Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo Natural Area

Sierras Subbéticas Natural Park

The Paraje Natural de Los Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo (Cliffs of Maro-Cerro Gordo Natural Area) was designated as such in 1989. The area covers 375 hectares comprising a narrow strip of land 12 km long, parallel to the shoreline. It is bounded on the north by the road N-340 and extends about 1500 metres out to sea. It has dramatic steep cliffs which plunge down to the sea, with a few sheltered bays with beaches in-between.


It is illegal to go to the coves in private vehicles or to camp in the Paraje Natural de Los Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo. However, you can visit on foot or use the transit vehicles available during the summer season.

Places of particular interest in the area are:-
Nerja Cave (Cueva de Nerja)
La Herradura.

The Los Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo consists of limestone outcrops have been eroded by the sea and weather into fantastic shapes.  There are many offshore stacks and arches and undersea caves like the Cueva de los Genoveses and the Cueva de la Cajilla.

Mammals like the weasel, marten, fox, hedgehog and badger and reptiles such as lizards and chameleons inhabit the area. The cliffs are rich in birdlife, particularly gulls, for instance the black-headed, lesser black-headed and herring gulls. Birds of prey include bonnelli's eagles, kestrels and buzzards. The coast is rich in crustaceans, molluscs and fish like, grouper, conger eels, bream and moray eels.

The predominant vegetation of the Los Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo is Mediterranean scrubland, made up of rock roses, dwarf fan palms, rosemary and gorse. There are a small number of pine trees, holm and kermes oak.  In the cliffs you can find the rare sea lavender, which is only found in a few places along this stretch of coastline.




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