Marbella is a city of celebrities


Marbella has undergone a long evolution since the 1950s, when Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe
opened The Marbella Club. Luxury beachfront properties began to be built in and around The Marbella Club – today it is known as the Golden Mile, and the boundaries of this luxury zone already extend to Estepona.

THE BEGINNINGS



Alfonso von Hohenlohe (Source: Wikipedia)


Sean Connery (Source: Wikipedia)


By the 1960s and 1970s, Marbella had become a popular holiday destination for Hollywood celebrities and the European royal elite. In the early days, Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, the most charming James Bond, Sean Connery and eccentric superstar Prince also enjoyed the five-star infrastructure, first-class cuisine and perfect climate. In 1983, Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe, singer Julio Iglesias and opera singer Plácido Domingo organized a special concert in which the world-famous tenor himself performed, at the Nagüeles quarry near Marbella. Using the space as a natural auditorium, this location is special and unique due to its excellent acoustic properties and privileged natural environment. Plácido Domingo’s discovery gave rise to one of the most wonderful open-air auditoriums in Spain, which hosts the Starlite festival every year.

THE GREATS OF OUR DAYS

In the past few years, Marbella has hosted the former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, and many other celebrities, including names such as Hugh Grant, Mel Gibson, Eve Longoria, Ivana Trump, Antonio Banderas, and former British Prime Minister David Cameron. Stars like Lenny Kravitz, Bryan Adams, Anastacia, Lionel Richie, Julio Iglesias, Santana, The Corrs, Alexandra Burke, George Benson, Seal, Tom Jones and Jamiroquai, as well as opera singer Plácido Domingo visit Marbella every year at the Starlite Festival. he just recently gave a concert here again. The seaside resort is also a favorite of soccer players known from the Champions League. Most people come to party, and many enjoy the pleasures offered by the fantastic golf courses, e.g. Gareth Bale is a return guest.



English football champion Gareth Bale (Source: Instagram)

THE RICH AND BEAUTIFUL WHO ARE AT HOME HERE



Novak Djokovic, world champion tennis player (Source: Instagram)

In the sixties, the great-granddaughter of Germany’s first chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, moved to Marbella, Gunilla, who was nicknamed the Queen of Marbella. In the 1970s, Saudi Prince Fahd bought a large plot of land in Marbella and built a mini replica of the White House building in Washington. Recently, the owner of one of the most luxurious palaces on the Golden Mile, Al Riyad, Salman Bin
Abdelaziz, became the king of Saudi Arabia. He owns the luxury yacht Shaf of London, which is often seen docked in Puerto Banus. The Saudi royal family has a great passion for Marbella, they visit every summer.
Also in the 1970s, British tycoon and media personality Lord Alan Sugar bought a huge stretch of beachfront property here. Sean Connery also bought Casa Malibu at that time, after which he spent many years in Marbella and was a regular visitor to the restaurants of Puerto Banus. Media mogul Simon Cowell, who, among other things, is the inventor of the X-Factor, bought an exclusive property in one of the most elite neighborhoods, in the Sierra Blanca district of Marbella, after the box-office successes of the 2000s.



Novak Djokovic’s villa on Sierra Blanca (Source: Move2Marbella photo archive)

Russian President Vladimir Putin recently built his Benahavis mansion in the hills above Marbella. The ‘modest’ home has two pools, a cinema and a €1 million wine cellar. Tennis star Novak Djokovic “survived” the closures during the Covid-19 pandemic in his villa in Marbella, worth six million euros –
there is also a swimming pool and a tennis court on the hillside estate built in Moorish style.



Boxer Florian Munteanu, Dolph Lundgren and his daughter Ida (Source: Instagram)

Dolph Lundgren, one of the most iconic actors in Hollywood film history, chose Marbella as his home with his family and raised his two children here. The actor was appointed the city’s cultural ambassador in 2009. On this occasion, Mayor Ángeles Muñoz said: “it is a real privilege that a well-known personality like Dolph Lundgren, who could have chosen any part of the world to live, chose to make our city his home.”



Plácido Domingo at the Starlite Gala 

This is just the most amazing thing about Marbella. There are many beautiful places in the world, but here is the essence of everything. In addition to unparalleled natural values, glittering luxury is just as much a part of everyday life as simple, homely hospitality, the tranquility of small-town life and the romance of centuries – this is what makes everyone who visits fall in love with it.



Insparya Marbella, Christiano Ronaldo’s hair transplant clinic ( Source: elmira.es )