The 4 Days Walking event, which combines sport and tourism, took place last week in Marbella. This year, over 2,100 people from 16 different countries signed up to participate in the event, which ran from Thursday until Sunday.
The four days took walkers along beaches, through woodland, and around the old and new parts of Marbella via four different routes of up to 30 kilometres each. The walks allow tourists to get to know the town better than they could on any guided tour.
The event began in Marbella in 2011 when a Dutch man living there, Hans Wolh, decided to replicate the 4 Days Walking Event held in Holland. At the start, the event attracted only the Dutch residents of Marbella but since then it has brought in tourists from all over the world.
Mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz, explained last week how the event supports the tourist industry as it brings people to Marbella during the low season. Participants in 4 Days Walking fill the hotels and restaurants during a time when they would usually not be so busy.
The aim of the event has been to "create something fun and change the bad image that Marbella had in other countries". Every year fewer Spanish people take part, and more tourists sign up in order to discover, as Wolh wants them to, that Marbella is "a magnificent town".