Embark on Adventure: Booking Tickets for the Caminito del Rey Gorge Walk 2024

Starting from February 1, 2024, adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts will have the opportunity to secure their tickets online for the renowned Caminito del Rey gorge walk, a highlight of the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes Natural Park. This eagerly anticipated event marks the beginning of the spring and summer season, spanning from April 1st to September 30th, 2024.

Nestled within the picturesque landscapes of the municipalities of Álora, Ardales, and Antequera in Spain, the Caminito del Rey offers visitors a thrilling experience amidst breathtaking natural beauty. With its iconic suspended walkway, this trail attracts individuals, groups, and tour companies alike, resulting in high demand for tickets.

Tickets for the Caminito del Rey Gorge Walk 2024
Tickets for the Caminito del Rey Gorge Walk 2024

Due to the popularity of this attraction, it is strongly recommended to book tickets well in advance to secure preferred dates. Booking early ensures access to this remarkable pathway that promises unforgettable adventures amidst the stunning Spanish scenery.

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Getting to El Chorro reservoirs and Camino del Rey

El Chorro

In order to visit the Caminito del Rey you need to get to the area of the small village of El Chorro and Guadalhorce reservoirs located in Málaga province, Andalusia, Spain. Getting to El Chorro, reservoirs and Camino del Rey is pretty easy.

El Chorro is a few miles away from the larger town of Alora. REMEMBER THAT THE START POINT FOR THE CAMINITO DEL REY IS NOT IN EL CHORRO… EL CHORRO IS THE FINISHING POINT.

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Desfiladero de los Gaitanes Natural Park

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

The 2,016 hectare Desfiladero de los Gaitanes Natural Park 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.

Great promo video showing the spectacular scenery around the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes Natural Park

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. Desfiladero de los Gaitanes Natural Park
The view from the mirador.

The rare Bonelli’s and golden eagles are present 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 who 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.

Desfiladero de los Gaitanes Natural Park 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
Further reading.

For some pretty in depth information about the geology of the area you really should take a look at Linda Mary Fowlers amazing article about her “take” on a visit to the Caminito del Rey… Like she says its mostly about “rocks” (and reading between the lines, I think she slowed the group down quite a bit!) 🙂

Check it out here: https://rocksandolives.blogspot.com/2016/10/the-kings-little-path-el-caminito-del.html


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Exploring the Thrilling Caminito del Rey: A Journey Through Nature, History, and Adrenaline

Exploring the Thrilling Caminito del Rey. Embark on a thrilling adventure in the heart of Malaga with the Caminito del Rey. This seven-kilometer trail, once deemed the world’s most dangerous, has been revitalized, offering a safe passage through breathtaking landscapes and a touch of history. Let’s delve into the wonder that is the Caminito del Rey.

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Where the Caminito del Rey is Located

Situated in the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes, a canyon carved by the Guadalhorce River, this extraordinary path spans Álora, Antequera, and Ardales. A narrow gorge, only ten meters wide in some sections, plummets to depths of 700 meters. Originally a pastoral route, the area transformed with the advent of industrialization in the mid-19th century, leading to the creation of a railway line connecting Córdoba’s mining basins and Malaga’s factories. Getting to the Caminito del Rey here.

Getting to El Chorro reservoirs and Camino del Rey
The Caminito del Rey is under an hours drive from Malaga.

The path’s moniker changed to Caminito del Rey after King Alfonso XIII’s visit in 1921. Two parking options exist: starting in El Chorro and taking a shuttle to the Conde de Gudalhorce reservoir, or parking at the reservoir and shuttling back from El Chorro. Tickets, available on the official website, offer general or guided tour options.

A Tour Through a Changing Landscape

Venture into the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes Natural Area, a protected haven for diverse flora and fauna. Winding through gorges, canyons, valleys, and swamps, the trail spans three kilometers, providing a challenging yet captivating journey. The linear route showcases the Gaitanejo Gorge, Tajo de las Palomas canyon, the Hoyo Valley, and the Gaitanes Gorge, revealing a dynamic landscape.

The view from the mirador close to the Guadalhorce reservoir
The view from the mirador close to the Guadalhorce reservoir
Much More Than Nature and Height

Beyond its dizzying heights, the Caminito del Rey boasts historical landmarks. The Gaitanejo Hydroelectric Power Plant, Sierra Parda cave houses, and remnants of the old power lines add layers to the experience. Commemorative plaques and preserved fossils along the walkways recount the path’s history, while the Valle del Hoyo unveils medieval Islamic and Castilian ceramics, hinting at a 13th-century settlement.

A mix of history, nature and adrenaline, it is a perfect plan to enjoy the interior of Malaga!
Exploring the Thrilling Caminito del Rey: A Journey Through Nature, History, and Adrenaline
Alternative Ways to Walk the Caminito del Rey

In the Gaitanes Gorge section, an alternative route, less traversed but equally enchanting, offers a tunnel that bypasses the walkway. Virtual visits are available for those with mobility issues or vertigo.

A Great Diversity of Fauna and Flora

Designated a Special Protection Area for Birds, the Guadalhorce River surroundings harbor griffon vultures, golden eagles, and a myriad of other species. The area’s flora, adapting to rocky habitats, includes oleanders, reeds, and fruit trees, contributing to a rich ecosystem.

A New Visitor Reception Center for Caminito del Rey
Caminito del Rey visitor centre
The visitor reception area also has a large car park and regular shuttle buses to the start point of the Caminito del Rey.

The Visitor Reception Center designed by Luis Machuca promises to enhance the Caminito del Rey experience. Serving as a parking lot, viewpoint, and hiker welcome center, it will offer guidance, a cafeteria, and insights into the area’s history, geology, and archaeology. Read more about the visitor centre and parking options at the caminito del rey here.

Candidate for World Heritage

The Caminito del Rey and its surroundings are potential UNESCO World Heritage sites, encompassing natural wonders and historical landmarks within a 20 km radius.

How to Walk the Trail Respectfully

Certain restrictions apply, ensuring a safe and respectful experience. Safety gear is provided, and guidelines include appropriate attire, no consumption of food on walkways, and restrictions on selfie sticks and drones. The venue is open from Tuesday to Sunday, with exceptions on specific dates. Check out the rules and regulations here.

Embark on this extraordinary journey through the Caminito del Rey, where nature, history, and adrenaline converge in a unique and unforgettable experience.

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