Sierra de Utrera
Also known as Canchos de la Utrera or El Castillón, the Sierra de Utrera constitutes a unique landmark in the westernmost part of the province of Malaga, as it acts as a stepping stone from the harsh landscape of the Serranía de Ronda to the gentler coastal lands in the area around Gibraltar.
The massif constitutes a small but interesting karst complex, the most southerly in Europe. It is crossed by three valleys running parallel to the coast, which are known as "canutos". These valleys have vertical rock faces and, aside from being a stunningly beautiful landscape, constitute a nesting ground for quite a few protected bird species like Bonelli´s eagle and the Egyptian vulture.
This karst formation is flanked to the east by the Albarrán stream or Manilva river, whose source lies in the Sierra Crestellina natural site, and it empties into the sea a few kilometres from the Sierra de la Utrera, between the municipal boundaries of Casares and Manilva.
This river is an important ecological corridor, which enriches the natural value and biodiversity of the Sierra de la Utrera. If the area´s karst landscape and its valleys are natural elements well worth highlighting, then the cultural richness of this small part of the Casares area possesses cannot be ignored. The Sierra de la Utrera has one of the richest paleontological legacies in the province with a highly interesting fossil record ranging from the Jurassic right up to the Pliocene.
It also bears witness to mankind´s passage through these lands, practically from the dawn of prehistoric times. Proof of this lies in the area´s numerous caves, among which the Gran Duque cave can be highlighted, which was once a dwelling of Neolithic man. It also contains the ruins of the Villvieja Medieval settlement (whose origins date back to Roman and probably even Iberian times). There are also the water-powered flour mills on the Albarrán stream, which were already in use during the Muslim era. The most famous element of all are La Hedionda Baths, whose peculiarity as sulphur baths and their use throughout recorded history have turned them into a highly significant cultural element.
Carretera A 377. Sierra de Utrera.
29690 Casares (Casares)
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