Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Exploring Costa del Sol

The province of Málaga is home to a rich cultural history. Tourists fascinated with regional bygones will favor the many museums in the area. Exploring Costa del Sol is made easy by an abundance of car rental companies. Trains and bicycles are also available modes of transportation, especially among the smaller towns.

Seeing people riding horseback is a common sight within the regional foothills. Tourists should take the opportunity to explore the paths that line the beautiful mountain ranges by horse. Nature reserves dot Málaga. The reserves, in addition to countless historical landmarks, maintain the pristine beauty of southern Spain. Hiking has become quite popular within the nature reserves. The mountains boast many set hiking paths and trails.

To get a glimpse of undisturbed natural beauty, one must travel to the region of Nerja. No buildings or other manmade interference are allowed in the area, making it one of the most verdant places in all of Spain. The caves found in Nerja are famously conducive to quality spelunking. The caves are also historically significant. They provided shelter for prehistoric man.

The Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Natural Park (yes, that is one name!) is another protected space in Málaga. It is comprised of 40,600 hectares of land, making it the third largest nature preserve in Málaga. The mountain peaks in this reserve reach nearly 2 kilometres above sea level, and are generally snow-capped throughout the winter.

The Biosphere Reserve of the Sierra de las Nieves contains ten villages, as well as a portion of the municipality of Ronda. It covers 93,930 hectares, making it the largest protected space in the Málaga province. This thriving plant reserve is the home of many pinsapo woods. The pinsapo tree is a cross between a pine and a spruce. Pinsapo trees are so rare that they are only found in one other location in Europe, the Grazalema Nature Park.

Exploring Costa del Sol is a rewarding experience for any holiday traveler. Anyone who appreciates scenic beauty and rich history will delight in all the region has to offer!

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