Desfiladero de los Gaitanes Natural Area

Sierras Subbéticas Natural Park

The Desfiladero de los Gaitanes contains is a magnificent gorge on the path of the Guadalhorce river. It is known as the Garganta del Chorro. The protected area covers just over 2,000ha and is located within the Subbetica mountain range.

The Camino del Rey is a 7km path which runs from the Salto del Chorro to the Salto del Gaitanejo.  Unfortunately this has run into disrepair and too dangerous to walk.  However, there is a restoration project underway which has set about restoring this famous path and allowing people to view the spectacular gorge.

Many birds of prey live within the area.  These include Egyptian vultures, Bonelli's and golden eagles, common kestrels, peregrines and griffon vultures.  Spanish ibex are found in the more remote parts of the gorge.  Wild cats, genets and dormouse and mongoose are also residents here.

The area is home to wide variety of plants.  These include aleppo pines, wild olive trees, junipers, holm oaks, rosemary, rock roses, dwarf fan palms, thyme and lentisc. Nearer to water the plants found here are reeds, tamarisk and oleander, as well as poplar, willow and eucalyptus trees.


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