On the Nature Trail in the Costa del Sol
Sunshine — it’s one of the many reasons people take a Falcon holiday to the Costa del Sol! The beaches, the nightlife, the tapas and easy going vibe all work together alongside it, attracting thousands of tourists each year to the Spanish coast.
What a lot of people don’t know about Spain, however, is that the country also has some immensely beautiful areas, areas which are as delightful as the fun-loving Spanish people themselves. Let’s take a look at some of the nearby natural wonders you can visit when you head to the Costa del Sol.
Los Alcornales Natural Park
Want to see a vast natural park? Visit Los Alcornales, which covers 170,025 hectares of protected land. The park lies between the provinces of Cadiz and Málaga and is actually home to the largest and best preserved cork oak forest in Spain. The district in which the Málaga part of the park lies also enjoys a share of Sierra de Gazalema park, so why take a trip to both?
Montes de Málaga
Once a victim of deforestation in centuries gone by, this natural park, which lies north of Málaga city in the central-western part of the Baetic range, has bounced back. How much? Well, about 400 different species of plant, 90 species of birds and 27 types of mammals worth! This park’s 4,996 hectares is filled with abundant pine forest and charming little valleys. If you’re in the area, it’s a lovely place to spend a day or two of your holiday.
Fuente de Piedra Natural Reserve
Situated in the province of Málaga and home to one of the Iberian Peninsula’s largest lakes, this park is packed with birdlife. Before migrating to Andalusia, flamingos make a beeline for the island in the middle of the lake from February onwards, and the flamingo chicks appear around May time. During winter, you’ll see grey herons, cranes, red-crested pochards and other waterfowl, as they take up residence in the park. You may also see birds of prey such as the short-toed eagle and the black kite in migration seasons.
This splendid geological feature houses prehistoric paintings and has become one of Málaga’s most popular natural attractions. Home to what is thought to be the world’s largest stalagmite — measuring 13 metres by 7 at its base and a height of 32 metres — the caves were discovered by five local lads from the village of Maro who had set out bat hunting. As well as finding bats, they stumbled upon skeletons and ceramic pottery. Not a bad find at all!
Take a trip to the Costa del Sol with Falcon and soak up all the sun you wish. You’ll be free to indulge yourself in the nightlife, beach and all the other niceties that you’ve come to expect of a typical holiday in Spain. However, why not branch out and take in some of Spain’s natural beauty by visiting some of the nature parks that are in the region?
Have we whet your appetite for exploring more of Spain? Then check out our post on Spanish day trips to discover even more gems!
Images by Jess and Colin, Pincas Photo, rjime31 and Marcus and Sue, used under Creative Commons licence.