What to see in El Chorro, a natural environment in Malaga

Between the regions of Guadalhorce and Guadalteba, El Chorro is a spectacular mountainous enclave in the heart of the Gaitanes Gorge Natural Park, an area protected by the Andalusian Government since 1989 for its great ecological value and its extraordinary landscape, history and paleontology.


El Caminito del Rey

The Caminito del Rey is a hanging walkway about one meter wide at the narrowest points and about three kilometers long. It runs along the Gaitanes Gorge, hanging perpendicularly over the gorge, attached to the vertical walls, with an average height above the river of 100 metres. The Caminito del Rey was built between 1901 and 1905, with the aim of joining two waterfalls belonging to the company Sociedad Hidroeléctrica del Chorro, the Salto del Chorro and the Salto del Gaitanejo.


Desfiladero de los Gaitanes

With an area of 2,016 hectares, the Paraje Natural Desfiladero de los Gaitanes is the largest protected natural area in the province of Malaga. It is located in the municipalities of Alora, Ardales and Bobadilla. It was declared as such by Law 2/1989 of 18 July, which approved the Inventory of Protected Natural Areas of Andalusia and established additional measures for their protection (BOJA No. 60 of 27/07/1989); it is also a Special Protection Area for Birds (ZEPA, 2002) and is proposed as a Site of Community Interest (SCI).

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Pantano del chorro

The heavy flooding that Malaga suffered in 1907 led to the creation of the Southern Spain Hydraulic Division, which was created to prevent disasters and to ensure the use of water for irrigation. Rafael Benjumea had in mind to build a reservoir on the River Turón that would accumulate enough water to irrigate the entire Guadalhorce Valley. Geographically, the area surrounding the Guadalhorce and Guadalteba reservoirs is made up of the seven municipalities in whose territory these reservoirs are located: Carratraca, Ardales, Teba, Campillos, Álora, Valle de Abdalajís and Antequera, although the boundaries of the reservoirs are in the municipalities of Ardales, Campillos, Antequera and Teba.

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Embalse Conde del Guadalhorce

Rafael Benjumea Burín was the author of the Conde de Guadalhorce Reservoir project. They called Benjumea “the engineer poet”. His works were described as brilliant because he combined the functionality of an engineering work with respect for the natural environment, harmonising utility with the beauty of the construction. The praise of the beauty of the reservoir reached the ears of King Alfonso XIII, who made an official visit on 21 May 1921. The king was so impressed by what he saw that in September of the same year he granted Rafael Benjumea the title of Count of the Guadalhorce, “for him, his children and his legitimate successors”.

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Bobastro Ruins

In the municipality of Ardales, in the area known as Mesa de Villaverde, are the ruins of the mythical fortress of Bobastro. There, Omar ibn Hafsún, a rebel descendant of Muladi Visigoths (Christians converted to Islam) created an impregnable fortress for the troops of the Umayyads, the reigning dynasty in Córdoba, which he confronted between 880 and 919. A few metres from what was once the fortress, are the remains of a Mozarabic cave church, destroyed by Abd al-Rahman III after the final capture of the enclave and the defeat of the successors of Omar ibn Hafsún.

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El Torcal de Antequera

The Paraje Natural Torcal de Antequera, in the heart of the province of Málaga, has one of the most spectacular karstic landscapes in Europe, where the dolines or torcas, circular depressions of rock to which El Torcal owes its name, predominate.

A limestone environment with more than 200 million years, which originated from the accumulation and deposit of marine sediments sensitive to erosion, the action of wind, snow and rain that has shaped for several hundred million years this peculiar landscape. A city of stone to be visited for its variety of routes and passages among natural rock sculptures.

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Live the experience of the El Chorro environment

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Activities you can’t miss at El Chorro

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