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Bobastro castle and Omar ben Hafsun

A few kilometres from El chorro and the Caminito del Rey (follow the MA-448 until the junction signposted for Bobastro and the Mesas de Villaverde.) lay the Ruins of the impressive fortress known as “Bobastro” that are well worth a visit if only for its stunning setting. (You really need a car to visit this place though.)

This area around 850 to 917 was ruled by Umar ibn Hafsun ibn Ja’far ibn Salim (Arabic: عمر بن حَفْصُون بن جعفر بن سالم).  In Spanish this man was known as Omar Ben Hafsun and in the 9th-century he was a formidable Christian leader of the anti-Ummayad forces in southern Iberia.
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Getting to El Chorro, reservoirs and Camino del Rey

El Chorro

In order to visit the Caminito del Rey you need to get to the small village of El Chorro located in Málaga province, Andalusia, Spain. El Chorro is a few miles away from the larger town of Alora.

GPS etc

Coordinates are 36°54’0″ N and 4°43’60” W in DMS (Degrees Minutes Seconds) or 36.9 and -4.73333 (in decimal degrees). Its UTM position is UF48 and its Joint Operation Graphics reference is NJ30-10.

By Car

From Malaga take the A-357 towards and past Cartama and around 47 km (from Malaga) take the exit towards M-442/Ardales/MA-5403/El Chorro. (About an hour)

The Map below explains the route towards El Chorro to take by car from Cádiz or Seville.

Map El Chorro
Drive to El Chorro
By Train

You can easily book a train ticket online from ACPRail. Click the image on the right and just fill in your departure station and type El Chorro in the destination. Follow the instructions and print your e.tickets straight away.

The image on the left takes you to the Spain e-pass page. A fantastic and very economical way to travel by train in Spain.

The Spain e-pass
The Spain e-pass
Getting to El Chorro by train
Getting to El Chorro by train
By Bus

Time tables keep changing and it’s impossible to get an updated timetable for buses to El Chorro. Also, the buses from Malaga, for example, go to the town of Alora, and then you have to wait and change for a bus to El Chorro. With that in mind and as the village of El Chorro sits on a railway station I am going to recommend the train and forget the bus. (see above for trains to El Chorro)