The Quejigo-trees These trees of several hundred years of age can be seen in the high areas of the Sierra de las Nieves. They are situated below the summit of the Torrecillas and several hiking routes pass by this emblematic place. These specimens are badly mistreated by the hard weather and by mankind, which explains their strange and fascinating forms, although they are nowadays completely recovered. They are always impressive and leave no visitor untouched. Obviously they are a very popular photographic motif.
This species has been cut down very abusively during too much time and was replaced in the past by pine tree forests for repopulation. Although there are many areas in Andalusia where you can see these trees, they are normally not forming real forests. The examples we see on the photos are even mentioned in Wikipedia Spain: “…the sites where we can find good specimens of this species are: the mountains of Ronda - Sierra de las Nieves (Málaga) where hundreds of years old Quejigo-trees exist, hardly damaged by men, but already recovered…there rest some forests on the Torrecilla-summit and on the mountain «Los Quejigales»”.