A great idea for outward bound types in the milder months is to scale the mountain behind the resort.

La Concha belongs to the Sierra Blanca coastal range and tops out above 1200 metres.

Wherever you are in Marbella you can’t miss this brooding tree-less peak.

When you approach the summit after parking at El Refugio de Januar, you’ll be presented with a very different scene, where the steep valleys shelter tall pine and oak trees.

From there just follow the signs for PR-A 168 La Concha and you’ll soon be up in a landscape of rugged scrubland.

Once you’re at the top you can see out far beyond Marbella, to the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. The walk takes about four hours in all.


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