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Getting lost in nature

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Getting lost in nature

Getting lost in nature

When asked the question “sea or mountain”, Malaga offers you both, and even for the little ones. Smelling nature, experiencing it, getting to know the wildlife and flora of the city's natural environment or enjoying a good hike or bike ride through the most beautiful places you can imagine are part of the city's family offer.

Montes de Málaga Natural Park. Trails, recreational areas, educational, leisure and adventure activities, exhibition spaces, lodging and gastronomy are part of the great offer of nature tourism in this 4,996-hectare park located just five kilometers from the city. Here, children can immerse themselves in nature and learn about the different species of flora and fauna through the routes specifically recommended for families, such as the Circular Route from the Cochino viewpoint to the Vázquez Sell viewpoint, the Circular Route of the Apothecary or the Circular Route to the Pocopán viewpoint (this one has some embankments that should be avoided, although there are no major difficulties).

You can reach this area of 4,996 hectares either by car or by hired transportation for groups. From Fuente Olletas, we will take the C-345 road, today known as A-7000, also known as Carretera de Colmenar or Carretera de Los Montes. Along this climb there are several entrances to the park.

Las Contadoras Farm. Cortijo dating from the 18th century. It is located in the heart of Montes de Malaga Natural Park, just 20 km from the capital of Malaga, and 800 meters above sea level. Surrounded by a pine forest and Mediterranean vegetation, it is a privileged enclave for the realization of all kinds of events.

Did you know that...?
Thanks to its mild climate and natural resources, Montes de Málaga has been inhabited since prehistoric times. From Phoenician times until the end of the Middle Ages it was used for timber production and agriculture. After the reconquest, the land was privatized and the crops were specialized in the planting of vines, aggravating the elimination of the grove, resulting in several serious floods during the following centuries.

The monoculture of the vine and the quality of the wines produced in the area made Malaga an international reference in the trade of these wines until the appearance of phylloxera, going back to the first third of the twentieth century. At the beginning of this century, the expropriation of the land and a reforestation with Aleppo pine managed to stop the overflow of the Guadalmedina River, acquiring its current appearance.

Montes de Málaga Road has its origin in a medieval path. In 1732, in order to connect Malaga with Antequera through Colmenar, the road to the Fuente de la Reina began to be repaired. It was not until 1830 that it was declared the general highway of the kingdom. Given the singular orography of the terrain, its proximity to large groves, the great extension and low population density, together with the passage of stagecoaches, these roads were frequented by bandits.

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Gibralfaro Mountains. In the center of Malaga we find another itinerary for the whole family: the ascent to Gibralfaro. This route can be done by several paths, but for a quieter ascent, we recommend the green trail (along Mundo Nuevo street). The ascent is light and takes place mostly in the shade. It can even be climbed with baby carriages. Thus, along the way you can find parks, sports areas and rest areas, as well as viewpoints. A little more difficulty is found in the option that starts from La Malagueta, with somewhat steeper climbs, making it ideal for children over ten years old.

El Morlaco Forest Park, one of the lesser known enclaves of Malaga. Located in the eastern area, the lower part is near the Paseo Marítimo Pablo Ruiz Picasso. It features several trails whose route is suitable for the whole family, there are even paved roads that allowing the transit of strollers and wheelchairs. There are also specific areas for dogs, drinking fountains, for animals and for people, and recreational spaces for children.

Desembocadura del Guadalhorce Natural Park, located within an island of 122 hectares delimited by the two branches of the Guadalhorce River in its final stretch. Within the site we can find several lagoons, the banks of the river, the sandy area bordering the sea and land areas offering a variety of environmental variety. There, the children will be able to observe the different types of riverside vegetation such as poplars, eucalyptus and reeds. In addition to enjoying the typical wildlife of this ecosystem: fish, mullets, eels, foxes, rabbits, otters... It is especially noteworthy for its great representation of birdlife, which abounds especially in the passing seasons (spring, autumn and winter).

Here are some nature trails in Malaga.