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 www.caminitodelrey.info
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 www.caminitodelrey.info