Will Marbella conquer the US thanks to the arrival of Michael Jordan?

by Lorraine Williamson
Michael Jordan

MARBELLA – Basketball legend Michael Jordan, known for his impressive career in the American NBA and his love for golf, has decided to spend his vacation in Marbella (Málaga), Spain. 

Together with his wife, the Cuban model Yvette Prieto, he travelled by private jet to Federico García Lorca Granada-Jaén Airport and then on to the famous tourist resort on the Costa del Sol. 

Jordan stayed at the exclusive Marbella Club Hotel. This is a luxury resort in one of the most important and exclusive areas of the city. Jordan soaked up the Spanish sun as he – always accompanied by at least four bodyguards – walked with his wife along the seafront and streets of the Old Town. 

Impulse for tourism 

Not only is the former NBA star’s visit notable for his status as a global sports icon, but according to sports magazine Marca, it could also boost tourism in the region. Moreover, it could boost demand for direct flights from New York to Málaga by United Airlines. They will take place for the first time on May 31. 

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Dining out 

The La Milla Marbella restaurant even shared a photo of Jordan posing smiling with chefs César Morales and Luis Miguel Menor under the blazing Marbella sun. This is a luxury beach bar run by Javier Ruiz, the recent winner of the II ‘Cooking the Sea’ competition at Madrid Fusión. The establishment was listed as the best chiringuito in 2019, just before the pandemic. 


Naturally, golf, one of Jordan’s well-known passions, was also very present during his visit to Marbella. He was also spotted on several golf courses in the city. 

Those lucky enough to have interacted with him have all rejoiced at Jordan’s cheerfulness and sympathy when responding to requests for photos. It is not the first time Jordan has visited Marbella, and he has assured Marca sources he will return very soon. 

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