Beyond the pueblos blancos with their balconies and geraniums, nature is waiting to be explored. Landscapes of exceptional and savage beauty, where eagles soar on thermals, and where lynxes hunt in the brushwood around saltwater lakes.

Most of the mountains are still as inaccessible as ever and these traditional refuges for bandoleros, bandits and highwaymen, are now the last reserves where endangered plant and animal species manage to survive.

The best thing is, you don't have to travel far to get to these untouched landscapes. At just a short distance, you'll discover very different climates and habitats: from scorched plains to hills enjoying abundant rainfall, and even snow. From dense pine woods to bare rock formations. From large lakes to deep gorges.

Right in the middle of the region you'll find one of the largest natural parks in the province, the Parque Natural Montes de Málaga. The other natural park of the region is only a few kilometres' drive to the north, to the mountains of El Torcal. And believe it or not, but at the right time of year you might encounter thousands of flamingoes in the saltwater lake of Fuente de Piedra.

For those of you who enjoy a walking tour or a ride, either by car or on horseback, we have compiled a series of tours in the region. They range in length from 3.5 to 20 kilometres, and from easy to difficult.