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The art of painting light at the Thyssen

The new exhibition at the Malaga gallery consists of works by Catalan painters and sculptors of the 19th and 20th centuries.

The title of an artwork, Children in the Light of a Street Lamp, conjures up a picture in our imagination of what the exhibition will consist of before we have even stepped over the threshold into the Museo Thyssen. The new temporary exhibition will take the viewer on a journey, discovering the techniques of some of the greatest Spanish artists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Luis Graner, the artist responsible for Children in the Light of a Street Lamp, begins a unique story with his painting, the light flowing from the left-hand side of the picture, illuminating the two little girls. This story continues throughout the exhibition, Pintar la Luz.

Other Catalan masters such as Mariano Fortuny, Eliseo Meifrèn, Antoni Tàpies and Santiago Rusiñol, take their brushes or chisels to delve into the light and shadow of different genres: female figures, male figures, landscapes, nudes, floral and abstract paintings. 

All of the paintings show the gradual move towards the modernism and avant-garde influences that were seeping into Spain from Europe at the time.

The exhibition is open until 17 October, Tuesday to Sunday from 10am until 8pm. Entrance is 10 euros.

Published by Claudi San Martin in Sur in English

Beach preparations under way on the Costa del Sol for a summer with fewer restrictions

Rincón de la Victoria, Estepona, Vélez-Málaga, Marbella and Fuengirola councils have applied for extra sand on those that suffered storm damage.

All hopes for economic recovery are being focused on the forthcoming summer season and town councils are rushing to get their beaches ready for the imminent arrival of visitors from elsewhere in Spain and abroad. Everyone is hoping that things will be as close as possible to the way they were before the coronavirus pandemic. 


Drones. Mijas will be using lifesaving drones to monitor its beaches again this summer.

Lifeguard service. About 200 lifeguards have been contracted in the province this year.

Application. Rincón de la Victoria has a mobile phone app to control the numbers of people on beaches and will analyse the sand regularly

The Junta de Andalucía was the first administration to indicate a return to normality, back in April, when it decided not to contract anti-Covid monitors this year, on the basis that as people are now well aware of the rules nobody is needed to enforce them. 

Even so, some councils such as Estepona have said they will be putting up signs as reminders, and in Rincón de la Victoria councillor Sergio Díaz says there will be monitors on the beaches to inform people about the anti-Covid measures. 

All the councils are repeating the same extra hygiene and disinfecting precautions as last year, such as increased cleaning in the lavatories, showers and access ramps. In Estepona, for example, sources at the town hall say the toilet modules will be open between midday and 8pm and will be cleaned four times a day. 

Three municipalities in particular stand out for their Covid precautions. Rincón de la Victoria has an app to control the number of people on its beaches, will analyse the sand and water quality regularly, and has contracted ‘scum-skimmer’ boats. 

Vélez-Málaga will once again mark out squares on its main beaches to help people respect social distancing. 

Also, on 8 May Marbella council announced that when the state of alarm came to an end the following day, a local decree would come into effect under which all its beaches will be closed between midnight and 6am. This was to stop people heading for the beaches to party after the bars have closed. 

That announcement coincided with the start of the lifeguard service at weekends, from 11am to 6.30pm. There will be 21 of them in Marbella, monitoring 15 of the beaches, until the start of the peak season when a full service will be provided. This year there will be over 40 lifeguards in total. 

In general, the lifeguard service will start all along the Malaga coast on 15 June. There will be 23 lifeguards in Estepona, 30 in Rincón de la Victoria, about 20 in Torrox and 73 in Mijas.

Mijas council will also be using lifesaving drones. They introduced these last year to control the number of people on the beaches, and this summer there will be larger ones with the ability to carry inflatable lifejackets. 


Apart from the Covid-19 precautions, beach maintenance will also be stepped up as usual during this summer season, with cleaning being carried out early in the morning or at night to minimise inconvenience to beach users. 

Several town halls have requested assistance from the Coastal Authority in preparing their beaches. Fuengirola has applied for a regeneration plan because storms have damaged the lifeguard towers and buried shower trays and wooden and concrete walkways under sand in many places. In the meantime, council workers are using equipment to move heavy elements. 

Marbella approved a similar request at the council meeting in April, when the Partido Popular proposed that the projects to stabilise the beaches and bring more sand to certain places should be facilitated. As a result, on 5 May a proposal to provide 200,000 cubic metres of sand to the area between La Venús beach and Punta Ancón was put on public display. 

Estepona has also applied for sand for six of its beaches, including those which suffered serious damage at El Padrón and El Ángel. 

In La Axarquía, the areas which were worst affected by the storms were Los Rubios in Torre de Benagalbón and a stretch of coast close to Arroyo Granadillas, in Rincón de la Victoria, while in Vélez-Málaga the council has applied for help to prepare the beaches at Torre del Mar, Chilches, Valle-Niza and La Caleta de Vélez, and Torrox has done the same for El Peñoncillo. 

Meanwhile, on the western coast, Mijas is still waiting for its application for 15,000 cubic metres of sand to be approved. Sources at the Coastal Authority say that normally action is taken when beaches suffer damage from bad weather and do not regenerate naturally.

Published by Joaquina Dueñas in Sur in English

Madrid fair pumps optimism into the tourism industry


Authorities from Andalucía were positive at Fitur, which was held face-to-face with strict Covid protocol, but stressed the importance of recovering UK visitors.

There was optimism this week within the tourism industry as the Fitur international tourism fair officially opened its doors in Madrid on Wednesday.

This is the first major face-to-face event in the industry since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and as such has become a symbolic starting signal of the recovery of the sector. 

“The Costa del Sol awaits everyone with open arms,” said the president of the provincial authority and Costa tourist board Francisco Salado in Madrid earlier this week. 

Along with other local authorities, he visited the central Puerta del Sol metro station which has been renamed Costa del Sol this week as part of the area’s Fitur promotion in the capital.

Around 80 organisations from Malaga province, including town halls and businesses, as well as 150 industry professionals, are taking part in the tourism fair, which runs until Sunday with strict Covid-10 health and safety procedures in place.

The Andalucía stand at the fair was opened on Wednesday by President Juanma Moreno and Vice-President and regional Tourism Minister Juan Marín. 

Moreno said the region had gone to Fitur with “positive expectations” but stressed the importance of the region recovering British visitors “as soon as possible”. He called for the Spanish government to push firmly for a safe air corridor with the UK. 

“Andalucía is a safe destination,” stressed Marín, saying that ongoing meetings were being held to ensure that Spain can move from the UK’s amber to green holiday destination list.

Published by Pilar Martinez in Sur in English

Sale | Venta | Cortijo Roca Tranquila Costa del Sol

Unique house for sale in Spain: “Cortijo Roca Tranquila”, Fuengirola Costa del Sol | Casa única en venta en España: “Cortijo Roca Tranquila”, Fuengirola Costa del Sol.

Detailed information in English can be found below the photos | La información detallada en español se puede encontrar debajo de las fotos.


Majestically situated in the hills on the west coast of the Costa del Sol, with an impressive view to the sea.

Baron Killish Von Horn built the house in days gone by, on one of the largest and most unspoiled plots in the area. Today the house has been completely restored, with elegant, original details, together with state-of-the-art modern facilities. The total construction of the house is 1,618m² on 4,740m² of land.

The house is divided in several independent areas, ideal for highlife society.

Cortijo Roca Tranquila is just 5 minutes away from shopping area and facilities, 25 minutes from Marbella town and only 30 minutes from Malaga airport.

Separate Guard house with one bedroom, bathroom, large living/dining room, fully fitted kitchen, and a nice terrace.

Ground floor: large saloons in different sections, views over the bay, huge professional kitchen fully fitted with all appliances, bar.

Semi basement: 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.

First floor: huge penthouse with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, fully fitted kitchen, large living/diningroom, tastefully decorated.

Huge terrace with panoramic views.

Pool and Barbeque: The 12,50m long pool is heated (gas), and the terrace area has a covered area with plasma and parabolic installation, fully fitted bathroom, fully fitted kitchen and a huge barbeque area with a original Pizza oven from Italy. Both covered and open terraces.

Garden and Fitness: beautiful garden with big palm trees, flowers, organic vegetable garden and a large variety of fruit trees. In the garden area separate building with fitness centre with professional machines.

Garage and 3D Cinema: 1st floor: 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom.

Ground floor: Large garage with private 3D cinema.


  • State of the art facilities
  • Alarm system
  • Automatic gate with video cameras
  • Telephone & Internet connection
  • Air conditioning hot & cold
  • Under floor heating (gas)
  • Fireplaces
  • Parabolic antennas
  • Heated swimming pool
  • Barbecue area
  • Cinema 3D
  • An original Pizza oven from Italy in the garden
  • Private lift
  • Own gas deposit
  • Own water deposit
  • Sun panels
  • Fitness Centre
  • Garage
  • Private parking
  • Guard house
  • Boiler room
  • Machine room
  • Own electric transformer
  • Ventilation system
  • Hi-Fi installation
  • Professional kitchen fully fitted
  • Bodega
  • An organic vegetable garden and a large variety of fruit trees
  • 12 bedrooms and 1 independent apartment with 1 bedroom.
  • Semi basement: 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom.

This unique place can be used for many purposes for example: hospice, recreation home, private hospital, restaurant, movie studio, smaller hotel, one can very easily make 26 beautiful rooms in the building.

Price: 4.200.000 €. The intermediation fee is for the account of the seller.

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Esta majestuosa villa se encuentra situada en las colinas de la costa oeste de la Costa del Sol, con una impresionante vista al mar.

Baron Von Killisch Cuerno construyó la casa en los días pasados, en una de las parcelas más grandes y más vírgenes de la zona. Hoy la casa ha sido completamente restaurada, con elegantes detalles originales, junto con el estado de la técnica de las instalaciones modernas. La construcción total de la casa es de 1,618m² en 4,740m² totales que posee el terreno. 

La casa se divide en varias zonas independientes, ideales para el disfrute de una cogedora estancia.

Cortijo Roca Tranquila está a sólo 5 minutos de la zona comercial y las instalaciones, a 25 minutos de la ciudad de Marbella y a tan solo 30 minutos del aeropuerto de Málaga. 

La propiedad posee una entrada guardia, una casa separada con un dormitorio, cuarto de baño, gran salón / comedor, cocina totalmente equipada, y una bonita terraza.

Planta baja: Grandes salones en diferentes secciones, vistas a la bahía, una gran cocinaprofesional que se encuentra totalmente equipada con todos los electrodomésticos, además cuenta con un bar.

Semisótano: Consta de 4 dormitorios y 3 baños.

Primer piso: ático enorme con 4 dormitorios, 3 baños, cocina totalmente equipada, amplio salón / comedor, decorado con buen gusto.

Enorme terraza con vistas panorámicas.

Piscina y barbacoa: piscina larga de 12,50m climatizada (gas), la zona de la terraza tiene un área cubierta plasma e instalación parabólica, bañocompleto, cocina totalmente equipada y una gran zona de barbacoa con un horno original italiano para pizzas. Ambas terrazas cubiertas y descubiertas.

Jardín y Gimnasio: hermoso jardín con grandes palmeras, flores, huerta orgánica y una gran variedad de árboles frutales. En la zona del jardín hay un gimnasio con máquinas profesionales.

Garaje y Cine 3D: 1ª planta: 1 dormitorio y 1 baño.

Planta baja: Gran garaje con cine 3D privado.


  • Sistema de alarmas
  • La puerta automática con cámaras de video
  • Conexión de teléfono e internet
  • Aire acondicionado frío y calor
  • Calefacción por suelo radiante (gas)
  • Chimeneas
  • Antennas parabólicas
  • Piscina climatizada
  • Zona de barbacoa
  • Cine 3D
  • Un horno de pizza original de Italia en el jardín
  • Ascensor privado
  • Depósito de gas Propia
  • Depósito de agua propio
  • Paneles solares
  • Gimnasio
  • Garaje
  • Parking privado
  • Casa de guardia
  • Cuarto de máquinas
  • Transformador eléctrico propio
  • Sistema de ventilación
  • Instalación Hi-Fi
  • Cocina profesional totalmente equipada
  • Bodega
  • Una huerta orgánica y una gran variedad de árboles frutales
  • 12 habitaciones y 1 apartamento independiente con 1 dormitorio
  • Semi sótano: 3 dormitorios y 1 baño.

Este lugar único se puede utilizar para muchos propósitos ejemplo: hospicio, casa de recreo, hospital privado, restaurante, estudio de cine, hotel pequeño, se puede adecuar, fácilmente para tener 26 hermosas habitaciones en el edificio.

Precio: 4.200.000 €. La tarifa de intermediación es por cuenta del vendedor.

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Custom wooden prefabricated houses | Casas prefabricadas de madera personalizadas

We supply custom wooden prefabricated houses in and outside Spain | Suministramos casas prefabricadas de madera a medida dentro y fuera de España

More information is available upon request | Más información está disponible a pedido

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