We have written a few times about the old and the new Caminito del Rey situation and although we like it we have been really surprised about tremendous commercial success the renovated project has become. The Caminito del Rey reopened on 28 March 2015 and attracted 160.000 visitors between then and 30 September, which shows “the international impact that this exceptional place has had, turning it into the biggest tourist attraction in the province.”
Free visits to the site have been extended for a further three months, from the initial end date of 30 September until the end of December, however all the new tickets have already been reserved. By the end of the year 200.000 people will have walked the Caminito.
And like this isn’t enough it was announced last week that there is to be a second phase to the project. The announcement came on the day that the famous gorge-side walkway celebrated its first six months of being open to the public.
Final details are being worked on for two visitor centres, one in Ardales and the other in Álora, which will provide visitors with information about the Caminito and its surroundings, as well as supply publications and audio-visual material. The project will also look at how to solve the problem of the bridge over Los Gaitanes gorge having to be closed on windy days, denying visitors the opportunity to enjoy one of the most spectacular sections of the eight-kilometre route. Now a tunnel is planned to allow visitors to enjoy the full walk, even when the weather conditions are not in their favour. This will be built using an existing old pipeline, in which viewing stations will be created to allow people to see the view of Los Gaitanes even on windy days. The final part of the project is to recreate a waterfall that used to cascade down from an old overflow pipe. The works will take place during 2016 at a cost of EUR 1.2mln.
So for those of you that will visit us in the next year keep an eye on the web site of the Caminito and buy the tickets in time to prevent disappointments. You can find the link to it here.