You are in Costal del Sol, and it takes the time to get away from the place, so don't worry about it. Let's enjoy the beautiful valleys, rivers, forests of fir, pine and chestnut trees with a few kilometers ( 45 minutes drive) away the other side of the province of Malaga which located in Guadalhorce valley.
The Guadalhorce River runs nearly through the entire province of Malaga and is one of its three major rivers, along with the river Velez and the river Guadiaro. This river rises in the mountains of Antequera and passes through the mountains of Ronda and has its mouth near Malaga, the capital of the Costa del Sol.
About halfway along this path, just after the spectacular gorge of Los Gaitanes in the Sierra de Ronda, the river widens in a valley, the most important of all Malaga, the beautiful Valle del Guadalhorce.
Situated among its mountains we find these beautiful villages belonging to this valley: Coin, Cártama, Almogia, Alora, Ardales, Pizarra, Valle de Abdalajís, Alhaurin de la Torre and Alhaurin el Grande.
Among all these villages and their forests and ecosystems are the most beautiful secret places of Malaga, with an exceptional microclimate perfect for rural tourism or sports, like the National Park Sierra de las Nieves, the Reservoirs of El Chorro, the gorge of Los Gaitanes and the mountains of Malaga.
The villages began to form with the arrival of the Romans in this area, showing the architecture of Roman, Arab, Jewish and Castilian culture, which is also reflected in the typical food; so you should not pass through the area without visiting some of the villages.
From any point of the valley you can appreciate the variety of landscapes. There are many activities on offer, including numerous cultural and gastronomic routes through its traditional villages, plus the sports you can practice, such as trekking, climbing, paragliding; or enjoy the reservoirs, the varied fauna and flora and the streams flowing through their gorges creating incredible waterfalls.
Without doubt the star of this valley is the gorge of Los Gaitanes or Garganta del Chorro, reaching up to 400 meters high and three kilometers long, and many tourists and adventurers come to enjoy the vastness of this impressive place. This route is known as The path of the King, but unfortunately here we have to utter a word of warning: The path is currently closed to the public for being too dangerous.
However, the scenery of the valley is beautiful and there are many other places in which to enjoy, without putting lives at risk. The Guadalhorce Valley is definitely a great choice for day trips near Malaga.