Marbella, an established brand in the world and locally-recognized, deserves to have a port able to welcome cruise ships. This happens in other Mediterranean ports such as St. Tropez in France, for example.
The project chosen from a selection of proposals will be in the hands of a partnership between the city council and Sheikh of Qatar, Sheikh Abdullah Ben Nasser Al-Thani, who is also the owner of Malaga CF
The new port will be named Al-Tahani Port and involve an estimated investment of 85 million euros.
Actually next to the future location of the cruise port, there is a small fishing port called “the Bajadilla” only 800 meters east of Marbella Old Town.
I wonder about how will they transform the area. For those not familiar with Marbella, the video shows in the rendering the famous”arc of Marbella” and behind it an avenue flanked by palm trees and skyscrapers to the left on the sea. That is the main avenue of access to the city coming from the east (from Malaga, Mijas, Fuengirola) and the area is now a sprawling complex of offices, car dealerships and repair shops (including local police headquarters).
The project includes a central shaft with a quay length of 200 meters surrounded and protected by a circular spring with a circumference of 911 meters. The port will have a total capacity of 1220 berths, and the ability to host several cruises together.
In the 155,000 square meters of land there will be built a mall, a luxury hotel and underground parking with 450 spaces.