The Sierra de las Nieves National Park is now officially a reality after Spain's Senate approved the move. Last month the Congreso lower house gave its seal of approval for the extra protected status for the mountain area in the west of Malaga province. This month it was the turn of the Senate to sign off on the new status.
A delegation of local mayors and officials from the area travelled to Madrid for the vote. The park and its protected area covers 14 municipalities: El Burgo, Yunquera, Tolox, Monda, Istán, Benahavís, Parauta, Ronda, Alozaina, Casarabonela, Gauro, Igualeja, Ojén and Serrato.
The Andalusian regional government is responsible for the masterplan for the new National Park.
This week it said that it will initially spend eight million euros on new facilities to improve and manage the expected increase in visitor numbers.