The Copper Forest
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1/2 day activities
– Landscapes and autumnal colors
– Interpretation of Chestnut trees
– Visit of a white village
Spain / Andalusia
The Copper Forest is the name given to large extensions of chestnut trees at the Genal Valley that are colored in ocher tones at the end of autumn. Chestnut trees are deciduous that lose the leaf in the severe winter season, contrasting with the persistent Mediterranean forest of holm oaks and cork oaks. In the process of falling leaves, and before they come off, all the foliage becomes golden and coppery. It is an ephemeral spectacle in which the slopes are gradually changing color.
During the months of September and October, chestnuts are collected in the Genal valley, it is time for “tostones” (chesnut roast) and parties. Although the date varies according to the years and the slopes, at some point in the month of November, the Copper Forest is born, so striking in the Mediterranean climate.
Over the past few years, this phenomenon has been widely disseminated since tourist institutions and some routes have become very popular and even saturated with people. We propose routes that allow you to enjoy this natural spectacle with calm and pleasant sensation.
We remind you that these forests are located on privately owned farms and are the base of the local populations’ economy. The copper forest is a unique ecosystem in the province. We encourage you to discover it.