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Marbella's Puerto Deportivo to get a smart new look in 2017

Access for visitors from the Paseo Marítimo will be easier.
Access for visitors from the Paseo Marítimo will be easier. / JOSELE-LANZA
  • The town's central marina will see improvements to pedestrian access and work to expand nearby La Bajadilla marina may finally get underway

The 'Puerto Deportivo' in Marbella will benefit from a facelift this year. Work will soon start on improvements to the pedestrian areas in this busy marina near to the historic old town.

A large plaza will be laid out around the shops, bars and restaurants near the quays and the western entrance to the area will be redesigned.

The announcement was made by the mayor of Marbella, José Bernal, at last week's annual general meeting of marina users and owners.

Speaking at the event, Bernal said that the work "will turn the more rundown part of the port into a place where visitors can get together and remove the barriers between the Paseo Marítimo and the terraces by creating a very attractive single space".

These improvements are due to start at the start of this year, however they will be carried out gradually over the whole year to avoid disruption to the normal operation of the marina.

In addition, plans are being made to dredge the water, strengthen the docksides and repave the pathways running alongside the shops.

La Bajadilla marina to grow

Meanwhile, in a statement in the Madrid Congreso, local Socialist party representative, Miguel Ángel Heredia, has announced that the regional Junta will be putting the contract to expand the nearby La Bajadilla marina out to tender once again.

The original growth plans stalled when NAS Marbella, the group that was awarded the last contract, failed to start expansion at the marina and courts cancelled the contract towards the end of last year.