El Caminito del Rey is a passage built on the walls of the Gaitanes gorge, next to the village of El Chorro, which serves as a boundary between the municipalities of Ardales, Álora and Antequera.
It is a pedestrian walkway of more than 3 kilometers, attached to the rock inside a canyon, with sections of a width of just 1 meter, hanging up to 100 meters above the river, in almost vertical walls.
El Caminito de Rey hike is spectacular all way long: from the Count of Guadalhorce Reservoir to its end at El Chorro Dam. Placed in unique natural surroundings, the path stretches between two gorges, canyons and a large valley, along pathways or boardwalks. All the texts about the path, as well as the photos and videos that follow, were created after many visits of our experts to the site, and their hard work that had lasted for several months.
The route is linear, not circular, and it goes in one direction, downwards from the north to the south. Its beginning is in the Town of Ardales and the end in Álora. This route is almost 8 km long, and takes from three to four hours to be crossed. As we consider it to be rather unique, we decided to describe all of its parts so you could understand what can be seen or felt along the route.
There are seven parts of the route:
- Visitor Reception Area Shuttle bus stop and a car park El Kiosko Restaurant
- Two access areas: the path and Gaitanejo way (2.7 km or 1.5 km long route, depending on your choice).
- Visitor Reception Centre and Gaitanejo Reservoir.
- First Canyon Gaitanejo Gorge (2.9 km from the entrance to the exit)
- Second Canyon Las Palomas Cliff
- Hoyo Valley
- Third Canyon Gaitanes Gorge (Desfiladero de los Gaitanes)
- Last Stretch Boardwalk to the exit
- Downwards path to the El Chorro Train Station, called Avenue Caminito del Rey (2.1 km).
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