Istan (means highest place) is located within the Sierra Nieves mountain range and is included within the area which has been designated as a Biosphere Reserve and granted the EDEN award to sustainable tourism by the European Commission.
With a population of approx 1,400 and standing 300 metres above sea level, Istan is ideally located only 13 kms from the coast and 74 kms from Malaga airport.
Situated within the northern area of the West side of the Costa del Sol, Istan borders the Guadalhorce valley and Ronda.
The River Verde flows through the valley and surrounding mountain range, flanked with cork oaks, gall oaks and Spanish fir trees, into the Concepcion reservoir.
The first settlers within this area were Muslims and occupied Arboto fort, located in Plaza de Armas. In 1448, Christian troops attacked the fortress and the defeated Arabs fled to Istan and built a new fortress and the village houses of Istan started to be built.
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Places of Interest
An event never to be missed is held during Easter Week. Originating from the 17th century, the entire village participates with over 100 actors, to present the El Paso (procession) and dramatisations of passages from the Old and New Testaments, ending with the crucifixion of Christ during Good Friday.
Crucifixion in Istan
Istan features a Chestnut tree believed to be more than 800 years old and possibly the oldest tree in the Sierra de las Nieves, with a circumference of 13.5 metres and has been declared a natural monument by the Government of Andalusia.
Additional interesting sights and monuments include San Miguel Church, Escalante Tower, San Miguel Chapel, El Chorro fountain and Museo de agua (museum).
A stunning location surrounded by natural beauty, full of legend and history, creating a holiday destination you´ll never forget.
800 years old