Marbella Inside & Out

Discover the magic of Marbella from an "insider" point of view – by Liz Glazer


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Freewheeling in and around Marbella Town. Leisure Harbour to Fishing Port (1.8 km)

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I´m not one to make New Year’s Resolutions but a debilitating bout of flu throughout Christmas that took me out of action right up to New Year’s Day, made me yearn to have my health back and I resolved to improve my overall fitness and wellbeing this year with a daily cycle ride along Marbella Town’s 8 km stretch of beachfront promenade.

This is a resolution that’s been very easy to keep. When I inherited my bike from a friend last October, it had been 15 years since I’d last owned one. Propped up in my entrance hall for a swift no-excuses exit, I have rediscovered the joy of cycling and have become healthily addicted to that delicious feeling of freedom it brings me as I freewheel along the promenade in all weathers with the sea air swirling about me…

2One of my favourite shorter cycle rides is to Marbella Town’s Fishing Port, heading east from the Leisure Harbour. Just under 2 km away, what used to take me 25 minutes to walk one way, has been cut down to a 10 minute cycle. Continue reading

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The forested paths of Marbella Town’s “Gunpowder Plains”

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I read an article a couple of months ago about “the lost art of getting lost” and was mulling this over as I walked back from my favourite supermarket at the far west end of Calle Jacinto Benavente, the street we locals call the “post office road” that runs parallel above Marbella Town’s high street, Avenida Ricardo Soriano.

2For years when walking back along this route, I have simply passed by these two squat tower-like buildings with steps leading up to a now unused fountain some 30 metres above street level, with a forested area beyond but never thought to explore further. I was put off from so doing by the signs on these tower-like structures which read “Club de Golf Marbella” and more intimidatingly, “Motoclub Los Mentirosos” (The Liar’s Biker’s Club!), imagining that these steps led to an incongruously mismatched shared private sports practice area, where leather-clad bikers dodged around tartan-trousered golfers.

However, in the spirit of “the lost art of getting lost”, I cast aside my trepidation of trespassing and climbed up the steps… Continue reading


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A stroll through the park that grew out of a forest nursery – Parque de la Constitución, Marbella Town.

Whenever I feel like a complete contrast from the continuously changing, awe-inspiring seascapes I witness on my daily walks along Marbella Town’s beaches and beachfront promenade , I love to plunge into the ocean of greenery and oasis of tranquillity offered by its most lovingly maintained park; the so-named Parque de la Constitución.

To access from the promenade, you can either turn right at the lighthouse, cross over the road and turn left, where there is a side entrance right next to the park’s children’s playground – or via its main entrance just opposite the emblematic Skol building, an apart-hotel complex built in the early 60’s and one of the first to be built in Marbella Town.

Although the park as it stands today, was created relatively recently back in 1987, the reason there is such a proliferation of monumental trees, Continue reading