Caminito del Rey - Getting there

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

EL CAMINITO DEL REY

Getting there

By Car

The Ardales Camino del Rey Information point is located at (36.932480, -4.788978)  which is actually at the end of the long access road to the hydro electric station by the Gaitanejo reservoir dam.

The official starting point of the Camino de Rey access path is on the country road MA-444  (which branches off the MA-5403 6km east of Ardales) just south where it crosses over the Conde de Guadalhorce Dam by a popular roadside restaurant called "El Kiosko".  (GPS 36.931863, -4.801762)  The official return bus service  between the two access points terminates here. This is a suitable place to park your car. To join the access path walk through the little tunnel just to the right of the El Kiosko restaurant and on leaving the tunnel, take the path immediately to the right which is signposted "Camino del Rey 2.7km". Follow this path through the woods up to the ridge and then take a signposted "Camino de Rey 1.8km" right turn to drop down and walk with the Gaitanejo reservoir below on your left. Where the path meets the access road you will find the information office for registration and collection of safety hats. Allow 50 minutes for this access path walk. 

A shorter unofficial access road (not path) has become popular, it leaves the MA-444 just south of the small tunnel on the MA-444 near the restaurant El Mirador de Ardales  (900m south of El Kiosko on the MA-444).  An easier and quicker but not signposted alternative to the official access path you can park around this junction ( GPS 36.927564 -4.801131)  and walk along the access road instead of the access path to the Camino del Rey information office. Don't forget the further you drive down this access road looking for parking, the further you may have to walk on your return. The return bus service only oficially sets down at 'El Kiosko' but in practice will also set down at 'El Mirador de Ardales'. Allow 25 minutes for this access road walk.

Return bus service

A shuttle bus service will return you to your starting point - 12km by road for 1.55€. The bus runs every day the Caminito de Rey is open, with an hourly service (half-hourly at weekends) from 09.30 to 17.30 (winter) and 20.00 (Summer - 1st April to 31 October). The bus conveniently stops right outside El Kiosko restaurant at the northern Ardiales start access and picks up outside the El Chorro railway station near the exit point. Here is a link to a pdf bus timetable (summer timetable on page 3, winter timetable on page 4). If you did not buy the bus ticket together with the walk ticket you can pay the driver. 

If you don't use the bus, you will need to take two cars or leave a member of the party to drive to the El Chorro exit. 

TRAIN TO EL Chorro

Only a few trains stop each day at El Chorro station, which is conveniently located near the exit of the path. One should take the special bus from near the station (see above) to the start the walk.

From Malaga: A train from Málaga María Zambrano departs at 10.05 hrs and arrives at El Chorro at 10.47 hrs  (also calling at Cártama 10.19, Pizarra 10.28, Álora 10.34, Las Mellizas 10.41) The return leaves El Chorro at 15.13 and 18.02 hrs (calling at Las Mellizas 18.08, Álora 18.15, Pizarra 18.25, Cártama 18.34)  and arrives at Málaga María Zambrano at 15.52 and 18.50 hrs. The return ticket from Malaga costs 9.70 euro.

If you take the 10.05 hrs train form Malaga arriving at El Chorro at 10.47 hrs and then taking the 11.00 hrs shuttle bus from outside the train station to El Kiosko restaurant; arriving at 11.25 hrs, then walk  the short access route (see above) via the tunnel near 'El Mirador de Ardales' you will arrive at the El Caminito del Rey control cabin at about 11.50 hrs, just in time for a 12.00 hrs booked ticket entrance. Better to book a 12.30 entrance if it is you first time and are uncertain of these logistics.  The remaining 5km Caminito del Rey walk can be achieved in time for the 15.13 hrs return train to Malaga from El Chorro, however better to slow down enjoy the views and catch the 18.02 hrs train back to Malaga.     

From Seville: A train from Seville Santa Justa departs at 07.40 hrs (also calling at San Bernardo 07.43, Dos Hermanas 07.53, Marchena 08.21, Osuna 08.37, Pedrera 08.57, Bobadilla 09.18) and arrives at El Chorro at 09.32 hrs. The return leaves El Chorro at 17.30 (calling at Bobadilla 17.46, Pedrera 18.06, Osuna 18.24, Marchena 18.40, Dos Hermanas 19.17, San Bernardo 19.30) and arrives at Sevilla 19.33. The return ticket from Seville costs 32,20 euro.

From Algeciras and San Roque stations on the Henderson Railway via Ronda, the train arrives at Bobadilla at 08.45 hrs where you change for El Chorro arriving at 09.32 hrs. The return leaves El Chorro at 17.30, change at Bobadilla at 17.46 for the 18.47 Ronda - Algeciras train.

Bus to El ChorRo

There is a bus service to El Chorro from Alora train station, with four busses day it just possible to make the return journey by bus in one day. Here is a link to the bus timetable. Alora station is located at the terminal of the Malaga C2 'Cercanias' line which has regular services from Malaga city.

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