It is a real pleasure to visit Istán if you are looking for something different during your holiday in Marbella; this place makes nature, scenery and rural tourism its main heritage.
Leave Marbella and its beaches behind for a moment and take refuge in Istán, discover the other side of the Costa del Sol, its more rural and wild side. You can get to Istán by taking the Puerto Banús exit and driving through the El Angel district, or by leaving the A-7 and driving onto the A-7176.
It?s all well sign posted so you won?t get lost.
Istán is a charming, typical village from the Andaluz mountain range, worlds away from mass tourism.
You can walk around its streets, visit the Torre de Escalante or San Miquel church, you can sit in a small restaurant and enjoy local gastronomy, and these are just some of what the town has to offers.
Or you can relax in the shadow of the Castaño Santo (holy chestnut tree) or enjoy the incredible panoramic view of the Embalse de la Concepción (Dam).
Water is an important element in the town?s life, and there is no better way than getting to know Istán than doing a route that visits all the towns? fountains, starting with the most emblematic one, ?El Chorro?.
All around Istán you will find plenty of paths and trails where you can take beautiful walks or go mountain biking as well as many other adventure sports and activities.
In the area they arrange camping, climbing lessons, kayaking down ravines? adventure lovers will be more than happy, it?s paradise just a short distance from Marbella!
If you have time, it is interesting to visit the Water Interpretation Centre, but it could be more refreshing to have a swim in the Charco Del Canalón, it?s up to you!
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