rules about the Caminito del Rey

Caminito del Rey rules and regulations

The latest information about the opening of the Caminito del Rey is quite comprehensive with lots of rules and regulations but as yet the actual online booking system has now been launched at

Hours of opening:
From October 31st to March 31st (winter) and from April 1st to November 1st (summer)
The gates open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (winter time ) and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (summer).

The pathway will allow 50 people at half hour intervals from each access point (El Chorro and Gaitanejo)and the maximum number of people allowed to be on the path at any one time is 400 The path is
closed on Mondays plus December 24th, 25th and 31st, and January 1st.

  • For organised groups the maximum is 50 people plus the guide.
  • Children under 8 years old are not allowed.
  • The route is LINEAR so you can’t walk there and back. (Think about how you will get back to your car.) There is a plan for a shuttle bus service but details have not been announced yet.
  • The total length of the Caminito del Rey is 7.7 kms. The actual elevated route is almost 5 kms and the rest the access footpaths. Estimated time for walking the path is about 4.5 hours.
  • There are no toilet facilities along the path.
  • There is no where to buy food or water (bring your own and
    Picnicing along the pathway are not allowed
  • The path is not recommended if you are afraid of heights or are generally unfit.
  • Entrance tickets to the path El Caminito del Rey will be free for the first six months after the official opening.
  • Safety helmets will be provided at the start of the Camino del Rey and must be worn at all times.
  • You must walk on the right hand side of the pathway to pass easily with people coming from the opposite direction.
  • Climbers who want to access climbing route will have FREE access to the Caminito del Rey but must show their public liability insurance before being allowed to enter. Climbing can only be practised BELOW the Camino del Rey in order to avoid rockfalls on other visitors
  • You cannot carry large rucksacks. (The kind backpackers use). Only a small rucksack to carry water and other essentials is allowed.
  • Umbrellas are not allowed 🙂
  • No pets allowed.

There are lots of other rules and regulations but the above cover the most important ones. Funnily enough, you aren’t allowed to scatter the ashes of your favorite Grandmother along the Caminito and neither are you allowed to take your clothes or shoes off (damn I wanted to take my girlfriend there.) No, seriously no ash scattering or stripping please.

You can see the entire rules over at

9 thoughts on “Caminito del Rey rules and regulations”

  1. We have a reservation at the Posada del Conde the night before we would like to walk the Caminto – do I still need a separate reservation as I think I have understood the hotel to say that the take care of this. …..

  2. My brother is law is booked today for the Cominto del rey walk but is too ill today to go. Is it possible for me to take his place if I take my NIE number et..

    1. Hi Deborah, I am thinking that its very short notice and getting through to the people at the Malaga town council might be difficult… You could try to send a message here…. You could try turning up and explaining the situation to the people at the entrance I suppose. Best of luck and let me know how you get on….

  3. We are thinking of doing the walk in late December how will the weather be? Do you think it will be too cold to enjoy it?

    1. December is very often cool with blue skies. There is always the chance of rain anywhere though in the winter… Just wear appropriate clothing and you will be fine

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