April 4, 2014 in Alta Vista Property Spain, Altavista Spain, Costa del Sol news, Marbella, Marbella Info by Michael Liggan

corredor_mediterraneoSpain’s Ministry of Public Works has ordered a study to investigate the possibility of running a coastal train from Malaga to Marbella.

At present, a viability study is the first step towards a potential coastline train. The first stage will be to determine the number of customers who would use the potential service along the Costa del Sol. The study is to be carried out by engineering consultant Ineco, who will look into possible routes, financial feasibility and how to fund the project if it is carried out.

As it stands, Marbella is currently the only city with more than 100,000 inhabitants that does not have a train station. Plans for a train line along the coast and a train station in the area have reportedly ‘been in the pipeline’ for years. Currently the train line only runs as far as Fuengirola, however the study will determine whether the line needs to be extended as far as Marbella or even further to Estepona. The study is the first stage for a possible coastal train line, however it has not been confirmed as a definite project and the Ministry of Public Works will await Ineco’s findings.

Marbella is a tourist favourite and sees particular interest from those looking for a luxury lifestyle and high-end properties. With excellent facilities available and of interest for those wishing to play golf, Marbella welcomes a high number of tourists every year and is one of the leading areas for tourism in Spain. Puerto Banús is one of the most visited areas in Marbella, particularly for its marina, and a coastal train could send visitor figures even higher.

Michael Liggan | Tivoli World: 40 years of fun on the Costa del Sol

August 28, 2012 in Altavista property, AltaVista Property Marbella, Altavista Spain,, Michael Liggan, by Michael Liggan

This year one of the Costa del Sol’s most popular tourist attractions celebrates four successful decades. Located in Benalmádena, this entertainment park still offers an excellent day out for all the family, with a 60-metre Free Fall Tower, the Techno Jump, which is specifically designed to test the nerves, and the ever-popular Passage of Terror.  The youngest members of the family never fail to enjoy a tour of the park in the little sightseeing train.

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However, over the years Tivoli World has also gained a name for its excellent shows, which range from classic magic acts and children’s shows to full-scale theatrical productions. This year, in order to mark the park’s 40th year, visitors will be able to enjoy a performance from the Russian Circus, entry to which will be free to all who have paid their usual entry fee to Tivoli World.

Since it first opened its gates in May 1972, Tivoli World has played host to some major names in the world of music, including the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, Julio Iglesias, Alejandro Sanz, Isabel Pantoja, Cuba’s Antonio Machín and Lola, Lolita, Antonia, Carmona and Rosario Flores. During this time Tivoli has also welcomed more than 30 million guests, who have arrived to enjoy the constantly changing rides and shows or to eat at one of the park’s restaurants.

Perhaps Tivoli World’s great success and longevity can best be described as a perfect balance between continuity (many of the performers have been appearing in shows at the park for several decades) and innovation (the attractions and rides need to continue to provide the adrenaline rush that visitors anticipate).

The fact that this extraordinarily successful entertainment park has continued to thrive throughout good times and bad is a tribute to its owners, who have continued to develop it. Bent Olsen built and developed Tivoli in the first place and it was later bought by the Grupo Tremón, who continue to create and invest.

One point of real continuity has been the involvement of Espectáculos Mundo, the company that has been responsible for the theatrical productions since the earliest days.

Daniel Rodríguez, the company’s director, stated that the longstanding relationship between Espectáculos Mundo and the park’s owners could be attributed to Tivoli World being like ‘one big family’.

Like many big families, Benalmádena’s most popular venue has been through some transformations, but its ability to adapt to changing tastes and demands means that it is quite likely that the Costa del Sol’s residents and visitors will be celebrating its centenary in 2072!

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Altavista Property Spain | Saudi Arabia’s Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz to invest in Estepona

July 31, 2012 in AltaVista Property Marbella, Altavista Spain, by Michael Liggan

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Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz

Hot on the heels of the news about the huge amount of Qatari money that will be dedicated to developing and improving the area in and around Marbella’s La Bajadilla port comes the very welcome report of an equally sizeable investment in Estepona.

While abounding in personality and authenticity, Estepona has traditionally lacked the same degree of international attention as its glamorous sister, so the confirmation that Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz, heir to Saudi Arabia’s throne, plans to plough millions of dollars into the town must be music to the ears of Mayor José María García Urbano.

Prince Salman’s plans involve the construction of 1,477 properties in the popular El Paraíso area of the town and the complex will include a six-star hotel. While six and seven-star hotels are relatively commonplace in Dubai, offering a mind-boggling level of service, this will be a first for Estepona; giving guests the chance to enjoy the experience of discovering how royalty feels.

Planning permission for this project was first applied for in 2008 and the Junta de Andalucía still has officially to rubber stamp the deal, but few doubt that the Prince will be given the necessary clearance. It is believed that the project will net Estepona’s hard-pressed town hall a total of two million euros.

Prince Salman is already well known as a great fan of Estepona and is expected to arrive to spend some time at his opulent holiday home sometime this summer with a prince’s entourage.

His royal status apart, Prince Salman is also Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, and started his political career at the tender age of 19, when his father, King Abdulaziz, appointed him Emir of Riyadh, where he gained a reputation as a man who disliked corruption. Now 77 years old and with many years of experience behind him, the Prince is said to be an experienced and skilful politician who enjoys cultivating close relationships with the world’s most influential journalists.

Internationally Prince Salman is also very active, despite having experienced a stroke that has permanently weakened his left arm but has not affected his stamina; in recent months he has visited President Obama and the UK’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, and pretty soon he will once again be turning his attention to this region as he focuses on development plans that will provide a boost for the town’s economy.


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