The territory of Istan is framed by the Sierra de las Nieves range and part of it is even included in the area that has been designated a biosphere reserve. Little more need be said to describe the ecological value of this area that is, moreover, overlooked by the Sierra Real range (1,331 metres) in the north, whose scenery competes with that of the La Zarina (1,141 metres) and Lastonar (1,260 metres) hills very near the coast.
The River Verde valley opens a path through these heights. Before reaching the La Concepcion reservoir it flows through such exceptionally attractive landscape as Dehesa de Bornoque, where cork oaks mix with gall oaks and even some Spanish firs, which shows how widely distributed this last species is in the Sierra de las Nieves. Closer to the village the valley takes in terraced lands where fruit trees and vegetables grow.
The River Verde valley opens a path through these heights. Before reaching the La Concepción reservoir, it flows through the exceptionally attractive landscape of Dehesa de Bornoque, where cork oaks mix with gall oaks and even some Spanish firs, showing how widely distributed this last species is in the Sierra de las Nieves. Closer to the village the valley takes in terraced lands where fruit trees and vegetables grow.
The area’s first settlers were Muslims who, in the time of Omar Ben Hafsun, occupied the Arboto fort that was located in a place known as Plaza de Armas. The actual foundation of Istán, however, was in the mid-fifteenth century when the Christian troops under the command of Saavedra Urdiales prepared an attack on the Arboto fortress in 1448. After a battle on the banks of the River Verde, the defeated Arabs fled to the present site of Istán, whose name apparently means “the highest place”. Here they built a new fortress of which some ruins still remain, and the village’s first houses sprang up next to this bastion.
When the Moorish rebellion erupted in 1568, Istán did not hesitate to take a very active part in it, since the lord of the village was the person who was in charge of fermenting the rebellion not only in the coastal zone but also in the Ronda highlands. Realising the gravity of the situation, Felipe II dispatched Luis Ponce de Leon, who finally put an end to the uprising. With the outbreak squashed and the Moors driven out, Istán was repopulated with Christians, many of whom came from Murcia and spoke the “Panocho” dialect, and this term was applied as a nickname to the residents of Istán.
This beautiful spacious 3 bed townhouse sits in an idyllic country location at the foot of La Concha Mountain with views overlooking the beautiful pool, mature landscaped gardens of the development and the mountains beyond and yet it is only a 10 minute drive to the center of Puerto Banus or Marbella.The property has a southerly orientation and is constructed…
Plot with basic project and execution processed and endorsed by the College of Architects, for the construction of a villa, in a consolidated and private urbanization with 24 hour security and access control. Stunning views from the plot to Puerto Banus, La Concepción reservoir and Sierra de las Nieves.
Duplex penthouse apartment with breathtaking views overlooking the coast, lake and mountains. In a quiet area on the road to Istan just 5km from the famous Manolo Santana tennis club. Also has underground parking and a storage room.
Best views of the Coast! Penthouse with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in urbanization Balcones del Lago, between Marbella and Istan. On main floor the spacious and bright living room with access to the terrace, facing southwest. Fully quipped semi-open kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and terrace. On the lower level a bedroom with own terrace and it’s bathroom.…
Duplex apartment with breathtaking views over the valley including Gibraltar, Sea and Lake Istan. Has nice open plan living space and underground parking and storage room.
Nice town house on 2 levels, perfect for countryside lovers and for those who like peace and quiet.Only 5 minute drive to Puerto Banus.It has 2 communal pools, underground parking and a storage room.
One bedroom apartament with spectacular views of the Mediterranean and mountains. Urbanization situated on the hills above Puerto Banus, only a 10-minute drive from Marbella, the port or the village Istan. It comprises: open fully fitted plan kitchen to living/dining room, one bedroom with en suite-bathroom and a private terrace.