Time  3 hours 10 minutes

Coordinates 965

Uploaded March 29, 2016

Recorded March 2016

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1,243 ft
319 ft
4.28 mi

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near Istán, Andalucía (España)

We parked our car at a parking place next to the beginning of the steps towards the Ermita de San Miguel from which you will have a wonderful view. From here you can walk on through an 'area recreativo' with many picknick benches and a number of barbecue places and vistit two beautifully situated viewpoints to enjoy the immense beauty of this place.

We took the signposted path to Istán which leads you next to the mountain slope above the road in a more direct way than the road itself to Istán. We took a random way through Istán to the Mirador de Peñon which gives a good view of the valley behind Istán.

From there we walked back towards the beginning of the town to the strating point of the Camino de la Cuesta which takes you along quite a steep track at some places to the river, the Rio Verde, that flows into the Embalse de la Concepcion.

At the lowest point you will find yourself at 99 metres high but it when you look around you get the idea that you are much higher.

What follows is a very attractive track which is nowhere steep, up to 300 metres again, a track that winds itself around the slopes in such a way that you see the next part of the track on the next slope in front of you, giving you an impression of great height which is not really there.

There are some places which give a good view of the reservoir but the best view is to be got when you reach a height of 200 metres and the slope juts out a little further than the previous ones. This is a nice place to sit for a while.

From here it is only slightly les than one kilometre to the Ermita and the parking place.

Ermita de San Miguel


Area Recreativo

Picknick and bbq

Mirador de la Ermita de Istan I

View of the most western part of the Sierra Blanca , the lake and the sea.

Water point


Mirador de la Ermita de Istan II


View towards Mirador II


Info panels PR-A walks

there are 5 PR-A walks here.

Agua potable

There are many fountains in Ista'n with drinking water.

Mirador del Penon




Plaza del Pueblo


Info panel

Sendero Istan Camino de la Cuesta Ermita Istan

Lowest point 99m. and the track up again.



Embalse de Concepcion


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    lascanasbeach Mar 30, 2018

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    Nice trail
    A little bit difficult down at the lake otherwise v good

  • gr.rotz May 10, 2018

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    Not that easy

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    Douwevers May 24, 2018

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    Leuk, maar jammer dat ie door istan gaat

  • vroenchen Oct 29, 2018

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    Eine schöne Runde und der erste Teil bis Istan geht über breite, zum großen Teil asphaltierte Weg. Die Runde durch den Ort haben wir nicht gemacht, sondern sind direkt weiter gelaufen Richtung See. Zunächst war der Weg auch wirklich gut begehbar, allerdings viel Geröll auf dem Weg. Da es in der letzten Zeit viel und stark geregnet hat, sind hier einige Steinlawinen abgegangen. Das letzte Stück bis zum See und der erste Teil daran entlang waren dann echt haarig. Zum Teil sind die Wege einfach weggespült und man sollte trittsicher sein. Gleiches gilt für den ersten Teil am See entlang. Schilder warnen davor, dass der Weg gefährlich ist und man abstürzen kann. Der Weg ist hier zum Teil ca 30 cm schmal. Höhenangst sollte man hier nicht haben. Aber dann geht es "normal" weiter mit herrlichen Ausblicken auf den See.

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    Oscuro2 Dec 9, 2019

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    Ruta muy interesante y bonita.El embalse es digno de ver.Cuando yo fui estaba bajo minimo el agua y se podia visitar sin problemas.Hay una parte al enlazar el camino de sendero con la montaña que hay q escalar un poco pero son pocos metros.Recomendable.

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    DinkSmallwood Dec 9, 2019

    Thanks for tour reaction😊

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