You may have read the article I published back in May about this El Camino Del Rey Hike. I just discovered that this hike is not going to be around much longer, at least not in its current “adventurous” state. If it sounds appealing, you better hurry up and get to Spain
The announced restoration of the landmark El Caminito Del Rey was decided yesterday, with one of its major obstacles being the funding. The full council of Malaga approved a multi-year economic plan to fund the works between 2011 and 2015. The investment amounts to 9,076,880 euros, which will be contributed equally by the provincial body and the Junta de Andalucia at a rate of 907,688.05 per year for each institution.
“The board has already prepared the decree and we are committed to signing it on June 17, following the local elections,” the president of the council Salvador Banner announced yesterday, adding that, once the agreement is signed, it will bring the contract for execution of work very near.
Thus, it seems that the landscape is cleared for the execution of the works presented by the project commissioned by the council and presented last December. The study, prepared by the engineering firm specializing 75, presents a complete rehabilitation of the bridge built in the 1920′s to gain access to the dam of El Chorro, between the towns of Ardales and Alora.
“This is a very important project for recovery of historical heritage and also fuels the most important economic activity: tourism,” said Salvador Banner.
On the other hand, the council said that a second phase is to build a visitor reception center and small museum of hydroelectric power in the region. The institution said that it also maintains conversations with ADIF (Railway Infrastructure Manager) for the train to go directly to El Chorro and rehabilitate the halt of Coscojales.
I’d love to have a go at this, even with the chance of falling into the abyss. WOW
Fly down to Malaga for the weekend, it’s doable if you live in the UK, better hurry though!
What’s the situation with access to this right now? (Feb 2012). I’ll be in the area in the summer so hope to have a look..
Hi Mc, I haven’t been in Spain for a couple years but last I heard its still possible, although technically illegal. Hopefully one of the other readers can answer?
Hi Gen, unfortunately I don’t think there is anyway that this would be possible by September / October, there are too many broken sections which are difficult and dangerous to pass even for someone who does not require a walker. However, with the upcoming restoration, this is likely to become possible in the near future. I don’t know when construction is set to begin but last I heard the money had been allocated for the project.
Hya,probs go to el caminito on August 2012,anyone at the same time?@a86556810e64b116246eb662105b8231:disqus Mike,any news about it?
The only news I have is what LukeVincent posted on this article, http://blog.thecheaproute.com/guide-to-el-camino-del-rey-el-chorro-spain/. Apparently the hike continues on past where most people go, I didn’t realize this and feel like I need to do it over again now! I have photos from him and am working on getting a new post up about this soon.
is this a difficult place to get to ? and if so can someone send me directions from where to fly in and everything along with a packing list for the hike?
It’s not that difficult to get to, but it requires a car or a train and taxi. You’ll probably want to fly into Malaga, and you can find directions in the second paragraph of this article: http://blog.thecheaproute.com/guide-to-el-camino-del-rey-el-chorro-spain/.
As far as packing, you don’t need much, it’s not very physically strenuous. Just bring some comfortable shoes, a liter or 2 of water, sunscreen if you burn easy, maybe pack a little lunch if you want. The most important thing I would say is a harness, which if you get there early you may be able to rent from a little climbing shop nearby, otherwise you could have to purchase it if they run out of rentals, or you can always bring your own.
I’d also recommend checking with the locals to confirm the path is not already in the middle of it’s restoration.
I’m putting together my schedule here in Spain and very much want to climb this. Is there any news for whether the construction has started yet? I dont want to buy a plane ticket until I know. I was planning on going in October.
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