Let’s play a game: it starts with a taxi from Malaga airport and it ends with the holiday of a lifetime, what it is it? It’s a trip to the Caminito del Rey of course! Touted by Lonely Planet as one of the hottest things to do in 2015, this magnificent post-industrial walkway is straight out of an action film. So if you’re a family looking for a holiday that packs views, sun, and adventure all into one, then this spectacular 7.7km walk is just for you. |
First: Some History
Originally built in 1901-05, this industrial bridge scaled the El Chorro gorge to transport material between two important power stations. But these weren't just any old power stations, for their time they were cutting-edge hydroelectric dams. The significance of this achievement was cemented by a royal opening by the king of Spain Alfonso XIII. The path was built using cement and intricate metal supports. Having been built well before the health and safety age, it also included only a meager handrail between workers and a 400m drop. Thankfully safety precautions are far more substantial on the walk today!
Second: The Perfect Route; Ardales to Alora
If you don’t have the time to commit to the entire walk, then it is a good idea to join just for the Ardales to Alora route. Road access from the MA-444 makes this an easy part of the trail to reach from Malaga. It's quick too, just a 56min zip up the motorway from the city centre. A tunnel from the car park leads you through to a small walk before the official entry point- the best things come to those who wait. There’s no need to worry about traversing the old trail, however, as a modern replica has been built on top. The path is one metre wide, encompasses bridges and cliffs and is sure to provide world-class views of the surrounding mountains.
Third: Things to Keep in Mind
? Helmets are provided and must be kept on at all times ? Those of a nervous disposition should not attempt this climb ? There are no bathrooms or facilities on the route ? Please bring water and food with you ? Bus services connect the two sides Finally: How to Get There
The best thing about this walk is that the rest of the holiday can be spent enjoying one of the most beautiful corners of Europe. Flights to Malaga airport from the UK average around 3 hours and are serviced by all major airports. A taxi from Malaga airport is then the most ideal way to get your adventure off to a smooth start. So pick up the kids and get ready to take to the Spanish mountains- Sombrero in hand!
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for an affordable taxi from Malaga Airport Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.
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