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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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Bus services for the Caminito del Rey

Return bus services for the Caminito del Rey are available after you finish walking and are approximately every 30 minutes and cost 2:50 Euros. Make sure that you have the correct change as cards are not accepted and the drivers get a bit grumpy if you try to pay with a 50 euro note!

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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The Grazalema Guide

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The Grazalema Guide – Tourist Information Portal for the Sierra de Grazalema, Wildside Holidays, The town of Ronda and the Caminito del Rey.

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No tickets for the Caminito left online? No problem (hopefully)

So, you have been to the official website to book your tickets for the Caminito del Rey and to your dismay the dates you want are full (agotado). No tickets for the Caminito left online? No problem (hopefully)…..Not to worry as there are a few other ways that you can get your ticket.

Get your Guide

If the reservation system is full and you don’t want to use the suggestions further down this page, have a look at these links for guided visits to the Caminito del Rey from Get Your Guide. This is an excellent option especially for larger groups. There are lots of trips are organised from many areas along the Costa Del Sol and other main cities.


Hotels can help with your Entry ticket for the Caminito del Rey

Firstly, stay in a local hotel such as the Posada del Conde or the Garganta Complex. These are the two hotels nearest to the walk that can get the tickets for you. (When you make the booking, make sure that you add a message to say that you are specifically booking because you want to walk the Caminito del Rey.) If the hotels are full then other hotels found on booking.com can help as well such as the fantastic Hotel Magdalena closer to Antequera.

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Secondly,  Just turn up and buy your ticket at the gate. (10 euros each and you can pay by card as well as cash). THIS DOES NOT ALWAYS WORK BUT MANY PEOPLE HAVE COMMENTED THAT THEY WERE ALLOWED TO PAY AT THE GATE.

Latest comments are that there are just 50 tickets available at the gate and people are turning up to queue as early as 07:30 am!

This is because there are a percentage of tickets (6% of the 1100 people allowed in daily.) When you can enter depends on how many people turn up for each allocated time slot. The maximum amount of people that enter every half an hour is 60 people so if you are there to buy your ticket at 11am and there are only 45 people checking in then you will be allowed to go along with that group… If there are 60 people you will have to wait for the next group in 30 minutes time.

Speaking with the manager there she told me that very rarely do people have to wait for more than an hour and on this day she had sold 120 entries at the gate and the people went in almost straight away but, she did say…”Try to get here as early as possible for the morning entries and weekends or holidays can be more complicated sometimes meaning people get turned away”

Even if you do have to wait a while, it really isn’t a hardship to sit and admire tha amazing scenery at the entrance to the Caminito del Rey!

Remember that the entrance for the Caminito del Rey is at the reservoirs/kings chair/el kiosko side… The north entrance. You cannot start the walk from the El Chorro (south) side…

If you are staying in malaga go to a train station and see if you can get the combined ticket…. Click here to read more about the combined ticket! This is now discontinued.

So, there you go. No tickets for the Caminito left online? No problem (hopefully)

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Booking the Caminito del Rey (how to buy a ticket)

I hope these instructions help you to reserve a walk on the Caminito del Rey. Booking the Caminito del Rey (how to buy a ticket). The comments and questions at the bottom of this article are also very helpful so please feel free to ask questions or leave some feedback/experiences.

Article updated on the 17th September 2022 to reflect changes in the reservation system for the Caminito del Rey

Instructions to get your ticket for the Caminito del Rey

  • Remember! CLOSED ON MONDAYS...
  • When does the path open? Every day from Tuesday to Sunday.
  • When does it close? Every Monday, and January 1st, December 24th, 25th and 31st December

IF THE DATE YOU ARE WANTING IS NOT AVAILABLE, PLEASE CLICK HERE AND READ HOW TO GET A PERMIT WITHOUT USING THE ONLINE FORM…

Entry permits are 10 Euros per person, 18 for the guided tour and 11,55 for the entry and shuttle bus… Payment is made by credit/bank card in full during the booking process. You must create an account on the system in order to purchase tickets for the Caminito del Rey

Step by step instructions – Caminito del Rey. Booking the Caminito del Rey (how to buy a ticket).
Remember! You have to register an account first
  • Go to www.caminitodelrey.info (This is the English language home page.)
  • Register with the site first! At the top left you will see a link for registering or logging in. (REGISTRO / ACCESO ESPACIO PERSONAL) Register with a valid email and password which in Spanish is the word “Clave“. (NOTE: YOUR PASSWORD MUST CONTAIN NUMBERS AND LETTERS!) “Si todavía no estás registrado, puedes hacerlo en el formulario de RegistroThis means if you don’t have an account then create one……
  • Click Registro. Fill out the registration form and register your account. (Don’t forget to check the two boxes before you click on “Aceptar” and try to get the capcha code right first time!
  • Check your email for confirmation (don’t forget to look in your spam folder). The email takes an age to arrive.. In my case with 5 test accounts more than 10 minutes! YOU MUST confirm the account by clicking “Activar” in the email.
Buying your tickets for the Caminito del Rey
  • At the the top right, click on “Purchase Tickets” and you’ll be taken to the booking portal (Sometimes it switches back to Spanish) Look for the English language link to change back again.
  • (If you are rebooking for another date because of closure on your original date of entry click on the link at the top that says “CANJEO POR CIERRE”. (Or Exchange by Closing) Select the new date you want and then add the original reference number from the email you received when you made your initial reservation.)
  • The page with the calendar should load straight away so that you can select the date that you would like the permit for. (use the buttons to navigate through the calendar and select the date you want. If they are not available you will see YELLOW dates and “Agotado” means no places available… GREEN dates means there is availability…
  • Click a date and then select the hour you want to walk the Caminito del Rey and Enter how many people are going in your group.
  • At this point in order to continue you must login to the site with the account you created earlier.
  • You can select the just ticket or ticket plus bus ticket or guided tour. Parking is also available to pay for in advance.
  • Make sure that you tick the box to say you accept the rules – (He leído y acepto las condiciones generales de compra y Política de Privacidad.)
  • Click on” Finalizar” and enter your card details and click “Pagar”. You will receive an email with confirmation of your entry…PRINT THIS and take it with you along with your passport AND the credit card that you used to make the purchase on the day of your walk.
Try to get you info correct first time!

Note: Try to get all your info right the first time. Sometimes when the page refreshes and you have got something wrong, the information you previously entered is lost and you have to start again.

Some people are having trouble with the system accepting certain emails. If this happens try a different email address.

If you can’t get a ticket for the day you want then the one alternative is to stay in a local hotel. These are the ones nearest to the Caminito del Rey.

IF THE DATE YOU ARE WANTING IS NOT AVAILABLE, PLEASE CLICK HERE AND READ HOW TO GET A PERMIT WITHOUT USING THE ONLINE FORM OR STAYING IN A LOCAL HOTEL

Get Your Guide

If it is impossible to get a normal entry ticket from the online system or elsewhere then the only option may be a guided visit (An excellent option for larger groups as well!). Have a look at these options at the Get Your Guide website

Tickets for Caminito del Rey available for summer through to December 2022

The official website for the Caminito del Rey has now opened up Tickets for Caminito del Rey available for summer through to December 2022

Also included, and new for this next batch, is the availability to reserve car parking along with your entry ticket and shuttle bus at 2 euros per car. The car park is located next to the official information centre for the Caminito del Rey (Puerto de las Atalayas). Still not open to the public…

See here for instructions on booking your ticket: https://www.caminodelrey.es/the-booking-portal-for-the-caminito-del-rey-how-to-buy-an-entrance-ticket/

Read this if the date you want is not available: http://www.caminodelrey.es/no-tickets-for-the-caminito-left-online-no-problem-hopefully/

Tickets for Caminito del Rey available for summer through to December 2022


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