The Natural Park of Sierra Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama: Quick facts
It is one of the most rugged in the whole of the Iberian Peninsula.
It covers 40,662 hectares.
La Maroma, measured at 2,068 metres, is the highest peak not only in the province but all the way across to the Atlantic coast of Portugal. To the east, on a clear day, El Mulhacén, the highest mountain on the Iberian peninsula, is perfectly visible.
It forms a mountainous natural barrier between the most easterly extreme of the province of Malaga and the west of the province of Granada, but also reaches down to the Mediterranean Sea via the picturesque towns of Frigiliana and Nerja.
Altitude: 100 metres to 2,068 metres.
It is dotted with abandoned buildings which once offered board and accommodation to the mule trains that took provisions from the coast of Malaga to inland Granada and beyond.
Its past industries included pine resin production, “esparto” (coarse grass) weaving and ice production from snowfall: its major surviving industry is that of marble mining, although there is still commercial production of sugar cane syrup.