Ex President Obama visits Seville and attends World Travel Summit

Obama visits Seville and attends World Travel Summit

We were excited to hear that Ex President Barack Obama was in Spain recently!  Shame he didn´t have time to visit us in Marbella.

A few years ago, we had the pleasure of welcoming his wife Michelle Obama to Marbella. We saw her private security helicopter fly over Capanes del Golf! She stayed in Hotel Villa Padierna which is located just a few kilometres from Capanes del Golf.

Obama was in Spain as he was the main Keynote Speaker at the WTTC global summit in Seville.

Obama arrived in Seville in the early hours of a sunny Wednesday morning and stayed at the city’s most iconic hotel, the Alfonso XIII

Whilst at the summit, the ex president of the United States held a brief meeting with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.

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Obama was taken on a sightseeing tour of the city which included a trip to Real Alcazar and tapas in the old town. He toured behind a strict security barrier with no photographers allowed access. We hope he enjoyed a flamenco performance as Sevilla is a great city to watch.

At the summit, Obama took to the stage to speak to 2000 delegates about his own travels. He also spoke about women´s rights, migration and the future of today’s youth, an issue particularly close to his heart since he left the White House in 2017.

His elder daughter Malia is possibly responsible for Obama coming to Seville as she spent several months in the city studying.

Obama said that his most memorable travels around the world had been with his family. Now his daughters are 17 and 20 years old he said he won´t have much time left to enjoy travelling as a family.

The summit was attended by numerous tourism ministers from around the world. As well as business owners and also Mexico´s former president Felipe Calderón. Hilton CEO Chris Nassetta was also present for the talks.

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Obama expressed his concerns that future generations might not have so many opportunities to travel. If the oceans rise a few centimetres more, he said, “some of the most spectacular parts of the world we always want to visit might not survive”.

Obama has been writing his memoirs and talked about his trip as a young man to Kenya to visit his fathers family.

The issue of climate change was top of his agenda when he met with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez. They also discussed youth unemployment, situation of women and also how building walls against immigration was not a path to follow.

You can follow in Obama´s footsteps and easily visit Seville from Capanes del Golf. When you leave the entrance of Capanes, turn left, jump on the toll road down to Sotogrande then take the road towards Jerez. It takes around 2 hours to drive to Seville.

You can visit Seville as a day trip but we highly recommend you spend a night or two in the city to soak up the atmosphere of this vibrant city.

Just don´t go in the summer it´s extremely hot! They call Seville “The Frying Pan of Spain!”

If you are looking to buy dream holiday home in Capanes del Golf, or would like to rent an apartment for long term living please contact us. Capanes is a lovely place to live year round!




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