The town of Istán is in the southeast of the Province of Málaga, in the “foothills” of the coastal mountain ranges which run parallel to the western coast of Málaga.
It is precisely due to this intermediate location between mountains and the sea that Istán has a great number of its physical, socioeconomic and, of course, historical characteristics.
The shape of the municipality is similar to that of an inverted equilateral triangle with the base facing north where it borders with Tolox. The north-eastern vertex borders Monda, on a thin stretch, as it likewise does with Parauta on the north-western vertex. The western side of the triangle is an extensive line which delimits the territories of Istán and Benahavís, while the eastern side is shared with Ojén to the north and Marbella to the south. On the southern vertex the dividing lines of Benahavís and Istán concur.
The municipality has a surface area of 99,5 square kilometres, with the urban nucleus being located at 303 metres altitude, and at a distance of 72 kilometres from the capital of Málaga. It is just 4,6 kilometres distance from the beach front, as the crow flies
How to get to Istán?
There are two possible access routes to Istán:
From Málaga you can get there via the motorway (A-7) taking the junction that directs us straight to Istán, after the tunnel at exit 176. We can also access Istán via the Puerto Banús exit which crosses the El Angel district. This last is ideal if coming from Algeciras.
Via tracks or forest trails and bordering the Natural park of the Sierra de las Nieves, from the Monda road. Although the most usual way is by the local A-7176 road from the Costa del Sol (Marbella) to Istán.