Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Great new tourist atractions for Andalucia

A few announcements in the past few weeks for new activities and experiences in Andalucia in the south of Spain.

The New Kings Walk at El Chorro

First the ‘Worlds Most Dangerous Walk’, el Caminito del Rey, or the Kings Walk as it is also known is about to become ‘possible the worlds most spectacular but very safe walk’!

The current old walkway was officially closed to all but ‘climbers’ in 2001 and unfortunately has been the scene of many deaths in past years. That said its a truly amazing experience if you go with some qualified guides!

Now afters years of talks we are delighted to hear that the work has finally started on the complete renovation of the Kings Walk and the new safe version will be opening to the public in 2015.

For those that do not know the Kings Walk it is a stunning, currently crumbling, walkway set high up on the cliff walls in the dramatic gorge at El Chorro. A stunning part of Andalucia with amazing scenery. The mountainous area of El Chorro is home to several scenic lakes created through the implementation of several dams for water retention and hydroelectricity. These make the area a superb spot to visit for mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, swimming, fishing and kayaking.

The new walk way will feature a glass bottom in places allowing visitors to 'walk on air' hundreds of meters above the cliffs and waters below.

El Chorro is located about a 90 minute drive north of Malaga between the towns of Alora and Ardales. It’s a superb place for a day out. The hillside town of Ardales has some great restaurants and bars and there is a great hotel and spa in El Chorro itself, located opposite the small train station.

Malaga's New Big Wheel and Aquarium

For those looking for something a little more serene try the town of Malaga, often overlooked as a great place to visit. In recent years it has really worked hard to succesfully put itself more prominently on the tourist map with a host of great new attractions and events including the annual feria, Easter parades and film festival.

Malaga is a superb place to visit. Just this week they have announced that two new major tourist attractions are to be built in the recently renovated port area. A big wheel, Malaga’s equivalent of the London Eye, will give tourists superb views out over the port, the castle, surrounding mountains, the Mediterranean, the cathedral and the old town.

The port area will be further boosted with the building of a new aquarium just a short walk away.

These two new Malaga attractions will superbly complement the recently opened Muella Una port side area, which is a great place to stroll, dine and shop by the water. This area is the bridging point between Muella Una and the pretty old town shopping and dining areas around the famous Calle Larios.

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