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About 150 million years ago the whole area of El Torcal was part of the sea bed. Sediments from the bottom of of the sea emerged as a consequence of the Alpine fold, keeping its horizontality in spite of emerging over 1000 meters above sea level.

Milliones of years with wind and rain has later created this mountain which streches 1.336 masl. You find formations here that reminds you of all kinds of things, among them what looks like a stack of pancakes.

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 Link to El Torcal gallery

El Torcal is now a national park and there is a visitor centre on the top where one of the walks start - the green route. It takes about an hour to walk and guides you through an area with many different formations.

 

The park is also home to a number of different animals, most birds, but if you are lucky you may spot a Spanish mountain goat with large antlers, lying on a top, looking out over it's territory.

The sporty ones may go there on bike from HumbleBee Home. The ascent is about 850 meters in total and the distance is about 35 km.