As a visitor and occasional native of Marbella over recent few decades, it has been interesting to view the ambience of the area change over times. From the original peak of the 1980s “Costa Del Crime” upsurge, when mobsters moved to the Coast with their crews to get a kick out of the tricky or non existing extradition conventions, to today’s world-wide high-end scene, Marbella and its neighboring local areas such as Puerto Banus, Sotogrande, Riviera, and Nueva Andalucia has changed at a spectacular rate while nonetheless staying untouched at its centre.
Marbella and local area these days is an intriguing mix of the seedy and the prestigious. Though I guess for lots of people, the seedy sphere of narcotics and criminals in viewed as glamorous so there is quite possibly some overlap between them.
There is most certainly a contingent of gangsters (both organized and remarkably dis-organized!) that is extremely apparent and might seem to be unimpressed by the supposed rise in world-wide police co-operation. Yet there is also a growing truly luxury sector to the area, and that is now significant.
Any place you visit on the Costa del Sol, it is apparent that there are an increasing quantity of travelers from North America and the far east. They are now driving the financial investment and real estate development boom in a similar way that Arab and drug laundering cash performed in the 80s. Their entrance is propelling the local business community to adapt to meet their many different demands.
Individuals from the USA would be very dissatisfied with the poor quality “beefsteak” that many restaurants provide. And this in a country renowned for its cattle and meat… Consequently low-end restaurants are progressively more turning into specialists or are boosting their standards to those of the best restaurants in the area, who are equally moving further up in the quality stakes (sorry for the pun…)
In a similar vein, the out-of-date criminal laden Sleek nightclub has been replaced by the gangster laden Cavalli Club.All this while Olivia Valeres disco just goes on in its own way doing its own thing as it has done for ages.
To give a very distinct instance from the professional services sector; Marbella escort agencies who exclusively offer dull young pretty things with no language skills or charm; and those agencies who are resistant to agree to accept revenue in dollars or credit cards will be unable to keep up with agencies such as 2nd Circle Escort Marbella or high class Marbella escorts working for The Escort Marbella Agency. Those firms are offering breathtaking high-class working girls from a mix of cultures with a wide range of language abilities. And due to the fact that they are expertly managed businesses instead of some type of “life-style” endeavor, they can offer various payment alternatives. They are also reputable, genuine and keep their agreements. Which makes a change apparently!
Marbella and the Costa Del Sol will continue to change. I hope it will be in a positive way. It has had the tendency to be in the past, regardless of the periodic major hiccup on the voyage.