The climatic conditions it enjoys have made Marbella a tourist reference point internationally since the 70’s. And it is one of the few locations worldwide that enjoys a consistent and sunny climate year round. But it is not the only reason to choose Marbella as a preferred destination. Its infrastructures and services have placed it over the years in the top positions of the European touristic panorama: high-level golf courses, 5-star hotels scattered all over the coast, restaurants with Michelin stars, miles of beach with blue flag status … All of these attractive qualities combined have managed to tip the balance in Marbella’s favor.
Not only do thousands of international tourists come to the city attracted by the weather, but also because of the variety of activities offered that live up to their expectations. Marbella has long gained the fame and prestige of being a reference point in Spain of nautical leisure. You only have to stop to contemplate the silky and smooth waters of the Mediterranean on the shores of the Costa del Sol to realise that this is a privileged area for sailing and water sports.
The presence of the marina of Puerto Banus is one of the most attractive mooring points available along the Costa del Sol. In fact, the province of Malaga has already surpassed Cadiz in number of new registrations of recreational boats. In the first five months of 2015 yacht sales increased by 25%. And within the province of Malaga is Marbella that leads the sales of pleasure boats and luxury yachts, which is not strange if we think that there are already four ports and Marbella currently occupies fourth position in Spain, only just behind the Balearic Islands, Barcelona and Girona.
Over recent years, Marbella has not only enjoyed an increase in boat sales, but the yacht charter related to the luxury tourism that visits the area each year has also seen a dramatic increase. Rentals of medium sized sailing and motor boats are the most popular, as they are more practical and smaller for streamlined and efficient navigation in the Marbella are. In addition, according to data from the National Association of Nautical Companies, Europeans and visitors from the Middle East are the most interested in this activity. However, it seems that the interest in sailing is also beginning to increase among the local Spaniards.
With this in mind, it seems that more and more are choosing to enjoy sailing in Marbella during their holidays. And the world of sailing, water sports and rental and purchase of pleasure boats and luxury yachts are closely related to the lifestyle of Marbella, a city with a privileged geographical location that is ideal for decadence and exploring the surrounding coastlines.