La Concha is the emblematic mountain that looks over Marbella like a protective shield. There is a bit of meteorological truth in that sentence, believe it or not, as the mountain gives the town its enviable microclimate, shielding it from the excesses of what can sometimes be a harsh climate. If you haven’t climbed La Concha yet, grab your walking boots, as the 1215 metre climb present an exhilarating challenge. Don’t panic – you won’t need climbing gear, just sturdy shoes, plenty of water and sensible clothing – and the hike takes around three hours.
Starting at the historic Refugio de Juanar, the trek takes you through a variety of landscapes, including pine forests, olive groves, rocky paths and the adrenaline pumping Salto de Lobo pass. On the way uur local guides will share their knowledge of the regions history, nature and landscape with you.
The view from the top, looking down on Marbella, Puerto Banus, the reservoir at Istan, Gibraltar and Morocco, is nothing short of spectacular and the perfect place for a fabulous photo. In fact, Marbella’s firemen climbed up and installed a bench for selfies a few years ago, so there is no excuse to show your friends your epic achievement. They’ll be green with envy!