Marbella and the Costa del Sol are strange bedfellows.
The eastern end of the Costa del Sol – Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola and Mijas – are where the Daily Mail tends to send journalists when they are looking for stories about benefits cheats, drugs and the Spanish being racist toward British immigrants.
The Western Costa del Sol – Marbella in particular is where the Daily Mail sends journalists to find gangsters, , celebrities, drugs and stories about the Spanish being corrupt.
Mermaid statue – Puerto Banus
But the Costa del Sol and Marbella in particular is also where Daily Mail journalists come to play golf, relax with their families and try to hang out with celebrities!
The Costa del Sol was originally a series of small white villages centred on fishing and farming. But aside from the ability to grow pretty much anything including oranges, grapes and olives – all of which had been world famous since Roman times – the Costa had one big thing going for it. 300 plus days a year of sunshine. Not too hot in the summer, not too cold in the winter; it is basically, like southern California, the Goldilocks of climates. And with the advent of air travel from the 1960s onward, it became a destination of choice for Northern Europeans.
Marbella was a tiny village of 800 inhabitants until the 1960s, when Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg opened The Marbella Club and focused on attracting international
celebrities to stay in what was then a peaceful and hidden jet-set hideaway. Guests included Hollywood stars such as Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardner, Cary Grant and Laurence Olivier as well as a host of the major European aristocratic families.
No doubt the first high-class escorts arrived in Marbella at exactly the same time!
In 1970, the resort of Puerto Banus opened and Marbella´s popularity sky-rocketed. Sunshine and glamour brought in money, royalty and celebrities from all over the world, which brought in the support staff of builders, chefs estate agents and of course, escort girls.
The lack of extradition from Spain to the UK (and elsewhere) also brought in a less savoury element of gangsters and fugitives. So much so that it earned the nickname Costa del Crime. And, as you would imagine, professional escorts were always in high demand to help such testosterone fuelled people relax. Besides, if you are a successful businessman / gangster you deserve to have a beautiful and sexy woman on your arm, don’t you?
1980s style from Dynasty
I’m sure you can imagine the look of the Marbella escorts from the 1980s – big hair, shoulder pads, dark tan and lashings of blusher. But a lot more “natural” looking in other ways as boob jobs weren’t as common then. These days a boob job almost seems compulsory for any escort in Marbella. But it has to be said that the really successful high-class escorts in Marbella are now actually very unlikely to be enhanced. A flatter chest has the same cache that white skin used to have in the Victorian era.
These days, Marbella is almost a theme park for escorts and prostitutes of all kinds. Year-round, the “adult entertainment” section of Sur in English is filled with classified ads that leave little to the imagination and often shock first time visitors. In the height of the summer there are nearly 5,000 professional escorts working in the Marbella area. And that is excluding all the semi-professional girls who will shag for a night out and a handbag!
To give you a sense of scale, that means that at any given time in the summer there is roughly 1 escort girl in Marbella for every 20 men! Not bad odds on the buying side of the equation. And what a choice of sexy escorts there must be!
Well…yes and no.
Many of the Marbella escorts who visit for the summer don’t realise how competitive the market is and only manage to stay for a few days when their dreams of instant fame and fortune fail to materialise. Being an escort in Marbella is like any business; it takes time to really develop a presence.
Modern escorts are a bit more stacked
A large proportion of the Marbella escorts work on the famous second line in Puerto Banus, where they ply their trade in the bars and on the street. Its messy and can be fun if you are into that sort of thing…
Then there are the “houses” or brothels where a gentleman will find up to 200 Marbella escort girls at any time. These vary from the long established and stylish Milady Palace through to mid-range friendly places such as The Glass Palace to outright knocking shops. Then there are the private residences used as “houses” which are often fronts for criminal gangs.
But there is still a huge choice of girls working independently and for the major Escort agencies in Marbella. So relax, enjoy yourself and choose the girl or agency that you feel most comfortable with.