We are spoilt for choice in Marbella with so many great things to do on our doorstop, plus a wealth of cultural and historical gems just a few hours’ drive away. But in the last year the newly redeveloped Caminito del Rey has been eclipsing the rest, as the hottest thing to do in Andalucia.
Reopened after nearly a decade in March last year it started receiving rave reviews right away. It was selected as one of Lonely Planet’s top new travel experiences for 2015 and has recently won a European Prize for Cultural Heritage for opening an area of spectacular natural beauty to the public.
This legendary walkway was constructed to allow workers and materials across the gorge to the hydroelectric plants. It took four years to build and was finished in 1905, gaining the name “The King’s Little Path” when King Alfonso XIII crossed it to open the dam in 1921.
The route is divided into hikes through lovely forests, along winding paths and famously along wooden walkways clinging to the cliff face with hanging bridges 105 meters above the water across the enormous ravine. You access it from the pretty white village of Ardales and come out at Alora and there are coaches between the two access points so you don’t get stuck at the other end. The route takes around 3 hours to complete (a round trip), so give yourself enough time and make sure you bring water and snacks and wear sturdy and comfortable footwear. Please note that there is no wheelchair access and children under 8 aren’t allowed to cross.
This is certainly not something for vertigo sufferers, but nor is it the world’s scariest hike any more. It is now an exhilarating adventure and an amazing way to explore some of the most stunning countryside in the region, with a focus on safety and enjoyment for all.
This attraction is due to get even better by the end of the year with ambitious plans in place to create a visitor centre, new parking area and a tunnel in the area of the Gaitanes gorge for visitors to use when there’s bad weather so the path doesn’t have to be closed in the case of strong winds.
Tickets cost 10€ to walk the legendary 7.7km route, enjoy the stunning views and vertiginous drops. Here’s the new booking portal where you can get your ticket, we’d recommend you book them as far as you can in advance, as numbers are restricted and demand is very high. Please let us know if you haven’t been able to get a ticket for the dates of our visit, we work with some tour guides who can get hold of tickets for you, but please give us as much notice as possible.
We’d recommend you add a trip to the King’s Path to your list of must see destinations, it really is an amazing experience. But you don’t have to take our word for it, check out this great review of El Caminito del Rey from the Guardian to find out more and book your stay with us to explore Caminito del Rey and enjoy amazing hiking and adventure activities in and around Marbella.
Let’s have an adventure!!