TWO DAMS AND SOME RUINS
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A pretty walk, with lovely views, up and back down a sheltered path from El Chorro reservoir to the top hydro-electric reservoir. Once at the top there are options to visit either, or both, of the Bobastro ruins. The path is mostly straightforward, but there are some rough stretches that make parts of the descent less easy.
Cartografia Militar de España Serie L. Escala 1:50,000 Sheet 1038
Mapa Topográfico Nacional de E Escala 1:25,000 Sheet 1038-3
To get to the start of the walk
From Alora take the road to El Chorro. When you reach the reservoir at km 10, continue past the dam around a couple more curves until you reach a small hydroelectric station on the right. Park in the large space here. The walk starts on the obvious footpath just across the road by the 11km post.
Follow the path uphill until you reach the dam wall at the top (1 hr 30 mins). The only deviation is after about 10 mins, where the path is waymarked to the left. If you keep on the main path it adds a detour of about 5 minutes to the walk, but gives you stunning views down over El Chorro reservoir.
Once you reach the dam wall, turn right until you are on a level with the reservoir.
To get to the more interesting ruins (about 2.5km away), follow the footpath around the reservoir anti clockwise (ie to the right as you face the reservoir) for around 1 km until you reach a tarmac road at a hairpin bend. Turn right onto the road and follow it for about 1 km. Look for a small footpath up the side of a large rock on the right, opposite a verge with parking space. If you reach a wooden forestry sign on the right you have gone too far. Follow the main path to the ‘Iglesia Rupestre’ (about 300m). Return the same way.
To get to the ruins of Bobastro village, and a small bar with amazing views, follow the reservoir clockwise (ie to the left as you face the reservoir). At the end of the reservoir, turn left onto the road. Follow it for around 1 km till it ends. The ruins are on the right, and the bar on the left. Return the same way. (You can see the bar from the path up. As you get towards the top of the path and into some woodland, look up to your left and / or back along the footpath to see the bar, a small white building, across the valley)
The walk back down takes about an hour.
Abundant wildflowers in Spring
Vultures flying overhead