Destination Winter Break: Malaga Province and Its Natural Beauty

I do love the ability to drop in a last minute holiday and escape the winter blues of the UK and were better that to go to the deep south! NO not Alabama Malaga in the heart of the Costa del Sol.

Now I dont confess to love everything about this vast province but there’s one thing that people often forget.

The province of Malaga is bigger than Wales!

Well I just made that up but its pretty big.

Anyway my point? My point is that would you spend a week in Merthyr Tydfil and judge the whole of Wales as if its a waste of space? Thought not.

Ive never been to to Cardiff or Swansea but I bet there are cracking cities. Anyway after that massive tangent back to my story.

Malaga City, the jewel in Spain rich south. Malaga Airport has undergone its own transformation like a lot of the plastic model brigade in Puerto Banus.

Olive Oil Adventure Excited You Betcha!

Jumped over to malagaaiporttransfers.com and hitched a ride off my mate who was going to the airport to pick up a bunch of sun seekers.

Not my type of holiday but nonetheless you do need a break every now and then so Im not criticizing.

My adventure was taking me onwards and upwards searching for the perfect olive .

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I read an article the other day on Olive Oil in the Malaga Province that I would like to quote you from a Guide to Andalucia.

Spain is the world’s largest producer of olive oil, an enormous quantity of which is harvested in Andalucía.

Fine Regions in Andalucia – Golden Triangle

Vast areas of the provinces of Seville, Córdoba and especially Jaén are given over to the orderly lines of trees, many a thousand years old and more.

The finest extra-virgin oils have near-zero acidities, the mark of the crème de la crème of the oil world, and these qualities have gained the product a reputation as a vital aid to health – Spaniards’ markedly low susceptibility to conditions such as coronary disease is attributed to their olive-oil-rich, low-cholesterol diet.

In these days of energy conservation the olive is also coming into its own as a major provider of electricity. The waste squeezed fruit from the production process used to be turned into dried-out “briquettes” by farmers to throw on to the fire in winter.

This has now been taken a stage further and the many millions of tons of waste that were formerly dumped is now being transformed into fuel to supply power generating stations in Córdoba and Jáen – and more are in the pipeline.

Better times to visit are the spring months of April, May and early June when lower temperatures combine with a greener landscape awash with wild flowers.

Autumn is good, too, although by late October much of the coastal landscape looks parched and the resorts have begun to wind down; in hilly and mountainous areas, however, such as the sierras of Cazorla, Nevada and Aracena and the high valleys of Las Alpujarras, the splendours of autumn can be especially scenic.

The winter months – particularly December and January – can often be dismal and wet as well as cold at high altitude, although the past decade, when the extended drought of the 1990s was followed by some unusually wet winters, has tended to throw the normal weather patterns into confusion.

Spain is the world’s largest producer of olive oil, an enormous quantity of which is harvested in Andalucía.

Vast areas of the provinces of Seville, Córdoba and especially Jaén are given over to the orderly lines of trees, many a thousand years old and more.

The finest extra-virgin oils have near-zero acidities, the mark of the crème de la crème of the oil world, and these qualities have gained the product a reputation as a vital aid to health Spaniards’ markedly low susceptibility to conditions such as coronary disease is attributed to their olive-oil-rich, low-cholesterol diet.

In these days of energy conservation the olive is also coming into its own as a major provider of electricity.

The waste squeezed fruit from the production process used to be turned into dried-out “briquettes” by farmers to throw on to the fire in winter.

This has now been taken a stage further and the many millions of tons of waste that were formerly dumped is now being transformed into fuel to supply power generating stations in Córdoba and Jáen and more are in the pipeline. 

Hiker, Sierra Nevada unusually wet winters, has tended to throw the normal weather patterns into confusion.

The winter, of course, is a good time to visit the museums and monuments of Seville, Málaga, Córdoba and Granada when they are far less crowded and – should you be lucky with the weather – the cities themselves can look wonderful, too.

The desert province of Almería sees only one day of rain a year on average and in winter has many days of perfect crystal visibility.

So what you waiting for get out there explore Malaga province and grab your olive oil you never know it might add years on your life