adjusted to her

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taste. We also enjoyed a super tender entrecôte, aged for 45 days, served with chunky crisp Belgian chips. Then there was one of my favourite dishes at Les Cubes – the lightly seared tuna covered in black sesame and ginger – the sesame adding a wonderful flavour and texture to the fresh Barbate tuna. We shared a sweet I somehow imagine the likes of Bette Davis or Joan Crawford enjoying at the Ritz – an airy crêpe suzette, prepared once again with great care (and a dash of Grand Marnier) before our eyes by the diligent staff. Les Cubes reflects the essence of what makes Marbella’s gastronomy great – a respect for fine produce, traditional cooking methods and an elegant seaside setting. The caring service and swish bar add the final touches of excellence that make for a memorable experience, though we will certainly be returning often enough to relive the encounter time and time again…

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Exciting Gastronomic Happenings at the PUENTE ROMANO BEACH RESORT & SPA

The Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa is always one of the most happening locations on the Coast all year round, and in the summer, the cobblestoned square by the Roman bridge, La Plaza, is always a revered spot for families and friends who gather at the excellent restaurants that grace the terrace. This year, novelties at La Plaza include the launch of two exciting venues: famed ‘new style’ restaurant, Nobu (a fusion of Japanese tradition and Peruvian flavours), and trendy French/international cuisine venue, Monkey Club (by Clément Mokeddel of Casa Mono fame). Equally popular will be El Chiringuito, a beach restaurant celebrating the freshness of the Mediterranean. There are many more restaurants to suit all tastes at the Resort, including Sea Grill, Thai Gallery, Dani García and more. i www.puenteromano.com

RESTAURANTE LA TRAVIATA Opens in Marbella La Traviata is a new restaurant opened by restaurateurs Mario and Cristina, who are great connoisseurs of Italian cuisine, boasting over 30 years’ experience in the industry. The couple have passed on the family tradition to their children, Federica and Nicola, and their son-in-law, Nicola Marzolla, is an excellent chef who trained at one of the best international cooking schools. The chef carefully prepares the best dishes using select ingredients, making the restaurant an ideal spot for a fine meal, as well as for weddings, communions, baptisms, work lunches, birthday parties or corporate events. La Traviata is the perfect backdrop for any occasion, since its owners have hosted approximately 300 successful events during their many years as restaurateurs. Open daily for lunch and dinner. g At C/ Sierra Bermeja s/n, Urb. Ancón Sierra, Las Lomas de Marbella Club, Marbella. Tel: 951 903 406.

LIVE MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT

AT THE KEMPINSKI HOTEL BAHÍA ESTEPONA The busy summer season is in full swing at the five-star Kempinski Hotel Bahía in Estepona featuring a packed programme of live music and events throughout July and August. There will be live music every day of the week, with excellent musicians creating a unique atmosphere in the hotel’s four restaurants. Diners can look forward to special themed meals which complement the live music, such as a flamenco show and Los Tenors Italian nights with a delicious Italian menu. DJ Cyntya will be playing chilled out beach grooves at the hotel’s adult-only pool – The Pool by Moët on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. The hotel’s relaxed lobby bar will also feature easy listening live music Thursday and Sunday, and a DJ will be spinning top tunes Tuesday and Friday evenings from 9pm. All these events are open to members of the public. Marketing Manager, Justine Haughey, explains: “We want everyone to feel welcome at the hotel. There’s so much happening at the resort over the summer and you don’t have to stay here to enjoy the music, entertainment and fabulous food. Please pop by and see what’s going on!” g Bookings are highly recommended, Tel: 952 809 500 reservations.estepona@kempinski.com

CIVAS 2017 WINE COMPETITION TAKES PLACE ON THE COAST

CIVAS (the International AkataVino Sommelier Competition) 2017 is one of the most important wine events in the south of Europe which this year recently took place at the Parador de Turismo in Málaga. A jury of 35 was responsible for evaluating a double blind tasting test featuring the very best wines from over 150 cellars, previously selected from over 5,000 wines from 1,100 cellars. CIVAS is unique in that only wines with over 90 points, as graded by the Guía de Vinos Akatavino, can take part in the competition. i www.akatavino.com

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BRINGING EXQUISITE WORLD CUISINE TO OCEAN CLUB

ANDREAS NYGREN of Ocean Club Ocean Club has always been known as the ideal setting to enjoy a fantastic meal, listen to live DJ-spun music while spending time lounging on the luxury sun beds, or partying the day away at one of the Club’s famous Champagne parties. Although the venue has consistently been hailed for its great cuisine, the latter has been upgraded, thanks in no small part to the arrival of Andreas Nygren – Ocean Club’s new Executive Chef. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN

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ndreas is a Swedish Chef trained in his home country but with an international eye for cuisine. He has held many interesting posts, including that of Executive Chef of La Casita de La Heredia in Benahavís and private chef for a Russian family. Without a doubt, though, the most fascinating of these workplaces, was aboard luxury cruise ships, first for Seabourn then for Silversea. Says Andreas, “Working on a luxury cruise line was very challenging, since you had to please hundreds of diners from over 70 different nationalities, with high expectations from the Chef.” Sailing the high seas also provided Andreas with opportunity to learn the ins and outs of international cuisine – its ingredients and techniques. “Part of my job was to create cuisine using local produce; I would take up to 100 guests to local markets… stopping at so many ports also gave me the chance to dine at some of the world’s

best restaurants, which inspired and influenced my cuisine.” Andreas is not new to the beach club scene either, having opened an international beach club on the Coast. At Ocean Club, his main ethos is to deliver light, healthy cuisine with a creative touch. “Ocean Club serves a vast array of clientele daily and the key to pleasing them is to keep things simple, fresh, and seasonal. Diversity is also important. Thus, we have dishes bearing influences from the Middle East, India, Japan, Northern Europe and many more traditions.” The new menu, supported by daily or weekly specials, is appealing indeed, with options such as the seared Bluefin tuna with soy-infused watermelon, peanuts and roasted coconut – the soy adding a lovely salty yet natural touch to the outstanding produce. Another eye-catcher is the Singapore crab, inspired on this savvy Asian country’s famous black pepper

crab dish. The dish comprises King Crab claws, scallops, tiger prawns and sea asparagus – a perfect medley of delights from the sea. This plate is testimony to Andreas’ ethos, since it prizes simplicity and flavour above all things. Ocean Club also boasts a talented team of specialist Chefs – including a dedicated sushi chef and a pastry chef. In addition, the restaurant has several local bread suppliers, all offering the freshest, healthiest bread. Andreas is glowing, since he has received glowing reviews from critics and diners. The sushi menu contains delights such as a hearty sushi mix (boasting nigiri, rolls and sashimi) and the anaconda roll – a maki with tempura prawn, avocado and seared salmon. As for the dessert, don’t leave Ocean without trying the lemon meringue pie – a much lighter take on the traditional desert, since it

comprises a meringue base, topped with lemon curd and then, a fine crisp which is handmade in the kitchens. As well as being passionate about good food, Andreas is also big on management – in just two months, he has brought together a hardworking team of cooks whose creativity he encourages. “I am always open to the staff’s ideas. It is important for everyone to feel like their ideas matter. When they contribute to the final outcome, they feel motivated and that is very important.” Rotation is also key to success – “I make sure everyone works in different sections of the kitchen so they feel confident in all realms. I always tell those who manage a team that part of their job is teaching. It is important to share knowledge – generosity is essential to having a good team.” g Avda. Lola Flores s/n, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 908 137. www.oceanclub.es

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ROSÉ WINES

Rosato, Cerasuolo, Rosado, Chiaretto: or to misuse a line from Shakespeare, a Rosé by any other name. Whether Cinderella and the Ugly Duckling can be listed as appropriate names is more debatable, but there is no denying that Rosé has emerged from decades of self-doubt and contempt to excite the tastebuds of the wine-drinking population. WORDS PHILIP BOMBER HARRIS

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hy did it take so long to get here? The Rosé category is based solely on colour and in that regard offers more variety than red or white wines do, but it has suffered from prejudices that the others have not endured. At the top of the list is a difficulty to define what Rosé is, or even worse, should be. It has a diversity of styles, uses many grape varieties and can be just as disparate in the use of oak or the sweetness it possesses. However, it has all too often been perceived as a mere by-product of red wine production, not to mention a simple product on which not much thought (production or sensory) should be expended. The highly respected publication The Drinks Business holds a Rosé Masters event which, like its more familiar golfing equivalent, attempts to seek out the best from any given sector. Many were up-front, perky and youthful, while others were more studious, weighty and with a food-matching capability. Needless to say, there was division as to what was expected from Rosés. For the drinker at home this should be superfluous, as what really matters is quality. However, full credit to the

publication for giving Rosés that stage. They have arrived! Add to this division, the pernicious prejudice of sexuality. This is far worse than the jocular lines of: ‘Real men don’t eat quiche’. The emergence of ‘Brosé‘ whereby the likes of Justin Bieber were admitting to drinking half a bottle of Rosé may be welcome for sales, but it shouldn’t be a phenomenon, nor should it have the importance of ‘star’ quality attached. For that to be important, something sicker lies in the system. Then, take its perceived seasonality. In the UK it would be drunk between June and August: this limitation finally subsided after the long, hot summer of 2003 and the season was extended to somewhere in April (like Easter it tends to shift) through to the end of August. Some foolhardy souls have even been known to survive drinking Rosé in September! Unlike Spain though, many subsequent summers have not been regular or lengthy enough to cement the enjoyment of Rosé into the national sub-consciousness. All of this would be understandable if the wines of choice for many in the UK weren’t Pinot Grigio and

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc! The limitations which hinder Rosés are equally applicable here: how have PG and NZSB escaped this blinkered mentality? Or why has this perception applied solely to the Rosé sector? Finally we come to colour: the market has decreed that the very pale (bordering on colourless) hues of Provence are what Rosé should aspire to. The wines of the Provencal powerhouses, Domaines Ott and Tempier, are to my mind more tinted than very pale pink (perhaps a light onion-skin hue) but the flavour is dynamic and full marks to them for providing so much of it. Their names though have earned pedigree over many decades. It seems that many producers are looking at colour first, then flavour. French ‘saignée’ (bleeding) techniques have become the norm: this involves allowing juice to flow from the natural weight of stacked grapes. However, such brief skin contact does not guarantee flavour, nor should it make it superior over more vibrantly coloured rosés. Contrast this with the exuberance of Spain, which has embraced Rosados for many years and has many grapes that makes for a variety

of styles throughout the country. The mainstream will embrace Garnacha and Tempranillo, prevalent in Rioja. Muga makes a fine example. In Navarra, arguably closer (or earlier) to French influence, grapes such as Cabernet and Merlot are used. Castillo de Monjardin’s Merlot will look brassy in comparison to Provence, but the flavour and the personality are highly enjoyable. Chivite’s Gran Fuedo adds Cabernet Sauvignon to Merlot with equally good results. Native grapes such as Prieto Picudo and Trepat now enjoy limelight due to the Rosado family. Trepat lost out to Pinot Noir in the acceptance stakes for Cava (more about that in the next issue) but now has another purpose. Prieto Picudo from Léon has made many challenging reds ( I know, I’ve tried to sell them) but may have found a home within the Tombú Rosado from Dominio Dostares. It’s added in whole, unpressed bunches to fermenting must and apparently the result makes hardened red wine drinkers deliberate. As ever, happy drinking and find out what suits you, not what fashion tells you to drink. e

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TEAMWORK IS DREAMWORK!

BE LG IAN OWNED Chef de Cuisine: Peter Cernac

Tel: 952 113 618 C/ José Echegaray, s/n. San Pedro de Alcántara www.macaaobeachclubmarbella.com macaaobeachclubmarbella

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. . THE GUIDE listings

the guide

PRICE GUIDE per head for a three-course meal with wine

*restaurants

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€25 – €40

LISTINGS PET NEWS WHAT’S ON STARS FAMILY FUN

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€60 plus

HACIENDA PATAGONICA

american

Open 10am until midnight every day. Plaza Antonio Banderas 17/29, Puerto Banús. Tel: 951 136 333

HARD ROCK CAFÉ

YANX

ORIGEN

Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. C/ Ramón Areces, esq. Marina Banús, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 908 024

Open from 9am Monday to Saturday and Sunday from 11am for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Centro Plaza, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 818 861

Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ Gregorio Marañón s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 900 968

JACKS Open seven days a week from noon till late. Puerto Marina, Benalmádena. Tel: 952 563 673

JACKS SMOKEHOUSE Open seven days a week from noon till late. Puerto Banús, Tel: 952 813 625

MR. GOURMET BURGER Open from 6pm ‘til late every evening. Avda. Luis Braile 20, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 785 257

ROUTE 66

argentinean

BUENOS AIRES SOUTH Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. C/ Virgen del Pilar, 6, Marbella. Tel: 952 779 297

EL BANCO Open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to midnight. Urb. Aloha Pueblo, Local 35, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 907 570

GAUCHOS Open daily for lunch and dinner. C.C. Laguna Village. CN 340, km 159, Estepona. Tel: 952 897 744

Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ de la Acera de la Marina 2, Marbella. Tel: 952 900 968

RUTA 40 Open from 9am to 12 midnight daily. C.C. El Zoco, Sitio de Calahonda. Tel: 951 133 737

belgian MYTILUS

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Plaza de Los Naranjos, Puerto Sotogrande. Tel: 956 790 212

french

CASA MONO Open Monday to Saturday from 1pm to 11pm. C/ Calderón Estébanez 19, Marbella. Tel: 952 774 578

LE BISTROMAN Open daily for lunch and dinner. El Corte Inglés, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 909 990

VALDERRAMA RESTAURANT Open Tuesday to Saturday for dinner only and on Sunday for Buffet Lunch. Apartado 1, Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 132.2 Sotogrande, Cádiz. Tel: 956 791 200

gluten-free

TO DALLY

CELICIOSO

Open daily from 2pm to 11pm. Avda. del Prado, first floor, above Conrad’s Restaurant. Tel: 952 818 133

Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. At the Puente Romano Hotel on the Golden Mile. Tel: 952 820 900

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greek

EL RANCHO DEL PUERTO

MASSALA

Open daily for both lunch and dinner. Muelle Ribera, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 812 148

Open for lunch and dinner every day. Muelle Benabola 4, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 816 252

Open daily for dinner. 57, Duquesa de Arcos (Sabinillas seafront). Tel: 952 897 358

GRILL DEL PUERTO

MUMTAZ

Open for lunch and dinner every day. Muelle Ribera 47H, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 811 686

Open daily for both lunch and dinner. Casa No.7, P. Banús. Tel: 952 812 090

RED PEPPER

grills

ASADOR CRIOLLO GRILL

MARBELLA CLUB GRILL

Open nightly for dinner. CN340-A7, km. 166, Cancelada, El Saladillo. Tel: 952 784 463

Open every night for dinner. Marbella Club Hotel. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 822 211

international

Urb. Nueva Alcántara, Edif. Mirador, Bloque 4-B, Marbella. Tel: 952 783 714

ALBERTS Open daily for lunch and dinner. Puerto Cabopino. Tel: 952 836 886

AMANHAVIS Open for dinner from Monday to Saturday from 8.00pm. Calle del Pilar 3, Benahavís. Tel: 952 856 026

11&11 RESTOBAR

AMIGOS Open for dinner from Monday to Saturday. C/ Málaga 3, Benahavis. Tel: 952 855 175

Open Monday to Saturday for dinner and Sunday for lunch. C/ San Lázaro, 3, Pza. Victoria, Marbella. Tel: 952 867 306

Open Monday to Thursday from 7pm ‘til late, on Friday and Saturday from 1pm to 4pm and from 7pm ‘til late and on Sunday from 10am ‘til late. Dársena de Levante, Local 39, Estepona Port. Tel: 951 703 060

Open Monday to Thursday from 11am to 2am and on Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 3am. Urb. La Carolina, Marbella. Tel: 951 134 083

RESTAURANTE RANCHO

ACINIPO

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Ctra. Cádiz, exit Las Chapas. Tel: 952 831 922

EL CARNICERO

VOVEM

Open daily for lunch and dinner except Tuesday. C.C. El Zoco, Sitio de Calahonda, Mijas Costa. Tel: 607 680 999

Open daily for both lunch and dinner. Pueblo Viejo Cancelada. Between San Pedro & Estepona. Tel: 952 886 307

Open daily for lunch and dinner. C.C. Odeon, Locales 9-10, C/ Las Yedras, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 003 434

ASADOR GUADALMINA Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Urb. Guadalmina Alta, C.C. Guadalmina, Local 3, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 883 003

CABAÑA NAGÜELES

OLD TOWN GRILL

AIDAN’S BAR & GRILL

ARENAL BEACH BAR & RESTAURANT Open daily from 11am until late. Urb. Playa del Arenal, Avda. Cervantes s/n, El Rosario, Marbella. Tel: 951 507 426

AROMA Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ Moncayo 23, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 665 502

AVANTO

indian

Open Thursday to Tuesday for dinner from 5:30pm. Closed Wednesdays. C/ 4/5 Montemayor, Cancelada (opposite the Farmacia). Tel: 952 887 828

JAIPUR PALACE

AL ROLO

BABOO LOUNGE AND RESTAURANT

Open daily for dinner from 7.30pm. Galerías Paniagua. Sotogrande. Tel: 956 795 528

Open every night except Tuesday for dinner. CN340, km 194, next to Camping Cabopino, Marbella. Tel: 951 310 004

Open from 1pm to 4pm and 7pm to 11pm daily. At Reserva del Higuerón. Avda. del Higuerón 48, Benalmádena. Tel: 952 661 174

Open every day for lunch and dinner, closing Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at 8pm. Ctra. Arroyo de la Miel, s/n, Benalmádena. Tel: 902 102 675

EL GAUCHO DE BANÚS

JAIPUR PURPLE

ALBERT & SIMON

BAHIA BEACH

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Muelle Benabola 9-11, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 812 167

Open daily for dinner. CN 340, km. 166, Estepona. Tel: 952 888 353

Open for lunch and dinner from Monday to Friday and for dinner only on Saturday. Closed Sundays.

Open daily for lunch and dinner. CN340, km 146.5, Casares. Tel: 951 704 884

EL CARNICERO 2 Open every day for lunch and dinner. Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 176, Marbella. Tel: 952 867 599

EL GAUCHO

Open for events only. C/ Rota 9, Mijas Costa, La Cala de Mijas. Tel: 952 587 539

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BARBQ ARTESANAL BURGERS Open every day for lunch and dinner. C/ Jacinto Benavente 5, Marbella. Tel: 952 770 656

BEACH HOUSE Open daily for lunch and dinner. Urb. Coto de los Doles, Carril del Relojero, Elviria, Marbella. Tel: 952 839 458

BECKITTS Open Monday to Sunday for dinner. C/ Camilo José Cela 4, Marbella. Tel: 952 868 898

BIBO Open every day for lunch and dinner except Sunday afternoon and all of Monday. At the Hotel Puente Romano. Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n, Marbella. Tel: 951 607 011

BLACK AND WHITE MARBELLA Open daily for lunch and dinner. Muelle Benabola, under the Torre de Banús, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 815 607

BONO BEACH Open from 1pm to 7pm in the Spring. Urb. Costabella, Playa del Arenal, Avda. de Cervantes s/n, Elviria. Tel: 952 839 236

Avda. Ramón Gómez de la Serna 23, Marbella. Tel: 952 862 149

CAFETERÍA KE

Marbella. Tel: 952 811 716

EL LAGO

D-WINE

Open Tuesday to Sunday for dinner. Urb. Elviria Hills. Avda. Las Cumbres s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 832 371

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Puerto Deportivo de Sotogrande, s/n. Tel: 956 790 333

Open Monday to Sunday for lunch and dinner. C.C. Azalea, Edif. A, CN340, km 173, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 951 339 309

CAMURÍ

EL BOLERO

Open daily for lunch and dinner. C.C. Laguna Village, local 24-25, Estepona. Tel: 951 217 871

Open every night for dinner from 8-11pm. The San Roque Club, CN 340, km. 127, Cádiz. Tel: 956 613 030

CASANIS Open every day from 6pm except Sundays. C/ Ancha, 8, Marbella. Tel: 952 900 450

CELIMA Open every day for lunch and dinner. Hotel Hermitage, Ctra. de Casares, Casares. Tel: 952 895 639.

CERRADO DEL ÁGUILA Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Urb. Cerrado del Águila, Camino del Acevedo, s/n, Mijas Costa. Tel: 951 773 521

CORTIJO FAIN

EL CAMPANARIO Open every day for lunch. Open for dinner on Friday and Saturday. CN 340, km. 168, Estepona. Tel: 952 880 126

EL CASTILLO Open Tuesday to Sunday for dinner. C/ El Pilar s/n, Benahavís. Tel: 681 294 442

EL CHIRINGUITO At the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900

EL MIRADOR Open for breakfast every day. At the Kempinski Hotel Bahía Resort. CN 340, km. 159, Estepona. Tel: 952 809 500

EL OCEANO BEACH HOTEL RESTAURANT & SPA Open daily for lunch and dinner. CN 340, km 199, Miraflores Playa, Mijas Costa. Tel: 952 587 550

EL OLIVO Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner and Sunday for lunch. At Marbella Golf & Country Club. CN 340, km. 188, Marbella. Tel: 952 830 500

EL RESTAURANTE DEL CASINO Open every day for dinner from 8pm-4am. Hotel Andalucía Plaza s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 814 000

FABIOLA

Open every day for lunch and dinner. Ctra. de Algar, km. 3, Arcos de la Frontera, Cádiz. Tel: 956 704 131

EL CORZO Open daily for dinner. Hotel Los Monteros, Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 187. Tel: 952 771 700

Open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner and on Sundays for lunch. Cortijo Los Canos, Pueblo Nuevo de Guadiaro, CN-340, km. 132, Sotogrande, Cádiz. Tel: 956 695 114 / 619 694 484

Kitchen continuously open Monday to Friday from 1pm to 11pm. Saturday – dinner only. Closed Sunday. Las Palmeras 19, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 786 156

D.O.M

EL GRAN GASTBY

FINCA BESAYA

Open nightly for dinner. At the Hotel Meliá Marbella Banús. C/ Mario Vargas Llosa s/n, Puerto Banús. Tel: 912 764 747

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Muelle de Honor, Puerto Banús. Tel: 951 778 797

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Urb. Rio Verde Alto, s/n. Tel: 952 861 382

EL JINETE

FINCA EL FORJADOR

CAFÉ DE RONDA

DON LEONE

Open daily for breakfast and lunch until 7pm.

Open every night for dinner. Puerto Banús,

Open daily for dinner except for Friday. Ctra. La Cala Golf, km 45, La Cala de Mijas. Tel: 952 119 170

Open daily for lunch from 1-4pm, Wednesday to Sunday. Ctra. de Casares, km. 10. Tel: 952 895 120

BRUNINGS

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FONDA RESTAURANTE EL POSTILLÓN

Open every evening for dinner. Playa del Rodeo, Marbella. Tel: 951 319 372

Open Tuesday to Sunday from 7:30pm to 11pm. Ctra. de Mijas, km. 1, A-387, Alhaurín El Grande. Tel: 951 254 520

JOFFREY’S

GALERIA SAN PEDRO Open from 11am until midnight. Closed Sundays. Avda Las Palmeras 15, San Pedro Alcántara. Tel: 952 780 927

GD GOURMET DELI MARBELLA

Open everyday evening for dinner from 5.30 pm. CN340 km 200, La Cala de Mijas Costa. Tel: 674 636 321

KARMA Open every day from 10am until late. C/ Las Violetas 7, Conjunto Andalucía Garden Club, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 815 736

Open 9:30am to 9pm from Monday to Friday and Saturday from 12am to 6pm. Closed Sundays. Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe 7, Marbella. Tel: 952 774 049

KAVA

HERMOSA

C.C. Laguna Village, local R1, Estepona. Tel: 952 800 873

Open Tuesday to Sunday for dinner from 7pm. Closed Monday. Local 1A. Puerto de Cabopino. Tel: 952 837 483

HILLS CAFE Open every day for breakfast and lunch, except Monday. Dinner by reservation is possible on Friday and Saturday. Tel: 952 856 171

HORIZON STEAKHOUSE Open daily for lunch and dinner. Avda. Antonio Machado s/n, Benalmádena. Tel: 952 560 094

HOTEL MARBELLA CLUB BUFFET Open every day for lunch. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 822 211

IL MARE

Open nightly for dinner. Plaza de Los Naranjos, Old Town, Marbella. Tel: 952 824 108

LAGUNA BEACH RESTAURANTE LA BIZNAGA Open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner and on Sunday for lunch only. Ctra. Ronda, km. 46, Urb. Las Medranas, local 4, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 951 275 750

LA CANTINA DEL GOLF Open for breakfast and lunch until 8pm. Closed Sunday. Flamingo Golf Club, Cancelada, Benahavís. Tel: 951 318 815

Hotel Villa Padierna, Urb: Flamingos s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 889 150

LA VERANDAH

Open daily for lunch and dinner except Tuesday. C/ de las Piedras, Gaucín. Tel: 951 709 075

Open week days for dinner at 7:30pm and weekends for lunch and dinner, closed Tuesdays. Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 136. Playa Guadiaro, Torreguadiaro, Cádiz. Tel: 956 615 998

LA LOGGIA

LA VERANDA LOBBY BAR

Open daily for breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks. Hotel Villa Padierna & Flamingos Golf Club, Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 166 (Cancelada exit), Benahavís. Tel: 952 889 150

Open every day for lunch and dinner. At the Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona. CN 340, km 159, Estepona. Tel: 952 809 500

LA TERRAZA

Open Tuesday to Sunday from 6pm to 12am and for lunch on Sunday from 12pm to 5pm. Plaza Practicante Manuel Cantos 2, Marbella. Tel: 952 866 630

LA GRANADA DIVINO

Open everyday lunch and dinner. Golf Hotel Guadalmina, Marbella. Tel: 952 882 211

LA TERRAZA Open daily for dinner. La Cala Resort, La Cala de Mijas, Mijas. Tel: 952 669 000

LA TIENDA Open nightly for dinner except Mondays. C/ La Tienda 1, Urb. La Virginia, Marbella. Tel: 626 273 882

LA BRISA

LA PLAGE DE CASANIS

Open for dinner Thursday to Monday from 7pm. Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona. CN 340, km. 159, Estepona. Tel: 952 809 500

Open Monday to Wednesday 10am – 7.30pm and Thursday to Sunday 10am –10pm. Urb. Coto Chico 4D, Marbella. Tel: 952 837 862

LA CABAÑA DEL MAR

LA TAPA

Open every day for lunch and for dinner from Monday to Saturday. Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona CN 340, km 159, Playa El Padrón, Estepona. Tel: 952 809 500

Open nightly for dinner. Plaza Santo Cristo 6, Marbella. Tel: 952 901 040

LA VERANDA Open Tuesday to Saturday for dinner.

LIMA

LES CUBES Open daily for lunch and dinner. Urb. Oasis Club, CN340, km. 183, Marbella. Tel: 952 868 396

L’OLIVE Open daily from 8am-6pm. At La Reserva Club. Avda. de la Reserva s/n, Sotogrande. Tel: 956 785 252

LOS ARCOS Open every night for dinner. Hotel Meliá La Quinta, Urb. La Quinta Golf s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 762 000

LOS BANDIDOS Open every night for dinner. Muelle Ribera, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 815 915

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LOS NARANJOS RESTAURANT Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Urb. Los Naranjos de Marbella. Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 816 105

M10 Open Monday to Saturday from 5pm and Sunday from 10am. Frontline of Estepona Puerto Deportivo. Tel: 952 636 430

MACAAO BEACH Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ Jose Echegaray, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 113 618

MAGNA CAFÉ

Open from Monday to Saturday for dinner from 8pm ‘til late. Monte Paraíso Golf, Marbella. Tel: 951 217 272

PASSION CAFÉ

MOMO MARBELLA

PUENTE ROMANO BEACH CLUB

SKINA

Open Monday to Saturday from 6pm to midnight. C/ Tetuán 7, Marbella. Tel: 952 771 560

Open daily for lunch. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900

MONKEY CLUB

PURO BEACH

Open nightly for dinner. At the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n, Marbella. Tel: 951 607 018

Open daily 11am-8pm, in May, 11am-9pm in June, 11am-10pm in July and August, 11am-9pm in September and 11am-7pm in October. At Laguna Village, Playa El Padrón, Estepona. Tel: 952 800 015

Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Friday and Saturday for dinner only. Closed Sunday and Monday. C/ Aduar 12, Old Town, Marbella. Tel: 952 765 277

NELI Gs

Open for lunch and dinner every day. C.C. La Colonia, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 781 583

Friday and Saturday from 1.30pm to 4.30 pm and 8pm to 10.30pm. Ctra. de Ojén, km 22, A355, Marbella-Monda. Tel: 952 864 455

SOLEO MARBELLA BEACH CLUB RESTAURANT

RESTAURANTE ROYAL

Open daily from 11am to 8pm. Avda. Duque de Ahumada s/n, Marbella. Tel: 951 562 887

Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. At the Hotel Torrequebrada, Benalmádena Costa. Tel: 952 441 414

Open nightly for dinner except Sundays. Urb. Reserva del Higuerón, Málaga. Tel: 951 385 622

Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. C/ Calderón de la Barca, s/n. Tel: 952 929 578

Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. C.C. Benavista, Estepona. Tel: 952 928 576

MARE NOSTRUM

NŌMŌ BRASSERIE

Open daily for breakfast and dinner. At the Hotel Amàre Marbella. Avda. Severo Ochoa 8, Marbella. Tel: 800 843 493

Open for lunch and dinner every day except for Sunday. Bulevar de San Pedro, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 951 702 168

ROJO

SUITE

Open every day for lunch and dinner except Sunday. C/ Granada, 44, Málaga. Tel: 952 227 486

MC CAFÉ

OCEAN CLUB

SAVOR

Dinner and afterwards dance to music by resident DJ. Thursday to Saturday. Hotel Puente Romano, Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900

Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Marbella Club Hotel. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, s/n. Tel: 952 822 211

Open daily for lunch and snacks. Avda. Lola Flores, s/n, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 908 137

SUTTON

MESSINA Open for dinner Monday to Saturday. Avda. Severo Ochoa, 12, Marbella. Tel: 952 864 895

Open Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner. C/ Moncayo 12, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 460 232 / 648 502 822

Open 1pm to 3:30pm and 7:30pm to 11:30pm daily except Sunday evenings and Monday. Avda. Andalucía 6, Local 4, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 951 531 777

SEA GRILL

Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. CN 340, km 168, Benamara, Estepona. Tel: 952 883 259

MIRAFLORES GOLF RESTAURANT

ORANGE BEACH CLUB

Open daily for Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 199. Urb. Riviera Golf. Tel: 952 931 941

Open daily from 10am to 8pm. At the Don Carlos Leisure Resort & Spa. Avda. Zurita s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 768 800

MOJO

OCHO

At the Puente Romano Beach Club. Open daily for lunch and dinner. CN340, km 187, Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900

SHANTI-SOM – AMRITA Open Monday to Thursday from 1.30pm to 4.30pm,

SOLLO

Open nightly for dinner. Urb. Marbellamar 93, Marbella. Tel: 952 770 760

TANINO TERRA SANA Open Monday to Sunday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Nueva Andalucía next to the Casino. Tel: 952 906 205. Marina Banús, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952

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817 977. C.C. Laguna Village, Estepona. Tel: 951 901 050. C.C. Parque Miramar, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 663 937. Puerto Marina, Benalmádena. Tel: 951 915 069

THE ENGLISH GARDEN

Beach, Marbella. Tel: 952 865 579

ARAGONA

FRASCATI

TROCADERO BEACH

Open every day for dinner. Avda. del Mar 3, Marbella. Tel: 951 134 322

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Plaza de Los Naranjos s/n, Sotogrande. Tel: 952 790 392

ARETUSA

GOLD RESTAURANT

Open daily for dinner. Front line P. Banús. Tel: 952 812 898

Open every day from 10am to 12 am. Complejo Benabola 13, Beach Side, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 929 055

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Playa de la Carolina, Marbella. Tel: 610 704 144

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm to 11pm and Sunday from 1.30 to 9.30pm. Closed Mondays. Avda. España 16, Urb. Buenavista, Sitio de Calahonda. Tel: 952 930 252

VENTA GARCÍA

THE LAUNDERETTE

VILLA PADIERNA CLUB DE MAR

Open daily 10am to midnight. Avda. Julio Iglesias s/n, Puerto Banús. Tel: 951 319 292

Open daily for lunch from 1pm to 6pm. CN 340, km 166, Marbella. Tel: 647 791 515

THE MEETING ROOM

ZEST

Open 9am to 11pm every day except Sundays. Avda. Ricardo Soriano 1, Local 1 (Edif. Portillo), Marbella. Tel: 952 772 577

Open Monday to Saturday from 8:30am to 4:30pm and for cocktail hour from 4:30pm to 8pm. Centro Plaza, Marbella. Tel: 951 319 151

THE ORANGE TREE

ZOZOI

Open every evening from 6:30 pm-11 pm. Plaza General Chinchilla 1, Plaza de los Naranjos, Marbella. Tel: 952 924 613.

Open Wednesday to Monday for dinner. Closed Tuesday. Plaza Altamirano 1, Marbella. Tel: 952 858 868

THE PLAYWRIGHT Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ Manzana, Locales 8-11, Pueblo Los Arcos, Elviria. Tel: 952 830 868

TIKITANO Open every day for lunch and dinner. Urb. Guadalmansa, CN340, km 164, Estepona. Tel: 952 798 449

TROCADERO ARENA Open every day for lunch and dinner. Torre Real

Open daily for lunch and dinner every day except Monday. Ctra. de Casares km 7, Casares. Tel: 952 894 191

italian AL DENTE

Open every day for dinner. Closed on Mondays. Urb. Jardines del Puerto, local 12, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 906 181

AMORE E FANTASÍA Open every day for lunch and dinner from 7pm onwards. Muelle Benabola, Casa 5A, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 813 464

CARPACCIO Open every day for lunch and dinner. Frontline Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 813 357

CASA TUA Open every evening for dinner. C/ Ortiz de Molinillo 14, Marbella. Tel: 951 712 227

CIBO Open daily for lunch and dinner. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe 11, Marbella. Tel: 952 900 380

DA BRUNO Open all day. Da Bruno Cabopino: CN-340 Km. 194,7. Tel: 952 831 918. Da Bruno a Casa: Marbella Mar, Local 1, Marbella. Tel: 952 857 521 – closed on Sunday. Da Bruno A San Pedro: Avda. del Mar, local 1E, San Pedro. Tel: 952 786 860 – closed on Monday. Da Bruno Sul Mare: Edif. Skol, Paseo Marítimo, Marbella. Tel: 952 903 318/19. Da Bruno Mijas Costa: Ctra. de Mijas, km. 3.6, Mijas. Tel: 952 460 724

DA PAOLO Open everyday for lunch and dinner. Muelle Ribera, casa G-H, local 43, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 816 453

IL TARTUFO Open from Monday to Saturday for dinner from 6:30pm. C/ Tetuán 9, Marbella. Tel: 951 087 323

LA FIORENTINA Open daily for lunch and dinner. C.C. El Pilar, Local 11 (opposite the Crown Plaza Hotel), Estepona. Tel: 952 885 765

LA PAPPARDELLA DI ESTEPONA Open every day for lunch and dinner from 1pm to midnight. Puerto Deportivo de Estepona. Tel: 952 802 144

LA PAPPARDELLA SUL MARE Open every day for lunch and dinner. C.C. Laguna Village, Estepona. Tel: 952 807 354

LA TRATTORIA Open daily from 7pm to 11pm. At the Don Carlos Leisure Resort & Spa. Avenida Zurita, s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 768 800

LEONARDO DA VINCI Open every night for dinner. Urb. Doña Lola, Local 21-22, Calahonda, Mijas Costa. Tel: 952 934 667

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LOMBARDO’S

Open every day for lunch and dinner. Urb. Marbellamar, Marbella. Tel: 952 866 840

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Avda. Manolete 20, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 816 549

KABUKI RAW

THAI GALLERY

Open every night for dinner. C.C. Cristamar, Avda. Julio Iglesias, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 906 608

Open Tuesday to Saturday for dinner. At Finca Cortesín Hotel. Ctra. Casares s/n, Casares. Tel: 952 937 800

At Plaza Village at the Hotel Puente Romano. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 818 392

METRO

KAIDEN SUSHI

THAI STYLE

Open every day for lunch and dinner. Puerto Marina, Benalmádena. Tel: 952 446 460

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Centro Com. Guadalmina Alta, Guadalmina 4, local 2, lower floor, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 896 508

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Avda. Playas del Duque s/n. Edif. Gaviotas IV, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 813 675

KAMA KURA

THAPA THAI

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 8-11pm. The San Roque Club, Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 127, San Roque, Cádiz. Tel: 956 613 030

Open every day for lunch and dinner. Urb. Puerto Deportivo 13, Edif. Poniente, Estepona. Tel: 951 318 445

MAKITAKE

TOP THAI

Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ Ribera s/n (above disco Seven), Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 811 592

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Centro Plaza, 64, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 951 319 778. Also at C.C. Laguna Village, Local 11-13, Estepona. Tel: 952 806 661

Open daily from 7pm. Galerías Paniagua, Sotogrande, Cádiz. Tel: 956 795 924

MADE IN SARDINIA

NUNOS Open daily for lunch and dinner. At the Caleta Hotel. Catalan Bay, Gibraltar. Tel: +350 200 76501

O MAMMA MIA Open every day except Sunday for lunch and dinner. At El Corte Inglés Food Hall, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 909 990

PIZZERIA PICASSO Open daily from 12 noon. Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 813 669

PORTOFINO LAGUNA VILLAGE

MECA

TSE YANG DIMSUM CLUB

Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. C.C. Laguna Village, Estepona. Tel: 952 808 035

Open every day for lunch and dinner. C.C. Pino Golf, Don Carlos, Local 1, Elviria, Marbella. Tel: 952 830 365 / 658 646 829

RISTORANTE SAN MARTINO

NOBU

Open daily for lunch and dinner. C.C. Pinares de Elviria s/n, Elviria, Marbella. Tel: 952 832 702

Open nightly for dinner. At the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 778 686

WAGAMAMA

OMBÚ

WASABI

Open from 7pm to 11pm, Wednesday to Sunday. At the Don Carlos Leisure Resort & Spa. Avenida Zurita, s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 768 800

Open daily from 1.30 pm for lunch and dinner. C.C. Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 908 577

ROSMARINO DELLA PIAZZA Open every day from 12pm ‘til midnight for lunch and dinner. C.C. Pinogolf de Don Carlos 34, Elviria. Tel: 952 850 148

SERAFINA Open from Monday to Saturday for dinner at the Puente Romano Hotel on the Golden Mile. Tel: 952 771 798

VALPARAÍSO Open nightly for dinner. Ctra. Mijas – Fuengirola, km. 14, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 485 996

VILLA TIBERIO Open Monday to Saturday for dinner. Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 178, Marbella. Tel: 952 771 799

mediterranean

OSAKA Open every day 13:30-16:00 & 19:30-24:00. CN 340, km. 166 (Benavista). C.C. Costa del Sol. Tel: 952 885 751

PAPAYA Open daily for dinner. C.C. Pinares de Elviria 18, Marbella. Tel: 952 831 994

SAKURA Open every day for lunch and dinner. Avda. Jardines del Puerto, L.5, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 817 536

RESTAURANTE BAR CARMEN

SANTOKU

Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. C.C. Laguna Village, CN 340, km 159, Estepona. Tel: 952 806 739

Open daily for dinner. At the Villa Padierna Palace Hotel. CN 340, km 166, Marbella. Tel: 952 889 180

oriental

ASIAN FUSION BING Open 12.30pm-4.30pm and 6.30pm to 12am daily. Fuengirola, Paseo Marítimo, L-42C. Tel: 952 470 218

ASIATICO ZEN Open every day for lunch and dinner except Tuesday lunch. C/ Lirios s/n, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 817 691

BAMBOO

SAPPORO Open daily for lunch and dinner. C.C. Costa del Sol, upper level. CN 340, km. 166 (Estepona). Tel: 952 888 710

SUKHO THAI

Open daily for lunch and dinner except Sundays. At El Corte Inglés Food Hall, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 909 990 Open daily for lunch and dinner. 19 Ocean Village promenade, Gibraltar. Tel: +350 200 44182

scandinavian ALOHA RESTAURANT

Open every evening for dinner from 6pm to 11.30pm. Avda. del Prado s/n, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 811 285

SKANDIES Open Tuesday to Sunday from 7pm to 11pm. Closed Mondays. Avda. Antonio Belón, 26 (behind the lighthouse), Marbella. Tel: 952 776 323

seafood

spanish BAHÍA

Open every evening for dinner. At Hotel Don Carlos. Avda. Zurita s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 768 800

CASA DE LA ERA Open only for lunch – call for times. Ctra. de Ojén, km 0.5, Marbella. Tel: 952 770 625

CASA FERNANDO Open from Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Avda. del Mediterráneo s/n, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 853 344

HACIENDA Open from 1-4.30pm and 7.30 -11pm. Closed on Sunday afternoons and Mondays. Urb. La Alcaidesa, La Linea de la Concepción. Tel: 956 582 700

LA COCINA Open daily for lunch and dinner except Wednesday. CN 340, km. 151, Arena Beach. Tel: 952 796 320

LA MÁQUINA Open daily for lunch and dinner except Sunday. At El Corte Inglés Food Hall, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 909 990

LA MORAGA BISTRÓ Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ Ramón Areces s/n, in front of El Corte Inglés, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 817 448

LA RED Open daily from 9.30am to 6pm. Playa La Fontanilla, Marbella. Tel: 952 821 450

LA TABERNA DEL ALABARDERO Open everyday for lunch and dinner except Monday. San Pedro Playa, Urb. Castiglone. Tel: 952 785 138. Also at Ctra. de Ronda, km. 167, San Pedro. Tel: 952 786 265

MESÓN EL ADOBE Open daily for lunch and dinner except Tuesdays. Avda. La Fontanilla, Edif. Balmoral, Bajo 3, Marbella. Tel. 600 003 144

EL BARLOVENTO

MI TABERNA

Open from 11am-4pm and 7.30-11pm every day except Mondays. Puerto Deportivo de Sotogrande, Cádiz. Tel: 956 790 370

Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. CN340, km 178, Marbella. Tel: 952 827 880

RESTAURANTE LA MARINA

Open daily from 10:30am to 11pm. C/ Jacinto Benavente 33, Marbella. Tel: 952 822 511

Open every day from 1-4.30pm and 8pm until midnight. Paseo Marítimo s/n, La Atunara, La Linea de la Concepción, Campo de Gibraltar. Tel: 956 171 531

PAELLAS Y MÁS VILA DO GROVE

LA TORRE

Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. C/ Las Malvas, Edif. On Line, Local 2, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 813 415

SUSHI DES ARTISTES (HIDEYOSHI WAGYU)

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Muelle de Honor, Club de Mar, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 811 561

Open every day for lunch and dinner. CN 340, km 178.5, Marbella. Easy parking. Tel: 952 857 403

MARISQUERÍA LA PESQUERA

*cinemas & theatres

Open for dinner from Monday to Saturday. Centro Comercial Marbellamar. Tel: 952 770 550

AUDITORIO MUNICIPAL MIJAS

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Plaza de la Victoria, Old Town, Marbella. Tel: 952 765 170

Plaza de la Libertad 2. Mijas. Tel: 952 590 380

RESTAURANTE EL BOTE

Plaza de España, Recinto Ferial. Tel: 952 379 521

Open every day for lunch and dinner. Paseo Marítimo Rey de España, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 660 084

AUDITORIO PARQUE DE LA CONSTITUCIÓN

Open seven days a week for dinner. H. Puente Romano, Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 177, Marbella. Tel: 952 777 893

PALAPA

Garcia Morato, s/n. San Pedro. Tel: 952 786 968

Open daily for lunch and dinner. C.C. Laguna Village, CN 340, km 159, Estepona. Tel: 952 808 165

CINESA LA CAÑADA

Open from 1:30pm-4pm and 8pm to 11pm. C/ Ramón Gomez de la Serna, 4, Edificio Balmoral. Marbella. Tel: 951 530 955

TA-KUMI

SANTIAGO

CINES TEATRO GOYA

Open daily for lunch and dinner. C/ Gregorio Marañón 4, Marbella. Tel: 952 770 839

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Paseo Marítimo, 5, Marbella. Tel: 952 770 078

Avda. Julio Iglesias, Puerto Banús. Tel: 951 196 665

GOLDEN WOK

TEPPANYAKI SAMURAI

Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Ctra. Istan km 1, Marbella. Tel: 952 906 674

DRAGÓN DE ORO Open every day from 12.30-4pm and 7pm until midnight. Closed Monday lunchtime. Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 141, Urb. Hacienda Guadalupe, Manilva. Tel: 952 890 956

GENJI SUSHI BAR

SUSHI KATSURA Open for lunch from Monday to Friday and for dinner from Monday to Saturday. C/ Ramón Gómez de la Serna, 5, Marbella. Tel: 952 863 193

TAI PAN

AUDITORIO MUNICIPAL TORREMOLINOS Marbella. Tel: 952 825 035

CENTRO CULTURAL EL INGENIO La Cañada. Marbella. Tel: 902 333 231

CINESUR C.C. Miramar, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 198 605

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. THE GUIDE listings

MULTICINES ALFIL

CERRADO DEL ÁGUILA

Avda. Camilo José Cela, s/n. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 800 056

Mijas Costa, Málaga. Tel: 951 773 523

Monte Paraíso Country Club, Camino de Camoján s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 866 843

GRAN HOTEL GVADALPÍN PUERTO BANÚS

CLUB DEL SOL

02 CENTRO WELLNESS

Arroyo El Rodeo, Nueva Andalucía, Marbella. Tel: 952 899 700

MULTICINES MEDITERRÁNEO

Tennis /paddle classes. Calahonda. Tel: 952 939 595

Plaza del Mar. Marbella. Tel: 952 900 420

GRAN MELIÁ DON PEPE

Mijas. Tel: 952 663 738

P-E SPORTS CLUB

José Meliá s/n. Marbella. Tel: 952 770 300

PALACIO DE LA PAZ

DY GYM MARBELLA

HOTEL PUENTE ROMANO

Recinto Ferial. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 589 349

Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 817 074

Urb. Parcelas del Golf, Aloha Gardens, N. Andalucía. Tel: 952 818 357

TEATRO ALAMEDA

DYNAMIC TRAINING CENTRE

QI SPORT

HOTEL TRITON

Calle Córdoba 9, Málaga. Tel: 952 213 412

C.C. Le Village, Marbella. Tel: 952 775 021

Urb. La Alzambra, Marbella. Tel: 952 907 090

TEATRO CERVANTES

FITNESS CENTRE NEW STYLE

SATURNIA REGNA

Avda. Antonio Machado, 29. Benalmádena Costa. Tel: 952 443 240

Ramos Marín, 199, Málaga. Tel: 952 224 109

Amapolas, s/n Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 817 916

Marbella Tel: 952 761 475, Elviria. Tel: 952 834 835

KEMPINSKI HOTEL BAHÍA ESTEPONA

TEATRO CIUDAD DE MARBELLA

FUERTE GYM

SEVEN STARS SCHOOL

CN340, Km159. Estepona. Tel: 952 809 500

Plaza Ramón Martínez, Marbella. Tel: 952 903 159

Avda. El Fuerte, Marbella. Tel: 952 861 624

LA CALA RESORT

TEATRO SALON VARIETES

GIMNASIO ESTADIO

Tai Chi & yoga. Pasaje Estrecho, Estepona. Tel: 952 923 055

Emancipación 30. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 474 542

SPORT CLUB RESERVA DEL HIGUERÓN

LOS MONTEROS SPA & GOLF RESORT 5*GL

VERACRUZ CINES

Trav. Huerta de los Cristales, Marbella. Tel: 952 828 217

Avda. del Higueron, Benalmádena. Tel: 952 565 761

CN340, km 187, Marbella. Tel: 952 771 700

Veracruz. Estepona. Tel: 952 800 056

HAPPY DIVER’S CLUB

SPORTCLUB ROUTE 66

MARBELLA CLUB HOTEL

YELMO CINEPLEX

Atalaya Park Hotel, Marbella. Tel: 609 571 920

Ctra. Mijas, 1.5km. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 461 648

CN340, Km 180. Marbella. Tel: 952 822 211

Plaza Mayor. Tel: 902 220 922

HOTEL PUENTE ROMANO

SPORTING CLUB ATALAYA PARK HOTEL

HOTEL VILLA PADIERNA

*gyms & sports clubs

CN340, Km77,5. Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900

CN340, Km 168,5. Estepona. Tel: 952 888 212

KRAV MAGA SELF-DEFENCE CENTRE

TICKET-TO-RIDE

CN340, Km 166, Exit Cancelada. Benahavís. Tel: 952 889 150

ALHAMAR GYM

At Hotel Pyr, Puerto Banús. Tel: 655 689 455

Cristamar, Pto. Banús. Tel: 952 905 082

VINCCI SELECCIÓN ESTRELLA DEL MAR

C.C. Alhamar, CN-340 km 197. Tel: 952 934 684

MANOLO SANTANA RACQUETS CLUB

VITALITY STUDIO

CN340, km 190.5, Marbella. Tel: 951 053 970

ATENAS

Ctra. de Istán, Km 2. Marbella. Tel: 952 778 580

C.C. Le Village, Marbella. Tel: 952 902 362

Barquilla 1. Marbella. Tel: 952 776 240

MARBELLA GUN & COUNTRY CLUB Monda. Tel: 952 112 161

Urb. Riviera del Sol, Mijas-Costa. Tel: 952 934 477

MARBELLA SPORT

*hotels

ALANDA CLUB MARBELLA

AZTEC COUNTRY CLUB CENTRO DEPORTIVO EL FUERTE

Km 171.5. San Pedro Alcántara. Tel: 952 788 315

DON CARLOS RESORT, LEISURE & SPA

Avda. Almenara s/n. Sotogrande. Tel: 956 582 000

Av. El Fuerte s/n. Marbella. Tel: 952 861 624

MULTI SPORT

CN340, Km 192. Marbella. Tel: 952 768 800

AMANHAVÍS HOTEL & RESTAURANT

CENTRO DE YOGA Y SALUD INTEGRAL

Avda. Picasso 27. San Pedro. Tel: 952 782 801

FINCA CORTESIN HOTEL, GOLF & SPA

C/ Pilar 3. Benahavís. Tel: 952 856 026

Ramón y Cajal 21. Marbella. Tel: 952 773 804

NEW CONCEPT TRAINING

Crtra. Casares, Casares. Tel: 952 937 800

ATALAYA PARK HOTEL

CN340, Km179. Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900

La Cala de Mijas Tel: 952 669 000

CN340 Km 192. Marbella. Tel: 952 902 537

ALMENARA GOLF HOTEL & SPA

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listings THE GUIDE .

CN340, Km 168,5. Estepona. Tel: 952 889 000

BENABOLA APART HOTEL Benabola. Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 815 000

BLUE BAY BANÚS HOTEL CN340, Km173. N. Andalucía. Tel: 952 811 517

GOLF HOTEL GUADALMINA Guadalmina Baja. Marbella. Tel: 952 882 211

GRAN HOTEL BENAHAVIS Huerta de Rufino, Benahavís. Tel: 902 504 862

H10 ANDALUCÍA PLAZA CN340 Km 174. Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 812 000

HM GRAN HOTEL COSTA DEL SOL La Cala de Mijas, Mijas Costa. Tel: 952 587 710

HOTEL AMÀRE MARBELLA BEACH CLUB Avda. Severo Ochoa, 8, Marbella. Tel: 952 768 400

HOTEL FUERTE ESTEPONA Avda. Vaquero Playa. Ctra A-7, Km 150, Estepona. Tel: 952 808 020

HOTEL FUERTE MARBELLA C/ El Fuerte s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 861 500

HOTEL IPV BEATRIZ PALACE & SPA CN340, Km 207. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 922 000

HOTEL MELIÁ MARBELLA CN340, Km 175. Pto. Banús. Tel: 952 810 500

HOTEL PLAYA BONITA CN340, Km 217. Benalmádena Costa. Tel: 952 442 840

HOTEL PRINCESS PLAYA Paseo Marítimo. Marbella. Tel: 952 820 944

NH MARBELLA C/ Conde Rudi, s/n. CN340, Km 178. Marbella. Tel: 952 763 200

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PARADOR DE RONDA

BONSAI MUSEUM

Plaza de España, s/n. Ronda. Tel: 952 877 500

Parque Arroyo de la Represa. Marbella. Tel: 952 862 926

SENTIDOS HOTEL CN340, Km185, Urb. Golf Rio Real s/n. Marbella. Tel: 952 765 732

BULL-FIGHTING MUSEUM

SUNSET BEACH CLUB

MUSEO CORTIJO MIRAFLORES

Avda. del Sol, 5. Benalmádena Costa. Tel: 952 579 400

Marbella. Tel: 952 902 714

TAMISA GOLF HOTEL

C/ San Agustin 8. Málaga. Tel: 952 218 382

Camino Viejo de Coín. Km 3.3. Mijas Golf. Tel: 952 585 988

MUSEO DEL GRABADO

TRH EL PARAÍSO

MUSEO DE LA VILLA

CN340, km 167, Estepona. Tel: 952 883 000

Plaza de la Libertad 2. Mijas. Tel: 952 590 380

HOTEL DIANA PARK

MUSEO RALLI

CN 340, km 168.5, Estepona. Tel: 952 887 659

Urb. Coral Beach. Marbella. Tel: 952 857 923

HOTEL PYR MARBELLA

MUSEUM OF MÁLAGA WINES

Avda. Rotary International, s/n, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 817 353

Carrera 39. Ojén. Tel: 952 881 453

NH SAN PEDRO

Plaza de Toros. Estepona.

MUSEO DE BELLA ARTES Hospital Bazán. Marbella. Tel: 952 825 035

MUSEUM OF MINIATURES CARROMATO DE MAX

C/ Jerez 1, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 853 040

El Compas. Mijas. Tel: 952 489 500

SISU BOUTIQUE HOTEL PUERTO BANÚS

Plaza de la Merced 15. Málaga. Tel: 952 060 215

CN 340, km 173, Puerto Banús, Tel: 952 906 105

PICASSO MUSEUM MÁLAGA

*museums

BASILICA VEGA DEL MAR

PABLO RUIZ PICASSO FOUNDATION Palacio de Buenavista, C/ San Agustín 8. Málaga. Tel: 952 127 611

ROMAN PUBLIC BATHS Guadalmina Baja. Tel: 952 781 360

San Pedro Alcántara. Tel: 952 781 360

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listings THE GUIDE .

*post offices CALAHONDA

Recinto Ferial (close to the CN340, on the same side as the bullring), 9am-2:30pm

C.C. El Zoco. Tel: 952 932 175

MONDA

EL CORTE INGLÉS

C/ Los Huertos, 8am-2:30pm

Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 909 990

NERJA

FUENGIROLA

C/ Chaparil, 9am-1pm

Tel: 952 467 843

ESTEPONA

WEDNESDAY ALHAURÍN DE LA TORRE

C/ Málaga 82–84. Tel: 952 800 537

Avda. del Limón, 9am-2pm

FUENGIROLA

BENAHAVÍS

Pza. los Chinorros. Tel: 952 474 384

Arts & Crafts. Village Square, from 8pm

MARBELLA

BENALMÁDENA COSTA

Jac. Benavente, 14. Tel: 952 772 898

(Second hand items) Recinto Ferial, 10am-2pm

NUEVA ANDALUCÍA

CALAHONDA

C/ Jazmines. Tel: 952 810 887

Calypso, 9am-2pm

SAN PEDRO

ESTEPONA

Pizarro, 41. Tel: 952 780 39

Avda. Juan Carlos II, 9am-2:30 pm

*street markets

ISTÁN At the entrance to the town, 9am-2pm

MONDAY BENAHAVÍS

LA CALA

Arts & Crafts. Village Square, from 8pm

MARBELLA

THURSDAY ALHAURÍN EL GRANDE

Fairground (Avda. de Juan Alameda), 9am2:30pm

By the Guardia Civil Offfices, City Centre, 9am-1pm

TUESDAY CHURRIANA

Recinto Ferial, 9am-1pm

MÁLAGA

9am-1pm

Opposite the Guardia Civil Offices, City Centre. 9am-1pm

FUENGIROLA

SAN PEDRO

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By the sports pavilion, in the Divina Pastora district, 9am-2pm

and walk upwards, 9am-1pm

San Pedro Alcántara. Tel: 952 788 315

HOFSAESS TENNIS ACADEMY

TORRE DEL MAR

SUNDAY BENAHAVÍS

Avda. Europa, 9am-1pm

Arts & Crafts. La Ermita Park, from 10pm

Monte Elviria (next to German School). Tel: 952 835 812

TORREMOLINOS

ESTEPONA

LEW HOADS TENNIS CLUB

El Calvario, near Town Hall, 9am-1pm

Puerto Deportivo, 9am-1pm

Ctra. de Mijas, Km 3,5. Mijas. Tel: 952 474 858

VÉLEZ MÁLAGA

FUENGIROLA

MANOLO SANTANA RACQUETS CLUB

Opposite the Guardia Civil Offices, City Centre, 9am-1pm

Recinto Ferial, 9am-2:30pm

Ctra. de Istán, Km 2. Marbella. Tel: 952 778 580

MÁLAGA

MARBELLA HILL TENNIS CLUB

FRIDAY BENALMÁDENA

Next to Rosaleda football stadium, 9am-2pm

Avda. El Fuerte, Marbella. Tel: 659 677 539

SOTOGRANDE

MARBELLA PLAYA TENIS

In the area between Tivoli World and the Plaza San Pedro, 9am-1pm

At the Marina, 9am-1pm

CN340, km 189, Marbella. Tel: 657 619 630

CALAHONDA Calypso, 9am-2pm

LAS CHAPAS

*tennis clubs AZTEC COUNTRY CLUB

MIRAFLORES TENNIS CLUB Urb. Miraflores, Km 199. Calahonda. Tel: 952 932 006

La Víbora, 9am-2pm

Urb. Riviera del Sol, Mijas-Costa. Tel: 952 934 477

RINCÓN DE LA VICTORIA

BEL AIR TENNIS AND PADDEL CLUB

Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900

Málaga. Plaza de la Iglesia, 9am-1pm

Urb. Bel-Air, Estepona. Tel: 952 883 221

ROYAL TENNIS CLUB MARBELLA

SATURDAY COÍN

CLUB DEL SOL

El Rosario, Marbella. Tel: 952 837 651

SPORT CLUB RESERVA DEL HIGUERÓN

C/ Urbano Pineda, 9am-1pm

Tennis/paddle classes. Calahonda. Tel: 952 939 595

LA CALA

CLUB DE TENIS DON CARLOS

Recinto Ferial, 9am-1pm

MARO

Hotel Don Carlos, Avda. Zurita, CN340, km 192. Marbella. Tel: 952 768 800

Close to the Nerja Caves, 9am-1pm

CLUB INTERNACIONAL DE TENNIS

MIJAS COSTA

Ctra. Cádiz, km 173. Marbella. Tel: 952 813 341

Las Lagunas, 9am-2pm

CLUB MADROÑAL

NUEVA ANDALUCÍA

Benahavís. Tel: 617 647 223

Next to the bullring. Park near CN340

CLUB NUEVA ALCÁNTARA

PUENTE ROMANO TENNIS CLUB

Avda. del Higueron, Benalmádena. Tel: 952 565 761

*tourist offices Benahavís Tel: 952 855 500 Benalmádena Tel: 952 442 494

Estepona Tel: 952 802 002 Fuengirola Tel: 952 467 625 Gibraltar Tourist Board Tel: 956 774 950 Marbella Tel: 952 822 818 Málaga Tel: 952 213 445 / 952 216 061 Mijas Tel: 952 485 900 Ronda Tel: 952 871 272 San Pedro Tel: 952 785 252 Tarifa Tel: 956 680 993 Torremolinos Tel: 952 381 578

*train

Customer assistance T: 952 128 267 General Info T: 902 240 202 Reservations T: 902 240 202 Ave T: 952 128 079

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pets THE GUIDE .

WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS

Scientists at the University of Melbourne have found that the benefits of pet ownership include lowering high blood pressure. Their study involved monitoring patients with high blood pressure for 11 years. The researchers found that those who owned pets had a 26 per cent higher survival rate, than non-pet owners. Additionally, those who had had a pet at some point in their lives had a 22 per cent higher survival rate. We may just have to change the saying ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’ to ‘Hugging your pet every day will keep the doctor away’.

DOGS COST more THAN CATS

Recent research by Nationwide Home Insurance has shown that dogs cost nearly twice as much as cats in their first year of life, with the average owner spending around €5.000 on food, insurance and equipment for dogs and around half this amount for cats. The degree of expenditure indicates the extent to which we should prepare ahead and think about taking out pet insurance, as early as possibly in our pet’s life. Pets usually live over 10 years and they are a lifetime commitment. Rather than scrimping on their health and welfare, we should set funds aside for any potential costs above our yearly insurance limit (these limits tend to be low so do your research before committing).

WATCH OUT FOR TOXINS IN PET FOOD

A recent study carried out in Denver, U.S. has shown that many popular food brands contain toxins such as pesticide residues, heavy metals and plasticisers – which can cause kidney and liver damage, as well as high blood pressure. Cat owners should also be wary of feeding their cats tuna too often, since the mercury contained therein can be high. Try to rely on a natural pet food brand, consulting your veterinarian before making any change to your dog’s diet.

PETS CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE

ENSURE YOUR DOG TRAVELS SAFELY

IN YOUR CAR

If you usually just prop your dog onto the back seat of your car, thinking that nothing could possibly go wrong, think again. Dogs can be harmed in the event of an accident, and can also cause harm to those riding in the car. There are many ways your dog can travel safely; one is with the help of a harness; the other is a carrier with straps that will ensure your dog stays on the seat in the event of a crash. Finally, there are soft mesh ‘baskets’ with built-in harnesses or with seatbelt holders to ensure your dog stays safe, and your car is hair-free. Whichever option suits best, choose one and ensure your dog is as safe as you are at all times. ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM JULY 2017 / 197

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. THE GUIDE what’s on

FORTHCOMING EVENTS Until August 31 ART – BENAHAVÍS

Benezra Gallery presents Summer Art – an exhibition featuring various international artists, including Nina Nolte, Dom Pattinson and GrAzie. www.benezragallery.com

ART – FUENGIROLA

Patio Top Garden Furniture presents the exhibition Luces En el Mar (Lights in the Sea) by Victor Tristante, an artist who seeks to unleash the emotions of his spectators, through his emotive paintings. www.patio-topgarden.es

Until September 1 ART – CALAHONDA

Marlou Smits and Meta Walters present a joint exhibition of their contemporary portraits at Restaurante FederiKa. At Hotel Ona Campanario. Avda. España 22, Sitio de Calahonda. www.federicodanna.com/restaurantefederika

Until September 6 FIESTAS DEL CARMEN – BENALMÁDENA

This festival honours the patron saint of fishermen. Featuring a full programme of events including theatre, music and outdoor cinema for all audiences at the Auditorio Municipal Parque de la Paloma. www.benalmadena.es

Until September 17 ART – MÁLAGA

The Museo Picasso Málaga presents the exhibition Bacon, Freud and The School of London, featuring works by famous artists from The School of London – a small group of painters in the 1950s who shared the same artistic concerns and were connected by ties of friendship and mutual admiration, who explored the appearance and vulnerability of the human body, with the city of London as their surrounding context. www.museopicassomalaga.org

NEW AND REGULAR EVENTS

Weekly on different days WALKING FOOTBALL – MARBELLA

Weekly sessions of Walking Football (non-contact walking football) for men and women of all ages to keep fit and meet new friends. Further information, www.walkingfootballspain.com

Monthly on different days AMERICAN CLUB – MARBELLA

The American Club Costa del Sol Chapter meets monthly for excursions, sports and social events. Tel: 952 772 789. www.americanclubcostadelsol.com

AMIGOS DE LA CULTURA – COSTA DEL SOL

The members of this cultural group meet at different times and places for lunches, lectures, concerts, ballet, theatre, opera, etc. Further information, Tel: 669 445 809.

LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE – MARBELLA

Integral Psychotherapist Gabriella Kortsch helps you with everything from relationship breakdowns to depression, poor communication with loved ones or financial stress, at her weekly group meetings, which start at 7:30pm. For information on locations, info@advancedpersonaltherapy.com

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday JIVE – MIRAFLORES, ESTEPONA AND LA DUQUESA

Learn to dance with Colin and the team from Jive Spain at Miraflores Restaurant on Tuesday, El Campanario on Wednesday and El Goleto at Duquesa on Friday. For precise times, colin@jivespain.com

Every Tuesday and Friday PAINTING CLASSES – MARBELLA

Talented artist Ricardo Alario will be teaching budding painters the secrets of his craft from 10am to 1pm (first group) and 5pm to 8pm (second group). For further information, Tel: 952 859 671. www.ricardoalario.com

PILATES AND YOGA – BENAHAVÍS

The Benahavís Country Club is ready and set to help you achieve a state of greater health, fitness and wellness, with yoga classes every Tuesday at 10am and Pilates on Fridays at 10am. Non-members are welcome and the classes cost just €10. Bookings are

ELTON JOHN Monday June 17

advised to guarantee your place. Tel: 952 856 171. wellness@benahavishills.com

Every Wednesday ART – MÁLAGA

The Museo Picasso de Málaga offers free guided tours in English (included in the entry price), from 11:30am to 2pm. Tickets cost €8 for adults. Children enter for free. www.museopicassomalaga.org

FLAMENCO – MIJAS

Every Wednesday at 12pm, a dazzling flamenco show takes place at the Plaza Virgen de la Peña in Mijas Pueblo. www.mijas.es

Every first Wednesday of the month CULTURE AND COCKTAIL – MARBELLA The Association of Art and Culture Marbella holds a monthly cocktail at Magna Café at Magna Marbella Golf, from 8pm-10pm. Tel: 627 833 262. www.artandculturemarbella.com

Every Thursday NETWORKING – MARBELLA

The Marbella Business Group holds its weekly breakfast meeting, which features presentations, discussions and introductions of new members. At 8am at the Hotel Senator in Marbella. To become a member, www.marbellabusinessgroup.com

MIGUEL BOSÉ

STING – FUENGIROLA

STARLITE MARBELLA

Rock ‘n roll and pop idol, Sting, will be giving his very best at a concert at the Sohail Castle in Fuengirola. For tickets, www.marenostrumcastlepark.com

This month and during the first week of August, catch the following concerts at Starlite:

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Every last Friday of the Month COFFEE MORNING – ESTEPONA

ADANA animal rescue charity coffee morning at Plaza Manilva (outside Longman’s Bookshop) 11am – 2pm. Kennels open 10am – 5pm Monday – Friday and 10am – 2pm Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Further information, Tel: 952 800 975. www.adana.es

BUSINESS LUNCH – MARBELLA

Marbella Business Institute holds an invitation-only lunch club for local and visiting business people, active and retired. To apply, visit www. marbellabusinessinternational.org

Every Saturday MARKETS – PUERTO BANÚS

Head for the Puerto Banús bullring every Saturday for a fun street market featuring everything from clothing to music, accessories and home ware. Starts at 9am and ends at 2pm. www.marbella.es

Every First Sunday of the month OPEN DAY – MIJAS

PAD animal shelter, Cerros del Águila, welcomes visitors from 12pm-3pm. Further information, Tel: 952 486 084.

Sunday July 2 DANCE – MAREBLLA

The Marbella Dance School presents Un Día en Marbella, at the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Marbella at 9pm. www.marbellacongresos.com

Tuesday July 4 MEDIEVAL MARKETS – CASARES

The white village of Casares will be hosting its annual medieval market, featuring arts and crafts and food, at Casa Natal de Blas Infante. www.casares.es

Tuesday July 4 to Sunday July 9 FERIA – ESTEPONA

The Estepona Fair will be taking place, featuring rides, flamenco music and dance. For further information, www.estepona.es

Wednesday July 5 to Sunday July 9 MUSIC FESTIVAL – TORRE DEL MAR

This exciting yearly event will feature The Prodigy, Estopa and Sepultura. For tickets, www.weekendbeach.es

Thursday July 6 BILLY OCEAN – MARBELLA

Crazy Music Productions presents Billy Ocean Live at the Tennis Club of the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa. The support acts are no less than M People’s Heather Small and brotherly duo, Right Said Fred. www.crazymusicproductions.com

Friday July 7 JOE COCKER TRIBUTE – MARBELLA

Enjoy a lively Joe Cocker tribute concert at the Palacio de Congresos of Marbella. For tickets, www.elcorteingles.es

Sunday July 16 FERIA – LOS BOLICHES, FUENGIROLA Los Boliches will be hosting its annual fair in honour of the Virgen del Carmen, at the fairgrounds and Boliches beach. Featuring food and traditional music. www.fuengirola.es

Sunday July 16, Friday July 21 and Friday July 28 OCEAN CLUB PARTIES – PUERTO BANÚS

Wednesday July 26 JAMIE CULLUM – FUENGIROLA

The uber talented Jamie Cullum will be playing and singing up a storm at the Sohail Castle in Fuengirola. For tickets, www.marenostrumcastlepark.com

Friday July 28 DIANA NAVARRO – BENALMÁDENA

Diana Navarro is one of Málaga’s most famous singers. She will be performing in Benalmádena as part of her Resilience tour. At the Torrequebrada Casino at 10pm. For tickets, www.elcorteingles.es

Friday July 28 to Wednesday August 2 ART MARBELLA

Have fun and enjoy magnificent music at the #Ocean Club is Timeless, #Fete Des Belges and #Trueno X OC parties, respectively. For bookings, www. oceanclub.es

Marbella’s most international fair, featuring art from a plethora of countries, will be taking place at the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos in Marbella. For further information, www.marbellafair.com

Friday July 21 GEORGE BENSON – MARBELLA

Monday July 31 CLASSICAL MUSIC – SOTOGRANDE

Hit crooner George Benson will be bringing all his greatest hits to the Tennis Club of the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa. For tickets, www.crazymusicproductions.com

The Kammer Philharmonie Kolm will be playing music by Vivaldi, Bach, Tchaikovsky, Mozart and Borne at 9pm at the Espacio Cultural Osvaldo Lobalzo, at the Puerto de Sotogrande. Tickets available at Bookworld Puerto Banús and at the concert hall one hour before the performance.

STARLITE MARBELLA Saturday, July 15 ANASTACIA

from Netrebko’s latest, Grammy-nominated solo-recording, Verismo.

‘The white voice of soul’ will be singing tunes from her latest album A 4 APP, which includes tracks performed during her Ultimate Collection Tour in 2016.

Thursday July 20 ELTON JOHN

This American artist will be bringing new life to his greatest hits, including All I Know and I only have eyes for you.

Wednesday July 26 THE PRETENDERS

Sunday July 16 ART GARFUNKEL

Tuesday July 18 JUAN LUIS GUERRA

This multi-talented Dominican singersongwriter will be livening audiences up with the rhythm of merengue, salsa and bachata, playing well-known tunes such as Ojalá que llueva café and Burbujas de amor.

Wednesday July 19 ANNA NETREBKO AND YUSIF EYVAZOV Highly acclaimed Russian soprano Anna Netrebko, will be joined by her husband, tenor Yusif Eyvazov. Featuring highlights from beloved Italian operas and excerpts

Musical genius Elton John and his band will play emblematic tunes from the artist’s five decades-long career, as part of his international tour, Wonderful Crazy Night.

The Pretenders are one of the most popular pop/rock bands of all time, with hits including Brass In Pocket, I Go To Sleep and Don’t Get me Wrong. They will be performing classics and newer tunes alike.

Sunday July 30 DISNEY IN CONCERT

This special concert will feature the emblematic music of Disney films interpreted by the Symphonic Orchestra of Málaga and the voices of Paco Arrojo, Julia Moller, Judith Tobella and Diego Rodriguez.

Monday July 31 CARLOS VIVES Latin music legend,

be performing his greatest hits as well as presenting the concept of his latest work: an audio-visual spectacle that will showcase the artist in a whole new light.

Carlos Vives, whose duet with Shakira, La bicicleta, has almost 700 million visits on YouTube, will bring the sousnd of cumbia and vallenato music to the quarry.

Saturday August 5 THE CRANBERRIES

Spain’s most famous cantautor brings us songs from his 18th studio album, Lo Niego Todo. This is undoubtedly one of Starlite’s most highly anticipated concerts, considering that the artist took a long sixyear break from the music industry.

Sunday August 6 MALÚ

Tuesday August 1 JOAQUÍN SABINA

Wednesday August 2 LUIS FONSI

All over the world, music lovers and celebrities are grooving to Despacito, arguably Luis Fonsi’s biggest hit and he will perform many more gems from his 18-year career.

Friday August 4 MIGUEL BOSÉ

The charismatic singer and composer will

This popular Irish band recently released a new (acoustic) album with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and they will be bringing this and well known songs to life between the vertiginous cliffs of the quarry.

Singer and TV personality, Malú, has released 12 albums and boasts 22 platinum records. She will be singing hits old and new at Starlite.

Monday August 7 CANTAJUEGO

A show for little tots featuring songs, dance routines and kids’ characters. i www.starlitemarbella.com

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Russell Grant’s Monthly Horoscope July 2017

CANCER (June 22nd – July 23rd) A pushy attitude will create problems in a close relationship. You’ll catch more flies with honey than vinegar at the start of the month. A brilliant moneymaking idea is worth checking out. Turn a deaf ear to a pessimistic pal or reluctant relative who thinks this option is doomed for disaster. The Full Moon on the 9th will bring a welcome opportunity to repair a strained romance. Put an end to an ongoing power struggle and work together instead. A chance to improve your living space will arrive mid-month. Take this moment to buy furniture, artwork and appliances that appeal to your impeccable taste. On the 23rd, the New Moon will inspire you to start a project that is dear to your heart. Doing work that is personally meaningful will uplift and inspire you. It will also give you the courage to break away from an oppressive situation that has drained your energy.

A chance to improve your living space will arrive midmonth. Take this moment to buy furniture, artwork and appliances that appeal to your impeccable taste

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ARIES [21 MAR - 20 APR]

Your services are required on the home front at the beginning of July. It may be necessary to take time off work to handle domestic responsibilities. Your employer won’t be happy with the situation, but you have no other option. Neighbours are ready to lend a helping hand. Don’t fail to accept their offers of help. On the 9th, the Full Moon will come to your professional rescue. You’ll be able to leave a restricting work situation for a far better one. Don’t let erratic behaviour hurt your reputation in the middle of the month. If you feel restless, find a healthy channel for your nervous energy. Brisk exercise and creative projects can relieve tension. The New Moon on the 23rd is perfect for fulfilling romantic desires. If you’re single, you will meet someone special at a sporting event or contest. Are you already in a relationship? Arrange a fun outing that’s tailored to your amour’s taste.

TAURUS [21 APR - 21 MAY]

Handling facts and figures will be harder than you think. You may decide to take a course at the beginning of the month. Expanding your skill set will make you less reliant on expensive experts. Money for luxuries will be available; give yourself a treat for facing up to a challenging situation. The Full Moon on the 9th will mark the successful conclusion of a legal matter. You’ll be happy to put this situation behind you and focus on more rewarding pursuits. Taking an overseas journey could transform your dreams and aspirations. During the second half of July, you’ll enjoy spending more time in and around your home. This is a great time to invent recipes and redecorate drab rooms. On the 23rd, the New Moon will send help in the form of an attentive relative. Let this family member pamper and pet you. A little tender loving care will recharge your batteries. Begin work on a creative project as August approaches.

GEMINI [22 MAY - 21 JUN]

Throwing money at a problem won’t make it disappear. In order to overcome a persistent problem, you’ll have to use all your willpower and determination. Your efforts will pay off handsomely, giving you a confidence that will turn heads. On the 9th, the Full Moon will enrich your bank account in the form of an inheritance, refund or royalty payment. Use this money to create long term financial security. This would be a great time to put a down payment on a home or car. During the middle of the month, you’ll be tempted to splash out on a lot of lavish status symbols. Ignore this desire; you’ll quickly tire of a fancy mobile or entertainment centre. The New Moon on the 23rd will find you flirting with an attentive admirer. This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. As July comes to a close, you’ll get a chance to sell your skills or your handiwork for a tidy profit.

LEO [24 JUL - 23 AUG]

Your working environment will feel oppressive at the beginning of July, due to a cantankerous colleague. It’s time to file an official complaint. If you can’t put space between you and them, start looking for another position. On the 9th, you’ll feel able to wrap up your duties and move on to a bigger and better opportunity. Don’t worry if it takes a while to get your bearings towards the middle of the month. A little patience and persistence will pay off; it will take a long time to get accustomed to new surroundings or changed circumstances. The New Moon on the 23rd will find you stepping into an enjoyable role. Serving as a spokesperson for a company or cause

will be a great use of your star power. The closing days of the month will let you slow down your pace. Take this opportunity to rest, relax and recharge your batteries. A break will allow you to take full advantage of all the magic that awaits you in August.

VIRGO [24 AUG - 23 SEP]

A romantic partner will urge you to abandon a lifelong dream at the beginning of July. You may decide it’s better to break off the relationship than ditch those things that are dear to your heart. Putting the finishing touches to a new career plan or creative idea will open your eyes to the potential of a new life direction. The Full Moon on the 9th will prompt you to make an important decision about your love life. It may be better to go solo than stay with someone who dampens your spirit. During the second half of the month, you will be in great demand. Be willing to explain and expound your views and values. People will be very receptive to your ideas. By the 23rd, you’ll be able to take a well-deserved break from your labours. Head for a glamorous country you’ve always wanted to visit. You’ll have a wonderful time dining at fine restaurants, going to concerts and sightseeing at museums. Enjoy.

LIBRA [24 SEP - 23 OCT]

You’re tired of insufferable behaviour from someone you live with or work with. Instead of enduring their outrageous conduct with a silent smile, confront them head on about it at the beginning of the month. People will rally to your side. If someone as courteous as you has reached their breaking point, it means there is a real problem. On the 9th, the Full Moon will help you wrap up an important domestic matter. It’s a great time to buy or sell a piece of property. Alternatively, you may decide to move to somewhere that is radically different from your current home. The second half of July will be festive. You’ll enjoy making the rounds of a series of parties. The New Moon on the 23rd will mark the beginning of a group project. Working alongside other creative people will bring out the best in you. At the end of the month, go on a job interview, make a presentation or even try your hand at local politics.

SCORPIO [24 OCT - 22 NOV]

At the start of July, angry words could be exchanged with a powerful individual. You may decide it’s no longer worth it to put up with this oppressive person. Don’t second guess or go back on your decision. Although it will take time to find another opportunity, it will come eventually. The Full Moon on the 9th will bring reassuring news that you made the right choice. Solitary activities will be therapeutic during the middle of the month. Head off to a quiet retreat near the water where you can hear yourself think. On the 23rd, the New Moon will bring an exciting career opportunity that makes your eyes sparkle with joy. Being able to work for a glamorous company or industry will renew your zest for life. As August approaches, you’ll have a chance to travel abroad. Take this opportunity to buy some beautiful items you couldn’t possibly find at home. Art made by local craftspeople is especially favoured.

SAGITTARIUS [23 NOV - 21 DEC]

Money will be thin on the ground at the beginning of the month. This isn’t a good time to make expensive purchases. You can have plenty of inexpensive fun at home. Invite friends over for a meal

and box set marathon. On the 9th, you could receive a fiscal boost, courtesy of the Full Moon. After paying your bills, put the rest of this money in savings. You will need a cushion to protect you from financial uncertainty. The middle of the month will put a strain on a romantic relationship. You may decide your amour is too emotional for your taste. Don’t hesitate to accept an important career assignment during the second half of July; this will be a great time to bolster your professional reputation. The New Moon on the 23rd will inspire you to expand your horizons in some way. Schedule an exotic trip, begin a writing project or enrol in an intriguing course of study.

CAPRICORN [22 DEC - 20 JAN]

Show respect for a loved one’s opinions throughout early July. Although you want them to adopt your views, you may never change them. It will probably be best to agree to disagree. Balancing your personal and professional lives will also be difficult; putting in a lot of overtime will hurt your loved one’s feelings. The Full Moon on the 9th will give you a greater measure of control over a chaotic situation. Take this opportunity to salvage a project that is falling apart at the seams. During the middle of the month, you’ll be doing battle with a relative whose erratic behaviour drives you to distraction. Unless this family member gets help for their issues, you may want to keep a healthy distance. On the 23rd, the New Moon will prompt you to embark on an intimate relationship. Let down your defences with someone who has proven their loyalty. Property matters are favoured as August draws near.

AQUARIUS [21 JAN - 19 FEB]

You’ll feel overburdened with work as July waves goodbye to June. Don’t push yourself too hard or you will suffer burnout. If you’d like a different job, apply for a place at a charity or humanitarian organisation. Getting paid to make the world a better place will be the answer to a prayer. On the 9th, the Full Moon will bring the end to a period of seclusion. You’ll welcome the chance to join the social scene again. The middle of the month will bring an opportunity to travel abroad. Visiting a country known for its cultural refinement will be right up your street. Are you looking for love? You’ll have to be more assertive with a romantic interest during the second half of the month. The New Moon on the 23rd could find you embarking on an enthralling new relationship. It’s a great time to enter into a romantic or business partnership. You’ll make a hit on social media as August approaches.

PISCES [20 FEB - 20 MAR]

Friends will want you to put an end to an enjoyable hobby in the early days of July. Stick to your guns; you’re too smart to bow to peer pressure and there’s no reason why you should. Staying true to your ideals could put you in the path of romance. If you already have a partner, schedule a fun getaway for just the two of you. The Full Moon on the 9th marks the end of a challenging group project. People will be so impressed with your efforts that you’ll be offered bigger and better assignments. Toward the middle of July, you’ll find family relationships will get challenging. To go along with a stuffy relative, you’ll have to put on a false front towards the middle of the month. On the 23rd, you’ll receive an interesting offer, courtesy of the New Moon. You’ll jump at the opportunity to get paid for exercising your imagination. As August approaches, you’ll be working on a financially and emotionally fulfilling project. ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM JULY 2017 / 201

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VIDEO GAMES 2017

World Video Games day takes place on Saturday, July 8, and gamers around the globe will undoubtedly be logging on for some serious action with players they have never met, or those they regularly chat to but may not know in person. These are just a handful of the world’s top selling video games. Compelling, exciting and artistic, they prompt us to ask important questions such as why we feel a powerful need to chase the thrill, and why violence can somehow be so entertaining, whenever it is not ‘real’. Joffrey King brings you his list of faves:

GRAND THEFT AUTO (GTA):

Although there are numerous GTA series and universes, the first ever Grand Theft Auto was released in 1997. The game invited players to a totally new experience, in which they were able to live dangerous adventures, such as driving a tanker loaded with explosives, and ramming it into a police station, or driving a bus that detonated if it was not kept above a specific speed. GTA made it ‘feel good to be bad’, and each new release made the experience even more immersive. Drugs, crime, strip joints and a badass group of criminals (Michael, Trevor and Franklin) delve players deep into the underbelly of urban life, as they are called upon to complete specific missions together. One of the most fascinating sides of playing GTA is the ‘mods’ (or modifications). Drive over water, fly in your car or jump from building to building – the sky’s the limit if you have the time, patience and creativity. You can also compete against other players online, ‘take part’ in role plays and create characters as you go. Although there have been many versions, the star of the series is said to be Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, which whizzes you back to the

dangerous streets of the Los Angeles of the 1990s. Another big seller is Grand Theft Auto V, with its strong emphasis on driving and piloting.

CALL OF DUTY (COD):

Like GTA, COD has legions of followers, owing in no small part to its ability to immerse players in an action-packed world featuring lifelike simulations of infantry and combined arms warfare, as used in World War II. The player is called upon to achieve various objectives before they can advance to the next mission. You must be quick on the draw, relying on only two weapons: a handgun and up to 10 grenades. Players get a small taste of what real battle might be like – for instance, when there is an explosion, vision becomes blurred, a ringing sound can be heard and they are forced to slow down. The undoubted star of the COD series is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. It has sold over 26 million copies and features two familiar characters – Soap and Price – who are called upon to save the world from destruction. Touted as the ultimate suicide mission, this game calls upon players to protect the Russian President, chase undesirables on the London

underground and undergo various near-death experiences. Its multiplayer offering is enhanced by a multitude of accessories and weapons, which lend the game a feeling of personalisation and creativity. Also selling like hotcakes is Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.

FOR HONOR:

In this adrenalin-charged fighting game, Knights, Samurais and Vikings fight each other to the death in realistic weapon-based combat. The game helps you out with a visual guide that warns you the direction from which the next strike will come but you have to be quick on the draw or your enemy will behead you before you press the attack button. Be prepared to die repeatedly before learning useful skills like blocking, attacking and staggering your opponent. The game has beautifully designed backgrounds and characters whom you can ‘manipulate’ into behaving as you like, by ‘reading their mind’. There are various fighting modes to choose from, so chose the one that feels just right.

RESIDENT EVIL 7 BIOHAZARD:

This survival horror game is the latest in the Resident Evil series, which takes the

game to a whole new level because it is entirely in the first person perspective. The aim is to bring the player as close to horror as possible, by eliminating all barriers with the enemy. Gamers beware: your character will be completely ‘over his head’ from start to finish. You will have no weapons and will be forced to enter one horrific scenario after another. Slowly pile up your ammo, expand your armory, and unlock upgrades, so you can pulverise some of the scariest creatures you are likely to encounter in any game in history.

TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW SIX: SIEGE:

This military tactical game is arguably the most revered shooting game with my circle of friends, making our hearts pound and guts wrench like few others. COD and Battlefield seem catered for those who like a fast, run-and-play game, yet there is something decidedly old-school about Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege. The game is for intellectuals like myself only; trigger happy individuals, stay away. It calls for thinking and strategy, since death is often waiting for you where you least expect it. e

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Fiesta de apertura / Opening Party Remixes by Kique Smx VIERNES / FRIDAY 28 JUL

Studio 54 New York Tribute Dance the night away JUEVES / THURSDAY 3 AUG

Flower Power Hippy Chic MARTES / TUESDAY 8 AUG

Mau Mau Party LatinVibes & Beats VIERNES / FRIDAY 11 AUG

The Legendary Party II Hosted by Julián Porras VIERNES / FRIDAY 18 AUG

Verano / Summer! TEMPORADA / SEASON 2017

Made in Spain Baila Baila Baila VIERNES / FRIDAY 25 AUG

80’s Fever The best of the 80’s... & the 90’s VIERNES / FRIDAY 1 SEPT

Famous Faces Tribute Masquerade DOMINGO / SUNDAY 3 SEPT

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