Marbella and region these days is an interesting mix of the seedy and the glittering. However I reckon for many people, the seedy arena of drugs and mobsters is viewed as glamorous so there is possibly some cross over between the two.
As a traveller and occasional inhabitant of Marbella over recent couple of decades, it has been stimulating to watch the environment of the area change over the years. From the original peak of the 1980s “Costa Del Crime” boost, when crooks poured into Marbella with their gangs to take pleasure in the questionable or non existent extradition agreements, to today’s worldwide jet-set backdrop, Marbella and its neighboring places such as Riviera, Puerto Banus, Sotogrande and Nueva Andalucia has altered at a spectacular pace while still continuing to be unchanged at its core.
Travelers from the United States would be very bummed out with the low quality “steak” that a lot of restaurants provide. And this in a country widely known for its bulls! Because of this low quality restaurants are more and more transforming into specialists or are jacking up their standards to those of the best restaurants in the place such as La Sala in Nueva Andalucia.
Just about anywhere you pay a visit to on the Costa del Sol, it is evident that there are an escalating quantity of tourists from North America and the far east. They are now powering the investing and real estate development boom in a similar manner that Arab and drug laundering funds performed in the 80s. Their appearance is propelling the local business community to readjust to meet their various demands.
Likewise, the outdated mobster laden Sleek nightclub has been displaced by the gangster laden Cavalli Club. It has to be said, as an aside, that the Olivia Valere club just carries on in its own way doing its own thing as it has done for years.
To give a very distinct case from the services sector; Marbella escort agencies who purely present boring young chicas with no English and who are unwilling to accept revenue in dollars or plastic money will be helpless to take on agencies such as 2nd Circle Marbella Escorts or Marbella Beauties from the Marbella Escorts Agency. Those companies are presenting exquisite top-class escort girls from a variety of cultures with a large range of language talents. And due to the fact that they are expertly managed organizations as opposed to some kind of “lifestyle” activity, they can deliver many different payment alternatives. They are also professional, straightforward and keep their undertakings. Which makes a change seemingly!
There is certainly a contingent of international hoodlums (both organised and shockingly un-organised!) which is really visible and looks to be unconcerned by the supposed rise in europe-wide police collaboration. But there is also a growing undeniably luxury market to the area, which is now considerable.
Marbella and the Costa Del Sol will always transform. I hope it will be for the better. It has looked to be in the past, despite the periodic significant hiccup on the adventure.