Montes de Málaga

Montes de Málaga Type: Nature park Province: Málaga Municipality: Casabermeja, Colmenar, Málaga
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Montes de Málaga, just five kilometres north of the city, displays a very uneven massif, where valleys and plains hardly exist, crossed by countless river beds, streams, steep paths and impossible steps.

This natural space occupies the eastern slopes of the Guadalmedina River basin, a jagged massif, mid-mountain and steep slopes, whose curious geological features (waterproof rocks), climatic (torrential rain) and intense human exploitation (vines) were historic cause of the regular and virulent floods of Malaga. During the first third of the 20th century, the final decision was made to resolve this problem through a serious of initiatives, like the construction of the El Agujero regulation dam, channelling the River at Malaga and the mass reforestation of the area with conifers after the phylloxera had ended the mass cultivation of vines (1878).

To date, it is a magnificent pine forest, the lung of Malaga.

General information

Extension: 4995 hectares Date of declaration: 28/07/1989 Environmental units:Media Montaña Bética mountain

Fauna and flora

The Aleppo pine is the star of the nature reserve, although the northern area, at Los Frailes, it shares the stage with black pines and stone pines. There are also small copses of holm oak, like in the Ballesteros, El Cerrado and Las Contadoras streams, that in many cases alternate with pine, wild olive trees and crops. In this atmosphere, mostly forest, the birds of prey are the dominant fauna -short-toed and booted eagles, black kites or tawny owls- although accompanied by small birds linked to the conifer.

At higher levels and deeper, more humid soils they share the stage with cork oaks and gall oaks -Castillejos, Puerto del Viento, Puerto del León and Pocopán-. You will then come across a varied undergrowth, with the presence of matagallo, gorse, rosemary, and thyme, among others; on slopes, these will give way to fan palms, asparagus plants and broom. Next to water courses appear rosebay, cane, bramble, honeysuckle and tamarix with trees comprising willow, poplar, ash and elm trees that shelter common nightingales, grey wagtails and kingfishers. Linked to these water curses are several amphibian and fish species classified as vulnerable, the colmilleja, which has resulted in the declaration of a major part of the Guadalmedina River as a Site of Community Importance (SCI).

Worth highlighting is the presence of the chameleon, one of the most unique reptiles of the European continent, and the existence of a type of cave cricket) (Malaga Petaloptila, endemic that lives only in some of the mines of the area and surroundings of Malaga.

What to do

The huge continuity of forest area, its superb views over the sea and its five signposted trails are ideal for taking a stroll. Meanwhile, the existence of two bicycle routes (Picapedrero-Boticario and Lagar de Contreras), also signposted, make it an ideal setting for cycling, as the main recreational destination of the residents of Malaga.

The rich ethnographic heritage, linked principally to wine presses and mills like the one of Torrijos that houses the Visitor Centre, some of them still in operation, invites everyone to discover the real history and daily route of its inhabitants. Its archaeological heritage is also interesting, as the megalithic necropolis of Las Chaperas and the series of cave paintings of Peñas Cabreras, both in Casabermeja, and another linked to great hydraulic works, like the San Telmo Aqueduct (18th century), one of the largest engineering works of its time. This major work had over thirty bridges and aqueducts, of which we may still appreciate the bridge over the Quintana stream, with eleven magnificent eyes, or the bridge over the course of the Humaina stream.

Finally, the nearby city of Malaga and its beaches makes it possible to practise cultural, aquatic and underwater activities (swimming, sailing, kayaking, scuba diving, etc.).

Sports:Climbing, Orienteering, Hiking, Mountain biking, Off-road vehicles, Horse riding, Multi-adventure activities

Interest Points

  • Fuente de la Reina
  • Mirador El Cochino
  • Mirador Martínez Falero
  • Mirador Poco Pán
  • Las Contadoras

Information services

  • Covered by the dense pine forest that characterises the Montes de Málaga and marking the start of one of the most attractive trails in the nature reserve, you'll find the Lagar de Torrijos Ecomuseum.

    The region is renowned for the production of magnificent sweet, semi-sweet and dry wines, and still preserves some scattered, traditional buildings like the Lagar de Torrijos. Visitors can make a detailed tour of the interior and discover the traditional process for the production of the exquisite wines which are renowned throughout the region. You can also visit the facilities housing the bread ovens, an oil mill and the living quarters.

    In addition to providing information, it also organises different sports and environmental activities.

    Read more >

Services and Infrastructures

Aula de NaturalezaMiradorGuía IntérpreteTourist Office

Contact data

Location

Address: Calle Mauricio Moro Pareto, 2, 3ª planta - Edificio Eurocom-Bloque Sur, Málaga
Postal code:29071
Province:Málaga

Trails

  • El sendero Pocopán discurre entre un pinar denso, salpicado de alcornoques y encinas. En los claros que el bosque deja se anticipan las inmensas vistas que disfrutaremos al final del trayecto, disfrutando del canto de aves o de sus majestuosos vuelos.

    Trayecto: lineal.

    Para descargar folleto, pulse aquí.

    Trail Information

    Lenght: 2700 meters Duration: 1.3 hours Difficulty: media

    how to arrive

    Desde Málaga, se toma la A-7000 hacia Colmenar, en sentido norte. Tras recorrer unos 20 km, se llega a la fuente de la Reina, donde se coge el carril que sale a la izquierda, dirección aula de la naturaleza Las Contadoras. Tras unos 2 km, se encuentra el monolito de Contadoras, donde se inicia el sendero.

  • El sendero Picapedreros-Boticario, también carril-bici, recorre gran parte de pinar repoblado. Se podrá observar restos de un patrimonio relacionado con la explotación humana, como vides, molinos, cortijos y lagares.

    Trayecto: lineal.

    Trail Information

    Lenght: 6700 meters Duration: 2 hours Difficulty: baja

    how to arrive

    Desde Málaga, se toma la N-331 en sentido norte y luego se coge la salida hacia el jardín botánico de La Concepción. Se pasa por debajo de la A-45 y tras recorrer unos 500 m se llega a Los Molinos de San Telmo, donde se inicia el sendero.

  • El sendero Torrijos discurre por el arroyo Chaperas y al amparo del frescor de su vegetación de ribera. En tramos, le toma relevo el pinar y el rumor del agua es sustituido por el picotear del pájaro carpintero. Antiguos cortijos y lagares salpican este sendero.

    Trayecto: lineal.

    Para descargar folleto, pulse aquí.

    Trail Information

    Lenght: 800 meters Duration: 0.3 hours Difficulty: baja

    how to arrive

    Desde Málaga, se toma la A-7000 hacia Colmenar, en sentido norte. Tras recorrer unos 21 km, Se coge el carril a la izquierda. Recorrer sobre este carril unos 2 km y se llegará al ecomuseo Lagar de Torrijos, donde se inicia el sendero.

  • El sendero Umbría de Contadoras es ideal para educación ambiental. Desde el Llano de las Contadoras esta ruta baja por la umbría del monte hasta el mirador Francisco Vázquez Sell.

    Trayecto: lineal.

    Para descargar folleto, pulse aquí.

    Trail Information

    Lenght: 1000 meters Duration: 0.5 hours Difficulty: baja

    how to arrive

    Desde Málaga tomar la A-7000 hacia Colmenar, en sentido norte. Tras recorrer unos 20 km, llegamos a la fuente de la Reina, donde tomamos el carril que sale a la izquierda, dirección aula de la naturaleza Las Contadoras.

  • El carril bici Lagar de Contreras comparte sus inicios con el carril bici Picapedreros-Boticario hasta la Casa de Don Ventura. Tras cruzar el arroyo Humaina se dejan atrás las ruinas de Casa Contreras, para llegar al lagar del Conde. Vadeando el arroyo Querellanta vuelve a conectar con el arroyo Humaina hasta desembocar en una de las pistas principales del Parque.

    Trail Information

    Lenght: 16900 meters Difficulty: baja

    how to arrive

    Desde Málaga, se toma la N-331 en sentido norte. Después se coge la salida hacia el jardín botánico de La Concepción y se pasa por debajo de la A-45 y tras recorrer unos 500 m llegamos a Los Molinos de San Telmo, desde donde se inicia el sendero.

  • El sendero El Cerrado recorre gran parte del espacio que fuera devorado hace unos años por el fuego que, como una lección que no debe dejarnos indiferentes muestra como se va regenerando. Lleva al mirador de El Cochino, que ofrece unas vistas excepcionales.

    Trayecto: circular.

    Para descargar folleto, pulse aquí.

    Trail Information

    Lenght: 2900 meters Duration: 1.2 hours Difficulty: media

    how to arrive

    Desde Málaga se toma la A-7000 hacia Colmenar en sentido Norte. Tras recorrer unos 13 km se alcanza La Fuente de la Reina, desde donde parte hacia la izquierda una pista asfaltada en dirección al hotel Humaina. Se sigue por este carril hasta llegar al área recreativa de El

    Cerrado, donde se inicia el sendero.

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