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.

Some thoughts about the Caminito del Rey

Ok, so 6 months have gone by and I have had the opportunity to visit and walk the renovated Caminito del Rey three times. Yes, it is still an amazing place to visit and explore but in the same sense it has lost a lot of it’s appeal for the adrenalin junkies, climbers (and even people like myself that aren’t as radical…. 🙂 ) What’s gone wrong? Well, the usual lack of forethought and organisation that I am used to after nearly 20 years living in Spain. Continue reading Some thoughts about the Caminito del Rey

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