Although the official date has not been announced yet for the reopeing of the Caminito del Rey under control of a private company I was assured today on the telephone by the company who made the winning bid that visits will start again sometime towards the middle (20th) of April 2016.
The company talking over control of the Caminito del Rey (Hermanos Campano SL) already have some experience in running large sites as they alreay run “El Teatro Romano” In Malaga. The oldest monument in Málaga City and situated at the foot of the famous Alcazaba fortress. Here they provide guided visits, organise archaeoligical investigations and maintain the entire area.
With regards to the Caminito del Rey they will control all access, maintainence, guided tours etc They will also pay a hefty sum of over 300,000 euros a year to Malaga town council for the next 4 years (1.6 million Euros) Which is why they won the contract in the first place as they put more money on the table.
The website for reserving a walk on the Caminito will remain the same (www.caminitodelrey.com) and presumably some techie is working at this moment to get some kind of payment system installed onto the existing website.
The price to enter will be around 10 Euros per person which presumably means that the various companies in the area charging for guided tours will either have to stop their activities or raise their prices as over the last year, some have been charging 10 euros for adults and 5 euros for children (10yrs). Hotels that have been getting free access for their guests and benefitting from a huge increase in room sales will also have to charge from April onwards.