Tourist Mecca Marbella threatened by wildfires

Wildfires that have been ravaging the Spanish Costa del Sol are now threatening the popular tourist resort of Marbella.

The blaze began on Thursday afternoon at Coin, near the  tourist destination of Malaga, but soon spread to threaten other towns along the holiday coastline. Evacuations have been widespread, with 3,300 people fleeing the town of Ojen alone. Malaga is the latest town to issue evacuation advice, with holidaymakers prepared to leave villas and hotels at the resort’s busiest time of the year.

These mainland wildfires come in the wake of previous fires on the Spanish-owned Canary Islands of La Gomera and Tenerife, and others near the Pyrenees Mountains in Spain’s northern province of Catalonia. An exceptionally dry and hot summer that has left foliage tinder dry is being blamed for the spate of blazes in the country.

Hundreds of fire fighters have been called into the area and reports also suggest that 17 fire-fighting aircraft are being used to tackle the blaze. However, wind direction is likely to be the biggest contributor in the on-going battle, with the hopes that a sudden change could divert the flames in a less critical direction.

According to Spanish authorities, two people have suffered serious burns, and there has been significant damage to property in the area.

Figures are not yet available on how many British holidaymakers are in the area, but as it is a long time favourite with holidaymakers from the UK, and as this is a peak holiday time, numbers are likely to be considerable. The Costa del Sol is also home to a sizeable community of British ex-pats.


Marbella stag and hen dos feel the Essex effect

Since TV show The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE) flew out to Marbella, bookings for stag and hen parties to the Spanish resort have jumped by 63%, according to the world’s leading, and only award winning hen and stag party provider, Redseven.

To satisfy the wild demand, Redseven has launched ‘No carbs before Marbs’, a hen weekend package created for fans of the show looking for the ultimate VIP beach and club experience.

As well as pre-booked transfers to the hotel, there’s two nights accommodation, VIP beach club and guest list entry into one of the resort’s top clubs.

The stars of ITV2’s BAFTA-winning half-reality show have been running wild in the resort, on what appears to be a shoot for a one-off special – and thanks to all the media coverage, hens and stags are clearly deciding to follow suit.

Lydia, Lauren, Lucy, Sam, and Jessica all ditched fake tan for some of the real stuff and did what most hens would do: get straight into pool mode. Fans will have noted that the boys, rarely scared of a little spray-on, were quick to follow and grab a deckchair.

“Since The Only Way is Essex cast flew out to Marbella we’ve seen a huge surge in bookings from those wanting to follow suit, and rightly so, since Marbella has a vibrant party scene and beautiful beaches to relax on the following day” says Ian Lucas, founder and CEO of Redseven.

Marbella hen weekends have long been popular with groups. At just two-and-a-half-hours’ flight time and packed with glitzy nightclubs and bars, the resort town is used to Brits flying in to party.

As well as excellent beaches and traditional tapas, there’s all the modern attractions expected by young, perfectly preened pseudo-starlets.

“This extra demand is no sweat for Redseven as our customers enjoy unrivalled access to all that’s great, plus we have a local office with representatives – available exclusively with Redseven, as we’re the only company with our own operations actually in resort.”