Marbella promenade, or “Paseo Marítimo”, stretches for 7km from the traditional fishing port to Puerto Banus, a port built in the 1970´s as an exclusive playground for the rich and famous. Today, you can sit in one of the Marina´s bars or restaurants and admire the impressive yachts moored there. Despite the glamour and luxury boutiques, Puerto Banus still maintains its traditional Spanish charm.
The promenade passes the Puerto Deportivo of Marbella where the more modest boats are anchored. You can take a number of boat trips from here including a taxi boat to Puerto Banus or a half/full-day sunbathing and watersport outing on a catamaran. For the more adventurous, there are also jet skis for hire and scuba diving trips out to local underwater shipwrecks.
Along the length of the promenade there are several chiringuitos (beach bars), cafés and kiosks selling drinks and ice-creams.
The first part of the promenade is modern and wide. From the Hotel Don Pepe until Puerto Banus the path becomes more natural, unpaved and sandy underfoot but still suitable for bikes and pushchairs. Near Victors Beach, if you look up amongst the eucalyptus trees, you can catch a glimpse of the Torre del Ancón, a look-out tower dated from the 16th century.
The last part of the walk is across the sandy beach of Puerto Banus where you can see the Marina in the distance. The entire walk takes about 75 minutes and the great thing is that if you are too tired to walk back, you can always take the ferry back to Marbella after a relaxing drink in the sun.