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Exploring the Countryside Around Malaga- El Chorro Lakes

For those visitors that enjoy nature and peace and quiet, a short drive inland from Malaga can provide stunning scenery and an opportunity to visit small quaint villages and beautiful lakes.

A mere 45 minutes drive from Malaga you will enter the Guadalhorce Valley.el_chorro_malaga_07_04_09 The Guadalhorce River runs through almost all of the province of Malaga. The river rises in the mountains of Antequera, through the mountains of Ronda, and ends near Malaga.

In this area you will find pine and fir forests, chestnut trees, and stunning valleys and gorges, the most spectacular being the gorge of Los Gaitanes in the Sierra de Ronda. From here where the river widens you reach the beautiful Valle del Guadalhorce.

Scattered among the mountains and valleys you will find these beautiful villages: Coin, Cartama, Almogia, Ardales, Valle de Abalajis, Alora, Pizarra, Alhaurin de la Torre and Alhaurin el Grande.

These areas of forest, lakes and villages are ideal for rural tourism, particularly the National Park Sierra de las Nieves and the stunning Reservoirs of El Chorro, the gorge of Los Gaitanes, and the mountains of Malaga. From any location along the valley you can appreciate the variety of landscapes. Continue reading

El Chorro Lakes Costa Del Sol

When on holiday in benalmadena why not take the chance to visit the lakes at El Chorro,you can get there by organised trips from the coast or use your car rental

Situated an amount of some 50 km’s away from the coast of Malaga and near to the towns of Ardales and Alora are the Ardales Lakes (Conde de Guadalhorce man made lake) and striking gorge at El Chorro. Three utterly divine reservoirs surrounded by pine timberlands made from a dyke made across the spectacular 200 metre tall gorge known by the moniker Garganta del Chorro or El Chorro Gorge. The foregoing is a peaceful hideaway upon which it’s possible to camp. picnic, swim and dine out. The gorge, extremely well liked with rock climbers is over 400 metres deep with just a 10 metre opening between the 2 rocks. If the Gorge reminds of someplace, it is in all probability from having seen Von Ryan’s Express with Trevor Howard and Frank Sinatra which had the railroad train pictures shot in that location.

There are 3 good marked paths with posts here on info boards. Walking coming from the park outside El Chorro camping you will find a poster with 2 short walks on that take you near the gorge itself. If you begin coming from the railroad station you are able to walk a portion of the GR7 tracing the Giantanes.

The GR7 is the longest trail in Europe, and is most 9000 km long. The itinerary begins on the Atlantic coast close to the Strait of Gibraltar and the trail passes through Spain, France, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria and leads to the Peleponesos in Greece. Tracing this itinerary, or sections of it, is a outstanding route to an amount of splendid walks in Spain.

The Destroyed Church building at Bobastro.
Really close to El Chorro and well worthy of a drop by is the abandoned hamlet of Bobastro. The ancient church building was constructed between 879 and 918 and is carved direct from the stone.

Individuals who feel treking not quite enchanting enough, might well like to try mountain climbing, mountaineering or caving, all of of which are well liked in this region of Spain with a wealth of challenges and a few of the best regions in Europe outside Alps.

The Garganta el Chorro (El Chorro Gorge – pictured here), two and a half miles long, up to 1,300 feet deep, and, in places, scarce 30 feet wide, briefly divides the Andalusian heartland. Join the variety of social climbers who home in from around the planet and whose brilliant colourings produce its walls shimmer. Pick out from over 200 itineraries traced onto the stone face. Their names-The Officer Stole My Walkman, Brain Clot, Mama Wants to be a Bullfighter-are as intriguing as the paths themselves. Standards contain beginner-type shinning up the Placa de los Cotos to scary paths up the near-vertical walls of the gorge’s steep subdivisions. There are various outdoor clubs and a few intriguing rock faces, in particular around the area of El Chorro near Alora (see above). Sierra de las Nieves, between Ronda and Malaga or Sierra Almijara are as well well liked with social climbers.

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