Fascinating facts about Spain’s scariest walkway, known as the Caminito del Rey (The King’s Little Pathway) and it’s not far from CLC World’s Costa del Sol resorts…
1. If you’re up for a thrill, then the Caminito del Rey (The King’s Little Pathway), is the place for you. It clings to the mountainside 100 metres above the River Guadalhorce and was originally designed nearly 120 years ago to give hydroelectric dam workers the ability to move between the Chorro and Gaitanejo Falls.
2. Demand is high to go on the full route which takes about two-and-a-half hours, so you must book online (there are Spanish and English versions of the website and book as far ahead as you can manage). You can do that here. On the day of your hike you’re recommended to get there 30 minutes before starting so that groups can be formed.
3. Beware, there’s a minimum age of eight to go on the Caminito del Rey and you could be asked to provide proof of age for your child. If so, you’ll be expected to provide a passport. It’s also worth noting, you’re not allowed to carry your youngster and you can’t take your dog.
4. You have to wear a hard hat and the walkway can sometimes be closed in poor weather, especially high wind and rain. It can also be closed when temperatures are too high. There is a no refund policy but you will be moved to another day if you request it. Booking online means you should get a warning text if they intend to close the walkway.
5. There’s a guided tour option that is very popular and it means your transportation is taken care of, especially as the walkway is not circular. It’s one-way so factor in the time you’ll need to get back to your vehicle. You can take a shuttle bus back to your car for less than €2.
6. You don’t need to be super fit, but it’s tough if you’re out of shape. Take suncream. If any skin is exposed there’s precious little shade. Do your homework about how best to get there as there’s a train option too. Check out this link first
7. El Caminito was used as a location for shots in two feature films, one of them starring Frank Sinatra. That was the 1965 WWII adventure yarn, ‘Von Ryan’s Express’, and the other was a 2012 Spanish thriller, ‘Fin’ (The End).
8. Called The King’s Little Pathway, this name derives from the visit by King Alfonso XIII of Spain in 1921.
9. The newly-refurbished route has only been open for three years following substantial investment by the authorities representing Málaga and Andalucia allowed it to reopen in 2015. Since then, it’s won numerous international tourism awards.
10. The Caminito del Rey receives around 300,000 visitors a year and has boosted tourism in the region by more than 7 per cent according to figures from the regional government.
Take the pathway…you won’t forget it!