The Caminito del Rey is one of the most spectacular natural sites in Malaga and probably in Spain. This magnificent natural spot, which is one of the most important climbing areas in Europe, was for years one of the most dangerous trails in the world due to its very poorly maintained footbridges.
Since 2015 and after a year of refurbishment, the Caminito del Rey is now open to the general public and has become one of the most visited natural areas in the province of Malaga.
Here we report on everything you need to know to plan a trip to this beautiful natural site. If you like nature, hiking and don´t suffer from vertigo, we highly recommend visiting this landmark, you’ll love it!
The air path called “Caminito del Rey (The King´s path)” is built about 100 meters above the Gaitanes Gorge. It has been remodelled with wood and metal anchors drilled into the rock. Some sections have glass floor so visitors can see the gorge and the old path, which remains as an example of architectural archaeology.
The current path of the Caminito del Rey is 7.7 kilometres, of which 4.8 kilometres are forest access tracks and 2.9 kilometres walkways. It is a linear, non-circular, one-way route, descending from north to south, starting in the municipality of Ardales and ending in the municipality of Alora.
The estimated time for the complete route (section from one gateway to the other, plus the trails or forest roads to arrive / leave the area) ranges from 3 to 4 hours. Since the distance and the height difference is significant, this route is not recommended for people without a modicum of good health nor young children.
There is a shuttle bus service between the northern (Ardales) and southern access (El Chorro, Alora) or vice versa that will allow visitors to the Caminito del Rey to travel to their starting point on the road. The current price per journey is 1.55 euros.
If you arrive by car, we suggest parking it in any of the car parks enabled for this purpose, knowing that you will have to come back for your vehicle when you finish the tour using the shuttle bus.
Do I need to be in shape?
The Caminito del Rey involves an active tourism activity, with a certain degree of physical effort. Therefore, it is recommended to be in a minimum shape.
The route is discouraged for anyone who is not properly prepared, who suffers from vertigo or diseases related to the heart or respiratory system, or who is undergoing medical treatment that coincides with the duration of the visit.
Book your ticket
The ticket is processed through the official website https://reservas.caminitodelrey.info/?lang=en
To visit the Caminito del Rey it is mandatory to be in possession of the corresponding entry which includes the name of the person and your ID or passport number, the date and time.
Visitors and accompanied minors must carry at all times the entry along with your ID or equivalent document for possible checks which during the journey can be made by the staff. It is furthermore necessary to leave the premises.
Visitors with a reservation must arrive at the access area (at the entrance gates to the walkways behind the control booths) at least 30 minutes before the time indicated on the reservation slip for the visit, in order to organise the groups.
People who wish to climb will have free access to the Caminito del Rey facility when they go to practice this sport. To do this, when passing through the control booths they must prove that they have civil liability insurance and register and accept the rules of the Caminito and the conditions established by the Paraje Natural to carry out this activity.
General admission: 10 €
General ticket + bus: 11,55 €
Entrance + Guided tour: 18 €
Ticket + guided tour + bus: 19,55 €
(TAKEN FROM THE OFFICIAL WEB PAGE)
1. The Caminito del Rey is a refurbished infrastructure to enjoy active tourism in a natural environment. Therefore, there is an inherent factor of risk and / or a degree of physical effort or skill, aspects that are assumed by visitors.
2. It is recommended to bring:
Water or any kind of energy drink.
Chocolate bars, energy bars, nuts and fruit.
Sunscreen and hat, especially in summer.
Clothing appropriate to the season and especially appropriate footwear for hiking.
3. The visitors should anticipate a possible lunch (sandwiches or processed foods) because once you have accessed the walkway there are no spaces enabled for it or nor is recommend a stop as it affects the flow of visitors. Therefore, you should have a lunch break before or after entering the walkway.
4. Visitors should note that since they enter the path until they leave the area there are no toilets.
5. Given the length of the route and the existence of sections with pronounced difference in height, the route is not recommended to anyone who does not have adequate physical preparation and who suffers from vertigo (the walkways are narrow, there is a significant height and near Alora you have to cross a suspension bridge).
6. As an activity in a natural environment surrounded by mountains, there might be small rockfall to which you should be aware
7. The Caminito del Rey path is linear, not circular, so make sure your return to the starting point by your own means.
8. Only children over 8 years can enter the premises.
9. It is prohibited to access the Caminito del Rey in the company of animals.
How to get there
From Malaga by car
Hiring a car at Malaga airport is the easiest way to get there. From Malaga city take the A-357 towards MA-444, passing by the municipalities of Cartama, Pizarra, Carratraca and Ardales.
This route is approximately 60 km and it takes 50 minutes by car to get there. In Pizarra you can also take the road to Alora and from there to the train station of El Chorro along the A-343. This route is slightly longer and it takes a little bit over an hour to get there. The road is narrower with many curves.
Train Station El Chorro
From the train station El Chorro (Alora) it’s about 2 km walking passing by the chapel of Villaverde the camping site and the iron bridge before arriving at the starting point of the Caminito del Rey.
At El Chorro station arrives a daily medium distance train between Malaga and Seville. This train leaves at 10.05 am from Malaga Maria Zambrano train station and returns from El Chorro station at 6.02 pm. The journey takes about 45 minutes.
Find comprehensive information and the Online Reservation in the web page of the Council of Malaga in Spanish, English, German and French.