El Torcal Natural Reserve


El Torcal (Antequera); (c) Michelle ChaplowEl Torcal Park Nature Reserve is known for unusual limestone rock formations.  El Torcal Park Nature Reserve is located about 30 km north of Malaga city in the dirction of Antequera near the village of Villanueva de la Concepción.  Within El Torcal Park's 17 square km are some of the most beautiful and impressive limestone landscapes in Europe.  

The whole area was under sea until one hundred million years ago, then the violent movements of the Earth's crust forced it upwards forming hills and mountains up to 1,300 metres high.  The limestone still kept its layered horizontal formation.  Because of this, over millions of years, the rain and wind have been able to chisel away at these layers to form incredible shapes.

El Torcal (Antequera); (c) Michelle ChaplowTo reach the heart of the park it is possible to drive up to 1,100 metres above sea level along a good access road into the park.  Simply go to the village of Villanueva de la Concepcion and follow the sign to El Torcal out of the town about 1 km.  At the parking area you will find an information centre, a small museum, and an interesting display of the wildlife, flora and fauna of the park.  Orchid enthusiasts will be captivated by the 30 varieties of the plant growing in the park.

El Torcal (Antequera); (c) Michelle Chaplow Three routes through the park, for walkers, have been marked out with different coloured arrows on wooden sticks.  The green route is the shortest and easiest; 1,5 km and takes about 30 minutes.  The yellow route covers most of the green area, is 2,5 km long and takes you to "Las Ventanillas", The Windows, at 1,200 m for panoramic views of the valley of Malaga.  Finally the red route is the longest and most difficult; 4,5 km taking about three hours, with a viewing point 1,339 m high where you can see the whole of the El Torcal Park and the Africa Coastline.

You need good walking shoes or trainers; in the warm months take a bottle of water.

 

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