JUANAR – LA CONCHA


Hill Walk April 10, 2023 9:30am Forest gate above the Refugio de Juanar
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Conal O'Rafferty

 

This walk is to the top of the iconic La Concha above Marbella starting from the Refugio de Juanar.

 

The walk begins at the forest gates and proceeds in the direction of the abandoned hunting observatory.  It then carries on through the forest, with a small incline, until starting the climb up to the saddle close to the Cruz de Juanar.  After a short break the walk proceeds, turning west, passing the Salto del Lobo (1220m) and Lastonar (1275m) which is the highest point in this area.

 

The route then continues along quite a difficult path to the peak of La Concha where at the top there will be time to have a snack, take photos, enjoy the views and the sense of achievement. The return to base is exactly the same in reverse but by then there could be some tired and achy legs so care should be taken!

 

IMPORTANT: This is a long and at times difficult walk with some steep ascents and descents, as well as narrow stretches with big drop-offs. So, this walk is not for the fainthearted nor those without good stamina. One of the guides will turn back before the last difficult part to lead the people that don't want to go to the top.

 

Regrettably dogs are not permitted on this walk. 

 

Directions to the Meeting Place

 

From Marbella

Take the A-355 direction Ojén. Continue past Ojén. About 1 - 2 km after the top of the hill, the turn off for the Refugio de Juanar is signposted on the left. Take the turn off and continue, about 5 km, until reaching the end of the main road. At this point the hotel is to the right. Go on straight ahead up the unmade road and park just before you come to an iron gate that is closed to stop cars going up any further.

 

From Coín/Alhaurín

Take the A-355 direction Marbella. About 5 - 6 km past Monda the turn off for the Refugio de Juanar is signposted on the right. Take the turn off and continue, about 5 km, until reaching the end of the main road. At this point the hotel is to the right. Continue straight ahead up the unmade road and park just before arriving at an iron gate that is closed to stop cars going up any further.

 

15 km Heavy 704 m
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