Ten Activities You Cannot Miss Out On In The El Chorro Natural Park
If you want to visit a truly impressive and complete landscape, you cannot get better than El Chorro in the Malaga Province. Its rich and natural landscape join together with its spectacular water amenities to surprise and please locals and visitors alike. However, it’s no longer just a feast for the eyes and lungs, but also a thrilling enclave for adventure sports of all kinds, as well as being one of the most commonly visited spots for photography lovers. Here are ten good reasons why you can not miss El Chorro.
1. Caminito del Rey
This is the most well known and at the same time, the most dangerous place in the area. El Caminito del Rey is home to a footbridge suspended above the cliffs of the Sierra Huma in the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes. The views during the tour are of extraordinary beauty. King Alfonso XIII was captivated by this road, which takes its name from his visit. If you come to El Chorro, you may have to contemplate this route from a distance as it is currently a bit impractical. It has recently been announced that it will undergo renovations and be ready to traffic people again in about a year and a half. What is allowed, however, is climbing so don’t forget your helmet and harness.
2. The Ruins of Bobastro
The Ruins of Bobastro are found in Ardales, in a area known as the Mesa de Villaverde. If you are a lover of history, you can not miss this area if you visit El Chorro. It is one of the most important cave complexes in the province as it is there Omar Ibn Hafsún created a for for the Umayyad dynasty, reigning during the Al-Andalus period. You can also enjoy the cave houses that are very important to the legacy of the region’s Muslim history.
3. The Caves of Ardales
Expanding on the cultural relevance of the local environment, you can also visit the Ardales caves, which were formed more than 120 million years ago. Here you’ll find one of the largest collections of rock art in Europe and inside, you can see 56 different animal silhouettes, as well as examples of female figures. A stroll through this collection of art is sure to leave an impression.
4. Water Activities
The hydrographic wealth of El Chorro is known across the world. The Conde Guadalhorce reservoir is the most visited areas in the region and is home to a number of water activities. There is no doubt that it is an ideal place for a picnic or barbecue as it is well equipped for this. After lunch, one can take to the water for a swim. However, there is far more to do than just a swim, as you can now rent pedal boats or canoes. If you are looking for a way to truly unwind, it would be difficult to find a place more privileged than this.
The orographic characteristics of the site allow visitors of El Chorro to enjoy hiking throughout this unique landscape, always in close contact with nature. There are several routes of varying degrees of difficulty. This area is surrounded by mountains and bathed in the waters of the Guadalhorce River, making it one of the busiest walking areas in the Malaga province. The path of the Gaitanejo, the Mirador de las Buitreras and the viewpoint over the reservoirs are the three points you cannot miss if you decide to visit, but remember your trainers before you start hiking.
Lovers of adventure and risk have a unique chance to experiment in El Chorro. This area is regarded as “the paradise for flight” and allows practice and teaching of this sport at a local school. As the temperatures in winter are mild, this sport can be practiced virtually year-round.
El Chorro is a rock paradise and a must-see location for anyone who likes to climb. There are 1,300 possible routes so the degree of difficulty varies, offering ideal opportunities for those starting out and professionals alike. Both will find this to be a perfect spot for practice.
8. Bird Watching
The El Chorro natural park is considered is considered one of the most important areas for bird watching because of its geographic location and spot along the migratory route of birds between Europe and Africa. To help explore the area’s highlights, bird watching activities are planned with guides to explain the characteristics of each species. This experience is enhanced by not only the local fauna, also the wide variety of plant species visible to visitors in this privileged natural environment.
9. Thermas de Carratraca
After a hard day of sport and in direct contact with nature, we well deserve a break. So after our visit to El Chorro, we can go to the “Thermas de Carratraca”. In 1851, the waters were declared of public utility by Royal order, and since then many visitors have travelled to this place, either looking for a solution to their ailments or simply a healthy and relaxing bath. This may be a good option to finish the day in a quiet, relaxing way.
If you visit El Chorro, you cannot miss out on the gastronomic offerings of the people of the Málaga interior. Ardales has a wide range of delicious products from pork sausages to stews made with this meat. Sweets in this area are most commonly made from almonds. The gazpacho and the migas, or fried crumbs, are also commonly found on the menu in this part of Andalucia. Your palate will thank you for this wide range of delicious possibilities.
There’s no reason to wait any longer about giving yourself a break. El Chorro is an idyllic destination for nature lovers, as well as athletes in search of a little peace and quiet. Water and rock come together in a brilliant way in the heart of the Malaga province. You cannot miss it.