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Gorge of Gaitanes

Diputación de Málaga

Gorge of Gaitanes

The Gaitanes Gorge is a canyon carved by the river Guadalhorce in the territory of Alora, with access from the north by the Guadalhorce reservoirs and from the south by El Chorro, which at some points is only 10 meters wide and reaches 700 meters.
The construction of a water channel from reservoirs in the north to El Chorro to get here the slope in a hydropower station, carried with it a path of maintaining that channel, known as Caminito del Rey because work was inaugurated by King Alfonso XIII. This path about 3 kilometers long has some giddy, steel bar and concrete driven into the vertical wall and a bridge over the gorge on the same waterway. Today its use is banned since 2000 because it is quite damage and many people has died in it. The Malaga Provincial Council has approved a rehabilitation project of it.

Until the arrival of the High Speed Train (AVE), the gorge was the only rail access to Málaga from the interior of Andalusia, with a long tunnel in the east wall of the gorge. There is now another tunnel located one kilometer east, under the Human Peña, to access high-speed rail.

Natural Area > Site of Natural Heritage
Surface - 2.016 ha.
Rules - Ley 4/1989 de 27 de marzo (Estatal). Ley 2/1989 de 18 de julio (Autonómica).