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Marbella Family Fun Weekly Newsletter -- August 17, 2012
August 17, 2012

Marbella Family Fun update - Friday August 17, 2012

* English movie listings

This is the listing for movies that are playing in Marbella and on the Costa del Sol in English from Friday August 17th until Thursday August 23rd.

Cines Gran Marbella Puerto Banus
The Bourne Legacy

Fuengirola Cinesur Miramar:
The Bourne Legacy
The Pirates

Plaza Mayor Malaga:
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted 2D
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted 3D
Prometheus 2D
Prometheus 3D
The Amazing Spiderman 2D
Ice Age 4
The Dictator
The Bourne Legacy
The Pirates 3D
The Pirates 2D
The Dark Knight Rises

Click here to find movie times and locations...

* Café de Ronda

If you're looking for that special little cafe in downtown Marbella, head to Cafe de Ronda. The terrace is very pleasant and inviting where you can chill with a glass of wine or order a full meal. Try "pan con tomato" - the traditional Andalucian breakfast of an open baguette spread with crushed tomatoes, drizzled with olive oil and a dash of salt & pepper. Yum! Click here to read more...

TIP: Best to head to the central parking lot in Marbella next to Parque de la Alameda and walk to Café de Ronda. Browse through the shops on the way.

* The Great Nutrition Company

The Great Nutrition Company has amazing products that help control and manage many lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, candidiasis, metabolic syndrome X and much more. Lifestyle Assistance, for example, is specifically structured to cut overeating and junk food cravings, which many of us have been guilty of over the summer holidays. Check out the many "nutraceuticals" that they offer to help overcome these lifestyle issues. Click here to read more…

TIP: Located in Marbella, however they deliver worldwide!

* Duck n Dive Swim School

One of the most important things you need to do, whether you are on holiday or live on the Costa del Sol, is to GET YOUR KIDS TO LEARN HOW TO SWIM! Duck n Dive Swim School offers courses in Cancelada, Marbella, Coin, Fuengirola and Calahonda. All classes are taught in clean pools by qualified instructors who speak English, Danish and Spanish. Or private lessons can be arranged in your own pool at home or in your community. Get organized and just do it! Click here to read more...

* Team Xtreme Marbella

If you're looking for some fun and adventure in Marbella, contact Team Xtreme. They are very professional and organize the most amazing trips to discover the local nature around us. We loved their canyoning trip and I am really keen to try out the downhill mountain biking from Ronda (85% downhill).

Don't know what canyoning is? Watch the video! This trip is highly recommended and safer to do with a guide. Click here to read more…

TIP: Team Xtreme is fully insured and legally registered in Spain, giving you peace of mind that you are dealing with a professional company.

* Maison Afrique du Sud

Looking for a new sofa couch? Check out the amazing pieces at Maison Afrique du Sud just across from the Marbella Club Hotel. If you have a house full of kids, you'll love the loose covers that are simple to remove and replace in case they get too dirty. Ingenious!

They also have a great selection on quality dining and coffee tables, white wicker chairs and special umbrellas for the terrace or garden straight from South Africa. Click here to read more…

* The Original Dolphin Safari

With this kind of weather, how about a trip to Gibraltar to see the dolphins with the Original Dolphin Safari? You are guaranteed to see hundreds of dolphins. Our family had an amazing trip with this company and the service was great. Combine it with a tour of the rock. You'll get great photos from the boat too. Click here to read more...

TIP: Watch the video and read the reviews before you head out. You’ll get a better idea of what to expect.

* Osaka Japanese Restaurant

If you want really good sushi at reasonable prices go to Osaka in Cancelada. It's worth the extra 10 -15 min drive. A couple recently visiting Marbella told me they paid 26 euro for a sushi roll in Puente Romano hotel. Really, you don't need to do this. Osaka has the best sushi, a fun tepanyaki show the kids love and plenty of choices for fussy eaters. Just watch the short video and you’ll see what I mean. Click here to read more...

TIP: Treat yourself to some mochi for dessert. They have vanilla ice cream and red bean paste. Green tea coming soon!

* Benahavis Fair

Benahavis fair (Feria de Benahavis) continues until Saturday August 18th. Things to do for kids at 13.00 and between 17.00 and 19.00. There is also a motor trial competition on Sunday, near the municipal swimming pool.

Don't miss free gazpacho, Kids Magic Party, flamenco and dancing tonight! Click here to read more…

TIP: Benahavis is a charming little village just 15 minutes from Marbella that is renowned for its high quality restaurants. Reservations are recommended for dinner in August. It gets pretty packed here in summer.

* Dog needs new home

Another dog needs a new home and one of our readers posted, "Hi, my name is Moya and I am 5 years old. I am looking for a new home, and hope you can help me! I am a lovable, affectionate dog that loves cuddles. I have grown up with three kids, so I love kids. I am also used to people, as there has always been people in and out where I live now. If you are looking for a companion, or know someone that could use some loving company - please, share this photo or call us at 619809611. Thank you, Moya x."

If you can help out, contact Mona at the number above or at least share the posting on your Facebook wall. You can find the posting on our Facebook page (Scroll down to August 16). Click here to read more…

* Dynamic Walk-A-Thon

Why not discover Marbella and raise money for a good cause at the same time? The Dynamic Walk-A-Thon takes place this Saturday August 18th. The walk starts at Dynamic Gym in Marbella. 25 euro per person and all proceeds go to charities EVA LONGORIA FOUNDATION and LA FUNDACIÓN CESARE SCARIOLO. Click here to read more…

TIP: Found this event on Calendapp (really cool iPhone app for events).

* Picnic in the park

Enjoy a picnic in the park in Benahavis on August 25th with "A Little Night Music" performance by The Two Sopranos and classical ballet from the Marbella Dance School. The event takes place at Parque Torre Leoneras in Benahavis starting at 9:30pm (gates open at 9pm).

Entry is 10 euro (children free) and all money goes to support Cudeca Cancer Hospice. Bring your own picnic for the interval, raffle and silent auction. For more details contact Caroline at

* Marbella parking meters

FYI: Parking meters in Marbella are free on holidays. You will also find free parking Monday to Friday 2:00-4:00 and 8:00pm to 9:00am. Free on Saturdays after 2:00pm and all day on Sundays. Otherwise, you just stick your coins in the meter and the time that the ticket expires will appear on the screen in front of you. Keep putting money in until the time you desire appears. Then press the green button (OK) and the ticket will pop out at the bottom of the meter. Place this piece of paper on the car dashboard so that the meter checkers can see the time.

If you find a ticket from the police (if you have gone overtime), check first if you can pay a fine (usually 3 euro) in the meter. You get about 30 minutes slack. If you are longer than that, then it gets really complicated. You will have to go to the town hall ticket payment center and then pay at a local bank.

* Chinese shops

A little tip we got in a private message to our mailbox: "So, I found the most amazing China store EVER. I found it by mistake one day when I was lost trying to find my way back to San Pedro.

It's gigantic and the best place to buy Spanish cachibaches...not the best of quality but you can find everything. I bought Sevillana dresses for 6.50, Spanish soccer uniforms for 8 euros, Spanish flags for 2 euros and lots of other junk to take back home as gifts.

The name is MEGA-CHINA and address is av de Valle-inclan 12 , campana de nueva andalucia. Phone is 691829529."

* Looking for apartment

One of our readers is looking for an apartment and asks, "Can anyone help me with a fully equipped apartment, townhouse rental from 17th September for about a month. Re-locating to Marbella and need a temp home whilst looking for a permanent one. Ideally near Marbella, P Banus, San Pedro. 2 beds and 2 baths, pool. For 3 adults. Thanks"

You can respond to Karen Dingley on our Facebook page. Scroll down to Wednesday August 15. Click here to read more…

* Hiking in the mountains

This is why you should take a guide with you to the mountains if you aren't an experienced climber in Spain. 280 injured and 47 die in mountain accidents in Spain in 2012. Click here to read more…

* Malaga Fair

The Feria de Malaga is running until August 19th, so if you haven't been, I'd recommend spending the day down there. The atmosphere is super festive! Click here to read more…

* XVII Festival de Carnaval

Enjoy the festivities at the XVII Festival de Carnaval - Saturday August 25th at 9:00pm in the Auditorium of Parque de la Constitucion in Marbella. Click here to read more…

* The Human Body Exhibition

If you want to escape the heat for a few hours, head to The Human Body Exhibition at the Palacio de Congresos de Marbella this weekend. This is one of the most famous science exhibitions in the world and is exhibiting for the first time in Spain. It contains over 200 pieces, including human bodies and organs that are complete as well as in partial sections. Click here to read more…

TIP: Read the reviews first if you are taking small children.

* Sand sculpture festival

Look out for the 1st International Sand Sculpture Festival "The Grand Sand" at Playa de Levante in Marbella which runs until October 14. Well known artists come from all over Europe to present their work, which must be 3 - 6 meters tall and use a space of 1600 sq. m. Competitions with young artists, students from art schools, and kid sandcastle competitions as well as sand sculpture workshops open to the public. Click here to read more…

* Tarifa

If you are staying in Marbella for more than just a few days, we highly recommend a trip to Tarifa. The beaches are absolutely stunning and the natural environment is totally chill. You won’t regret it.

Avoid going on a weekend or leave really early if you do. Last Sunday friends of ours spent 3 hours in traffic to get there, when it usually takes about 1.5 hours from Marbella. Click here to read more…

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Thank you... and see you next Friday.
Zoriana - Marbella Family Fun

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