Category Archives: Tourism

Caminito del Rey reservations open for October, November and December 2015

People do like to plan in advance so it does seem odd that the reservation system for the Caminito del Rey has only just now opened up the online booking system for October, November and December 2015. Lets hope the system doesn’t collapse under the pressure again… Good luck everyone!

IT SEEMS THAT ACCESS IS ONLY BEING GRANTED FROM THE ARDALES (KINGS CHAIR, EL KIOSKO) SIDE… I HAVE NO IDEA WHY!!!! A MAXIMUM OF 5 PEOPLE CAN RESERVE ON THE ONLINE BOOKING SYSTEM… (YOU AND FOUR FRIENDS FOR EXAMPLE)

Instructions for booking a permit for the Caminito del Rey are here.

If the booking system is showing full for the dates you want to walk the Caminito del Rey or it just isn’t working, then you have these other options. (Click the below links)

Stay in a local hotel and get your Camino del Rey permits arranged for you.
Or, eat in a local restaurant and get your permits for the Caminito arranged for you.

The Caminito del Rey will remain free until March and then cost six euros per person

During a recent meeting of the Malaga town council and the municipalities of Alora and Ardales it has been agreed that the Caminito del Rey will remain free to visitors until March 2016

The, sometimes difficult to navigate, online permit system remains the same and reservations for October, November and December 2015 will be accessible during the first week of September 2015. Instructions on how to reserve here.

The decision to extend free access until March 2016 (it was supposed to be October 2015) has come about because of a curious law in Spain that makes it illegal to charge people to enter into what is basically the countryside. It comes under the same law that prohibits people being charged to walk in natural parks or other protected area. The Malaga council needs a bit more time to either get the law changed or amended in some way to allow a fee to be charged.

Officially there are 900 permits available every day with the online booking system having 700 and the two local councils (Ardales and Alora 100 permits each. The latter two give the permits to local businesses such as hotels like the Garganta complex to use for their guests.

Once charging to enter the Caminito del Rey starts some simple maths shows that around 300,000 euros a year will be generated and the Malaga town council has earmarked the cash for the running and maintenance of the walkway. So far it would seem that Malaga council plan to keep hold of running the seemingly lucrative business that the Caminito del Rey has become instead of putting it out to tender for private companies.

Guided and self guided walking in the Sierra de Grazalema

The Sierra de Grazalema. One of Spain’s most famous natural parks. A fabulous location to spend time be it resting, walking, bird watching or photography.

The park status envelopes several beautiful towns and villages; Grazalema, El Bosque, Ubrique, Zahara de la Sierra, Benaocaz, Benamahoma, Prado del Rey, and Villaluenga del Rosario are within the Cadiz side of the park. Ronda, Benaojan, Cortes de la Frontera and Montejaque, are in Malaga province.

Why not try a mixed guided/self guided walking holiday?… Three self guided walks, two guided walks and a day trip to Ronda. All inclusive, transport, hotel, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

See more information about walking holidays in Spain at www.wildsideholidays.com

The Olive Branch Guest House – El Chorro

The Olive Branch is a rural guesthouse situated on the hillside just 10 minutes walk from El Chorro train station and village, with the local climbing, hiking and mountain biking routes their  doorstep.

With 5 lovely en-suite bedrooms, a modern 2 bedroom apartment and full camping facilities, this B&B has a friendly, communal atmosphere with great facilities.  3 well equipped kitchens for each accommodation, communal dining room and terraces with free WiFi, pool table, stereo and communal PC plus a private swimming pool.

Breakfast and evening meals are excellent with good, homemade, locally sourced food.

Also available is a qualified guide for climbing, and guides for the other activities here which include Hiking, Mountain Biking, Horse Trekking, Para-gliding and Quad-biking can be arranged.

The Guadalhorce Lakes are just a 15 minute drive with Ronda, Antequera and the Costa del sol  an 1 hour away by car.

Check out the video below and contact them via the Olive Branch website here