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Caminito del Rey – Exhibition of tools and equipment

Exhibition - Camino del Rey
Exhibition – Camino del Rey

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.

Exhibition - Camino del Rey
Exhibition – Camino del Rey, El Chorro

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.

Virtual 360 degree views of the Camino del Rey

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

11 million euros to be invested in the Camino del Rey and surrounding infrastructure

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.

Video from Malaga Diputacion showing work in progress

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….