Marbella may instantly conjure thoughts of designer shopping, swish yachts, and browsing the cocktail list. All very pleasant, but there are many other outdoor activities to enjoy too.
Back at your Marbella timeshare apartment, leave the Manolo Blahniks in their box, swap them for flats and hiking books instead. Explore the area around Marbella, there’s plenty of opportunity to stretch your legs, and walk off all of that lovely local food.
A gentle start
Let’s start gently. Sandals are all that are required to walk around town, and the Old Town deserves a stroll. Side-streets with artisan shops, architecture, churches and chapels. Sit awhile in the Plaza de los Naranjos and catch your breath, or take a time out to sip a café con leche. The cake shops are to die for. People watching is a pleasant pastime, in stunning surroundings. Who will you spot whilst munching that delicious pastry?
Early morning is the best time for a stroll along the beach front in Marbella. Everyone loves a stroll on a seaside prom, and this one runs between the centre of Marbella near Bajadilla Port and San Pedro de Alcántara in the west. Jog, walk, or push the stroller and give the kids some early morning air. Take your flip-flops off and enjoy the feel of the sand. At 12kms, it’s a bit of a stretch to go the full length, so choose your distance, or catch the boat back for a different view. That view? Stupendous on a clear day. Admire the Rif mountains of Africa from Marbella as you rock the waves home again.
Admiring the mountain view behind Marbella is one thing. Get up close and personal instead. It’s time to lace up those hiking boots and charge the camera batteries. La Concha is the highest peak in the immediate area, at 1,215 metres above sea level. So, if you’re feeling fit, go for it. Travelling from your lovely Marbella timeshare home, hop into the hire car and head for the Refugio de Juanar near Ojén. Park and follow signs to “La Concha”. The walk is about 7.5km long and takes around four hours. Longer, if you’re like me, and enjoy the stops as much as the walk!
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