Stage of some difficulty although the route is relatively short. The stage concludes at El Chorro station, after a mountain tour, since it is the Torcal striags. In this area fossils abound, ammonites for the most part, large and colorful.
From the point of union with the Great Path and until we reach the El Chorro Station the road will provide us with spectacular views over the Guadalhorce valley and the urban center of the Chorro Station, we will pass through archaeological remains of ancient tombs from Roman times that the slope created for the adaptation of the road has exposed, we will cross the Cortijada de Las Pedreras and descend through the repopulation pine forest that protects the reservoir from the enchanted runoff that can produce rainwater on its slopes. All this bordering the Sierra de Huma on its south face and the Natural Park Gorge of the Gaitanes.
Paths that link_
- Match with the GR 7 E4 except the first 1.4 km
- Partial coincidence with the PR-A 85 Birth Trail and the PR-A 390 Pico Huma
- Partial coincidence with Stage 20 of the GR 249
- Partial coincidence with the SL-A 207 Circular Arab Ladder ("Escalera Árabe").
Stage 3 is the shortest of this Variant, and is described complete even though the second half of it coincides with Stage 20 of the matrix Long Trail, the GR 249. This is also a section in which you have to know how to perfectly interpret the signage of the Approved Trails in Andalusia, since they link in some way or partially coincide three Long Distance Paths, two Short Distance Paths and a Local Path. It would not hurt to take a new look at the chapter where this is explained and resort to the map in case of doubt.
It is a very mountainous route whose first kilometers go through the municipality of Valled e Abdalajís. It is characterized by a lot of ascent and more descent, reaching up to 700 meters of altitude. This maximum level marks half of the route, the change of municipality from Antequera to Álora and the passage from the ascent to the descent. In the Port of Flanders and the area of Las Pedreras, in addition, the limit of the Natural Park Gorge of the Gaitanes is crossed, which here also coincides with the Haza del Río Public Mount, recognizable by the dense pine forest.
Sports climbing accompanies the Path almost all the time, with the small school of the Abdalajís Valley and, above all, with the Frontal walls of El Chorro (or the Castellones as a secular name) that remain to the right with imposing cliffs in the second half. It is the most important area in the province for these mountaineers, mainly due to its accessibility, good weather and sunny exposure. The almost certain coincidence of activities will mean that extreme precautions must be taken by both parties.
The entire tour is within the Special Conservation Zones (ZEC) Sierras de Abdalajís, the first part, and the Enchanted South, the end.
In the Abdalajís Valley, several temples stand out and the Gangarro viewpoint located in the upper part of the municipality, coinciding with the hermitage of the Santísimo Cristo de la Sierra. From the geological and geographical point of view, the Abdalajís Valley mountain range and the Huma, Torcalillo, Chapel and Castle mountains are remarkable. The Abdalajís Valley is one of the most recognized free flight destinations at the regional and national level.
As for El Chorro Station (Álora), it has a Renfe stop where several regional trains stop. It is a beautiful area where the train (until the arrival of the AVE was the only access road by rail to Malaga) crosses the Gaitanes Gorge through 17 tunnels. The Station is the end point and beginning of stages 20 and 21 of the Great Path of Malaga and the starting point of the Caminito del Rey. In addition, it is one of the most important climbing areas in Spain, having been held for a few years one of the events of the national championship.