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Highlights Los Alcornocales
- Whale watching
- Rock of Gibraltar
- Hiking in the largest nature park in Andalusia
- Ascent to the Pico del Aljibe
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Would you like to spend your holiday at the southern tip of Spain and love nature? Then the natural park Los Alcornocales is the optimal location for your holiday in Andalusia. You will find what you are looking for in a holiday home, apartment or holiday home, especially in small towns such as Jimena de la Frontera, Cortes de la Frontera and Benalup-Casas-Viejas on the edge of the park. For those who like it even more idyllic, a lovingly restored farmhouse in Ubrique on the picturesque lake Embalse de los Hurones is just the thing.
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The nature park shows its most beautiful side early in the morning, when the tops of the gnarled cork oaks peel out of the fog illuminated by the sun. No wonder that the 170,000 hectare area is an Eldorado for hikers and nature lovers. Tie your hiking boots and explore the several thousand kilometre long network of trails, which will take you down to the coast to the famous rock of Gibraltar or to the peaks of the central mountain range. The GR 7 long-distance hiking trail, with its picturesque views, is particularly recommendable here. Not to be missed is the ascent to the highest peak of the region, the 1,092 metre high Pico del Aljiibe.
Things to know
Those who hike over hill and dale rely on mild temperatures. Accordingly, the optimal travel period for hikers is mainly the spring months of March to May and autumn between the end of September and the beginning of November. Those who have nothing against higher temperatures and also want to spend one or the other day at the beach, book their apartment for the time between June and September.
The largest cork oak forests on the Iberian Peninsula grow in the Los Alcornocales Nature Park.
Top 3 travel tips
The dwarf state, only a few kilometres away, is not only worth a visit because of its famous rock and the innumerable cheeky barbary macaques. Culture lovers can also look forward to a visit to the Moorish castle and a detour into the mysterious defence tunnels.2. Experience sea mammals at first hand
Every year in summer numerous whales pass through the Strait of Gibraltar. A successful opportunity to get really close to the gentle giants during a boat tour. With a little luck you may even see one or the other dolphin.3. Explore Andalusia with the palate
Visit one of the traditional restaurants and spoil your tongue with delicacies such as broad beans with ham, seafood soup (sopa de Almeria), grilled squid and sardines in white wine (moraga de sardinas).