Around the area of Andalusia where I live.
Malaga Province Andalusia. Andalusia is spelled Andalucía in spanish, I have never understood the need to change the spelling in english and Malaga has an accent on the first A: Málaga.
El Chorro and El Camino del Rey…
The Embalses del Chorro is not a natural lake but a flooded valley that serves the local areas as the water supply. About an hour’s drive inland from where I live near the town of Ardales and not far from Antequera, this place is an inland recreation area for those not close to the sea. Just down the road is la Garganta del Chorro, the throat of the stream the outflow from this lake is used to generate electricity.
A beautiful place with turquoise waters, canoes and paddleos. The area is also favoured by rock climbers. There are a number of cave houses in this area too and the people living in them are called “troglodytes” in Spain. Cave houses are quite common in this part of Spain and some are beautiful, you wouldn’t know you were in a hobbit house.
The King’s Walkway in english is a path that hangs off the side of the rocks near El Chorro. It was originally opened in 1905 for the engineers at the hydroelectric plant at La Garganta del Chorro
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(the throat of the flow/stream) to access areas of the falls and make the transport of materials and tools easier. You wouldn’t think it to see the path.
The path fell in to serious disrepair and was closed off for the public following a few deaths. Needles to say the climbers and adrenalin junkies didn’t pay much attention.
After four years of repairs the walkway was reopened in 2015 and will soon be so busy that I’m glad I walked the Camino del Rey when I did. It was classed as the world’s most dangerous walkway.
near Alhaurín el Grande.
These picture are from the area in which I live in Malaga province. Andalucía is a huge autonomous community containing the eight provinces of Almería, Cádiz, Córdoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaén, Málaga and Seville of which the latter is the capital. If you want to read more here is the Wikipedia entry.
Barranco Blanco – the white ravine is a popular bathing spot. Beautiful river hidden in the natural folds of the Sierra de Mijas. It isn’t that easy to find but many people frequent it.
A series of rock pools, very cold, that are accessed from a fairly difficult path. Some of the pools are only reached by swimming and climbing. Not that handy when you have a lot of photographic equipment with you.
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El Torcal de Antequera is a prime example of wind erosion. My old geography teacher would have been proud. This is an area of limestone karst scenery gouged out by the wind. It’s a forest of stones and a National Park of about 17km square. As far back as July 1929 it was recognised as a Natural Site of National Interest.
The road is steep with a sheer drop on the downward journey, friends found the lack of crash barriers disconcerting, to say the least. But from the top the view are as spectacular as El Torcal. On a clear winter’s day the Coast some 50+km away is easily visible, and I think, but I can’t prove it, that I have seen Africa from up there.
It’s a dead interesting place and wikipedia has a good entry and some nice photos too.
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Is know as el corazón de Andalucía or the heart of Andalusia because of its central location between Málaga, Córdoba and Sevilla. It’s still in the province of Málaga but about 53km north of Málaga town.
It has a Site of Cultural Interest called the Antequera Dolmens Site, which comprises of three dolmens and two sites of Natural Interest. One being El Torcal above, the other being La Peña de los Enamorados or The Lover’s Rock. You can see photos of it here. To me it looks like an Indian lying on his back, you see his face in profile. According to Wikipedia, Christopher Columbus (or Cristobal Colon as he’s known here) knew of this rock by this name.
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