Whimsical and bizarre: that is what many people think of the landscape of the Natural Park El Torcal de Antequera. It seems as if human hands have piled the rocks on top of each other here. However, it is time and erosion that have created this curious landscape. Millions of years ago, the sea still ruled this area. The limestone formations that were created then were transformed by the water and later by wind into the current limestone landscape. Now you can enjoy beautiful views over gray rocks.
El Torcal: protected for almost a century already
El Torcal de Antequera has been recognized as a protected nature reserve since 1929 and is also simply called El Torcal. It has had the status of a nature reserve since 1989. The park is 1171 hectares and has several hiking trails. You can follow these trails starting at the visitor center where you will also find more information about the nature reserve. You can also walk through the park with a guide. Whether you go on your own or under supervision? Sturdy walking shoes are recommended as the landscape is rugged.
From lilies to griffon vultures
El Torcal is filled with varied flora and fauna. You can find more than 650 different types of plants, including various lily species. Furthermore, El Torcal offers good opportunities for bird watchers, as it has been declared a Special Protection Area for Birds. Look up because above El Torcal you may be able to see golden eagles or griffon vultures flying. In terms of mammals, there are also a lot of interesting species to spot. With a bit of luck you can spot spectacular ibex on the rocks.
Also discover Antequera or Villanueva de la Concepción
The nature reserve El Torcal is located between Antequera and Villanueva de la Concepción. The first town is about 17 kilometers from the nature reserve. From Villanueva de la Concepción the drive is less than 10 kilometers. Do you want to see more sights after El Torcal? Then go, for example, to the largest burial mounds in Spain that you will find at Antequera. Or did the walk make you hungry? Then travel to the closer Villanueva de la Concepción where you can choose from several restaurants.
El Torcal is a rich and varied nature reserve. Do you like hiking and do you love Spanish nature? Then book a holiday home in Villanueva de la Concepción!
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