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Malaga and Costa del Sol. Photowalks

Malaga - El Chorro. The way to King's path (Camino del Rey)

The easiest way to the King's path (Caminito del Rey) starts in Malaga, from the train station Maria Zambrano.

Malaga. Train station Maria Zambrano (Estacion Maria Zambrano)

Train to station El Chorro departs at 10:05 daily, the journey time is 42 minutes. A one-way ticket costs € 4.85, it can be purchased from the ticket office or machine, as well as through the website of the Spanish Railways Renfe.

Train Malaga - El Chorro. Rural landscape

return train departs from El Chorro at 18:03.

Train Malaga - El Chorro. Rural landscape

Try not to be late, as another opportunity to leave will be gone. If you do not take into account a taxi, of course.

Train Malaga - El Chorro. Rural landscape

If You  will have time to run the Trail early, you can leave and 15:13, but this is unlikely.

Train Malaga - El Chorro. Rural landscape

during the trip you can admire agricultural landscapes of Andalusia.

Train Malaga - El Chorro. Rural landscape

Spurs of the mountain massif of the Cordillera of betika

the spurs of the mountain massif of the Cordillera of betika

river Valley Guadalete.

Valley Guadalete

Our train arrived at the station of El Chorro, a small village,

the Railway station El Chorro (Estacion El Chorro)

Located on the shore of the reservoir of the Tajo de La Encantada.

El Chorro. The reservoir of the Tajo de La Encantada (Embalse Tajo de la Encantada)

Near El Chorro is the southern entrance to the Caminito del Rey, but my ticket was specified and the entry is there  runs a special Shuttle bus, bus stop near the train platform.  

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bus Fare I paid when online reservation, visit the Royal Path  it costs 1.5 euros. When boarding the bus cut out a coupon from the printout of the reservation. Don't know if it is possible to pay on the spot, I didn't see all of the tourists were from reservations. Though, probably, you can go with me, rode the train two girls, they had no reservation, but it took a path just ahead of me. The clock was about 11, my armor was standing with a time of 13:30, because I was not was in a hurry to take a turn at landing (and quite wrong about that later), as the buses go every half hour (schedule). While I was standing next to the stop  and was wondering where to go, the crowd of tourists, who arrived on the train with me, boarded the bus, and the employee, checking tickets looked at me, inviting me also to ascend into the cabin. Well, if invited, must go, especially because it offered an exclusive place - a folding chair next to the driver.   

Malaga

we Cross the dam of the Tajo de La Encantada

Dam of the Tajo de La Encantada (Tajo de la Encantada Dam)

bearer of the same reservoir.

El Chorro. The reservoir of the Tajo de La Encantada (Embalse Tajo de la Encantada)

the road runs along its right Bank.

El Chorro

Ahead rock massif, cut by the river Guadalete.

El Chorro

the First object worthy of attention - pumped storage power plant.

Pumped storage power plant Tajo de La Encantada (Central del Tajo de la Encantada)

Power station deserves a separate article about it later.

El Chorro

But the valley itself in which we have to go.

El Chorro. The gorge of Gaitanes (Desfiladero de los Gaitanes)

Path clinging to a steep rock, called the bus revival.

El Chorro. The gorge of Gaitanes (Desfiladero de los Gaitanes)

Gorge is often called El Chorro, named the train station, however his real name "Gorge of the Gaitanes" (Desfiladero de los Gaitanes).

El Chorro. The gorge of Gaitanes (Desfiladero de los Gaitanes)

Now you can see the suspension bridge, one of the exciting parts of the route.

El Chorro. The gorge of Gaitanes (Desfiladero de los Gaitanes)

the Trail is still completely deserted - from the newly opened Northern entrance to go 3-4 hours.

El Chorro. The gorge of Gaitanes (Desfiladero de los Gaitanes)

Rate the grandeur of nature's creations - the height of the cliffs here are about 150 meters.

El Chorro. The gorge of Gaitanes (Desfiladero de los Gaitanes)

Railway bridge at the entrance to the tunnel to El Chorro.

Railway bridge at the entrance to the tunnel to El Chorro.

Then the road narrows, passing on a narrow terrace above the stream Granado, buses are leaving one by one.

the Village of Villaverde (Villaverde)

Ahead - a tiny village Villaverde.

the Village of Villaverde (Villaverde)

Church of our lady (Ermita de Nuestra Señora de Villaverde) is one of the attractions of Cycling and walking route El Chorro - Bobastro. I originally had plans to go on it, but it takes a full day.

Church of our lady of Villaverde (Ermita de Nuestra Señora de Villaverde)

Villaverde road goes over to the other side of the stream Granado, now a steep rock overhang on the right side.

the Village of Villaverde (Villaverde)

Top Pico de Convento, 670 metres above sea level.

Mount Pico de Convento (Convento de Pico)

Black rocks reminded me of the craters of Etna, the "conquered" last fall.

Mount Pico de Convento (Convento de Pico)

the Road bends around Pico de Cueva, which can be translated as "Mountain caves" .

Mountain caves (Cuevo de Pico)

Indeed, in the rocks you can see a lot of voids.

Mountain caves (Cuevo de Pico)

Another dangerous area, steep turn, a hidden rock. This Audi had to take back to miss our bus.

Mountain caves (Cuevo de Pico)

In turn can see the plot is totally smooth rocks, resembling ice "mutton foreheads" of Norway and Karelia Republic.

Mountain caves (Cuevo de Pico)

And these rocks, presumably, the same origin - this gully from the top of Kumo down an ancient glacier.

Mountain caves (Cuevo de Pico)

Leave the left a huge construction site of the camping trails around the Royal, which became available to "non-extreme" the public recently, is actively developing infrastructure for active and environmentally friendly.

Mountain caves (Cuevo de Pico)

Pass tunnel, over which is located the restaurant El Mirador Ardales. The restaurant terrace offers a wonderful view of the reservoir of the Conde del Galore.

restaurant El Mirador Ardales

a Group of tourists photographed in a Small tunnel (Túnel pequeño), leading to the Royal path.

Small tunnel (Túnel pequeño), lead to the Royal path

Well, our bus pulled up to Acceso Norte, the Northern entrance to the Caminito del Rey.

Royal trail, North entrance (Acceso Norte Caminito del Rey)