Sportive people who don’t fear heights should come to the south of Spain to experience some serious hiking! El Caminito del Rey or The King's little pathway, is a walkway pinned along the steep walls of a narrow gorge in El Chorro, in the province of Málaga, Spain. The name is often shortened to Camino del Rey or King's pathway. The walkway had fallen into disrepair and was partially closed for over a decade. During this time it was known as the “world’s most dangerous walkway”. But the government of Spain renovated the path and after four years of work El Caminito del Rey was re-opened in 2015. Now it’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in Andalusia.
In the surroundings of El Caminito del Rey you will find a beautiful nature reserve called Desfiladero de los Gaitanes. It’s located in the heart of the province and considered the most magnificent spot in the Málaga mountains. Between the steep and considerably high walls, there’s a river called Guadalhorce. This is where you will find a canyon carved out by the river. At some points the canyon is only 10 meters wide and 700 meters deep. If you are exploring the area of El Caminito del Rey, don’t forget to take a look at this nature reserve.
It is without doubt an unforgettable experience to walk this royal path. There will be lots of beautiful views. You will walk along steep limestone cliffs near the small village of El Chorro and into a hidden valley. The path is over 100 years old and 100 meters high. In total the route is 7.7 km. However, you can take the “long walk” or the “short walk”. The first one is a 4.8 km long access way that will take you about 50 minutes to walk. Secondly there is a 2.9 km long boardwalk that will take you about 20 minutes. Estimated time for the full length of the route (this is the way that comprises the two boardwalks, and the paths and the forest walkways that serve as the entrance to the area or its exit) is between three and four hours.
(Ticket prices for El Caminito del Rey are 7euros per person. It is best to book your visit online because there is a limit to the amount of people that is allowed on the track every hour.)