Most visitors staying in Cabopino enjoy visiting the beautiful port, the famous Cabopino Restaurants and bars and the beaches which draw crowds from far afield to enjoy the fine sands with the backdrop of natural dunes.
But very few get up into the hills which is a shame as the hiking in the area is equally beautiful. There are numerous trails in the mountains just inland from the port with abundant wildlife, natural species of plants and epic panoramic views over the Mediterranean to the coast of Africa.
It’s a superb place although not for those seeking nature and tranquility. There is nothing up there so don’t expect a cafe, visitor centre or anything like this. You will seldom see any other people in the area. If you are lucky you may bump into the shepherd and his huge flock of sheep.
You can do a circular trail starting in Cabopino, heading up the hill past the gold course, straight on up and over the footbridge over the toll road and then up to the shining white Ermita (small religeous building) on the top of the hill over Calahonda. This is the steepest climb! From here you can continue up past the urbanisations on your right to the top of the next set of hills.
Here you have great views out of the bay of Marbella, the bay of Malaga, Mijas, etc.
From here you can follow the fire route under the electricity pylons back down the hill and cross another footbridge into Hancienda las Chapas and walk down past the fine villas in this area, back across the N340 and down to the beach at Simbads Restaurant before taking a left walking back along the beach to Cabopino.
This route takes me just over 2 hours and is just over 12 km in length. Details can be found here.
There are numerous shorter routes and even the opportunity to continue up to the small mountain village of La Mairena for those wanting to do more miles.