The Paseo Maritimo (seafront promenade) is ideal to experience and join the Spanish in the traditional "paseo". Flanked by pavement cafes, restaurants, this promenade is one of the most attractive on the Costa del Sol and has the added advantage of being within minutes of the centre of town.
The beaches are well visited during the summer and offer beach bars (chiringuitos), restaurants, water sports, sun loungers and other ammenities, there are also life guards on duty in the summer months. The most popular beach is La Fontanilla at 800m long next to the port; Playa Faro (on the other side of the port). Beaches on the outskirts of the town are quieter, such as EL Cable which is backed by sand dunes as opposed to buildings.
The Avenida del Mar with its Dali statues and underground car park is the best way to walk up from the promenade, through the Alameda gardens and into the Old town.
On the Marbella Seafront Promenade it is now permitted to cycle at speed of up to 10 km/hr as long as you give priority to pedestrians.
The Marbella Seafront Promenade now nearly 12km. From the Bajadilla fishing port - Marbella town centre - El Ancon - Rio Verde - Puerto Banus - San Pedro. It is part of the Senda Litoral de Malaga (Malaga Coastal Path) a projected 163km path following the entire coast of Malaga province from Manilva to Nerja. Once completed, this long-distance path will be a major tourist attraction for the Costa del Sol, and for Andalucia.
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