Wildfires in the interior of Malaga province: How to help


The wildfires in the interior of Malaga province are the worst disaster that struck the Costa del Sol in 20 years. Ironically, the news spread around the globe like a wildfire; yet, living and working just a few kilometres and updating every half an hour about the evolution of the incident, we now sadly know how devastatingly fast can move a wildfire.

malaga fireMany things happened during these 48 hours of fire inferno of 10 to 15 meter high flames fanned by a strong wind and devouring everything in its wake; many things the world will not know because they might not be mere information. More than 8.000 hectares (80.000000m²) burned land are a vast space for many sad stories and a large human response which arose mainly in the accounts of social networking, where people called for help, organized volunteers, the victims relate the event, where you can see heartbreaking photos, people offer accommodation for homeless families, others call for clothes collections or for afforestation in the affected area.

There are as well several very affected animal shelters in the Mijas area which urgently need material supply and financial help (English www.kimsanimalrescue.com German www.katzenhilfe-ohne-grenzen.de and Spanish www.malagafelina.com

We can turn our head the other way, not to see .. because it is uncomfortable and painful, or we can reach out and ease the pain of others. Maybe tomorrow is our turn …

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The barbecues on the beach are a fantastic leisure alternative against the crisis in Spain


The barbecues on the beach in the evenings have become a great leisure alternative against this crisis, as many families prefer to have their dinner with friends on the beach and celebrate this traditional open-air social activity, which is considerably cheaper than going for tapas.

Beach barbacue

A cool box, a barbecue or grill, some charcoal, meat, fish, a variety of cold meats, beer and soft drinks are the indispensable elements to spend a night around a flaming heap of embers under a grill; all of this accompanied by the mild temperatures of the summer, make this a tradition that is followed year after year, particularly on the Spanish coasts and that is growing with the crisis.

On the Costa del Sol, many town halls have reserved certain coastal areas to specifically carry out these so-called ‘moragas’ (beach barbecues) but not without previously requesting permission, like on the Castle Beach in Fuengirola (Malaga), where hundreds of people gather along a seven-kilometre beach every week to enjoy the summer nights.

But it’s not only a tradition for the locals. Many of the tourists from all over Spain that spend their summers on the Costa del Sol also adopt this social activity year after year.

The state of the beaches in Malaga is optimum

The Junta de Andalucía (the Andalusian government) approved the eighty-two beaches in Malaga. This is reflected in the brief elaborated about the state of the coast during this year’s second fortnight of the month of July. All the beaches comply with the level of quality established and are therefore apt for enjoyment in more than optimum conditions (of all them, the quality of services of the beaches on the Costa del Sol is renown).

There are only two incidents worth mentioning in the province of Malaga in this respect. The first one is on the Los Boliches-Gaviotas beach in Fuengirola, in which one one of the samples slightly went over the microbiological parameters. However, later samples positively rectified these values and are now marked as normal, consequently re-establishing the quality of this beach. The other incident was a higher water level in the Viñuela reservoir in Malaga, which made it impossible to take a sample, and also causing the bathing/swimming area to disappear.

Congress tourism rises the hotel business on the Costa del Sol by 26%


September gave wings to the Andalusian destinations, that were situated top of the peninsula’s touristic areas in the increase of arrivals of foreign tourists, with a rise of 11.6%. In the country’s overall, only the Canary Islands achieved a higher increase, specifically more than 20%, according to the results of the Touristic Movements in Frontera (Frontur) survey, that is published every month by the Industry, Tourism and Trade Ministry.

The good streak of the British market, which is the main country for supplying international visitors to the region, has been the key factor in this activity’s upturn in a month that, for the past years has marked the end of the high season. In this occasion, not only has it been a period of immense activity, but has also turned into a fundamental bridge to extend the intensity of this industry.

Frontur’s statistics show that Andalusia received 822.000 international tourists in September and they say that this is due to an important raise favoured by the positive advance of arrivals coming in from GB and France. In this sense, they clarify that one more month, the British market, with a 28.0% of the tourists received in Spain, has been the first supplying country, with an interannual growth of 11.4%. It has been now six consecutive months of growth and was the one that, in September, experimented the highest rise in absolute values, with 167.000 more tourists than the same month in 2010, concentrating, specially, on the canary Islands, Andalusia, the Balearic Islands and the Valencia region.

The increase of international tourists in the Andalusian region has surpassed the average of the country’s overall, that in this same period, it has increased by 9.2%. This brief shows a total amount of 5.843.621 international travellers that chose the Spanish destinations in September to spend their vacations. This figure means an increase of almost half a million more than during the same period in 2010.

“This month we are able to emphasize the spectacular increase of trips with tourist packs and the access via airway. In relation to the destinations most visited by the international tourists, all the main destination regions experienced increments in volume of arrivals, except Madrid, specially the two Archipelagos and Andalusia”, gathers the Ministry’s brief.

The best summer

Also, the central government considered: “When the touristic summer season of the year ends -July, August and September- we can affirm that, in terms of international entrances, it has been excellent, with an increase of 8.5% and a total of 20.9 million non-resident tourists”. From January to September in 2011, a total of 45.8 million international tourists arrived to Spain, almost 3.4 million more than in the same period in 2010, which translates to an interannual growth of 8.0%.

In this case, Andalusia registers a slight less evolution. During the first nine months of the year, the destinations of this region received 6.4 million foreign travellers, in other words, a 6.5% more than in the same period last year.

The tourism councillor, Luciano Alonso, affirmed that the figures reflected increments in Andalusia, last september, of almost four per cent in the number of overnight stays and 11.6 per cent in arrivals of foreign tourists. “These figures close a great summer”, he pointed out in Lisbon. He also insisted that from June to September, the amount of 20.5 million overnight stays have been surpassed, a figure that had never been reached in this period. “Andalusia accumulates as many stays as the rest of 2011 and has increased by 3.2%, above the most optimistic forecasts that predicted between 2.5 and 3%”, he stated.

Alonso sustained that this behaviour injects optimism into the Andalusian touristic industry to end the year as best as possible and consolidate this growth.

The industrial, tourism and trade minister, Miguel Sebastian, declared that Spain has registered its third best summer in foreign tourist arrivals. As far as he explained: “We can affirm that in Spain we will be around that 12% of the PIB again, given that the high season is equivalent to three quarters of the year in arrivals. Last month’s figures also belonged to the third best September in history”.

So far this year the cruise ships have left behind 16 million euros in Malaga


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The cruise ship market in Malaga’s port is evolving very well. So far this year, its travel terminal has received 243.794 passengers, that have generated an economic impact of almost 16 million euros. Malaga station will be one of the protagonists of the Cruise Summit International Fair 2011, that will turn Madrid into the main cruise event worldwide as from the following 26th to the 28th of October, a sector that brings over seven million tourists to our country each year, and foresees to overcome those eight million in 2011, with exponential increases of almost 15% during the next five years.

Over 350 professionals will be gathering together this week in the first edition of the International Cruise Summit organised by Cruises News Media Group, with the aim to debate over the sector’s situation during the three days. The event will host national and international representatives of ships, ports, destinations and industry that will be arriving from USA, GB, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Denmark, Norway or Peru.

Between January and June this year, a total of 1.632 cruise ships stopped over in Spain, with an increase of 9.6% compared to the same period in 2010. Saying this, the traffic of passengers generated through this activity came to 3.2 million travellers, which means an improvement of 17.7%.

According to the forecasts, the Spanish ports could receive more than eight million cruise ship passengers over the whole year, which would mean an increase of 18% compared to last year. “Spain is Europe’s leader in this market. This is one of the touristic products that has most grown over the past years and that has the most prospects of future growth”, assured the tourist councillor of the Spanish Embassy in Berlin, Manuel Butler, during the fair presentation.

Turespaña’s figures show the importance of Spain in the world’s context. Of over 30 million visits that the Mediterranean ports register each year, Spain captures 25% .

MORE THAN 3 MILLION UNTIL JUNE

The 3.2 million passengers that have arrived at Spanish ports over the first six months of 2011 have spent over 230 million euros in the destinations, according to a study made by Cruises News Media Group. Barcelona, that received a total of 999.845 passengers until June, leads the destinations ranking for economic impact, with over 36.6 million euros. Malaga closes the list of the main ports with 243.794 passengers so far this year.

More than 6,000 professionals will attend various events in the Congress Centre of Malaga


Malaga will become during the last four months the host of more than 6,000 professionals who will attend the various events in the Exhibition and Congress Centre of Malaga.

Among the appointments during the next months is the Congress of the European Union Geriatric Medicine (Eugms) which will run from September 28 to 30 and which will bring together more than 2,000 practitioners from all over Europe.

Subsequently, in October, come to Malaga about 1,500 professionals attending the National Congress of the Spanish Society for Medical Oncology. The event, which takes place from October 19 to 21, will bring together leading experts and will be a discussion forum for professionals involved in the various fields of medical oncology.

Also, the National Congress of Laboratory Medicine, to be held from November 9 to 11, will bring together professionals who work in this area and where are expected to attend over 1,500 delegates.

Another event will be ‘EmTech Spain’, the annual conference of emerging technologies of ‘Technology Review’, the magazine of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to be held for the first time in Europe. The event held on October 26 and 27 will be the meeting point of the main personalities in the world of technology.

Other events of interest to the general public taking place at the Trade Fair and Congress Centre Malaga is the Outlet Fair Malaga, November 12 to 13; BabyGood, a baby and family fair, November 25 to 27 and Celebra Malaga, a wedding and celebrations fair, also from November 25 to 27.

For more information visit the website http://www.fycma.com/?idLenguaje=2

“Spanish Revolution” continues and extends by the world


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A more sensitized  population in Spain is from May 15 protesting against the political class, corruption and the way of governing of the Spanish parties. Pacific revolts, Facebook (with more than 150.000 fans at the time this article is being written) and Twitter with #spanishrevolution and #democraciarealya are their weapons, and it is being extended to Europe and America.

Following the successful revolt of Iceland, the Spaniards are spreading worldwide their feeling to change the actual political and economic system. The politicians in turn, ignore them, as among other requests the people is asking for a more fair electoral system, balanced salaries for politicians and greater control over the politic class.

Spain has always been characterized in general by low quality politics, they are not interested in a change and continue ignoring the requests made from the Sol square.

Actors, musicians, films directors and many known spanish people agree with the movement. Everyone knew the world was not perfect and needed a change, so here you are your chance to contribute.

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The camping from the Sol Square in Madrid has been dissolved, but not the movement. Some people still at the Sol square for informing those who ask for it about the protests.

With protests in Spain replicated across the globe, politicians do nothing but hide, as if the problem was not with them. They are accustomed to hardcore fans, not to people who think by themselves, political class may be better start changing the chip…sheeps followers are in danger of extinction.

Holidays in Spain: Costa del Sol


Anochece en la Costa del Sol

Costa del Sol sunset

Tourists visiting the Costa del Sol in Malaga will find miles of sandy beaches, a charming southern atmosphere and a typical mild mediterranean climate.

Malaga is a city with many interesting and historical sites to visit. Who feels like discovering the province can get to know the stunning city of Ronda in the mountains or the chic and yet charming city of Marbella, the meeting place of celebrity and international jet set.

About a one and a half hours drive from Malaga are situated the old Moorish cities of Granada and Cordoba with outstanding Arab architecture, history and monuments, which are definitely worth to be visited.

A little further away, about 250 km, is situated Cadiz on the Atlantic coast. Yet this tour is not less charming as you can discover many beautiful White villages along this seashore which is famous for its special light, bearing the name “Light Coast”, along with some of the best beaches Andalucia has to offer.

The Costa del Sol has many places which to enjoy either on family vacations or with friends. There is a wide range of hotels with quality services and in the same way there is entertainment and leisure for all ages and tastes.

If you’re looking for a few relaxing days or fun and entertainment, the coast of Malaga can be a good place to unwind from the daily routine.