Ronda la Vieja – Antique Ronda land

Ronda la Vieja – Old Ronda – the beloved land of Julius Caesar.

Andalusia is full of historical sites. Among them a well known town named Ronda, and a less  famous place “Ronda la Vieja, which means the Old Ronda – really worth a visit. You can get there following road from Ronda to Sevilla, on your way you will turn to the right following the direction “Acinipo” (road MA-7402).

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Ancient ruins on the top of the hill. Acinipo is where the past meet the present. It’s a calm and beautiful place. Constructed as a residence for Roman soldiers, it still has this special atmosphere of leisure and luxury. On the top of the hill you can find the remains of authentic Roman monuments, theatre or Roman baths.

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You can enjoy an amazing panorama. The hill is surrounded by mountains and fields which color depends on the season. In summer it’s yellow, in spring and autumn is green, in winter it can even be white. The most interesting and stunning part of the theatre is the amphitheatre. Take a walk up the hill if you want to see the whole picture. It’s a perfect place to understand the old roman phrase:” bread and circuses”.

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 After Acinipo stay on the same road and than follow the sign Setenil de las Bodegas.

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You’ll find yourself in a typical Andalusian white town (pueblo blanco) with  typical streets and typical white walls, the only unusual details are roofs. They are made of rocks. The entire city became part of a mountain forming its unique architecture and protecting  inhabitants from sun, wind, rain or even snow. It gives warmth during the winter and freshness during the summer. This is a very good example of people not trying to change or correct the nature and, in return, getting protection and architecture that attracts the tourists from all over the world.

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Apart from the unique architecture,  Setenil de las Bodegas is famous for its wines (“Bodega” means wine cellar in Spanish). And a good wine is accompanied by a good food. All the production is local and ecological – from Andalusia with love.

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Two main streets of Setenil are “calle del Sol” (the Sun street) and “calle Cuevas de la Sombra” (the Shadow Cave street) – full of bars, restaurants and small shops selling local products and wine.This is where you find our favourite shop where we buy delicious local food and wine  –“La Cueva del Iberico”.Often you can find an owner Daniel, who  is very nice and delicate.He also own a farm and the vineyard of our loving wines “7mil Pasos”& “Xaldenil”.”It’s my love to the Nature and certain lifestyle” – he explains.

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Local people are very nice and gentle.They seem to love their land and care about traditions.

Setenil is also famous for its bread which you can buy every morning at the local bakery on the central street “calle del Principe del Rey” near the church. In this area, Plaza de Andalucia, there are also few nice restaurants where you can have your lunch, breakfast or a cup of coffee. We recommend family restaurant “Casa Palmero” . Homemade food from local products. It will not disappoint you!

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Our recommendation is to park the car outside of town, just before  the enter road and go by feet enjoying the atmosphere of the tiny hilly streets.

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By the way the origin of the name “Setenil” is Roman Latin “Septem nihil” – which means “7 times nothing”:)

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On your way back to Ronda you can also visit an Orthodox Christian Church following the sign “Santuario Ortodoxo” on the road. It’s a beautiful place with a special ambience. Church is open every Sunday from the 9.30 a.m. till late afternoon.

Ronda la Vieja – it’s a place of cherished farms and vineyards.

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This is an area where you will find many wine growers and where you can taste their production and “tapas” – small Spanish meals.

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One of the most known and visited places is “CHINCHILLA bodega Doña Felisa”. It is a family business, well organised and innovative. This bodega is surrounded by spectacular landscape with hills and view to “ Acenipo” just on the front. Unbelievable, but Ronda la Vieja was already used by the Romans in 100 c.b.c. as a wine production area.In fact, ancient fossils found on this land are currently exhibited here, in CHINCHILA’s  museum.

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“The climate here is ideal for wine, that is for sure” – Gema, the owner of bodega started this business with her husband in 1999. This couple was among the first enthusiasts who started to revive this almost forgotten traditions. The decay of winemaking started many centuries ago as local people started to convert their vineries into olive groves.

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The varieties grown here today are Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Chardonnay and, of course, Spanish Tempranillo. The owners of the vineyard arrange tours with tapas and wine tasting where you can learn about the tools and the process of winemaking.

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It is very possible that you’ll wish to stay in the area “Ronda la Vieja” for some more days to enjoy and visite other jewels of this part of Andalusia. And in this case there are many “bodegas” that can offer you an accommodation with simply , lovely countryside ambience.

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One of these bodegas named GARCÍA HIDALGO Bodega can provide you with room, delicious food and wine testing. If you miss homemade food and peaceful atmosphere call Finca GARCÍA HIDALGO, 622 879 005 or visit their web-page.

If you prefer a hotel, we can recommend you Don Benito. It is located by the road and it has swimming pool and restaurant. Despite of it’s proximity to the road Don Benito is very calm  place and just on the road,  to Ronda la Vieja direction. Highly recommended.

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There are some more sophisticated hotels in the area as well, for example Hotel de la Higuera where you can stay for a couple of days or even celebrate an anniversary or wedding. The food and service are of the highest quality, and your photos will be most wonderful.

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Ronda la Vieja is a special area not only for Spanish people, but for tourists from all over the world.

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LA CABANE – A unique experience by the seashore!

The wonderful Costa Del Sol is not only a paradise located in one of the most dazzling coasts of Spain but it is also a destination full of luxury and elegance. Each visitor of this oasis would notice and would stay amazed by the great choice of hotels, shops, restaurants, cultural activities, events and of course beach clubs, which perfectly represent our daily lifestyle that we enjoy here during the whole year. Nevertheless, among all this incredible selection of places and services we always want to guide our readers to the most exclusive places that would definitely make a memory.
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Today we would like to introduce you a really unique place where both couples or families would be able to enjoy an unforgettable journey with some incredible panoramic sea views because the luxurious grand hotel “LOS MONTEROS SPA & GOLF RESORT” offers you every summer a 5 stars’ seaside experience in its beach club “LA CABANE”
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If you have been looking for a place to relax and to enjoy an unrepeatable day in a modern and sophisticated environment, then you have to visit “LA CABANE” for the following 4 main reasons that we found according to our own experience: 
1.    “LA CABANE” because you can choose your luxurious way of enjoying your day!
This beach club has 3 types of sunbeds to enjoy both in a couple or with friends as well as your family. You can choose between sunbeds or beach huts. All of them have sea view and towels (included). And for the lovers of the intimacy, you have been prepared some VIP beds, which allow to enjoy a private area of the beach club with a bottle of champagne, a dish of fruits, some special services, refreshing towels and much more. Choose the experience that corresponds to your needs!
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2.    “LA CABANE” because Costa Del Sol is a sea destination!
The location of the club allows not only to enjoy the wonderful swimming pool but also, like we have already mentioned, it allows you to enjoy the beach and the sea at the same time. Choose to go down only 5 steps to have a bath in the Mediterranean sea or keep on enjoying the swimming pool with the same wonderful views.
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3.    “LA CABANE” because it has style and design!
Both the beach club and the hotel “LOS MONTEROS SPA & GOLF RESORT” will surprise you with its architecture and its mix of modern and at the same time luxurious design details. The white colour and the minimalist style without forgetting about the fountain and the tropical influences will take you out of the city chaos to give place to a paradisiac experience. Here, everything is done to make you feel privileged.
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4.    “LA CABANE” because you like to eat luxurious food!
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This beach club has two gastronomic spaces.
 
The Snack-Bar next to the swimming pool allows to enjoy some exquisite cocktails and also some light dishes specially prepared to eat it both in the bar and at the sunbeds.
 
The exclusive Restaurant of “LA CABANE” offers you every summer a special ‘Gourmet’ BUFFET that will make you taste an incredible selection of more than 60 recipes of national and international cuisine for a fixed price of  88 euros per adult and 45 euros for children (drinks not included).
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The Buffet is divided into several parts:
– The Cold Starters: cooked seafood, ham, marinated salmon, salads, gazpacho, etc.
– The Rice Table invites you to taste the best vegetables paella or the fish and seafood paella.
– The Main Course Table. Its menu is changing all the time and it can offer you a few meat main courses such as the roasted veal, the roast chicken or a lamb leg accompanied with a selection of warm adds to choose according to your taste …
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– The Most Luxurious is offered to you by the “cooking show” that offers the best selection of fish, meat and of course the best seafood to cook on the grill or the barbecue style. Enjoy your experience in the beach club to the maximum by tasting some lobsters and the best wine without forgetting again about the wonderful sea views!
– The Desserts and The Cheeses will find without any doubt its place even on the tables of those, who are looking after their diet, because you will not be able to finish your lunch without trying one of those sweet creations.
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Do you need any more reason to escape to “LA CABANE”?
 
Then we can tell you that the sea club “LA CABANE” can become your own place because it gives you a unique opportunity during the whole year to celebrate your wedding and your special events reserving “LA CABANE” only for yourself.
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Get in touch with the responsible of the events of the hotel and she will take charge of everything to make out of your event something that all your guest could be jealous of!
ANY EVENT IN “LA CABANE” IS AN EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE!
 
Do you want to enjoy a completely different day as well as we lived it ourselves?
 
Then reserve from now on your stay in the most elegant place next to the sea “LA CABANE”.Then you will be able yourselves to add to it some more reasons to visit it or simply to put it in your agenda for the next summer vacation.
 
INFORMATION:
Address: C/ Jabalí s/n | Urbanización Los Monteros, 29603, Marbella, Esp aña
Opening hours:
·       «Club La Cabane»:
April, May and October: from Wednesday to Sunday 11.00 a.m. to 18.00 p.m.
June, July, August and September: Open every day from 11.00a.m. to 19.00 p.m.
*Our opening hours can be changed without any previous notification because of the weather reasons or any private event.
 
·       «Restaurant La Cabane»:
 
“A la carte” Menu: from Monday to Friday from 13.00 to 16.00.
Grand Buffet in La Cabane *: Saturdays and Sundays from 13.00 to 16.00.
* Every Day in August.
Snack Bar every day from 13:00 to 16:00.
 

BIOPARC FUENGIROLA

BIOPARC – a hidden animal paradise in the heart of Fuengirola.

If you have ever thought that beautiful Costa Del Sol is only a paradise destination for people like you and me, then you are completely wrong because we invite you to visit the town of Fuengirola, located in the heart of the Costa Del Sol between Malaga and Marbella. Walking around the town with its big choice of good restaurants located especially in the so-called “Hunger Street”, enjoying the port side and the long sea promenade, visiting its castle with amazing views to the Mediterranean, something very special would catch your attention right in the centre of the city near the famous “Plaza de Toros”. This very unique and unusual detail would be the big Baobab tree –  symbol of the small hidden animal paradise “Fuengirola BIOPARC”.

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“BIOPARC” is one of the best zoo’s in Europe because of its unique concept and its creative design, which allow to each of the guests to travel during their visit to the tropical worlds of Africa and Asia.

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If you have ever dreamt to travel to one of these continents? Then this is your special chance to do it without leaving the sunny Costa Del Sol or booking some thousands kilometers trip. Fortunately the sun here is almost the same as at the most tropical corners.

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Walking through the paths of the tropical wild atmosphere of the park, you will not only be able to discover its vegetation (tropical plants, flowers, trees) but you will also be able to meet the real habitants of this site, the wild animals. The park distinguishes from the other zoo’s because it offers the possibility to share the space and to observe from the inside the life of all these different species, which unfortunately most of them are in danger of extinction such as gorillas and the Sumatran tigers.

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This makes of the zoo a unique inmersion experience divided in 4 different natural habitats representing:
-Madagascar Island with the famous lemurs;

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-Equatorial Africa with the funny suricates and the curious chimpanzees;

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-Southeast Asia with the unique prehistoric crocodiles;

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-And the Indo-Pacific zone, with the famous Komodo dragons and the giant Galapagos turtles.

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“BIOPARC” has also a series of activities prepared both for the young and the adult visitors to make them discover the interesting details of the tropical nature and the curious life of the animals. One cafetería and a shop are also available in the park to make you enjoy the experience in the most comfortable way and to make you take with yourself something that would remind you this unique tropical “trip”.

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Nothing more to say! Just come and visit the zoo that has been transporting its visitors for over 15 years to the beautiful world of Nature!

Come and fall in love with this small tropical paradise where the main words of each of the persons working in the zoo is: “WE LOVE ANIMALS”!

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AND THIS IS AN ESSENTIAL RULE TO FOLLOW IN OUR DAILY LIFE!

SALON SPAIN 2016 (ASCARI)

Last weekend ( the 28th and the 29th of May 2016) the luxurious and exclusive circuit of the region of Ronda “ Ascari “ prepared a great luxurious cars event, organized by INCA Company.

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It was a really unique event for the province of Malaga because it has brought together, on the biggest track of Formula1 of Spain, at the same time not only an exhibition and the selling of exclusive cars, but also a whole series of different activities specially prepared in the same circuit. These activities included the possibility of test-drive of the race cars as a co-pilot, the competitions of the racing cars, the test-drive and the presentation of the new “Ligier JS P3 Nissan” and much more.

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The presented luxurious cars were the famous brands such as Ferrari, Rolls Royce, Porsche, Maserati, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Viper, Scotty, Bugatti and Bentley, among many others.

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The renowned car dealer and company “Guarnieri” showed at Salon Spain 2016 a unique brand, known only by the real experts  – ”PAGANI HUAYRA”.

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It is a super sports car, which has been created by the Italian car company “Pagani”, founded by the Argentinian Horacio Pagani. “ Huayra”, which means “wind” in the ancient Quechua language, is the prefect name for this car that reaches a speed up to 386 km/h with its Mercedes-Benz AMG motor. A real luxury that must be prepared according to the requests of every special client to become really unique!

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The Ascari Circuit was the perfect election of place for the organization of this great event. All the participants could discover the high class of this circuit that offers a big variety of services to the lovers of the racing cars. Nevertheless, Ascari is also an ideal leisure place both for the individual Ascari Club members and for the families because it offers a series of activities to enjoy in the complex.

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The authentic Andalusian environment, its wonderful views to the mountains, the aromas of the Spring flowers and a charming ambience of rural Spain were emphasizing better than nobody the beauty of these luxurious cars! 

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RC44 SOTOGRANDE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

THE UNFORGETTABLE SAILING “COMBAT” – RC44 SOTOGRANDE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP.

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The 15th of May 2016 the luxurious Marina of Sotogrande transformed after a long week of bad weather in the principal nautical event of the coast, the final of the RC44 Sotogrande World Championship that ended up with the a worthy winner  Igor Lah and his “Team CEEREF”(Slovenia).

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But this was only after some anxious moments off the Sotogrande port, as Lah’s crew slogged it out with local heroes, John Bassadone’s “Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team” from nearby Gibraltar, who became second on the Fleet Race.

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Other race winners were “ARTEMIS Racing “(Sweden) team , by Torbjorn Tornqvist. Frenchman Huques Lepic’s “Aleph Racing”.

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The battle put together 11 watercrafts of RC44 Class, which gave its name to this championship that this year began in the Bermudas and will finish its trajectory in the waters of Malta.

Among the 11 teams, competing at this RC44 World Championship Marina de Sotogrande six won races. These included defending World Champion, Team Nika of Vladimir Prosikhin and Bronenosec Sailing Team of Vladimir Liubomirov, the two stand-out campaigns of 2015, Team Nika also being the defending World Champion.

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During this period of time, the team of Marbellastyle.es magazine had the opportunity to speak with the media manager of the Russian team “BLACK WATER” – Ekaterina Zhilina. We discovered that this young team is the only team composed by the national navigators of the country, for which they are competing. The team was created by the graduated students of the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology. These young specialists have had the idea of creating a sailing club and started to develop its activity, what allowed them to go so far as to have its participation place in such a great championship as it is RC44 World Championship. Only from there on, the club started gaining its positions after years of preparation.

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The event of Sotogrande has brought together a big number of professionals, both the participants and the organizers, as well as the VIP guests and the daily visitors of Sotogrande port.

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The final began with a breakfast, where the teams and the hosts could enjoy the most remarkable images the competition week and could get prepared for the last stage of this unforgettable adventure in the strait of Gibraltar.

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The wonderful weather, which has accompanied us during this day, has allowed all the guests of the event to enjoy from the coast or directly in the sea, surrounded with the numerous sails, this fascinating regatta. The lucky ones of the VIP boat were able to enjoy for several hours not only the best sights of this aquatic adventure with a delicious buffet prepared on the boat, but some of them, the most daring ones, could also board the yachts directly with the teams of their choice and live this experience with them.

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After approximately 4 long hours of battle, we were able to finally discover the big winners of the RC44 Sotogrande World Championship – Igor Lah and his team ‘ CEERIF ‘, that we are happy to congratulate for their great effort in a battle, where the professionalism, the meteorological conditions and the luck have each of them its own important role for the victory. They are the ones who really have gained the luxurious catering that took place just after the championship and was prepared both for the teams and for the special guests “hungry” of sharing their sensations and the lived experiences.

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Therefore, with the luck of having lived this event personally and from the closest positions, we can affirm that the event was a real success thanks to the great organization and the real professionals of the sailing sports. Their love for the sea could be seen once again in their huge willpower and their big effort in the waters of the Mediterranean.

But before finishing, we would like to tell you about some interesting details related to the championship …

Do you know what the number “44” and the abbreviation “RC” mean in the title of the championship?
– ‘ 44 ‘ means the class of the participating sailing ships which is 44 feet.
– ‘ RC ‘ are the initials of the co-designer and five-time winner of ‘America’s Cup’, Russel Coutts who created with the naval architect Andrej Justin this new class of yachts “RC44″. This sailing ship has a new light high performance design and it was prepared for an 8-person crew. Another characteristic of its design is that the “RC44″ is a yacht which consists of several parts. Therefore it fits in a custom made container,  which allows to store the equipment during the regatta.

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Do you know the difference between “Fleet Race” and “Match Racing” ?
– ‘Fleet Race’ is when all the yachts go out to the sea all together to compete between each other.
– ‘Match Race’ is when the sailing ships compete one against another. It is a competition between each 2 teams.

And to finish we would like to thank the whole team of organization of the RC44 SOTOGRANDE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP and especially Jessica Gray for giving us the chance to participate in this unique event.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THE OFFICIAL CHAMPIONSHIP WEB PAGE : WWW.RC44.COM .

Discover the magic of a butterfly!

Benalmadena, one of the most touristic towns of the Costa Del Sol, has a lot to offer to its visitors. The coastal zone, Benalmadena Costa, invites to discover the beaches with  some water activities, restaurants, hotels and other leisure and vacation services.
And nevertheless, the upper part of the Benalmadena Pueblo, with its panoramic views has a very unique hidden place where you will discover the magic of the butterflies.

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This place is ” El Mariposario ” of Benalmadena, a real temple of the magic nature, built in a unique Asian style and located next to the Buddhist Temple.

Do you know the real world of the butterflies?

“El Mariposario” gives you this opportunity because each of the visitors, big and small, can discover it with the butterflies during all the visit, sharing their natural space.

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This makes out of this zoological complex an unforgettable experience. Walking along a small tropical forest, created with decorative plants, you are going to discover between 1.500 and 2.000 butterflies of more than 100 different species.

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They will flutter around you and they might also sit down in your hands to get to know you better. If you are the lucky ones of course! You will see all of them fly;  you will also see them asleep, when the newborn ones will be waiting for 2 hours to dry off their wings;

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you will see them eating mature fruits, offered to them like to the real princesses; but also camouflaged in case of the dangerous birds and much more.

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You will discover and see with your own eyes all the four phases of the life of every of these beautiful beings of the insect world, beginning with the egg, the caterpillar and ending as a chrysalis that transforms into a beautiful creation of nature, so-called ‘butterfly’. All this and much more to discover yourself in details.

Nevertheless, the butterflies are not the only owners of this secret paradise because you will have the opportunity to see some birds, fishes, turtles, the only European chameleon and an higuana.

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SOME SECRETS?

We would like to share with you some secrets that we discovered during our visit:
– Did you know that since the moment when the butterflies start to fly, they begin to search to create a couple and they recognize their other part thanks to the perfume that belongs to every special species?
– Did you know that they fly more when it is sunny and they rest during the cloudy days?
– Did you know that the chrysalises can have form of a stone, a leaf to avoid being eaten?

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IF YOU HAVE DISCOVERED SOMETHING NEW OR YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE, THEN DO NOT LOSE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE THE LIFE OF THE BUTTERFLIES FOR ONE MOMENT AND A TIME OF A DAY VISIT!

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OTHER ADVANTAGES OF THE “MARIPOSARIO” THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO MENTION:

– “El Mariposario” of Benalmadena has an easy access from the highway A7 (exit 217) for the visitors driving a car and very central location for the tourists of the Costa Del Sol coming both from the Malaga and the Marbella area. There is possibility of reaching the place using the public transport.
– Open 365 days a year, what will allow you to plan this exceptional activity during the rainy days or on Sundays.
– There are special offers for guided visits of school and organised groups adapted to each age rate.
– The entrance tickets can be bought online on the official website with special discounts.
– Take the advantage to make a few spectacular photos of the nicest butterflies of the world! It is allowed!

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Web: www.mariposariodebenalmadena.com
Address: Avd. Retamar s/n (near Buddhist Temple)
Benalmádena Pueblo 29639
Tel. : 951-211-196

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