It’s been 96 years since King Alfonso XIII named it ‘El Caminito del Rey’ (The king’s trail). This walkway that was once dubbed “the most dangerous path in the world” has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Spain after its restoration.
There’s a lot of information about it so we will suggest some other plans beyond the ‘path of vertigo’, so you can have an even more complete experience. History, culture, gastronomy… And long live the heights!
EXCURSION TO ‘BOBASTRO’.
From the south access to the Caminito del Rey, part of a beautiful road sets off, full of curves, stones sculpted by the wind, and dense pine woods. In just a couple of minutes this track will lead you to the old medina of Bobastro, a military fortress of great importance in the late 19th century.
Today, the guides will have to explain you its history, because there barely remain elements that allow us to understand its relevance. What we can see, are some astonishing traces which show us that this hill where grass and asparagus grow, was once an important ‘medina’.
The main building is a mozarab church sculpted out of stone, although there are also remains of houses, stairs, city walls and other architectural elements. It was the dwelling of Omar Ibn Hafsún, a rebel that challenged the Andalusian realm and ended up ruling over half of Andalusia.
A legendary tale that includes attacks on Cordoba, absolutions, exiles, and even a conversion to Christianity that explains the existence of the temple carved out of stone. When you get back from your trip to the past, keep going up the road a little, and you will arrive at the viewpoint ‘Tajo de la Encantada’ where you’ll get the perfect picture for your social media.
If the Caminito del Rey leaves you in the mood to exercise some more, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to go into some of the trails that go through the surrounding natural setting. A place with great biodiversity (there are 1 nearly 150 different species of birds), and amazing landscapes that will make you feel like you’re in a parallel universe.
One of the most interesting routes leads you through an Arab stairwell to the magnificent peak of the ‘Sierra de Huma’, at almost 1.200 meters of altitude. I’s not an easy task, but the effort comes with a great prize at the end: amazing views that are hard to beat.
If you’re not up to it, a wide net of more accessible trails also allow you to enjoy beautiful panoramas of the ‘Desfiladero de los Gaitanes’, the three reservoirs in the area, or they will lead you to serene areas where the vultures are resting on the branches of the trees.