The prevailing climate in the area has turned Marbella into a true world-class tourism leader since the 70s. Conditions are great throughout most of the year. But that’s not the only reason to choose Marbella as your favourite destination. Its infrastructure and services have propelled it throughout the years to the top of the European tourism landscape: top-level golf courses, 5-star hotels all along the coastline, Michelin-rated restaurants, kilometres of blue-flag beaches… Attractions which have managed to tip the scale in its favour.
High-class international tourists are not only lured into the city by the weather, but also by the great variety of activities it offers to meet their expectations. Marbella has earned a long time ago the fame and prestige of being a leader in Spain in nautical sports. You have but to stand at the coastline of the city and take in the smooth, soft waters of the Mediterranean to realize it’s located at a privileged area for sailing.
The Puerto Banus marina is one of the most attractive and widely available docking spots along Costa del Sol. In fact, the Malaga province has already surpassed Cadiz in the quantity of new leisure vessel registrations. Just during the first five months of 2015, yacht sales increased by a 25%. And within the province of Malaga, Marbella leads the leisure vessel and luxury yacht sales, which is not unusual when we realize that the city has no less than four marinas. It currently holds the fourth position within Spain, just behind the Balearic Islands, Barcelona and Girona.
Not only did sales increase in Marbella, but yacht rentals have also increased as a result of the luxury tourism that visits the city each year. Speedboat and mid-size boat rentals are the most popular, since they are the most practical and small for sailing in Marbella. Besides, based on information by the Asociación Nacional de Empresas Náuticas (National Association of Nautical Companies), Europeans and visitors from the Middle East are most interested in this activity. Nonetheless, interest for sailing seems to be picking up among the Spanish people.
It is evident that the number of people enjoying sailing in Marbella during their vacations is increasing. This is because sailing, nautical sports and leisure vessel and luxury yacht rentals and purchases are directly linked to Marbella’s lifestyle, a city with a privileged geographical location which is ideal for sailing.