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Caminito del rey

Culturalmente Imparando

Malaga is one of the most fascinating cities in the history of Andalusia. This small Spanish pearl offers its most adventurous visitors arduous trails with breathtaking views. In addition to the wonderful Alcazaba and the adjacent Roman theatre, you can also visit the Castillo de Gibralfaro, huge complex from which dominates the whole city. However there is another attraction quite known to brave tourists which is located a short distance from Malaga. A trail from the deadly charm.

In fact, the Caminito del Rey (King’s Path) has claimed victims in the past. After the fatal accidents occurred about twenty years ago, the site was closed to the public until 2015. The trail is 7.7 km long, of which 3 can be walked on wooden footbridges located even at 100 meters high. In some places the route is only one metre wide and the continuous overhangs are certainly not advisable for the less experienced. Since 2006 the Spanish authorities have invested time and money in the restoration and safety of the entire route.

The attraction lies precisely between the municipalities of Ardales, El Chorro and Álora, and its construction dates back to the early 20th century. Between 1901 and 1905 work was undertaken within this area to facilitate the movement of workers and materials between the two hydroelectric power plants built on either side of the El chorro gorge. The name derives from King Alfonso XIII’s participation in the inauguration of the Conde de Guadalhorce dam in 1921. Over time the site lost its original function and was abandoned, becoming an irresistible destination for hikers and curious looking for strong emotions.

It’s not just Malaga. The truck is also accessible by train from Seville (El Chorro arrival station), for those who have the curiosity (and courage) to face it. Although the extensive renovations have made the trail much more touristic“”than in the past, it remains a challenge to take seriously and only if you have the right physical and mental characteristics. In this last case you can enjoy natural landscapes unique in the world.


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    Mario Rafaniello

    Mario Rafaniello Vice Responsabile della rubrica “Culturalmente Imparando”. Partecipa anche all’entusiasmante progetto “Japan 2020” e si interessa di arte, cultura e letteratura.

    Laureato in Giurisprudenza e laureando in Relazioni Internazionali. Attualmente collabora con diversi portali online.

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