World Padel Tour 2018 – This summer in Mijas, Costa del Sol

World Padel Tour 2018 – Mijas, Costa del Sol and Båstad, Sweden.

It will be a wonderful summer for the ones interested in paddle tennis! This summer, the world tour of paddle tennis tournaments will take place in both Mijas in Spain and in Båstad in Sweden. The same like last year, a contest that is part of the World Padel Tour will be played in Mijas on the Costa del Sol. The competition is called Cerveza Victoria Mijas Open 2018 and will take place on 5-12 August. The arena setup will be located in the middle of the Mijas village, plaza Virgen de la Peña, where temporary courses also will be organized. The edition of the competition in Mijas last year was highly appreciated. The location between sea and mountain attracted both players and audiences. In addition to the former World Champion, Swedish-Spanish Carolina Navarro Björk, several local players like Beatriz González, Álex Ruiz and Maricarmen Villalaba will also attend. There will be a unique “Tennis Week” in Båstad this summer, as this will be the first year that, in addition to tennis, there will also be playing paddle tennis. The popular seaside resort gets history’s first Open competition in Northern Europe. The competition will take place 24-29 July. It was also in Båstad as Sweden’s first paddle track was set up ten years ago. See the dates of the tournaments on the links below.

Mijas, Costa del Sol: https://www.worldpadeltour.com/en/tournaments/cerveza-victoria-mijas-open-2018/2018/

Båstad, Sweden: https://www.worldpadeltour.com/torneos/swedish-padel-open-2018/2018/ 

We at Marley Properties Marbella will attend the World Padel Tour tournament that will be played in Mijas on the Costa del Sol. Great players, lovely weather and overall an great event. Hope we will see you there! 🙂

Pictures from World Padel Tour turneringen Cerveza Victoria Open 2017.

       

Malaga — Cruising to a bright future

Malaga — Cruising to a bright future

When heading for the Costa del Sol the attractions of Malaga are maybe not the first thing that come to mind, but there is one sector of the tourism industry where the historic city is increasingly well known – the cruise industry.

Last year 444,000 cruise passengers stopped off in Malaga as part of their Mediterranean cruise – up 40,000 from two years previously, and numbers are projected to rise even further by the end of this year.

This is no accident. The city authorities have spent millions over the past few years on the old port so now cruise passengers are greeted by the up-market Muelle Uno quay, which is lined with smart restaurants and boutiques.

Its modern design gives a chic and glamorous air to the once run-down area, and is the perfect gateway to the historic charms of Malaga city. A roman amphitheatre, Moorish citadel, Renaissance streets and superb shopping facilities all await visitors. Add in the cultural charms of the Pompidou Centre art gallery (the first outside France) on Muelle Uno itself, and the Carmen Thyssen and Picasso museums in the historic centre amongst many others and it becomes clear why Malaga is such a popular stop amongst cruise passengers.

Indeed, during March it was the port to handle the second largest number of cruise passengers in Spain behind only Barcelona, although it is usually listed at number four. This could be set to change in the coming years, with the city expected to profit from hosting a prestigious cruise conference.

Called Seatrade Cruise Med, it is acknowledged to be the most important cruise-industry trade fair in the Mediterranean and will be in Malaga’s Palacio de Congresos in 2020.
The importance of the event can not be overestimated. Leaders from major world shipping companies, representatives of ports and delegates from related industries will all attend, giving Malaga the chance to sell itself to an industry worth billions every year.

Malaga port will hope other companies will follow the lead of major cruise operators such as Thomson Cruises, which has made the capital of the Costa del Sol the homeport for the impressive 1,800 capacity TUI Discovery 2.

It has been docking every Sunday in the city – with a major part of the reason is a scheme that allows 118 shops in the historic centre to stay open on Sundays and holidays, specifically to encourage cruise passengers to visit – and spend money — in the city.

In 2016, 59 cruise ships docked in the port on Sundays or holidays, discharging 135,853 passengers and providing a significant boost to the city’s economy.

The benefits of cruises are not limited to Malaga itself. Passengers charmed by their visit to the city, the climate, gastronomy and friendly people are increasingly searching for property for sale in Marbella, Malaga and along the entire Costa del Sol.

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