Campaigners Seek to Have Mountains of
Costa del Sol Recognised as a National Park
Campaigners hope to have the mountain range of Costa del Sol
– the iconic mountains that have served as the backdrop to many postcards,
selfies, and evening meals for decades.
The unique peak of La Concha to the flatter range reaching inland through to Ronda, the Costa del Sol mountains hide beautiful terrain, rural pueblos, winding roads, and the most beautiful views of Spain.
The mountain range plays host to expats and locals alike during the summer months, and it’s also home to some of the most exclusive property to be found in the world. You’ll have to look hard, but you can find it nestled in the valleys.
The local government already has plans to recognise the Sierra de las Nieves behind Marbella as a national park, causing over 13,500 people to sign a Change.org petition to have the Sierra Bermeja – which constitutes the backdrop of Estepona awarded national park status.
The petition argues that the Sierra Bermeja has a more delicate, broader biodiversity than Sierra de las Nieves, and that both ranges deserve to be granted national park status.
Pinsapo fir trees can only be found on red peridotite rocks in the Sierra Bremeja according to the group. This is why they campaigned alongside the Sierra de las Nieves to have the whole area recognised.
Sierra Bermeja Parque Nacional campaigner Maribel Marin was encouraged by how many signed the signature so far, saying that it highlighted how important the mountain range is to the people. Marin encourages other people to sign the petition and show officials the support the campaign has received.
The current status of Sierra Bermeja is that of a parque natural, which Marin believes doesn’t give it the protection it needs from fires and other risks. Marin concluded that it would be a tragedy if a lack of protection caused us to lose a unique habitat forever.