Winter in the south of Spain is ideal for more strenuous activities such as walking or hiking. Minus the intense heat of the summer months, low season walking is more comfortable, and the daytime sunshine is pleasant. Winter is also the ideal season to obtain those clear and far-reaching views, so photographers will also be happy. Close to Estepona lies the mountain range of the Sierra Bermeja, an excellent spot for exploring the region.

A mountain frame

Covering just over 1200 hectares, the Sierra Bermeja forms a frame to the Mediterranean coast of this part of the Costa del Sol, and has at its highest point a peak of 1450 metres. The mountain range is situated across the municipalities of Casares, Estepona and Genalguacil. A new home in popular Estepona means that outdoor activities such as walking or hiking are on your doorstep. It’s not all about the beach!

Flora and Fauna of the Sierra de Bermeja

There are many reasons to take to the mountains of the Sierra de Bermeja, including a good hike in the fresh air, general exercise, and also because of the trees. One part of the scenic route is also fragranced and is called the Paseo de Pinospos. This is due to the covering of Pine Spruce Pines, indigenous to this area, Abies Pinsapo Boiss. Bird watchers with a keen eye may be lucky enough to see Booted Eagles, Vultures, or Sparrowhawks. It’s also the home of the Egyptian Mongoose and the ubiquitous Mountain Goat, although they’re pretty shy. Warmer months still mean hiking boots rather that open-toed sandals, as you’re quite likely to cross paths with slithering neighbours, such as a Salamander or the Iberian Worm Lizard.

Take the easy route

There are marked paths and tracks all the way to the top, and even an old tarmac road if you’re lazy or just want to drive up to make the most of the views from the summit. It takes less than an hour to drive to the top. If you would like to see more of the immediate area, then drive up from Estepona, following the signs marked Los Reales. Drive home via Gaucin and see a little of the local area, perhaps with a menu del dia lunch thrown in for good measure. Such are pleasant days in Andalusia made of!

If you would like to view property in the Estepona area, or anywhere along the Costa del Sol, then contact us and we will be happy to advise you if necessary, and of course show you around.

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