Guadalhorce river mouth is a natural site located between Torremolinos and Malaga, marshes area actually disappeared because of the reforms of the channeling of the river. Those reforms were made for occasional flooding occurred.
This natural environment was in the past a Phoenician port, archaeological findings found in Cerro del Villar an ancient Phoenician enclave which shows the importance this area had.
The climate and the environment in this natural site favors the presence of diverse flora and fauna detailed below, it is an ideal place for walking or going with a bicycle.
Flora and fauna
We have to highlight the presence of aquatic plants throughout the mouth. There are also palms used often by many parrots in the area as well as eucalyptus.
Among the fauna there are Argentina parrots, a very intelligent specie who form their nests above the 10 meters high. Although this bird specie is not native has managed to gain a foothold throughout the province thanks to the climate, it is though that its origin comes from an accident where many of them escaped in freedom from a cage.
Other birds present in the area are storks, gulls and kingfishers among others. The most common mammals are rabbits, vole, foxes and weasels.
Archaeological site of Cerro del Villar
This Phoenician archaeological site was discovered in the mid-twentieth century and shows us an important ancient town in the area of the mouth of the Guadalhorce river.
The remains found show us one of the best conserved Phoenician cities in the world from the 9th century and disappeared in the first century before our common age because of the constant flooding. This an other factors suggest that the population from this place could have been the origin of the city of Malaga.
Where is located
In the map below you can see the exact location of the mouth of the river Guadalhorce.