How to Keep Fit on Holiday in Marbella without Trying

How to Keep Fit on Holiday in Marbella without Trying

Do you find keeping fit on holiday another chore? Fear not, as when you’re in Marbella, staying active is not difficult. In fact, the area lends itself to an outdoor lifestyle so even the least active of visitors may find themselves with a new spring in their step.

We explore the subtle ways you can get your steps in on holiday, even in the Andalusian heat.

How to Walk More on your next Marbella Vacation

“An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”

Morning Walks by the Sea on The Golden Mile

The easiest way to fit more steps into your day in Marbella? Starting the day with a leisurely stroll along Marbella’s Paseo Maritimo, where the sun-drenched promenade invites you to unwind amidst palm-fringed vistas and the rhythmic lull of the sea. Here, the morning light bathes the shoreline in a golden hue, and you won’t regret getting up early.

Morning Walks by the Sea on The Golden Mile

Blend Walking into Your Sightseeing Activities

Naturally when you visit Marbella, you will want to explore. The old town is a must (on foot) so without noticing it, you’ll get a good walk in, whether that’s a morning walk and coffee or an after dinner walk around Orange Tree Square and the little cobbled streets nearby.

Orange Tree Square - Old Town Marbella

Marbella’s old town is adorned with pretty Andalusian style flowerpots and historic architecture such as the pretty church, Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación.

If you want to break up your meander, then wander into the Alameda Gardens and take a seat for a short rest, before walking further down to the sea front and exploring the little tourist shops.

Market Days in Marbella- Ideal for a Stroll

Why not explore one of the markets in Marbella? On Saturdays, the Puerto Banus market bursts to life with vibrant stalls showcasing crafts, jewellery and accessories. As you wander through this bustling scene from the top of Puerto Banus uphill to Centro Plaza you can multi-task. Shopping and walking go together well, after all.

Those who like a night market can also enjoy Puerto Banus on a summer’s evening. Plaza Antonio Banderas hosts the international Artisan Market where you can find beautiful clothes and jewellery.

Take your Dog on Holiday to Marbella

If you are looking for an easy way to ensure you will walk more on holiday, then bring your furry friend!

For companions with four legs, Marbella’s pet-friendly paths and parks provide an ideal setting for leisurely walks. Many of our Swish villas offer the chance to bring your pets too, look out for the pet friendly symbol on our website.

Pet Friendly Villas in Marbella

Foodie Walking Tours of Marbella

What better way to enjoy the real flavours of Marbella than a tapas tour through the city’s neighbourhoods?  You can take part in an organised tour or find your own way, just by exploring the pretty old town or even San Pedro de Alcantara, which has many tapas establishments. If in doubt, speak to your Swish concierge for recommendations or browse some of these restaurants in Marbella you won’t find in the guidebooks here.

slices jamon chorizo sausage bowls with olives tomatoes anchovies mashed chickpeas cheese

Active Day Trips from Marbella

Beyond the city limits, Marbella offers adventurous hikes and scenic trails. These are but a few, that will keep you entertained and active at the same time.

Caminito del Rey:

See the heart-stopping heights of El Chorro Gorge on the famed Caminito del Rey, an adventurous walk where breathtaking views reward the intrepid traveller.  Located just over an hour’s drive from Marbella, this part of Andalusia offers lakes with kayaking, pedaloes and plenty of places to relax too.

Caminito del Rey

Bolonia’s Sand Dunes:

You may have heard of Tarifa, a pretty unspoilt surfer’s paradise in the Cadiz region past Gibraltar. But, have you also heard of Bolonia? This little town is only 20km further west than Tarifa, and still completely possible to visit for the day from Marbella. Bolonia offers such charm you won’t forget it, with vast white sandy beaches where you can often see cows too. If you want to get your exercise in, then explore the expansive Bolonia sand dunes, an uphill climb that results in a huge sense of achievement at the top.

Bolonia’s Sand Dunes

La Concha Mountain:

Ascend La Concha Mountain for unparalleled views stretching from Marbella’s coastline to the Sierra Blanca mountains if you’re into hiking, just make sure you take a guide if you go all the way to the top. Read more about preparing to hike La Concha, here.

La Concha Mountain

How to Embrace Exercise in the Marbella Heat

If you are visiting from a cooler climate, take note: Marbella can get very warm indeed in the summer and of course, the sun can be dangerous if you do not protect yourself.

To optimize your walking experience in Marbella here are just a few tips from the (very acclimatised) Swish team.

Footwear in Marbella

Choose comfortable shoes suitable for urban exploring and light hiking. Sandals are fine too for the warmer months, but make sure they are well fitting and don’t rub.

Remember the old town has many cobbled streets so leave the high heels at home for your sight seeing walks.

Footwear in Marbella

What to Wear to Walk Around in Marbella

The number one rule is wear sunscreen regardless of your skin tone you’ll need it all year in Marbella. A hat and sunglasses  are also advisable to  stay refreshed and protected in the Mediterranean sunshine.

Generally in Marbella you will need layers, – while it can be very warm in the day, the mornings and evenings can sometimes be cooler.

How to Keep Hydrated and Cool in the Summer in Marbella

Plan walks during the cooler hours of early morning or late afternoon to avoid the midday sun and always carry water with you. Make sure to eat plenty of hydrating foods as well, watermelon is a favourite.

How to Keep Hydrated and Cool in the Summer in Marbella

 


Frequently Asked Questions about Fitness in Marbella

We hope this guide has been useful, and do remember it’s normal to have questions, so here are some frequently asked questions about exercise in Marbella in the sun.

Are there outdoor gyms in Marbella

  1. Are there outdoor gyms in Marbella?

Yes, Marbella has several outdoor gyms and fitness areas. Many are located along the beachfront and in parks, providing equipment for bodyweight exercises, stretching, and cardio workouts. Some popular spots include:

  • The Paseo Marítimo (Beachfront Promenade): This stretch has various fitness stations with equipment.
  • The Bulevar San Pedro Alcántara: Offers fitness stations and a skate park.
  1. How hot does it get in summer in Marbella?

In summer, Marbella experiences hot weather. From June to September, daytime temperatures typically range from 28°C to 34°C (82°F to 93°F). However, during heatwaves, temperatures can soar above 35°C (95°F). The evenings are usually cooler, providing some relief from the heat.

  1. What is the best time to jog or workout in Marbella?

The best times to jog or workout in Marbella, especially during the summer, are:

  • Early Morning (6 AM to 9 AM): Cooler temperatures and less crowded.
  • Late Evening (7 PM to 9 PM): As the day cools down, it’s more comfortable to exercise.

Avoid midday workouts during summer as temperatures can be uncomfortably high.

  1. Is it safe to go jogging in Marbella?

Yes, Marbella is generally safe for jogging. The city has well-maintained and well-lit paths, especially along the beachfront promenade and parks. However, it’s always wise to take standard precautions:

  • Stick to popular routes: Especially in early morning or late evening.
  • Stay aware of your surroundings: Avoid isolated areas and be mindful of traffic.
  • Use reflective gear: If jogging during low-light conditions.
  1. What’s the best place to walk in Marbella?

Marbella offers several scenic walking routes. Some of the best places to walk include:

  • The Paseo Marítimo: A beautiful, long promenade along the beach perfect for leisurely walks.
  • Old Town (Casco Antiguo): Explore narrow, cobbled streets with historic charm and colorful buildings.
  1. Are there indoor gyms in Marbella?

Yes, Marbella has a variety of indoor gyms catering to different fitness needs. Some popular options include The Marbella Club Hotel Gym for a luxury gym experience, and The Puente Romano Tennis Club gym also offers a high end centre.

  1. Can I practice my yoga on the beach in Marbella?

Absolutely! Practicing yoga on the beach is popular in Marbella. Many people enjoy the peaceful environment and the sound of the waves. You can join group classes or practice on your own. Some well-known spots for beach yoga include the playa de la Fontanilla which is centrally located and spacious.

  1. Can I hire a bike in Marbella?

Yes, you can easily hire a bike in Marbella. Numerous rental shops and services offer a variety of bikes, including city bikes, mountain bikes, and e-bikes.

Feel free to ask the team at Swish if you need more detailed information about any of aspect of staying fit and active on holiday in Marbella.

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