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    The most exciting new attraction in Spain is now open and it’s just a 90 minute drive from Marbella!The Kings Walk at El Chorro Spain

    The Caminito del Rey, or as us English say it the Kings Walk in Andalucia is now open. Well the ‘new’ Kings Walk has now been re-opened is a little more accurate. The old Kings Walk fell into a state of bad disrepair many years ago and became known as the ‘World’s most dangerous walkway’. In recent years it has been closed to the public after several tragic deaths, only being used by daredevils and experienced climbers. 

    But its great news that, after a multi-million euro renovation, the new Kings Walk is now open. This is probably the biggest new attraction in Spain and possibly the best new natural attraction in Europe. It’s a breath-taking activity in an area of breath-taking beauty. 

    A must do activity, for those who love the great outdoors and adventure, when visiting Andalucia

    What is the Caminito del Rey?

    A wooden walkway, clinging to the near vertical cliff edges, over 100m above the bottom of a beautiful gorge, the Kings Walk is an amazing feat of engineering and a stunning high thrills way of seeing the Gorge. It is attached to the steep cliffs of the spectacular 700m deep Desfiladero de los Gaitanes gorge, which was carved by the river Guadalhorce and is only a dramatic 10 meters wide in places. 

    The walkway runs for 3km with the old ‘World’s Most Dangerous Walkway’ which has been left in place run close by. Taking a look at the old walkway you will understand why the vultures and eagles are circling overhead! 

    The new walkaway offers ‘most’ of the thrills of the old walkway without the life threatening element!

    Where is the new Kings Walk?

    The Kings Walk is located in the spectacular El Chorro area, just north of Alora and east of Ardales. It is about a 90 minute drive from Marbella. Head North from La Cañada past Ojen and Monda heading toward Alora or Ardales. Both routes offer beautiful scenery. The route from Ardales takes you past the lakes and the route via Alora takes you up the river valler alongside the old aquaducts. 

    This is an area I love to visit – see previous posts on this Blog about El Chorro. It’s a highly recommended day out.

    Things to do in El Chorro

    The Kings Walk at El ChorroThis area is a great playground for lovers of outdoor sports and activities. There are numerous climbing schools offering rock climbing in the area. The lakes are popular, especially in the summer months for swimming, kayaking and fishing. Locals dive and jump from the surrounding cliffs into the lake below. 

    Horse riding and mountain biking are also great activities in these spectacular surroundings.

    Caminito del Rey tickets?

    Tickets can be booked online from the website here, but a warning for those wanting to walk the walk as soon as possible. 

    Due to the expected huge demand, for such a great new activity and limited availability, it is currently fully booked for the first few months.

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  • 3 New Andalucian Attractions

    Quite a bit of news here in Andalucía recently of three new attractions coming to the Marbella area in the coming years.

    New Big Wheel and Aquarium in Malaga

    Malaga, a place far too few people visit from Marbella, is building a new aquarium and big wheel in the port area to compliment the recent redevelopment of this area. The big wheel, similar to the one in place in London called the London Eye although probably on a smaller scale, will offer those on board great views of the port, the Med, the old town and the surrounding mountains.

    The aquarium is bound to be a big hit with the kids.

    These attractions will be built opposite the entrance to Calle Larios which is the main thoroughfare through the old town with its great shopping, museums, bars and restaurants. They will also be close to the Cathedral, Castle and Picasso Museum. On the opposite side of the port you have the modern Muella Uno area, also recently opened, which is home to great shopping, dining and bars.

    The Kings Walk at El Chorro.

    Stunning scenery at El Chorro More great news is the fact that works have already started on the total renovation of the old Kings Walk at El Chorro. This comes after years of talk and negotiations to put in place the necessary budgets.

    Once opened in 2015 the new high cliff edge walkway, previously known around the world as ‘the Worlds Most Dangerous Path’ will become an amazing place to visit. Visitors will be able to walk along the cliff side through the dramatic gorge at a dizzying height with spectacular views. The old original Caminito del Rey walkway (which can be seen clinging to the cliff side in the photo to the left of the green railway bridge) fell into a very bad state of disrepair, crumbling away in the gorge in many places. It was closed to the public in 2001.

    El Chorro is a must visit for those who love hiking, cycling, climbing or the great outdoors. The scenery is stunning making it a super place for a day trip from Marbella.

    To reach El Chorro head inland from Marbella taking the road past the La Cañada shopping centre, heading inland past Ojen, Monda and Coin, before heading for Alora or Ardales. The spectacular El Chorro area is located between Ardales and Alora. It’s about a 90 minute drive from Marbella.

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