The major surprise last week at the presentation in Málaga for next years “Vuelta de España” was the announcement of a stage up to the Caminito del Rey from Alhaurin de la Torre (on day two). So if you are planning to see this world famous cycling race then it’s probably best to book somewhere to stay in the area as soon as possible…. Some options for accommodation in the area can be found here. I really would suggest booking now or as soon as possible.
Ok, so news has just been released that a maximum of 1000 people per day will be able to walk the new and rebuilt Camino del Rey. 150 people can enter from each side making a maximum of 300 people on the walkway at any one time…. An online reservation system is being built as we speak but time will tell how this will work out. No mention is being made of the people that just turn up to walk the Kings Path that haven’t made an online reservation When this system is launched let’s hope that the people building it take into account the more than 50 percent of visitors who will not be Spanish speaking and who spend a great deal of their money, supporting the local economy…
The opening date for the Caminito del Rey has still not been announced but hopefully will be in late January or early February 2015
Málaga Provincial Council has now approved an investment of 350,000 euros for adapting the existing pedestrian access to the Caminito del Rey. (An amount of money that seems quite unbelievable when one is talking about a couple of kilometres of footpath that actually already exist….)
The second Pedestrian access will start from the car park of the Ardales camping area by the Guadalhorce reservoir (close to El Mirador restaurant) and will pass through the small tunnel leading up to the reservoir mirador and Gaitanes footpath.
In the words of Malaga Vice President Francisco Oblaré. “These actions will supplement an ambitious project that will be a major boost for tourism in the province in general and in particular the neighboring towns of Ardales, El Chorro and Alora.”
The Caminito del Rey now has it’s corporate image ready for the scheduled opening in early 2015. The logo was approved recently and will be used on all the official promotional material for the area.
The logo has the approval of the Council of Malaga and the mayors of Alora, Ardales, Antequera and Abdalajís which are the towns closest and most affected by the Camino restoration project
This element was decisive for choosing this design, which should be representative of municipalities by running (Alora and Ardales) as well as the neighboring towns (Antequera and Valle de Abdalajís).
The new logo was chosen because it simplifies and combines the three essential elements of the Caminito del Rey. These elements being its landscape , the spectacular suspension bridge, and the iconic element of the crown which of course gave the footpath it’s name.
It’s just been announced that the steel cable running the length of the Caminito de Rey will be left in place once the walkway is re-opened. Right now it’s being used as a security measure for the people working on the renovation. The decision to keep the cable was made in order to give an option for people who aren’t so sure of their head for heights to feel a bit safer. Wearing a harness and attaching on to the cable will at least stop a person from leaning over the barrier and falling into the river below 🙂
Other news, it seems that the entry price for the Caminito del Rey will be set at 6 euros per person but as yet this is still a rumor… Getting information from the authorities here is very difficult!