A rockfall in the middle of last month caused severe damage to a 50 metre stretch of the Caminito del Rey walkway.  The management of the attraction near Álora have stressed that the event caused no danger to the public.

It was reported that section of rock collapsed following heavy rain on December 13.  The section, on the opposite side to the high-level pathway in a narrow part of the gorge, caused damage to the steel supports and wooden pathway.

Since the unexpected event, analyses have been carried out by rock climbers and safety experts revealing that a detailed structural service is required.  However, to keep the walkway open while this is undertaken, visitors are now directed to enter at the southern end, which is normally the exit, and walk as far as the damaged section before turning and retracing their steps.  The temporary arrangement was in place within three days of the rockfall, with visitors presently being admitted in groups accompanied by a guide.

The Caminito del Rey (literally, The King’s Little Walkway) was constructed in the early 20th century high up on the walls of a gorge near the village of El Chorro.  It was built for the use of workers at nearby hydraulic power plants and received its nickname following a visit by King Alfonso XIII in 1921.  The original structure later fell into disrepair until 2011 when a restoration programme was started.  It opened to the public in March 2015.