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Got a parking ticket in Marbella?

Have you been so unfortunate and received a little white slip, stuck under your windshield, also known as a parking ticket in Marbella?

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Well that is annoying, but in Marbella it is so, that if you pay the parking tickets before it is send to the address where the car is registered at, it will be reduced with 50% from the original 50€ to 25€. Now that is good news!

Only thing is, that it’s a bit of a long process, so get it done early in the morning and follow these steps. Each link contains a picture that links to the explanation:

  1. Take the slip to Avenida Ricardo Soriano 68. On the corner of the building you will see big blue signs with white writing where it says “Diputación de Málaga – Patronato de Recadacion”. There is parking outside the building, if you can not find any free spots, you can park at the underground parking at the supermarket Mercadona, which is just next door (almost)
  2. In August 2016 the opening hours were like this: 09.00 am to 13.30pm. (If you find that they have changed, please let me know, by sending an update to info@marbella6.com) Come early as the queue can get quite long during the daytime.
  3. When you get inside, you have to get a number from the number machine on the left hand of the entrance. Choose the second option from the top, which is “Atención Integral”
  4. When it is your turn, you will get 2 pieces of papers, which you then need to take to the bank, to pay. And it can not be any bank, there is a list of banks on the papers, which you can choose from. On the 2 pieces of paper you can now see, that your ticket have been reduced to 25€ – however you still have to pay this in the bank within 4 days, or it will be invalid and you will be back to the 50€.
  5. If you go to the BBVA Bank, you can pay the ticket directly in the ATM machine by the entrance. There is a BBVA Bank on Plaza de Africa, in the Old Town (easy walking access) You can of course also use one of the other banks listed on the papers, however please note that some of the banks have quirky rules for when you can pay (between this and this hour or only on tuesdays etc.)

 

If you find any of this above information to be outdated or incorrect, feel free to send me a quick email on info@marbella6.com, so I can update it asap. (Updated on May 2rd 2018)

El Rocío – Marbella

Every year, in the weeks up to the seventh sunday after Easter (ending on Pentecost Monday) a small village in the Huelva- province named El Rocío is filled with millions of millions of pilgrims from all across Spain and abroad. It is the start of the biggest Pilgrim walk in Spain.

But since not everybody can go to the city of El Rocío, most towns and villages has its own pilgrimages, where they celebrate their own local Saint, Virgin or Local figure, today it is in Marbella (June 3rd 2014)

The festival is ending on Monday June 9th (2014) which is also known as Pentecost Monday.

If you want to read more about El Rocío in general and see the dates for each year, you can always look at this website .

In Marbella, the day started with cannon balls around  (or so it sounded) being fired over the Old Town of Marbella from around 08.00 am. We thought it was in honor to the old King Juan Carlos who had just abdicated the day before (June 2rd 2014) due to corruption and left the throne of Spain, to Crown Prince Felipe.

Around 11.00 am the “cannonballs” were so close that we could see the smoke from our windows, so we went outside to take a look – and it was not cannonballs, but an old man shooting firework (by hand!) up in the air. A few meters from us, was two beautiful police horses, who were very well behaved, as they did not move a muscle when the firework went off, again and again and again.

El Rocío Marbella

Shooting firework up in the air by a handheld device.

 

El Rocío Marbella

Two Spanish Police Horses

 

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Despite fireworks and hundreds of people, the horses were extremely well behaved!

 

El Rocío is one of the most colorful festivals in Spain, which are clearly seen in the dresses

El Rocío is one of the most colorful festivals in Spain, which are clearly seen in the dresses

 

Most of the stick that the people in the festival is walking with, is covered in silver and gold.

Most of the stick that the people in the festival is walking with, is covered in silver and gold.

 

The Bulls!

The Bulls!

 

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The man in front of the bulls, with the flat black hat is in control of “Las Carretas del Rocío” which is covered in Silver

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Amazing – and a bit scary!

 

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I wonder how much each bull weight?

 

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The carriage is beautiful and covered with flowers

 

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Turning down Avenida Miguel Cano towards the sea

 

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It is HUGE!!

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The smell of bull (cow) reminds me of my childhood on a farm, but I was never allowed this close to the bulls, so it was quite scary actually!

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But the bulls seemed to be very calm, just like Ferdinand the Bull :)

Art & Craft Market at the harbor of...

Art & Craft Market at the harbor of…

Art & Craft Market at the harbor of Marbella, every Sunday from 10.00 am to 4 pm

Airport bus stop

Transportation to Marbella from Malaga Airport.

If you fly into Malaga Airport (Airport Code: AGP) there are several ways to get airport transfer from the airport to Marbella – and of course the price varies depending of what kind of transportation you choose.

Airport Bus 

Airport bus stopThe cheapest way, is to take the Airport Bus. It is parked right outside the terminal where all passengers gets out, no matter what flight you have arrived with. When you come out of the terminal, there are benches on your right hand side, where people mostly sit and smoke. In front of you you’ll see the escalators to the top level of the airport and to the parking garages for cars.

Walk straight ahead, towards the escalators and you’ll see the bus stop for the Airport Bus. There are a few different busses, but it is easy to see which one you are going to take, as it clearly says “Marbella” on the front of the bus. If you still have doubts, ask the drive. Even if you do not speak Spanish, you can still say “Marbella??” and look like  a question mark in your face and the driver will for sure know what you mean.

It is possible to buy the tickets in advance, but often you won’t have much time between arriving and the bus departures – and it leaves on time, even thought everything else in Spain is not on time! But it also runs on a frequently schedule, so if you miss the bus, there will be a new one real soon.

The price is 8€ pr. person. The driver do not take credit cards, only cash and again he is not happy with 50€ bills or anything bigger than 20€ bills, so remember that when if you exchange money from home. Bring small bills or coins for the bus.

The Airport Bus from Malaga Airport, takes the toll highway, and do not make any stops on the way, so it takes around 20-30 minutes to get from the Airport to Marbella Bus Station, where the bus stops. From here it is a 5-7€ taxi drive to Marbella city center and to our apartments, depending on which one you have booked. Please be aware that if you have booked our apartment in the Old Town of Marbella, you’ll always have to walk the last bit, as there are no cars allowed inside the old town.

The taxis are parked outside the bus station at all hours, on your left hand side when you get out of the building. Now a days all taxi drivers take credit cards, or they should – so it is a good idea to bring some cash.

You can find the schedule and buy tickets at avanzabus.com

 

Taxi

Another way to get from Malaga Airport to Marbella is by taxi. There are plenty of taxies waiting outside the terminal where all passengers comes out, no matter what flight you have arrived with. When you come out of the terminal, there are benches on your right hand side, where people mostly sit and smoke.

Walk right, past the benches – or stop for a minute and have a smoke if you feel like it – and you’ll see all the taxies in line, at all hours right in front of you. If there should’t be any taxies there, for instant in the high season, just get in line and wait for one to arrive, it won’t take long.

Taking a taxi from Malaga Airport to Marbella is however quite an expensive way of transportation. First of all, the price is often between 85-100€ pr. taxi and second, you can only be 4 people in most taxies in Spain, so if you arrive a lot of people together, it’s going to be even more expensive. It is also not prohibited by law in Spain, that children should be in car seats or chair, so if you are bringing a child, they’ll have to sit alone on the seat or on your lap, which potential cold be dangerous, when going on the highway.

We do however have contact to one small taxi company from Marbella who does the trip a lot cheaper and who are in every way unique from other Spanish taxi companies. First of all they have special cars for disabled people with a lift on the back of the car, and room to take an electrical wheelchair into the back of the taxi. Even if you don’t need that, it’s a huge plus that someone have thought that far, as to buy the facilities to drive disabled people around!

Second, this company always drives around with children’s car seats or cushion for most ages, and if you book in advance, they’ll make sure to bring the size and amount that you need, to the airport when they pick you up. The company also have a car with room for 6 people, including luggage – and the trip, from Malaga Airport to Marbella (depending on where you are getting off) is 60€ – which in any way, is a lot cheaper than any other company that we know of. A huge bonus is that both drivers speaks a little English. The trip from Malaga Airport to Marbella, take around 30 minutes, depending on traffic.

A small but cheap and reliable taxi company in Marbella.

A small but cheap and reliable taxi company in Marbella.

Car Rental

Another way to get to Marbella from Malaga Airport is to rent a car, with one of the many many car rental companies that are all in some way located either in the airport or close by. If the company have office and pick up outside the airport, they always send a car to pick you up and take you, and your luggage to their offices.

It is therefor always a real good idea to check up on where your rental car company is located, before you arrive. If it is one of the big companies, they are probably located inside the airport and you will then just have to follow the “Car Rental Pickup” signs inside the terminals.

If you have rented from one of the smaller companies, they will either be waiting for you in the exit terminal with a sign with your name on or you’ll have to walk out to the area, where all rental companies pick up guests who have rented a car with them.

When you walk out the main terminal – where all passengers comes out, no matter what flight they have arrived with, you go to the right. Past the benches with the smoking people, past the taxi lines and follow the curves around till you see an endless line of small mini busses with different company logos on the sides. Find the company you have booked from, get in and let them take you to your car.

However, there is a BIG however no matter what company you have rented your car at – except if it is one of the huge American Rental Car services like AVIS and Hertz (who are always more expensive) In Spain there is this annoying culture where it seems like all rental car companies are trying to outdo each other, in cheating the customers, who are tourists, the most.

And you’ll never know, until you have arrived.

Imagine this, you are tired after a long day of transportation, flying, traveling etc. You have acing arms because of your luggage, it is 30 degrees outside, perhaps you are hungry and thirsty and perhaps you are bringing impatient children. Perhaps you arrive in the middle of the night. Either way, when you arrive the car rental company will try to cheat you into first, buying an extra insurance, as they will claim the one you have at home or the one you have already booked is not enough. Some places they won’t even give you the keys for the car before you pay, lets say 100€ extra, on top of what you have already paid for an extra insurance, as it is “company policy” – which you did’t know about before you arrived, as it is written no where or if it is written somewhere, then it is well hidden.

The other way they will try to cheat you for more money is one of the classic ones, that we ourself have tried every single time we have booked a car for friends or family. It never ever fails. Sometimes they even do both, take more money for insurance and then this one, gas money!

Gas money you might think? Yes gas money! We have never ever rented a car, where we did not have to pay for one full tank of gas, upon arrival to pick up the car. It is never stated in the papers when you book the car, but you’ll be presented with this extra bill, when you pick the car up. The price for one tank of gas, no matter the rental car is always minimum 100€, sometimes it is 120€ or 150€, but be sure, it will be at least 100€. (Unless you rent from Hertz or AVIS) And when you return the car, you have to return it with a full tank of gas (most of the times) which means that the company always makes gas money, extra on top of the rental price.

So imagine this, you have just arrived, it’s nearly midnight on a hot summer night in Spain. You got 2 children with you, who are so overdue on bedtime that they can hardly walk, as they of course had to stay awake during the entire exciting flight. Your significant other are there with you, and you both know that all you want to do now, is to go get the car and drive straight to your apartment, and go to bed. The car is booked and paid in advance so all you have to do is to pick it up.

At the counter you are first presented with the extra insurance that the company demands you to buy, perhaps you argue with them for a bit, but then gives up, as they either do not speak anything but Spanish or because your children are as tired as you are. Then, when you finally think “Okay I must have not seen that extra insurance thing before I booked, but let’s just get the car” the person behind the counter asks for your credit card again and want’s to swipe an extra 100€ (or more!) on top of the already paid for car booking, the booking fee and the suddenly extra insurance…

Your significant other will at this point be starring at you wheezing “I thought you had everything under control from home!”

And there is nothing you can do, except walk away with no car and no refund – as you most of the time book the cars through an affiliated site or through a broker, meaning a site not directly controlled by the car rental company, and that is not really an option at this point, is it?

So, what we suggest is that you either book through one of the big companies like AVIS and Hertz. They don’t cheat you, but they are expensive. Or that you use this small very see through car rental company that we ourself found, after many many overpriced episodes!

The company is so small, that they do not even have an office at the airport or near the airport. They are located in Calahonda, but they will meet you with a sign in the airport and walk you to your rental car, simply giving you the keys.

When you are going home, you simply park the car at one of the airports paying parking areas, leave the ticket for the parking inside the car, roll the window down a little, get out, lock the car and slide the keys through the open window. You then take a picture of the car and send on a text to the company, so they know where it is parked and they’ll take it from there. If your phone can not send pictures, you simply write a text saying what number the car is parked on and that’s it. Simple. Easy.

The company is called Fetajo  and just by reading the front page on their site, you can see that they are well aware of how other rental companies do business, and that they do not want to be compared with them. Normally you pay pr. day for renting a children’s cushion at other companies, a cushion that cost maximu 10€ in any shop. At Fetajo you pay a one time fee for the entire rental period.

It is very easy to book and use Fetajo and we can only recommend that you do not get attracted by other companies, because they seem cheaper – in the end you’ll end up paying more, because of the hidden “must pay” fees.

 

MarBella6 Car Rental

If you are feed up with cheating companies and the rental “Fiat Panda or similar” car lottery, you can book one of our Marbella6 Rental Cars. We got no hidden fees and the car you see on the pictures, is the car you are going to get. To see more click here

King Abdulaziz Mosque in Marbella

Just along the Highway N-340 in Marbella, out on Golden Mile you’ll see this stunning Mosque built by Prince Salman of Saudi Arabia, as the first mosque to be build after the Christians recaptured Spain in the fifteenth century and subsequent expulsion of the Moors from the Spanish continent.

The mosque was build to attend all the Muslim people living in and around Marbella. It is said that the mosque houses a selection of 30.000 books focusing on Koranic studies, and that it can hold service to more than 800 people. Beside the library and stunning iconic garden it also houses the Imam.

The Mosque is build by Córdoban Architect Juan Mora, inspired by contemporary Arabic Architecture.

We have been told that the mosque is open to public on saturdays to wednesdays 5 pm to 7 pm, but we haven’t been able to confirm this.

Art in Marbella

Marbella is a true mekka for art-nerds and people who have a genuine interest in old, new and contemporary art or who just like the local sketcher, sitting on the street.

We could write load of pages on how amazing each and every gallery is, but it would take up too much time and too much space! The best thing to do, is to take a look at this website ArteMarbella.com and start from one end of the town, visiting all the small galleries.

You can also visit the collection of Dali Sculptures at  Avenida del Mar on your way to the beach.

We’ll be happy to hear back from visitors, who have explored some of the places, to hear if it is worth a visit or if is just a time waister…

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Dali Sculptures at  Avenida del Mar

Flea Market in Marbella – and all of Spain!

If you like us are totally and utterly into markets, wether it is old antique, useless things or artists selling their latest work, you must not cheat yourself of visiting one of the largest flea markets on the entire Costa del Sol Coastline!

It’s official name is Nueva Andalucia Artisan Market and it takes place every sunday morning with more than 120 stalls and it is possible to buy everything from hand carved furnitures, homemade soap, Spanish cooking pots made of clay to used books, bikes and boats. There’s also a big selection of antiques, textiles, paintings, spices and other type of food, so if you are looking for a cheap unique souvenir to bring home, this is a great place to shop.

The marked is located next to the Bullring in Puerto Banus, a 8€ taxi drive from Marbella – and no, it is not possible to miss it, if you aim for the Bullring on Avenida Manolete in Puerto Banus. 120 stalls don’t go unseen! The place is surrounded by local bars and tapas restaurants where you can relax from the buzz or just sit and do a lot of people watching!

The market is open from 09.00 pm till 14.00 pm.

If you are looking for additional markets in the area around Marbella – or anywhere in Andalusia or Spain, then take a look at this official market website for all of Spain. Simply click on the area where you want to go bargain hunting – but keep in mind, there are just as many non-official markets in Spain as there are officials!

You can even choose to get the markets in a certain area on a certain day displayed. For instant, if you have chosen monday as your market day, just pick monday in the calendar on the website and all the markets that are registered for that upcoming monday in your area, will be shown.

Have a GREAT bargain hunting!

Museum of Spanish Contemporary Engravings Marbella

In the beginning of Casco Antiguo, the famous old town of Marbella, you’ll see the remains of the old city wall that once sourounded the entire city, protecting it from it’s enemies.

Right around here you’ll find the old now closed Hospital de Bazán also known as Hospital de la Encarnacion. The building was formerly the residential palace of Don Alfonso de Bazán a former Mayor of Marbella whom the street, Calle Hospital Bazán S/N also is named after. The house, which is believed to be from the 16th century, due to the big stone pillars and an elevated ceiling is build in several different architectural style such as Renaissance, Gothic, Mudejar and Medieval, as the constructions took place over several decades. The most visual architectural style is the one from late Medieval Spain.

When Don Alfonso de Bazán died and was placed to rest in the burial crypt for the Bazán family, who had lived in Marbella for centuries, his last will was opened. Here he donated his rather large house and two adjoining houses to the city, to be used as a hospital for the poor people. He also left money to modify the houses with the facility needed to run a hospital in the 1600 century.

Don Alfonso de Bazán also set up a Board of Directors to supervise the running and maintenance of the hospital, a task that was withhold until early in the 20th century. After this, the hospital was designated as an Andalucian Historical Monument and later turned into it’s present function, as museum of Spanish Contemporary Engravings and office for the Cultural Delegation of Marbella.

The museum is the first of its type in Spain and is for that alone, very famous. It exhibits paintings and works by Tapies, Chillida, Miró and Picasso just to mention a few of the very famous names. Each year the museum reveal 12 names of 12 of Spain’s new upcoming artists, who each will have one month during the year, dedicated just to display their latest work.

The museum also publish coffee table books with and about Spanish artists, the books can only be bought at the museum. On the museum’s website there’s an updated time schedule for the opening hours of the museum, which various depending on the season. There’s also a calendar where different events and exhibitions are posted – so remember always to check the website before heading to Marbella.

 

Address:
Museum of Spanish Contemporary Engravings
Calle Hospital Bazán S/N
29600 Marbella (Málaga)
Email: info@mgec.es
Website: http://www.mgec.es/
Tel.:(0034) 952 765 741

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