Gala having a great time on Rocio with www.horseridingelchorro.com[fb_vid id=”1146704658758567″]
Facebook – Horse Riding El Chorro
If anyone still needs a reason to visit and walk the Caminito del Rey then over at the Rambling Mans website there you have it. An excellent in depth article, with lots of pictures, about the experience of a visit to the Caminito del Rey – Well worth a read. Thanks Steve 🙂
The old path, what’s left of it, has been retained and is just below the new walkway of wooden boarding on a galvanised steel framework anchored securely to the cliff face and with reassuringly sturdy cable and steel postthe southern end a new steel suspension bridge with a metal mesh floor and another section with a thick glass floor allow an uninterupted view to the river below.
Read the entire article here…
People do like to plan in advance so it does seem odd that the reservation system for the Caminito del Rey has only just now opened up the online booking system for October, November and December 2015. Lets hope the system doesn’t collapse under the pressure again… Good luck everyone!
IT SEEMS THAT ACCESS IS ONLY BEING GRANTED FROM THE ARDALES (KINGS CHAIR, EL KIOSKO) SIDE… I HAVE NO IDEA WHY!!!! A MAXIMUM OF 5 PEOPLE CAN RESERVE ON THE ONLINE BOOKING SYSTEM… (YOU AND FOUR FRIENDS FOR EXAMPLE)
If the booking system is showing full for the dates you want to walk the Caminito del Rey or it just isn’t working, then you have these other options. (Click the below links)
During a recent meeting of the Malaga town council and the municipalities of Alora and Ardales it has been agreed that the Caminito del Rey will remain free to visitors until March 2016
The, sometimes difficult to navigate, online permit system remains the same and reservations for October, November and December 2015 will be accessible during the first week of September 2015. Instructions on how to reserve here.
The decision to extend free access until March 2016 (it was supposed to be October 2015) has come about because of a curious law in Spain that makes it illegal to charge people to enter into what is basically the countryside. It comes under the same law that prohibits people being charged to walk in natural parks or other protected area. The Malaga council needs a bit more time to either get the law changed or amended in some way to allow a fee to be charged.
Officially there are 900 permits available every day with the online booking system having 700 and the two local councils (Ardales and Alora 100 permits each. The latter two give the permits to local businesses such as hotels like the Garganta complex to use for their guests.
Once charging to enter the Caminito del Rey starts some simple maths shows that around 300,000 euros a year will be generated and the Malaga town council has earmarked the cash for the running and maintenance of the walkway. So far it would seem that Malaga council plan to keep hold of running the seemingly lucrative business that the Caminito del Rey has become instead of putting it out to tender for private companies.