Welcome to El Chorro


While Ardales (population 2700) is the main town in the area, most people use the hamlet of El Chorro, with its train station, hiking trails and decent hotel, as a base. Lying 6km west is the serene Embalse del Conde del Guadalhorce, a huge reservoir that dominates the landscape and is noted for its carp fishing. This is also the starting point for the legendary and recently revitalised Caminito del Rey path. The whole area is protected in a natural park.


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$50.13 Tours & Sightseeing

Caminito del Rey Shared 8-Hour Tour From Malaga

The tour leaves the departure pickup point at 08.45 am on a bus bound for El Caminito del Rey. On arrival at the Conde de Guadalhorce Dam — the main water reserve in Malaga province — your guide will tell you all about the history of the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes Natural Area. Carved by the River Guadalhorce, Desfiladero de los Gaitanes gorge is a canyon in the center of the province. The northern access to the gorge is found at the Guadalhorce reservoirs, while the southern access lies at El Chorro. The construction of a water channel from the reservoirs in the north to El Chorro involved the building of a path for maintaining the channel. The path became known as El Caminito del Rey or ‘The King’s Little Pathway’ for being opened by King Alfonso XIII. The path has been recently restored and traces the vertical rock walls and a suspended footbridge across the gorge.  This shared group tour is limited to a maximum of 50 travelers per departure.

$196.95 Outdoor Activities

Caminito del Rey: Private Hiking Day Trip from Cádiz

What You'll DoEnjoy personal service in private tourBenefit from free hotel pick-up and drop offDiscover the beauty of the amazing gorge in El Chorro, near Ardales Benefit from the services of an informative and friendly private guide See native wildlife in their natural environment "Caminito del Rey" or King's pathway is a walkway, situated along the steep walls of a narrow gorge near Ardales (Málaga). The walkway was partially closed for over a decade because it bad quality and its low security. After four years of repairs and extensive renovations, the walkway re-opened this year! It has been known in the past as the "world's most dangerous walkway" but now it is much more safe. This pathway has a length of almost 8 km, divided into 4.8 km long access ways and 2.9 km long boardwalks. As for the boardwalks, the most famous part of the trail, 2.9 km of their length between the entrance to them and the exit point, comprises 1.5 km long boardwalks, and 1.4 km long paths or forest walkways. Estimated time for the full length of the route is between four and five hours.The walkway was built to provide workers at the hydroelectric power plants at Chorro Falls and Gaitanejo Falls with a means to cross between them, to provide for transport of materials, and to help facilitate inspection and maintenance of the channel. The construction began in 1901 and was finished in 1905. King Alfonso XIII crossed the walkway in 1921 for the inauguration of the dam Conde del Guadalhorce and it became known by its present name. The walkway is 1 metre (3 ft) in width, and rises over 100 metres (330 ft) above the river below.The original path was constructed of concrete and rested on steel rails supported by stanchions built at around 45 degrees into the rock face. It deteriorated over the years and there were numerous sections where part or all of the concrete top had collapsed. The result was large open-air gaps bridged only by narrow steel beams or other supports. Few of the original handrails existed although a safety wire ran the length of the path. Several people lost their lives on the walkway and, after two fatal accidents in 1999 and 2000, the local government closed both entrances. Even so, in the 4 years leading up to 2013, four people died attempting to climb the gorge. The regional government of Andalusia and the local government of Málaga agreed in June 2011 to share costs of restoration (including car parking and a museum) of €9 million. The project took approximately three years to complete. Many of the original features remained in place. In March 2014, the cornerstone of the rehabilitation project was laid by specialized alpinists. The walkway reopened on 29 March 2015 and was listed in the best new attractions for 2015 by Lonely Planet. Highlights Take in the beauty of the gorge El ChorroEnjoy a hike along recently renovated walkways

$196.95 Outdoor Activities

Caminito del Rey: Private Hiking Day Trip from Seville

What You'll DoEnjoy personal service in private tourBenefit from free hotel pick-up and drop offDiscover the beauty of the amazing gorge in El Chorro, near Ardales Benefit from the services of an informative and friendly private guide See native wildlife in their natural environment "Caminito del Rey" or King's pathway is a walkway, situated along the steep walls of a narrow gorge near Ardales (Málaga). The walkway was partially closed for over a decade because it bad quality and its low security. After four years of repairs and extensive renovations, the walkway re-opened this year! It has been known in the past as the "world's most dangerous walkway" but now it is much more safe. This pathway has a length of almost 8 km, divided into 4.8 km long access ways and 2.9 km long boardwalks. As for the boardwalks, the most famous part of the trail, 2.9 km of their length between the entrance to them and the exit point, comprises 1.5 km long boardwalks, and 1.4 km long paths or forest walkways. Estimated time for the full length of the route is between four and five hours.The walkway was built to provide workers at the hydroelectric power plants at Chorro Falls and Gaitanejo Falls with a means to cross between them, to provide for transport of materials, and to help facilitate inspection and maintenance of the channel. The construction began in 1901 and was finished in 1905. King Alfonso XIII crossed the walkway in 1921 for the inauguration of the dam Conde del Guadalhorce and it became known by its present name. The walkway is 1 metre (3 ft) in width, and rises over 100 metres (330 ft) above the river below.The original path was constructed of concrete and rested on steel rails supported by stanchions built at around 45 degrees into the rock face. It deteriorated over the years and there were numerous sections where part or all of the concrete top had collapsed. The result was large open-air gaps bridged only by narrow steel beams or other supports. Few of the original handrails existed although a safety wire ran the length of the path. Several people lost their lives on the walkway and, after two fatal accidents in 1999 and 2000, the local government closed both entrances. Even so, in the 4 years leading up to 2013, four people died attempting to climb the gorge. The regional government of Andalusia and the local government of Málaga agreed in June 2011 to share costs of restoration (including car parking and a museum) of €9 million. The project took approximately three years to complete. Many of the original features remained in place. In March 2014, the cornerstone of the rehabilitation project was laid by specialized alpinists. The walkway reopened on 29 March 2015 and was listed in the best new attractions for 2015 by Lonely Planet. Highlights Take in the beauty of the gorge El ChorroEnjoy a hike along recently renovated walkways

$101.46 Day Trips & Excursions

Semiprivate weekend guided tour: Caminito del Rey from Malaga

Restored in March 2015, the Caminito del Rey, formerly a service road, has now become one of the main tourist destinations in the province of Malaga. The tour is guided, which makes a big difference with doing it alone. The guide explains the history and many anecdotes that make the journey very exciting and pleasant. The route is 7.7 km and 10 km long, which make approximately 3 hours of pure enjoyment in the beautiful Natural Park of the Gaitanes. 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). The Gorge Desfiladero de los Gaitanes is a natural beauty spot, placed in the centre of the province, between the towns of Alora, Antequera and Ardales. This is one of the most beautiful spots of the Malaga Mountains. Between its steep and considerably high walls, the River Guadalhorce flows, after having passed through the reservoirs El Chorro (The Spurt), Guadalhorce, Guadalteba and Gaitanejo. The construction of a water channel from the reservoirs in the north to El Chorro, which was meant to make the most of the slope in a hydroelectric power station, was carried out together with a path for maintaining the channel. This one is known as El Caminito del Rey Path (The Kings’s Little Pathway) because it was first opened by King Alfonso XIII. This path, about 3 kilometers long, has just been refurbished, and it goes along vertical walls and a footbridge over the gorge on the same waterway.