Caminito del Rey

Caminito del Rey

El Caminito del Rey is an air path built into the walls of the Gaitanes Gorge of Spain, in the province of Malaga.

It starts in the municipal district of Ardales, goes to Antequera and it ends in El Chorro (close to Álora).

Caminito del Rey is one of the most impressive and dangerous mountain trails in the world.

The Gaitanes Gorge

Located in the western part of Baetic Mountains of Spain “El Desfiladero de los Gaitanes” is an outstanding canyon, with its walls reaching at some points 700 meters high and just 10 meters narrow.

Gaitanes Gorge, Caminito del Rey, SpainIt is craved by the Guadalhorce River and it is accessible by the Guadalhorce reservoirs in the North and by the village of El Chorro in the South.

The most spectacular aspect of the Gaitanes is represented by the vertical stratification of the limestone sediments, consisting of some fossil remains of whales or sandstone formations like “taffoni” and some rounded sandstone cliffs where erosion has drilled a cave or shelter.

The Gaitanes Gorge Gateway

One of the most well-known sites of Caminito del Rey is the gateway to the Gaitanes Gorge. This overhang is clearly visible from the railway and it is a perfect spot to admire the great construction and the scenic landscapes around.

From the road that links Alora and El Chorro at the entrance of the Gaitanes Defile, you can see a small picturesque bridge linking the path that runs along both walls of the gorge. From the bridge there is a footpath installed in the vertical rock that ends at the railroad from Córdoba to Málaga.

Access to Caminito del ReyAccess to the Caminito del Rey

At the edge of this gorge, attached to its walls, over 100 meters high above the Guadalhorce River, El Caminito del Rey is 3 km long and no more than 1 m wide. The notoriously dangerous route was closed in 2000 due to the multitude of accidents, and it will be open again in 2015 after its restoration. The small village of El Chorro is also one of the main spots of rock climbing in Europe.

There is a train station in the village that connects Malaga and Sevilla.