Málaga is a province in southern Spain’s Andalusia region with an area of 7,308 km² and a population of 1.641 million (2018) Instituto Nacional de Estadística. Malaga is best known for the coastal resorts of the Costa Del Sol including, Nerja, Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Mijas Costa, Marbella, San Pedro and Estepona. All of these resorts have many attractions but the province has much more to offer if you are willing to explore the areas.
Málaga city is steeped in history and is a beautiful Capital with meandering vibrant streets with countless places of interest and historic buildings
The Guadalhorce Valley
The Guadalhorce Valley just a twenty-five-minute drive from Malaga is where the River Guadalhorce flows through the Los Gaitanes Gorge to irrigate the exceptional fertile valley, it is the most important agricultural area in Malaga. The valley runs alongside the mountains, where the Mediterranean forest appears: inciting olive trees, cork oaks, pines and chestnut trees. The landscape rises along the Los Horcajos ravine and climbs to shady landscapes and plains where Spanish firs and ancient gall oaks grow. The “Caminito del Rey”, is a path running along the bare wall of this Natural Area. Nearby, the village of El Chorro and the Roman ruins of Bobastro are also well worth a visit. The towns that line the valley, all have unique natural settings, they include Alhaurín el Grande, Álora, Alozaina, Carratraca, Cártama, Casarabonela, Coín, Guaro and Pizarra.
Sierra de las Nieves
The natural park Sierra de las Nieves 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. In 1970 the park was declared a National Hunting Reserve, and in 1995 a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Villages in the area include Monda, Yunquera, Tolox and Istan.
The Guadalhorce Valley area leads from Malaga city to the Northern Malaga province whose main town is Antequera.
Torcal de Antequera
Thirty kilometres north of Malaga is the Torcal de Antequera, with one of the most dramatic and exceptional karstic landscapes in Europe dating from the Jurassic period. The whole area was under the sea until 150 million years ago.There are also caves, like the Cueva del Toro, where Neolithic remains have been discovered.