Discover the beauty of Bosque de Cobre in Malaga through its villages and its hiking trails
When autumn comes, ochre colours invade the Andalusian countryside. Prints of infinite beauty that combine with the exquisite cuisine of this time of year, with hiking routes and the ancient traditions of their people. Within this environment we will find one of the must-see locations of Andalusia during this season: Bosque del Cobre.
This place is situated between Serrania de Ronda and the Sierra de las Nieves in the province of Malaga and, year after year, welcomes thousands of visitors who do not want to miss what this environment make them experience. If you want to see a different landscape, something you have never seen before, head towards the south of Spain. Do not miss the details of this unique location and write down all the secrets we will unveil in the following lines.
BOSQUE DEL COBRE (Copper forest)
Why is this area in Valle del Genal called Bosque del Cobre? The answer is very simple: because you step into a landscape of ochre, brown and orange which look like copper and make you feel that you have come to some kind of copper land. All this is mainly due to the leaves of the chestnut trees, protagonists of this region during autumn, when they acquire some shades ranging from green through red to brown.
Alpandeire, Benalauría, Cartajima, Faraj, Genalguacil, Igualeja, Jubrique, Juzcar, Parauta Pujerra and Yunquera the municipalities that are part of this Bosque del Cobre. Its ecosystem offers a wide range of landscapes due to its difficult terrain. Soils and river valleys guarantee the necessary moisture for the emergence of thick forests of cork oaks, pines and chestnut trees.
In this privileged environment, one of the outdoor activities that you can practise is hiking. The temperature in the province of Malaga is mild during autumn and the roads become more more pleasant when the heat of summer is gone.
Among the most popular routes we find: Ronda-Jimera de Líbar, JImera de Líbar-El Colmenar, El Colmemar-Benarrabá, Benarrabá-Benalauría, Benalauría-Alpandeire and Alpandeire-Ronda.
THE BEAUTY OF WATER
The hiking trails of Bosque del Cobre have a common element besides their colour: water. With the arrival of autumn, Serrania de Ronda experiences a revival of its rivers, streams and springs. Along the route, the visitor can come across beautiful sceneries featuring these hydrological sites.
From Sierra de las Nieves numerous streams go downstream that converge in the three main rivers of the region: the Guadalteba, the Guadiaro and Genal. A very nice place to visit at this time is the source of Benaojan river, a tributary of the Guadiaro River.
Across the basin we find the source of Genal river, located in the municipality of Igualeja. Its waters are calmer but offer a huge sense of relaxation. We recommend that once you arrive to this point, close your eyes and relax, just listen to the melody of the stream as it passes by.
In the high and bare limestone peaks that separates the waters of the Genal and Guadiaro rivers, it is possible to access and climb through vias ferratas, an experience not to be missed if you like adventure.
The villages that make up Bosque del Cobre have a charm that will surprise you. Their main feature is the whiteness of their houses, inescapable sign of identity of the Andalusian municipalities. All but one, Júzcar, internationally known as the “Smurf” town. Its houses, all painted blue, have earned this recognition and as a result, have become a very popular destination.
Do not hesitate to make a stop on the chestnut road to watch these white towns. Throughout the tour you have the opportunity to enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from balconies and strategically located viewpoints.
Alpandeire, Benadalid, Benalauría, Cartajima, Faraj, Genalguacil, Igualeja, Jubrique, Júzcar, and Parauta Pujerra in Serrania de Ronda, and Yunquera, in Sierra de las Nieves are the municipalities of Bosque del Cobre that have a long tradition around the chestnut. Every year local festivals are organized around this fruit, and the recipes based on it are delicacies that cannot be missed.
The most typical recipe of Valle del Ggenal is the roasted chestnut. Its smell is really captivating, and it is impossible to resist the taste of this delicacy. The most popular ways of having chestnusts include syrup, cooked, sugar coated or soup. You can try some at the restaurants and taverns of the villages within Bosque de Cobre. Chestnuts are also fantastic for desserts, including cakes, muffins and other varieties.
WHERE TO STAY
The best option to stay in the province of Malaga and adventure yourself in Bosque del Cobre is Fuerte Hoteles. The chain has places where you can, in addition to its services, enjoy the best of each part of Andalusia. 60 years experience are the best guarantee. Marbella, Estepona or Grazalema are some of the sites where you can find these amazing hotels, an exceptional starting point for your private tour around Bosque del Cobre.