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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.

UPDATE December 2021… Now being run by a new company, the Caminito del Rey website has had a bit of a makeover and is a bit easier to navigate.

UPDATE March 2021….The online booking system has changed slightly for the better since the writing of this article and is now a little easier to navigate. REMEMBER that there is only one official website to buy your tickets from online.


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. (Paypal may also be available).

Step by step instructions – Caminito del Rey. Booking the Caminito del Rey (how to buy a ticket).
  • Go to www.caminitodelrey.info (This is the English language home page.)
  • At the the top right, click on “Book your visit” and you’ll be taken to the booking portal (Sometimes it switches 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 RED writing and “Agotado” means no places available… GREEN writing means there is availability…
  • Select the hour you want to walk the Caminito del Rey and Enter how many people are going in your group.
  • You can select the just ticket or ticket plus bus ticket or guided tour.
  • Click on “Comprar – Purchase” and the page refreshes with an area at the bottom  for you to fill out your details.
  • 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

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?…..Not to worry as there are two 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 for larger groups.


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.

Booking.com

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!

Thirdly, 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!

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

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!

Hotels – Guest houses and cottages to rent close to the Caminito del Rey

There are quite a few hotels – guest houses and cottages to rent close to the Caminito del Rey. Ranging from small guest houses to substantial and luxury hotels below are a few of the options available.

A huge thankyou to everyone who has used the links here  to reserve a hotel, flight, bus or train. The small commission that we get helps to pay for the website costs and keeping all the articles fresh and updated.

Any and all feedback is welcome, especially if you find any out of date or incorrect information! Just leave a message on any article if comments are open or email me if not (clive@grazalemaguide.com)

I really hope that you find this website about The Caminito del Rey interesting and usefull.

Remember that most or all of these hotels can also help you get your permit for the Caminito del Rey!


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World-class service at Hotel Convento La Magdalena

Nestled in the Torcal de Antequera Natural Park, a typical, Andalusian countryside, this grand, Romanesque-style hotel is the perfect place to get away from it all and relax in style. With a World-class service at Hotel Convento La Magdalena, it is one of my favorite hotels in the area and I have stayed there quite a few times never being dissapointed.

The indoor pool area is amazing and of course the staff can arrange your visit to the Caminito del Rey as well.

Read more about this hotel and make a reservation here…

This beautifully renovated convent features attractive arches and impressive wall paintings. Enjoy wonderful original features including high vaulted ceilings, wooden beams and traditionally terracotta floors.

Dine in style within the property impressive á la carte restaurant which allows you to admire this special building while tasting delicious cuisine.

Soak up the tranquil ambience which this hotel enjoys due to its privileged position surrounded by stunning countryside. You can admire views of rolling Andalusian hills covered by olive groves and vineyards.

Read more about the world-class service at Hotel Convento La Magdalena hotel and make a reservation here…


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Restaurant – Hotel la Garganta – El Chorro

Situated just 50 metres from the train station in El Chorro is the Restaurant – Hotel la Garganta – El Chorro Hotel Complex. Fantastic accommodation and a great place to stay if you are looking to spend a few days in the area. (Hotel information here)

The hotel can arrange your entry permit for the Caminito del Rey so long as you stay there at least 1 night… MAKE SURE WHEN YOU MAKE THE HOTEL BOOKING YOU STATE THIS IN THE OPTIONAL MESSAGE AND SEND THEM THE PASSPORT DETAILS OF EVERYONE IN YOUR GROUP.

However if you are just passing through then this is also a wonderful place to stop for lunch after you have walked the Caminito del Rey or (if you have no head for heights 🙂 ) just admired it’s beauty.

The Restaurant serves a wide and varied cuisine using high quality local products and is set on the ground floor of the complex. It features a cozy country-style lounge and a truly spectacular terrace with panoramic views of the surrounding stunning scenery .

Complejo Turístico Rural La Garganta
Restaurant – Hotel la Garganta – El Chorro Hotel Complex.

Wildside Holidays – Spain

Take a trip on the Wildside! Discover the wildlife and nature of Spain, its Natural and National Parks and find the top wildlife, activity and walking holiday companies.