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Get to know Marbella on foot

Get to know Marbella on foot

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.

Walking Holidays on the Costa del Sol

wanderer-455338_1280Did you know that the Costa del Sol is a great place to walk? It’s a big part of the culture to “pasear” or stroll down your local seaside promenade, particularly on a Sunday before or after lunch. Estepona, Marbella and Fuengirola are great places to get involved in this lovely tradition and there are loads of great options if you love walking.

There are two great walking events taking place in Marbella in October where you can walk as a group, meet new people and have a great time. The first is the Neon Night Marbella a charity walk taking place on October 3rd, walking from the Hard Rock Café in Puerto Banus at 9pm and following an easy 3km walk, dressed in neon kits. It’s a fun, sociable, fundraising walk and suitable for all ages and abilities. Tickets to take part are 10€ and all funds raised will be donated to children’s charities.

The second walking event is Marbella 4Days Walking from 8-11 October. This is a great challenge which people travel from all over Europe to undertake. It costs just 40€ to take part in all 4 days or 12.50€ if you want to just do one or two days. The challenge is to walk routes of 20 or 30 km per day around Marbella for 4 days, a real achievement, a great way to see Marbella and also meet likeminded people and enjoy fun activities. Families and kids can also take part in two, shorter 6km routes on 10th and 11th October, which is a great way for all the family to get involved in walking.

If these events don’t fit with your schedule, then we can recommend the hiking in the countryside just inland from the coast. The picturesque village of Mijas Pueblo has wonderful hiking routes around the back of the village, which are rated by difficulty level and can be done on your own by following the signs or by joining one of the guided weekly walks which the Town Hall puts on. These walks take place each Saturday, leaving from the tourist office at 9am and taking various routes which normally last around 3 hours. Check out the walking programme here.

There are excellent walks around Istan, Ojen and Ronda to name a few, and there are several good companies offering private, guided walks and tours to ensure everything goes smoothly. There are also a few hiking groups you can join, such as the group which does weekly walks around Manilva every Sunday.

For those people who really want to push themselves there are two amazing options. One is the newly opened Caminito del Rey, a trail along a gorge which is not for the faint hearted or vertigo sufferers, but something which is a real experience. Please note you need to book a slot to do this as the numbers are strictly limited. You can find all the info and how to book the Caminito del Rey here.

But the biggest challenge has to be walking (also climbing in places) La Concha, the iconic mountain just behind Marbella. There is a hike from the Refugio de Juanar just outside Marbella which is approximately a 5 hour round trip and a distance of 11km. This is a challenging hike and not something that should be completed without adequate supplies or in bad weather. Here’s a good description of the route.

Whichever route you choose, we can provide great holiday rental properties where you can rest your weary feet and relax. We have properties very close to the hikes, or within the main towns so you can head out each day and do different routes. Marbella is probably the best base if you want to try several different routes, with Istan, Ojen and of course La Concha nearby to tackle. This stunning Marbella 3 bedroom apartment in a brilliant central location within walking distance of the beach is a great luxury option including a Jacuzzi bath to ease any aches and pains. Check out the options and let us know where you’d like to base yourselves and we can find you a great rental property.