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!
When the Camino del Rey opens in January or February 2015, I think it will be fair to say that the whole area will be inundated by people wanting to see and walk the newly renovated kings pathway. This provokes a few questions, how on earth are the numbers of people walking this path going to be controlled? How much will it cost? How will one get a permission to be able to enter? Right now these questions go mostly unanswered.
Although unofficial, (and as yet without a website) there is an organisation in El Chorro with a facebook page that is taking peoples details in order to create a database to present to the authorities before the path opens. Looking at the comments on this page there are already thousands of people adding their names to the list. If you want to add your name to the list, go to the facebook page and send them a message (of course, you do need a facebook account). In the message put how many people and roughly the date you want to visit. This information will help the guys working over in El Chorro to see what kind of impact the opening will have and how to overcome the access issues.
The rumor is that access for the first 2 months will be free of charge and there will be a limit of 500 people per day to walk the Caminito del Rey which will mean that weekends and bank holidays will be full probably all year long…. My advice, when it finally opens, is to stick to weekdays
As construction work on the Caminito del Rey is still ongoing, access to entrance is permanently closed. There is a fairly short but VERY steep walk that takes you up to a viewpoint where you can look across and down at the first train bridge and the start of the camino.
When you arrive in the village of El Chorro follow the road signposted for “Camping El Chorro” (As of now this campsite is closed for restoration works). Go past the campsite on your right and continue for half a kilometre more where you will find a fairly large car park. Leave the car and walk up the hill until you come to the no entry notice. (Image above). From here it is about 30 minutes to the top and the viewpoint.
The detour to the viewpoint is then easy to follow from this point but BE WARNED the path is very steep and uneven, It doesn’t seem to be maintained and to be honest you can get much better views of the train bridge and first part of the Camino del Rey from the road below. Park your car at the bar El Pilar and walk along the road for 100 metres and the truly spectacular Cqmino will come into view.
There is a large collection of old tools and implements and quite a few information boards detailing the various engineering projects in the area including the famous train line and tunnels that were used for the filming of Von Ryans Express. The only issue is that all the info boards are in Spanish language.
It’s well worth a visit as the hotel restaurant is also open to the general public and serves fine traditional foods at very reasonable prices. All in all a great and fascinating way to while away an afternoon.
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