Marbella Local Customs

  • Smoking the Sardines
    Smoking the Sardines
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  • Marbella Beach in winter.
    Marbella Beach in winter.
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    by DAO Updated Feb 9, 2008

    ¿En que pais estoy?

    What country am I in?

    Estabamos viendo la tele cuando de repente exploto.
    We were watching the TV when it suddenly exploded.

    Ya estaba roto cuando llegamos.

    It was broken when we got here.

    ¿Cual es la cosa mas grande del menu?
    What’s the biggest thing on the menu?

    ¿Dónde está el hospital más cercano?

    Where is the nearest hospital?

    Please note: This tip is meant in good humour. If you have some negative comment, email me. Just remember the phrase about the TV. It could save you a large hotel bill one day.

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    by LoriPori Written May 23, 2006

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    One of the delights of walking along the promenade is the smell of sardines being barbecued over open olive wood fires.
    Several sardines are placed on a skewer and cooked over a wood fire. This BARBEQUED SARDINES dish is very popular and is known as an 'espeto de sardinas'. The beach bar restaurants cook the sardines in old boats which have been turned into impromptu barbeques and it takes skill to skewer the fish without breaking them, so they cook in their own fat, turning golden on the outside while remaining deliciously juicy inside.

    Smoking the Sardines
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    Luxury cars - Coches lujosos

    by spanishguy Updated Feb 20, 2006

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    If you like luxury cars you'll love Marbella. It's one place where you can see Ferrari, Rolls Royce or Porsche everyday, mainly in Puerto Banus. If you are a demanding person you can rent a limo as well!

    Si tu gustan los coches lujosos te encantará Marbella. Es un lugar donde puedes ver Ferrari, Rolls Royce o Porsche todos los días, principalmente en Puerto Banús. Si eres muy exigente, ¡también puedes alquilar una limosina!

    Limousine - Limosina

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    La Cuenta

    by nereid Written Apr 4, 2004

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    When you go to a restaurant in the US, the server is usually very attentive, and constantly checking up on you to ask "Is everything OK?" And before you've even finished your meal, the check is at your table. They want you to eat, pay, and leave. This gets really annoying here in the US. Not so in Spain (or Mexico, Morocco, the Caribbean or Italy for that matter). The server usually leaves you alone to dine in peace and will not bring the check until you ask for it. The "look" does not work. When you're ready, simply flag down your server and say, "La cuenta, por favor." Otherwise, you will sit there all night.

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    Be patient

    by nereid Written Apr 4, 2004

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    Don't be impatient in restaurants, bars, and other places. Don't get mad if your bus is late. Learn to go with the flow. If service is slower than you're used too, then relax and have another glass of wine. You're on vacation, so don't be in such a rush.

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    Learning Spanish

    by Beach_dog Updated Mar 24, 2004

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    I recently started an intensive course in Spanish, I?m really impressed with the school I have chosen. The teachers are good and you learn the language in a friendly environment. I am studying 4 hours per day (two hours of grammer and 2 hours of conversation.

    They offer numerous courses at varying levels, you can even study while on holiday. Various types of accommadation are offered including places with Spanish families, hostels, or shared accommadation with other students.

    In addition to this there are extra-curricular activities you can join at no extra cost, Sevillana dancing, Salsa, a cine club showing Spanish movies and Culture classes, covering travel, history, art and literature. Once a month they hold tapas afternoons and occassional trips to other cities and places of interest.

    Avda. Ricardo Soriano, 36.
    Maria III. 3rd floor
    29600 Marbella


    Marbella Beach in winter.
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    A View Through the Closed Door

    by Geoff_Wright Updated Jan 14, 2004

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    It is a custom in many towns and villages to leave doors open in order that visitors may take a peep inside churches and other buildings. This view was taken through the metal grille in front of this beautiful church. Unfortunately i have misplaced its name, but I'm sure Carmen will tell me.

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    Feria de Muestras

    by Beach_dog Written Nov 16, 2003

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    I've just returned from the Fera de Muestras. An annual event that runs for a week in November in Marbella. It is an exhibition of Spanish products, with a very high emphasis on food. The stands display food which you can purchase, cheeses, jamons, chorizo, pastries, sweets etc. many covering other regions of Spain. Many of the stands also give away free samples of the foods, you can imagine with my love of Spanish country produce I returned home very full.

    In the dining area were some tapas bars, I stopped at two, the first representing Asturias where I had chorizo (spicy sausage) and Fabada Asturiana (fabada bean caserole), the second representing Galicia where I had Pulpo (Octopus) and Queso Tetilla (a soft cheese).

    Other good are on display too, but I found it hard to drag myself away from the foodhall.

    It's held at Marbella's 'Palacio de Congressos' and entrance costs 3 Euros.

    Palacio de Congressos
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    Espetos a tradition in the area

    by Carmela71 Updated Nov 14, 2003

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    The way of eating here the sardines is tipical, we call them espetos. Normally you have them on chiriguitos (beach restaurants).

    They have to be cooked on the grills on boats full of sand, see the pic lol a photos shows more than 1000 words ;-)

    Espetos on the Beach

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    1st November 2002

    by Carmela71 Written Jan 30, 2003

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    1st November 2002 (same date each year) Marbella.

    Dia de Toston, a tradition involving country picnics to roast chestnuts and wash them down with local wines.

    But lately we prefer to go to a ruta Taskera lol and let the countryside for another day with less people around lol

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    Ciudad de Marbella Theatre

    by Carmela71 Written Jan 29, 2003

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    The Ciudad de Marbella Theatre offers a year-round season full of events, from contemporary theatre and comedies (mainly in spanish), musicals, opera, ballet and recital, concerts and even Children”s theatre.

    Information and tickets at the box office tel. 952903159 during opening hours(Tue-Sat 11am-2pm and 7pm-10pm).

    Tickets are also on sale at the theatre up to five minutes before performances begin, or at El Corte Inglés.

    Prices from 12 euros to 24 euros.

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    Fleas Markets

    by Carmela71 Updated Jan 19, 2003

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    Monday - Marbella
    Next to the Football Stadium
    All fresh vegetables and fruit, clothes, souvenirs, household linen ...

    Tuesday Fuengirola In Los Boliches
    As the previous one!

    Wednesday Estepona
    As before

    Thursday San Pedro deAlcantara
    As the previous!

    Saturday: Puerto Banus
    Next to the bullring of Puerto Banus is a great rambling flea market, a mini 'Rastro' where you can find everything from a wooden elephant to a woolly jumper.

    Sunday Sotogrande
    In the Sotogrande Port Arts and crafts, a mix of old and new! Great place to have a coffee

    Sabanillas Typical flea market, Mostly second hand and food and cd´s


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    magazines and newspapers of Marbella

    by Carmela71 Written Jan 19, 2003

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    Some of the magazines are:

    Essential Marbella (

    Absolute Marbella

    Mediterranean Life The inflight magazine for all British Airways flights operated by GB airways.

    The European An upmarket magazine for residents or visitors who think and travel more widely than the Costa del Sol, in English and Spanish.
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    Solkysten Well illustrated magazine for Scandinavians

    Some guides to Marbella are:

    The Costa del Sol Guide

    Marbella City Map Street Finder and Service Guide

    Other Newspapers:

    Sur in English (every Friday) is one of the most widely read English newspapers on the Coast.

    The Entertainer

    Sur - Check out the two webcam shots, one of Puerto Banus in Marbella and the other of the Plaza del General Torrijo in the capital city of Málaga.

    Costa del Sol News

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    Real Flamenco

    by daarth Updated Jan 12, 2003

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    You can watch a flamenco show done by professionals, and that is quite impressive. But there is nothing like a local show, were the family of the dancers are among the audience. It gives quite an atmosphere :-)

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    El Tostón, a family tradition in the country .

    by Beach_dog Written Nov 11, 2002

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    November 1st. is a sad day, when people celebrate their departed loved ones. Its a national holiday in Spain. Around Marbella and the province of Malaga the day is marked with more cheerful celebrations. The families travel into the hills for the traditional Tostón. The roasting of 'chestnuts', which are then eaten with a glass of 'Anisette'. This occurs especially around the villages of Nagüeles, Ojén and Puerto Rico Bajo.

    Sierra Blanca mountains near Oj��n.

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