After the success of the works to create an unbroken coastal path from Marbella to San Pedro de Alcántara, work has continued at pace on other stretches of the coast, with the ultimate aim of creating a continuous walkway stretching from Mijas to Estepona. The three municipalities involved, Marbella, Mijas and Estepona are all independently working on their own stretches of coastline, that once completed will be linked to create a unique, 50km walkway with no obstacles, to be enjoyed by pedestrians and cyclists alike.
Marbella’s coastal path was more than 6 years in construction and cost well over 11 million Euros. Its construction had to overcome several challenging obstacles, including river mouths and cliffs as well the inconveniences of large swathes of the route being occupied by private homes. The 70m so called “Red Bridge” built over the Rio Verde and linking Marbella and Puerto Banús is a brilliant example of the imagination and care that has been put into the path, much to the delight of dog walkers, roller-bladers and cyclists who throng the path at the weekends. Work has continued this year, on extending the path eastwards, from La Bajadilla port in Marbella, to Rio Real and eventually onwards to Elviria. This month saw the inauguration of the first phase of the Mijas coastal path, a 6km stretch that runs from Calahonda to La Cala de Mijas, with the final path set to end in Fuengirola. It seems the work carried out by Marbella and Mijas has in fact inspired the idea of a much larger path that would stretch 180km from the Balcon de Europa in Nerja and end in Duquesa Marina in Manilva. An impressive undertaking, that is expected to take 5 years to complete, the idea of being able to walk, cycle or run from Nerja to Marbella is a project that is great news for sports lovers, tourists, the environment and all the towns along the route.