Think of El Chorro then most likely your first thought would be of the world famous Caminito del Rey walk. Quite rightly this path deserves the accolades it receives but there are other walks in this area that are, in our opinion, just as beautiful and exhilarating and without the throngs of tourists.
One such walk is the Arabic Steps. Now, it does seem that the steps were not built during the Moorish occupation, most likely they were built in the last century, but why let that get in the way of an inspiring title!
We’ve planned this as a circular walk that starts just above the village of El Chorro. We start with a brisk climb (on foot!) on a small path that rises through the pine trees, and which offers us welcome shade from the sun. As we make our way higher we start to enjoy some impressive views back down to the reservoir of El Chorro and across to the vertical rock faces that sandwich the Arabic Steps! When we break out of the tree cover you’ll see that we’re heading up to one side of the steps, as our route will allow us to descend the steps, rather than climb them.
When we reach the top of the steps, and on a clear day, we will have an incredible panoramic view; we’ll be able to spot La Maroma (Tejeda Natural Park) and El Torcal de Antequera to our left, in front is Malaga and the coast, and to our right is the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park.
When we come to descend the steps we will follow a natural weakness across the rock wall, and although steep in parts, the going is secure. You do feel high, and where the path narrows, you can feel slightly exposed, but this does add to the excitement of descending back down to the forest track! At the bottom we follow the track back to the start.
Time permitting we’ll call back into El Chorro for some refreshments and for those with some surplus energy can walk up to the south entrance of the Caminito del Rey.