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Jo Blogs El Chorro: Necropolis de las Aguilillas

March 01, 2018

Jo Blogs El Chorro: Necropolis de las Aguilillas

This is a lovely place of historical interest. Once you get to it, there are signs and plaques giving information about the tombs and their history, so there has clearly been some investment in getting visitors out here. However, there is no advertising or signage telling you about it. Only locals will have heard of it and you have to know where it is in order to find it.

Head towards the North entrance to El Caminito del Rey, with the lakes on your left and El Kiosko Restaurant on your right. Keep going along that road and you will pass the Hotel Posada del Conde on the right. As the road approaches the dam ahead, there will be a well-tended and attractive-looking house on the left, before the road becomes the dam bridge. Just before the house on the left there is a dirt-track off to the left. It is not signposted.

Turn left up that track, just before the house and before the dam. If you get to the dam, you have gone too far. Up the dirt-track you will come to a cross-roads and here you need to turn left. You then keep going about a couple of kilometres through forest and with glimpses of the lakes to your right until you eventually come to a junction when you take the left. Almost immediately, you will see a large sign for The Necropolis on your left and a grassy lay-by area which is where you park.

We were the only people here, which is not surprising given the lack of advertising and signposting.

It was a beautiful spring day when we visited. Although the sun was shining and it was warm, there was a cool breeze blowing through the trees. The walk through the forest to the Necropolis is lovely. Lots of delicate little flowers carpeting the forest floor in pastel pinks and purples and a profusion of colourful butterflies. The smell of pine and the sound of birds in an otherwise silent landscape added to the sense of tranquillity.

It’s about a two kilometre walk to the tombs. There are little wooden arrows pointing the way, though some of them look like they have seen better days. It’s easy-going with some slopes and steps. There are a handful of tombs which you can explore, carved into the rocks here. Plaques in Spanish with English translations give detail on the history and the archaeological findings and their significance. At the highest point of the walk there are fantastic views of the surrounding lakes and mountains.

This is a beautiful spot, and well-worth coming for half a day with a picnic.



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