El Torcal de Antequera, Spain

El Torcal de Antequera, Spain

The valley of El Torcal in Spain is a wondrous place to visit. Throughout, you will find limestone slabs stacked on top of each other. These slabs are the most impressive examples of karstification in all of Europe.

El Torcal used to be a seabed in the Jurassic Age. As a result of the movement of tectonic plates, nowadays the plateau lies 1300 meters higher. The limestone blocks that once scattered the ocean floor are now visible as a mountain range. These blocks have been subject to erosion as a result of a series of fractures, cracks and faults, leading to the slab formation that is visible today.

You see these slabs in the forefront of the picture. On the horizon lies the Parque Natural Montes de Málaga, a 5000-hectare wide park. It is the green lung of the city of Malaga, with its location just 5 kilometers north of Malaga. Both areas are popular visiting places for hikers, lending plenty of hiking trails throughout the countryside for the locals.

In this picture, I juxtapositioned the limestone slabs in the front with the rolling wine fields and national park on the horizon. The road in between connects these places, making the picture whole.

El Torcal de Antequera, Spain