What to do in Marbella

April 24, 2014 in Altavista property, Costa del Sol news, Marbella, Marbella Real Estate, www.altavistaproperty.com by Michael Liggan

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The mild temperatures, the sunny blue skies and the unique location of Marbella make the ideal base for exploring different areas other than ‘tourist hot spots’. Don’t forget to pack you camera!

Narrow cobbled streets, coffee-shops around picturesque squares, refreshing fountains, shops and markets and wonderful monuments like the different churches and chapels in old town. You cannot miss Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación, El Santo Cristo de la Vera Cruz or the Calvario chapel.

At Plaza de los Naranjos, along with the orange blossom scent, you can visit the Town Hall, the Casa del Corregidor and the Ermita de Santiago -Saint James Chapel.

North of Avenida del Mar you’ll find the Parque de la Alameda, a very popular meeting point around its circular fountain of El Rocío.

Some quick tips and places

Los Lagos

Views: Enjoy wonderful views from Mirador de los Flamingos

 

 

 

 

 

Las Mimosas de Puerto BanúsA spa: Not so much amenity as essential service, Las Mimosas

 

 

 

 

La Resina - selwoAn Andalusian safari: In Selwo as a safari without going far away… La Resina

 

MARBELLA TO SEE POSSIBLE COASTAL TRAIN

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.

Tapas, Spanish-style

March 21, 2014 in Costa del Sol news, Marbella, Spain News, Spain Real Estate, www.altavistaproperty.com by Michael Liggan

Tapas has become a bit of a buzzword in the last few years. These small, delicious mouthfuls of something savoury are served with a chilled white, a ‘tinto’ or a beer in every bar throughout Spain.

Everything about tapas, from the preparation to eating and enjoying it, is a uniquely Spanish experience. Tapas are made from a wonderful variety of meat, seafood, fish, vegetables, cheese or even fruit.

Eating tapas is part of the Spanish way of life, as it is the hospitality, friendship and the like for good conversation.

Are you ready to try? Let’s start with a classic:

Tortilla Española:

Ingredients (Serves 8)

450 ml Spanish olive oil

450 gr potatoes, cubed

2 onions, chopped

2 large eggs

Salt & pepper, fresh parsley to garnish

Method

1 Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy-based frying pan. Add the potato cubes and onions, then lower the heat and cook, stirring frequently so that the potatoes do not clump together, for 20 minutes or until tender but not browned. Place a sieve over a large bowl and drain the potatoes and onions well. Set aside the oil.

2 Beat the eggs lightly in a large bowl and season well with salt and pepper. Gently stir in the potatoes and onions.

3 Heat 2 tablespoons of the reserved olive oil. When hot, add the eggs and potatoes, lower the heat and cook for 3-5 minutes or until the underside is just set.

4 Cover the tortilla with a plate and invert the tortilla onto the plate. Slide the tortilla back into the frying pan and cook for 3-5 minutes or until set underneath.

5 Serve warm or cold, garnished with parsley.

The table is set!

Las Mimosas de Puerto Banús

Las Mimosas de Puerto Banús

Highly Modified Rolls Royce Phantom delivered in Marbella

July 22, 2011 in AltaVista Property Marbella, Altavista Property Spain, Marbella, Michael Liggan, www.altavistaproperty.com by Michael Liggan

Michael Liggan | Rolls Royce PhantomRetired businessman Robert Allan has just spent several hundreds of thousands of pounds creating a highly modified Rolls Royce Phantom.

Having bought the luxury motor for £200,000 in silver, Allan then engaged the expert services of London based car dealer SuperVettura and designer Pablo Rabiella to customise it.

Described as the most highly modified Phantom in the world, the 62-year old millionaire has just taken delivery of the car at his home in Marbella, Spain.

During its epic makeover the Phantom was completely stripped down before having no less than 18 layers of purple, white and yellow paint applied. Add to that an interior using 24 cowhides and copious amounts of gold and there you have what Allan hopes will be the wackiest Roller ever.


Michael Liggan of Altavista Property Spain brings you the latest news and events in and around Marbella & Puerto Banus on the Costa del Sol.

 

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