County council of Málaga plans to expand El Caminito del Rey path with three new trails
The natural beauty spot has received 1.2 million visitors since it was opened in 2015.The County Council invested in the area 6 million euros, and plans to invest to 2 million euros more in 2019.
The County Council of Málaga plans to expand the path with two new trails by investing 2 million euros. It was said by County Council President Elías Bendodo, together with Mayor of Ardales María del Mar González, Mayor of Álora, José Sánchez, Deputy Mayor of Antequera José Ramón Carmona, and deputy mayor of Abdalajís Manuel Conejo.
The County Council President explained that three new paths are going to go along the walls of the gorge as well as through the forest. This way they will create a new trail for those who wish to have a longer hike.
Therefore, as Mr Bendodo said, there is to wait for the approval and the assessment of the new project, presented in April, by the Regional Government. The County Council President explained that the price of the project was €1.7 m financed by the ‘DUSI Caminito del Rey’, European project funded by the European Union funds.
This plan is meant to improve the connections with urban areas that belong to the four surrounding towns – Álora, Ardales, Valle de Abdalajís and Antequera, with €12 m until 2020.
Three New Trails
The County Council President said: 'When we celebrated the Day of the Province, we announced our intention to improve the experience of walking along the path by expending in a sustainable way it so it would be almost as twice as long.' He gave details of the project and said it was going too be environmentally friendly, attractive for visitors and it would fit nicely in the surrounding.
The trail will be extended by 350-metre-long boardwalks from the hanging bridge; it will go around El Almorchón Peak and continue along an already existing path which is 1.5 km long. This section is going to be named Almorchón Path and will end at the crossroads where two new routes start: the Pico del Convento (Monastery Peak) Path, and The Visitor Centre Path.
The first one is going to stretch northwards for 2.5 km to Pico del Convento mountain and Las Buitreras Viewpoint up to the King's Chair (the access to the trail). The second one is going to go west along 2 km up to the Visitor Centre.
The County Council will continue investing in the development of the inland of the province through the projects which are as ambitious as this one in order to promote inland tourism, help local economies and create jobs', the County Council President said and reminded everyone that El Caminito del Rey is preparing its nomination proposal for Inclusion on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
El Caminito del Rey as One of the Most Ambitious Projects
El Caminito del Rey Path is one of the most ambitious projects that the County Council of Málaga has ever had, and its success is, as Elías Bendodo said, 'unstoppable'. Since it was opened in 2015, thee path has received more than 1.2 million visitors from all over the world, and created 100-million-euros worth economic impact in the Guadalhorce area, as well as hundreds of jobs, which is why Mr Bendodo believes there is to continue working on it as it has lot to offer.
The President said that the County Council has invested 6 million euros in the path up to now. The amount of €2.6 million has been invested in the path, while the Visitor Centre, which is to be open before summer, was € 1 million worth. There is also to add the investments that were made in the surrounding roads and areas, like €1 million invested in El Chorro road, half a million euros in other roads, and € 300,000 in the access roundabout, or €600,000 which the County Council invested in repairing damage created by storms and rain and improving some road sections.
This was all done in order to start and improve this project, which became one of the most important national and international tourist attractions in the province thanks to the team work between the County Council of Málaga, Regional Andalusian Government, Spanish Government and certain town councils, according to Mr Bendodo.