Be part of the reopening of the Caminito del Rey and be one of the first to walk this vertigo-inducing trail!
The countdown has already begun to one of the most anticipated works in the province of Málaga: the rehabilitation and adaptation of the Caminito del Rey. If you like hiking and are adventurous, good news! In January or February 2015, this structure is expected to be opened to the public. It will be free for the first three months after its opening and the finishing touches are being added to improve communications with the place which has made the province so internationally famous. Views which will make your heart race, defy death, give you an adrenaline rush and a unique experience: these are some suitable descriptions for this area which is due to open very soon. Firstly though, we want to tell you the story behind this project. Take note of every detail and, above all, make time to visit this unforgettable location.
What is the Caminito del Rey?
The Caminito del Rey is found in the natural setting of El Chorro in Alora (Málaga). It is a three-kilometre long and one-metre wide pass hanging up to 100 metres above the river, in the almost vertical walls of the cliff walls of the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes. It is a complete and utter defiance of vertigo which could not be done in recent years due to deteriorating infrastructure.
It is known internationally as the most dangerous “little path” in the world and therefore has attracted the interest of the bravest. Despite being off limits, many have come to this place to make this little journey while putting their lives in danger. Now, thanks to its rehabilitation, people will be allowed again but we recommend you always go carefully given the place in which it sits.
The works have added a wooden walkway surrounded by a railing that makes it comfortable and safe to walk. It is a spectacular work which is jaw-dropping for anyone who comes here once it is open to public use again.
The Caminito del Rey was born as an access between Salto del Gaitanejo and Salto del Chorro. Both belonged to the Chorro Hydroelectric Society which was commissioned to carry out works to facilitate the movement of operators working for the company. So this structure was started in 1901 and finished being built in 1905.
If you are interested in history, this path, in addition to its natural value, is invaluable for the study the twentieth century in Málaga. The trail starts next to the railway tracks and runs through the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes. In time, it became a vital step for the locals where women would travel to buy goods from other villages, children would go to school and for other locals too.
We recommend that you come to this area which will surprise as much as it did Alfonso XIII, the King of Spain at the time in 1921. It was due to this king’s astonishment during his special visit that the trail is known as the Caminito del Rey (The King’s Path).
If El Chorro is to stand out for anything in Málaga, it is for its environmental value which permits outdoor sports. Now with the opening of the Caminito del Rey, a new hiking route is available to add excitement to physical exercise. We recommend that you walk the trail with comfortable clothes and shoes, and in the first quarter of 2015, wrap up warm because the temperatures will rise significantly from those of the Costa del Sol.
Another element you cannot forget is the camera to immortalise the experience. The photos others have taken already are amazing, leaving us with some vertigo-inducing views and the beauty of the natural environment. One of the routes being considered for this route will take approximately an hour and a half and cover six kilometres (including the walkway).
If you are into extreme sports and are passionate about the idea of walking the Caminito del Rey, we recommend you look at the possibility of paragliding, since this approach is widespread in the area and fans of this sport come to Andalucia regularly to do it in El Chorro.
If, on the other hand, you prefer something quieter, consult for other hiking trails in the area. The Caminito del Rey commands the respect of many people who choose not to cross it and, therefore, they are going to put up a trail to observe the gateway from the top of the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes without having to cross it.
The transport for connecting El Chorro with the capital of Málaga also will be improved to make things easier for visitors. They are going to add two train lines to facilitate the access of people to the area. Meanwhile, the El Chorro Station will be equipped to receive more tourists and will be renamed “El Chorro-Caminito del Rey”. Similarly, the currently-closed Visitor Reception Centre will be reopened.
Once everything is open in the first quarter of 2015, there will be first-hand information on site. Those responsible for this infrastructure hope that King Philip VI will able to attend and open this trail which was named Caminito del Rey (The King’s Path) thanks to a visit from his grandfather, Alfonso XIII.
So now you know, behind the story and the natural value of the surrounding environment, an exciting adventure lurks with unique images. After nearly two decades, don’t miss the reopening of the Caminito del Rey in 2015 and prepare your trip to the province of Málaga.
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