A Guide to Istan and Cerros del Lago, Istán | Malaga – Costa del Sol : THE VILLAGE ABOVE THE LAKE

The tiny white village of Istán offers a peaceful mountain retreat but within easy reach of Marbella and beaches.

Where is Istán?

Istán lies some 16km to the north of Puerto Banús and around 20km northeast of Marbella. The village has a privileged scenic position being in the foothills of the high Sierra de las Nieves mountain range and looking over the Concepción reservoir whose peaceful waters give many properties in Istán a lakeside location. Malaga Airport is around an hour’s drive away.

Why buy in Istán?

This village offers a different perspective to life on the Costa del Sol and is best suited for those looking to stay in tranquil surroundings yet be within easy reach of the busy resort of Marbella.

Peace and quiet: With less than 1,500 inhabitants, Istán is a place where life moves slowly and in many respects, little has changed in the village despite its proximity to the holiday resorts on the Costa del Sol. The village has conserved its typical Andalusian architecture, although its cuboid whitewashed houses are more reminiscent of the region’s Moorish past. Amenities such as shops and restaurants, school and health centre (all small) are available in the village itself while for others you need to travel to nearby San Pedro or Marbella.

Stunning scenery: Istán’s backdrop is probably one of the most dramatic in this part of the Costa del Sol. To reach the village, you drive up the winding A7176 road past the Concepción reservoir whose navy waters stretch almost as far as Istán. The mountains rise dramatically behind the village whose southern views take in the Mediterranean and African beyond.

Outdoor activities: As you’d expect from its position, Istán offers exceptional outdoor activities. This is a hiker’s paradise – myriad walking routes leave Istán for both the Sierra Blanca and Sierra de las Nieves mountain ranges. Climbing opportunities are available on nearby rockfaces and fans of kayaking can choose from navigating the waters of the Río Verde River or take to the reservoir for a calmer ride. Golfing fans are in easy reach of many of the best golf courses on the Costa del Sol – those in Golf Valley in Nueva Andalucia are of particular note.

What can I buy in Istán?

If you’re looking to take full part in village life, then you’ll be interested in the typical village houses in Istán. Townhouse and apartment accommodation is available and many properties enjoy lovely views of the mountains and/or reservoir. If you’d rather buy property outside Istán itself, then consider a lakeside home on the road to the village. Several modern complexes are located here and you can choose from apartment or townhouse accommodation with communal facilities such as a pool and gardens, or opt for one of the exceptional villas set in extensive grounds and offering total privacy and seclusion. The majority of lakeside properties in Istán boast exceptional sea views.