The legendary Caminito del Rey is a narrow walkway, clinging to the cliff face of the Gaitanes Gorge, 100 dizzying metres above the Guadalhorce River.
The path was originally built between 1901 and 1905 to allow workers at the power plants at El Chorro Falls and Gaitanejo Falls to cross between them, transport materials and allow inspections.
It was during the inauguration of the Conde del Guadalhorce dam by King Alfonso XIII in 1921 that the King walked along the path and thus give it its name the “Caminito del Rey” or Kings Little Walkway.
The concrete path, resting on steel rails gradually deteriorated over time and eventually after fatal accidents in 1999 and 2000 the path was closed to the public.
In March 2014 the cornerstone was laid for the new pathway, which has been constructed to follow closely the route and features of the old pathway, with some modern additions included such as glass bottom sections on the wooden walkway, providing stunning and vertigo inducing views!
Within just under two years the Caminito del Rey has risen to be one of Andalucia’s most dramatic walking routes and a unique tourist destination. Providing visitors with an unforgettable experience and offering spectacular views of the beautiful and dramatic landscapes surrounding the gorge.
Come with Marbella Escapes and experience what was once described as the worlds scariest walkway and was included by Lonely Planet in their “world’s hottest new travel experiences for 2015”.
The nearby waters of the Embalse del Conde del Guadalhorce provide a cooling and relaxing a spot after the walk to take a swim in their turquoise waters (should the weather permit!). Whilst the nearby restaurant “El Mirador” makes a perfect spot with its beautiful views of the lakes to enjoy some local dishes before the trip home.
Reserving of Caminito del Rey tickets, a private, experienced guide, door to door transport from the Costa del Sol and our personal and private approach to our tours have made the Marbella Escapes Caminito del Rey tour one of the most popular on the Costa del Sol!