This Thursday morning 1.904 participants have started the first route of Marbella 4Days Walking. At the return to Las Terrazas del Puerto Deportivo it was time to party with the music of the bands De Blaasbalgen en ’t Jazzezz. The amount of participants has exceeded the expectations of the organization and since people are still signing up in the morning before the walks so the final amount will be even higher.

The first route went by Nagüeles and Puerto Banús, the walkers of the 30 kilometer routes also passed by San Pedro de Alcántara before returning to Las Terrazas del Puerto Deportivo. The next days the walkers will see various parts of Marbella, amongst which are Altos de Marbella, the Istán Lake, Lago de Tortugas, Sierra Blanca and several parts of the beach. The most of the participants has signed up for all four days, the walkers from the province of Málaga mostly opted for 1 or 2 days. The last day of Marbella 4Days Walking is special, the walkers will be received at the Paseo Maritimo with flowers and music. This part of the walk is called Via Gladiolo since the roman symbol for victory is the gladiolus. The ambassador of the Netherlands will also participate on Sunday and hand out the medals to those walkers who participated all four days.

On Friday it’s Day of the kids, the organization has invited a school to do one of the special kids routes. Then 250 children from Atalaya College (Estepona) will walk a 6km route. On Saturday and Sunday there are routes for children so families and sports clubs can join a healthy walk together. The start is between 11.30 and 12hrs so the children will be back more or less at the same time as the adults.

There is live music every day till 17hs at Las Terrazas del Puerto Deportivo. At night there are music and dance performances starting at 20.30hrs at Plaza de la Iglesia. Every day another dance school performs, followed on Thursday by the Coro Sierrablanca, on Friday by the pop group The Q and on Saturday by the municipal band.

The participants of the Marbella 4Days Walking are not only welcomed by the organization with great enthusiasm. The management team and other volunteers also welcome the thousands of extra guests who will stay for a number of days in the city. The organization has been working for years with local charities and associations. This year they will also offer products from the province of Málaga on route.

From the very first moment the intention was to stimulate and integrate the local economy into this event. The hotels, restaurants and shops are the first to notice the additional increase of customers. But also for the delivery of various other products and services we were able to attract entrepreneurs from the local region. Beyond that, the organization together with three local charities that are present during the event at the start and finish combine their great activities for the attention of the whole public. Participants can enroll if they make a donation to Aspandem, Piel de Mariposa (Debra Spain) or Triple A. The organization provides an additional 2 euros extra for each donated 10 euros.

Participants will receive bottled water from Agua de Mijas and the food truck this year in the hands of Huerta Pavon from Coin. On the menu are sandwiches of artisan’s baker that integrates products from local farmers. “The province of Malaga has a lot to offer in gastronomy. We want our participants to benefit from local entrepreneurs and involving smaller entrepreneurs into the organization of M4DW, thus we really love to stimulate the regional economy, ” said Maria Kupers, responsible for the production and communication of the event. At the start and finish square a tent is provided for the complete audience where the municipality of Marbella and Costa del Sol Turismo y Planificación provide information about the attractions in the area.

About 1.500 participants have signed up already to walk the routes of 20 or 30kms a day. They are coming to Marbella not only to walk but to party as well, there will be live music and dance performances in the city centre every day. The event takes place from 13 till 16 October.

Marbella 4Days Walking started in 2011 with 658 participants and has grown to be an important event for Marbella during the low season. About 80% of the participants comes from abroad and they usually bring along family and friends to enjoy a holiday. The organizers of the event are Dutch residents so they have easy access to the Dutch market where this kind of events is very popular. That is also why there are three tour operators who offer the flight, hotel and walks from the Netherlands and one who does the same for the people from Belgium. A recent worldwide campaign to promote M4DW brings for the first time bigger groups of walkers from Denmark, Estonia, Norway, Ireland and Great Britain. “Last year we had walkers from Japan and Poland and they return this year with more friends” says organiser Hans Wohl. “The event itself is the best promotion, we see that people who have participated either come back with more friends or recommend the event. That is why we see the amount of participants from certain countries growing every year.” Those who have signed up until now almost all come from other countries. Spaniards and foreign residents from the province of Málaga tend to sign up a couple of weeks before the event or even on the morning before the walk starts. There will be 19 nationalities participating this year and there are a total of 1.900 walkers and 3.000 visitors expected.

All routes start and finish at Las Terrazas del Puerto Deportivo. The walkers start between 8.30 and 9.30hrs and will have to be back before 16.30hrs. There is a different route of 20 and 30 kms every day. The routes pass through the city centre, Nagüeles, Xarblanca, Puerto Banús, San Pedro, Altos de Marbella, Nueva Andalucía and the Vía Verde. Walkers can choose the amount of days they want to participate, those who walked all 4 days will receive a medal on Sunday. On Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 of October there are special routes of 6kms for kids. There is live music at Las Terrazas del Puerto Deportivo every day till 17hrs.

The students of the Colegio Atalaya will  participate at a special route of Marbella 4Days Walking on the 13th of October. It is the second year that the organization invites a school for the ‘Day of the children”. The kids will be received at Las Terrazas del Puerto Deportivo at 10hrs with music and start their 6km walk. They will return at about the same time as the adult walkers of the longer routes so they can celebrate together that they finished the route.

Last year was the fifth anniversary of Marbella 4Days Walking and the organization of the event decided to invite the children of IES Xarblanca for what was to be the celebration of the first ‘Day of the children’. “More than 400 kids walked along, it was a pleasure to see them enjoy themselves” says organizer Hans Wohl. “Walking is not only good for health; it is also an activity that can be enjoyed in company. That is exactly what walkers do during M4DW, have fun in a healthy way with walkers from all over the world. Because you can’t start early enough doing physical exercise, we decided to invite children from the Marbella region.”

“I learned about the fact that schools could participate in the social media. We decided that we wanted to form part and are happy that our school has been chosen for this special day of M4DW”says Gema Muñoz Jiménez, coordinator of Educación Primaria of the Colegio Bilingüe Atalaya.   “Our students will be able to enjoy a sports activity outside, we feel it is important for children to have healthy habits and this is one way to promote this.”

The Colegio Atalaya is a bilingual school in Estepona with students from Marbella, San Pedro, Benahavís and other villages nearby. Students can start at the early age of 3 and continue till they’ve finished the bachillerato. After school there are several activities dedicated to reinforce academic, social, creative and sportive skills.

Marbella 4Days Walking offers a new service this year: M4DW Experience. It is an invitation to combine the participation in the event with a holiday to discover the many aspects of Andalusia. Walking organizations all over the world will receive various articles written by journalists who live in the province of Málaga, telling about their favourite places.

The sixth edition of Marbella 4Days Walking will take place from 13 till 16 October. About 70% of the participants come from abroad, mainly European countries, and other parts of Spain. Knowing that people who live in for example Australia or the United States will not travel to Marbella just to walk 4 days, the organization has decided to offer them something more. At the website they can find various suggestions for planning a holiday of a couple of weeks, travelling in Andalusia or making day trips from Marbella. Three journalists have been invited to write an article about the places they feel people should visit. In order to make the planning more easy there is a special M4DW coach. She can respond to questions about the best places to visit, where to get tickets for museums, where to go for surfing/hiking/biking or what dishes you should try when visiting a village in the inland.

The information about M4DW Experience will be distributed via the International Marching League to walking organizations all over the world. Every time a new article comes out, another mailing will be sent. All information about M4DW Experience can be found at

The organization of M4DW has signed a contract with the director of Humanline Hospital Banús, they will handle all medical assistance during the event. Their doctors and fysiotherapists will be present at the first aid tent at Las Terrazas. Apart from that they will provide an ambulance along the route.

Humanline Hospital Banús is a new concept in medicine. It combines specialized medical care with excellent installations, personalized attention in the language the patient speaks, in the best place in Marbella.

It is a perfect place to do a check up, get a consult with a specialist or be operated on. Among the specialties you can find digestive medicine, aesthetic surgery, a centre for weight control and eating disorders and neurosurgery.  The hospital has an emergency room, ambulances, physiotherapists, laboratory and radiology department.

Marbella 4Days Walking invites the local schools to participate at the special children’s day on the 13th of October. From all applications 2 schools will be drawn. Last year we did a pilot project with the students from CEIP Xarblanca and the children, teachers and organization of M4DW enjoyed the experience. (click here to see the pictures) The walk formed part of a special education programme of the school.

For the 6th edition we’ve decided to do a raffle. Two schools can participate with their students between the ages of 9 and 12. The draw will take place in the first week of May and the result will be published on our website and facebook. All boards have received an invitation so the children and parents who want their school to participate can contact them to apply.

For all kids who can’t participate on the 13th of October: in the weekend there are special routes of 6km during Marbella 4Days Walking Kids.

The organization of M4DW has signed an agreement with DEBRA Spain. Walkers can donate money to this charity when they sign up for M4DW. DEBRA will also be present during the event itself so the public can get to know more about this rare disease and help them helping patients and their family.

The Butterfly Children Charity (DEBRA Spain) is a National Charity working on behalf of people in Spain with the genetic skin condition Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). It is given the name Butterfly Skin because the people who suffer from the condition have skin as fragile as a butterfly’s wing. It causes severe blistering and open wounds to the skin, eyes and internally within the digestive system. At present there is no cure only daily bandaging treatment to prevent and protect the skin. The Charity has a medical team comprised of 3 nurses, 2 social workers and 2 psychologists. Together they provide nursing and psycho-social care to all those affected and their families. Funds raised allow the medical team and the Butterfly Children Charity to carry out their 4 main projects; visiting new born babies anywhere in Spain, home visits to the families, holding an annual National Meeting and attending a specialist clinic once a month in La Paz Hospital, Madrid. The main aim is to improve the lives of the people suffering from Butterfly Skin.

If you would like to know more about the charity please see or if you would like to support the charity please visit one of the local charity shops in Marbella, San Pedro and Malaga

The participants of M4DW have donated a total of 650 euros to the charities that collaborate with M4DW. The organization has added 20% to this amount and handed it over to Triple A, Aspandem and Arboretum.
When people sign up for M4DW they can opt for donating money to one of the local charities which collaborate with M4DW. Triple A (dogs), Aspandem (various projects with handicapped persons) and Arboretum (nature) all work in Marbella and M4DW wants to help them by offering them a space at the Plaza for the start and finish so they inform the public about their work and earn some money. Apart from that participants can donate money when they sign up. Triple A received 255 euros that way, Aspandem 280 and Arboretum 115. The organization of M4DW has added 20% of the amount and handed over the totals to the charities.