The Sierra de las Nieves National Park
is less than an hour from Malaga airport and the coast.
SIERRA DE LAS NIEVES
SPAIN´S NEWEST NATIONAL PARK
Close enough for an amazing weekend away!
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The Sierra de las Nieves National Park is not only stunningly beautiful - possessing a huge variety of natural wealth, flora and fauna - it is also one of the easiest places to spend your vacation, being less than an hour from a cheap flight to Malaga.
The Sierra de las Nieves has it all: luxury accommodation in a Parador, a cottage in one of the pretty white villages or a house in the countyside; great restaurants and tradtional Andalusian "ventas"; amazing views wherever you go and so much to see and do.
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SIERRA DE LAS NIEVES
Covering an area of approximately 300 square kilometres, the Sierra de las Nieves National Park is situated behind Marbella and includes the historic town of Ronda.
Although it is a mountainous area - the highest point being La Torecilla at 1919 metres - it also has a wide variety of local produce, including oranges, lemons, avocados, olives, tomatoes, honey and so much more, ensuring the freshest taste to the delicious local cuisine.
The unique Pinsapo de Las Escaleretas, a Spanish fir, has been declared a national monument; there is a chestnunt tree called Castaño Santo that is around 1000 years old; and the area hosts a number of rare and protected species, such as the ibex, mountain cat and golden eagle.
There is an enormous range of wild life: roe deer, wild boar, mouflon sheep, fallow deer, otter, marten, gineta, mongoose.
The Sierra de las Nieves is a paradise for ornithologists with the skylark, the warbler, the red rocker, the red-billed chough, the oriole, the black-capped merlin, the kingfisher, the turtledove, the blue tit, the redstart, the crossbill and, of course, the majestic eagles.
Several groups of bats exist in the Sierra de las Nieves, including the giant noctuum, the largest European bat that lives in the cavities of trees. Fish species in the rivers include the crayfish and friar fish.
PINSAPO, FLORA AND FAUNA
The pinsapo de Las Escaleretas, a Spanish fir unique to the Sierra de las Nieves, has been declared a national monument.
There are many holm oaks and, if you are lucky, between June 15 and August 15, you will see, in that short legal period, the cork oaks being harvested. In October, Yunquera has its lively festival of chestnuts and wine.
BIRDS OF PREY
Golden Eagle and Bonelli Eagle are natural residents and can often be seen sawing over the road between El Burgo and Ronda.
The road is high above the valley and the eagles can, amazingly, be seen flying at the same level as you.
There is a staggeringly beautiful range of wildlife in Spain´s newest national park.
There is so much to see and do in the Sierra de las Nieves, you will surely return.
So peaceful, so interesting, so visually spectacular and less than an hour from Malaga airport, historic Ronda and the beaches and golf courses on the Costa del Sol.
The quality of Andalusian fruit and vegetables is admired the world over and, in the Sierra de las Nieves, you can literally pick the fruit from the trees.
Oranges, lemons, avocados, almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, melon, pomegranates, cherimoyas, grapes, cactus fruit - the delicious list goes on and on...
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The Sierra de la Nieves National Park is also a great place to invest.
Throughout Europe, property in a national park always comes at a premium, because they are always in areas of outstanding natural beauty and are protected against ugly and unsuitable developments that would damage the natural flora and fauna and destroy its value as a beautuful place to visit and live.
As Spain´s newest national park the expected rise in property values has yet to take hold. There are still some amazing bargains to be had in the villages of the Sierra de las Nieves National Park.
In Yunquera - a pretty "pueblo blanco" in the mountains - for example, a reasonably modernised white-painted traditional townhouse or cottage can still be bought for as little as 40,000 euro.
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Springtime is delightful. It is green and lush with almond blossom and the juiciest, sweetest oranges.
February is carnival time and and soon after, the processions and celebrations during Semana Santa.
Check the fiesta calendar here.
Summer days in the Sierra de las Nieves are hot an dry - perfect suntan weather - with the nights perfect for sitting on the terrace with a glass of wine or two.
The pueblos are alive and vibrant as family and friends stroll around the pretty streets, many filled with plants and colourful flowers, stopping by a bar or cafe to chat over local events and gossip.
Autumn is the time for chestnuts, endless fiestas and amazing sunsets.
This, along with spring, is perfect for trekking and exploration - warm days and pleasant evenings.
Winters can be variable - having beautiful crisp mornings moving into lovely warm sunny days or chilly, rainy days.
The mountains are sometimes topped with snow - hence their name: the Snow Mountains.
A fantastic benefit during winter is the amazing clarity of the panoramas afforded by the clean Sierra de las Nieves air.
TREKKING & DISCOVERY
WILDLIFE IN THE SIERRA DE LAS NIEVES
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