The dream of bringing cruise-ship passengers into the centre of Marbella, long held by local politicians and business owners, is close to becoming a reality.
The town hall has just signed an agreement with constructors Rivervial for the expansion of an existing landing quay in the central Puerto Deportivo marina that will allow shuttle boats to dock from cruise ships anchored offshore.
Building work is expected to start in November and take two months. The work will allow boats up to 30 metres to dock close to the Old Town.
Currently the landing platform, at around 25 square metres, is too small to safely take extra movement when a cruise ship is offshore and this will be more than doubled. A walkway from the platform, on the sea side of the port, will guide passengers through the marina and its shops and bars on to the resort's promenade.
Originally it was hoped to expand La Bajadilla port, further to the east, so that cruise ships could dock on land but this scheme was abandoned.