El Caminito del Rey is a walkway, pinned along the steep walls of a narrow gorge in El Chorro, near Ardales in the province of Málaga, Spain. The name derives from the original name of Camino del Rey (King's Pathway), abbreviated locally to el caminito. The walkway had fallen into disrepair and was partially closed for over a decade. After four years of extensive repairs and renovations, the walkway re-opened in 2015. It has been known in the past as the "world's most dangerous walkway" following five deaths in 1999 and 2000.
The two mile trail is built on a steel path over 100 years ago. The trail was originally constructed for works to maintain a hydroelectric plant. However, over time it opened up to the public to become one of the go to dangerous hiking trails for hiking enthusiasts.
El Caminito del Rey Path is placed in the middle of multi-layered natural surroundings that consist of reservoirs, mountains, gorges and valleys, which are difficult to approach. This is why, it is impossible to reach the beginning of the path by vehicle but you need to walk for quite a while.
If you are going to go you would take to get, not only to this area, but to the control cabin, go along the route and come back to the spot where you parked your car at El Chorro - El Caminito de Rey Train Station in Álora. El Caminito del Rey route is linear, not circular. It stretches in one direction, from north to south, so visitors need to organize the way back to the starting point.
You can choose one of the following options: walk back, or take a shuttle bus that goes from the northern access point in Ardales to the southern one at El Chorro in Álora, or the opposite. The price of the ticket is € 0.94 or € 1.55, depending on whether you are in possession of the Málaga City Transport Company multi-journey bus pass. Therefore, if you come by car, is recommended suggest leaving it in any of the car parks provided for visitors as you will have to come back to it by one of the above buses or on foot. If you decide to walk mind the long way, narrow local roads, varied weather conditions, the fact that it gets dark at different time depending on the season, etc.
This route is 7.7 km long, which is total of 4.8 km-long access ways and 2.9 km-long boardwalks. As for the boardwalks, which are the most famous part of the path, the distance between the entrance and exit to this part is 2.9 km, and it includes 1.5 km-long boardwalks and 1.4 km-long forest trails.
The estimated time you need to complete the route (this is the way that comprises the two boardwalks, and the paths and the forest trails that serve as the entrance to the area or its exit) is between three and four hours. From 1st October 2015, you can only walk in one direction, from the northern entrance in Ardales to the exit in the south at El Chorro in Álora. This route is downhill, so it is easier and it takes less time.
The walkway was built to provide workers at the hydroelectric power plants at Chorro Falls and Gaitanejo Falls with a means to cross between them, to provide for transport of materials, and to help facilitate inspection and maintenance of the channel. The walkway is 1 metre (3 ft) in width and rises over 100 metres (330 ft) above the river below.
Movies where you can see the views from El Caminito del Rey : Scent of Mystery (also known as Holiday in Spain), Von Ryan's Express, The End (Spanish thriller).
YOU SHOULD KNOW
El Caminito del Rey is a structure that has been refurbished so to be adapted for active tourism surrounded by nature. Because of this, it is hazardous, and certain physical effort and skillfulness are required of visitors who decide to take up the challenge. Consequently, it's recommend visitors to take with them water or some other energy drink, chocolate bars, energy bars, nuts, and fruit, sun cream and a hat, above all, in summer, Appropriate clothes for the current season, and hiking boots.
Plan your lunch and take sandwiches or other prepared meal because there are no places arranged for it on the boardwalks, nor it is advisable to stop to eat there in order not to influence the flow of visits. Therefore, have your meal before or after coming to the boardwalks.
There are no toilets along the path.
Due to the length of the route and the sections of significant elevation, which are properly indicated at the beginning and the end of the route, this path is not recommended for people who are not fit enough, or might suffer from dizziness. The route is neither appropriate for people who have heart disease, respiratory illness or mobility disorder, or are receiving a medical treatment and the medicines are to be taken during the walk which might provoke side effects related to respiratory, locomotive or heart system. Moreover, children and dependent minors must be under supervision of parents or a legal guardian at all times during the route.
As this activity is to be carried out in protected natural environment surrounded by mountains, you must watch out for a possible rockfall.
It is not allowed to carry a child or other person, no matter their age is, at any part of the boardwalks.
This is absolutely one of the hiking trails on our hiking trail list. How does that sound to you? Do you love to hiking?