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IMG_4572 El Torcal & El Chorro | by Harm Frielink
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IMG_4572 El Torcal & El Chorro

The beautiful landscape in the Valle of Abdalajis.

El Chorro (in English, The Spurt) is a small village named after the outlet of the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes limestone gorge in Andalusia in southern Spain, through which passes the Guadalhorce river. The river was dammed in the 1920s, forming three reservoirs.

The gorge is famous for the very dangerous path called Caminito del Rey (King's little pathway). The path gave access to a hydro-electric plant and took its name after an official visit by Alfonso XIII of Spain in 1921. Official access to the path was removed in 2000 on safety grounds. In June 2011, the regional government of Andalusia and the local government of Málaga agreed to share costs of restoration of the Caminito (including car parking and a museum) of €9 million. The project will take approximately three years to complete. Many of the original features will remain in place and the new materials that are used will be in keeping with the old design.

  

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Taken on June 17, 2012