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Diputación de Málaga
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    This is the main supply of water for the village and for the irrigation system that provides water for the crops in the many fertile terraces. The spring starts in the Sierra Blanca and runs down...


    Built in the 16th century on the order of the Archbishop of Seville; Diego de Deza, and restored early on the following century and remodelled again in 1950. It has only one rectangular nave with...


    Inaugurated in October 2003, the person in charge of the design was the local author Salvador Calvo Marín, who lives in North America, but has been made a honourable Son of Istan. It reminds...

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      Recommended month to visit it:  November . Under its branches the king Ferdinand the II of Aragon celebrated a mass for Thanksgiving in 1501, just before conquering Marbella... and...


    WALK DESCRIPTION Our route starts in Guaro following the footpath of Arroyo Hondo (Deep Stream) which, after slightly less than 1.5 km, reaches the stream itself. We cross and make a steep climb...

Istan is a town of Arabic origin located in the Natural Park of Sierra de las Nieves and just 15 kilometres from the beaches of Marbella. The beauty of the surrounding nature, the passage of river Verde, its fountains and the magic of its corners make Istan be known popularly as the ""Manantial (Spring) of the Costa del Sol"". In addition, the proximity to Marbella allows you to combine relaxation with nightlife entertainment or golf. What are you waiting for, come to find out?.




To begin the visit by Istan, we recommend you to visit Escalante Tower, the oldest building in the town which is located in Street San Miguel. It was built during the Moorish period and has the distinction of Cultural Interest. Originally, it could be one of the constructions for the defence of Marbella. Tower retains the courtyard of stables, its dome-shaped enclosure and a semi-circled arch.

We follow through the church of San Miguel, built in the XVI century and one of the scenarios where disputes between Arabs and Christians took place. This temple was burned by the Moors in 1569 and later rebuilt. It has a single nave with wooden roofs and has images of important artistic value. Also, dedicated to this saint is the hermitage of San Miguel. Three kilometres away from the centre of Istan and housed in a cave, the views of the mountains, Verde river valley and the background sea are unparalleled.

Water is a fundamental part of the landscape of Istan and character of its neighbours. In your way through the city you can discover the Moorish irrigation channels and drinking from the fountains in a popular style. One such Fountain is the Fountain and Laundry of El Chorro. Together with its crystalline water pipes, it is also the pillar where the women of the town went to wash clothes. Finally, we recommend visiting the Museum and Water Interpretation Center. In this interpretation exhibition space and you can learn a little more about the historical relationship of water resources in the district of the Sierra de las Nieves.

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Escudo de Istán
Town Hall
C/ Empedrada, 32, 29611 
Geographic Data
Surface 99 km2
Altitude 303 m
Latitude 36º 35'
Length -4º 57'
Distance to Málaga City 77,4 km
Population 1432
Men 721
Women 711
Nationality Panochos