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.
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.
return train departs from El Chorro at 18:03.
Try not to be late, as another opportunity to leave will be gone. If you do not take into account a taxi, of course.
If You will have time to run the Trail early, you can leave and 15:13, but this is unlikely.
during the trip you can admire agricultural landscapes of Andalusia.
Spurs of the mountain massif of the Cordillera of betika
river Valley Guadalete.
Our train arrived at the station of El Chorro, a small village,
Located on the shore of the reservoir of the 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.
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.
we Cross the dam of the Tajo de La Encantada
bearer of the same reservoir.
the road runs along its right Bank.
Ahead rock massif, cut by the river Guadalete.
the First object worthy of attention - pumped storage power plant.
Power station deserves a separate article about it later.
But the valley itself in which we have to go.
Path clinging to a steep rock, called the bus revival.
Gorge is often called El Chorro, named the train station, however his real name "Gorge of the Gaitanes" (Desfiladero de los Gaitanes).
Now you can see the suspension bridge, one of the exciting parts of the route.
the Trail is still completely deserted - from the newly opened Northern entrance to go 3-4 hours.
Rate the grandeur of nature's creations - the height of the cliffs here are about 150 meters.
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.
Ahead - a tiny village 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.
Villaverde road goes over to the other side of the stream Granado, now a steep rock overhang on the right side.
Top Pico de Convento, 670 metres above sea level.
Black rocks reminded me of the craters of Etna, the "conquered" last fall.
the Road bends around Pico de Cueva, which can be translated as "Mountain caves" .
Indeed, in the rocks you can see a lot of voids.
Another dangerous area, steep turn, a hidden rock. This Audi had to take back to miss our bus.
In turn can see the plot is totally smooth rocks, resembling ice "mutton foreheads" of Norway and Karelia Republic.
And these rocks, presumably, the same origin - this gully from the top of Kumo down an ancient glacier.
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.
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.
a Group of tourists photographed in a Small tunnel (Túnel pequeño), leading to the Royal path.
Well, our bus pulled up to Acceso Norte, the Northern entrance to the Caminito del Rey.