The King’s Walkway, El Caminito del Rey
El Caminito del Rey, or The King”s Walkway, is a historical and natural attraction found along the gorge in el Chorro Nature Park in Malaga Province. The walkway was originally opened in 1905 as a way of transportation for the workers and their materials at the hydroelectric power plants on the Chorro and Gaitanejo Falls. It gained fame in 1921 when King Alfonso XIII crossed the walkway, bringing attention to the importance of the dam.
Lonely Planet has listed the El Caminito del Rey as one of the best new attractions of 2015—thrusting Malaga to into the tourism spotlight. This title comes from years of reconstruction to make this attraction deemed safe as it was previously known as one of the world”s most dangerous pathways!
Its modern reconstruction has left it safe and accessible for nearly all abilities. The previous metal wires have been replaced with sturdy walkways, about a meter in width, that blend beautifully with the natural landscape.
At about 100 meters above the river, you”ll walk along the cliff edges with stunning views of online casino nederland the gorge and bright blue water. The route follows the historical path of the power plant workers—in many places along the walk you can see the old route just below the new one. You can see just how severely damaged it was and only imagine how brave those workers must have been!
El Chorro Nature Park offers more than its crown jewel, The King”s Pathway—get it, get it? J It”s also home to some of the most amazing rock climbing walls around. In addition, the manmade lakes shimmer emerald blue hues—a perfect place to take a dip and enjoy a picnic.
El Caminito del Rey and El Chorro Nature Park”s close proximity to the city make it an easy and affordable getaway for hikers, climbers and sunshine seekers alike. Andalucia”s excellent year-round weather allows it to be enjoyed nearly all months, too. Since the King”s Pathway only just reopened late March 2015, it is competitive to secure entrances. Contact us for entrances and guided visits by local geographers and historians!