We all know about the cosmopolitan activities available in and around Marbella. However, walking in nature is always a firm favourite for our visitors. Once you’re sitting on the luxurious deck at Villa la Sorpresa, you’ll soon be gazing at one of the most obvious hiking options – La Concha. La Sorpresa’s obstruction-free view of la Concha is unrivaled in the area and it might just inspire you to get out. If you decide that you’d like to stretch your legs in nature, rather than simply sit surrounded by it, we’ve made a list of our top nature walks in the Marbella area.
Keep in mind that hiking and walks in nature are best taken between the months of October and April when the weather is milder.
#1 – La Concha Hike
La Concha sits in the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park. It is one of the most recognizable symbols of Marbella, forming a dramatic backdrop to the town. The hike to the top is for those who have an adventurous spirit and a good level of fitness. But once you’ve made it, you’ll be rewarded with sweeping landscape views all the way down to the Mediterranean coast. On a clear day, you should also be able to spot Gibraltar and even North Africa. There are, however, other walks at La Concha that can be accessed by the whole family.
The Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park offers a selection of easy to more difficult walks and is perfect if you are planning a family day out. Getting there is straightforward and the drive alone will be a treat for the eyes. Simply exit the main gate of the estate and head up the ‘Ronda Road’. The trip takes just under and hour from Villa La Sorpresa. Visit the villa’s concierge page if you would like to arrange a guided hike.
#2 – Juanar Peak Nature Walk
This amazing nature walk is suitable for the whole family. It is great for environmental enthusiasts as it takes you into Sierra Blanca’s biosphere reserve. The Juanar Peak nature walk can last 3 to 4 hours and has low difficulty level making it a great excursion for all capabilities and people of all ages. Look out for special viewpoints including the Mirador del Corzo and Mirador del Macho Montes. You can also access La Concha from Juanar – take a look here for more information on that.
#3 – Benahavis Walks
Benahavis is a quaint ‘white village’ about 10 minutes drive from Villa La Sorpresa. It is known as the culinary capital of the Costa del Sol and is often referred to as ‘the dining room’ of Andalusia! If you’re interested in earning you lunch, you could always park outside the town and walk into it. A sparkling new promenade/walkway has been added for those who want to take in the natural beauty as they enter Benahavis. Walking into town isn’t the only option. There are several hikes in and around Benahavis. The routes range from relaxed to more difficult – for the serious hiking enthusiasts. Find more detailed information on these walks here.
#4 – Benalmádena Butterfly Park to Puerto de Artesa
The town of Benalmadena is about a 30 minute drive from Marbella, but is certainly worth the trip. Again, is ideal for families – especially since you can explore the butterfly park – one of Europe’s largest with over 2000 different types! There are also plenty of walks that can be enjoyed in the area including the Gruta de Lourdes and the Puerto de Artesa, boasting fantastic views
If none of these walks interest you, just google ‘hikes near me’ for inspiration! And don’t forget to contact our concierge service for any extra information you might need on the best nature walks in Marbella.