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Spain will say “Bienvenido” to international tourists from 1st July 2020

On 1st July, Spain has announced that all quarantine measures will be lifted, meaning that it will no longer be necessary for overseas visitors arriving in Spain to observe a 14-day quarantine period. 

The Spanish Government has agreed with its EU counterparts that a common policy to open borders is required throughout the EU and that there should be a cohesive European standard for countries that are deemed to be safe. 

Ryanair has confirmed that it expects to return to 40 per cent of its pre-Covid-19 capacity, serving most European routes, including Spain, as from 1st July. 

Spain attracts up to 80 million tourists each year, with the industry providing 12 per cent of the country’s GDP, so the race is on to get ready for the summer season. 

Spain’s foreign minister Ms. Arancha González Laya stated: “The worst is behind us now. In July Spain will open to international tourists and we will ensure the highest standards of health and hygiene. We look forward to welcoming you!”

Why you must visit the Museo Picasso Malaga

When landing at Malaga airport, quite often visitors jump straight into a taxi, turn right and head west, without a second thought about the city of Malaga and what attractions it could have to offer. As the birth place of the world-famous artist Pablo Picasso, one must-see attraction is the Museo Picasso Malaga. 

Set in the Palacio de Buenavista, in the city’s historic centre close to the cathedral, Alcazaba and Roman Theatre, this wonderful museum is run by the Fundación Museo Picasso Málaga with the sole purpose of ensuring that this important artist’s work is conserved and accessible for all to view and study. 

The permanent collection is presented chronologically, showing the progress of the artist’s work, from learning to paint, to sculpture, cubism, reimagining the great masters and drawing like a child. The latest additions in the Restaurant, The Three Graces and Head of a Bull. 

Yet, the museum offers much more than Picasso’s work, throughout the year there are other exhibitions such as Geneologies of Art (history of art as visual art). A display that brings together 250 authors and artists who provide iconic images and words to represent the history of art.

Towards the end of 2020, Reflection of an Era by Meret Oppenheim (October to February 2021), will provide the first retrospective of this major European artist in 30 years. The display will feature over 120 ceramics, sculptures, drawings, furniture, jewellery and fashion designs. The story starts with her early years in Switzerland where Carl Gustav Jung encouraged her to paint her dreams, through Paris where she developed her original style before distancing herself from the surrealists and returning to Switzerland. 

In 2021, Metamorphosis by Miguel Barceló (March to June 2021), taking its name from Kafka’s novel, will present 100 pieces of work including paintings, ceramics and bronzes, representing the theme of transformation through laceration and fragmentation. 

The museum reopened mid-May 2020, after a brief sojourn due to the Covid-19 lockdown, so it is possible to plan your visit and buy tickets online

Picasso Museum Málaga
Palacio de Buenavista, Calle San Agustín 8, 
29015 Málaga
Opening hours: Every day 10.00 – 19.00

How to get a taste of Marbella in two days

With news channels full of the Spanish Government’s efforts to ensure the beaches and hotels are open in time for the summer season, it is easy to forget that Marbella (and the Costa del Sol) has so much more to offer than sun, sand and sea.  It is not by accident that Marbella, consistently holds the top spot as one of the world’s most popular destinations.  

So, if you were planning to take a whistle stop tour, what should you do to get a taste of Marbella’s many different facets?  Undoubtedly there is a plethora of stunning beaches blessed with fine golden sand and the clear blue Mediterranean Sea, but there are also Michelin starred restaurants, for example homegrown culinary star Dani Garcia boasts 3 Michelin stars, and of course there are multiple historic sites which pay testament to the area’s Moorish history, the most famous of which is Marbella’s Old Town. 

If you want to make a big splash on your first night you could head to Puerto Banús, the glitzy marina awash with super yachts and lined with designer stores, restaurants and bars.  Take it slow with a spot of people watching or get into the party spirit when the sun goes down. 

If you fancy seeing a little more of a traditional bustling Spanish village you could head to San Pedro de Alcántara, a bustling busy town just a few minutes’ drive to the west of Puerto Banús, where you’ll find shaded plazas and narrow streets packed with Mom and Pop independent stores and eateries. The main pedestrianised boulevard is lined with inviting cafes, where a cold drink can be enjoyed as you watch the world go by.  Alternatively head to one of the many unpretentious chiringuitos like El Abrevadero on the paseo for some tasty tapas or mouth-watering paella. 

Take a trip slightly inland to discover the impossibly cute whitewashed village of Benahavis for a huge helping of Moorish flavour and a feeling that time has somehow stood still. You will be wowed by vistas and the sheer number of charming restaurants. Take care, favourites like Los Abanicos get full very quickly, which is not surprising when you consider the generous portions and friendly staff. 

Why not round off your whirlwind visit with a relaxing visit to Marbella’s old town. The fortified Moorish surrounding the town is clearly visible, providing an insight into the fascinating history. When in the Old Town, everyone should enjoy a leisurely breakfast or lunch in one of the many restaurants, cafes and bars in the Plaza de los Naranjos, and while away the time under the dappled shade of the orange trees. 

Once you have visited Marbella, the only question is when will you return and what will you see next? 

Los Abinicos
Calle Malaga, 15, Benahavis
952 85 50 22

Chiringito EL Abrevadero
1 Av. Del Mar Mediterraneo
Marbella

BiBo Dani Garcia
Hotel Puento Romano
Av Bulevar Principe Alfonso de Hohenlohe
Marbella

Benahavis based artist David Marshall has sculpture accepted for prestigious US exhibition

Scottish born sculptor David Marshall has joined forces with US artist Jennifer Baker to create ‘Man and Nature’, a stunning aluminium and glass sculpture of a climber. The piece was finished in summer 2019 and was recently accepted into the prestigious ‘Yosemite Resistance 35’ art show. 

Scottish-born Marshall, primarily works with metals from his workshops in Benahavis and Benaojan near Ronda, working with a network of local artisans and foundries to provide bespoke pieces, including interior design, signs, staircases, trophies and much more for his global corporate and private clients. 

His unique Daliesque cast iron sculptures are exhibited in galleries throughout the EU and more recently in the USA where he has opened a studio in Colorado.  David’s work is also available to view in the David Marshall gallery in Benahavis. 

David has explained that the sensory beauty of primitive natural materials and their transformation is his reason for existing and they provide a fascinating artistic challenge.

Visit his website for examples of his work https://david-marshall.org/en/.

Galeria David Marshall
Calle Estepona,
29679 Benahavís, Málaga
952 85 51 92

10 million euro campaign to ensure Marbella’s beaches will be ready to welcome tourists for summer 2020

In a recent meeting (14th May 2020) between the Mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz, Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla, of the Andalusian Government and Malaga’s regional Executive, it was stressed that visitors will be guaranteed safe beaches. 

An investment of 10 million euros has been earmarked to fund continuing efforts in hygiene, coronavirus prevention and infrastructure to ensure that anything relating to Covid-19 is well and truly under control, and to guarantee that the Costa del Sol is a safe destination for all visitors. In addition to intensive cleaning regimes, sign posts, capacity control and social spacing will be implemented. There will also be three different classifications, from ‘open to all’, ‘limited access’ and ‘closed’ to help visitors get maximum enjoyment and to ensure safety. 

The Andalusian Government’s commitment and investment will ensure that the beaches of this beautiful province will retain their world class reputation and will provide a benchmark for safe tourism.

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