Sierra de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas

Natural Park Sierra de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas

This is the largest natural park of Spain and locates in the north-east of the province of Jaén where the Segura and the Guadalquivir rivers rise. It offers an amazing landscape diversity that goes from the 650 meters in its lowest quote where the Tranco Reservoir lies to the summit of Las Empanadas with 2.107 meters high. There are also some narrow valleys like that of the Borosa, Hornos or Aguasmulas rives and wide valleys like the Guadalquivir’s.

The natural space consists of four mountain chains: Cazorla, in the west border with the El Adelantado Parador Nacional hotel; and the mountain chains of Las Villas, el Pozo and Segura. Its rough orography enables the existence of many rivers and streams. The Segura river forms a natural reservoir inside the Park, that of Anchuricas and continues its way through the mountain chain.

Certainly, the tourist activity is one of the economic resources of the park par excellence, besides wood and sheep.

Thanks to the revival of energetics activities and its ecological values it deserved the classification of Biosphere Reserve in 1983, through it was National hunting reserve since 1960. Later on, it became Natural Park by Decree on 1989 and Special Area for the Protection of the Birds (ZEPA in Spanish).

The activities available in the park are very varied: adventure sports, trekking, speleology, paraglide and hang-glider.

The park hoards a rich historic-artistic heritage. From the almost 400 years of Arab domination and from the Reconquers period there are still many fortifications like the historic-artistic complex of Segura de la Sierra. The San Miguel Castle of Bujaraiza, the Arab and Christian castles of Cazorla and the watch tower of Tiscar.

Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas
Jaén – Andalucía

Location: Comarcas de Cazorla, Segura, Quesada y Las Villas (Jaén).

Area: 214.336 hectares.

Most common animal species: Royal snake, booted and Borelli’s eagles, hawk, sparrow hawk, kite, eagle owl, black vulture, tawny vulture and osprey; fox, wildcat, genet, badger and otter; deer, roe deer, wild goat, European mouflon and boar.

Most common vegetation: Spanish pine, holm, oak, maple, oleaster, ash-tree, willow, poplar, box-tree, juniper, Cazorla violet and narcissus.

Access: free.

How to arrive: From the East Coast, road N-322 Bailén-Albacete; from Granada and Almería, highway A-315; and from the rest, the Andalucía Highway or N-322.

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Malaga is one of New York Time’s 52 favorite destinations for 2016

by Alocars on  in Andalucía, Destinations.

Malaga is in fashion. There is no doubt about it. As a matter of fact, the Andalucian city registered the best figures in 2015 of its history, both domestic and international tourism.
A few days ago, to be specific on Jan. 7th, the prestigious American newspaper, The New York Times, included Malaga among the 52 most recommended destinations for 2016.

Vista de Malaga

Malaga, as a popular beach destination, is well known for its weather, its gastronomy, its hotels and its golf courses. Notwithstanding, the Costa del Sol’s capital has a lot more to offer, and that is exactly what The New York noticed.
Back in 2008, when Malaga appeared also in the list, the American newspaper emphasized in its Alcazaba (Muslim palace-fortress from the 11th century perched on the Gibralfaro Hill—and built atop other former settlements’ remains) but in 2016 the focus is on the growing cultural offer.

Alcazaba de Malaga

Just like the article reminds us, Malaga is the birthplace of the influential painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso. The city blesses us with the opportunity of enjoying part of his works in the two picture gallery dedicated to the artist that are found in the city.

Furthermore, the southern city has witnessed in the last years the grand opening of three great museums. This trident is formed by the Pompidou Center, where we can all enjoy works by none other Frida Kahlo and Marc Chagall. The Saint Petersburg Museum offers a collection of some of the most important Russian artists. Last but not least, the Carmen Thyssen Museum, located in the Villalon Palace, was put together by the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza collection funds.

In a nutshell, as The New York Times conveys, apart from other well known attributes, Malaga has earned a well-deserved status of “cultural city”.

Malaga Centre Pompidou

The New York Times wraps up the article about Malaga mentioning its good communications, with flights to and from New York and high-speed trains that connect with Madrid and Barcelona.

In this particular sense, we are contributing with our car rental service at Malaga Airport. Being able to have a vehicle will allow you to, not only get to know Malaga but the whole province and the main attractions we have been talking about here in this blog, such as Bosque de Cobre, el Torcal and the Dolmen de Antequera, the Biopac of Fuengirola, the Serrania de Ronda or the Castle of Colomares in Benalmadena

Also, if you are interested in visiting Malaga, you definitely do not want to miss the following posts:

  • 12 must-do’s in Malaga. The essential in order to enjoy to the fullest in this charming destination!
  • The art of ordering a coffe in Malaga. There are as many as 8 ways to order a coffee depending on the coffee-milk proportion.
  • Málaga: the fried fish paradise. The star dish of the beach bar.

Going back to the The New York Times list of the 52 places to visit in 2016, it is important to mention that the top 3 destinations are Mexico D.F. Bordeaux and Malta respectively. For the record, we have also found two other Spanish cities in the list, namely Barcelona and San Sebastian—we will talk about them soon.

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