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.