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This summer I had the pleasure of doing this trail twice, once in June and again in September.  What a fantastic way to spend an afternoon for anyone that wants to get off the couch and go for a beautiful walk through the stunning gorge at El Chorro north of Malaga.

One thing to note, is that booking ahead is a must.  Tickets must be purchased online in advance to ensure entry most times in the year.  http://www.caminitodelrey.info/en/#1  this is the website with the English language preference chosen.  It is also available in French, German and Spanish.

I can’t put into words how enjoyable this walk is.. A guided tour is not necessary, and in fact more enjoyable doing it without the guide, you can move at your own pace.

Things of importance to note.

When you arrive at Ardales, the start of the trail, there is ample parking a restaurant and cafe/bar with facilities.

When you book your ticket, you book a start/entry time. It is important to note that it is 2.5 or 1.5 kilometer walk in to get to the start of the walk, so leave yourself enough time to ensure you get to the gate at your starting time.  There are toilet facilities here as well and places to sit while awaiting your entry time.  Be early.

There are 2 entrances at the start, the first one is located right next to the cafe and is the longer and slightly more challenging route from the one that is located about 100 meters from the cafe. If mobility is an issue, I highly recommend the route that is located 100 meters from the cafe.  A small flash light is a good idea as you go thru a low tunnel to get through the rock for 20 meters or so, rocky floor so a flashlight is a good idea.

At the end of the walk, there is a bus that you can take back to the start where you parked. It’s under 3 euros.  Another option is to drive to the El Chorro end of the trail, park your car, take the bus to the start and then walk back to your car.  There are restaurants and facilities at both ends. Give yourself extra time if you are doing this method as the bus takes about 20 minutes to circumnavigate the gorge and get to the start.

Children under 8 are not permitted nor are any persons that require carrying. No hikers backpacks are permitted either as in place the trail is narrow.  Small day packs are welcome, be sure to bring a snack and some water.

The trail in total is about 7.5 km depending on which entrance you use and takes about 3 hours at a leisurely pace.

 

 

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The Spanish title says it best.. it means corners of Salobreña in direct translation, but it means a bit more.. like special hidden places in Salobreña.  A walk the other day in the rain yielded these pretty little side streets

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A few years ago there was some kind of incident on the beach involving horses, their riders and alcohol.  Following that the town hall decided to banish the horses from the mix.  They were given their own area away from the crowds and they were not allowed back for about 3 years.  Because of this, each year fewer and fewer riders bothered to bring their horses down and it really did have a profound affect on the overall atmosphere of the Romeria.  It’s a  different Romeria without horses.    After much pleading and promises, deals were made and the horses were allowed back into the mix.  I for one am happy, life has been brought back to the party.

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It is that time of year again.  The Romeria or Pilgrimage that honors our Patron Saint Rosaria will take place this Sunday commencing at 11am.  For those already here, a program can be obtained from the tourist office, or a digital copy may be downloaded from the Tourism Salobreña Facebook page.

It is a large booklet, lots of information and photos.  The pertinent information regarding times and activities starts about about page 58, so keep scrolling if you have downloaded the pdf file.

 

The day will be loaded with traditional costumes, decorated wagons, horses doing dressage, lots of food and music.  Don’t miss the biggest party on the coast.  If you wish to see photos from previous years, check out the archives for Oct for any of the previous 7 years.

 

This photo was takin in 2009.

This photo was takin in 2009.

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Reminder: The first annual Candlelight Walk on behalf of Acompalia this FridayMarch 21 at 18.30hr
The theme for the Candlelight Walk is:
Everything passes and everything stays,
Our fate is to pass away,
But as we pass, we make paths
Paths in the sea ’Andalusian poet Antonio Machada
Meet at the park in front of Cale Verde II Urbanisation  at the eastern end of the Salobrena promenade. 
Everyone will receive a candle on which they can write  the name of someone they wish to remember. Well walk from there to El Penon rock as the sun sets (walk app. 20 mins).  There will be a few words of remembrance on the rock for those who have passed on, and we will make a path of candlelight for them on the sea.
This will be followed by  drinks and tapas on the terrace  at El Penon restaurant and music by the popular Alpujarran group La Ley de Murphy
Donation on behalf of Acompalia 7 including candle, drink, tapas and music  

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Well the new year has arrived and with it has come some beautiful warm sunny days.  I have always said that the first two weeks of January are the best for good weather in the winter time.  We have had very little rain this past fall and winter so far, with only one good rainfall so far which occurred on the 24th of December.

Lots of succulents are blooming, as is the Cape Honeysuckle (seen below), and the birds that return each winter are here as well.. lots of red starts, great tits and even a flock of storks have been seen by me this week.  I must go birding soon.  The almond trees will be in bloom soon as well.  All the best for another great year for everyone.  Just a few pics from the week. Enjoy

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Flock of storks soaring above the Monte as seen from Casa Hannah

Snow on the mountains

Snow on the mountains

The big orange wall in Motril, Cape Honeysuckle

The big orange wall in Motril, Cape Honeysuckle

Automatic lettuce planter

Automatic lettuce planter, which I have never seen used here before or anywhere else for that matter.

Automatic Lettuce planter

Automatic Lettuce planter with workers filling in the spots missed.

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Close up of the workers filling in the blanks.

Potatoes popping their heads up out of the black plastic.

Potatoes popping their heads up out of the black plastic.

Flowers of Aloe plant

Flowers of Aloe plant

Beautiful banana with it's flower.

Beautiful banana with it’s flower.

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succulents in bloom

succulents in bloom

Christmas on Calle Rosario

Christmas on Calle Rosario

 

A long way up.

A long way up.

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