Villages around the park
The following villages surround the park, and all offer accommodation.
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 are famous for their pure waters (there's even a holy spring), especially Tolox's balneario (spa). Monda has an impressive Moorish castle.
Istan, to the south of the park, was one of the few Arab settlements which remained after the Reconquest. It is famous for its pure, clear mountain water.
Monda, which lies to the southeast and is close to Marbella, is popular with residents of the glamorous seaside town. The castle dates from Moorish times, and has been restored and expanded into a luxury hotel.
Tolox also dates from the 10th century, and is famous for its balneario (Spa).This steep hillside village lies to the east of the park.
Yunquera, to the northeast, is a popular gateway to the park. Look out for the Moorish water system, still in use today.
El Burgo has a Roman bridge and a holy spring nearby. It is also situated to the northeast of the park.
Ronda is the largest town in the area, and is famous for being the birthplace of modern bullfighting. It is situated to the northwest of the park.
Igualeja, to the west, is well-known for its chestnut trees and its tough residents.