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NATURAL PARKS & NATURE RESERVES OF MALAGA PROVINCE

Los Alcornocales Natural Park

Los Alcornocales Natural Park - Photo by www.arternative-design.com

The Natural Park in Los Alcornocales covers an area of over 170,000 hectares, which makes it the third largest in Andalucia.

The park mostly belongs to the province of Cadiz however; it shares its border in the north western side with Malaga province.

It has the biggest area of cork trees in the whole of Spain (around half of the total area of the park).
Los Alcornocales Natural Park is situated around 160 kilometres away from Malaga airport.

Sierra de Tejeda - Almijara y Alhama Natural Park

The peaks of the Almijara and Alhama mountain range provide a ‘natural’ border between the provinces of Malaga and Granada.

The mountains are both close to the Sierra de Tejeda Mountain and cover an area of over 40,000 hectares.
The Natural Park is home to lots of different species of animals which include to name a few; Squirrels, Mountain Goats and also birds of prey like Fishing Eagles.

El Torcal de Antequera Nature Reserve

El Torcal de Antequera Nature Reserve - Photo by Dorte

The El Torcal de Antequera was declared as a Nature Reserve in 1989. The Reserve spans across an area of 1,171 hectares.

The reserve is known for its many different types of natural limestone rock formations, it is also the natural habitat for different animals like mountain goats and sparrow hawks.

The area of natural beauty in Malaga: El Chorro

The beautiful area of El Chorro belongs to Alora. One the sight which we can’t avoid is the gorge of which the Guadalhorce River flows through into the nearby reservoirs.

The area is also a popular spot for climbers.

Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park

Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park - Photo by Shemsu.Hor

Extending across a total area of over 53,000 hectares the Sierra de Grazalema it is home to the longest cave in Andalucia and also has the biggest colony of bats in Spain.

The park is situated on the north eastern side of Malaga and is located around 146 km away from Malaga airport.

Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park

Sierra de las Nieves is a natural park which is in the Serrania de Ronda and Malaga region, it spans across 20,163 hectares.

The territory is mainly a mountain range which covers areas of the following districts: Alzaina, Casarabonela, El Burgo, Guaro, Istan, Monda Ojén, Ronda, Tolox, Parauta and Yunquera.

Montes de Malaga Natural Park

Montes de Malaga Natural Park - Photo by PONCE 2007

The Montes de Malaga is a natural park which just under one hours drive away from Malaga.

The park in size is just less than 5,000 hectares of which around a 94 per cent belongs to the city of Malaga whereas the rest of the park is divided between the districts of Casabermeja and Colmenar.

Laguna de Fuente de Piedra nature reserve

The Fuente de Piedra Nature Reserve is a wetland in Malaga it is around an hours drive from Malaga airport.

The Nature Reserve spans across an area of 1364 hectares and it has the biggest lagoon in Andalucia (6,5km long by 2,5 km wide).

It is also an important breeding area for flamingos and other birds.

Sierra Bermeja

Sierra Bermeja - Photo by carloscASTROweb

Located in the south east of Ronda is Sierra Bermeja, it has the largest solid periodotitic rocks which are rich in iron and platinum in the world.

It covers a total area of 1236 hectares.

Maro - Cerro Gordo Cliffs

The cliff area of Maro and Cerro Gordo is a coastal area of natural beauty which spans across 1815 hectares and covers parts of Malaga and Granada province.

On the way up there are lots of viewpoints which on a clear day you can see as far as Africa.

Guadalhorce River

Guadalhorce River Dam - Photo by kimhollingshead

Guadalhorce is the main river in Malaga Province, it is 154 kilometres long.

The river passes through the following towns: Villanueva de Trabulco, Villanueva del Rosario, Archidona, Antequera, Alhaurin El Grande, Alhaurin del Grande, Almogia, Alora, Cartama, Coin, Pizarra, Valle de Abalajis and Malaga.