Category Archives: Camino del Rey

Caminito del Rey closed due to bad weather?

I have had hundreds of emails from people over the last few months stating that they arrived at the entrance of the Caminito only to find that it was closed… This was AFTER many of them had checked the official website, (The one where they booked and paid for their tickets) on the day of the walk and NO notice was posted to say that the pathway was closed… 🙁

So, what to do?… If you think that the weather might be bad then of course check the official website but I would say that the only real way to find out is to call them on the phone or write a message on their facebook page.. (The facebook page seems to answer messages a lot faster than emails) and, they do tend to post closure notices on the facebook page…

The phone number is… 902 78 73 25

You can get a refund if the walk is closed for some reason that is not your fault or you can change your ticket for a different date…. There is a deadline of 4 days from the date the Caminito del rey is closed… The claim form is at the bottom of this page at the official website https://reservas.caminitodelrey.info/canjeo-por-cierre/?lang=en

As of 25th of August 2019 it seems that refunds are NOT given…

From this page….
https://reservas.caminitodelrey.info/frequent-questions/?lang=en

What is the cancellation, exchange and / or return policy?

Tickets can not be changed by date or time. Tickets can only be changed in case of closure by security for visitors due to climatological reasons, rockfall or maintenance work.

The amount of the tickets will not be refunded.


And though the facebook page is in Spanish, you will be fine writing to them in English… https://www.facebook.com/caminitodelreyoficial/

Remember… If you do have a complaint about your Caminito del Rey experience, then tell them about it… Nothing gets changed for the better if we all stay silent.. 🙂

Also remember that the Caminito del Rey is closed on Mondays… It will close in very heavy rain, high winds and other inclement weather, and also when there is the danger of rockfalls or essential and urgent maintenence that needs to be carried out…

Desfiladero de los Gaitanes Natural Park

Paraje Natural - Desfiladero de los Gaitanes
Paraje Natural – Desfiladero de los Gaitanes

The 2,016 hectare Natural Park of the “Desfiladero de los Gaitanes” has a unique natural setting and is an extraordinary site of geomorphological interest. Set in one of the most stunning locations in the province of Málaga, the famous El Chorro Gorge has been carved by the river Guadalhorce and is made up of Jurassic limestones and dolomites. The canyon is around three kilometers long and it’s walls reach dizzying heights of 300 meters narrowing to just 10 metres apart in places.

The rock here is of different origin and age and the river has carved and eroded fascinating geological formations, caves and chasms. There are over 20 caves in the area of great geological and archaeological significance, (In nearby Ardales, for example important paleolithic rock art can be seen with over 1,000 drawings in its more than 1,600 meters of galleries.

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The terrain around the gorge at El Chorro and across to the reservoirs of Guadalhorce are protected natural areas and are covered in Aleppo pines, wild olive and holm oaks make up the backdrop on the hills either side of the gorge, with an undergrowth of rosemary, rock roses, dwarf fan palms, thyme and lentiscus. Closer to the river are rushes, reeds, tamarisk and oleander, as well as poplar, willow and eucalyptus trees.

The view from the mirador.
The views from the mirador above the Guadalhorce reservoirs are stunning

The rare Bonelli’s and golden eagles are here though you need to keep your eyes to the skies to see them, The easiest bird to spot here is the ever present griffon vultures which are present all year round. There are also red-billed choughs, crag martins, blue rock thrushes and crested tits, as well as numerous swifts, swallows and house martins in spring and summer.

The walk to the Camino del Rey from the Guadalhorce side.
The walk to the Camino del Rey from the Guadalhorce side.

Spanish ibex can be seen peering down at you from the heights and other mammals present that you may see are badger, fox and red deer.

Because of the proximity to the now famous Caminito del Rey the area has become a very popular area for climbers with people coming from all over the world to sample the very difficult climbs and to “walk” the kings path. However, you don’t have to be a climber to visit and enjoy this beautiful area of Andalucia. There are some lovely walks along the river and of course the small village sitting on top of the Conde de Guadalhorce dam is fascinating and a great place to spend an afternoon exploring and sampling the local food. Our recommended restaurant is the “Meson del Conde” adjacent to the beautiful  boutique hotel Posada del Conde.

The view from the mirador close to the Guadalhorce reservoir
The view from the mirador close to the Guadalhorce reservoir

Tickets for combining Train, Bus and Caminito del Rey entry on sale from 1st February 2019.

If you are staying in Malaga,  this is a great way to visit the Caminito del Rey. You can purchase a ticket combining train, bus and the entrance to the path on any of the ticket vending machines at train stations in Malaga. All the information regarding the steps to follow when buying the tickets can be read on the poster located next to the machines.

Important! You can only buy tickets on the same day you are going. the ticket machine is open from 6am to 09:15 every day except Monday (when the Caminito del Rey is closed)

There are 100 tickets available each day with 30 allocated for guided tours and 70 for self guided tours. Prices are 23 euros sin guía (without a guide) and 31 euros con guía (with a guide)

Its in Spanish but fairly straight forward to follow.

combined train, bus and entry tickets for the Caminito del Rey

120,000 tickets available for the Caminito del Rey.

Tickets are now available for the period October 2018 to March 2019 but move fast as you can be sure that they will get booked up pretty quickly. Last year over 300,000 people visited and it is expected that next year will be the same.

If you can’t get the tickets for the dates you want then consider a guided tour or just turning up at the gate but don’t forget that many people get turned away using that option….

I still maintain that to really enjoy the walk and the area then stay in one of the local hotels such as the Magdalena, Garganta or Posada del Conde (Thats what I always do!)…