In a bid to promote year-round tourism, Mijas town hall is increasing its focus on other sectors to reduce the burden on sun and sand tourism. One such way has been to make the Alcornocal de la Roza del Aguado cork oak forest on the edge of La Cala de Mijas more visitor friendly.
Since the weekend, informative boards about the indigenous flora and fauna have been installed, as well as signs to indicate walking routes across the 16-hectare woodland. What's more, picnic tables and benches have been placed along the routes to make visits more comfortable for those of all ages.
"Bringing an end to seasonality is one of our major priorities," said mayor, Juan Carlos Maldonado. "Nature tourism is a great way to do that, bearing in mind the wonderful landscapes that we have so close to us."
The mayor went on to explain that Roza del Aguado was in a perfect location for those who want a breath of fresh air as it was "in the heart of La Cala" and "just a few hundred metres away from the beach and the coastal path".
Councillor for Operative Services and the Environment, José Carlos Martín, said that the area would be great "not only for tourists but also locals" and added that it was the council's intention to ask the Junta de Andalucía regional government to have district ('periurbano') park status which means special protection entitlements.