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Guadalhorce is full of some of the wildest scenery set in an amphitheatre of mountain ranges with fertile plains of orchards, olive groves and dotted with typical white villages. The Camino del Rey at the El Chorro gorge has to be the main attraction, it threads the length of the gorge hanging precipitously half way up its side.
CÃ¡rtama has existed since Phoenician and Roman times, its boundaries stretch from the sierra CÃ¡rtama to the banks of the Rio Guadalhorce, with much of the area being devoted to olives groves, almonds, fruit and vegetables.
CoÃn is an important pueblo in this area, dating back to Roman times. It lies at the foot of the sierras that make up the coastal range and boasts several beautiful spots including the forests of Alpujata.
Alozaina is of Arabic origin with typically AndalucÃan architecture, narrow streets and whitewashed houses with magnificent floral displays; in 1977 it was voted the most beautiful pueblo in Spain.
Ardales lies between the SerranÃa de Ronda, the Antequera Basin and the Guadalhorce Valley, another Arabic village that languishing at the foot of a rock bears its name.
Carratraca has for many years been considered the gateway to Guadalhorce valley. Although of Arabic origin it was inhabited by the Romans who discovered its sulphurous, curative waters and in the 19th Century the Neoclassical spa was built which is still popular today.
El Chorro stands beside the Embalse de Guadalhorce (Guadalhorce Reservoir) was built to provide accommodation for the workers who built the dam. The Garganta del Chorro (El Chorro Gorge) is an immense cleft cut through the limestone by the Rio Guadalhorce with walls of rock 400m high along its 3km length.
Ãlora overlooks the Guadalhorce valley from the north; the pueblo has steep narrow streets leading to an old castle that is now, interestingly used as a cemetery. The surrounding agricultural land is utilised as vegetable gardens, citrus trees and fruit orchards.
Pizarra dates back to the Catholic Monarchs and is surrounded by green fertile vegetable gardens, citrus and fruit orchards