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El Torcal

El Torcal Park and the protected El Torcal Natural Area is renowned for its unusual limestone rock formations. Its beautiful and extraordinary landscapes have provided the location for the filming of some well-known tv programmes and films such as Emerald City, Game of Thrones and Clash of the Titans.

The whole area was under the sea until one hundred million years ago when the violent movements of the Earth's crust forced it upward into hills and mountains up to 1,300 metres. The limestone still kept its layered horizontal formation and because of this, over the millions of years the rain and wind have been able to chisel away at these layers to form incredible shapes.

It is also home to 30 different varieties of orchid.

To reach the park from El Chorro, you drive towards Antequera along the A343, turn right onto the A7075 and it will be signposted on the right. It takes just over an hour. There is an information centre, cafe and small museum in the car parking area. 

There are three walking routes through the park: the green route is the shortest at 1.5 km; the yellow route covers most of the green area at 2.5 km; and the red route is the longest and most difficult at 4.5 km, taking about three hours, with a viewing point 1,339 m high where you can see the whole of the El Torcal Park and the Africa Coastline.