Enjoy a walking adventure of the El Chorro Gorge along the King’s Pathway, also known as the Caminito Del Rey. What was once known for being the world’s most dangerous pathway has been restructured and reopened to the public as of 2015. Firstly, it’s not all that scary but it is stunning!
You will be driven by your guide to the attraction, which is less than an hour from the resort. The Caminito was originally built between 1901 and 1905 and was used to transport material, and people, between two power stations built on either side of the El Chorro Gorge. It wasn’t until the early 1920s that King Alfonso XIII, who walked its whole length and gave it its name, officially opened it. Since that time, the Camino has become one of the wonders of Spain.
You will be amazed by the site with huge walls of rock as high as 400 meters along its three-kilometer length. The height difference between the two man-made reservoirs at either end of the gorge provided a unique opportunity to develop hydroelectric energy, an almost revolutionary concept at the time.
The real attraction has always been the concrete catwalk, El Caminito Del Rey, which threads the length of the gorge, hangs steeply halfway up its side. The original structure is believed to be built by sailors who were used to climbing ropes and working while suspended above a void. Unconfirmed reports have also stated that prisoners, who were condemned to death, carried out some of the more dangerous tasks.
As you will learn, the path was built using sand and cement and held in place by metal brackets. A simple iron railing was put in place along this non-frills path. The Caminito slowly fell into disrepair over the years and was officially closed in 2000 after several people fell to their deaths.
This danger attracted climbers and adrenaline junkies from all over the world. With many people referring to the Caminito as the world’s most dangerous pathway, it was completely revamped and made safe before it was reopened.
Highly controlled now by professionals, advance tickets are required and the hard hats supplied must be worn.