“Spain’s Caminito del Rey is the name for a stunning cliff hike, where a boardwalk hangs 100 meters above the Guadalhorce River.”
Challenge yourself on this exhilarating walk, but heed our warning: don’t look down! The trail, which begins in the village of El Chorro in southern Malaga, is about 7 kilometers (4 miles) long and was renamed Caminito del Rey. The Caminito del Rey – so named because Alfonso XIII walked along it when he opened the Guadalhorce hydroelectric dam in 1921 – consists of a 2.9km boardwalk that hangs 100m above the Río Guadalhorce and snakes around the cliffs, affording breathtaking views at every turn. Required walks to/from the northern and southern access points make the total hiking distance 7.7km. Allow about four hours for the walk, as the views are made for savouring.