“Even discounting the “bad press” Marbella and the coast has had.”

Its the same press that had hyped the area & now can be construed as balance reporting.

“Official stats cannot be ignored. “

In the case of Spain, yes they can be to a large extent. As they are as always massaged and presented by interested parties, inconsistent in there collection of the data and than the pasa nada attitudes.

Besides above you don’t need statistic to convince you one way or another. just observe while walking or sitting down and having a tinto.

In defence of Marbella this is happening every where. I however noticed that this was not so obvious in South of France.