Hundreds of walkers celebrated the sixth edition of Marbella 4Days Walking by dancing with their family and friends at Las Terrazas del Puerto Deportivo. Sunday was the last day of the event at which every day about 1.800 participated. This was more than the organization had expected, in total 2.007 walkers and 289 children walked the routes of 20, 30 or 6 kilometers.
The event started on Thursday the 13th of October with a route that passed by Nagüeles and Puerto Banús, the walkers of the 30kms route made a detour via San Pedro de Alcántara before returning to Las Terrazas del Puerto Deportivo. In the following days the walkers saw various parts of Marbella, like Altos de Marbella, the Istán lake, Lago de Tortugas, Sierra Blanca and parts of the beach. Most of the walkers signed up for all 4 days, but especially those who reside in the province of Málaga opted for walking along 1 or 2 days. Marbella 4Days Walking ended in style on Sunday with the Via Gladiolo (the gladiolus being the roman symbol for victory). The walkers were received at this special part of the Paseo Maritimo with music, applause and flowers to accompany them on the last meters till the finish. The Dutch ambassador in Spain, Matthijs van Bonzel, also participated on Sunday and after having finished he handed out medals to those who walked all four days.
Every evening there was music and dance at the Plaza de la Iglesia in the old city centre. Walkers, tourists and inhabitants of Marbella shared some very special moments together. Saturdaynight was a good example of the fusion of cultures, the girls for the dance school of Paquita Jesús and the Dutch music band De Blaasbalgen spontaneously started performing together.
The dates for next years’ event are from 12 till 15 October, signing up is possible from the 1st of January onwards.