Thursday, April 9, 2015

The new Kings Walk in Andalucia is open - El Caminito del Rey

Once known as the most dangerous walkway in the World the Caminito del Rey (the Kings Walk at El Chorro), which has been closed to the public for many years after several deaths, has just been reopened to the public after a multi-million euro renovation.

What is the Kings Walk?

The Kings Walk is an amazing pathway which is attached to the steep cliff edges within the dramatic Desfiladero de los Gaitanes gorge at El Chorro. With a near vertical 100m+ drop below its an epic walkway, and given the recent refit it’s no longer a life threatening hiking experience! The walkway runs for 3km and crosses from one side of the gorge to the other via a bridge at one point.

For those wanting to witness the old ‘World’s Most Dangerous Walkway’ this has been left in place and run close to the new walkway. A nice touch which lets you witness just how dangerous the old pathway was.

Where is the Caminito del Rey?

As mentioned above the Kings Walk runs through the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes gorge, which is located at El Chorro in Andalucia. It is about a 60-90 minute drive (inland North West) from Malaga and the same time from the popular tourist destinations of Fuengirola, Marbella, etc.

There is a train service from Malaga.

This is an area of outstanding natural beauty, with epic mountains, winding roads, rivers, lakes and damns. It’s an area I love to visit. The Gaitanes Gorge itself, carved by the river Guadalhorce, is only 10 meters wide in places and a dramatic 700 meters deep.

Vultures and Eagles can be seen most days circling above the Gorge.

Other things to do in El Chorro

Given its beautiful setting and epic natural features this area is very popular with climbers, mountain bikers, cyclists, horse riders, hikers, swimmers and kayakers.

In the summer months the main lake is very popular for swimmers, kayakers and fishermen. The locals enjoy canyoning into the lake jumping from high up on the surrounding rocks into the cooling waters below.

How do I get tickets?

Tickets are booked online here, but a warning note for those wanting to visit early, it is currently (April 2015) fully booked for the first few months.

One other warning. This is a linear route taking you through the Gorge one way! There is currently no transport laid on to get you back to your starting point! Well I guess its designed for those that like hiking and the hike back down the road to the start point is pretty epic too!

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