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Marbella and Puerto Banus are well known for their luxurious lifestyles and fast cars, but in fact, one of the best ways to explore is on foot. They are small towns, connected by a stunning seaside promenade, with parks and pretty streets, which are perfect for walking. Exploring on foot allows you to take your time, find hidden gems and not worry about parking or traffic. Here are our suggestions of a few great walks, hikes and activities for everyone who enjoys walking and is coming on holiday to Marbella.
Suggested walks around Marbella
If you like to walk, then head down to the seafront promenade first – it’s the best place for a stroll and stretches for miles. A nice walk is from Marbella to Puerto Banus, to visit the stunning marina and explore the great shops. It is just under 7 kilometres and takes about an hour and a half, with lots of nice places to stop for a drink along the way. You can walk back of course, but a lovely way to return is to take the catamaran ferry, which takes you on a pretty 30 minute journey and returns you to Marbella marina. The ferry is called Fly Blue and tickets are 8.50€ one way for adults and 5€ for children. They run from Banus on the hour from 11 to 7pm find out more
Once you’ve explored the seafront promenade, the Old Town is a wonderful place to go next. The winding streets and pretty squares are heaven for pedestrians and you can browse the little shops and art galleries and pop into the great coffee shops and bars for a drink or a bite to eat, as well as exploring the chapels, churches and old town walls.
To take in a bit more of the town and see its green side, try the walking route called A Walk through Marbella’s Biodiversity. Put together by the Marbella Town Hall, it takes you through the most emblematic public spaces and charming locations around Marbella and highlights the plants and animals to be found in the area. It is a circular 5km route, which starts from the Paseo de la Alameda right in the centre of Marbella, opposite the Old Town, and goes from there down to the sea. There is an audio guide in English and a map here. The English is a little strange on the website, but it’s a lovely walk.
Hiking in Marbella
If you still want more, then hikes off into the stunning countryside around Marbella are amazing and really give you a different sense of the area. There are a number of great routes from the new cemetery near to La Cañada shopping centre, which takes you up to Juanar. Marbella – Juanar route
There is another lovely route from the charming Nagueles park in Sierra Blanca, up the old Istan track, which is a 45 minute hike through some stunning scenery. It is probably best to drive up to the starting points for these walks, as there is normally good parking and you can enjoy the walk more heading straight into the countryside.
The most ambitious hike in the Marbella area is to climb the iconic La Concha, a mountain which rises 1,200 meters behind the town and creates its envious microclimate. It is possible to climb 8km up the mountain, from the stunning natural park Juanar to the top. This is a serious climb, which will take around 6 hours up and back, so make sure you leave early enough, bring plenty of water, sunscreen and a mobile phone and wear good footwear. Here is a good guide to hiking La Concha from Marbella Family Fun.
Marbella 4Days Walking
You can make walking central to your holiday and explore the best routes by joining in with Marbella 4Days Walking, an organised walking event which consists of 20km or 30km daily walks starting from the Marbella Port and exploring different areas of the town. There is a great atmosphere, well marked, interesting routes, and entertainment for walkers at the Port and also in Marbella in the evenings. You can do all four days, or just take part in one or two and it costs 13.50€ to take part in one day, 27€ for 2 days, 40€ for 3 days and 45€ to do all 5 days. This year the event is taking place from the 12th to the 15th of October and there are already over 1,000 people signed up to participate. Find out more
We have a range of great holiday rentals in Marbella so you have a home from home to rest, relax and enjoy your holiday. If you want to be centrally located to enjoy all the great walks above, an excellent choice is this one bedroom apartment which is just 50m from the paseo. If you need a bit more space, this great three bedroom apartment in Jardines de Principe is still walking distance to the beach and within easy reach of the town and the hikes from Nagueles park.
Please ask us if you want to be in a certain area and we can help you to find the perfect holiday rental.