Marbella and Puerto Banus demonstrate again the strength of the high-end international film location after it was rocked by the property permit corruption scandal and the financial crisis. Marbella is one of Spain’s few locations that has it all: climate, quality services, golf courses, shops, hospitals, good infrastructure and the Malaga international airport with connections to the world’s most influential cities.



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    Marbella / Puerto Banús

    Puerto Banús is a marina located in the area of Nueva Andalucía, to the southwest of Marbella, Spain on the Costa del Sol. It has become one of the largest entertainment centres in the Costa del Sol, with 5 million annual visitors, and is popular with international celebrities. Developed around a coastal village in the Mediterranean architectural style, Puerto Banús contains expensive shopping malls, restaurants and bars around the marina. It is also scene to many exotic cars that are owned by international celebrities and wealthy owners that also own large yachts. Luxury cars like Rolls Royces and high end sports cars like Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Mercedes Benz are a common sight in the summer months around Marbella and Puerto Banus. These cars are brought to the eye of the public via huge showrooms and dealerships showcasing the latest supercars.


    Puerto Banús was build by José Banús, a local property developer, as a luxury marina and shopping complex. It had a lavish opening in May 1970 attended by, amongst others, the Aga Khan, film director Roman Polanski, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, Dr. Christiaan Barnard (pioneer of the heart transplant), and Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco. A young Julio Iglesias was hired to sing for the guests for the sum of 125,000 pesetas. Three hundred waiters from Seville served 22 kilos of beluga caviar to 1700 guests. In 2011, it was reported that one of the largest-scale developments in Marbella’s history was to take place with a 400 million euro investment into La Bajadilla, east of Marbella, by Qatari Sheikh Abdullah Ben Nasser Al-Thani which included a 200-metre (660 ft) quay for cruise liners, a five-star hotel on the marina, as well as bars, restaurants, shops and supermarkets to compete with Puerto Banús.


    Rich and Famous

    Prince Alfonso von HohenlohMarbella has come a long way since the 1950’s when Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe opened of The Marbella Club. Luxury beachside properties began to be constructed in and around The Marbella Club – now referred to as The Golden Mile. Hollywood celebrities and Europe’s Royal Elite began to make Marbella their Michelle Obamapreferred holiday destination. In the early days, Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant could be spotted in Marbella. Rolling Stones’ star Ronnie Wood, Scottish actor Sean Connery and superstar Prince have also enjoyed the five-star infrastructure, first-class cuisine, and sunny climate. And, back in the 70s, old British gangsters such as the Krays’ enforcer Freddie Foreman and Barbara Windsor’s ex, Ronnie Knight temporarily gave the town a bad name.In the last few years Marbella has seen the visit of USA’s first lady Michellle Obama and many other celebrities including, Eve Longoria, Ivana Trump, Antonio Banderas .The British prime minister David Cameron has even visited. Concerts in Marbella have seen names such as Alexandra Burke, George Benson, Seal, Tom Jones and Jamiroquai.Tom Jones. Amy Childs, Mark Wright, Joey Essex, Melanie Griffiths, Ashley Cole, Cheryl Cole, Bruce Willis, Calum Best, Cesar Millan (Dog Whisperer), Chanelle Hayes, Chantelle Houghton, Cheeky Girls, Danielle Lloyd, Duquesa de Alba, Tom Cruise, Eduardo Cruz, Gary Lineker, George Best, Imogen Thomas, Joe Swash, Miranda Rijnsburger, Kate Moss, Sadie Frost, Kelly Osbourne, Davina Taylor, Katie Price, Malissa Reeves, Nikki Sanderson, Zoe Salmon, Peter Andre, Piers Morgan, Pixie Lott, Sarah Harding, Shakira, Tom Jones, Niall Horan, Ray Parlour, Samuel L. Jackson, Louis Smith, Gavin Henson, Julio Baptista, Brigette Nielson.


    In the 1960’s Gunilla von Bismarck, great-granddaughter of Germany’s first chancellor, Otto von Bismarck moved into Marbella.
    In the 1970’s Prince Fahd of Saudi Arabia arrived in Marbella and bought a substantial plot of land and built a mini replica in Marble of the US presidents government “White House” building. Recently, Salman Bin Abdelaziz has become the King of Saudi Arabia and owns Al Riyad, the luxurious palace on the Golden Mile. He owns the luxury yacht Shaf of London, which is often seen docked in Puerto Banus.
    Lord SugarLord Alan Sugar bought property in the 70’s. He owns a substantial frontline Marbella villa on the Golden Mile.
    Antonio Banderas owns a beach front home just outside Marbella in Los Monteros.
    Sean Connery, has hit the headlines over his former villa in Marbella, Casa Malibu. He enjoyed many years in Marbella, being a regular visitor to the restaurants in Puerto Banus.
    Simon CowellSimon Cowell, owns a large villa in the Sierra Blanca area of Marbella. This is an exclusive estate where an average plot could cost 4 million euros alone.
    James Hewitt opened a restaurant on Marbella’s Golden Mile called The Polo Club.
    TV chef Antony Worrall Thompson known best for his appearences on Ready, Steady, Cook in the 1990s, is enjoying the high life on his avocado farm in the hills above Mijas.
    Russian president Vladimir Putin has constructed his Benahavis mansion in the hills above Marbella. The “modest” home has two swimming pools, a cinema and a €1 million wine cellar and is one of the most enviable in Andalucia.