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The lungs of Málaga: breathing the nature without leaving the city

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The lungs of Málaga: breathing the nature without leaving the city

Sea and mountain come together, something that is lived and breathed in the city and is transferred to its lifestyle. On this path, we are going to feel the smell of nature and breathe it: we are going to fill ourselves with the air from the lungs of Malaga.

Mount Gibralfaro

Mount Gibralfaro rises next to the historic centre of the city and is an authentic urban forest covered by a leafy forest of pine and eucalyptus trees. It is home to some of Malaga's monumental landmarks, such as Gibralfaro Castle and the Alcazaba.

Access to the different routes can be made from various points: one of them is via the climb up Calle Mundo Nuevo - where Calle Victoria and Plaza de la Merced meet. Another alternative is via the ascent via La Coracha, which climbs up to the Gibralfaro viewpoint through gardens and from where some of the best views of the city can be seen.

How to arrive (link to Google Maps)

Paseo del Parque

El Parque in Málaga is a wide promenade surrounded by centenary trees and Mediterranean gardens. This park, whose origins date back to the 19th century, stretches as far as the Plaza de la Marina and is home to a wide variety of exotic flora.

It is home to some of the city's emblematic monuments, such as the Burrito Platero, the monument to Fiestero or the poet Salvador Rueda, among other personalities. It also has an open-air auditorium where different events and concerts are held: the Eduardo Ocón.

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La Concepción Historic Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden of Malaga houses an immense collection of plants from all over the world. Aquatic plants, prehistoric plants, a greenhouse with insectivorous plants, bromeliads and orchids, African plants, bamboos... Entering this enclave is like going around the world through its different plant species. Moreover, it has a specific garden for walking dogs.

In addition to being an excellent option for spending the day, it organizes a multitude of activities and events, such as guided nocturnal visits, dramatized visits during the summer season, family activities and gymkhanas on Sundays, concerts and exhibitions.

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Parque del Oeste

The west of the capital is one of the most culturally and socially dynamic areas of Málaga. This area wakes up every day to the sea breeze and enjoys a varied gastronomic and leisure offer. It also has a privileged enclave: the Parque del Oeste.

One of the key features of this space is the water, with a large lake that is home to animal and plant species, and even a geyser. It also has picnic areas and tables where you can enjoy a break while breathing in the sea breeze. An ideal place for a stroll with the family and to round off the day in one of the restaurants and bars in the area.

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El Morlaco Forest Park

El Morlaco Forest Park is one of the lesser known but most important lungs of the city. It is located in the eastern part of the capital and is surrounded by residential neighborhoods such as Cerrado de Calderón, Parque Clavero and Morlaco. Its lower part is very close to the sea, reaching as far as the Pablo Ruiz Picasso promenade.

There are specific areas for dogs, drinking fountains -for animals and for people-, recreational areas for children. Squirrels, chameleons and different types of birds inhabit this pine forest where you can breathe fresh air with salty touches.

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Montes de Málaga Natural Park

The Montes de Málaga Natural Park is the lungs par excellence of the capital and many of the surrounding villages. It has hundreds of trails to walk along and lose yourself in the middle of nature, recreational areas such as the Lagar de Torrijos and dozens of ventas - typical historic restaurants in the area - dotted around the main road.

You will find numerous routes of different levels, some recommended for families, but also others more complicated for experienced hikers.

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Benítez campsite

Trails, recreational areas, educational, leisure and adventure activities, exhibition areas, accommodation and gastronomy form part of the wide range of nature tourism on offer in this park.

The park is bathed by five torrential basins, tributaries of the Guadalmedina river: the streams of Las Vacas, Chaperas, Los Frailes, Humaina and Hondo. Within the park there are 150 km of forest tracks, 45 of which are passable.

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Desembocadura del Guadalhorce Natural Park

Located in the western part of the capital, the Desembocadura del Guadalhorce is made up of natural lagoons formed in the last stretch of the river. Nearby is the Pasarela Senda Litoral, the largest wooden bridge in Europe - 270 metres long and three metres wide - which forms part of the Senda Litoral route. There are also several signposted footpaths for walking.

The Desembocadura del Guadalhorce is a lung, but it is also a resting area, in this case for coastal migratory birds that travel between Africa and Europe. Depending on the season in which we visit the area we can see ospreys, pink flamingos, black storks, Audouin's gulls or spoonbills, among many other birds.