Marbella Inside & Out

Discover the magic of Marbella from an "insider" point of view – by Liz Glazer


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Istán – an enchanting and enchanted Garden of Eden in the mountains just outside Marbella Town

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“The mountains are calling and I must go”, so wrote John Moore one of America’s most famous and influential outdoor enthusiasts in 1873.

And never has a quote been so appropriate when it comes to this blog post about my recent visit to the beautiful mountain village of Istán.  Set in the midst of the UNESCO natural reserve of Sierra de las Nieves, on the southern slope of Marbella’s La Concha mountain, it is located in the verdant valley of the Rio Verde and overlooks the stunning lakeside scenery of the La Concepción reservoir and the Mediterranean sea beyond.

Although only 15 km inland northwest of Marbella Town, as a rather timorous mountain driver I’d never dared to venture there before.  Having reconnected with my inner intrepid explorer however, thanks to this blog, for the past few weeks I was itching to go on an outing in nature and had been having this inexplicable “call” to visit Istán.  So when my friend and fellow nature-lover Cate suggested out of the blue that we go on a voyage of discovery to the very village of Istán, it was akin to a call of destiny… Continue reading

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