La Concha Málaga..
Starting from Refugio de Juanar in Sierra Blanca, this amazing hike trail takes you through olive groves and up a forested area before it opens up to incredible coastal views of Marbella at the top of the ridge. The rest of the trail mostly follows the top of the mountain with undeniably some of the best hiking views in the province.
Before you get to La Concha ridge, you’ll pass a couple of steep parts where you need to hold on to the chains that are bolted into the rock wall for safety. It’s definitely a challenge if you’re suffering from vertigo, especially the last section where you have a steep vertical drop and only enough space for your foot to step on. So this may be suited for the more experienced trekker. But if you make it passed this section, your up for an experience. The views that greet you at the edge of La Concha are worth all the energy and effort!
This is a 14 km return hike that takes between 6 and 8 hours depending on your fitness level and the time you spend taking in the views at the top. To reach this ´Refugio´ there is a road (MA-469) which starts at the main road from Marbella to Coín (road A-355). A road signpost indicates the deviation to the left when coming from the coastal city of Marbella. The route, which starts at the popular mountain hotel known as ‘Refugio de Juanar’, at aprox. 750 meters, easily approaches over a dusty road and then climbs very softly over the, mainly, SE slopes of the NE ridge, and then over the final North-NE ridge (which shares with the “Istán” Route). This route is known as the normal route which is not as physically demanding
Difficulty level: Medium