EL CAMINITO DEL REY
discover the amazing
As you follow the restored Caminito del Rey (The King's Little Path) walkway, pinned along the steep walls of a narrow gorge in El Chorro.
Built between 1901 and 1905, the walkway had fallen into disrepair and was partially closed for over a decade. It has been known in the past as the "world's most dangerous walkway" following five deaths in 1999 and 2000.
King Alfonso XIII crossed the walkway in 1921 for the inauguration of the dam Conde del Guadalhorce and it became thereafter known by its present name of the King´s Walkway.
The walkway was built to provide workers at the two hydroelectric power plants at Chorro Falls and Gaitanejo Falls with a means to cross over the gorge that separated them; to provide for transport of materials; and to help facilitate inspection and maintenance of the channel.
The original path was constructed of concrete and rested on steel rails, supported by stanchions built at approximately 45 degrees into the rock face. Over the years, it deteriorated so much that there were numerous sections where part, or all, of the concrete top had collapsed. The result was large open-air gaps bridged only by narrow steel beams or other supports. Few of the original handrails existed, although a safety wire ran the length of the path. Several people lost their lives on the walkway and, after two fatal accidents in 1999 and 2000, the local government closed both entrances. Even so, in the four years leading up to 2013, four people died attempting to climb the gorge.
The Desfiladero de los Gaitanes gorge is a natural beauty spot , between the towns of Alora, Antequera and Ardales. This is one of the most beautiful areas of the Malaga Mountains. Between its steep and considerably high walls, the River Guadalhorce flows, after having passed through the reservoirs El Chorro (The Spurt), Guadalhorce, Guadalteba and Gaitanejo.
The Gaitanes Gorge is a canyon, carved by the river Guadalhorce in the territory of Álora, which at some points is only 10 meters wide but 700 meters deep. The nothern access to it is via Guadalhorce reservoirs and the southern is via El Chorro.
PLACES TO EAT AND DRINK
Parque Ardales, Pantano El Chorro
Restaurante El Mirador Ardales
Parque de Ardales Zona Cuarta
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