Pure air and sea: Health benefits in Malaga next to the coast

Not many tourists use to ask themselves  about the air and sea quality in their holiday destination. What about if we talk about air quality in Malaga, the sea and the health benefits they bring to us?

Sea breeze health benefits

Sea breeze brings many benefits for health, strolling along the seashore has a great therapeutic effect.

Air quality in Malaga

The company Urban Clouds has made public a study from many areas of the city with a positive result. The air quality is good or normal in 95% of the city. Only a 5% left shows a low quality air, usually in industrial areas or the airport.

Pollution in pedestrian areas in city centre is zero. It is absolutely secure to stroll the streets while visiting monuments or the Calle Larios.

Since old times the Romans said the seawater cure all the diseases, and they were not that far from the fact.

Sea breeze and sea: benefits for your health

Since old times the Romans said the sea water cure all diseases and they were not that far from the fact.

Being near the coast is beneficial for those who are very sensitive to changes in temperature due to health problems. The large body of water acts as an excellent climate regulator.

The minerals found into the sea provide are beneficial for our organism. Let’s see some of them:

Benefits of swimming into the sea

Sodium is the most abundant element in the ocean water, it gives the salty flavour to the water, but it also has another 75 elements needed for the human metabolism.

Benefits of diving in the sea

If you bath in the sea you can try to submerge up to 1.30 meters deep. This is the perfect balance between internal and external pressure exerted by water, which has positive effects:

  • Improves respiratory capacity and increases red blood cells.
  • It favours the elimination of liquids by the pressure on our lymphatic system.
  • A refreshing bath activates the blood circulation.
  • It favors the work of the heart that has to work less.
  • The trace elements that can be breathed in the sea breeze are also found in the water and are absorbed in small amounts by our skin. The regeneration of tissues and even fractured bones are up to 3 times faster, thanks to calcium, silicon and sulphur which also helps other functions of our body.
  • The iodine present in sea water has direct influence on the thyroid gland as well as acting as a disinfectant of our skin.

Benefits of Sea Breeze or Salt Air

The Mediterranean has an ideal climate to enjoy the benefits of Sea Breeze during most of the year.

sea breeeze

Take in consideration that benefits of Sea Breeze are obtained being near the coast, if possible closer than 100 meters to the beach. A simple stroll along the seashore will benefit you by breathing a purer atmosphere.

  • Pregnant women may feel less nauseous near the sea.
  • The sea gives off a lot of micro particles loaded with trace elements that we absorb when breathing and benefit the regeneration of our lung alveoli.
  • The sea acts as a producer of natural ozone that purifies the air. The number of germs present in air is lower than in inland populations.
  • Those with allergies can breathe normally, the sea breeze does not have any pollen or mites.
  • Sea air boosts immune system
  • The low atmospheric pressure on the coast makes the amount of oxygen much greater. It slows the breathing rate and helps recovery in people who have been convalescent.
  • Water and sea breeze are good for relieving or treating skin problems like psoriasis, acne or dermatitis. The water composition has antibiotic properties.
  • Strolling along the seashore and bathing in the ocean has therapeutic effects thanks to its high content of magnesium and negative ions. It favours the creation of serotonin which is linked with the feeling of well-being, so it helps you calm anxiety, depression and stress.

Sunlight helps your body to assimilate vitamin D and will make you feel relaxed, but too much of the sun’s warm rays can be harmful to your skin.

When is it better to walk along the seashore?

Do not forget that sunbathing, especially at certain times, can become harmful to our skin. It is quite common to see foreigners walking with burned skin, do not let that happen to you.

Sunlight helps your body to assimilate vitamin D and will make you feel relaxed, but too much of the sun’s warm rays can be harmful to your skin.

Strolling the sea shore

The ideal and most relaxing activity is a walk along the seashore at sunset, you can finish the stroll with a dip in the water. Sunset is when there are fewer people on the beach and there is still some sunlight to enjoy.

 

Terral wind in Malaga & Ways to cool down

termómetro durante un día de terral en MálagaAnyone who has experienced the Terral wind in Malaga knows this phenomenon very well, a hot wind that make us think about different ways to cool us down.

The Costa del Sol just went through these hottest days of the year, so it is a good time to talk about this hot wind and propose some cool ideas.

Let’s analyse why it happens and what effect it brings in addition to the big increase of the temperature.

What is the Terral wind?

The Terral as known in Spain is a northern wind which reaches higher temperatures as it gets into the province.

In the UK this kind of wind is known as Helm Wind, Favonio in Italy, Foehn in southern Germany, Austria, France and Switzerland and as Chinook winds in the United States.

Why Terral occurs in Malaga during the summer?

Contrary to what many people might think the terral in Malaga is caused by cold air from the north passing through the mountains surrounding Malaga. This wind suffers a rapid increase in atmospheric pressure which it compensates with the loss of moisture and an increment of temperature.

The warm wind once reaching the coast displaces the water from the surface to the off-shore so that the cold water rises from the depth. That’s why the sea water is freezing during the Terral days.

Terral days temperatures in Malaga may increase up to 10ºC making those days the hottest days of the year. The interior villages like Ronda or Antequera use to experiment colder temperatures than the areas next to the coast.

Terral wind affects a small region of Malaga and it is felt much less in the more remote municipalities.

Saharan-wind

Different than terral this wind comes from the South. Something that you might not know is that Africa is the largest source of dust, up to 70% of the world dust is from here. Every time you clean the house you will remember this continent, although not everything is this bad and this dust provides mineral nutrients to both the land and the sea.

viento-subsahariano

When does Terral happen and for how long?

Already wondering about how long does it take to disappear? Don’t worry, it usually occurs quickly and it goes the same way, the duration is usually no more than 2 or 3 days. For example in 2016 the hotter Terral days occurred on 19 and 20 August.

Are there Terral days during the winter in Malaga?

Terral days during the winter in Malaga are fairly common. While in northern cities or even other much closer cities in Andalucia next to the coast, the temperatures drop in winter, Malaga can enjoy a mild temperature that make you able to keep the winter coats and blankets for a longer time.

6 ways to cool down when it’s too hot outside

A Terral wind day will break with your plans, specially if they included walking outdoors or strolling the city. Let’s see some ways to cool down when it’s too hot.

1. Beach or pool are more than recommended locations for those days, remember to bring the umbrella and plenty of water.

 2. Making your own homemade iced drink is a tasty way to keep you cool.

woman and hot day beach

 3. Do you enjoy reading? It is an ideal moment to read under an umbrella shadow with an ocassional swim.

4. Refrigerate your favourite fragrance and use it, it will feel good.

5. Shopping is another option, malls are air-conditioned spaces. You can take those days for buying some gifts or souvenirs.

6. You can also go to a water park, what is better than having some cool fun. Enjoy slides or the wave pool in a water park.

 

What do you do when you get stung by jellyfish?

jellyfish-tipsIn summer, especially the hot days and usually in August, the presence of this annoying animal can ruin anyone day, so I think it is a good idea to talk a little about them and what to do when a jellyfish stings you.

Luckily in Malaga there is no presence of dangerous species of jellyfish for humans.

The called ‘Portuguese Caravel’, without being actually a jellyfish but acting as one, can be dangerous but it is actually very rare to see one in the Mediterranean sea.

portuguese caravel
The Portuguese Caravel is not common in the Maditerranean although some have been seen near our coast eventually. It is visible on the sea surface and can be confused with a plastic bag.

About the jellyfish

The jellyfish, these gelatinous organisms are not particularly dangerous (at least the ones we have here), but their stings cause itching and stinging pain. Jellyfish do not attack, but move slowly, floating and they are drawn by the currents. Because they are highly translucent, they are relatively difficult to see in the water and therefore, sometimes bathers get accidentally in contact with them. This is when the cells of the tentacles release a poison, used for hunting or defence.

These “stings” produce instant pain and burning sensation radiating to the root of the affected limb, itching and edema (swelling). The intensity of symptoms varies depending on the affected area and can also have symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle spasms or allergic reactions in some severe cases.

In the most popular beaches of Malaga there is usually a lifeguard station nearby. However, we leave you some useful tips on first aid, if the life guard is further away or you are on a secluded beach. For example, on the beach where I go there are no lifeguards, and there the “regular swimmers” bring a little “first aid kit”, a folk remedy to relieve the sting of the jellyfish: A small bottle with ammonia or vinegar diluted to 50%. To me, it worked great!

What to do when you’ve been stung by a jellyfish

Wash affected area with seawater. NEVER with freshwater because this activates the remaining nettle cells attached to the body.
Do not rub the area or touch with your hands.
Local application of ammonia or vinegar (diluted to 50%)
Remove the remaining fragments of tentacles attached to the skin (with gloves or tweezers) and reapply ammonia or vinegar.

Some tips to avoid being stung by a jellyfish

Pay attention to the flags that indicate their presence and do not bathe or walk barefoot on the shore if there are jellyfish on the beach.

There are sunscreens containing an extract of plankton preventing jellyfish stings (in pharmacy)

Do not touch a dead jellyfish or its fragments: Be very careful because although the jellyfish is dead, it keeps releasing its venom, so you better don´t touch it.

If you remember, take a little bottle of vinegar in your “Beach Kit”, it may come in very handy for you, your children or a towel neighbour.

Sun, sun, sun: Tips for safe sun bathing, heat waves and heat strokes

sun tipsThe heat has arrived in Malaga. Over the next days and months temperatures will still rising; so this year we will advance our tips for enjoying the sun and beach without suffering afterwards unpleasant side effects on health.

Most foreigners, who come on these dates to the Costa del Sol, are crazy for enjoying the summer weather at the beach and also acquire a nice tan, which causes most of them to stay for hours under a blazing sun with an unaccustomed skin.

There, as always, our first tip: Get protection! Fair skin, little accustomed skins and children need high protection with a factor of between 30 and 50. Get protection before sun exposure.

sunbathing

When to avoid sunlight exposure?

Avoid exposure to sunlight during midday between 12 and 4 pm and use additional devices such as a hat, sunglasses and parasols. If you are near a beach bar with parasols with esparto, even better; as through the fabric umbrellas penetrates over 30% of ultraviolet radiation. Apply cream again after each bath. Above all, do not underestimate the sun in these latitudes.

With this heat, you may now understand that the Siesta has its raison d’etre: Although you do not fancy sleeping, in the hot hours of the day you should slow down a bit and stay in a cool place in the shade. Those who come here for vacation, we suggest the old trick of closing all the windows of the house at mid-morning, so the rooms stay cool.

A Heat stroke is next to the burns the most unpleasant aspect of excessive exposure to sunlight. Here again we repeat: Limit sun exposure time, adequately protected yourself and above all drink lots of water, do not wait to be thirsty. This applies especially to the elderly, children and sick and overweight people.

And last but not least: Never leave a person, child or animal in a parked car with the windows closed.

If you consider these simple tips, you can enjoy lots of beach in Malaga. Off to the water!

Life Festival in Marbella on August 14 2012

Lovers of the best electronic house and music can enjoy a luxurious night at the Life Festival which takes place under the stars on the beach El Pinillo in Marbella on August 14. How does it sounds?

life festival marbella 2012

Well, if you like the idea then come and dance just 50 meters far from the sea and enjoy the performance of Rebeka Brown and the DJs David Penn, DJ Nano, Oscar de Rivera, Danny, Ruben Moran or JP Candela bringing you first-line electronic music, an avant-garde set design and lighting, in an equipped area on the beach of El Pinillo with capacity for 8000 people.

With these features, the Live Festival is a must for lovers – of any nationality – of good electronic music, good weather, beautiful people, the starry sky above your head while dancing and enjoying the summer by the sea.

Dress code is strictly White. Pay attention, otherwise they won´t let you in. If you do not have white shoes, do not worry, the rule does not apply to this garment.
The concert venue in Playa El Pinillo is a large natural area by the sea which has been rehabilitated and enabled during the summer months for concerts and events. The site is located at the entrance of the arch of Marbella and within easy access.

The discount ticket price is 20 €; advance tickets cost 25 € and € 33 at the box office. They can be purchased through the internet pages www.ticketea.com and www.ticketmaster.com. There are also VIP area tickets as well as Golden Tickets with preferential access and drinks. More information and reservations on the event’s website www.lifefestival.es

Venue: Concert venue Playa El Pinillo, Marbella
Address: National road N-340, Km 155 (next to the arch of Marbella), 29600 Marbella, Malaga
Opening doors: 9 pm, beginning of concerts: 10 pm (until 6 am)

Beaches in Malaga with service for disabled bathers

disabled beach signalMalaga beaches have been pioneers in offering the possibility to take a refreshing dip to disabled persons or with reduced mobility, with a large easy-access device and monitor attendance. Thus not only disabled but also blind and deaf can enjoy a swim and a certain degree of autonomy, thus increasing their wellbeing.

There are seven adapted beaches on the coast of the capital of the Costa del Sol. The beaches El Dedo and La Misericordia offer assisted bathing; there are all kinds of devices to accompany people to the sea; there are also instructors specialized in sign language. This service is available until September 14 daily from 12 to 7 pm.

On the beaches Guadalmar, San Andres, La Malagueta, Pedregalejo and El Palo there are points of autonomous bath, with access to waterfront; these points are attended by rescue personnel to facilitate the free use of amphibious chairs and crutches to bathers who request them. At these beaches there are also reserved car parks for disabled and adapted toilets, showers and playground.

Malaga is also one of the few coastal towns in Spain with a service for the blind consisting of a small acoustic device like a clock, informing the person on water depth and distance to the shore.

All this joins the already existing offer on the coast of Malaga, with ample additional service such as barbecue areas, beach volleyball areas and sports, playgrounds and green areas. There are also collection points for cigarettes to keep the sand clean. Therefore, four beaches of Malaga were awarded this year with “Q” for quality: La Misericordia, El Palo, Pedregalejo and El Dedo.

Malaga beaches – The Blue Flag

The blue flag is used to distinguish the beaches and ports that comply with environmental conditions, as well as with a minimum of facilities available.

Beach of Fuengirola

In Spain, Andalusia is the autonomous region with the most kilometres of blue flag beaches after increasing up to 12 the number of ports and beaches awarded with this distinctive sign this year.

In total, Andalusia has 93 blue flags (77 beaches and 16 ports), and Malaga is the province with the largest number of recognised beaches, with a total amount of 30; Cadiz follows with a total amount of 25 blue flags.

If you’re planning to spend your holidays on the beach this summer, Malaga is undoubtedly a recommended place for the quality of its beaches at European level. Plus, thanks to its good network of communications and the new runway at Malaga airport, it’s the perfect place to begin to discover Andalusia.

Distances from Malaga to other destinations:

– From Malaga to Cadiz by car should take us approximately 2 hours and 48 minutes (254 Kms)
– From Malaga to Granada in only 1 hour and 30 minutes
– Driving from Malaga to Seville takes us 2 hours and 30 minutes

As a tip for future tourists, driving through the coastal roads of Andalusia will not only delight us with breath-taking views of beautiful sceneries, but we’ll get the chance to discover deserted coves where to go for a refreshing dip in the sea with no one else around.

New Attractions in Fuengirola this summer

Fuengirola beachIn the Costa del Sol municipality of Fuengirola a few new attractive features are planned for next summer for visitors and locals to enjoy this popular vacation spot in the province of Malaga.

One of the most popular novelties, which already takes place in other municipalities, is the Cinema on the Beach, a free service that takes place in the months of July and August on the beach of Los Boliches where will be screened films for family audiences and children.

Other spaces or new services on the beaches of Fuengirola are two Playrooms with child care, so that parents can enjoy a few hours of beach while the little ones are having fun, being watched and cared for. In addition there will be two areas of massage with qualified professionals. Both services are installed on the beaches of Fuengirola and Los Boliches.

The beaches of Fuengirola are adapted for people with disabilities, being outstanding the beach of Las Gaviotas which pioneered in Andalusia this type of service.

Throughout the nearly 10 km of beaches of Fuengirola there are areas of sunbeds, pedal boats, nautical offers, beach bars, free bio tech fitness devices and playgrounds, as well as boats available to citizens for Moragas (grilled sardines on the beach, very popular among the locals).
To all this adds the recent leisure offer in the river Fuengirola, with pleasure boats and bicycle rental. Fuengirola has one of the most attractive promenades around the coastline of the Costa del Sol.

Malaga beaches are now accessible to blind people thanks to technology

The capital of the Costa del Sol is the second Spanish city to implement an electronic device that enables blind people to enjoy a swim at the beach.

The two beaches of Malaga capital where these devices are installed are El Dedo and La Misericordia. These two beaches are as well adapted for the disabled and have amphibious chairs and specialized staff.

Devices for the blind consisting of a wristwatch with an audio system that provides the swimmer at all times information about the depth and with an alert button through which rescuers come to help them out of the sea.

This service is available to swimmers during the beach season, from June 15 to September 15, from 11 am to 8 pm.

Identification bracelets for children on the beaches of Fuengirola

The Costa del Sol municipality Fuengirola goes a step further in the services offered on its beaches. The City Council has made ​​available to users an innovative initiative in the Costa del Sol. The families who come with their little ones to the beaches of Fuengirola may require in the lifesaving modules identifier bracelets for children. They include the child’s name and the phone number of the adult and seek to strengthen security and allow a speedy recovery of the small ones in case they get lost.

This arrangement will run until 15 September. Thus, those interested can go to the Lifesaving Service posts to apply for free this tracking device. They are located in all the beaches of Fuengirola: Carvajal, Torreblanca-Las Gaviotas, Los Boliches, San Francisco, Santa Amalia and Castillo-Ejido. The Lifesaving Service will be operational until September 15 in the seven beaches of Fuengirola from 11 am to 8 pm.

Remember that the coast of Fuengirola has a wide range of installations for bathers: toilets, showers, sun beds, water sports areas, playgrounds, sports facilities, etc. All are accessible via ramps and have reserved parking for disabled.