The provincial capital is nowadays a dynamic and financially growing city characterized by its traditional urban and metropolitan nature, as well as by its strategic situation. The relevance gained by the tourist industry stands out above everything else, through a model based, in the main, in the sun and beach tourism and, to a lesser extent although it is a complementary and gradually increasing activity, a recreational and didactic offer embodied in the Natural Park.
Casabermeja’s main activity is based on the primary sector and, within it, on agriculture, having 66% of its land devoted to farming, 26% being forestal land and 8% devoted to other uses. In Colmenar the primary sector also accounts for the main source of activity.
As regards the uses and the exploitation of the land inside the Natural Park, we can say that currently the exploitation activities carried out are of limited importance, due, also, to the fact that this area is mostly public property and to the protective function it performs. Even so, the most important activity is forestry, focused on wood, firewood and cork.
Next to the protective function, the public use is one of the basic pillars of the Montes de Málaga natural park. Due to its vicinity to the city of Malaga and as a result of the richness and uniqueness of both its natural and its cultural environment, this protected area becomes a highly interesting environment for the carrying out of leisure and recreational activities.