Situated just 50 metres from the train station in El Chorro is the “La Garganta” Hotel Complex. Fantastic accommodation and a great place to stay if you are looking to spend a few days in the area. (Hotel information here)
The hotel can arrange your entry permit for the Caminito del Rey so long as you stay there at least 1 night… MAKE SURE WHEN YOU MAKE THE HOTEL BOOKING YOU STATE THIS IN THE OPTIONAL MESSAGE AND SEND THEM THE PASSPORT DETAILS OF EVERYONE IN YOUR GROUP.
However if you are just passing through then this is also a wonderful place to stop for lunch after you have walked the Caminito del Rey or (if you have no head for heights 🙂 ) just admired it’s beauty.
The Restaurant serves a wide and varied cuisine using high quality local products and is set on the ground floor of the complex. It features a cozy country-style lounge and a truly spectacular terrace with panoramic views of the surrounding stunning scenery .
MálagaProvincial Councilhas now approvedan investment of350,000eurosfor adapting the existing pedestrian accessto the Caminito delRey. (An amount of money that seems quite unbelievable when one is talking about a couple of kilometres of footpath that actually already exist….)
The first access will start from the train stationin ElChorro (where the interpretation centre will be housed and will connect to the trail on the El Chorro side of Gaitanes gorge and the Camino
The second Pedestrianaccess will startfrom the car parkof the Ardalescampingarea by the Guadalhorce reservoir (close to El Mirador restaurant)and will pass through the small tunnelleading up to the reservoir mirador and Gaitanes footpath.
In the words of Malaga Vice PresidentFranciscoOblaré.“These actions will supplementan ambitious project thatwill be a majorboost for tourismin the provincein general andin particularthe neighboring towns of Ardales, El Chorro and Alora.”
The setting for this restaurant “El Mirador” is, quite frankly, spectacular. Right beside the lake but elevated to give panoramic views of the Guadalhorce reservoir and surrounding countryside. This restaurant is easy to find set above the road tunnel on the A444 just 3 kilometres from the Guadalhorce dam.
It’s also very convenient if you are going up the mirador- viewpoint or walking the Gaitanejo footpath that starts very close to this restaurant.
Food here is of quite a high quality, the staff are very friendly and prices are reasonable. An excellent selection of salads, seafood and meat dishes. All in all another great place to eat in the area around El Chorro and the Guadalhorce lakes…
Jose, the owner of Bar La Ermita is, quite frankly, a really nice guy. He is also the person to talk to if you are interested in climbing in the area as this is also the local base for the “Peña de Escaladores” – The local climbing club. if you need to ask questions about climbing then this is the place to stop off for a beer and a tapas or three…
On weekends and holidays there is a barbecue going and the meats that come off it are delicious. Usual “venta” food which is good quality and not expensive.
Jose also has accommodation to rent (ask him for dates available but at 13 euros per night per person you can’t really go wrong.) and during the months from May to September the swimming pool is also open. Although not a lot of English spoken here, Jose has his trusty (and well thumbed) dictionary at hand and is very happy to help people out during their visit to the Camino del Rey and surrounding areas.
Just a kilometer from the village of El Chorro on the road towards the Guadalhorce lakes, this little bar/restaurant “El Pilar”is one of my favorites. It’s not overpriced and the owners are friendly and well used to foreign tourist passing by. (A great place to practice your Spanish 🙂 )
Normally, there is no problem for parking and this is the best place for you to get a good view of the Caminito del Rey and the train bridge just before the first tunnel. (Just park your car and walk along the road for 100 metres towards the gorge.
Food here is a you would expect from a roadside “venta” with a good selection of tapas, salad and meat dishes.