Far from being a transport hub Malaga over the years has become a cultural city with so many attractions. Its port area has become a thriving tourist attraction as it is surrounded by fantastic restaurants, shops and leisure facilities.
With this popularity the number of yachts and luxury yachts mooring in the area has increased too and it is with this in mind, that the Junta de Andalucia are considering plans for expansion of the port into a glitzy Miami-style port for luxury moorings. There have been several mega yachts, including some of the most famous in the world mooring at the port to restock.
The port authority recently announced early plans for the new marina that would provide space for 40 luxury yachts from 40 to 100 metres in length, the length of a full-sized football pitch in fact.
The new facility would be on the Marqués de Guadiaro quay, the stretch of the port next to the dockside shopping centre that runs towards the city centre. It would resemble the huge private yacht marinas of Miami with a gardened protective outer wall.
The Melilla ferry terminal would move to the other side of its current dock to allow more space.
With data showing there are over 100,000 private yachts over 40 metres long with another 755 under construction having the facilities available for them to moor safely in Malaga would increase tourism and spending in the area.
Malaga is seen as an ideal stop over and resupply point before mega yachts sail to the Caribbean and with the proximity of Malaga airport this also opens up travel options.
There is talk of building a heliport so people could transfer quickly to the airport and onwards to Marbella or Puerto Banus.
No detailed plans have been produced to date but this kind of Miami-style marina would appeal to those who have property in the luxury regions of the Costa del Sol, perhaps drawing in further demand for high end property.
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