Caminito del Rey - Future Plans

The Caminito del Rey, The King´s path © Michelle Chaplow
The Caminito del Rey, The King´s path

Caminito del Rey - Future Plans

Visitors Centre

The original declared plan to construct a permanent visitors centre at each access was moved into 'Phase 2' works by the Diputación de Malaga as announced on 2nd Oct 2015 and again 4th April 2016.

On 29th July 2016 Diputación de Malaga as announced that the 1.9m € contract for a 500m2 visitors centre and car park for 200 cars and 17 coaches would start in autumn 2016 and last for six months. These works would also include a small car park and the refurbishment of the visitors centre at El Chorro railway station. The foundation stone for the Ardales visitors centre was laid on 16th February 2017 and work is advanced and the building construction aparently complete by Summer 2018. The centre has never been opened.  

Spectacular Waterfall

The other project is to reopen the original hydroelectric overflow spillway to recreate a spectacular 100m waterfall. As part of the 2016 budget of 1.2m € a tunnel and a waterfall was to be added. The 126k € tunnel project was completed in May 2017, cleaning the old aquaduct to make use of sections of the the original tunnel aqueduct and includes two external gallery view points. The tunnel is now lit. This initiative is to keep the path open to visitors during high winds however walkers who want to take a short cut can use it. The is no further news on the waterfall project. 


The 'Plan Especial de Caminito del Rey' was publicised by the Diputation de Malaga on 14th October 2014. It included for 11m euro of further investment / work mainly associated with access road projects but also viewpoints on the walk and improvements in the woodland section, (and perhaps toilets!). This plan was approved by the Junta de Andalucia on 4th January 2018.

Second Phase

The second phase of the Caminito del Rey is to extend the route into a more convenient circular route, extending it ot 14 km. This proposal includes the construction of a new footbridge on one of the slopes of Los Gaitanes Gorge, and the adaptation of wooded paths to the Buitreras viewpoint. The Diputation announced in December 2018 that 6m€ was in the budgets for 2019 and they were still awaiting approval from the Junta de Andalucia.

Visit by King Filipe VI

HRH King Filipe VI must not have a head for heights. The Diputation de Malaga had hoped that King Filipe VI would follow his great grandfather's footsteps and attend the opening ceremony in 2015. The King has been formally and informally invited to the Caminito de Rey several times since then and has replied in conversation, "I know about it and would like to visit it when I can".

Caminito del Rey Entrance Ticket

Caminito del Rey Entrance Ticket Caminito del Rey Entrance Ticket

Caminito del Rey entrance tickets can be booked on-line here for the official 10€ per person ticket price. Booking here via Viator includes a full refund if cancelled more than 24hrs in advance. You will need to book your date and time. Monday to Friday. Price 10€

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Caminito del Rey - Morning Guided Tour

Caminito del Rey - Morning guided tour book now

Caminito del Rey three hour guided tour. Meet at El Kiosko restaurant at 11.45. This time is suitable for catching the train from Malaga city.
Thursday to Saturday. Price 28€

Caminito del Rey Tour from Costa del Sol

Caminito del Rey Tour from Costa del Sol book now

Walk the Caminito del Rey with guide and transport from Costa del Sol. This tour helps you walk the exciting path without any of the logistical complications.  Wednesdays and Fridays or Saturdays. (Bookings to March 2020) 
From Marbella, Torremolinos, Fuengirola and Malaga - 42€

Caminito del Rey - Private Full Day Tour from Malaga or Nerja

Caminito del Rey - Private Full Day Tour from Marbella & Mijas book now

Be driven to Caminito del Rey entrance and walk the path. This is a small group guided tour by professional historian along Caminito del Rey, including outward and return transport. You will be collected from south exit for the return transport.   
Tuesday to Sundays.
From central Nerja & Malaga -  75  €