“King’s Path” – has got its name thanks to the Spanish monarch Alfonso XIII, who personally completed this hiking trail in 1920. Today, it is possible to retrace the steps of the king and experience these complex sensations at the same time - admiration for the incomparable beauty of nature and a screaming sense of self- preservation. In reality, there is nothing to fear. To anticipate your question, let me reassure you - everything was renovated in 2015 and now the structure is absolutely reliable.
So, why it was originally called the "death path" and " the most dangerous hiking trail in the world "? The answer is simple - temporary structures fell into decay. Some parts of them collapsed. Any careless movement led to fatal consequences. Step into the void ... It is not a joke! The desire to taste the adrenaline rush killed many! Think about it, at least 70 ruffers traded life for fleeting emotions. A bad example is often contagious ...
The Spanish government has decided to put an end to the tragedies of young desperate people, having restored the perimeter. The forbidden fruit is not so sweet ...
The modern route passes OVER the old one, which adds to visual acuity: although it is difficult for an ordinary man to imagine his way through the dilapidated sections of the passage, you can tickle your nerves by looking at them from a safe distance.
How to get to El Chorro
Consider different ways how to get to El Chorro. By car. From Malaga, take the A-357 (65 km.) From Granada, on the A-92 highway (140 km.)
- Following geolocation: 36.911482, -4.762212. Let's go!
Another option is to get there by train: You can get there from Granada, with a change of train in Bobadilla: train 13062 Granada - Bobadilla- El Chorro (3 hours).
However, it is more convenient to arrive there from Malaga. Take the Malaga Maria Zambrano train 13903 and get off after 40-minutes journey at the El Chorro train station.
From the train station you can take a bus, which runs every 30 minutes, costs 1.55 € and will take you to the secured parking zone, mentioned above.
Following the signs (it tells you to proceed 1,5 km to the entrance), we dive into a dark narrow tunnel cut into a block of stone and walk towards the light. After a short walk, you reach the entrance to the park.
All admissions must be strictly on time to avoid human congestion and even up the endless stream of visitors. First, you are given safety rules, as well as a helmet to start the journey. Then, all you need to do is to enjoy breath-taking views! Have a nice trip!
Photos of El Chorro Gorge. Get to know the most important points of Caminito del Rey before visit. Scroll right-to-left to view all images.