The value of Málaga province's natural resources can be appreciated in the diverse areas that enjoy special protection. In the areas of natural beauty and reserves, nature has created the perfect setting to get away from it all and enjoy the clean air. See for yourself!
Nature reserves in Málaga province
The northern area of Málaga is home to several wetlands that have been classified as Nature Reserves. The most well-known is the Fuente de Piedra Lagoon Nature Reserve, which boasts the second largest common flamingo colony in Europe, after the Camargue in France. The excellent visitor centre offers a wealth of information about their lives and migratory habits.
The Campillos Lagoon Nature Reserve is made up of three salt water and fresh water lagoons. Here you can observe a wide variety of aquatic birds, including flamingos and black-winged stilts. Close by you can also find the Archidona Lagoons Nature Reserve and the La Ratosa Lagoon Nature Reserve, the latter situated between the towns of Alameda and Humilladero.
Areas of natural beauty
The Torcal de Antequera is a unique area of natural beauty. The effects of nature on these surroundings have given rise to a stunning karstic landscape. Clear evidence of this is the striking natural rock formation popularly known as the Tornillo del Torcal, declared a Natural Monument. If you do decide to visit it's a good idea to check what activities are available at different times of the year, such as guided sunset walks.
Another of the Costa del Sol's most spectacular areas of natural beauty is the Los Gaitanes Gorge, where the Guadalhorce river hurtles through a gaping rock chasm. Clinging to the sheer walls is the Caminito del Rey, a walkway that runs along the length of the gorge at a height of more than 100 metres.
On the coast you can find two other extremely important areas of natural beauty, the Guadalhorce Estuary Area of Natural Beauty and the Maro-Cerro Gordo Cliffs Area of Natural Beauty, both having significant environmental value.