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Marbella 「マルベーリャ」

streets of marbella

Somehow, the pictures are not fair, to the atmosphere of the streets in Marbella. The old city walls are whitewashed, but covered by huge colorful plants. It is magic. Maybe that's why the area attracts many of the tourists in the area of Costa del Sol. Thanks to its safe weather, long beaches and the free advertising provided by the eccentricisms of King Fahd of Saudi Arabia.

In 1974, Fahd arrived in Marbella from Montecarlo. This kicked off the era of Marbella Jet-Set, with Gunilla Von Bismarck and the legendary parties. Until his death in 2005, Prince Fahd was a frequent and profligate guest. Marbella welcomed his retinue of over a thousand people spending petro-dollars. As a curiousity, the then-anonymous Osama bin Laden visited on a number of occasions with his family between 1977 and 1988. Now Prince Fahd has inherited, going from richest teenager on Earth to true king who spends fortunes in Ibiza, but the city hasn't lost its shine.

Russians and other Arabs come in mass to the extreme luxury of Puerto Banús, which is a luxury harbour (packed with major brand flagships, gazillion star hotels & high-octane motors signed by Ferrari and Lamborghini) located 7km away from Marbella city. To a majority of tourists, I would recommend to invest a day or half (combine it with any of the beaches nearby, that are superb) exploring these lovely streets. With its white walls packed of colorful ceramics and flowers, it's quite a memorable experience.

streets of marbella
streets of marbella
streets of marbella
streets of marbella
streets of marbella
streets of marbella
streets of marbella
streets of marbella
streets of marbella
streets of marbella

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