This short video shows how the work is going on the Camino del Rey. the bit that shows the green train bridge brings back fond memories from when I almost got run over by a train many years ago 🙂
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 quite a good exhibition running in the village of El Chorro covering the history of the Caminito del Rey, El Chorro and Guadalhorce reservoir constructions
The exhibition is located in “La Garganta” hotel and restaurant complex in the village of El Chorro, just 50 metres from the train station.
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.
There is an excellent article written by adventurer Mathew Karsten detailing his crossing of the Caminito del Rey over at The Expert Vagabond. It’s well worth a read and the images along with the article are quite amazing. His video is spectacular (and no, he’s not wearing flip flops 🙂 )
El Caminito del Rey is a walkway, pinned along the steep walls of a narrow gorge in El Chorro, near Álora in the province of Málaga, Spain. The name is often shortened to Camino del Rey.
To get an idea of the dizzying heights and stunning views have a look at this very cool 360 degree virtual video.
Of course it hopefully won’t be as scary as it looks once the rebuilding work is finished and the path opens to the general public in early 2015