While we were all in Marbella, we had the good fortune that the MARBELLA INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL 2006 was being held throughout the town from May 5 to May 14. One night after dinner, a bunch of us were walking along the promenade and we came to an awesome Jazz Band performing on stage, on the Beach, complete with Laser Show. Well we all put on our dancing shoes and strutted our stuff. Hansi even had fun dancing with "Junior" to everyone's delight.
The Festival featured such top international artists as Roy Forbes and bands such as the Marbella Big Band, the Lazy Jumpers, Miskolc Dixieland Band, Mike Burney Quartet, the Coastline Dixieland Band and many other wonderful performers, entertaining with live music around the streets of Marbella.
Parroquia Nuestra Senora de la Encarnación is Marbella's parish church and the largest one in Marbella. It was built in 1490 and rebuilt in 1618. It has got 3 naves and a dom. It is such a big and lovely church and as a protestant I am always speechless when I see these kind of Catholic churches. They just take my breath away. Do pay it a visit if you are ever in Marbella.
On La Plaza de Los Aranjos (The Orange square) the oldest church of Marbella is situated the "Ermita de Santiago". It is from the 15th century and sometimes called the Chapel of Santiago.
La Plaza de Los Aranjos is a square with cafés and restaurants and a lovely fountain - and a lot of orange trees. There is a Tourist Information Center in one corner of the square.
You just know it - everybody's doing it. Wondering who owns this one or that. Strolling the promenade day or night, you see little activity on board. Most of these monster craft are moored here for perhaps a week of summer use by an overworked owner with just another little used trophy of wealth. Indeed, I was talking to one guy who has made a full time career of bringing these luxury craft from one berth to another, racing them, and generally keeping the engines running for too-busy owners.
I liked watching the shoals of fish swimming along by the promenade. It looks to me as though they are used to being fed by passers by.
If you want to see the really huge yachts, drive 5km down the road to Puerto Banus.
I attended the most magical wedding ceremony ever at this amazing country Marbella retreat.
As the coach arrived into the carpark I saw distant glimpses of ponds and pools and marquees and sun dappled lawns through the shady trees and tropical growth.
Red carpets adorned all walkways and these were flanked with burning torches and lanterns. As I approached the pool house a glass of champagne was thrust into one hand and a delicate prawn canape into the other.
This, my darlings, is the wedding venu that dreams are made of.
Apart altogether from a wedding venu the original house and gardens are well worth a visit as part of a day out.
The fair to honor the patron saint of Marbella is held in downtown Marbella in the first part of June. The exact date changes each year. It starts generally between June 5th to the 9th, (first or second Sunday of June) and lasts for a week.
If you want to see what Spanish people are like when they are having fun, and you want to have fun yourself, check this event out. Streets decorated with garlands and lights, fire works, performances of various flamenco groups from age 3 to about 100, beautiful women in beautiful flamenco gowns, parades of handsome horsemen and women, lots of dance, live Spanish music in every other corner, good Andalucian food, good wine, meeting friends - that is what it is about.
For me the most interesting is the procession of Saint Barnabé. The huge wooden statue of the Saint is carried out from the church and around town. I counted 40 men carrying it - and it still looked heavy for them. They have a leader who gives signals with a bell so they know when to lift it, when to take a step, when to stop and put it down in unison. It is very impressive.
Marbella has beautiful houses, usually huge, and they are located on the hills. Many of them belong to foreigners, mainly from Arabia, who chose it as their home or serve as summer houses.
It's a nice drive through the hills and see those houses and theur settings, as well as the wonderful views from up there.
Take a walk along Ramon Y Cajal, bearing west, till the density of retail units diminishes somewhat. Then opt to have lunch/bites at one of the pretty cafes that have chairs under some trees.
These give good protection from the sun, and you get a lovely cool breeze though it would be hot if you'd been walking. Perfect way to take in fresh air & do some people-watching away from crowded areas.
First thing to do in a vt meeting is meet people and that what I did it. It was my first meeting. I met many members, Carmen, Stace, Manuel, Hans, Lori, Manyana, and much more. I am just waiting for next meeting
Era mi primer meeting y estaba algo nerviosa, conocerlos en persona siempre viendo su información colgada en las paginas. Pero una vez que empece a hablar con ellos adios nervios y la verdad es que eche un dia muy apañado. Conoci mucha gente, Carmen, Stace, Manuel, Hans, Lori.... y muchos mas me traigo de ellos un grato recuerdo.
This mosque was built by the Saudi Arabian King in order to attend all the Muslim people who are living here, mainly the ones from Persian Gulf countries.
Esta mezquita fue construida por el Rey de Arabia Saudí para atender a toda la población musulmana que vive aquí, principalmente a los de los países del golfo Pérsico.
Visiting hours - Horario de visita
Saturdays to Wednesdays / Sábados a miércoles: 17:00 - 19:00
Puero Banus is located not far from Marbella on Costa del Sol. The place isn't very big, but have all the facilities you can dream of! The port is famous for all the luxuryboats. The rich people who have houses near Marbella often have their boat here. Some of them are just enormous! There are many outdoor restaurants and bars in the port area. Here you can sit just relaxing and watch the boats and the people or you can enjoy a glass of wine or something to eat. The harbour is really cosy with big mountains in the background and wiew to the Mediterranean Sea.
If you aren't pleased with just looking at the place and have money to spend, there are plenty of shopping opportunities! Both big shoppingcenters and small boutiques. Many of the famous fashionhouses are represented, Every saturday it even are a marked by the bullfighters arena.
The nightlife is great! Puerto Banus have lots of bars, nightclubs and discotheques. But be prepared, it will cost you!
If you are in Marbella you can take a boat there. It leaves from Marbella Harbour 10.00, 12.00, 14.00, 16.00 and 18.00 every day. You can choose when you want to go back, but the latest boat laves Puerto Banus at 19.00. The trip cost 8/4 euro for adult/children return and 5/2 euro for single. To take the boat is great if you want to see the coast from sea and need some fresh air. They also serve refreshments on board.
Puerto Banus is well worth a visit if you are in Marbella or not far from it. You can for example take the boat out and have lunch on the harbour, enjoy a walk and stop in some of the shops. But remember; Puerto Banus is actually built for rich people with open wallet and creditcards of high class!
Marbella's motto is 'A Way of Life' and, certainly, this luxurious resort town seems to have it all and is, once again, rising to the fore as a favorite location with the rich and famous, as well as more ordinary folk who are willing to pay just a little bit extra for southern Spain's answer to St Tropez.
Not too long ago, Marbella sharpened its image still more thanks to a considerable investment initiated by the town's colorful and controversial former mayor, Jesus Gil that resulted in a massive landscaping drive.
But Marbella has a down to earth side as well, an air of individuality that can be best appreciated by exploring back streets in the old part of town. One of the prettiest places is the fabled 'Orange Square’ that is located just off the main street in the older district and is also home to the 16th century town hall and tourist office where you can pick up a detailed map and visitor information.
Be sure to explore both Marbella’s main street and its attendant shops as well as the honeycomb of surrounding narrow streets where homes and shops intermingle to create the atmosphere of a small village rather than a cosmopolitan town.
There are numerous excellent restaurants to choose from, ranging from those specializing in the predictably pricey exclusive cordon bleu to the gritty individuality of a backstreet Spanish bar where the Serrano ham is gently cured by tobacco smoke and the tapas cost 100 pts each and are both tasty and filling.
While walking this main street seen here in the picture, I bought a couple of reasonably priced cuban cigars to enjoy later on at a seaside cafe.
The Avenida del Mar is the perfect place to indulge in what the locals call a paseo, or walk. Meander past the sprawling sands, chic shops and countless restaurants. And don't miss the beach bars, which offer tables, lounge chairs and full service on the beach … not to mention some killer fresh seafood delicacies. The local fried fish specialties and paella are mouthwatering, inexpensive and reliably good at these bars.
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