We would definitely be millionaires if we had a penny for every time someone mentioned ‘Costa Del Sol’ and ‘Beaches’ in the same breath. The obvious thing to do in Malaga, it seems, is to hit the beaches.
But we will let you into a little secret – while every inch of Costa Del Sol’s beaches are being scoured by the package holiday industry, inland Malaga continues to be somewhat of a local secret. It is home to a number of gorgeous locales, but very few tourists manage to tear themselves away from Malaga’s beaches for long enough to make it there.
El Torcal de Antequera is one such gem. Less than an hour away from Malaga, this natural reserve bears testimony to Spain’s diverse landscape and natural beauty. The drive takes one through the rural hinterland of Spain – Almond and olive trees abound and the Sierra Torcal mountain range looms mysteriously in the background.
At the El Torcal de Antequera, surreal rock formations are everywhere to be seen. The alien landscape is made entirely out of flat-lying limestone which is over 150 million years old.
The horizontal limestone formations, formed over thousands of years of erosion and fractures, is unlike anything we’ve ever seen. The symmetry of these natural limescale ‘installations’ stands out over and above anything else.
A stark landscape calls for a bright outfit. We did not plan to hike at the El Torcal National Park, so I opted for a flowy tie-and-dye dress. The asymmetrical hemline adds volume and lends interest.The blue of the kitschy bangles reinforces the blue of the maxi dress.
I wanted to complement the blues with an equally bright colour – what better than fuchsia pink? This clutch bag is from a really talented young designer called Malvika. I’ve spoken of my love for deploying ethnic fabrics in a contemporary context before. This clutch bag uses a traditional Indian ‘phulkari’ fabric on a contemporary box-clutch. What’s not to love 🙂
I wore tasselled fuchsia pink flat sandals to complete the outfit. Now open sandals and a maxi dress might not be the most practical outfit for exploring El Torcal, but if you’re both a romantic and an adventurer, something’s gotta give …
After all, it does allow you to prance amongst limestone rocks with a silly grin on your face 🙂
Maxi Dress – TK Maxx
Clutch Bag – Malvika’s Loca Chica (check out her online shop if you’re in India 🙂 )
Bangles – Random Pop-up shop
Sandals – Boohoo (available here)
- El Torcal De Antequera is only 40 kms away from Malaga
- It is easily accessible from most parts of Andalucia and Costa Del Sol
- Entry is free and there is a car park on site.
- There are three hiking trails :- The green trail is 1.5 km. long, the yellow trail is 2.5 km. long, and the red trail is 4.5 km. long.
- Make sure you check the weather forecast before you start hiking. The area can get very hot at the peak of summer
- Make sure you explore the neighbouring village of Antequera, a typical Andalucian village.
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