If you love bird-watching then Málaga province is an ideal holiday destination. There are numerous spots perfect for observing bird life and you can enjoy up to 200 different species of birds. Grab your binoculars and lose yourself in the sound of birdsong.
One of the most significant and unusual protected species is the Egyptian Mongoose. Los Alcornocales Natural Park is home to one of the largest mongoose colonies. The Spanish ibex, or mountain goat, is another mammal commonly found in Málaga's natural spaces. They are usually sociable animals and with a little patience, and a lot of silence, it is perfectly possible to catch a glimpse of one.
Bird-watching enthusiasts can find their own personal paradise in Málaga and the Costa del Sol with more than 200 species of birds. Part of the territory has also been declared a Special Protection Area (SPA). There are also bird observatories with viewing points and information panels to help you find out more about the different bird species that inhabit each area.
From the different natural spaces it is possible to observe numerous birds of prey, including eagles, peregrine falcons, sparrow hawks and owls, including eagle owls. Don't miss the chance to see griffin vultures. There is a large colony of these birds in the Cañón de las Buitreras, in Los Alcornocales Natural Park. You can also spot them in the Sierra de Grazalema, the Torcal de Antequera and the Los Gaitanes Gorge. Black vultures can be seen at the Carroñeras Bird Observatory in Cortes de la Frontera.
The mountains of the Serranía de Ronda offer a diverse variety of habitats and are another important destination for ornithologists.
Wetlands and seabeds
A simply unmissable sight is the Fuente de Piedra Lagoon, which is home to Europe's second largest colony of pink, or common, flamingos. You can also watch this species feeding in the Campillos lagoons.
The mouth of the Guadalhorce river is another extremely interesting ornithological location, where you can admire coastal migratory birds. This area is visited by many species en route from Europe to Africa.
If you want to discover the diversity of life on the seabed, don't miss the chance to visit the Cliffs of Maro-Cerro Gordo Area of Natural Beauty, one of the most popular destinations for scuba diving enthusiasts.