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El Chorro is a village in Andalusia, 50 km north of Málaga. It is situated near the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes gorge formed by the river Guadalhorce. The river was dammed in 1920, forming three reservoirs.

The gorge is known for its dangerous path, Caminito del Rey, which dates back to 1906. The path gave access to the power plant and was used in 1921 by King Alfonso XIII during the opening of the dam. The trail runs at a height of 100 meters above the river against the wall of the gorge.

The trail is momentarily closed because of its dangerous conditions, but there are funds made available to restore the bridge and plans for a museum at the site. This project will take three years to complete and will be finished in 2014.

The area around El Chorro is known as one of the most popular areas for rock climbing, biking, hiking and camping in Europe.

El Chorro is an El Dorado for climbers as there are more than 500 different climbing routes to choose from in an area that is easily accessible on foot. Due to its location in the south of Spain, it is even possible to climb in winter.

El Chorro

The Desfiladero de los Gaitenes gorge is located in the western part of the Betic Cordillera Mountains. The gorge has a total length of 3 km and in some places the cliffs rise up to 300 meters and has a width of 10 meters. There are about twenty cavities in the area of Desfiladero de los Gaitanes, some many meters above the river.

Bobastro is an old inhabited village. It is located near Ardales in the lake district of Málaga. From Bobastro you have exceptionally beautiful views over the surrounding landscape. The story of Bobastro goes back to the time of the Moorish rule of Al Andalus. The fortified town was the headquarters of Umar ibn Hafsun, who led a revolt against the Caliph of Cordóba. In 899 Umar had converted to Christianity, and at the beginning of the 10th century, he ordered the construction of a church.

This church is now the highlight of the old village Bobastro. The church was chopped out then out of the rocks. The ruins are situated in the area of Las Mesas de Villaverde between the hills called Tintilla, Castillón and Encatada.

To reach Bobastro take the MA 44 from Alora to Ardales. You will pass El Chorro on your way to the ruins.

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