We leave the coastal area to get into the interior of the province, which is full of National Parks, Biosphere Reserves and Protected Areas. Depending on the weather conditions, the season and the attractions of each visit at different times of the year we freely combine three of the following elements to ensure at any time a rewarding and unforgettable experience.
The lagoon “Laguna Fuente de Piedra” is internationally renewed for its colony of Greater Flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus). The lagoon hosts the biggest colony of Spain and the second biggest colony of whole Europe, directly after the Camargue in Southern France.
They counted up to 20.000 reproducing couples. Spring is the best time of the year to observe these birds, especially the early morning hours. It’s in springtime when the Greater Flamingos are nesting, breeding and raising their hatchlings and we can observe – from a distance and without disturbing the animals – the crèche, in which the youngsters are supervised by some adult individuals and can see their delicate grey plumage, very different to the pinkish-white feathers of the adults.
The lagoon is 6 km long and has an extension of nearly 1400 hectares. These dimensions make it the largest inland wetland in Andalusia and one of the largest in Spain.
In addition, another 170 species of birds (especially water birds) have found in this lagoon their perfect site for breeding, to hibernate or to rest during their immigration. The observation of this great variety of life is an unforgettable experience.
The region Paraje Natural del Torcal de Antequera is undoubtedly one of the most unusual and extraordinary landscapes of Andalusia. It is a karst region, hardly hit by the forces of wind and water, which carved the sandstone through millions and millions of years to fabulous and grotesque forms that make our fantasy travel.
Practically unknown to all foreign visitors and even to some Spaniards it is a real experience to promenade between these extraordinary silhouettes, sometimes soft and round, sometimes piled as delicately as a millefeuille and sometimes as sharp edged like cut out of the rocks with a knife. Especially on days with morning mist or fog, when the windrows slide mysteriously over the shapes, the evoked sensations are most striking.
This whole region has a peculiar fauna and flora, which we will discovered during our walk and if we are lucky we might even see the famous “cabras monteses” – the Spanish ibex - that inhabits the cliffs of the area.
THE LOBOPARK is another possible element of this excursion - an unspoilt nature and wildlife park in the heart of Andalusia. It is a private initiative and unlike other parks you will see wolves that are socialized but NOT domesticated and live in a semi-natural environment, which allows you to see and experience the wolfs how they are in the wild.
To socialize the wolves the owners hand rear their pups. No one else - not even employees of the park - have contact to them. The aim is to take the natural fear of humans away from the pups but without taking any influence on their wolfish behaviour.
A typical phrase from the owner expresses best what he is looking for: “I’m not an animal tamer and don’t want circus animals. We want to show real wolves with real wolfish behaviour. How can I ever study their social behaviour if I already de-socialise them as pups? When I visit my animals, they greet me as a friend – not as their boss. If my wolves would ever behave submissively towards me then I have done unforgivable mistakes. For the wolves I’m something like an extraterrestrial friend. I’m a part time member of the pack, but not a member of their hierarchy”.
The enclosures are enormously big (in total more than 100.000 m2) and the surrounding nature has been kept genuine in order to assure the animals a life as similar as possible to actual freedom. Even so you will come very near to these fascinating animals, which were so often so misunderstood and undervalued in the past.
The guided visit will allow you from installed platforms a wider observation of the territory and the wolves, their behaviour, their communication and sometimes how they play, hunt and feed. A really unforgettable experience.
Another highlight is our visit to the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes - a spectacular cannon which counts in certain sectors with walls over 300 meters high and with widths less than 10m. It is a geologically very interesting area, because it is basically excavated from rocks belonging to the Jurassic and Miocene epoch. But apart from the scientific and geological interest, it is a region of great natural beauty with three reservoirs that eventually all come together in this gorge, forming the river Guadalhorce.
We will know everything about the full importance of this region for the industrial development of the Malaga area, thanks to the power station and its genius facilities. We can even drive up to the top of the hills just beside the gorge, to see the “technical” reservoir that allows the electricity production. From there we can enjoy fantastic views of the valley of Malaga.
Afterwards we will pass the three reservoirs, having wonderful motifs for photos. Optionally we can stop for a swim in the crystal clear waters during the summer months.
Depending on weather conditions the order of the different visits of this tour may change.
Lunch is included in the excursion.
Return to the hotels or collection points, where we will arrive at around 17:00 hours.