The Lakes of Malaga, Spain

The Lakes of Malaga - The Spanish Lake District

The three lakes of Malaga are located some fifty to sixty kilometres north of the City of Malaga on Spain's Costa del Sol, in the province of Andalucia. When people think of this part of Spain, they think most often of the coastal resorts, such as Torremolinos, Benalmadena and Fuengirola. Perhaps they may even think of the harsh, desert-like inland landscapes which form the bulk of the Andalucian countryside. Few indeed will think of beautiful lakes, green forests and scenery to literally take their breath away.

Beautiful, Green, Andalucian Countryside

A very different view of Andalucia during the drive towards the Lakes of Malaga
A very different view of Andalucia during the drive towards the Lakes of Malaga
A sheer, unguarded drop from the roadside at one stage of the trip to the Lakes of Malaga
A sheer, unguarded drop from the roadside at one stage of the trip to the Lakes of Malaga

It is possible to get to the Lakes of Malaga from the city of Malaga itself by taking the motorway route in considerably less than an hour but taking the scenic route, although lengthening the journey time to around one and a half hours, allows us to see parts of Spain which are so often missed by visitors. In the first instance, we travel through landscapes of rolling green fields, almond trees and olive groves, growing ever closer to the mountains we can see in the distance.

The Garganta del Chorro and The King's Walkway

The King's Walkway can just be discerned to the right of and slightly below the bridge near the centre of the image
The King's Walkway can just be discerned to the right of and slightly below the bridge near the centre of the image

As we make our final approach to the Lakes of Malaga, we come to the Garganta del Chorro - near the small village of El Chorro - a spectacular river gorge between the mountains and to what has come to be referred to as The King's Walkway (Caminito del Rey.) The walkway is quite literally a narrow ledge, built on the side of the mountain, largely with no handrail or safety facilities, which it is possible for those with nerves of steel and the surefootedness of mountain goats to traverse.

The King's Walkway - Not a Video for the Faint Hearted!

Which aspect of Andalucia appeals most to you?

  • The traditional sun, sea, sand and Sangria?
  • The historical sites of old Malaga?
  • The stunning scenery of the rural countryside and villages?
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Arriving at the Lakes of Malaga

First sight of the Lakes of Malaga
First sight of the Lakes of Malaga
The Lakes of Malaga getting closer
The Lakes of Malaga getting closer
Taken from the road by the shore
Taken from the road by the shore
The King of Spain often escapes to the Lakes of Malaga
The King of Spain often escapes to the Lakes of Malaga
Atop one of the dams which collectively form the Lakes of Malaga
Atop one of the dams which collectively form the Lakes of Malaga

There are a great many scenic walks to take along the shores of the Lakes of Malaga and in the surrounding countryside. Unfortunately, we found ourselves a little pressed for time during our visit which gave us only a couple of hours on the shores and were not able to take in a fraction of what was available to see.

There are a number of restaurants and cafes available in the small villages dotted around the area and I must admit that I thoroughly enjoyed my first taste of kid (young goat) in one of them. I perhaps did not expect it, however, to come with chips (French fries)!

A rich, delicious kid stew, a meat which reminded me very much of mutton
A rich, delicious kid stew, a meat which reminded me very much of mutton

Have you ever Visited this part of Andalucia? 13 comments

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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

I am surprised about the french fries too!!! mmm... maybe should also write about the chip buddy and explain how it is served in the UK. I love to travel myself and the explanation and pictures are absolutely breathtaking. :)


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Curious Traveller 7 years ago from United Kingdom Author

We may do that some day, AE, but too many more subjects higher up the list for now. Thanks for the visit and the comment.


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tdarby 7 years ago

Wow, that is beautiful. I would love to visit sometime. Thanks for the Hub to bring such a beautiful area to light.


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Curious Traveller 7 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you tdarby. It is indeed a very beautiful area and well worth a visit. We hope to see more of it some time.


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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

What a fantastic hub and great photos. The video was breathtaking but since I am no where similar to a mountain goat, I think that experiencing this beautiful area through the video will have to suffice. Thanks.


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Curious Traveller 7 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thanks, Peggy. I think the majority of people would agree with you about the video!


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TravelMonkey 7 years ago from United Kingdom

Great pictures, I love going on holiday in the Spanish countryside places like La Vinuela are really pretty and peaceful!


Steve 7 years ago

I have been to the lakes many a time. It was a nice break to get away from the coast.

Just an up date on the kings walk way. It has been closed to visitors for about 2 years now and it is prohibited to walk on and also on the railway bridge.The last time i went the camp site at ardales was closed , shame but was still beautiful, we had to pitch tent in near by el choro , near the walk way camping there was about 6e per tent, small shop on site with cafe bar , swimming pool a bit green but natural , and if you go in the months june to end sep they are no open fires alowed so a bbq is out . Just a few things you should know. I am not putting the place down it is a wonderful place to visit as i said i have been there many a time.


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Curious Traveller 7 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thanks, Travel Monkey. Yes, it is a beautiful part of the world.

Hi, Steve. Thanks for the comments and the information. When we were there in April 2009, we saw people walking on it. Perhaps they were workers, or something?


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Suki C 6 years ago from Andalucia, Spain

I was there a couple of weeks ago - apparently they have now demolished part of the beginning of the walkway to further deter climbers - plus there's a hefty fine for anyone attempting it (survivors I presume!)

I also heard that there are plans to restore it as a tourist attraction - but being Spain - don't hold your breath.


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Trish_M 6 years ago from The English Midlands

I must admit that lakes and greenery are not what I remember about Andalucia! :)

I watched a TV programme about a Spanish 'Lake District' recently ~ not sure if this is the same place. Possibly another similar project.


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travelespresso 6 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

Hello

Great hub and great photos. I look forward to reading more but in the meantime, I'm off to join your fan club!


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Malaga-Holidays 5 years ago from Malaga

Beautiful hub and photos :)

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