Caminito del Rey (English : The King’s Little Pathway) is a walkway pinned along the steep walls of a narrow gorge in El Chorro near Alora, in the province of Malaga, Spain.
The walkway was built to provide workers, at the hydro-electric power plants at Chorro Falls and Gaitanejo Falls, with means to cross between them, to provide for transport of materials and to facilitate inspection and maintenance of the channel. Construction was started in 1901 and was finished in 1905. In 1921, King Alfonso — XIII crossed the walkway for the inauguration of the Dam Conde del Guadalhorce, and it came to be known by its present name.
The walkway is 3.3ft (in width) and rises over 330ft above the river below. Constructed of concrete, resting on steel rails supported by ‘stanchions’ at around 45 degrees into the rock face. It is, currently, in a highly deteriorated state, and there are numerous sections where part of all of the concrete top has collapsed. The result is large, open air gaps, bridged only by narrow steel beams or other support fixtures. Very few of the original handrails exist, but a safety-wire runs the length of the path. Several people have lost their lives on the walkway in recent times. After two fatal accidents in 1999 and 2000, the local government closed both entrances.
In June 2011, the regional Government of Andalusia and the local Government of Malaga agreed to share costs of restoration (including car parking and a museum) of 9 million Euros. The project took approximately 3 years to complete. Many of the original features will remain in place and the new materials, that are used, will be in keeping with the old design.
In March 2014, the Cornerstone of the rehabilitation project was laid by specialized alpinists. The walkway will reopen on March 29, 2015.
Here is some information that has been given out :
(1) The Caminito del Rey will remain open from 29th March to 6th April, 2015.(2) The Town Hall of Malaga will be in charge of granting access to visitors for the first few months.(3) The use of safety helmets will be required, but there is no news as to who will supply the helmets.(4) To enter the path you will have to reserve online at the official website (The website will be announced at a later date)(5) Children under 10yrs WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER.(6) Entry to the Caminito del Rey will be free of charge for the first “few months”.(7) For these first “few months”, the Caminito del Rey will be open every day of the week, except Monday.(8) There is no mention about the King of Spain attending the opening.(9) Number of people allowed will be 150 in any one direction and maximum 1000 people a day.