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Sierra de las Nieves

Diputación de Málaga
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    Situated on the site of an ancient mosque, this church dates back to 1505, although it has undergone several remodellings. Its faèade is made up of large stone ashlars with a half round arch that...

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    This castle was an important border bastion during the arab period. After the Christian conquest it was destroyed and reconstructed on several occasions. The Castle of Miraflores is located in the...

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    This is a religious monument from the 18th century which is on a plot of land of the name and which is the last step in the Way of the Cross. The architecture is typical of the 18th century with its...

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    This ecological beauty spot has volcanic peridotite kind of soil, with iron minerals that become red when they get in touch with the air. The view is  breathtaking. In the east, there is the...

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    WALK DESCRIPTION Our route starts in Guaro following the footpath of Arroyo Hondo (Deep Stream) which, after slightly less than 1.5 km, reaches the stream itself. We cross and make a steep climb...

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.

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.

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