Marbella and its surroundings offer wonderful places for hiking. Its outstanding geographical location among sea and mountains makes it an ideal place for hikers.
La Concha mountain is definitely the most emblematic place in Marbella for hikers. In addition to La Concha, the main areas for hiking are Sierra Blanca, Sierra Canucha and Sierra de Las Nieves. They share a very rich landscape as well as diverse ecosystems, very rich in native flora and fauna.
Marbella offers a great deal of routes and trails of different difficulty ratings, so it is the perfect place for nature lovers. It is important to learn about the routes and be aware of our skills when choosing the routes.
Routes are marked and not difficult to follow. There is also a wide range of guides and companies organizing tours.
We show you some of the most interesting routes with different difficulty ratings.
Refugio de Juanar – La Concha
This is the favourite trail among local hikers.
Estimated time: 6 hours from Refugio de Juanar, and between 8 and 9 hours from Marbella. Difficulty: high.
Climbing La Concha, a 1.200 meter peak behind Marbella, offers amazing views of Marbella, the coast from Fuengirola to Gibraltar, the African coast, and Sierra de las Nieves
Senda de los monjes
Start from Xarblanca and arrival at ruins of Ermita de los Monjes, where you can see on the left an impressively large Aleppo pine.
Estimated time: 1:30 min. (Outward). Difficulty: low. Linear. 2 km. Outward.
Ruta del Pozuelo
Estimated time: 3 hours. Depart and arrival at Refugio de Juanar.
Difficulty: medium/low. Circular. Length: 6 km.
It is also known as José Lima trail, named after this man who worked as a forest ranger in these mountains for many years. This route starts in a hunters’ old path.
Puerto Rico – Mirador de Juanar
Linear. Difficulty: medium/high.
Start from Puerto Rico Bajo and arrival at Mirador de Juanar in about five hours.
Length: 8 km.
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- Respect the tranquility of the areas you walk in to avoid disturbing local fauna and facilitating their observation.
- Take the rubbish to the closest container. You can also collect any rubbish you find and help improve our environment.
- Gather all the information you can about the route: maps, description of itinerary, etc.
- Use adequate footwear and materials, carry sufficient water.
- Try not to hike alone and tell your plan to your family and friends. Make sure you mobile phone is fully charged.
- Trails on southern face of Sierra Blanca are very steep, so it is necessary to be very well equipped.
- Marbella has unique spots, enjoy them.