EL CHORRO is nestled between the mountains of La Huma and Sierra las Nieves and is a savage area studied with high crags and soaring limestone cliffs. It is an area of outstanding beauty, pink-barked eucalyptus, green oaks, fragrant citrus trees and sweet smelling pine forests. Here you might catch a glimpse of the last species of wild goat in Europe.
EL CHORRO is carved out of the earth by the Guadalhorce river and the Garganta del Chorro is absolutely spectacular and over 3 kms long, 200 meters deep (in some places 400 meters) and alive with eagles and falcons. It is also home to a film star, the limestone cliffs that frame the gorge, known locally as "DESFILADERO DE LOS GAITANES", which have provided the backdrop for some of Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns.
The MALAGA-SEVILLE railway line also runs in the gorges and crosses numerous hanging bridges and tunnels, and the whole area is a haven for wildlife with the scenery being among the best in Spain, if not in Europe.
From the vantage point at EL PILAR you will make out a BOARDWALK which teeters across the gorge some 100 metres above the river. This is the KING'S PATH (CAMINITO DEL REY) built in 1921 and officially opened by King Alfonso XVIII.
This walk-way was originally built at the beginning of the past century as a walkway for the workers who were building the Conde del Guadahorce reservoir although its name comes from the visit made by King Alfonso XIII in 1921 for the inauguration of the reservoir.
It is here that was the setting for the FRANK SINATRA film "VON RYANS EXPRESS" and it was from this particular bridge that Frank Sinatra met his death (as depicted in the film)!
After considerable works the walkway is now open again to the public. EL CAMINITO DEL REY is part of a spectacular natural beauty spot. The BOARDWALKS and a hanging footbridge that stands at 105 metres height, as well as steep walls, make many visitors feel inevitably dizzy.
The path is hazardous because of the heights and its very narrow parts. It was refurbished so it could be used for active tourism in natural surroundings. Therefore it is risky and requires certain level of physical effort and skillfulness. Visitors are not risking their lives at all, but they must be aware of the strong impression this place might make on them.
As for the BOARDWALKS, 2.9 km of their length between the entrance to them and the exit point, comprises 1.5 km long boardwalks, and 1.4 km long paths or forest walkways. Estimated time for the full length of the route (this is the way that comprises the two boardwalks, and the paths and the forest walkways that serve as the entrance to the area or its (exit) is between three and four hours.
Visitors should note the long distance and steep slopes in order to reach the BOARDWALKS and there quite a long uphill walk
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