If you love being in contact with nature nothing beats the absolute joy of exploring one or more of the five Natural Parks in Málaga province. All the parks boast special areas for bird-watching and hiking routes.
Montes de Málaga Natural Park
The endless pine forests of the Montes de Málaga Natural Park are very close to Málaga city. Right in the heart of the park you can find Lagar de Torrijos, a designated controlled camping area and the starting point for several walking routes. Various locations in the park also offer spectacular views of Málaga city.
Los Alcornocales Natural Park
A popular destination for lovers of extreme sports, Los Alcornocales Natural Park is also home to the largest cork oak forest on the Iberian Peninsula. In this area you can also find the Cañón de las Buitreras. The uniqueness of this canyon has led to it being declared a Natural Monument.
Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park
The Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park is the location of one of the most important examples of prehistoric caves: the Cueva de la Pileta in Benaoján. There are many areas perfect for walking and one of the largest colonies of griffon vultures in Europe. This Natural Park is also a Biosphere Reserve.
Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park
The Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park is also classified as a Biosphere reserve, and boasts the largest Spanish fir forest in the world. It extends across the municipalities of El Burgo, Istán, Monda, Parauta, Tolox and Yunquera. If you love mountaineering you mustn't miss the Torrecilla ascent. This is the highest peak in Málaga province.
Las Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Natural Park
In the mountains to the east of the province, and with a very different landscape, you can find Las Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Natural Park. The peak of Tejeda, at a height of more than 2,000 metres, is one of the most popular routes for walkers and mountaineers.