We cannot recommend this trip enough. The first time we went was in June 2017 with the kids; they loved it and we stayed on a camp site nearby for a couple of nights. In October Åse took her parents; they still talk about how incredible beautiful it was. And last time; Friday the 1st of December we went there with staff. And they all said, it was a day to remember… We are talking about the Caminito del Rey (which means The Kings Trail).
The trail “El Caminito del Rey” is built in 1901 in the gorge of Desfiladero de los Gaitanes. The path is, at some sections, attached to vertical walls, only 1 meter wide and more than 100 meters above the river. It might sound a bit scary but it looks worse than it is.
The trail were started in 1901 and finished in 1905 and built to connect the two villages Ardales and El Chorro, but wasn’t given the name before 1921 when King Alfonso XIII went along the path on his way to Count of Guadalhorce’s reservoir in order to officially open this great building achievement. Later because of lack maintenance it was closed down, only used by climbers. Luckily for everybody it was decided to renovate the path, so that in 2015 it opened to the public, – for us all to enjoy.
The walk is 8 km and fairly easy, it is not necessary to be a sportsperson. But if you suffer from seriously acrophobia, it might not be for you.
It is necessary to book tickets (only 10,00€) on http://www.caminitodelrey.info . Here you can also find more info about the walk.
But honestly, don’t miss out on this wonderful and picturesque adventure.