Maro-Cerro Gordo Cliffs Natural Area
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The Acantilados de Maro–Cerro Gordo Natural Site runs from Torre de Maro in Nerja to the Cazaida creek in Almuñércar (Granada). This natural site is a narrow section of coastline stretching 12 kilometres; in total, it covers 395 hectares of land and 1,415 of water. This natural beauty combines sheer cliffs, many of which are topped with impressive plateaus, hundred-metre high terraces and rocky marine floors, small beaches and tiny coves, some of which are almost untouched. Because of its importance, this natural site was declared by the United Nations to be a Specially Protected Area of Mediterranean Importance (SPAMI). The natural space runs parallel to the sea in the municipality of Nerja. It is of great ecological value because of the presence of protected plant species which are scarce in Andalusia, such as Helianthemum syriacum. The site has an abundance of flora and fauna, with caves that are home to posidonia and zostera, giving rise to a wide variety of underwater life, with sponges, coral and crustaceans. However, the Acantilados de Maro cliffs also have great cultural value, particular examples of which are the five beacon towers and the Águila aqueduct.
- Located outside an urban area
- Coastal area