In a nature reserve in the Malaga Mountains is El Caminito del Rey – a 3 km elevated path along the sides of vertical walls and over a footbridge through Gaitanes Gorge. Aleppo and stone pines, holm oaks and Eucalyptus trees, juniper, Mediterranean fan palms, brooms, rockroses, and riverside plants (rushes, reeds, canes, oleanders and tamarisks) can be found in the area, along with Egyptian vulture, griffon vulture, golden eagle, and honey buzzard, mountain goats in the upper reaches, and numerous species of amphibians and reptiles and small mammals. Read more about the area and nature here!
By contrast, a trip to the Fuente de Piedra Lagoon takes in the largest wetland area in inland Andalusia – a 6 km long, shallow, salt water lake, once used by Romans (and others through to the 1950’s) for salt production. Now home to the largest colony of flamingos in the Iberian Peninsula and home or stopping place for 170 other species of birds including the white-headed duck, grey heron and the slender-billed gull. Some unusual vegetation is present in the surrounding area due to the high salt content, alternating with cultivated fields.