Malaga - El Chorro

El Chorro Railway Station  © Michelle Chaplow .
El Chorro Railway Station

el chorro

Imagine three stunningly beautiful turquoise coloured lakes bordered by pine forests. A tranquil retreat where you can swim or fish, or picnic on the lake shore. Hardly sounds like a typical Andalucian scene, does it! But west of Alora that is what you will find. Malaga's "Lake District" is in fact three artificial lakes created by a dam built across the dramatic 200 m. high Guadalhorce river gorge, known as the Garganta del Chorro. Watch out for the eagles which continually circle around the sheer cliffs.


Review a selection of hotels - some are within walking distance of El Caminito del Rey. More >

Hostals & Hostels

Search for and book your hostal or hostel in El Chorro. More >

El Caminito del Rey

The popular El Caminito del Rey walk is a thoroughly recommended day out. More >

Photo Blog

Follow the dramatic walk from the comfort of your computer or mobile device, with a photo blog by Michelle Chaplow.. More >

From your journey through the Valle de Abdalajis you will arrive at the small village of El Chorro and your first sight of the dam and the gorge above with a small bridge across the middle of the gorge. 




The Conde de Guadalhorce dam was officially opened in 1921 by King Alfonso XIII of Spain and on this occasion he took a walk along the specially constructed catwalk, called El Caminito del Rey (The King's little Path), pinned to the face of the gorge some 100 m. above the river. The Camino del Rey as it became know was closed to the public and reopened in March 2015. More>


Caminito del Rey - Private Full Day Tour from MaLAGA or NERJA

Caminito del Rey - Private Full Day Tour from Marbella & Mijas

Drive to Ardales and northern access road, walk down the Caminito del Rey including Gaitanejo gorge and hanging bridge with your expert guide. Your transport will collect you from south entrance,  and after time for lunch (meal not included) enjoy kayak or archery activity.  
Tuesday to Sundays.
From central Nerja & Malaga -  75  €

book now



To reach the lakes follow the MA-444 road round to the left of the gorge. Just keep on this road and you will come to the lakes, about 4 km. drive. Even though the lakes are very popular in the summer, their shores are so vast that it is easy to find a quiet place to sunbathe, swim and picnic.


We recommend a delightful waterside restaurant El Kiosko, a particular good choice for the winter visit as a blazing log fire and their excellent roast lamb and pork go down well after a walk along the shores of the lake. But equally delightful is their summer terrace with views to the lake. To find El Kiosko continue east along MA-444 by the lakes, through a tunnel by EL Mirador de Ardales lakeside restaurant. You will find El Kiosko on the right hand side of the road.

Take the minor tarmac but pot-holed road MA-448 up to the upper reservior of the Embalse Tajo de la Encantada is hydroelectric pump storage project for exceptional views. At the end of the road you will find Restaurant Bar La Mesa, do support it, as it opens and closes due to lack of passing trade. On the way up here you pass the ruins of the deserted Moorish village of Bobastro.

Nearby interesting villages to visit are Ardales, Alora, and Teba.