Although Marbella is a coastal city famous for its luxury and leisure, it also has an enviable landscape full of nature where you can disconnect and enjoy the outdoors on incredible routes. We are talking about Sierra Blanca, a huge mountain range that is visible from the entire city of Marbella and crowned by the famous peak of La Concha. A point of interest par excellence in Marbella and very close to Puerto Banús that you can’t miss.

Sierra Blanca is a mountain range that runs through the municipalities of Marbella, Ojén, Istán and Monda, although the highest point is located in Marbella (Pico de la Concha) with a height of 1200 metres. From this mountain, whether you climb to the highest point or not, you can enjoy spectacular views of the Costa del Sol and even Gibraltar and the African coast.

Fauna and flora in Sierra Blanca

Around the sierra you will find amazing vegetation full of chestnut, olive, pine, stone and resin forests. As for the fauna, you may see eagles and hawks flying over the mountains, mountain goats or even foxes in the surroundings.

Hiking in Sierra Blanca and Pico de la Concha

If you want to spend time surrounded by nature in the mountains of Marbella you will find a multitude of routes. Most of these trails are connected to each other so you will have more options to choose from.

The routes we recommend are located near Puerto Banús and can be done in a maximum of four hours, the perfect time to spend a morning enjoying nature and its landscapes! These are the routes we recommend:

Marbella-Cruz de Juanar

This route is of medium difficulty, with a distance of 6.8 km and an estimated time of 3.5 hours.

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Nagüeles – Hermitage of the Monks

The perfect route to go with children as it is of medium-low difficulty and has a distance of 6.3 km. You can do it in approximately 3 hours.

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This route has a medium-high difficulty, designed for those who are fit and like to spend a long time walking in the mountains. It has a distance of 17 km and lasts approximately 5 hours.

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On the other hand, if you are a fan of nature and want to climb the Pico de la Concha, you can start the route from the Refugio de Juanar (Ojén) just 20 minutes from Puerto Banús by car. It should be noted that it is not an easy route, as it goes along mountain paths and rocky slopes, but it is worth doing it to enjoy the spectacular panoramic views, do you dare?

If you want to enjoy nature in Marbella, don’t hesitate to book at our Hotel Benabola, where you will not only be within walking distance of all the leisure activities but you will also be able to disconnect in the middle of nature just a few minutes from our hotel.