El Chorro, located in Malaga, is the mecca for rockclimbing in Spain and further afield.
El chorro can easily be reached by Train from Malaga or Ronda. The small village has 1 shop, a hotel and 2 bars.
Although the area is a mecca for rock climbers, it is also the home of 1 of Spains most spectacular walks, the Caminito Del Rey.
Where this walk used to be one of the most dangerous ones around, it has now gone through a massive renovation which resulted in many tourists visiting El chorro to complete this spectacular walk.
After we arrived, we decided to head towards the Caminito Del rey, a spectacular narrow cliffside path which is 100m above the river Guadalhorce. In order to complete the walk, you will need to book your tickets well in advance (At least 2 weeks) due to the fact that the walk is very popular.
The Caminito del Rey (King’s Little Path) is built onto the side of the limestone rock face, and passes through the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes (Gaitanes Gorge) also known as Garganta del Chorro (litteraly throat of Chorro).
The remains of the old path can still be seen. It was originally built around 1905, but fell into disrepair over the past decades. The path was known as "the most dangerous path in the world", hence attracting a lot of mountaineers.
The path was officially closed after some deaths and extensive renovation works took place. The renovated boardwalk is now 2.9km long.
Another amazing view is the 100's of Griffon Vultures which circle high above the rock formations. Another one is the huge rock surfaces which make this region in a rock climbers paradise. The mild weather and the amazing views make this area in an area frequented by some of the best rock climbers.
After our walk, we decided to enjoy a great meal in the Complejo turistico rural la Garganta. We enjoyed the rabbit served with lovely garlic potatoes rinsed down with a glass of wine. The hotel even comes with a small swimming pool and the views of the lake are just stunning.
Waiting for the train back to Malaga, we admired the many rock climbers and the spectacular views.