Paseo Maritimo Marbella
The Paseo Maritimo is Marbella´s pride and joy. It covers a distance of more than 6 kilometres from Puerto Bajadilla (the fishing port) in the east to Puerto Banús in the west and it is landscaped with palm trees and flowers. It is considered to be one of the most attractive paseos on the Costa del Sol and it has the added advantage of being only a few minutes walk from the town centre.
We start our journey on the east side of Marbella at the Puerto Bajadilla – the fishing port. The marble paseo here was only completed a few years ago, but it has been done very tastefully. It is wide and totally pedestrian. As you leave the Playa de la Bajadilla, the sea comes right up to the rocky shoreline and the water here is beautifully clear.
People visit this area regularly to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet.
Continuing along the paseo, you will see one of Marbella´s free exercise zones. Here, you can keep fit and have fun whilst enjoying beautiful views of the Mediterranean and the coastline along to Gibraltar. A small road runs alongside the next part of the paseo joining the main road by the Hotel El Fuerte.
On this stretch of the paseo, there are a number of shops, tapas bars, cafés and restaurants. On the right, you will then see the marble steps leading up to the Avenida del Mar – a pedestrian area full of artistic fountains, shady benches and Salvador Dali sculptures.
You have now reached the busiest part of the Paseo Maritimo. You are spoilt for choice here, as there are plenty of restaurants, tapas bars, cafés, cocktail bars and shops. There are trampolines and children´s playing areas on the beach. And during the summer months, you will often see street musicians and other performers. There is invariably something here to watch and enjoy.
The Marina (el Puerto Deportivo) is the next thing you come across. You can take the ferry from Marbella to Puerto Banús from here. The ticket office is on the paseo by the entrance to the Marina (see our “Information” section for schedules). The new and very attractive marble Parque de Francisco Cuevas Blanco is now on the left between the Paseo Maritimo and the Puerto Deportivo. It was only built a few years ago. There is a permanent bandstand here – ideal for concerts in the summer months. There are also shady benches, fountains and a children´s adventure playground. And in the centre, you will find a beautiful marble sun dial.
On your right, you will then see Marbella´s famous lighthouse (el Faro de Marbella). It was built in 1864 and it is 29 metres high. It is now automatic and electric. The light flashes every 14.5 seconds and its maximum visability range is 22 nautical miles. In this area, you will usually see sand sculptures. They are incredibly detailed and sometimes quite amusing. Further along on the right, is the Oficina de Turismo (Tourist Information Office). It is located close to the sculpture of a female water skier riding in a fountain of water. Francisco Lopez Burgos was commissioned by the municipality of Marbella to produce it. The statue was originally situated on a pier overlooking the sea, but former Mayor Jesús Gil had it moved to its current location.
After this, the paseo reverts back to being pedestrian only and there are more restaurants, tapas bars and cafés. You will then come across the Plaza del Mar on your right. This is a relatively new building which houses a cinema, a supermarket, a gym and a spa. There is a marble park above the complex offering incredible views of the Mediterranean and the Paseo Maritimo. You really feel like you are on a cruise liner as you are quite high up here. There is then a wooden bridge crossing a small river and access to the main road. There are usually some more impressive sand sculptures on the beach here.
Passing the Hotel Gran Melia Don Pepe, you should treat yourself to an indulgent coffee and dessert in the Cappuccino Café. The menu here is huge and the service is impeccable. You can sit back in wonderful surroundings, relax and listen to chill out music. As you leave the centre of Marbella, you start to appreciate the calmness at this end of the Paseo Maritimo. There are still chiringuitos and cafés where you can get a drink or a light refreshment, but they are further apart. The marble ends here and becomes a solid sand surface, but it is easy to walk on and it is well maintained.
If you carry on along the Paseo Maritimo, you will pass the Playa Nagüelles and the Playa de Casablanca to reach the famous Marbella Club Hotel and a little further on the Hotel Puente Romano. Here, you can see the old Roman bridge which gave Puente Romano its name. It was built in the 1st century as part of the Via Augusta which once connected Rome with Cadiz. It is situated at the north end of the resort close to the main road. Turning the corner, you will get yourúsfirst clear view of Gibraltar, the African coastline and your destination Puerto Banús. Victor´s Beach restaurant is next and then Coral Beach. The Paseo Maritimo comes to an end when you reach the suspension bridge which crosses the Rio Verde and takes you to Puerto Banús.