Wrongly, Málaga is much better known for its Costa del Sol than for its natural spaces. The truth is that it treasures several world-class places that are much less visited than they deserve. Five of the best natural areas of Málaga wait for you to enjoy the treasures of this town at any time in this post. We have taken its capital as a starting point to offer you a reference of the distances. A trip to any of these will make the traveler enjoy nature, disconnect, and get to know the natural beauty of Andalusia.
We begin this tour of the best natural areas of Málaga in the north of the province. Here we find the Fuente de Piedra lagoon, the largest in Andalusia. Undoubtedly, a privileged environment that stands out for the large colonies of flamingos that can be observed. This natural reserve offers guided tours and many other activities to discover both its history and its interesting flora and fauna, something that is complemented by the interesting José Antonio Valverde Visitor Center, which is free of charge. This place is located about 80 km from Málaga and on the way you can stop to contemplate another interesting environment that we will tell you about next.
One of the natural wonders of Málaga is located only 55 km from the capital, halfway from the previous natural park. The Torcal de Antequera is one of the most important karst landscapes in Europe and had the honor of being the first protected natural area of Andalusia. Visitors can admire its varied vegetation, the impressive rocky landscape that makes it unique and a rich fauna by touring this place through the various routes offered. The most accessible is the so-called Green Route which lasts approximately one hour.
We approach the west of the province to get into the more than 20,000 hectares of nature that make up the Sierra de las Nieves. Hiking, 4×4 or horseback riding, caving, climbing and many other activities are developed throughout the year in this spectacular biosphere reserve. It is located about 65 km from the capital and on the way we recommend visiting the beautiful white village of Casarabonela.
If we continue from the previous natural area to the north, we reach the Sierra de Grazalema, an impressive Mediterranean forest bordering the province of Cádiz. Here we can find from deep gorges and imposing canyons to mountain ranges from which to contemplate the surroundings. It should be noted that to access certain areas it is necessary to request prior entry permits. Do not hesitate to make a stop in Ronda to admire this wonderful city that is very close.
We must finish with one of the most unique and famous places in Europe: Caminito del Rey, which offers visitors the opportunity to walk along the steep walls between which runs the Guadalhorce River. The complete route is 7.7 km, of which almost 3 are walkways, an authentic experience that will make you overflow with adrenaline. It is located 60 km from Málaga, very close to the town of Ardales, where you can enjoy the authentic gastronomy of Málaga.