Former U.S. President Barack Obama paid Marbella a fleeting visit on Friday.
Obama addressed a private conference of German tech giant SAP that was held at the Hotel Puente Romano.
After landing at Malaga airport at 4pm with wife Michelle and his daughters, who waited in a nearby hotel, Obama was whisked to Marbella in a private convoy supported by vehicles of the National Police and Civil Guard.
Obama arrived at the Hotel Puente Romano just before 5pm, where he delivered his speech. Those outside hoping to catch a glimpse of the former world leader, however, were left disappointed as Obama headed back to Malaga at 7pm.
Hotel staff were apparently instructed not to take images or videos of Obama at the event, and the former U.S. President didn’t have time to meet local dignatories, although Marbella mayor Ángeles Muñoz tweeted that “Marbella was once again a meeting point for influential persons such as Barack Obama”.
It was not the first time an Obama has visited Marbella. Back in 2010, then First Lady Michelle Obama spent several days here, and was photographed shopping in the Old Town.