Hiking makes a great get away from the routine. Marbella is home to many places where you can practice this sport.
From San Pedro de Alcantara to El Castaño Santo (12.5 miles – approximately 5 hours)
The trails are very well signed. To start the trek towards El Castaño Santo, take the forest trail that starts next to La Quinta golf course.
El Castaño Santo is an impressive size tree that is thousands of years old. Being near this tree is an experience that is impossible to put into words.
Ascending El Torrecilla (there and back 15 miles, approximately 6 to 8 hours); Marbella Hiking
El Torrecilla is the highest summit in the Province of Málaga and stands at 6,296 feet high. On the first part of the ascent, there are several streams and the ground is muddy.
Further on, the path is surrounded by a magnificent Spanish fir forest and along the trial you will find wonders of nature, such as ice formations, birds and ancestral trees.
Winter, when the summits are covered in snow, is one of the most attractive times to ascend the Sierra de las Nieves. However, bear in mind that in summer the hillsides can get icy and the trail can be very slippery.
Trek from the coast to Ronda (28 miles – approximately 13 hours); Marbella Hiking
The first part is the hardest of the route, since in 9.5 miles the forest trail ascends from sea level to an altitude of 2,953 feet, where you can find El Puerto de la Refriega.
The changes in landscape on the trail are amazing, since the path often changes gradient.
The route is thousands of years old and connected the coast with Ronda.
Refugio de Juanar to La Concha (approximately 6 hours); Marbella Hiking
The climb to La Concha, the 3,937 feet peak behind Marbella, on a clear day offers some incredible views, the coast from Fuengirola to Gibraltar, the African coast in front and the entire Sierra de las Nieves. It is well worth a visit.
Marbella to Mirador de Juanar. There and back, (approximately 4 – 5 hours); Marbella Hiking
The path to start the ascent to Puerto Rico is located between the Ojén motorway and the La Cañada shopping centre. The path starts right next to the stream that descends next to the La Cascada restaurant. On the way up there are great views of the sierra mountains and on the way down you can enjoy the sea and coastal views. You will find a restaurant called La Cascada on the way, where in summer you can enjoy a cool glass of beer on their lovely terrace, with the sound of the waterfall in the background.