The president of the Malaga provincial government (Diputación), Elías Bendodo, used the Día de la Provincia celebrations on Thursday to announce plans to extend the Caminito del Rey to twice its length.
The famous walk currently covers seven kilometres, including the “daredevil” gorgeside path as well as the surrounding woodland. The extension, between 5.5 and seven kilometres long, will turn the walk into a circular route, starting and finishing at the same point. The current route is linear and one-way, with transport needed to get back to the starting point.
The provincial authority has already met with the regional minister for the Environment, José Fiscal, and the local councils involved (Álora, Ardales, Valle de Abdalajís, Antequera, Pizarra and Campillos) to get the project off the ground.
Bendodo explained on Thursday that the new section of the route would include more raised walkways around the mountainside and take visitors through “beautiful” natural spaces that are not normally accessible to walkers.
He gave no fixed timeline, simply saying the project would be carried out “as soon as possible”, although he pointed out that the new section would not be as complex as the first one to build.
“Our aim is to improve the experience even more, to give visitors the chance to see more of such extraordinary natural surroundings,” said Bendodo.