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Cottages in Malaga
If you want a holiday home is a vibrant cultural city and you don't want to have to travel far to get there, then Málaga is an excellent choice for you. Malaga is located in the south of Spain in the region of Andalusia and is one of the largest cities in Spain. Málaga was a candidate for the European Capital of Culture in 2016. When you're on holiday in the province of Malaga, you won't be bored for a minute!
Everywhere you look you will see palm trees next to the road. In both winter and summer, Malaga is an excellent destination if you love the Mediterranean climate. In winter the average temperature is 17 degrees and in summer the temperature can be as high as 30 degrees. Malaga does not suffer from the tropical heat that is present in other parts of Spain, but it is certainly not cold. In the province of Málaga there are many mountain and nature reserves that you can visit from your cottage in Málaga.
Nature in Malaga
The region of Andalusia is known for its rocks, gorges and nature reserves that everyone should have seen. Because there is not much precipitation in Malaga, it is not as green as in other parts of Europe, but that certainly does not mean that there are no beautiful natural parks in Malaga. The appearance of this region resembles the well-known African steppes: lots of sand with bushes and trees. A world famous gorge in Malaga is the gorge of El Chorro. This gorge has a beautiful nature reserve around it with three mountain lakes.
A few minutes walk from the gorge of El Chorro is Caminito del Rey, a gorge where the water flows wildly in between. Besides that it is very nice to listen to the water, you can also see it. Since a few years there is a mountain path above the river El Chorro. This mountain path is safe for everyone, including families with small children. From Caminito del Rey you can see high rocks with some vegetation from time to time and a plain with a dense forest. A less rugged area than El Chorro are the Montes de Málaga. This area has many pine trees and waterfalls making this piece of nature a special place to visit when you book a holiday home in Malaga. From a viewpoint in the Montes de Málaga you have a panoramic view over the entire green area. You can compose your own hike, because there are no fixed starting and ending points. So you can choose how far you want to walk through this protected nature reserve.
Animal species in Malaga
Malaga is also home to many bird species: from endangered birds of prey to flamingos. Less than an hour's drive from your cottage in Malaga you'll find yourself on the Laguna de Fuente de Piedra nature reserve. Every year one of the largest groups of flamingos in Europe comes to this lake to breed. In the months from March to July these flamingos can be found in this region. In the province of Málaga there are also many places to find special animal species. One of these places is the old lime quarry El Torcal. Here you have a good chance of finding a rare vulture: the griffon vulture. Even if you don't see these rare birds, it's still a nice place to enjoy the view and discover the beautiful dolmens.
A few kilometers from the city of Málaga you will find the Desembocadura del Guadalhorce nature reserve. This nature reserve has clear blue water and more than 200 different bird species, including some endangered species. Apart from the fact that you can walk through this area to see the rare birds, you can also easily cross this reserve by bicycle.
If you like the city more than nature, then Málaga is an excellent destination for you as well. One of the most beautiful destinations in Malaga is the Moorish fortress Alcazaba Málaga. This establishment is already 1200 years old and still a special place to visit. When you are in Alcazaba, you will immediately feel as if you are walking among the Romans through the many cypresses and houses. You will see many different influences in the buildings of this old city, the most visible of which are the Arab and Roman influences.
The Alcazaba is built against the Gibralfaro mountain, making it higher than the surrounding parts. This gives you an unobstructed view over the blue water and the vast park of Málaga. Near Alcazaba is a Roman theater that was discovered less than a century ago. In Malaga they called this theater Teatro Romano. After the theater was discovered, a restoration took place that lasted almost 30 years, so the Teatro Romano is only open to the public since 2011. Although it is not the largest theater found in Spain, it is by far the oldest.
If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the park in Málaga is an ideal starting point. In this park there are many shady spots and benches making this park ideal for eating on the hottest days and enjoying the many tropical trees that you will find everywhere in the park. From this park you also have a view of Alcazaba. A day trip to Alcazaba is therefore perfect to combine with a visit to this park. For younger children there is a playground in the park. When you are in Málaga, you should definitely visit the Museo Picasso, Picasso's museum that is close to his birthplace. This museum has about 200 works by the famous Spanish painter Pablo Picasso. This building is almost 500 years old and served as a family palace for over 300 years. So it is a very impressive building to see even if you are not a lover of modern art or the work of Picasso.