El Caminito Del Ray – The Kings Little Pathway
El Caminito Del Ray sometimes shortened to El Camino Del Ray (the kings little pathway) has recently been reopened after extensive repairs and renovation from 2011 up to 2015.
An earlier post in 2012 described this hazardous walk in the Gorge of Gaitanes in Andalucia, Spain in which 5 people died attempting it from 1999 to 2000. the pathway was then officially closed but people still accessed it and made the walk. In March 2013 an Italian climber fell over 80 metres and not only survived, but walked away unscathed.
This link gives some excellent photographs and a video of the old walkway and the valley below.
The original walkway was completed in 1905 and was used by construction workers carrying goods to the Guadalhorce dam. Its royal association came when it was inaugurated by King Alfonso XIII in 1921.
The repairs and renovation of El Caminito Del Ray have reportedly cost €5 million from an original budget of €2.2 million. Apparently 500 tons of new metal rails have been used in the restoration. The concrete path walkway has now been replaced with a wooden walkway and handrails have been added.
The 110-year-old walkway is set in the village of El Chorro, which is North West of Málaga. As well as the new wooden walkway the path is equipped with safety lines and steel bolts for visitors safety. Those wishing to visit the site will be required to wear a helmet to walk across it.
The vertiginous path, set above the Guadalhorce River, will be opened from Tuesday to Sunday in the summer and winter.
Entry will be free during the first six months, with nearly 30,000 tourists already booked to brave the new pathway, according to local media. Tickets are available at the official website. Public transport between the start and end of El Caminito Del Ray is also being improved.
El Camino Del Ray