Marbella 4Days Walking 2016
Marbella was packed again this week with walkers from around the world arriving to take part in the 6th Marbella 4Days Walking – an event which originated in the Netherlands, where around 50,000 walkers take part in the Nijmegen Vierdaagse every year.
This year, the terraces of the Puerto Deportivo in Marbella came alive to the sound of a brass band playing an amazing selection of popular tunes. In addition, there was an evening fiesta in the Plaza de la Iglesia in Marbella’s old town offering a wide range of entertainment. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to bring you all the news and images.
We were all a little worried about the weather on Wednesday when we had our first real rain for months. But, when the time came for the first day’s walk on Thursday, the inclement weather had moved away.
The walk on the final day is called the “Via Gladiolo” and all the participants received a Gladiolus (the Roman symbol for victory) as the crossed the finishing line on the Paseo Maritimo next to the Marbella tourist office to the sound of a band of drummers. They were then applauded by hundreds of people in bars and restaurants as they made their way back to the Puerto Deportivo.
Once again, the event was a huge success, bring a fantastic atmosphere to the streets of Marbella. We thank you all for coming. We hope you had a great time. And we hope to see you all again in 2017.
Funds were raised for three Marbella charities – Aspandem, Debra and Triple A.
Marbella 4Days Walking 2015
Marbella 4Days Walking returns to Marbella this year with the opening event taking place on Wednesday 7 October.
This popular event brings together residents and visitors to the Costa del Sol for four days of fun and exercise. There will be a media campaign involving TV, radio, newspapers and social media to publicize the event. A huge international audience will see images of thousands of walkers enjoying Marbella.
MarbellaAzul.com will of course be there to bring you the best images of the event.
This year will be the fifth anniversary of Marbella 4Days Walking. In 2014, about 2.000 walkers from 19 different countries participated – mainly Dutch, Irish, Spanish, Danish and British. Many of them visit Marbella specifically for this event with their friends and family.
Every day, there will be a different route of between 20 and 30 kilometers. Participants don’t have to walk every day. They can choose the days on which they wish to participate. On Saturday and Sunday, there are special 6 kilometer routes for children aged between 4 and 12 years. The younger walkers will start between 11.30 and 12.00 from the terraces of the Puerto Deportivo and return at about the same time as the older participants. They can then relax and enjoy the ambience of the plaza together.
These days are not only about walking. There is also a Marbella 4Days Fiesta. Every day, there will be live music between 12.00 and 17.00 on the terraces above the Puerto Deportivo – the same place as the start and finish of the walks. During the evenings, starting at 21.00, there will be dance shows and live music at the Plaza de la Iglesia in Marbella’s old town.