HIKING & TREKKING TRIPS: Spain, Andalucia, Costa del Sol / Marbella - Ojen - La Concha
Getting there: Getting to El Refugio de Juanar (your starting point) is relative easily affair. If you reside along the coast just head towards Marbella. Once in Marbella head for the upper party of town and to the Cañada Shopping mall. From here keep going strait towards the town of Ojen. Leave the town of Ojen without actually going through the town. While close to the town, there should be some "miradores" or scenery stops that is well worth stopping for a quick photo of the white town of Ojen. Keep going for some more minutes and soon there is a detour on the left side signalled Refugio de Juanar (more or less 18 km from Marbella). Follow this mountain winding road for around 10 minutes. Just before the "Refugio" there is a dirt road in great condition. Follow this for 100 meters and park the car here. This area can get pretty crowded on weekends, so get there soon!
The Hike: El Refugio de Juanar
is a popular destination among Spaniards on weekends and festivals. Once
you have reached the area you will quickly understand why. Anyways, lets
get started. From where you have parked the car head upwards towards "El
Mirador," you will soon pass a gate and a bit further an area with
tall pine trees (pino negro) that in summer gives some well deserved shade.
Soon afterwards, the wide path will lead through an olive field from were
one can device a small house in ruins and some signs indicating the different
routs and time taken. Just as a note, do not pay too much attention to
the signs stipulated walking times. I remember that it almost took me
double as much time to reach the Istan route than the time suggested (I
was not a happy man, and I am still looking forward for the day that I
might meet the cretin who made the sign). There are actually three different
routs that lead to La Concha. In one, you will probably get lost, so I
want even bother making a point of mentioning it further. Route number
"2" is a steep zigzag path that takes you first up the Juanar
mountain top and then joins trail number "3." Route number 2
has a rewarding outcome when the top of the mountain is reached. An iron
cross and spectacular views of Marbella's and Africa's coast will great
you. Nevertheless, if its hot and your out of shape, I would suggest heading
for the third route. For this simply follow the sign and heads towards
the forest. The forest is composed of tall coniferous tress (the shade
is well appreciated) and ferns at ground level. Leaving the forest is
were the trek suddenly starts heading up a steep hill were bushes and
pine trees company you to the top of the hill were you will meet paths
with Route number "2."
Precautions: Carry plenty of water and do not hike the path in the middle of the day in Summer. On the mountain tops beware of strong gusts of wind as its a long way down!
Additional Note: If you decide going hiking on the 3rd of May you might find that parking your car will be a complicated task. This is the day that a procession of pilgrims head for the top of the Juanar Mountain.
Personal Info: Hiked very often. My father, Ana, Julian, Thomas and Bo are among the people that have done this route with us.
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