If you want to live in the neighbourhood of celebrities… you’ve come to the right place. Marbella is home to many celebrities. You’ll find frequent sightings of the rich and famous who were born here, live here or holiday here throughout the year.
Antonio Banderas, who of course everyone loves and knows of, the Spanish actor best known for playing “El Zorro”. This foxy man was born in Marbella and he visits several times every year. He has a house by the beach at Los Monteros and the main central square of the luxurious Puerto Banus is named after him. Antonio is truly connected with Marbella and you will see him at places like La Cabana and Olivia Valere. And he is a prominent citizen for the entire Easter week (Semana Santa) and several times during the summer period for Starlite.
Sean Connery, the Scottish James Bond star, was long term resident of Marbella. Rumour has it that the reason he sold his villa is because he didn’t want his neighbours watching him in his underpants! There were also accusations of fraud and property issues that will likely remain a mystery. But what we do know is that he still comes to visit and you’ll most likely find him on his favourite Golf courses. In the image we see Connery chilling by the pool at a typical Spanish villa.
Simon Cowell, best known as reality television judge, film and record producer has a beautiful big home in Sierra Blanca. He’s been known to bring his X-factor candidates just like he did with One Direction and other now-famous artists. In this photo you can see him having fun with friend and artist Sinita under a Spanish sunshine so bright and warm that it can even make Simon smile.
Dani Garcia, the Michelin Star Chef, was born in Marbella and opened his first restaurant in 1998 in Ronda. There he achieved his Michelin Star enabling him to then open Calima (2005) earning him his second Michelin Star in 2011. He is the proud owner of Dani Garcia Catering and the BIBO burger created alongside McDonald’s and the BIBO restaurant in the Puente Romano Hotel. To the left Dani poses with Eva Longoria.
Joan Collins, Gunilla von Bismarck, Alan Sugar, Dolph Lundgren, Julio Iglesias, Fabio Capello and Novak Djokovic are just some of the many famous names that own or have owned properties here, while the likes of George Clooney, Eva Longoria, Hugh Grant, Rod Stewart, Vladimir Putin are also rumoured to have beautiful properties in exclusive country clubs such as La Zagaleta and El Madroñal.
Marbella also attracts regular visits from Mariah Carey, Bruce Willis, Paris Hilton and David Beckham, to name a few, and Princes William and Harry like to compete in polo tournaments in Sotogrande – where people such as Glenn Hoddle and former Formula One team owner Eddie Jordan have homes.
More recent visitors to Andalucía have included US First Lady Michelle Obama, British ex-Prime Minister David Cameron and UK celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who based an entire episode of his series Jamie Does Andalucia on the area, as did Cornish chef Rick Stein.