Los Reales de Sierra Bermeja Natural Area

Sierras Subbéticas Natural Park

The Los Reales de Sierra Bermeja Natural Area is a mountain range located in the southwest part of Malaga province which covers 1,240ha.  The mountain range is a beautiful red/orange colour due to oxidized iron and magnesium within the rocks (this is how the protected area got its name). 

There are many walks in this area.  In particular there is a well marked trail which takes you along a pass called Penas Blancas, through a pine forest called "paseo de los”.

Two noteworthy places to visit are Casares and Estepona.  Casares a beautiful white village, complete with a ruined Arab castle.  The view as you approach the village is particularly stunning.  Although its population is small, it is a busy place to visit due to its close proximity to the coast.  Estepona is a large coastal town that still manages to maintain the charm of smaller villages.

The Sierra Bermeja is home to many mammals including mountain goats, roe deer, Egyptian mongoose, wild cats and otters.  The roe deer is unique to the sierras of Malaga and Cadiz provinces.   Birds of prey found here include Griffon vultures, sparrowhawks and eagle and long-eared owls.  The Sierra’s are the perfect habitat for  many reptiles, including salamanders, toads, the Spanish terrapind and the three-toed skink.

The area is home to the pinsapo (Spanish fir), which is only found in this area and the neighbouring Serranía de Ronda.  One of things that also makes it unique is the fact that it can grow out of volcanic outcrops.  Other trees found here are maritime and Austrian pines, cork and kermes oaks, junipers and yew trees. Rosemary and dwarf fan palms as well as other species of scrubland thrive here.


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