The Genal Valley.
The Genal Valley is situated in The Serranía
de Ronda Mountain range in Andalucia's
provence of Malaga, southern Spain.
(see our maps page)
Here we introduce a paradise of nature
with panoramic views and an abundance of wildlife beyond belief.
With and area of 42,000 Hectares, the
Genal Valley has been designated Natural Park. The River Genal reported
to be one of Europe's cleanest rivers.
This Genal Valley is one of the last few
remaining natural Mediterranean Oak Forests, which were once stretched
across most of the Mediterranean coastline in both Southern Europe and North
There are 16 White Villages, dotted
throughout the Valley where the inhabitants enjoy the good life. Hard
working but never rushed, the people are welcoming and friendly. The
Villages are ideal for touring around, enjoying the bars and restaurants
as you go.
This area is considered to
be one of the best preserved in Europe and the Mediterranean area, in
that it contains verdant forests, stands of Spanish Fir (abies pinsapo)
chestnut woods and animals in danger of extinction such as the otter
Our Penibaetic Mountain Range is
a mountain range that is not dissimilar in geological terms to the Rifs
Mountains in northern Morocco, it probably represents a part of Europe
and the Iberian peninsula, that is been torn apart from the European
mainland and squeezed to the African Continent.
The Genal Valley
is literally littered with old mule tracks and pathways which link all
the Villages together. Along these trails you can discover a plethora of
flora and fauna through a variety of landscapes. Thick un-spoilt natural
Mediterranean Oak forests, open river beds and high areas of rugged
is in abundance, for the experienced and amature alike.
The bird community is particularly rich and breeding
birds include Golden, Bonelli’s, Booted and Short-toed Eagles, Griffon
and Egyptian Vultures, Peregrine Falcon, Lesser Kestrel, Eagle Owl,
White-rumped, Alpine and Pallid Swifts, Blue Rock Thrush, Rock Thrush,
Black Wheatear, Black Redstart, Chough, Rock Sparrow, Rock Bunting and
The Serranía and its surroundings include three major
natural parks, Sierra de las Nieves (declared Biosphere Reserve by
UNESCO in 1995), Sierra de Grazalema (declared Biosphere Reserve by
UNESCO in 1977) and Los Alcornocales a richly wooded park and declared
ZEPA reserve (zone of especial protection for the birds).
Heavily protected from developers there is an ecological harmony
here, which is difficult to find elsewhere....