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Instructions – How to make your reservation for the Caminito del Rey

FREE ACCESS TO THE CAMINITO DEL REY HAS NOW CEASED .

THIS ARTICLE IS NOW REPLACED BY THE NEW BOOKING SYSTEM INSTRUCTIONS HERE…

Please click the above link to get updated instructions about tickets for the Caminito del Rey

Although the official website for booking a walk on the Caminito del Rey is in four languages (Spanish, English, German and French), the actual booking system is in Spanish. That said, the booking system is fairly easy to navigate. (though not without some annoying issues – See note at the bottom of these instructions.)

If there are no availabilities for the day you want then an alternative is to stay at the hotel Posada del Conde and the staff there can arrange a permit for you for any day apart from Monday.

  1. Go to www.caminitodelrey.info (This is the English language page.)
  2. At the top left click on “Book your visit”
  3. In the new page select the date that you would like the permit for. (use the buttons to navigate through the calendar) –  The red dates are days where there are no spaces left. Green dates have spaces available.
  4. Once the date is selected on the right hand side select which entry point you want. (Ardales is from the lake side and finishes at El Chorro and Alora is from El Chorro side and finishes at the lakes. From El Chorro the walk is more uphill and takes a bit longer, about 5 hours)
  5. Select the hour you want to enter the Camino del Rey
  6. Fill in the identification details in the form that appears (The ones marked with an asterisk are obligatory). Select from the drop down, passport or DNI. (some people are having trouble with this. I put my British passport number in the DNI box without a problem
  7. Say how many people that are going with you and fill out the details of those people. (You will need their passport details as well.
  8.  Tick the box to say you accept the rules – “Normas Reguladoras de Uso”
  9. Click on the “Reservar” and you are done… You will receive an email with all the details in a PDF document. Check your spam box if you don’t get an email)
  10. IMPORTANT – make sure you print the document and take it with you and also the passport/identification you used for you and any other people (You will be asked for this before you enter)

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 put is lost and you have to start again.

TIP: You can walk back to the place you started from as long as you don’t pass the checkpoint at the other end. (I have walked from the Ardales side as far as the suspension bridge and then back again without problem and it took me 4 hours.)

There are also shuttle buses available – The shuttle buses start at 12:30pm  from each end of the Caminito del Rey and the last bus is at 20:30pm. The buses run every half hour during these times. The cost is under 2 Euros to get you back to the your start point

IMPORTANT! Remember that you have to be at the start point 30 minutes before your allotted time and from either end it takes around 30 minutes to get to the start point. Allow plenty of time to park your car and get to the start checkpoint to show your entry permit.

 

350,000 euros for adapting the pedestrian access to the Caminito del Rey

Málaga Provincial Council has now approved an investment of 350,000 euros for adapting the existing  pedestrian access to the  Caminito del Rey.  (An amount of money that seems quite unbelievable when one is talking about a couple of kilometres of footpath that actually already exist….)

The first access will start from the train station in El Chorro (where the interpretation centre will be housed and will connect to the trail on the El Chorro side of Gaitanes gorge and the Camino

The second Pedestrian access will start from the car park of the Ardales camping area by the Guadalhorce reservoir (close to El Mirador restaurant) and will pass through the small tunnel leading up to the reservoir mirador and Gaitanes footpath.

In the words of Malaga Vice President Francisco Oblaré. These actions will supplement an ambitious project that will be a major boost for tourism in the province in general and in particular the neighboring towns of Ardales, El Chorro and Alora.” 

The walk up to the camino viewpoint

Caminito del Rey - Mirador
Caminito del Rey – Mirador

As construction work on the Caminito del Rey is still ongoing, access to entrance is permanently closed. There is a fairly short but VERY steep walk that takes you up to a viewpoint where you can look across and down at the first train bridge and the start of the camino.

When you arrive in the village of El Chorro follow the road signposted for “Camping El Chorro” (As of now this campsite is closed for restoration works). Go past the campsite on your right and continue for half a kilometre more where you will find a fairly large car park. Leave the car and walk up the hill until you come to the no entry notice. (Image above). From here it is about 30 minutes to the top and the viewpoint.

Caminito del Rey - Mirador
Caminito del Rey – Mirador

The detour to the viewpoint is then easy to follow from this point but BE WARNED the path is very steep and uneven, It doesn’t seem to be maintained and to be honest you can get much better views of the train bridge and first part of the Camino del Rey from the road below. Park your car at the bar El Pilar and walk along the road for 100 metres and the truly spectacular Cqmino will come into view.

Caminito del Rey - Mirador
Caminito del Rey – Mirador at the top and the train bridge and new Camino bottom left.