Marbella’s central marina is waiting for work to be carried out to extend the quay, enabling cruise ship shuttle boats and vessels of more than 30 metres to dock at the port. There are also plans for a new boulevard linking the marina to the seafront promenade.
The marina, which has undergone some €50,000 worth of work in the first phase of the project, has already resulted in a steady rise in commercial activity.
One manager at one of the nautical attractions based in the marina said: “This isn’t Puerto Banús, and it doesn’t want to be. Marbella’s marina has a different feel, it has its own ambience and an excellent location, which sets it aside from the rest,” reports newspaper Sur in English.
Within the next few months work will start on expanding the waiting quay platforms and a new footpath will be constructed to lead as far as the terraces.
The aim of the project is to modernise the marina, to make it a destination both during the day and night, said the councillor responsible for the beaches and the port, Manuel Cardeña.
“The objective set by the mayor is to turn the town’s marina around so that it becomes a meeting point for locals and visitors, encouraging nautical attractions and activities in the bar area,” he said.
The turnover form water activities within the area are already up 30% on last year and berth numbers are full, according to the port’s director, Javier Mejías.
“Not only are we a hundred per cent full, but there is also a reservation list. This year there has also been a noticeable increase in boats changing hands,” he explains.Tags: Marbella, Marbella Marina