Hunting Ronda-Tejeda Ibex in Spain
- Order: Artiodactyla.
- Suborder: Rumiants.
- Family: Bovidae.
- Genus: Capra.
- Specie: Capra Pyrenaica.
- Subspecie: Capra Pyrenaica Victoriae.
- October – 30st April.
- Breeding season: November – December.
- Best hunting times: breeding season.
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While the male mountain goat of Sierra Nevada, also known as the “Buck of the South-east” can be found all over the Eastern side of Andalusia in the provinces of Granada, Almeria and Jaen, the mountain goat of Ronda is distributed across the South of Spain, in the province of Malaga.
Morphologically the mountain goat of Ronda the smallest of the four different types of bucks which are differentiated in our country.
Brought about by an adjustment to the environment and to milder winters than those of other areas of the Peninsula, it is mainly differentiated by the scarcity of black spots on its coat. The hair is shorter, with a less abundant mane and less occipital width in the cranium.
The horns grow upwards in a V shape and then backwards with a spiral twist of just 90 degrees. While this is the typical shape of the horn of the Ronda goat, other formations may be found in this region, even within the same herd.
Just as with the majority of our hunts, stalking is the hunting technique used, allowing the hunter to delve into and get to know the natural environment which surrounds this species first hand.
The National Park of the Mountain ranges of Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama, which extends to 40,662 hectares, is situated on the mountainous contours of the ranges of Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama, between the provinces of Malaga and Granada.
The Sierra Tejeda mountain range is the highest section of this set of mountains, reaching 2,066 metres at the peak of La Maroma. Spectacular views of the Mediterranean coast and neighbouring mountain ranges can be seen from here.
Rivers and streams flow rapidly downhill along the slopes of these mountains, offering spectacular waterfalls, such as The Petrified Trees, where the limestone water mineralised ancient trunks. In other places, the waters give way to some of the most impressive gorges, called Cahorros here. Other geological elements which stand out are the cave of Nerja, declared National Monument, and also the schism of La Maroma. Although diverse cultures converged in this area, the three mountain ranges have a marked Muslim heritage, with white villages strewn around hard-to-reach valleys and mountains.
The white and grey tones of the ravines and ridges predominate in these mountains, a consequence of the abundance of marble in the area. Settled on the white sands generated by the breakdown of marble are several varieties of pine such as the Aleppo pine or the Scots pine.
The presence of great eagles (Royal Eagle, Golden Eagle, Booted Eagle and Serpent Eagle), Peregrine Falcon and Hawk, Nightjars, forest and mountain birds, in particular the Wheatears (black, Northern and black-eared Wheatear), the Common Rock Thrush, the Blue Rock Thrush and the Alpine Accentor is notable. But without a doubt, the best known animal in these mountains is the mountains goat.
Accommodation & Gastronomy
Hotel La Viñuela is one of the most well known in the Province of Malaga and Andalusia in the classification of Hoteles Rurales con Encanto, or Charming Rural Hotels.
It is located within the National Park of unforgettable beauty, at the shores of the La Viñuela reservoir and at the foot of the Sierra Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama National Park.
Situated just 15 minutes from the beaches of Torre del Mar and 30 minutes from Malaga city. There are numerous complementary facilities available in the nearby area, such as golf courses, shopping centres, etc.
On the coast of Malaga, the visitor can find an inexhaustible gastronomic selection. Smaller fish (anchovies, red mullet, horse mackerel, squid and baby squid) served fried, are a symbol of a simply elaborated yet exquisitely tasty cuisine. The prawns, clams and lobsters of the bay offer a special taste, whether boiled or grilled.
Inland in the province, exquisite cold cuts, and filling dishes are prepared: veal in garlic, fried goat, hare…Gazpacho is made in many ways in Malaga: ajoblanco, porra antequerana, gazpachuelo…
We should also mention the wine of Malaga, whose fame has transcended the frontiers of Spain. Its universality comes from its age, when firstly the Phoenicians and later the Romans produced and distributed it throughout their domains. Wines with the denomination of origin “Malaga” are made using grapes of the variety “Pedro Ximenez” and “Moscatel”. These wines clearly show a Mediterranean nature, sweet and velvety. Among the most important, we can name Moscatel, Seco, Pedro Ximenez, Vino de los Montes, Lagrima, etc.
A universe of tastes which visitors to this thousand-year-old land can enjoy
Tourism – Málaga and the Costa del Sol
Visit the province of Malaga and you’ll find the beautiful landscape, good cuisine and the hospitality of its people. But you’ll also discover its ample cultural patrimony, dazzling coasts and inland villages.
This province has a wide range of possibilities for anyone wishing to combine their hunting programme with some unforgettable holidays.
Under the gaze of the Gibralfaro Castle lies a bustling cheerful city full of beautiful places, such as the Main Alameda or the La Farola promenade.
Being the capital of the Costa del Sol makes it one of the most important tourist destinations in Spain, for its climate, beaches and unbeatable golf courses.
Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans… the main Mediterranean civilisations more than two thousand years ago found Malaga to be a privileged enclave for the establishment of commercial routes, thanks to the strategic position of its port. La Alcazaba (C VIII-XI) is, furthermore, one of the symbols of the city, one of the largest Arab fortresses in Andalusia. The Archaeological Museum has its headquarters in this building, which contains valuable pieces from the Phoenician and Roman periods.
The Gibralfaro Castle (c. XIV), joined to the Citadel by a stretch of wall, affords us the best views of the city, which opens towards the sea with the port of La Farola promenade, one of the main leisure areas of the city. At the foot of the Gibralfaro castle lie the Roman Amphitheatre, the Bull ring (known as La Malagueta) and the historic centre of the city.
In the centre the Cathedral (c. XVI-XVIII) rises up, also known as “la Manquita” because of its unfinished right tower. This temple of beautiful Renaissance style retains an interesting group of chapels which contain great examples of Andalusian imagery. In the old quarter there are other important churches such as Santiago (c. XV-XVIII), with a beautiful Mudejar tower, los Mártires, the Sagrado Corazon and the Santo Cristo de la Salud.
Historic Malaga offers innumerable nooks and crannies. From here, you can admire the façade of the Town Hall, from the early XX century, or the plaza de la Merced, with the home which was the birthplace of the famous painter Pablo Ruiz Picasso. The route through the old centre has to take in the well-trodden Pasaje de Chinitas, with the Fine Arts Museum, or Calle Larios, main thoroughfare of the historic centre.
COSTA DEL SOL
Bathed by the Mediterranean Sea, the Costa del Sol covers more than 150 kilometres of coast in the province of Malaga, to the south of the Iberian Peninsula. Its name is no coincidence; over 325 days of sun per year, together with the benevolence of the climate provide the key to this paradise with beaches to suit everyone.
Beginning with the cliffs of Maro, then Nerja, with its European Balcony and the Cave, the charm of Torrox, the extension of Vélez-Málaga, the coquetry of Rincón de la Victoria, the fame of Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Mijas, Marbella, Estepona and the tranquillity of Casares; the Costa del Sol is a dream location for holidays, where the possibilities are endless.
Each beach has its charm, some more bustling, others calm and isolated, some virgin and others with the best facilities, in the Costa del Sol you’ll find your own personal paradise.
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