The Parque Natural de la Sierra de las Nieves is one of the best preserved and most beautiful natural parks in Spain. Designated a Biosphere Reserve in 1994 , it is home to one of last remaining Spanish fir (Pinsapo) forests in the world. A tree that dates from the ice age.
The Natural Park is soon to be reclassified as a National Park, making it Andalucia’s third, along with Doñana and Sierra Nevada. The new status will give it further protection.
A hiker’s and mountaineer’s paradise, the relief is characterised by steep escarpments and limestone landscape punctuated by numerous chasms. One of the world’s deepest chasms, known as GESM (named after the group who discovered it, the Grupo de Exploraciones Subterráneas de Málaga – one of the sections of our mountaineering club) is located within the confines of the park.