Marbella - Cruz de Juanar (PR-A 169)

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This trail begins at the initial information board in the Carril de la Vía  (55). Take the road that ascend to the area known as Puerto Rico Bajo (56).

The road becomes a lane with a chain preventing access to  vehicles. Continue along this lane and about 300 metres in you will find signpost  (57). Go onwards towards Puerto Rico Alto  looking for the next post.

Continue along the lane and 400 metres in you will find the Fuente Nuestra Señora de la Paz spring (58) on the right. A little further up, the lane forks and you should continue on the  right-hand path until you find a signpost that indicates the path that goes to the right. The road begins to climb the slope and takes you to the travertine gorge, that we see from the front; this formation is known as the Puerto Rico shelters.

The trail sharply zig zags upwards at this point until it reaches a tanker (white hut) that channels the Puerto Rico Alto spring. On the travertine gorge you will find a plateau known as Puerto Rico Alto. At this point you should see the ruins of the Casa de la Finca and an abandoned plantation of fruit trees. Here, you will find another signpost (59) that indicates the correct path to Juanar, leaving the path of Ojen to the right.

A few metres later we find the dry riverbed at the source of Puerto Rico Alto (60), continue north towards Juanar leaving the Puerto de las Pitas to the left. We continue ascending to the next signpost where the path that goes up to Casa del Guarda (61) is on the left. Continue towards Juanar.

Follow the climb without stopping, and after passing the crossroad that takes to Fuente Chumbar spring (62), the views getting bigger. On the left you can see the Juan Benitez gorge first and, behind it, pico de Juanar peak, and, on the right, you can see the Tajo Negro peak (92). Almost at the end of the climb, you will find the signpost of the path that leads to Sendero   Puerto Juan Benítez mountain pass (63), you should continue   towards Juanar. When you reach the Puerto Marbella mountain pass (64), there should be some signposts that indicate the ascent to the peak and 300 metres to the south, the Mirador del Macho Montés viewpoints (93).

The last stretch of the climb, and the hardest, is just 1 km and, whilst ascending in zigzag, you will see excellent views of the Juanar plains and the beach. Nothing compares to the views you will have when you reach the Cruz de Juanar  (65)   . From there you will have an excellent panoramic view of the surrounding    mountains: Sierra de las Nieves, Sierra Canucha and, on clear days, even Sierra Nevada.

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  • Designation Marbella - Pico de Juanar (PRA 169)
  • Difficulty Media
  • Distance 6,8 km (one way)
  • Type Lineal
  • Time 3:40 h (one way)

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