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El Caminito del Rey

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El Caminito del Rey
  • (worth a detour)
  • 10+ km
  • Easy
  • NA
  • full day
  • 2 2

A breathtaking walkaway from Malaga to Cordoba

The Caminito del Rey, or commonly called “Camino del Rey”,  translates into “The King’s little pathway” in English and is a walkway which used to be the world’s most dangerous one until its repair that costed around nine thousand euros and before the walkaway’s reopening in 2015.


There have been at least five deaths on the route, the most recent few occurring in 1999 and 2000, and many more accidents over the years. El Caminito del Rey walkway pins along the steep walls of a narrow gorge in El Chorro, in the province of Málaga, Spain.


The railway connects Málaga with Córdoba and the total length of the way is 7.7 km, divided into 4.8 km long access ways and 2.9 km long boardwalks. Tt measures about one meter in width, and rises over 100 meters above the river below.


The History of the Caminito del Rey dates back to the early 20th century, it was built between 1901 and 1905  to provide access between the two waterfalls for the construction of the hydroelectric power plants at El Chorro and Gaitanejo.


The path was originally named as Conde del Guadalhorce and after Spanish King Alfonso XIII crossed it in 1921, it became known by its present name.