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Diputación > Lugar > Comarca de la Sierra de las Nieves

Diputación de Málaga
Cabecera-Sierra-de-las-Nieves

Located in the western central area, this region occupies a surface of about 68.260 ha and is situated behind Marbella.

In the hinterland, a varied and particular landscape is hidden which is characterized through the abrupt mountains and fertile valleys dominating the Sierra de las Nieves. These mountains are a small uneven mountain chain of exceptional ecological richness and were therefore declared Natural Park in 1989, and National Park in July 2021.

The park has got diversified vegetation, here gall-oak and Spanish fir predominate the landscape. On lower plateaus, holm and cork oaks stand out from other species, such as carob and chestnut trees. In this habitat, protected species, as for example the wild cat, the golden eagle and the otter, exist although of the latter only a few specimens are left.

Together with the surrounding villages, this is one of the last places where men live in peace with nature. The traveller will find inside these villages the best of all traditions: beautiful popular architecture, a rich cuisine, high quality handmade products and the cordiality of its inhabitants.

The UNESCO has recognized the uniqueness of this place, and had included it with the name “Sierra de las Nieves and its surroundings” in its international network of the Biosphere Reserves in 1995.

Thanks to that, Sierra de las Nieves could benefit from the first Tourism Revitalization Plan, which is granted to an interior area. With this 5 years plan, co-financed by Malaga Provincial Council, the Regional Ministry of Tourism, Commerce and Sport and the General Secretary for Tourism, the area has received an important tourist infrastructure.
 

AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS
Honey, pickles, handmade products derived from almonds (turron and sweets), crop and fruit products, products of extensive farming (sheep and goat).

CRAFTWORK
Related to the traditional professions: saddle production, wicker chairs, iron and forge works.

INDUSTRY
Water bottling line.

TOURISM
Culture, rural and active tourism, nature.

 

More English information of Sierra de las Nieves on the website of the Costa del Sol Tourist Board.

Towns
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    At the entrance to Calle Mesón there is a lovely arch that marks the entrance, which was a architectural feat dated back to 1951. It is a three-span arch with the biggest being the central ome and...

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    It was totally rebuilt in 1951. However, only some parts of the old castle remain: there is a part of the wall and a remnant of the primitive Arab tower. It boasts a fantastic vantage point that...

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    The start of the stage and its information panel, can be found on the access road to the Altos de Istán Hotel. This is also the starting point of other pathways in this municipality’s network. A...

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    Istán Viewpoint is accessed by Tajo Banderas Street. It is famous for its strategic position, which is consequence of its altitude. The armies that seized the village in the past used to place their...

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    This viewpoint is placed in the Casarabonela Town Hall, on Buenavista Square. It offers breathtaking view of the Bermeja, Blanca and Pardas mountains that shelter and protect this charming village...

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    Through its website, the municipality offers information on the most relevant activities that take place regularly. If in doubt, contact the Town Hall.

Videos

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Great Sierra de las Nieves Path (GR 243). Summary