Southern Spain set to get third National Park

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NATIONAL PARK PROPOSAL: Sierra de las Nieves

A THIRD National Park is expected to be declared in Andalucia – joining the existing world-famous Doñana and Sierra Nevada parks that have the maximum state-level environmental protection.

The Sierra de las Nieves, in Malaga province, is already a Unesco Biosphere Reserve – but the draft law for the declaration as a National Park should be ready by  mid-2018, according to the Secretary of State for the Environment, María García.

The area is dominated by the Torrecilla peak at 1,919 metres (6,296 feet). 

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It is forecast that the 13 villages surrounding the Sierra de las Nieves will benefit massively from the tourism the new status could generate.

Spain currently has a total of 15 Natural Parks including the Picos de Europa and the volcanic landscapes in the Teide National Park in the Canary Islands.

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