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.
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.
It 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
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 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.