Caminito del Rey History

Caminito del Rey

Caminito del Rey Construction

Caminito del Rey history dates back to early XXth century.

It was built between 1901-1905 to provide access between the two waterfalls for the construction of the hydroelectric power plants at El Chorro and Gaitanejo.

In 1921, when the dam “Conde del Guadalhorce” was inaugurated, King Alfonso XIII has crossed the aerial path to arrive at the ceremony.

It was from this time when people began to call it as it is known today.

Caminito del Rey HistoryCaminito del Rey Inauguration
Caminito del Rey Inauguration

El Caminito del Rey, meaning is the King’s pathway

Caminito del Rey Deterioration

The passing of time and the lack of maintenance has led to the deterioration of this unique and important masterpiece to the point where walking on it became almost impracticable.

Almost all the way there are missing guardrails and pavement areas which have been destroyed or disappeared, leaving only remnants of its base.

Besides that the path has become one of the most important climbing area of Europe which has helped to increase its fame but also has led to numerous accidents (some fatal) over the years and has increased Caminito del Rey its legend.

Caminito del Rey After Deterioration

There were several fatal accidents that killed four hikers in 1999 and 2000, so the Junta de AndalucĂ­a decided to close access to the path, demolishing its initial section to prevent the passage of visitors avoiding further mishaps.

Currently it was decreed the imposing of a fine of 6000 euro for hiking on the path or the train tunnels (including for skipping or climbing to their closed access points).