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The online reservation system for the Caminito del Rey sells out pretty fast and even though many hotels can help, you may already have your accommodation organised.

Once the places start to fill up, it can be almost impossible to reserve if your group is more than 4 people (and sometimes even 2 is impossible!)

With this in mind, a guided visit for your group is the solution. Have a look at some options from Get Your Guide using the below links. Many of these companies can cater for large groups for 30 or more people, some offer private tours and others an inclusive day trip with lunch and tapas!

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Bobastro castle and Omar ben Hafsun

A few kilometres from El Chorro and the Caminito del Rey, you can visit Bobastro castle and Omar ben Hafsun. (Follow the MA-448 until the junction signposted for Bobastro and the Mesas de Villaverde.) lay the ruins of the impressive fortress known as “Bobastro” that are well worth a visit if only for its stunning setting. (You really need a car to visit this place though.)

This area around 850 to 917 was ruled by Umar ibn Hafsun ibn Ja’far ibn Salim (Arabic: عمر بن حَفْصُون بن جعفر بن سالم).  In Spanish this man was known as Omar Ben Hafsun and in the 9th-century he was a formidable Christian leader of the anti-Ummayad forces in southern Iberia.

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Tickets for Caminito del Rey available for summer through to October 2022

The official website for the Caminito del Rey has now opened up tickets sales up to October 2022.

Also included, and new for this next batch, is the availability to reserve car parking along with your entry ticket and shuttle bus at 2 euros per car. The car park is located next to the official information centre for the Caminito del Rey (Puerto de las Atalayas).

See here for instructions on booking your ticket: https://www.caminodelrey.es/the-booking-portal-for-the-caminito-del-rey-how-to-buy-an-entrance-ticket/

Read this if the date you want is not available: http://www.caminodelrey.es/no-tickets-for-the-caminito-left-online-no-problem-hopefully/


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Exclusive private tours in Spain

Spain is a favorite destination for travellers and across the Iberian Peninsula there can be found carefully designed and, sometimes very exclusive private tours in Spain that combine cultural touring, food and wine experiences, luxury hotels and special-interest activities customized to individual interests.

Private guides and drivers are sometimes essential to getting the most out of Spain’s rich culture, including fascinating cities such as Madrid, Barcelona and Seville; whitewashed villages, ancient churches and royal palaces; incredible UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Alhambra, the buildings of Gaudi, and the historic center of Toledo; historic Jewish Quarters and synagogues; world-class museums such as the Prado, Reina Sofia and Guggenheim Bilbao; and much more.

Private Spain tours feature:

  • Top rooms in luxury hotels.
  • Private tours and transfers with tour own private guides and drivers.
  • Highly personalized itinerary planning.
  • Local contacts at our associate offices throughout Spain.
  • Restaurant reservations, shopping recommendations, tickets to cultural events and exclusive access to local activities.

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Bus services for the Caminito del Rey

Return bus services for the Caminito del Rey are available after you finish walking and are approximately every 30 minutes and cost 1:55 Euros. Make sure that you have the correct change as cards are not accepted and the drivers get a bit grumpy if you try to pay with a 50 euro note!

Alternatively you should be able to buy the combined entry and shuttle bus ticket when you reserve on the official online booking system at 11,55 euros per person…

Remember that you will need to get the return bus journey if you have parked your car at the starting point as the Caminito del Rey can only be walked in one direction from Guadalhorce reservoir / Kings chair / Kiosko bar side to the El Chorro / train station side.

Bus services for the Caminito del Rey start from El Chorro at 08:30 and run every 30 minutes (on weekends) and hourly on weekdays until 17:30 . The buses run from Tuesday to Sunday as the Caminito del Rey is closed on Mondays. (Check the official website when you buy your entry tickets as timetable are liable to change.)

More information on how to get your entrance permit here.


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The Grazalema Guide

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The Grazalema Guide – Tourist Information Portal for the Sierra de Grazalema, Wildside Holidays, The town of Ronda and the Caminito del Rey.

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The Guadalhorce and Guadalteba Reservoirs

The three Reservoirs known as GuadalhorceGuadalteba are nestled in a stunning area of outstanding beauty close to El Chorro and the Caminito del Rey and within the boundaries of the Natural Park area called Desfiladero de los Gaitanes.

This natural environment corresponds to the village of Ardales but only one of the reservoirs, the Conde de Guadalhorce, is in the municipality of Ardales. The other two lakes are in the municipalities of Teba, Campillos and Antequera .

Conde de Guadalhorce Reservoir

Construction began on this reservoir in the autumn of 1914 under the direction of the famous engineer Rafael Benjumea and was initially called Pantano del Chorro. It was completed in 1921 and  inaugurated by King Alfonso XIII. It was at this time that the Caminito del Rey got it’s name as the king walked this pathway at the time.

For some unknown reason, in 1953 the name of this reservoir was changed to Conde de Guadalhorce.

The views from the mirador are stunning
The views from the lookout point are stunning

Guadalhorce – Guadalteba Reservoirs

Construction of these two new reservoirs began in the spring of 1966 and completed in 1971 and 1973 respectively. At the same time as building these dams, a new the railway line and three road sections were also constructed, as both a large stretch of the railway line and roads were flooded by the rising waters. Also, the residents of the village of Peñarrubia and its neighborhood, Gobantes (where the old railway station was) were evicted and their homes lost under the water.

House of the Engineer and the Kings chair

One of the most iconic artifacts from the construction days of the reservoirs is the King’s Chair located just before the dam wall of the Conde de Guadalhorce. There is a chair and table carved out of stone and this is where King Alfonso XIII sat and signed the “completion of construction” document for the Conde de Guadalhorce reservoir.

The kings chair and table where the document was signed to declare the dam project finished.
The kings chair and table where the document was signed to declare the dam project finished.

From the Chair of the king, if you look to the other side of the reservoir, you can see the very impressive and grande chief engineers house or “Casa del Conde” which is closed to the public but would make an amazing place for a hotel, museum or even a house for me when I finally win the lottery!

If you walk along the dam wall you will come to the small church which was also used as a school. A stroll across the dam is lovely and if you continue along a few hundred meters more you will come to the hotel and restaurant La Posada del Conde, a fantastic place to eat or stay for the weekend.

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There are several signposted footpaths in the area where you can enjoy the wonderful pine forest scenery with interspersed eucalyptus, thyme, rosemary and broom.

The biggest fish populations in the lakes are barbel and carp. Look out for Kingfishers, red billed chough, the ever present griffon vultures and if you are very lucky you might catch a glimpse of a European eagle owl.

Some of the mammals present in the area are Spanish Ibex, fox, otter, rabbits, wild boar, genet, red deer and wild cat.

Another of the attractions of the reservoir is the “Mirador” or viewpoint located a little further up the hill from the restaurant “El Mirador”.  From this point you get a bird’s eye view of the whole reservoir system and the panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

If you really want peace and quiet, the best time to visit this area is during the week in spring and autumn as during the summer months and weekends the lakeside becomes full of people swimming and kayaking whilst the cliffs around the El Chorro and Camino del Rey areas are a haven all year round for climbers. That said you can visit this area at any time of year and you won’t be disappoined. It truly is a wonderful part of Andalucia and the architecture of the dams (especially the Conde de Guadalhoce) is quite remarkable.


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