Marbella and Puerto Banús have long been synonymous with luxury tourism and exclusive residential development, with recent moves by the town hall of Marbella looking to further cement this reputation after some complaints last year that tourist standards were not at their usual high levels.
The pristine streets and flower-lined boulevards of Marbella call for courteous behaviour, so this year the ayuntamiento (town hall) is placing an emphasis on managing anti-social conduct.
From the end of June this year, fines will be introduced as members of the public are invited to think twice before appearing without proper attire in the streets – uncovered torsos or bikinis should be kept strictly for the beach or face fines of up to €750 to be levied at the moment. In practice, however, the council says that most offenders will be warned to cover up and given a chance to rectify the situation.
The measures are being put in place after a stellar year of exclusive tourism news, from the opening of the Nobu Hotel at the Puente Romano to the welcoming the mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz, extended to representatives from multi-national luxury travel agencies earlier on in the year.
This year the Costa del Sol has received record numbers of visitors as well as experiencing property sales at pre-2008 levels. Investors and individual buyers from around the globe, but particularly from regions such as the UK, Scandinavia, Belgium and France, are acquiring second homes in the sun and it’s not hard to see why.
With the upmarket status of this part of the Costa del Sol set to be nurtured and maintained by the local town council, we are happy to report that this jealously guarded status is sure to continue well into the future.
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