New Caminito del Rey visitors' centre will open in August

Elías Bendodo analyses the construction plans.
Elías Bendodo analyses the construction plans. / F.Torres
  • The 500-square-metre site will be equipped with an information point, cafeteria, toilets and parking for up to 200 cars and 17 buses

The first stone of the new visitors' centre at the 'Caminito del Rey' was laid last week in an event attended by provincial government (Diputación) president Elías Bendodo and the mayors of towns surrounding the tourist attraction.

At the event, which highlighted the contribution of the Caminito to tourism in Malaga, it was announced that the site, expected to open in August this year, will be located on the MA-5403 road and will be comprised of two buildings.

Inside, tourists will have access to an information point, a cafeteria, a shop to buy everything necessary for the walk and a souvenir shop to visit at the end.

The approximate budget for the project is 860,000 euros and the construction company carrying out the work, Sando, is the same company that was employed in 2014 to rehabilitate the Caminito.

Luis Manchuca, the architect who designed the site explained that the buildings will largely be constructed from wood in order for them to "integrate into the landscape, which is the important thing for the famous tourist attraction".

At the same event, Bendodo also announced that restoration work on the 300-metre 'Desfiladero de los Gaitanes' tunnel is complete. This will be accessible by March and will serve as an exit for walkers when wind speeds exceed safe levels or for those who just wish to shorten their route.