Hiking in Malaga, routes to fall in love with
Is the weekend coming and you do not know what to do? We propose an option to enjoy the good weather of Andalusia, visit the lands of Malaga, and what better way to get to know the province than with hiking.
Malaga, land of sea and mountain, with Phoenician, Roman and Arabic history that marks the art and architecture of the city and the towns, with more than 3000 years of history. Cradle of artists like Picasso, who has exhibitions in several museums in the province. Malaga stands out for its gastronomy that offers exquisite and delicious products of its land and its sea.
But beyond the typical places to visit in Malaga such as the cathedral, the Picasso museum or the citadel, we invite you to enter a more natural and adventurous Málaga.
The Andalusian province offers a huge variety of trails, for its extensive and lush nature.
Here we will highlight the best hiking routes in Malaga.
We started with the star among the hiking trails of the Andalusian province, El Caminito del Rey, located in the charming town of El Chorro.
Recently restored, the Caminito del Rey is located in the Natural Park Desfiladero de los Gaitanos, formed by the erosion of the Guadalhorce River. The origin of this curious route? It was created to facilitate access to workers of the hydroelectric company to the falls of El Chorro and Gaitanejo. Its name comes from the fact that King Alfonso XII inaugurated the Guadalhorce reservoir in 1921, captivated by the beauty of the views offered by the route. It is an easy route to perform, the only requirement that you must meet is not to have vertigo.
The road starts in the parking lot, where you have to cross through a cave to the entrance of Ardales, there they give you a helmet, some brief instructions and start walking!
The first part crosses the gorge of about 300 meters high, full of beautiful views that are accompanied by streams and waterfalls that overlook from above. The trail descends as the canyon widens, something really amazing. To all this add that where the route runs is a wooden footbridge.
Next, the Gaitanejo reservoir is bordered, where you can see the Puente del Rey in the distance, all with beautiful views that will leave you with your mouth open.
After crossing the entire wooden walkway, you touch firm ground and go through the Hoyo Valley, a leafy forest surrounded by trees and mountains, and without realizing it, you end up in front of the Gaitanes Gorge, majestic, with its rough earth-colored walls , the sky blue, bright river, next to the train tracks that appear from the rock. Another snapshot that will remain engraved on your retina is the incredible suspension bridge over 105 meters high, which you will also have to cross.
And if with all this you have not yet fallen in love with this wonderful route offered by Malaga, the last section is the most spectacular, since the walkway is attached to the fronts of the gorge and the Tajo de la Encantada reservoir.
Once finished the Caminito you can return by bus or walk about 7 km. It is a path that we recommend, for the beauty of the place and the rarity of the route. It is a great plan to do as a family, with children or with friends.