El Caminito Del Ray

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.

El Caminito Del RayThe 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.

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Noosa Coastal Path

Noosa Coastal Path – A Real Queensland Gem

On a recent visit to Asia and Australia one of the highlights was walking the Noosa Coastal Path in Queensland.

Noosa is 100 miles/160 kilometres north of Brisbane on the appropriately named Sunshine Coast. It is a beautiful area and was certainly the best location visited on the trip. The Noosa Coastal Path, although only 3½ miles/5.4 kilometres in length from Noosa Heads to Sunshine Beach, is a delightful coastal walk.

The walk begins at the Noosa Heads section of the Noosa National Park and takes in some splendid beaches and ocean views. We were fortunate enough to see Koala Bears climbing the gum trees near the start of the walk.

Noosa Coastal Path

Sunshine Beach

Walking through the woodland with the ocean to the left we came to Tea Tree Bay, a non swimming area due to undercurrents. Dolphin Point was the next headland followed by Winch Cove and Picnic Cove in Granite Bay, another non swimming area.

The headland at Hell’s Gates led to the long beach at Alexandria Bay, a nudist beach. After a lengthy walk along the sands it was then a climb up near Lion Rock and Devils Kitchen. Finally the path descended steeply by steps to Sunshine Beach.

Another ¾ mile/1.2 kilometre walk along the sands and we arrived at the Sunshine Beach Surf Life Saving Club where much needed liquid refreshments were taken. The Noosa Coastal Path walk was listed as 2 to 3 hours and it actually took 2 hours 15 minutes. The heat at 35ºc wasn’t conducive to fast walking but it was certainly well worth the effort.

The many beautiful beaches on the Sunshine Coast and the Noosa Coastal Path are all clean, free from litter and a sun worshippers paradise. If you are ever in Australia and Queensland in particular a visit to Noosa is highly recommended.