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Getting to El Chorro reservoirs and Camino del Rey

El Chorro

In order to visit the Caminito del Rey you need to get to the area of the small village of El Chorro located in Málaga province, Andalusia, Spain.

El Chorro is a few miles away from the larger town of Alora. REMEMBER THAT THE START POINT FOR THE CAMINITO DEL REY IS NOT IN EL CHORRO… EL CHORRO IS THE FINISHING POINT.

Check out types of travel to the Caminito del Rey and reserve your bus, train or taxi with GoEuro… Click here…

REMEMBER: Your destination (travelling to…) is the train station “El Chorro, Spain”

You can park at El Chorro and get a shuttle bus (every 30 minutes) to the start point which is the other side of the gorge by the kings chair/posada del Conde/Mirador and Kiosko restaurants… Or you can park by the restaurants, walk the caminito and get a shuttle bus back to your car…

GPS etc

Coordinates are 36°54’0″ N and 4°43’60” W in DMS (Degrees Minutes Seconds) or 36.9 and -4.73333 (in decimal degrees). Its UTM position is UF48 and its Joint Operation Graphics reference is NJ30-10.

By Car

From Malaga take the A-357 towards and past Cartama and around 47 km (from Malaga) take the exit towards M-442/Ardales/MA-5403/El Chorro. (About an hour)

The Map below explains the route towards El Chorro to take by car from Cádiz or Seville.

Map El Chorro
Drive to El Chorro

By Train

You can easily book a train ticket online from GoEuro… and just fill in your departure station and typemake sure  El Chorro  is in the destination. Follow the instructions and print your e.tickets straight away.

By Bus

Time tables keep changing and it’s impossible to get an updated timetable for buses to El Chorro. Also, the buses from Malaga, for example, go to the town of Alora, and then you have to wait and change for a bus to El Chorro. With that in mind and as the village of El Chorro sits on a railway station I am going to recommend the train and forget the bus. (see above for trains to El Chorro)


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El Caminito del Rey – The Kings Path – El Chorro

A bit of history about the Caminito del Rey

“El Caminito del Rey”, in English, “The King’s little pathway”) was initially built as an access route. It enabled workers at the hydroelectric power plants of El Chorro Gorge and Gaitanes Gorge with an easier way to transport materials, maintain and inspect the workings of the two power plants. Construction of the “walkway” began in 1901 and was finished in 1905 and in 1921 King Alfonso XIII visited and walked along the path for the inauguration of the Conde del Guadalhorce dam and since that time it became known as the “Kings path”

The Kings Path - Photo Credit Diputacion de Malaga
The Kings Path – Photo Credit Diputacion de Malaga

The original walkway was just 1 metre (3.3 ft) wide and in places more than 100 metres (330 ft) above the river below. From one end to the other is about 3KM. The path was constructed with concrete resting

working on the original pathway
working on the original pathway

on steel rails supported by stanchions at around 45 degrees driven into the rock face and for many years was in a highly deteriorated state with numerous sections collapsed and large open air gaps bridged only by the narrow steel rails. Very few of the original handrails existed but a safety-wire placed by climbers ran the length of the path. The area is a mecca for climbers and the Caminito del Rey became known as one of the most impressive and dangerous mountain trails in the world (as the many videos on you tube certainly demonstrate.) But, after several people lost their lives on the walkway (in 1999 and 2000) both access points were demolished by local authorities and access prohibited.

In June 2011 the regional government of Andalusia and the local government of Málaga agreed to share the costs of a restoration project (including car parking and a museum) but even with a budget of €9 million euros,the project took approximately three years to start and only in March 2014 the restauration work began.

In its new upgraded and repaired state the Camino del Rey has wooden and concrete flooring, glass-bottomed viewing and safety rails along the whole length.

Camino del Rey 2014
How the Camino del Rey looked in 2014 – Photo Credit Diputacion de Malaga

The official opening ceremony took place in February 2015 and the Caminito del Rey is currently one of the most visited destinations in Andalucía.

Nearest hotel Accommodation

El Chorro – “La Garganta” hotel and tourist complex

Guadalhorce – The Posada del Conde Boutique Hotel


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Tickets for Caminito del Rey 2nd to 28th of November 2021

On Wednesday, October 20, 2021, the Caminito del Rey tickets will become available to buy on the online booking sysstem for the dates November 2nd to the 28th.

Be quick as tickets sell out really fast. Or, alternatively, take the hassle out of it and Get a Guided tour here: https://www.caminodelrey.es/get-your-guide-for-the-caminito-del-rey/


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Caminito del rey tickets October 2021

The online booking system for the Caminito del Rey will start selling tickets at 12pm on Tuesday the 21st of September. Places available will be from the 5th of October to the 1st of November.

Be quick as places fill very quickly!

If you can’t get a ticket for the day you want then check out these alternative ideas. https://www.caminodelrey.es/no-tickets-for-the-caminito-left-online-no-problem-hopefully/

Or take the hassle out of it and just go straight to the Get Your Guide website. https://www.caminodelrey.es/get-your-guide-for-the-caminito-del-rey/

This is the screen shot of the online booking portal for the Caminito del Rey when it is overloaded with people trying to buy tickets… The message tells you where you are in the queue and also the warning “Do not close your browser or you will lose you place in the queue! The page will refresh untill the number reduces to zero and then will forward you to the booking portal.

Booking queue for the Caminito del Rey
Booking queue for the Caminito del Rey

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2022 Caminito del Rey tickets

I have had quite a few emails from people asking me why they can’t book 2022 caminito del Rey tickets (currently we are in September 2021) or in many cases any entry tickets more than a month or so in advance at any time of year.

The reason for this is that the online reservation system for the Caminito del Rey normally only opens up ticket availability for a period of around 8 weeks in advance. For example, in the second week of July 2021 tickets were made available for the months of August and September and it should be safe to assume that tickets for October and November 2021 will be made available sometime around the second week of September.

Working forwards, tickets for the Caminito del Rey in 2022 should become available in the second week of November for (December 2021 and January 2022).

Read about getting a ticket from the official online system here: https://www.caminodelrey.es/the-booking-portal-for-the-caminito-del-rey-how-to-buy-an-entrance-ticket/

If there are no places left for the Caminito del Rey for the dates that you want then here are some alternative ways to get tickets: https://www.caminodelrey.es/no-tickets-for-the-caminito-left-online-no-problem-hopefully/


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