Camino del rey or kings path in el chorro

El Caminito del Rey – The Kings Path – El Chorro

A bit of history about the Caminito del Rey

“El Caminito del Rey”, in English, “The King’s little pathway”, was initially built as an access route. It enabled workers at the hydroelectric power plants of El Chorro Gorge and Gaitanes Gorge with an easier way to transport materials, maintain and inspect the workings of the two power plants.

Construction of the “walkway” began in 1901 and was finished in 1905 and in 1921 King Alfonso XIII visited and walked along the path for the inauguration of the Conde del Guadalhorce dam and since that time it became known as the “Kings path”

The Kings Path - Photo Credit Diputacion de Malaga
The Kings Path – Photo Credit Diputacion de Malaga

The original walkway was just 1 metre (3.3 ft) wide and in places more than 100 metres (330 ft) above the river below. From one end to the other is about 3KM.

working on the original pathway
working on the original pathway
Disrepair and a climbing mecca

The path was constructed with concrete resting on steel rails supported by stanchions at around 45 degrees driven into the rock face. For many years the path was in a highly deteriorated state. Numerous sections had collapsed and large open air gaps bridged only by the narrow steel rails.

Very few of the original handrails existed but a safety-wire placed by climbers ran the length of the path.

The area became a mecca for climbers and the Caminito del Rey known as one of the most impressive and dangerous mountain trails in the world (as the many videos on you tube certainly demonstrate.) But, after several people lost their lives on the walkway (in 1999 and 2000) both access points were demolished by local authorities and access prohibited.

Repairs and opened to the public in 2015

In June 2011 the regional government of Andalusia and the local government of Málaga agreed to share the costs of a restoration project (including car parking and a museum) but even with a budget of €9 million euros,the project took approximately three years to start and only in March 2014 the restauration work began.

Camino del Rey 2014
How the Camino del Rey looked in 2014 – Photo Credit Diputacion de Malaga

In its new upgraded and repaired state the Camino del Rey has wooden and concrete flooring, glass-bottomed viewing and safety rails along the whole length.

The official opening ceremony took place in February 2015 and the Caminito del Rey is currently one of the most visited destinations in Andalucía.

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Nomination for the UNESCO world heritage list

Nomination of El Caminito del Rey Path (the King’s Little Pathway) and its surroundings for the inclusion on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

The proposal is based on several monuments within 20 kilometres. Of these elements of the surroundings, four stand out: the Natural Beauty Spot Desfiladero de los Gaitanes, the Palaeolithic Cave in Ardales, las Aguilillas Necropolis and the Bobastro Mozarabic cave church.

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19 thoughts on “El Caminito del Rey – The Kings Path – El Chorro”

  1. Is the walk open all year long? I am thinking of going in November. Also, if I stay at a nearby hotel, am I guarenteed a ticket to the walk? Thanks for your help.

    1. Hi Rebecca, yes the Caminito del Rey is open all year apart from the obvious holidays such as christmas day and new years day etc…. It is closed on Mondays for essential maintainence work….Sometimes it closes because of bad weather (when it is very windy for example.) Most local hotels can arrange the entry ticket for you… Make sure that you message them when you make a hotel booking that the reason you are staying in their hotel is becuase you want to walk the Caminito de Rey…. At the top of the homepage on this site are three images of local hotels… (I have stayed in them and found them to be very good) The Garganta and Posada de Conde are nearest to the Caminito, Magdalena you would need a car to get to the Caminito…. You can reserve hotels via the links on this website and we get a small amount of commission. (You don’t pay more) and that helps us keep this site running and up to date.

      Have a great trip!

  2. H guys, I am wondering if there is a way to do a day trip to the Caminito Del Rey from Ronda as a day trip without a car? I looked into the train timetables, and there are only 2 trains, the morning one has a 6 hour stopover in Bobadilla which isn’t very helpful, and the other one leaves Ronda at 4.50pm! This will necessitate overnight stay in El Chorro, which wasn’t on our plans . Also, the train back to Ronda leaves in the middle of the day, so that isn’t helpful either- means another night in El Chorto. I understand that one only needs half a day for the Caminito.
    I migh just need to book a car from Ronda, but I wasn’t that keen to drive. All the organised day trips seem to go from Malaga, and we are not planning to go there at all.
    Any other ideas? Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Suzanne… You are correct that the train from Ronda is not really an option…. Car is better. The ford garage on the industrial estate in Ronda do car hire or better ask at your hotel for some help with that…

  3. Hi
    Can anyone tell me how I can get tickets for the Caminito? I have looked on the website but it only has dats until the end of May 2015 and these are all booked.

    1. Hi Nikki…. Yes you are correct…. All of April and May is full and there are no places left.. The booking website says that the reservation system for June will open soon. It is a question of checking every day to see if its taking bookings.

  4. Will someone please point me to a website with walks descriptions in the area? I should like to incorporate the Caminito del Rey in a 10 to 20 km hike if possible in mid May.

    1. Hi Colin, I don’t think that there is anything really published in English about walks in the area of the Caminito del Rey. One option would be to start in El Chorro and walk the path. At the other end walk along the Gaitanes (with the lake to your right) and go up to the reservoir viewpoint and then back down to the Caminito along the forest road and return along the Caminito to El Chorro. That would be about the distance that you want and is a very beautiful walk. Of course this will depend if the people running the Caminito will allow “return” trips along the Caminito del Rey… Right now only talk of one way and then buses to get you back to whichever end you started from…. I will be publishing walks here in the near future so if you “like” my facebook page… you’ll see when I publish. Best regards, Clive (or just keep an eye on this website 🙂 )

  5. Is there any further news regarding when the Caminito del Rey will open? We belong to an informal group of hikers in Nerja and want to schedule a date to hike the Caminito del Rey after it is opened. Thank you, Ron Adam

    1. Hi Ron….. Lots of rumors and mis-information floating about right now… It does seem that the Caminito del rey will open in February but the actual date has not been released yet.

      There will be a web based reservation system in place but the domain and system has not been published yet.

      Other Rumores to be confirmed…The first 6 months, entrance is said to be free and after that a charge will be made… Children under 10 will not be allowed to walk the Caminito….. helmets will be compulsory….

      As soon as I have any official news I will of course publish it here…

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