History of the Montes de Malaga

Due to the special geographical situation of Málaga province, they have been many people who have passed through these lands, such as Iberian, Celts, Phoenician, Greeks, Romans and Visigoths etc.

The low Andalusia was in the ancient world a paradise plentiful in metals, cereals, milk, wood, honey and hunt; this was why so many invaders came in.

Under the Roman Empire, because of the intensive use of cattle raising, the agriculture and the timber exploitation, a 50 per cent of the woods where destroyed. With the entry of the Caholic Monarchs in Málaga in 1487, the montes became almost devasted, these lands over the conquered lands for their cultivation, above all the vine, with the intensive tilling it nedded, it made the area absolutely unprotected of vegetal covering. The consequences of this lost, very soon will be pointed out; since a great part of the soils of our mountains are to be swept away by Guadalmedina river, towards the city, so many floadings will be successively repeated from the 16th century to the beginning of the 29th century. In the 19th century, the freedom for cultivation is established, so the vineyard are considerably increases. But in 1877 a plague called Filoxera comes in and attack the vineyard, the consequences were that the cultivation became almost destroyed. From this moment the vineyard is substituted by the almond tree and olive tree, for they did not need so much care. In these years Malaga suffers successive floadings until 1907 when the Hidraulic Divition of Siuth of Spain was born, which decided to built up the Agujero Reservoir, stopcock of Gualdalmedina river. Later is written The Project of Correction And Reforestation of the Basin of Guadalmedina river.

And it is in 1948 when the last 64 hectares are bought, carring out the works offsetting up to the soil and the swing, choosing the Aleppo pine species of rapid growing and adaptation so as to unable the regeneration of the lost vegetal covering, so further or giving way to the natural reforestation of the autochthonous species. With approximately an area of 5000 Hectares, in July 1989 is declared National Park.

The nature of lands that constitute the Park are siliceous argillaceous slates very erosive. It is rich in natural resources, as the exploitation of wood, firewood, cork, cattle raising, cynegetic, apicultural etc. The Park have climatic contrasts. On the higher parts the clime is sub humid and on the lower ones is dry. The annual rainfalls average is of 650mm. Its vegetation is specially rich in trees as the Aleppo pine, real pine, and Cypresses in the coniferous group and in the leafy group stands out the holm oak, the coark oak. The gall oak, the olive tree and the carob tree, without forgetting the chenust trees, poplars, ash trees and willows. The shrubs are represented by a long list of blackberry bushes, palmettos, strawberry tress, lavandula partridges, turtledoves, cuckoos, great tits, thrushes, thug doves, carboneros, whirligig beetles and nightingales.

Other sopecies found in the Park are lizards, snakes, salamander or toad, though the most outstanding is whitout any doubt the menaced chameleon that founds here an optimum habitat for its development.

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