The Guadalhorc Valley Route
The immense orchard of the valley of the Guadalhorce, very near to Malaga itself, comprises the municipalities of Alhaurin de la Torre, Alhaurin el Grande, Almogfa, Alora, Cartama, Coin, Pizarra, and Valle de Abdalajrs. As well as the charming popular architecture of the white villages, the area boasts a wealth of natural beauty, best personified by the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes. The Moorish inheritance is clearly visible in the water mills and irrigation channels which are dotted everywhere, as well as in the Castle of Aiora, with its Visigoth origins. The numerous golf courses are another of the area’s many attractions.
Bordered by the campina of Sevilla, the Guadalhorce Valley, the Serrania de Ronda, the Sierra de Cadiz and the Antequera district, this area forms a natural corridor, irrigated by the river Guadalteba, which gives it its name. Almargen, Ardales, Campillos, Cariete la Real, Carratraca, Cuevas del Becerro, Sierra de Yeguas and Teba are its municipalities, and it contains a wealth of heritage from ancient cultures including the cave paintings of Ardales and the prehistoric site of Bobastro. Also the Guadalteba and Guadalhorce reservoirs and the Campillos lakes offer many opportunities for leisure.
Costa del Sol route
The western part of the Costa del Sol stretches from Malaga itself to the province of Cadiz taking in the municipalities of Benahavis, Benalmadena, Ca-sares, Estepona, Fuengirola, Manilva, Marbella, Mijas, and Torremolinos. It is especially renowned as a place for sun and sand holidays, and offers an excellent network of services and tourist attractions (marinas, golf courses, casinos…). The historical legacy and natural surroundings add to the attraction of an area which has successfully managed to combine the traditions of Andalusia with the demands of the modern world.
The Axar Route
La Axarquia is unusual in offering spectacular contrasts of landscapes in a very condensed area: high mountainous areas (The Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara, and Alhama Nature Park) are to be found in close proximity to the coast with its sandy beaches, steep cliffs, and hidden coves (the Acantilados Maro-Cerro Gordo nature area). Apart from this, there is the important artistic heritage of sites such as the Cueva de Nerja, the Phoenician remains of Trayamar in Torrox, the Morisco nucleus of Frigiliana, or the impressive monuments of Velez-Malaga. There are a number of different routes which allow the visitor to explore the 31 municipalities of the area.
Sierra de las Nineves Rite
This area lies within the Sierra de las Nieves nature park, declared a Biosphere Reserve, and its main attraction are given by nature. These include the areas of Spanish firs, the Tajo de la Caina gorge, the sides of which are more than 100 metres high, the Gesm depression, which at 1,100 metres is the third deepest in the world, and the Torrecilla peak (1,919 m), the highest in the province. Its nine municipalities are a perfect example of the way that popular architecture can live in harmony with nature.
Serrania de Ronda Route
The Serrania of Ronda represents a mosaic of all the different peoples who have settled at one time or another in this land. There is the Roman theatre of Acinipo and the Arab Baths of Ronda, castles and fortresses like that of Gaucin, as well as numerous formidable baroque constructions. Furthermore, the natural surroundings are truly unique: the Los Alcornocales, Sierra de as Nieves, and Grazalema nature parks, as well as the Los Reales de Sierra Bermeja spot.
The Nororma route
The north eastern part of the province offers a great variety of landscapes due to its position between the Subbetica and Penibetica mountain ranges and the fact that it contains the lush upper reaches of the river Guadalhorce and the river Genal. Historically the area has benefited from being situated right at the mid point of Andalusia and this can be appreciated in the rich artistic heritage of towns such as Archidona.
The Antequera area
The saltwater lake of Fuente de Piedra, home to the pink flamingo, and the karst limestone formations of el Torcal de Antequera, are just two of the outstanding natural attractions of this area situated to the north of the province. History has left its mark, especially in Antequera itself, with its rich architectural heritage, including the Colegiata de Santa Maria la Mayor and other magnificent renaissance and baroque buildings. There are also signs of earlier civilisations in the dolmens of Menga, Viera, and Romeral and the Roman baths of Alameda.