All the natural, scenic and cultural wealth of the Sierra de las Nieves will soon enjoy the greatest possible protection, that of the National Park. “Going from a natural park to a national one is like going from playing in the Second Division to the Champions League.” This concise phrase and at the bottom is said by the main person in charge of this ascent, the great supporter for this mountain range to become the sixteenth national park in Spain, Tomás Rueda, biologist and coordinator of the Sierra de las Nieves Biosphere Reserve. “We are going to get to the Champions League of natural spaces”, describes from the Plenary Hall of the City of Ojén where the program has been held.
The Sierra de las Nieves has 23,000 hectares between the municipalities of Benahavis, El Burgo, Istán, Monda, Parauta, Ronda, Tolox and Yunquera. Its landscapes, trails and routes are an attraction in themselves, “we are working on discovering the largest number of trails. There is a great specific trail within the National park itself. If the pandemic has brought something good, it is that it has encouraged us to discover the interior, to discover our own territory“, says Cristóbal Ortega, deputy for the Environment, Interior Tourism and Climate Change of the Malaga Provincial Council, who highlights the project” the union of administrations for the same purpose. “
The natural space houses 65 percent of the Spanish fir area and among the species that inhabit it, the golden eagle, the peregrine falcon or the Bonelli’s eagle stand out. The national parks, in addition to routes, trails and animals, are made up of people like María Villalón, singer and winner of the first edition of ‘Factor X’ in Spain 2007 and of ‘Tu Cara Me Suena’ in 2019. “For those of us who enjoy having a sandwich, a water and walking, this land fills us with life. People who do nature tourism have a respect for the area, whoever goes feels something special “, the artist tells us.