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Marina Llorente.
Marina Llorente. / Tara Freeman / St Lawrence University

"The American upper class has been interested in Marbella since Michelle Obama's visit"

  • Marina says that her home town has become an interesting holiday destination for middle and upper class Americans following Michelle Obama's visit to Marbella in 2010

The climate, the food, the quality of life: these are just some of the Spanish delights which attract Americans so much. At least, that is the perception that Marina Llorente has, after many years living in their country. The stereotype of wild Spanish nightlife, she says, is mainly among young people. For those who know better, the main attraction is the country's history.

It was Michelle Obama who placed Marbella on the map for Americans. Marina says that her hometown has become an interesting holiday destination for middle and upper class Americans ever since the former First Lady spent a few days there.

The picturesque historic town centre, the seafront, Puerto Banús, the 'pescaíto frito' fried fish, the hotels and the cuisine hold a powerful attraction for those who long for a few days' relaxation, Spanish-style.