Only last week Marbella mayor Angeles Muñoz was laying the first stone for yet another luxury hotel planned for the town and boasting about how Marbella was the ultimate luxury destination.
Yet less than five days later, October’s heavy rains left the Marbella looking more Third World than Five Star, with tunnels flooded, streets turned into rivers and the A 7 blocked as cars became stranded in huge pools of water.
It isn’t as if this has never happened to Marbella before. The scenes were reminiscent of the downpours of December 2016 that saw a woman drown in a basement “alternative club” in Cancelada.
It has been a bad week for infrastructure all round. On Tuesday a broken down coach on the road near Cortijo Blanco saw traffic queues of up to seven kilometres towards Estepona. Obviously there is no translation for “hard shoulder” in the Spanish road planning manual.
The rain is set to continue until Wednesday afternoon. At least it keeps the drug gangs inside..
Perhaps Marbellla Town Hall should look at promoting this yearly occurence as a sports tourism activity with SUP on the Boulevard San Pedro and white water rafting into the tunnel by Puerto Banus???