Why Marbella attracts an array of international football stars from across the globe
Why Marbella attracts an array of international football stars.
Marbella is famously known as Spain’s southern sea resort where numerous international jet setters relocate for its wonderful climate, first-class facilities and myriad of leisure options. The Costa del Sol attracts a wide range of people, ranging from golfers, yachtsmen and retirees to families and businesspeople needing a relaxing getaway. However, amongst them now, are international football stars and clubs. The area has become a top pick for football clubs to take their team for training camps and warm-up tournaments in the run-up to the new season or during the winter break.There is no shortage of facilities on the Costa del Sol, as dedicated training centres, often linked to five-star golf resorts, have been set up to cater for this market. One of the most successful of there is the Marbella Football Centre, located in Benahavís at the La Quinta Golf resort. The centre features four full size FIFA pitches with top-quality grass, state of the art gymnasium facilities with the latest generation of machines and the most advanced recovery technology, including cryotherapy chambers for accelerated muscle healing. Recently it was visited by Borussia Dortmund, Rosenborg BK, Videoton and Lokomotiv Moscow.
The Westin La Quinta Golf resort is only one among the different hotels used by top tier clubs. For the past two years Liverpool, currently first in the Premier League, have occupied the Las Dunas Hotel in Estepona. The attendance of teams of this calibre confirms Marbella as a prime training location on a global scale.
The presence of such teams is mostly thanks to Football Impact, a specialised sports marketing company run and founded by MFC’s Andrés Roldán, who arranges the stays with the hotels at a fixed price and offers a package deal to the clubs, facilitating the process from beginning to end. This new form of football tourism brings in a substantial amount of revenue to the Coast, especially during the low season.
It seems many European football clubs have made Marbella and the Costa del Sol a home away from home, as it continues to provide quality training in a stress-free environment within the sunniest climate in Europe.