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Superyachts are super fun in Marbella—even if you don’t own one

Local and international news outlets have been busy reporting sightings of some impressive superyacht activity in Puerto Banús this summer. Noted as one of Europe’s most exclusive marinas, the famous yacht harbour at the centre of the Costa del Sol is an essential stop off for the rich and famous, when sailing in this part of the Mediterranean Sea.

The Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli has been in town, docking up in his luxury sailing boat ‘Freedom’, a shining 28-metre-long nautical display of wealth and success. Although built by the renowned yacht architect Tommaso Spadolini, the interiors are the work of Cavalli himself and incorporate the flamboyant patterns seen in some of his collections.

Also spotted was the the passionate art collector, Baroness Thyssen, on Mata Mua, a luxurious private boat named after a painting by Gauguin, alongside megayachts owned by Saudi Royals and the Mexican billionaire Ricardo Salinas. These vessels that only belong in the extreme uber luxury levels of boat ownership, come equipped with swimming pools and helipads—and, in addition to the captain, a whole fleet of staff.

It’s a small sector, even within the high-end of society, that can afford to own such immense boats, so how could any of us lesser mortals and businesspeople get to enjoy them, or a smaller version, either on or off the water? Well, if you want something a bit grander than a new inflatable version (available with drinks cooler), you can charter smaller yachts from one of several hire companies in the area. Services available can include fine dining lunches delivered portside from your favourite restaurant, and breathtaking trips to Morocco for an evening meal.

However, one of the best ways to appreciate any luxury yacht is to visit Puerto Banús or another port on the Costa del Sol, and view them dockside, with a glass of chilled white wine in your hand. Each of the marinas in this part of the Spanish coast has its own unique and interesting atmosphere—and although they don’t all harbour superyachts, all are worth visiting for a little boat-watching and the restaurants that line their harbour walls

From the expansive and thrilling Puerto de Málaga in the regions capital, to the laid back ambience of Cabopino just outside Marbella, you will find the ideal setting in which to appreciate the elegance of sailing boats and power yachts.

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