Category Archives: Caminito del Rey

As a travel writer and blogger, I specialize in providing valuable information about the Caminito del Rey, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain. This website, Camino del Rey, is a go-to resource for anyone planning to visit the area and looking for insider tips on how to make the most of their trip.

Articles cover a range of topics related to the Caminito del Rey, including how to buy tickets, where to stay, and how to get there. Also, I provide valuable insights on other attractions in the area, such as scenic walks, hidden gems, and local culture.

My personal experiences and knowledge of the region help readers create unforgettable travel experiences that they will cherish for a lifetime.

Caminito del Rey tickets summer and autumn 2023

The Caminito del Rey is now selling tickets for visits between 26 June and 5 November 2023. The tickets are available for purchase online at the official website with prices starting at 10 euros for general admission and 18 euros for guided tours. ( Caminito del Rey tickets summer and autumn 2023

Or, have a look at these guided options from Get your Guide for Caminito del Rey tickets 2023

The Caminito del Rey will be open Tuesday to Sunday from 8:30am to 5pm during this period. It will also be open on selected Mondays: 26 June; 3, 24 and 31 July; 4 and 11 September; and 9 and 30 October.

Visitors can park at the Caminito del Rey visitor reception centre, located in the municipality of Ardales, next to the MA-5403 road. The centre has a large exhibition area, a viewing terrace overlooking the Conde del Guadalhorce reservoir, and a car park with space for 240 vehicles. Visitors can park for two euros per day, which can be booked when purchasing tickets on the website.

To reach the Caminito del Rey, visitors can also take the Cercanías (local train) service from Malaga’s María Zambrano and Centro railway stations. Shuttle buses can transport visitors to and from the path and the car park. Seats can be purchased either in advance at the time of ticket purchase or on site in cash.

Also included in this next batch, is the availability to reserve car parking along with your entry ticket and the shuttle bus. The car park is located next to the official information centre for the Caminito del Rey (Puerto de las Atalayas). Read some important information about the reception centre here:

See here for instructions on booking your ticket:

Read this if the date you want is not available:

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Bus services for the Caminito del Rey

Once you finish your walk at Caminito del Rey, you can take the return bus service which runs approximately every 30 minutes. The cost of the bus service is 2.50 Euros. However, make sure that you have the correct change as the drivers do not accept cards. It’s also important to note that paying with a 50 euro note may cause some frustration to the drivers who run the bus services for the Caminito del Rey

Book a guided tour through Viator

An alternative is to book a guided tour ticket for the Caminito del Rey at the Viator website here. Then you don’t have to worry about the shuttle buses as all will be arranged for you.

See if you can get the “combined” ticket when you book your tickets

Alternatively you should be able to buy the combined entry and shuttle bus ticket when you reserve on the official online booking system at 12,50 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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Caminito del Rey rules and regulations

Some people seem to be a bit confused about the Caminito del Rey rules and regulations and some have even been stopped from entering because they have the wrong type of rucksack or refuse to give up their selfie stick.

So here is a basic list of rules

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 to enter from the access point (Lakes, Kings chair, Kiosko bar.) There is no access from the El Chorro side. 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.

The most important rules
  • For organised groups the maximum is 50 people plus the guide.
  • Children under 8 years old are not allowed. (Visitors over the age of 8 and under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and provide proof of age through an ID, passport, family book or equivalent so it can be verified along the route by Staff. Plus, adults must always carry a proof of age document as it will be required in order to enter and exit the path)
  • The route is LINEAR so you can’t walk there and back. (If you have parked your car by the lake, kings chair, kiosko bar area then you get a shuttle bus back from El Chorro where the Caminito del Rey pathway ends.)
  • 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. (Toilets at the start point).
  • There is no where to buy food or water (bring your own and
    Picnicing along the pathway is not allowed).
  • The path is not recommended if you are afraid of heights or are generally unfit.
  • Safety helmets will be provided at the start of the Camino del Rey and must be worn at all times.
  • 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 🙂
  • Selfie sticks are not allowed
  • No pets allowed.

There are lots of other Caminito del Rey 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

Seriously no ash scattering or stripping please! 🙂

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Poetry about the Caminito del Rey

Here is some poetry about the Caminito del Rey that someone sent me from the perspective of a person who is afraid of heights but still enjoyed the walk on the Caminito del Rey!”

Trembling with fear, I took the first step.
Along the pathway, once deemed so steep.
King’s Little Pathway, Caminito del Rey.
A marvel of engineering, that much was clear

I looked down, and my heart skipped a beat.
The river far below, seemed to compete.
With my nerves, and my courage so low.
But still, I walked, and I wouldn’t let go

The renovations made it safer, no doubt.
But the view, oh the view, it made me shout.
In awe and wonder, at the beauty so rare.
Of the Gaitanes Gorge, a sight beyond compare

I clutched the rail, with every step I took.
But with each one, I felt a little less shook.
The thrill of adventure, and the fear of height.
Filled me with a mix of emotions, both so bright

And as I reached the end, I felt so proud.
Of myself, for not giving in to my fears, and to bow.
To the beauty that I saw, with my own two eyes:
And the Caminito del Rey, I’d recommend to all, such a prize!

have you written any poetry about the Caminito del Rey. Please feel free to share in the comments!

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