6 amazing hiking and cycling routes in Marbella


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Marbella and its surrounding areas including spectacularly beautiful places in which you can enjoy outdoor sports as its exceptional location between the sea and the mountains makes it an ideal spot for those who want to go hiking or cycling.

Hiking routes in Marbella

Hiking routes in Marbella


Marbella offers a huge number of routes and trails of varying difficulty and is the perfect place for all nature lovers. In addition, all routes are well marked and are not very difficult to follow. Here are some of the most interesting:

Refugio de Juanar – La Concha

This route starts at the Juanar (Ojén) building and reaches one of the most interesting peaks of the southern part of the Sierra de las Nieves, the peak of La Concha. If we start the climb at the Refugio de Juanar, it takes approximately 6 hours, but this can be between 8 and 9 hours if we start from Marbella.

Along this route you can see different interesting botanical landscapes, such as a large olive grove, a thick pine forest and a sea of ​​ferns. You can also see other trees which adapt well to these weather conditions. With regard to wildlife in the area, there are numerous large mammals such as the ibex, the fox, the wild boar or even the roe deer. There are also many birds of prey, such as Bonelli’s eagle, the peregrine falcon and the goshawk, amongst others.

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La Vereda del Faro

La Vereda del Faro is located in the Sierra Blanca. The route is circular and has a length of 5 km. The approximate time to walk it fully is about 3 hours, but it can be done more slowly so you can enjoy every moment and corner of the walk, with its flora and landscapes.
The circuit offers beautiful landscapes such as the Mirador de los Gitanos, the Puerto del Pino or the Puerto de las Pitas, where it is worth standing in silence and contemplating the grandeur of this mountain.

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Ruta del Pozuelo and Viborilla

Also known as the José Lima route, named after a forest ranger who worked this Sierra for many years. This route was originally from an old hunters route.

The route to the top zigzags upwards, but once you reach the top, all of that effort is rewarded with wonderful views and a nice trail. It is relatively flat as it follows the crest of the mountains and passes through a small Spanish fir forest. It can be done at any time of year. We recommend doing it on a clear day in order to enjoy the views. It is a comfortable route and you can see many examples of ibex along the way.

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Cycling routes in Marbella

Cycling routes in Marbella


If you come to Marbella, consider renting your own bike. This is a healthy way to go sightseeing and is ideal for exercise. These three amazing routes can be experienced with us:

Climb up to Juanar

One is the climb from Marbella to the Refugio de Juanar. The path is 34 kilometres long (around 21 miles) and takes about two hours. The starting point is at Padre Paco Ostos next to the bus station in Marbella. The landscape of this environment will surprise you.

On this route, you can enjoy the views of a great Mediterranean forest of oak trees, cork trees, oaks, pines, agaves and cacti, which extend to the edge of the road. As for the wildlife inhabiting the area, we must mention the Hispanic ibex, which is a protected species and virtually extinct, and the golden eagle.

Once you reach the destination, just a kilometre and a half (a mile) further is the Mirador del Juanar, which can be accessed along a wide dirt track. You can see the Mediterranean Sea and Marbella at your feet from here, plus a monument to the ibex.

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Marbella – San Pedro Alcántara

The promenade is 17 kilometres long (around 10 miles) and can be traversed by bike, linking Marbella with San Pedro Alcántara passing through Puerto Banús. If you are looking for a peaceful ride by the sea, there is no better choice than this. In addition, this route will allow you to watching the sea from your bike at all times.

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San Pedro Alcántara – Istán – Río Verde

This route is 65 kilometres long (around 40 miles) and although it is long, it is medium difficulty and so is suitable for everyone.

The starting point is the Hipercor de San Pedro Alcántara from which you will head along the Istán road. This is a mountain route which is marked by many curves. At one point along the the road, you find the Istán fountains where you can stop for a rest to catch your breath. After this, you will reach the Río Verde area where you should take extra care due to the humidity. Keep pedalling and you will find the Puerto de la Refriega where you can see some impressive views. Once you find the source of the Hoyo del Bote waterfall, you can stop to rest and head back to San Pedro.

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