The stunning white village of Istan lies on the western side of Costa del Sol. If you want to savour a village in a rural setting then this is the place to visit.

It sits at the foot of the Sierra Real and is close to Sierra de las Nieves Nature Park. Istan has rolling mountain views and attracts many tourists every year.

It lies just 15 to 20 minutes by car from Marbella and Puerto Banus. Cultural and monumental heritage will abound in this timeless village. 

Not to be missed: The Escalante Tower, The San Miguel Heritage, The high caves, Plaza el Calvario

Fun Fact: After the Christian reconquest of the Iberian peninsula in the 15th Century, Arabs were barred from living within a league of the shoreline in order to prevent them from communicating with their kinsmen across the straits in Morocco. Istán, 15 kilometres inland, was allowed to remain while the coastal Arab settlements were depopulated and frequently destroyed.