Visit El Caminito del Rey and follow the Kings footsteps

When anyone thinks of a holiday in Southern Spain they think of sun, sangria, sand, maybe golf, but Spain has so much more to offer. Take for example El Caminito del Rey (the Kings Little Pathway) a walkway pinned along the steep walls of a narrow gorge in El Chorro in the province of Malaga!

    

This walk really is something amazing – I loved ever second of it. Walking has never been so much fun!

Check out my footage of when I visted El Caminito del Rey – A dizzy stroll I wont forget! 

The walkway was closed for over a decade and fell into disrepair – it was known as the world’s most dangerous walkway and understandably!! It re-opened in 2015 and should be a “must” on everyone’s travel itinerary. The pathway was originally built  to transport workers from a hydroelectric power plant. The construction started in 1901 and was finished in 1905 – amazing feat in itself – the path is 3 feet wide and rises over 330 feet above the river below and is 3 km from start to finish.

If you are keen on wildlife expect to see mountain birds such as the Egyptian vulture, Griffon vulture, Golden eagle and Honey buzzards, to name but a few. (I have researched these as unfortunately I only know the different between a pigeon and a blackbird) You can also find lizards and viperine snakes so keep your wits about you!! Finally you will probably also see mountain goats, foxes, rabbits and badgers.

I would strongly recommend giving yourself lots of time beforehand and plan a picnic as there are so many stunning spots near by.

Note:

  • It can get very busy in the summer time so booking is always recommended and there are age and height restrictions (All of these details are on the website)
  • You set off in groups of about 20 people – we set off on a fast pace and was soon ahead of everyone else which was far more enjoyable
  • Check the weather before you go – it wont be open in certain conditions
  • I would only recommend it for reasonably fit people who certainly have a head for heights!!!!

Further details:

  • Address: Presa El Gaitanejo, S/N, Embalse conde de guadalhorce, 29550 Ardales, Málaga, Spain 
  • Height: 101 m 
  • Length: 3,000 m
All in all a unique and thrilling walking experience, with sublime scenery! Well worth any journey