Caminito del Rey officially puts forward Unesco heritage candidacy

Patricia del Pozo and Francisco Salado on Tuesday.
Patricia del Pozo and Francisco Salado on Tuesday. / SUR
  • The bid was officially presented on Tuesday after ten months of work on the part of local and provincial experts

The Diputación provincial authority has this week officially presented its candidacy for the Caminito del Rey 'daredevil walkway' in El Chorro to become a Unesco World Heritage site to the regional government's Culture and Heritage ministry.

This was announced on Tuesday by the ministry's chief, Patricia del Pozo, and Diputación head, Francisco Salado, at a ceremony which brought an end to ten months of work on the part of a team of experts who wrote up the proposal with the collaboration of Ardales town hall and the Diputación itself.

"The bid is strong," said Del Pozo, who recognised the work of the Diputación who had "put aside all ideological differences to do something great for the province".

She added: "[The Caminito del Rey] ticks all of the boxes for it to be considered an exceptional place and gain a place on the Unesco list."

For his part, Salado recognised the "continually growing" support the project had received from the general public.

The next phase will see the regional government present the case to the National Heritage Council which will decide if it qualifies for the definitive shortlist.