• Tom Jones plays the Starlite festival in Marbella

    Monday 2nd August 2016 saw Tom Jones take to the stage, as one of the many top flight entertainers appearing during the 6 week long Starlite festival in Marbella.Starlite festival marbella

    The Starlite festival takes place in a private setting at the Marbella Auditorium, close to the exclusive properties in Sierra Blanca on the site of an old quarry set into the side of the dramatic La Concha mountain overlooking Marbella.  You would be hard pressed to recognise this is not a fulltime venue such is the high quality of the site.

    The venue improves year on year and is a crossover of:

    • entertainment and concert venue
    • epic outdoor disco
    • fashion show
    • open air cinema
    • gourmet dining and drinking location
    • boutique shopping and luxury goods show

    Guests are met at the ample parking areas and shuttled up to the venue in executive air conditioned coaches which run non-stop.  On arrival at the venue you enter into the bowl, passing a Ford Car show this year with a nice yellow Mustang as a centrepiece.  You then enter the main after show area, which is the main hub pre and post concerts.  Here the stage acts and DJ’s keep the crowds entertained.  There is a huge dance floor, numerous fast food places and bars and VIP dining and drinking areas located around this bowl area.Tom Jones at the Starlite festival

    Under the seating for the main concert stage there are numerous stands selling great food and drinks and showcasing quality brands.

    I digress, back to Tom Jones, who had the crowd on their feet, and the girls waving their knickers with a mixture of his greatest hits, numerous gospel songs and recounting his stories from his past days in Vegas with Elvis.  His big hits Sex Bomb, It’s Not Unusual and Delila really fired up the concert and got the crowds dancing.

    A great night’s entertainment from a top entertainer.  We left about 2:00 am and the crowds were still coming in to enjoy the disco and bars.

    Highly recommended! This years’ Starlite festival runs until 26th August.

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  • Seal Marbella

    The global, and 30 million album selling, English artist Seal lit up the night last Monday at the Puente Romano Beach Resort in Marbella.

    Seal burst onto the stage just after 10pm, performing the energetic Crazy singing his way through the crowd from the back of the stadium onto the stage.  This best seller was then backed up with the well-known Solitary Brother.  Two of his best known and most energetic numbers to get the crowd up on their feet.

    Under a moonlit sky on a beautiful balmy Marbella evening Seal continued to perform a number of ballads, working his way into the crowd and telling the security guys to go and rest while he performed in among his fans.  His rendition of the Tears for Fears hit Mad World got the crowd dancing. 

    He was very interactive talking with the crowd on many occasions, discussing his family, the seating arrangements and introducing the number one ranked tennis star Novak Djokovic who was enjoying the concert along with the rest of the crowd!  

    The Puente Romano on the glamorous Marbella Golden Mile is a superb venue for this type of thing.  We are not talking a huge arena or a football stadium. This is basically a tennis court, albeit a very glamorous centre court.  It is a very intimate venue with every seat in the house enjoying superb views, up close to the artist.

    Seal proved to a very popular act here in Marbella, with all the seats selling out prior to the concert. A great performer who completed almost 2 hours on stage, ending the night, along with the crowd, singing probably his most famous hit – Kiss From a Rose!  A great finish to a great moonlit balmy evening in a great venue!

    For those who are too late for Seal, Marbella’s famous Starlite Festival is in full swing at the moment offering numerous great acts, and the organisers of this concert’s other headline act Simply Red are due on stage in Fuengirola, on 18th August.

    You can see our full Seal in Marbella image gallery on the YouGoDo facebook page

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  • New Marbella party boat!

    Summer has now arrived here on the Costa del Sol (temperatures have already exceeded 40c so it could be along hot summer), and for those looking to enjoy the heat and spend some great time chilling out on the Mediterranean, this year there is a new and unique option for group of between 10 and 45 people.  

    Just launched this year the Sea Experience boat, a 60 foot mono hull boat which has just been fully refurbished and specifically redesigned to provide ultimate fun at sea for groups, features a range of unique activities and services including SUP (stand up paddleboards), kayaks, snorkelling equipment, towels, chill-out poufs, quality music system, TV screens, etc.  Guests can even upgrade their private boat party experiences with the installation of a jacuzzi up front, or even play golf “at sea”.  The unique golfing experience has players swinging to hit ecologically biodegradable golf balls in a target shooting competition from the open back of boat.


    The Sea Experience boat offers guest parties several open bar options, and the possibility of enjoying high quality cuisine on board.


    Cruise in the heat of the day, dipping in and out of the water as you wish or experience your own private group sunset cruise with a party on board to celebrate a birthday or any other celebration.

     Hen and Stag Boat Charters in Marbella

    Hen and stag boat parties are catered for on this superb vessel, it is the perfect boat for private and collective Marbella boat parties. It will be certainly be a very memorable event, with your hen or bachelor group enjoying a glass of Champagne in the jacuzzi or dancing with the stunning views of the sun setting over the Costa del Sol, Gibraltar or even Morocco as the backdrop.


    Thanks to its huge capacity and unique design, the boat is also ideal for Corporate events (incentive boat trips, team building games at sea, watersports competitions, etc).


    The owners of the boat offer fully tailor-made charters to meet your exact expectations.  Guests can set their own perfect cruise/party duration.  Itineraries may include dolphin spotting, anchoring up at many of the superb beach clubs in the Marbella, San Pedro and Estepona areas, coastal sightseeing and watersports.  Catering options are also tailored to your needs and team building games can be included.


    The Sea Experience is moored in the pretty marina of Estepona, but guests can choose to embark from Puerto Banus, Marbella, La Duquesa or Sotogrande (conditions apply).


    Should you need transport to/from any of these marinas, this can also be organized for you.


    As well as these private boat parties, you can also enjoy a collective trip during the summer months (usually on Sundays) and share the boat with other passengers.


    Its great to see this superb new fully customisable boat option on the Costa del Sol, offering visitors a range of unique group trips which can be tailored to meet their needs.  A superb new option for charters designed specifically for groups of up to 45 passengers looking for an unforgettable experience at sea off Marbella – more details here www.SeaExperience.es.

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  • Great places to visit from Marbella – Setenil de Las Bodegas

    Setenil de las Bodegas

    This beautiful Andalusian village, with a population of about 3,000 inhabitants has been voted amongst the most beautiful places to visit in Europe.  It is a pretty whitewashed village built on both sides of the Rio Trejo within a dramatic gorge created by the river in years gone by.

    What makes Sentenil such a spectacular place to visit is the way past generations of the village have made their homes and livings in buildings built into the rock walls of the gorge.  Two areas are particularly striking to visit the Calles Cuevas del Sol and the Calle Cuevas del Sombre, which translate into the street of the caves in the sun and the street of the caves in the shade.

    Here there are numerous shops, restaurants and bars built under the dramatic overhanging rocks.  On the Calle Cuevas de Sombre the whole road is covered by the overhanging rocks creating the shade described in the street name. 

    Calle Jaboneria (named after the now closed soap factory) at the North of Calle Cueves del Sol offers a beautiful walk down beside the river, out of the village passing the local houses built into the rocks, with superb views of the village centre, it’s church and the 12th century castle.

    In the hilly town centre near the church there are beautiful plazas, such as the Plaza de Andalucia, with great bars and restaurants to visit while taking in the pretty village views.

    How to get to Setenil de las Bodegas from Marbella

    It is about a 90 minute drive from Marbella to Setenil, and it is simple to get to.  Head to Ronda (well worth a visit too) then continue round the new ring road before taking the road towards Campillos.  Shortly afterwards on the left you take the road to Arriate, pass through Arriate and you will find Setenil de las Bodegas.

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  • Live Music in Marbella this Summer

    Marbella music fans, both locals and visitors, are being treated to some great line-ups for the summer of 2016. 

    Big names playing in the Marbella area this year include Simply Red, Tom Jones, Seal, Status Quo, Kaiser Chiefs, the Stereophonics, Jess Glynn, Brian Ferry, Toploader,  and the All Saints.

    Simply Red have the epic pleasure of rocking the famous old Sohail Castle on the outskirts of Fuengirola on August 18th.  A great venue in this historic open roofed venue at the top of a small hill.  Enjoy a drink and take in the summer breezes while enjoying the music.

    Seal is playing the famous 5* Puente Romano Beach Resort on Monday 18th July.  A very exclusive and intimate venue for a concert which takes part using the seating from the centre court of the resort’s tennis club.  A great place to enjoy cocktails and feel up close to the artist.See Simply Red in Fuengirola

    The Kaiser Chiefs take to the stage in the Pozuelo Torremolinos Football Stadium on 6th August.

    Tom Jones and Status Quo are part of a huge lineup playing at Marbella’s ever popular and growing Starlite Festival.  This huge event running from the 14th July through to the 20th August feature s superb lineup of artists including Robert Plant, Santana, Charles Aznavour, Il Divo, Malu and The Corrs.

    These high society Marbella concerts take place in the old Quarry set into the dramatic La Concha mountain which towers over Marbella.  The whole area is converted into an open air auditorium, and excellent concert  venue complete with exclusive catering, bars and a lively late night disco.

    Starlite Marbella, which started in 2012, is considered one of Europe’s greatest social events featuring not only music but also including gastronomy, disco, arts, fashion and cinema.

    As usual the Gibraltar Music Festival, which takes place on the 3rd and 4th of September 2016, features a superb line up with a great mix of  acts to keep the old and young listeners happy!  The Stereophonics, All Saints, KT Tunstall, Jesse Glynne, Brian Ferry, Toploader, Rosario and the local band Frontiers are among the many bands in this years event.  Like Starlite this event has grown dramatically in the past few years moving from a single evening, single stage event to a multi day and multi stage festival.  Another great location for an open air concert with the dramatic rock of Gibraltar as the backdrop.

    Summer in Marbella is a great time to go and watch a concert, with the evening temperatures superb for enjoying music outdoors in the evening breezes.  Get along and enjoy one of the many great concerts.

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  • Visit Jerez this June for the World GP Bike Legends

    Motorcycle Racing Fans of a certain age will be delighted to know that a new classic motorcycle racing event is staging its very first (of hopefully many annual)n classic bike racing events this June at the superb Jerez de la Frontera circuit, just a few hours drive from Marbella. 

    The World GP Bike Legends event will take place from the 19th - 21st June, and looks like being a superb weekend for biking fans of all ages.  Some of the key reasons to get yourself up to Jerez:

    • An amazing field of top quality riders with over 30 World Championships between them – rider like Freddie Soencer, Kevin Schwantz,  Wayne Gardener, Christian Sarron, Loris Capirossi, Angel Nieto, Carlos Lavado, Phil Read, etc. 
    • A chance to see these greats racing their classic 2-stroke bikes again – see 14 races over the weekend with Saturday qualifying and Friday free practice sessions.
    • A top class range of popular biker supporting entertainment with live music from Bionnie Tyler, James Toseland (Double World Superbike Champions and MotoGp rider) and several world famous tribute bands including QueenMania and The ZZ Tops on stage playing numerous hits from the iconic 70s, 80s and 90s., classic bike displays, comedy, a trials show and trade village. 
    • The opportunity to get up close to the biking heroes and legendary machinery from the past in an informal open-paddock.
    • The chance to visit and enjoy the legendary Jerez Circuit, a venue which easily handles 250,000 fanatical bike fans over a weekend (as it did earlier this month for the MotoGP).
    • Our beautiful southern Spanish weather!  Unlike Spa and the Isle of Man you should only require shorts and T- Shirts,  It will be hot!

    This event is ‘the ultimate weekend for any fan of classic grand prix motorcycle racing’ and an excellent opportunity to enjoy biking nostalgia from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s on the doorstep of Marbella.

    The organisers stress this event is racing focused, the first event of its type to pit legendary riders from the sport’s golden era against each another on the 2-stroke bikes they rode to World Championships.  Riders will race in three categories - 125cc, 250cc and 500cc.

    If you have attended a motorcycle race in Spain you will know just how fanatical the Spanish are about their bike racing!  May be wise to bring ear plugs for use inside and outside the circuit!

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  • The Kings Walk at El Chorro

    The most exciting new attraction in Spain is now open and it’s just a 90 minute drive from Marbella!The Kings Walk at El Chorro Spain

    The Caminito del Rey, or as us English say it the Kings Walk in Andalucia is now open. Well the ‘new’ Kings Walk has now been re-opened is a little more accurate. The old Kings Walk fell into a state of bad disrepair many years ago and became known as the ‘World’s most dangerous walkway’. In recent years it has been closed to the public after several tragic deaths, only being used by daredevils and experienced climbers. 

    But its great news that, after a multi-million euro renovation, the new Kings Walk is now open. This is probably the biggest new attraction in Spain and possibly the best new natural attraction in Europe. It’s a breath-taking activity in an area of breath-taking beauty. 

    A must do activity, for those who love the great outdoors and adventure, when visiting Andalucia

    What is the Caminito del Rey?

    A wooden walkway, clinging to the near vertical cliff edges, over 100m above the bottom of a beautiful gorge, the Kings Walk is an amazing feat of engineering and a stunning high thrills way of seeing the Gorge. It is attached to the steep cliffs of the spectacular 700m deep Desfiladero de los Gaitanes gorge, which was carved by the river Guadalhorce and is only a dramatic 10 meters wide in places. 

    The walkway runs for 3km with the old ‘World’s Most Dangerous Walkway’ which has been left in place run close by. Taking a look at the old walkway you will understand why the vultures and eagles are circling overhead! 

    The new walkaway offers ‘most’ of the thrills of the old walkway without the life threatening element!

    Where is the new Kings Walk?

    The Kings Walk is located in the spectacular El Chorro area, just north of Alora and east of Ardales. It is about a 90 minute drive from Marbella. Head North from La Cañada past Ojen and Monda heading toward Alora or Ardales. Both routes offer beautiful scenery. The route from Ardales takes you past the lakes and the route via Alora takes you up the river valler alongside the old aquaducts. 

    This is an area I love to visit – see previous posts on this Blog about El Chorro. It’s a highly recommended day out.

    Things to do in El Chorro

    The Kings Walk at El ChorroThis area is a great playground for lovers of outdoor sports and activities. There are numerous climbing schools offering rock climbing in the area. The lakes are popular, especially in the summer months for swimming, kayaking and fishing. Locals dive and jump from the surrounding cliffs into the lake below. 

    Horse riding and mountain biking are also great activities in these spectacular surroundings.

    Caminito del Rey tickets?

    Tickets can be booked online from the website here, but a warning for those wanting to walk the walk as soon as possible. 

    Due to the expected huge demand, for such a great new activity and limited availability, it is currently fully booked for the first few months.

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  • la Vuelta in Marbella

    Regular readers of this blog will realise I love cycling in Spain :-)  So much so I rode the length of Spain in 2012 - an epic experience.See the Vuelta in Marbella

    So I could not be happier that Spain’s famous La Vuelta cycling race is coming to Marbella.  La Vuelta de España 2015, a little like the Tour de France only in better weather!, takes place in 2015 from 22nd August until the 13th September.  

    The great news for the many cycling fans living in, and visiting, Marbella is the fact that the race kicks off from this epic resort, and then sticks around with several stages (etapas not to be confused with tapas!) starting from many local venues before the race heads north.

    The opening time trail will see the world’s greatest cyclists competing in a short 7.4km time trail sprint race starting from the glamorous marina of Puerto Banus and ending in Marbella.

    For those wanting to see a little more racing in the local mountains the second stage will see riders heading out from Alhaurin de la Torre, just in the hills inland from Malaga Airport before heading into the mountains passing through Coin (just inland from Marbella), Pizarra, Alora and El Chorro.  El Chorro is a personal favourite destination of mine and it will be a superb place to watch the race.

    And there’s more!  The race continues in the area, the next day.  Stage 3 sees riders head out from the beautiful mountainside whitewashed village of Mijas (just inland from Fuengirola – about a 30 minute drive from Marbella) and head through Alhaurin el Grande (I hope they resurface that road as its dire!), Cartama, Campanillos, Colmenar, dropping down to Velez-Malaga on the coast before flat-ish ride into Malaga.  Another great place to enjoy a great night out and a stay over!

    And then one last local stage before the race heads off to cover the rest of this splendid country. Stage 4 starts in Estepona and heads out west to Vejer de la Frontera via Cadiz (yet another great place to visit and spend the night!).

    Real devotees may want to chase the race for one more day as stage 5 starts in Cordoba (pack the cases its another great destination!) and heads out into the achingly pretty Alpujarras region.

    Bring it on - Can’t wait!  

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  • Marbella Activities for Petrolheads

    Motoring things to do in Marbella

    The next few days sees some great motoring action taking place in the Marbella area.  Petrol heads and motor racing enthusiasts have a great choice of activities in the coming week.Classic Car and Bike Show in Malaga

    The Classic Car and Bike Show in Malaga

    The Palacio de Ferias y Congresos in Malaga (the really modern building on the side of the main MA20 motorway which passes the airport next to the main Malaga Feria Ground) is hosting the Retro Auto & Moto Málaga, Salón del Vehículo Clásico.  Or as we know it a Classic Motor and Motorcycle Show.  This takes place from Friday 31st January 2015 until Sunday 1st February 2015.

    A great place to get nostalgic and take in the sights and sounds of some of the best motors of the past.  I will be going along to take a look!

    Here are the opening times and prices:

    Friday 30th from 16:00 to 21:00

    Saturday 31st from 10:00 to 21:00 

    Sunday 1st  from 10:00 to 20:00


    Day entry €8,00

    For 2-3 days €12,00

    Visitors in Classic cars**: €4,00

    * Kid up to 10 free.

    F1 2015 Season Testing at JerezJerez 1 Testing each winter

    The usual start session for the 2015 Formula 1 season will be taking place with most the major teams testing their new cars for the upcoming season at the Jerez de la Frontera Circuit, just a few hours’ drive from Marbella. 

    This is a great opportunity to see and hear the new cars as their star drivers put them through their paces at the excellent Jerez Circuit.  And it is sually nice and sunny and a good deal cheaper than paying to watch a race!

    The four-day test takes place from 1st to 4th February. 

    Who will be driving and when?  The below list shows the drivers expected to be out on track each day 

    Mercedes: Nico Rosberg (Sunday, Tuesday), Lewis Hamilton (Monday, Wednesday) 

    Red Bull: Daniel Ricciardo (TBA), Daniil Kvyat (TBA) 

    Williams: Valtteri Bottas (Sunday, Monday), Felipe Massa (Tuesday, Wednesday) 

    Ferrari: Sebastian Vettel (TBA), Kimi Raikkonen (TBA) 

    McLaren: Fernando Alonso (Sunday, Tuesday), Jenson Button (Monday, Wednesday) 

    Force India: Nico Hulkenberg (TBA), Sergio Perez (TBA)* 

    Lotus: Romain Grosjean (TBA), Pastor Maldonado (TBA) 

    Sauber: Marcus Ericsson (Sunday, Wednesday), Felipe Nasr (Monday, Tuesday) 

    Toro Rosso: Carlos Sainz Jr (Sunday, Tuesday), Max Verstappen (Monday, Wednesday) 

    Take a look at these great activities if you have missed these event and you are looking for some great motoring fun in Marbella.

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  • Wish they all could be Marbella girls......

    Very quick blog today to remind those in Marbella that the Starlite festival kicks off this evening in Nagueles with the opening concert by the famous Beach Boys!

    Should be a great start to a great event.  

    Tom Jones was also one of the last to be confirmed and he can be seen on the 17th August.  Tom last appeared in Marbella at the Puente Romano a few years back - a great night!

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