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mcrtchly
2015-05-22 22:03:05
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The world's scariest walkway?
El Caminito de Rey (The King's little walkway) runs for over three kilometres some 100 metres above the Guadalhorce River in the Desfiladero del los Gaitanes gorge near the village of El Chorro, about 1 hour NW of Málaga. Until recently it was described as one of the most dangerous walks in the world. Finished in 1906, it was constructed to service an aqueduct and numerous sluice gates connected to the Salto de Chorro hydroelectric plant. Its royal association came when El Chorro Dam was inaugurated by King Alfonso XIII who walked the pathway in 1921. It was closed to the public for safety reasons in 2000 following several fatal accidents, but people still snuck in to do the route despite the threat of a hefty fine if caught, meaning the last fatality was as recent as 2010.

However, its value as a tourism asset was too great to ignore and at the end of March 2015, the first tourists traversed an impressive new boardwalk of stainless steel and wood installed at a cost of €2.25 million, mostly constructed right above the crumbling old concrete walkway. Tourists are given a hard helmet which must be worn at all times on the linear route (starting from the south at El Chorro or from the north at Ardales) which totals approximately 7.7 km, divided into 4.8 km long access ways and 2.9 km boardwalks. A reasonable level of fitness is required; allow around 4.5-5 hours to complete the walk. Coaches run between the northern and southern access points of the gorge for a modest price. Groups of 50 people are allowed to enter the walkway every half an hour and we were among the lucky ones who managed to obtain free tickets on offer for only the first six months.

Billed as one of the top new travel experiences by Lonely Planet for 2015 will do much to ensure the popularity of El Caminito de Rey, but rock climbers and via ferratists will lament the loss of one of their most risqué adventure playgrounds. Some locals we spoke to are appalled at the new ‘Disneyesque’ features and recoil at the thought of busloads of tourists from cruise ships pouring through there every hour!. There is a pub/restaurant (El Kiosko) at the northern end of the route in Ardales and at the southern end of the route we recommend La Garganta Restaurant which serves good quality regional fare using locally sourced ingredients, and the divine locally brewed craft ale ‘Gaitenejo’, named after a series of falls in the gorge.

Bookings can be made at http://www.caminitodelrey.info/en/#1
For our video of the route see: https://youtu.be/HQgIA-lDuhI


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