Costa del Sol, Spain

Marbella – Seafront Promenade

Wikimedia Commons: TimOve

The promenade heading west from Marbella for 13.5 km is another classic seafront run on the Costa del Sol. Marbella is among the tonier resort towns in the area, featuring more than 20 km of beaches, numerous golf courses, high-end homes, and a yacht-filled marina. The path starts near the center of Marbella and goes for 9 km to the tony Puerto Banús marina, and then another 4 km west to Playa de San Pedro de Alcántara. Bonus: Much of path lit at night.

In central Marbella, the palm-lined promenade starts at the Playa de Cable. Start with a jaunt down to the end of the pier (1 km out and back) and then head west on Calle Fuengirola. Stay on the waterfront path for up to 8 km to the Puerto Banús marina. From there, a waterfront path (Arrabal a Cañas-F Rodeo) continues for another 2 km to the Río Guadaiza. There, the path leaves the beach briefly to cross the river, and continues for another 2 km to the Playa de San Pedro de Alcántara. The name of the promenade changes names a few times, but it’s very easy to follow. There are great views of the sea the whole way, with a nearly continuous series of beaches (Note: the beach sand is soft — not great for running). Some landmarks along the way:

2.5 km: Marbella Port (option for a ~1 km out and back to pier)
5.3 km: Embarcadero – wooden pier/boardwalk
8.3 km: Rio Verde and Villa romana de Río Verde (historical landmark)
9.1 km: Puerto Banús Marina (see our additional route here)
11.7 km: Río Guadaiza (paths along river north for 2 km)
13.6 km: Playa de San Pedro de Alcántara

Essentials
  • Up to 13.6 km (8.4 miles) one-way, including pier
  • Flat
  • Any point on promenade
  • Numerous access points. A bus runs along the main road, so it's possible to run one-way and return by bus!