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Sierra de las Nieves
The natural park Sierra de las Nieves (36.6771, -4.99606) is located in the hills behind Marbella and to the east of the Ronda-Marbella road as it winds up the mountain along hairpin bends. The park centres on Mount Torrecilla (1909m) and covers an area of 30km by 20km or 18,530 hectares. At present, the Sierra de las Nieves natural park is in the process of being declared a National Park.
The district of the Sierra de las Nieves is bounded to the south by the western Costa del Sol, to the east by the Guadalhorce Valley, to the west by the Sierra of Ronda and to the north by the district of Guadalteba.
Apart from a few villages, which form a rural mountain community, this isolated area is largely uninhabited, and has seen very little human influence or activity, such as agricultural cultivation. For this reason, it has an unusually rich variety of indigenous flora (pine, fir, ash, chestnut, wild olive and oak trees, as well as juniper) and fauna, including mountain goat and muflon. As the name suggests, the park is sometimes snow-covered in winter.
The area was studied in the 19th century by Swiss botanist Edmond Boissier and in 1933 by Spanish botanist Luis Ceballos. In 1970 the park was declared a National Hunting Reserve, and in 1995 a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Activities available including mountain climbing and horse-riding.
There are several organized campsites with full facilities near the park: Camping Municipal Conejeros in Parauta and Camping Municipal in Yunquera.
There is very little accommodation within the park itself, and camping is not permitted in the summer. The mountain villages situated around the park offer various places to stay.
A challenging walk leaves from the recreation area Los Quejigales up to Puerta de los Pilones (the large antenna) and from there up to summit of Torrecillo or along the ridge to Cerro Alto and… More →
The following villages surround the park, and all offer accommodation. They are spectacularly situated, with mountain backdrops, and are largely unspoiled due to their rural location. The villages… More →
Fuenfria is a quiet secluded spot ideal for a picnic, next to a natural spring and set in a clearing surrounded by forest. The spring has been capped and the water is collected and pumped to the… More →
Leaving Tolox, follow the signs for the balneario (spa). After 1km you come to a small car park and kiosk, and a recreation area where you can observe the Rio Cabillos loop around and descend 100… More →
In La Sierra de las Nieves the there are some beautiful rivers such as Rio Verde, Rio Guadalevín, Rio Turón and Rio Grande.
With a relatively high level of rainfall and a reasonable altitude, there is a good coverage of vegetation and trees. The higher and wetter parts offer a range of trees and bushes of all colours,… More →
The animals found in the park are those typical of southern Spain. The park has one of the largest populations of mountain goat in Andalucia, together with the doe deer or corzo. Other species… More →
There are several organized campsites with full facilities near the park.
Entertaining and upbeat music video of Northern Soul Girl Levanna dancing dancing Northern Soul on a clear day in the Sierra de las Nieves
Song: Margie Joseph - I Can't Move No Mountains
"Walking the Mountains of Ronda and Grazalema" by Guy Hunter Watts
The dramatically situated town of Ronda can make a great base for a walking holiday in the mountains of Andalucía, as can any one of the picturesque 'pueblos blancos' (white villages) that nestle among the surrounding hills. This guidebook presents 32 mainly circular walks in the Ronda region, covering the town and its environs, the Natural Parks of La Sierra de Grazalema and La Sierra de las Nieves (both UNESCO biosphere reserves), and the Genal and Guadiaro Valleys.
Clear route description is illustrated with mapping, and the route summary table and 'at a glance' information boxes make it easy to choose the right walk. There is the option to buy a printed book, an eBook, or both as one deal.
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