Visit Sierra de las Nieves
Sierra de las Nieves is an unspoilt natural paradise lying in the central part of the province of Málaga. It forms a mountainous fringe that marks off the nearby western Costa del Sol. The nine main towns of the district – Alozaina, Casarabonela, El Burgo, Guaro, Istán, Monda, Ojén, Tolox and Yunquera – share a common natural, cultural and architectural heritage.
In this rural and hilly district mankind still lives in perfect balance with nature. The nine main towns of Sierra de las Nieves are all knitted together by the whimsical twists and turns of the Sierra and still retain the rich tapestry of styles and cultures that have peopled this land.
In the heart of the district lies the Parque Natural (nature park) which boasts one of the world’s biggest Spanish fir woods, spanning over 3 000 hectares. The reserve also has one of Andalusia’s biggest populations of mountain goat. The park with no paved roads is a watershed area between Atlantic and Mediterranean landscape and climate, with its own original and varied flora and was listed by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve.
Geologically, this region boasts the world’s biggest peridodite massif, a gigantic primary-era batholith with serpentine outcrops. All this explains the mineral richness of the spa water in thermal baths.
The district is a place for adventurous leisure pursuits such as horse riding, canyoning, canoeing and kayaking, eco-routes in off-road vehicles, balloon trips, trekking and hiking. It can be reached within 30 minuten from El Guarda.