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.”
“El Caminito del Rey”, in English, “The King’s little pathway”) was initially built as an access route. It enabled workers at the hydroelectric power plants of El Chorro Gorge and Gaitanes Gorge with an easier way to transport materials, maintain and inspect the workings of the two power plants. Construction of the “walkway” began in 1901 and was finished in 1905 and in 1921 King Alfonso XIII visited and walked along the path for the inauguration of the Conde del Guadalhorce dam and since that time it became known as the “Kings path”