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 🙂 )
The project to design a “complete, successful tourism product” is certainly in full flow now
Works to be carried out in three phases after the opening of the remodelled Camino del Rey will include better access, parking, rest areas, tourist information centers and viewpoints.
The president of the Malaga council, Elijah Bendodo recently presented the project of the “Caminito del Rey” which has been agreed by the town halls of Ardales, Alora, Abdalajis and Antequera. The projects total cost is worth a cool 11,586,040 euros.
The project will be carried out in three phases with the restoration of the camino being the first with a budget of 2.24 million euros that should be completed by spring 2015.
The second phase of the plan includes works to upgrade roads, especially in the MA5403 (Ardales El Chorro) to allow easier access for buses and coaches. Park and ride facilities are also planned for the town of Alora and Ardales along with road signs and information boards. this part of the project will cost over 3 million euros.
The third phase with a budget of over 4 million euros will create the main visitor centre in El Chorro which will be located in the existing train station building. The name of the train station will be changed to “El Chorro – Caminito del Rey”. There is also talk of extending the existing footpath network and enhancing the existing paths with better signs and information boards.
Quite frankly, the helicopter in this video transporting materials for the restoration is very, very close to the wall of the mountain. The pilot is daring indeed. The faces on some of the politicians “inspecting” the work are pictures of fear. :)… Take a look at the video and you get an idea of what it must have been like over 100 years ago constructing this aerial walkway without the use of helicopters and other modern technology….
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