Caminito del Rey


Caminito del Rey Malaga

The Caminito del Rey Malaga is located, specifically, in the Paraje Natural Desfiladero de los Gaitanes, between the municipalities of Alora, Antequera and Ardales.

The route of the Caminito del Rey is one of the most famous in the province of Malaga, but also in the whole of Spain. You will be able to see one of the most spectacular landscapes of the Málaga mountain range, with steep walls and considerable height. The river Guadalhorce flows through this area after passing through the reservoirs of El Chorro, Guadalteba and Gaitanejo.

What is Gaitanes Gorge?

The place where the Caminito del Rey is located is a canyon excavated by the Guadalhorce River at the height of Alora. At some points it is only 10 meters wide and reaches 700 meters deep.

The Caminito del Rey can be accessed from Ardales or from Álora

In this website you will find all the useful information about the Caminito del Rey.

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El Chorro Malaga

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Desfiladero de los Gaitanes

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History of the Caminito del Rey

A story of King Alfonso XIII

The Caminito del Rey of Malaga played an important role in local development. The presence of three important rivers such as the Guadalhorce, the Turon and the Guadalteba, constitutes a strategic place. The complexity of the orography was not an impediment for the localities to start enjoying the technological progress and development of the Caminito del Rey path.

The history of the Caminito del Rey began with its construction in 1901. The Caminito del Rey was clearly functional, but soon became part of the life of the inhabitants of El Chorro and the surrounding villages. This municipality also had some caves in the different sierras of the area.

The Hydroelectric Society of El Chorro needed an access to facilitate the passage of workers and materials. The construction of the Caminito del Rey took 4 years.

To inaugurate this great work came King Alfonso XIII, who went to the Conde del Gualdalhorce dam. Since then, this route has been known as the Caminito del Rey path.

It was usual to move people along the Caminito del Rey route during the day and at night because it had electricity. It was an important way of communication because the inhabitants of El Chorro could be in contact and the children could go to school. But over the years, the effects of nature left some sections of the Caminito del Rey impassable.

Many adventurous and brave people walked along its narrow footbridges. After several fatal accidents, access to the Caminito del Rey way was closed for several years. In 2009, restoration work began to prepare the path, and in 2015 it will be opened again to the public. A great effort has been made to unify this route again.

Every extraordinary inheritance must belong to humanity. That is why El Caminito del Rey and its surroundings deserve this care and recognition. This candidacy is presented from the Provincial Council of Malaga, but requesting and taking into account the support of institutions, entities, associations, companies and people who feel that this is something important to preserve the future of the heritage and natural legacy of Malaga. Do you want to add your support? Vote now and let’s get it together.