Sierra de la Nieves nature park
Sierra de las Nieves nature park (Parque Natural Sierra de las Nieves) is located in the heart of the region Serrania de Ronda the province of Malaga. This area is punctuated of deep ravines and spectacular cliffs such as La Caina with a drop of more than 100 metres. Furthermore there are many potholes in the limestone such as the G.E.S.M. which is 1,100 metes deep and the third deepest in the world. The relief is extremely rugged, with deep ravines and high cliffs. Since 1995 Sierra de las Nieves is a biosphere reserve of onesco.
The highest peak is Torrecilla (1,919 metres) in the Sierra Blanca de Tolox. Its greatest treasure are its conifer forests dating back to the tertiary period, featuring the Spanish fir, the most unusual species of fir in the world.
In the mountain peaks, where precipitation and fog are common, large numbers of gall oaks and Spanish firs are to be found. At lower altitudes the holm oak and cork oak thrive. There are also small collections of madronnos, chestnut trees, yews, maples and ashes. The area is home to one of AndalusiaÔÇÖs largest communities of mountain goat, one of only two wild species of large hoofed mammal native to the Park, the other being the deer. Other species such as the stag and mountain ox have been brought in, the Park providing them with an excellent habitat. Also to be found here are certain animal species protected by law, such as the wild cat, golden eagle and otter, the latter having practically disappeared from the River Verde. The Pecho Venus Centre for the Recuperation of Protected Species in Tolox cares for animals which have been harmed.
The towns of Sierra de las Nieves nature park