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The Green Costa del Sol: Country Travel Around Málaga

Inland Málaga hides fabulous landscapes, nature in its purest state, and beautiful villages with a Moorish history, where you can wander and get lost on narrow winding streets, discover the authentic rural beauty, and taste the traditional recipes of each area.

 

 

With the sea and mountains close by, Málaga province boasts a wide variety of landscapes. Just a few kilometres from the coast you can find yourself surrounded by nature, with interesting possibilities for active and green tourism. Travelling around inland Málaga you will come across all kinds of landscapes. You will find up to 28 protected natural spaces, including the Los Gaitanes Gorge Area of Natural Beauty and the mountain ranges of Sierra de Grazalema and Sierra de las Nieves, which is home to a spectacular Spanish fir forest.

 

 

Golf 

With over 70 first-rate golf courses, the Costa del Sol, also known as the Costa del Golf, is the top European choice for golf lovers. There are very few locations that combine so many attractions in the same place like the province of Málaga does: outstanding golfing facilities, the wide range of activities on offer and an excellent climate that means you can play golf all year round.

 

Image via Club Mijas, www.mijasgolf.org

 

 

Spectacular Routes in Nature

 

If you love active tourism you will find a complete range of activities to enjoy in the heart of Málaga province. An essential stop is the Caminito del Rey, a 7.7 kilometre path that clings to the sheer rock walls of the spectacular Los Gaitanes Gorge. Another attractive option is the Great Path, which is an interconnected series of clearly marked footpaths covering the whole province. If you love cycling there are numerous mountain bike trails to explore. If you want to enjoy sporting activities, or experience a different kind of adventure, there are specialised companies offering climbing, canyoning, caving, hot air balloon flights and an endless variety of extreme sports.

 

Image via Wikipedia, by Tanja Freibott

 

The beauty of the Costa del Sol is much more than just its unique beaches: from natural reserves like Sierra de las Nieves, a registered biosphere reserve, to the salt water lagoon Fuente de Piedra, with its flamingo reserve, passing by the cliffs of Maro-Cerro Gordo, at the foothill of the Sierra de la Almijara, where you can find the cave of Nerja, or the karst landscapes of Las Pedrizas and El Torcal in Antequera. You can’t forget the valleys and hills full of olive and almond tree orchards.

 

 

Unique Towns and Villages

Image via Turismo Frigiliana

 

The inland part of Málaga province is comprised of 89 towns and villages, the majority are small white villages that still conserve their original street layout dating back to Arab times. The perfect places to stop for a while and just unwind. Some are home to an important historical, monumental and artistic heritage. This is true of Ronda and Antequera, two absolutely unmissable gems. These villages are scattered across the regions of Axarquía, Antequera, Guadalteba, Nororma, Sierra de las Nieves and Serranía de Ronda.


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