The footbridge of the Relleu dam is often called “El Caminito del Rey alicantino”. It is a vertiginous path over the spectacular ravine of the Amadorio River as it passes through this small town in the Marina Baixa.
The footbridge of the Relleu reservoir has a length of 212 meters, at the end of which we reach a viewpoint with a glass floor. The whole complex defies the void from its 50 meters high.
In this article I tell you about the Relleu footbridge route and everything you need to know to visit it. Stay to the end and take note!
Keep reading to find out all the details of the visit to the Relleu catwalks.
Index of contents
✓ Relleu Footbridge Hours
- Winter Schedule: Tuesday – Friday, from 10.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. (last pass 5.15 p.m.). Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm (last visit 6:15 pm). From Sept 19 to June 12.
- Weekends: reservations 2 months in advance. Without reservation: you will have to wait for an appointment, up to one hour.
✓ Gateway Ticket Price
- €2.50 for people over 11 years old.
- €1.50 for pensioners, retirees and children up to 11 years old
- Free entry to neighbors registered in Relleu who prove it.
- Payment only at the entrance, cash or credit card.
✓ Appointments are being given in 15-minute slots, so that approximately 15 people can enter in that time (except groups).
✓ Presence of personnel monitoring the facilities.
The schedule varies throughout the year depending on the sunlight and the weather, so we recommend consulting the Relleu tourism website.
✓ Please note: the reservation is for the gateway entry time. Calculate 1:15 h. from the village to the dam.
✓ Download the Route Brochure (PDF) below:
Relleu walkaway Trail
This simple route runs along agricultural paths between terraces of almond trees , a traditional crop in the area that, due to the Xylella fastidiosa bacterium, has seen its extension in the province of Alicante decrease.
The route begins in the same town, next to the Relleu Town Hall, where we find information about the route.
It is a circular route, a part of the route being easier as it is mainly on asphalt. On the proposed track, we follow the route in an anti-clockwise direction, although it can be done in both directions.
After about 3 kilometers of travel we arrive at the bed of the Barranc de la Cova , one of the channels that pays its waters to the reservoir. Bordering what would be the reservoir’s water sheet (which is normally dry), we arrive at the Casa del Guarda and shortly after at the vertical of the dam, the point where the vertiginous wooden walkway begins, 212 meters long and 50 meters high. : “The Little Path of Relleu”.
The walkway itself, although vertiginous, does not entail any difficulty and it is not necessary to equip yourself with safety material (it is not a via ferrata). The most vertical part is the final section, ending in a viewpoint with a glass floor.
Once we have visited the reservoir and the walkway, we return along the same path to the indicator that takes us to the other part of the circular route, back to Relleu on a slight climb. This part of the route has more asphalt, as it becomes part of it through the road that connects the town with the reservoir.
Rules of Use "Caminito de Relleu"
It is important to comply with safety regulations and make responsible use of the dam walkway.
Safety regulations establish a maximum of 4 people per section . Children must always be supervised by an adult.
Below you can consult the official information on the Relleu Tourism website:
Relleu Reservoir: Environmental Values
Species as sensitive as the Bonelli’s eagle nest on the vertical walls of the strait that you are going to visit. That is why we ask you to access this space quietly, without shouting and slowly , so as not to disturb the native fauna.
The Relleu reservoir is a listed wetland that serves as a refuge and food source for many species of birds, amphibians and reptiles , as well as mammals such as foxes and wild boars.
History of the Relleu Dam
Like other dams in the province of Alicante, such as the Tibi or Elche reservoirs, the Relleu Reservoir dam is among the oldest in Europe. It is estimated that its construction was completed at the end of the 17th century, coming into operation at the beginning of the s. XVIII. Its construction was an initiative of the inhabitants of La Vila Joiosa , given the scarcity of water for their crops.
Designed by the Renaissance engineer Cristóbal Antonelli , the Relleu reservoir dam is 32 meters high (it was originally 28 meters) and 30 meters long. It is considered one of the narrowest and tallest of its time, thanks to the application of innovative techniques with an arch-vault-shaped construction that transfers the thrust of the water to the walls of the ravine.
Currently, the reservoir bed is partially clogged with sediment and remains dry most of the time, except in times of heavy rains.
More Plans in Relleu
If you want to know other attractions of Relleu, both natural and cultural, I invite you to see the article we dedicated to this beautiful town in the interior of the Marina Baixa:
How to get there and Parking
On the official website of Turismo Relleu you can check the free car parks available in the town, from where the hiking route begins to visit the dam and the walkway.
Although the route is very easy to follow, below you can view / download the track of the route for GPS via wikiloc.