Natural areas: Malaga
The province of Málaga can be considered to be a large natural area. Up to 50% of the land, consisting in reserves and nature parks, are protected areas. Serranía de Ronda, the impressive Sierra de las Nieves, Sierra Blanca or Sierra de Grazalema are singular spaces that make an ideal environment for hikers and climbers.
Nature in Málaga:
- Río Verde marshland: Known as La Concepción Reservoir, Río Verde marshland is an amazing lake between mountains that provides water to Marbella and offers a lively landscape. In total, it covers 204ha and has hiking paths in a beautiful environment.
- Sierra Blanca: Various shades of green and grey form this sierra that stands between Marbella, Ojén, Istán and Monda, right between Sierra de las Nieves and Costa del Sol. The highest peak is 1,200m above sea level and the sierra is home to golden eagles, griffon vultures and peregrine falcons.
- Nerja caves: Found and opened to the public in the 1960s, the Nerja Caves are among the oldest caves in Spain. With amazing corridors, the caves have prehistoric paintings made by Neanderthals.
- Sierra de Tejeda: In Torrox, nature is named Sierra de Tejeda. Along with Sierra de Alhama and Almijara, it forms a natural border with Granada Province. The highest peaks are La Maroma, more than 2,000m high, and one of its most beautiful spots is the Canyon Río Verde.
- Sierra de las Nieves: Full of life and peppered with typically Andalusian villages perched atop the mountains, Sierra de las Nieves is one of the largest nature parks of the province of Málaga, designated as Biosphere Reserve. It is home to the major Aleppo pine forest in the world and has a rich historical heritage.
- El Torcal in Antequera: A very attractive nature spot in the province, it is the best preserved karst massif on earth. Visitors will be amazed by the peculiar formations in the area.
- Sierra de Grazalema: The gem that crowns Serranía de Ronda, also listed as a Biosphere Reserve, Sierra de Grazalema has its highest peak at 1,600m above sea level and features some of the most important caves throughout Andalusia. It has a host of hiking paths and areas for climbing enthusiasts.