Guide for Visitors of the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes. Caminito del Rey (El Chorro)

Source : Malaga.es

This guide shows the main natural and historical values ​​of the Gaitanes Gorge, which, after 40 years of impassable conditions, can once again be traversed through new runways superimposed on the deteriorated “Caminito del Rey“.

caminito del rey chorro 2003 panoramic 360

caminito del rey chorro 2003 panoramic 360

The magnificent ecological heritage of geology, rivers, flora and fauna, is not less than the historical legacy received since prehistory, until the Gorge became, first as a corridor so that Malaga could communicate with the rest of Spain for Railroad in the middle of the nineteenth century, and later, by turning these works into an extraordinary hydroelectric industry of the early twentieth century. Being able to return to these spaces, now safe, and with qualified information that rediscovers them to the current citizens, is the objective of this guide.

If you want to obtain this publication for free, you can do it in the following formats:

PDF format, compatible with any PDF viewer such as Acrobat Reader.
Flash format, available through the Calameo browser portal with Adobe Flash.

MORE INFORMATION :

For more information about El Chorro, Property and surroundings :

http://www.inlandproperties.info/html/area_inland_property.html?area=ALORA

CAMINITO DEL REY MAP :

LOCATION :

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FIESTA DE LA MATANZA : Ardales near Caminito del Rey : 07/02/2016

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bobastro chorro caminito del rey, the church carved in stone

CAMINITO DEL REY HIDDEN TREASURES : BOBASTRO CASTLE

Near The worlds dangerous path in El Caminito del Rey Spain there are other interesting locations worth visiting in El Chorro, Alora and Ardales.

With this post we start our series about “Hidden Treasures of El Caminito del Rey in El Chorro”

BOBASTRO , MEDIEVAL HIDEOUT AND FORTRESS IN EL CHORRO

Bobastro is an ancient archaeological settlement located in the north of the province of Malaga. In the area of ​​the Guadalhorce river, where Omar Ben Hafsun established the capital in its domain in 880, to rebel against the Emir of Córdoba. He acquired castles and lands in a wide area, not only in Malaga, but including portions of the provinces of Cádiz, Granada known then as Elvira, Jaén, and Seville.

bobastro chorro caminito del rey church carved stone

bobastro chorro caminito del rey church carved stone

There is another theory which puts Bobastro in Ronda. Highlights are the rocks, carved buildings including a church, a castle, and  Mozarabic caves.

Access is from the road-Ardales Alora, about 2 km north of El Chorro and the south side of the Gaitanes Gorge and the Caminito del Rey. From here is a paved path that climbs the hill of Las Mesas de Villaverde.

bobastro chorro caminito del rey church mountain location

bobastro chorro caminito del rey church mountain location

Part of the ruins of Bobastro can be accessed by foot. At the top of the hill you can enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding area and you will find there the remains of an ancient fortress.

bobastro chorro caminito del rey alcazaba city wall fortress

bobastro chorro caminito del rey alcazaba city wall fortress

There is also a water tank, the water is pumped at the top to at night to get electricity for the daytime.

bobastro chorro caminito del rey fortress castle

bobastro chorro caminito del rey fortress castle

THE CHURCH

bobastro chorro caminito del rey church carved stone

bobastro chorro caminito del rey church carved stone

Omar Ben Hafsun fled to Bobastro in the late ninth century and rebelled against the Emir of Cordoba. He conversted to Christianity in 899 to build this church. The carved rock was probably  performed in the late first century IX or X.
The Mozarabic church is the only known of al-Andalus. It was destroyed by Abdel Rahman III, when, after opposition as a separate kingdom it was conquered after more than 50 years by Cordoba kingdom. It was taken on January 19, 928.

bobastro chorro caminito del rey church just found villaverde

bobastro chorro caminito del rey church just found villaverde

Unearthed in Sand Stone there is a basilica with three naves separated by horseshoe arches, transept and three territories, the central horseshoe arch and the rectangular sides.
Perfectly situated on the east and has a length of 16.50 m long and 10.30 meters wide. In the area there are remains of other buildings that belonged to other people who sought refuge there for hundreds of years.

HOW TO GET THERE.

Visiting Bobastro can be done from the nearby town of Ardales and Alora. These are just 45 minutes from the coast.

bobastro chorro caminito del rey crossing sings

bobastro chorro caminito del rey crossing sings

The roads are good, but the signals ar not very clear if you’re not from there.

-By Car

We recommend that you take the route from Malaga on the A-357 and then take the exit of Pizarra-Alora. After passing through the beautiful town of Alora you will see the signs for Bobastro. Like everything else in Spain on the way to Bobastro there are many things worth visiting such as: El Chorro Lakes, Gaitanes Gorge and Caminito del Rey, the town of Alora, El Quiosco Restaurant, Restaurante El Mirador and more.

-By Bus

Time tables keep changing and it’s impossible to get an updated timetable for buses to El Chorro. Also, the buses from Malaga, for example, go to the town of Alora, and then you have to wait and change for a bus to El Chorro. With that in mind and as the village of El Chorro sits on a railway station I am going to recommend the train and forget the bus. (see above for trains to El Chorro)

INFO ON ENTRY AND TICKETS

The archeological remains are open all week as follows and though the guided tour is in Spanish the signs and information boards are also in English.

bobastro chorro caminito del rey ticket sales

bobastro chorro caminito del rey ticket sales

Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 3pm there is a guided tour Approximately every hour (in Spanish)

bobastro chorro caminito del rey access walk path

bobastro chorro caminito del rey access walk path

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10 am to 3pm (no guided tours on these days).

TIPS AND ADVICE

You need a full morning to visit including the trip. Good thing is that there is plenty to see around there to fill the day. Good location, good walking areas and good food!

Remember that now the ruins of Bobastro are cared for and are only open to the public certain hours of the day. Previously you could just walk in there and do your own  “discoveries”.

Ask a guide to what other things there are to see such as the fortress of Bobastro, the old city walls, the princesses house and several artificial caves that were used by hermits.

 

bobastro chorro caminito del rey cave houses

bobastro chorro caminito del rey cave houses

bobastro chorro caminito del rey casa de la reina mora

bobastro chorro caminito del rey casa de la reina mora

OTHER SIGHTS

You can also visit other attractions such as: La Huma Mountain, Escalera de los republicanos;

escalera arabe republicano chorro caminito del rey

escalera arabe republicano chorro caminito del rey

Caminito del Rey;

caminito del rey chorro 2003 panoramic 360

caminito del rey chorro 2003 panoramic 360

caminito del rey chorro 2003 panoramic 360 2

caminito del rey chorro 2003 panoramic 360 2

Ardales, Alora, Gaitanes Park and the park of the Conde del Guadalhorce.

PROPERTY IN EL CHORRO AND BOBASTRO AREA

Property for sale in Alora : http://www.inlandproperties.info/areas/ALORA-property-and-information.html

Property for sale in El Chorro and Caminito del Rey : http://www.inlandproperties.info/town-information/malaga-province/el-chorro-property-and-history.html

LINKS

  • Location of Bobastro Complex in Google Maps:

Caminito del Rey as seen from Google Street Maps future View

Google maps the Caminito del Rey : Former Deadliest Walkway in Spain

Google runs and ‘maps’ the Caminito del Rey

Caminito del Rey in Chorro being mapped by Google Street View

Caminito del Rey in Chorro being mapped by Google Street View

The Mountain View giant is these days on the trail to record images for its Google View application

And when it seemed that everything was said and done in the Caminito del Rey, the great giant Google has set in this infrastructure located in the Guadalhorce.

Views of Guadalhorce valley  near Caminito del Rey

Views of Guadalhorce valley near Caminito del Rey

We have been told this morning, employees of Google are these days in Ardales and Alora recording images for Google View application, which allows the user to have a visual experience of this wonderful location.

El Chorro Train Station, start of Caminito del Rey

El Chorro Train Station, start of Caminito del Rey

Google Street View is a feature of Google Maps and Google Earth that provides panoramic street level (360 degree horizontal movement and 290 degrees of tilt), allowing users to view parts of selected cities and their surrounding metropolitan areas. It was introduced first in the United States on 25 May 2007.

Google Views carried by backpackers

Google Views carried by backpackers

When the service was launched, only five American cities were included. Since then it has expanded to 31 European countries, 7 Latin American, 11 Asian, 4 African and Antarctica.

For taking the pictures it is taken into account the weather, time and temperature, thereby obtaining similar photographs. All of them are always modified before its final publication, blurring faces and license plates, due to privacy policies of the different countries where the service is present.

In this case, the images are taken in two days. For that, the infrastructure is closed, for they are performing tests, while in later days, as with people, final photographs will be taken.

Map of Caminito del Rey in El Chorro Spain

Map of Caminito del Rey in El Chorro Spain