Curiosities about the Torcal de Antequera
The natural environment of the Torcal de Antequera is located in the town of Antequera in Malaga in Southern Spain. This place of outstanding beauty with an area of approximately 20 square kilometres, exhibits uniquely shaped rocks which nature has been modelled by various erosion agents over the limestone to turn it into a kind of natural museum.
The Torcal Malaga traces its origin to the Mesozoic Era in the Jurassic period, nearly 160 million years ago. At that time, this area was nothing but a sea corridor linking the primitive Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. Later, they were emerging limestone sediments, which were on the seabed of this place, to give rise to the mountains, whose summits were adopting the shapes that today are shown in the landscape.
Areas of public use
The Torcal landscape is, without doubt, a tourist attraction of great interest for tourists and curious that visit the province of Malaga. Nowadays, there are several spaces for public use so that visitors can get to know one of the wonders of nature in Andalusia.
Among the main sites in the Torcal de Antequera for public use are the following:
- The Visitor’s centre: including shops, tourist information points, children’s areas and other additional services.
- The Ventanilla viewing point: place from which beautiful views of the region can be seen.
- “Green route” path: It is a well marked path of approximately 60 minutes where you will be able to do site visit observing their natural shapes.
- “Yellow route” path: It is a marked path which will allow you to tour the most inhospitable and intricate sites of the Torcal geography, the route takes about 2 hours.
Flora and fauna
Obviously, the Torcal de Antequera in Malaga is a place with a solid and varied flora and fauna, which is protected by those responsible for the place as well as visitors.
It has been found approximately around 664 species of plants from more than 100 botanical families. Like the flora, the fauna is also varied and rich adapted to the site conditions. One of the values that make lush wildlife is the large number of bird species that coexist in the area. It has been found 116 vertebrate species in general, as well as a wide variety of invertebrate, mostly insects.
There are also some species of reptiles like lizards and various types of snakes as well as some mammals, including foxes, voles, and weasels among others.
Whether you are traveling with your family, couple or with a group of friends, enjoying rural tourism in Malaga and spend a day in the Torcal de Antequera is one of the most popular options for both national and international travellers.