top 10 hikes – Caminito del Rey, Spain

Caminito del Rey

Also known as The King’s Little Path.

Once called the most dangerous pathway in the world  in the world.


  • Caminito del Rey is near Ardales in the province of MálagaSpain, Andalusia
  • inaugurated by King Alfonso XIII 1921
  • first built 1905, the walkway had fallen into disrepair and was partially closed for nearly 15 years due to deaths
  • re-opened in 2015
  • new pathway still offers a walk of 2.9 km
  • 1 metre (3 ft) wide climbing over 100 metres (330 ft) above the Guadalhorce river
  • the entire trip from the start at the town of Ardales to finish at Álora would be about 8km and might take 3-4 hours
  • originally built to provide access to workers at hydroelectric power plants Chorro Falls and Gaitanejo Falls
  • ticket required ( 10€ in 2019)
  • in 2019 open Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Monday.

For details on how you can be thrilled on these narrow walkways, check our Caminito del Rey information page.


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