Many tourists flock to Málaga during the summer season to enjoy the warm and sunny weather, high-end shopping, fiestas and nightlife, but the region also has much to offer travellers preferring to be out in nature, spotting wildlife and enjoying the great outdoors. |
Although Málaga is home to some of the world’s wildest parties, there is much more to its wild side that can be found away from the bustling crowds. Here are some beautiful places to explore around Málaga (aside from the numerous beaches) that are sure to give you your nature fix.
Montes de Málaga Natural Park
Only an hour’s drive north of Málaga is the Montes de Málaga Natural Park, a popular destination for local families seeking an escape from the city on weekends. It is here you will find nature at its best, with extensive Aleppo pine forests, small valleys, flowing rivers and waterfalls.
A mecca for wildlife, the park is home to various species of plants and wildlife, including 400 plants, 90 birds, 27 mammals, 19 reptiles and eight species of amphibians. To help you navigate the park, there are five signposted walks to choose from, ranging in distances from 2.5km to 7km.
Aloe Vera Finca
Located just an hour’s drive southwest along the coast in Estepona, Aloe Vera Finca is a farm dedicated to the cultivation, harvest and processing of the aloe vera plant. Aloe vera is used extensively worldwide as a cure for many ailments, including sunburn. (A useful plant to have in southern Spain!) At the farm you will learn everything there is to know about the many health properties and medicinal uses of the plant, and you may even be tempted to purchase one of your own to take home!
While in Estepona you may also want to take the family to Selwo Adventura, a popular safari park. In addition to its kid-friendly activities, the park features more than 200 exotic animal species, including the only Asian elephant born in Spain. In addition to providing education on wildlife conservation, Selwo Adventura offers overnight stays to the brave.
Located a 45-minute drive northeast of Málaga is the region of Axarquia, a hikers’ paradise. Dramatic hills, mountains and deep valleys can be found throughout the area. If you are a beginner hiker or are unsure about setting out on your own path, several companies offer walking tours, as well as horse trekking through the mountains.
After a day of hiking you may want to explore a few of the small towns throughout the area, and settle in to one of the local restaurants offering traditional food and locally-made wine.
Getting to Málaga
Travel to Málaga is easy from London. Several airlines offer reasonably-priced, direct flights in under three hours. Train services from London offer an alternate, scenic route over a couple of days, at pretty much the same cost as flying.
Taxis from Málaga airport and mayor train stations are available for transportation to your hotel, but your best bet is to book a private airport transfer to ensure a seamless and reliable journey upon your arrival to Málaga.
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