If you need a break from the beach and want to do something different a hike to the top of La Concha is a beautiful but also tough alternative. La Concha rise more than 1200m right ‘behind’ Marbella and is a part of Sierra Blanca, a mountain group just outside the limits of the Natural Park of Sierra de las Nieves. La Concha is a rough mountain with exposed ridges, vertical walls and a rocky summit, which offers many interesting routes to the more demanding mountain hiker. The route is marked and especially the last part is quite tough – some might call it dangerous. But there is no need to hike all the way out to the end of the peak to enjoy the spectacular view of Marbella and the Mediterranean Sea.
As mentioned it’s a tough hike and you must remember plenty of water (min. 2 l. pr. person) and set aside at least 6 hours for the full hike. The hike is almost 15 km long and the elevation is close to 1 km.
The hike starts at ‘Refugio de Juanar’ where there also is a small hotel, El Juanar, with a nice little restaurant serving traditional Spanish food. To reach Refugio de Juanar you need to take road A-355, which connects Marbella with Ojén and Monda. You will see a sign for a small mountain road (MA-469) leading to ‘Refugio de Juanar’. Here you’ll park your can and start the hike for the top. There’s also a number of other routes in the area for you to enjoy or you can just take a stroll in the area and have a nice traditional dinner at ‘El Juanar’. It might be tough Hiking La Concha but we promise it’s worth the effort.
Here’s all the details including the route. You might want to install Every Trail on your phone to follow our route.