El Chorro

El Chorro

El Chorro is a small village located in the Malaga region of Andalucia. It is famous for its climbing attractions as it is located next to Desfiladero de los Gaitanes ("Gorge of the Gaitanes").

The gorge is famous for a walkway called Caminito del Rey (King's Pathway) which hangs 100m above the base of the gorge. The path originally provided access to a hydro-electric system and took its name from an official visit by Alfonso XIII of Spain in 1921. Access to the path was removed in 2000 on grounds of safety. In 2012 the regional government agreed to share costs of restoration of the "Caminito", which was completed in March 2015 at a cost of €2.8 million euros.

The gorge runs from the outlet of the "Embalse del Gaitanejo" to "El Chorro". There are two extremely narrow sections at each end of the gorge with a wider bowl in between. In addition to the re-furbished walkway, the old Málaga-Cordoba railway line runs through the gorge in a set of tunnels and bridges.

The gorge features prominently as a place of escape and refuge for the main characters in the 1958 movie " The Night Heaven Fell". The railway and sections of the Caminito were used in the final location shots of the 1965 adventure film ' Von Ryan's Express'.

 

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