It’s without a doubt one of the most pleasant ways to spend a day in Marbella. Many people who visit the town love nothing more than to meander along the 11 kilometre promenade (Paseo Marítimo), which runs between the historic centre of the town and the relatively newer Puerto Banús with its multitude of flashy cars, yachts and shops. Along this seductive seafront walk you’ll encounter plenty of beach bars (chiringuitos), typical restaurants, swaying palm trees, sandy beaches and views over the sparkling Mediterranean, the Rock of Gibraltar and even as far as the Moroccan coastline.
Lovers of history and culture will also appreciate spotting the pretty watchtowers (torres) dotted along the route, originally built almost 600 years ago to help ward off seaborne invasions along the Costa del Sol. Nowadays an eclectic mix of people including walkers, runners, cyclists and roller skaters uses this popular route connecting the older and newer parts of town, so it’s good news that the local government is set to spend 550,000 Euros on remodelling one of the original sections between Puerto Banús and the popular celebrity hangout that is Ocean Club, where famous faces such as the cast of The Only Way is Essex soak up the sun every summer. Repair work has already begun on the stretch, which was hit hard after the winter storms left parts of the paseo subsided and unusable. It was also announced last week that the popular walkway is to be extended by three kilometres along the Bajadilla Fishing Port to the Rio Real Golf Course. Clearly this will be good news for walking aficionados and tourists alike, who are also eagerly awaiting the extension between Marbella and Mijas Costa in the next couple of years. Now might be a good time to invest in a pair of walking shoes ahead of what promises to be one of the longest and most scenic walks in Spain.