On the occasion of the Labour Day – this year the 1st of May falls on Wednesday – and being the 2nd of May the day of the Community of Madrid, there are many who are looking for plans to take advantage of these days and take a 5 or 6-day break. Given the proximity they have to the capital thanks to the AVE, we propose these three new natural monuments in the province of Malaga that you can visit in the Puente de Mayo.
The Governing Council of the Junta de Andalucía, approved last Tuesday 23 April the inscription of these three enclaves Malaga in the Network of protected natural areas of Andalusia, with the category of Natural Monument. Specifically, they are El Tajo de Ronda, Monte de Jabalcuza and Cueva del Hundidero, located respectively in the municipalities of Ronda, Alhaurín de la Torre and Montejaque in the province of Malaga.
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Natural Monuments in Andalusia
Natural monuments are spaces or elements of nature consisting basically of elements of notorious singularity, rarity or beauty that deserve special protection, as well as geological formations, pale ontological sites and other elements that have a special interest in the peculiarity or importance of their scientific, cultural or landscape values.
The ten new monuments declared by the Governing Council of the Junta de Andalusia adds up to 49 that had already been recognized as such in this Autonomous Community, reaching a total protected area of more than 1,500 hectares of land subject to this condition.
Of these ten monuments, the Board has included these three natural monuments of the province of Malaya among the protected of Andalusia, for housing exceptional environmental values that justify this special protection.
The Tagus of Ronda
Located in the municipality of the same name, the reason for the recognition of El Tajo de Ronda as a natural monument derives from the fact that it is an eco-cultural area. There are two main reasons for including the Tajo de Ronda.
On the one hand, it is an impressive geological formation that has been formed by the erosion of the River Guadalevín for thousands of years, and, on the other hand, because in this gorge, lives a large cabin of kestrels, of important ecological value.
The cave of the Hundidero
The Hundidero cave, also called Cueva del Gato, is located in the municipality of Montejaque. This natural monument includes both the mouth of the Cueva del Hundidero and the river Guadares and a good part of its banks.
Among other values of interest that justify this distinction and protection as a Natural Monument, this cave houses inside one of the largest sedentary colonies of cave bats in our country.
The Boar Peak
The third Malaga enclave included as a natural monument has been Monte Jabalcuza or Pico Jabalcuza, located in the municipality of Alhaurín de la Torre. It is worth highlighting the beauty of some minerals such as the white and blue dolomitic marbles, as well as being formed by a special soil, known as terra rossa, with a very particular color due to its high clay content.
From there you can see the mountain range of the coast and the valley of the Guadalhorce and the relief of the hills to the coastline. There are many hiking routes that run through this area, being very interesting for walks because of its great beauty.
The other seven new Andalusian natural monuments
In addition to the three malagueños, there is a list of ten new monuments, three areas of a geological nature: the Peñón de Bernal and the Canales de Padules, in the province of Almería, the Huellas Fósiles de Medusas de Constantina in the province of Seville, two natural biotic monuments: the holm oaks of Peana and Marchal del Abogado, also in Almería; and finally two mixed natural monuments, the Cueva del Agua de Tíscar in Jaén and the Nacimiento de Riofrío in the province of Granada.