Natural Area Desfiladero de los Gaitanes
Also known as “Garganta de El Chorro”, the Paraje Natural Desfiladero de los Gaitanes is one of the most spectacular landscapes of the Sierra Malagueña.
Attached to its walls is the famous “Caminito del Rey”, which offers the visitor spectacular views of the canyon. If you are interested in experiencing the “most dangerous road in the world”, here you have more information.
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 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 has been proposed as a Site of Community Interest (SCI). It is located in the municipalities of Alora, Ardales and Bobadilla.
El Desfiladero de los Gaitanes: A rich geological heritage
The limestones of the Sierra de Huma massif, located between the municipalities of Ardales, which are very sensitive to water and wind erosion, give the landscape a picturesque appearance. From the aesthetic point of view, the most spectacular thing is, without a doubt, the verticality of these large rocky masses. The Paraje Natural takes its name from its most spectacular point: the Gaitanes Gorge. It is a narrow gorge carved by the River Guadalhorce over the limestone and dolomites of the Jurassic and Miocene periods.
The dimensions of this narrow canyon of more than three kilometers long are striking. In some sections, the width between its sides barely exceeds ten metres, which is even more impressive considering that at some points the height of the peak over the river reaches 700 metres.
There are also quite a few cavities in the walls of the gorge, some of them well above the course of the Guadalhorce. In addition, it is easy to see other caves within the natural area, such as those that until a few years ago were used as dwellings by the inhabitants of the area. These and other features make this one of the most unique natural areas in Andalusia.
Enjoy the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes
Enter the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes Natural Park, its fauna, flora and geological richness. Reserve a room in La Garganta and stay in this wonderful natural enclave.
The fauna of the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes
The mountain goats live in the higher areas. Smaller animals such as blackbirds and swifts live in the lower areas, next to the water. Other mammals more elusive to the eye are dormice or ginets. In the middle parts of La Garganta the hawk, kestrel and goshawk as well as other medium-sized birds of prey. The summit is the nesting place and stronghold of large birds of prey such as the golden eagle or the griffon vulture.
A Natural Park with a unique flora
Aleppo pines, stone pines, holm oaks and eucalyptus accompanied by scrub in which savins, junipers, palm hearts, broom and rockrose predominate. On the riverbank it is formed by reeds, reeds, canes, oleanders and taraje and some poplars and willows. And the most protected plant, the African Rupicapnos, which appears in the red book of the protected species of Andalusia. It grows on vertical rocks and is in serious danger of extinction.
Immerse yourself in an impressive natural setting
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How to get to Desfiladero de los Gaitanes
From Málaga Airport
The Gaitanes Gorge is 58 kilometres from Malaga Airport. If you are coming from a different starting point, click here to find out how to get to Desfiladero de los Gaitanes.