El Chorro, Alora, Malaga – Adventure Holidays in Caminito del rey, Malaga, Southern Spain
El Chorro is just 3km from the Finca and best known as a world class-climbing destination, with thousands of routes and grades to suit all climbers throughout the year – especially Autumn thru Spring when the mild, dry weather is perfect for climbing. One of the most famous attractions for visitors in the region is the ‘Caminito Del Rey’ King´s Pathway, an adventurous tour through the steep gorge of El Chorro. For climbers and adventure enthusiasts, King´s Pathway is a spectacular, once in a lifetime experience.
The notorious Caminito del Rey footpath, known as one of the world’s scariest hiking routes, is opening to the public again after a multi-million euro restoration.
Skirting the Garganta del Chorro gorge, the original metre-wide white-knuckle path contoured across the sheer rock-face on a ledge 100m above the ground. Initially built in 1905 and traversed by King Alfonso XIII in 1921 (hence the name ‘Path of the King’), the path had fallen into severe disrepair by the late 1990s, finally closing following the tragic deaths of five walkers.
Fifteen years later, the route is reopening, allowing access again to one of Spain’s most spectacular walking trails. No longer the preserve of professional climbers and adrenaline-seekers, the damaged path has been fixed and reinforced, while a new handrail provides further support. The views however, continue to take your breath away. (Jo Cooke, Lonely Planet)
RESERVE YOUR TICKET HERE TO VISIT Caminito del Rey
Book here your ticket to visit Caminito del Rey, 15 euros per person (ticket + administration fees 5 euros). THE CAMINITO DEL REY WILL OPEN ON MARCH 12 ONLY ON FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS EXCEPT FOR HOLY WEEK WHICH WILL BE OPEN FROM MONDAY, MARCH 29 TO APRIL 4.
Ardales (30 minutes)
Ardales is the typical Andalucian town one finds in tourist guides, white washed walls mask a diverse and ancient history, making this town an interest place to discover. Famous for its Almond biscuits and Olive oil cake, Ardales makes for an enjoyable few hours spent visiting ancient churches and getting lost amongst its many winding streets.
Ronda (1 hour)
Said to be the birthplace of Bull fighting, Ronda is located at the most northwest side of the province of Malaga. Set within a valley basin, the town is surrounded by mountains and steeped in a rich a diverse cultural history. Ronda is 1hr drive from the Finca.
Granada (2 hours)
The beautiful city of Granada is set against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountains and was born from a mixture of cultures. Of particular interest is the old quarter, where the commercial and administrative city life spin out around the Renaissance cathedral and grand 19th-century boulevards. Part fortress, part palace, part water garden, the Alhambra is a pinnacle of Moorish art that encapsulates Andalusian history and is one of the great architectural sights of Europe. A must see.
Sevilla (2 hours)
Seville, the capital of Andalucia, lies in the foothills of the Sierra Morena mountains on the banks of the Guadalquivir river, in a setting of Mediterranean vegetation with mountain trails and pastures. The capital, Seville is home to an architectural and artistic heritage which comprises the Cathedral, the Alcázar Arab fortress and the Indias Archive. It has been awarded the World Heritage designation by the UNESCO.