Caminito del Rey becomes Spain’s first ‘Heart-Safe’ hiking trail

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ALORA – Visitors might not initially consider cardiac safety when planning a trip to the Caminito del Rey. Yet, this feature could sway some hikers. The renowned gorge trail now stands as a heart-safe zone.

El Caminito del Rey leads as Spain’s first heart-safe certified hiking trail. This way the route is setting a precedent for inland Andalucia’s tourist spots in terms of safety. The trail features strategically placed defibrillators along its course.

Recognition as a Heart-Safe Zone

On Wednesday morning, El Caminito del Rey, nestled in Málaga’s Desfiladero de los Gaitanes Natural Park, earned its heart-safe badge. The Andalucian Health Service and Emergency Medical Centre 061 granted the trail this status, making it a pioneer in Spain and Europe.

Defibrillators within reach

Defibrillators are installed at key points to ensure accessibility within three minutes for most users. Training for staff in defibrillator use, first aid, and CPR accompanies the installations.

Commitment to safety and training

All Caminito del Rey staff are now skilled in operating these life-saving devices, a critical step for visitor safety. This initiative, a collaboration between the provincial government and UTE Caminito del Rey, cements the trail’s reputation for sustainable, secure tourism.

Widening the safety net

The vision extends beyond the trail. The aim is to certify adjacent businesses as heart-safe zones, including eateries, hotels, campsites, and parking areas.

Ongoing safety efforts

With La Garganta hotel restaurant in El Chorro leading the charge, the zone will soon boast eight heart-safe areas, 15 defibrillators, and over 100 trained personnel. Málaga tops Andalucia’s chart with 396 cardiac safe areas, highlighting a strong commitment to reducing the impact of cardiac arrest.

About El Caminito del Rey

The Caminito del Rey skirts the Guadalhorce River, carving its path through the Gaitanes Gorge. Beginning in Ardales and stretching 3 kilometres along the gorge’s vertical walls, the trail offers an exhilarating experience, hovering 100 metres high in parts, before concluding in El Chorro (Álora).

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