But Marbella is much harder to define. Before going there to film an ITV1 documentary, I assumed it was a rough, tough Costa del Crime kind of town where villains hung out with boozed-up glamour models, hookers and footballers, snorting cocaine and avoiding the police. And to a certain extent it is. But there's another, quite extraordinary side to Marbella - one of staggering wealth and discretion that acts as a fabulously opulent secret haven for super-rich Saudi princes, Hollywood stars, European royalty and billionaire tycoons.
It's hard to think of anywhere on the planet where two such disparate worlds live within the same couple of square miles together.
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