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 on different ways to cool us down.

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 analyze why it happen 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 reach 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 compensate the loss of moisture and an increment of temperature.

The warm wind once reaching the coast displaces the water from the surface to high seas so that the cold water rise from the depth. That’s why the sea water is frozen during the terral days.

Terral days temperatures in Malaga may increase up to 10ºC. making those days the hottest days of the year.

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

Saharan-wind

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 shall remember this continent, although not everything is this bad and this dust provides mineral nutrients to both the lands and the sea.

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When do terral happen and for how long?

Already wondering about how long does it take to disappears? 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 is 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 a ocassional swim.

4. Refrigerate your favourite fragance 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.

The best house at Nikki Beach Marbella, July 23

For lovers of glamorous parties is starting the climax of the sexiest parties in Marbella in one of the most sophisticated beach clubs in this exclusive resort in Marbella on the Costa del Sol.

On Saturday, July 23 from 10 pm we can enjoy the best house music at the Nikki Beach Nightclub, with DJs from Paradise Music and Sintillate. Tickets are € 25 and include a drink.

Who does not have enough with this, don´t worry, here comes more, and in the same weekend:

On Thursday from 7 pm begins the Diamond Party, as the name says, obviously a brilliant celebration with live music, diamonds, champagne and spectacular performances, international DJs and much more. Dress code: Black and Gold.

Those who don´t want to wait until Saturday night to have fun, can enjoy in the afternoon of the 23rd from 2 pm the cocktail party No Mojito No Party with DJ and great entertainment.

For this event, no dress code is required, just your swimsuit and a Platinum card. Well, it was a little joke. The Platinum card is only needed if you plan to purchase a bottle of champagne of 5 liters in the famous Champagne parties, but this is another story.

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