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.
Home of the popular El Caminito del Rey walk, just south of the stunning Ardeles with its lakes and reservoirs and set in breathtakingly beautiful Andalucian countryside, El Chorro is an excellent… More →
The Caminito del Rey is a cliff-side path hanging 100m above the waters of the river Guadalhorce reservoir, as it runs through the famous beauty spot; El Chorro Gorge, near the villages of El… More →
We offer selected guided tours to walk the Caminito del Rey with transport from Marbella, Fuengirola, Torremolinos, Malaga or Nerja. These are ideal if you do not have a hire car since getting… More →
The official starting point of the Camino de Rey access path is on the country road MA-444 (which branches off the MA-5403 6km east of Ardales) just south where it crosses over the Conde de… More →
On this page you can find a selection of hand picked hotels, that are suitable if you are walking, The Caminito del Rey or exploring the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes natural area.
The official starting point of the Camino de Rey 2.5 km access path is on the country road MA-444 just south where it crosses over the Conde de Guadalhorce Dam by the Sillon del Rey (King's seat)… More →
The original path was built between 1901 and 1905 by the Sociedad Hydroelectrica del Chorro (Chorro Hydroelectric Society). A pioneering project to take advantage of the 100m drop in the river… More →
Enjoy some of Andalucia's most spectacular scenery close-up on the newly reopened Caminito del Rey, the King's Little Path, in Malaga province. High up above El Chorro gorge, the Camino is not a… More →
Video of Caminito del Rey.
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.
EL CAMINO DEL REY
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>
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MALAGA LAKE DISTRICT
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.