El Chorro - Caminito del Rey

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

EL CAMINITO DEL REY

Hotels

Review our selection of hotels - some are located within walking distance of the exciting cliffside walk. More >

Hostals & Hostels

Search for and book your hostal or hostel in El Chorro. Some are located within walking distance of the exciting cliffside walk.More >

Guided Tours

Leave the driving and the logistics to others, enjoy the walk, book a guided tour of Caminito del Rey with transfer from Costa del Sol.. More >

Getting there

Detailed info on how to get to Caminito del Rey by Car, bus or Train from Malaga, Alhora, Ronda and Sevilla.More >

Photo Blog

Follow the dramatic walk from the comfort of your computer or mobile device, with a photo blog by Michelle Chaplow.. More >

History

Read the interesting history of how, and why, the path was originally built. More >

Route Description

A detailed description of the walk, with a useful guide to what to look out for. More >

Videos

Watch some interesting videos of the path. More >

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.  Fridays 
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  €

Overview

The Caminito is a narrow cliffside path hanging 100m above the waters of the river Guadalhorce. The path runs from the Embalse de Guadalhorce reservoir, through the famous El Chorro gorge, to El Chorro village (a major centre for rock-climbing, with a couple of rural hotels and a train station). The nearest town is Alora, to the south along the Guadalhorce river valley.

The Caminito del Rey (King’s Little Path) is built onto the side of the limestone rock face, and passes through the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes (Gaitanes Gorge) also known as Garganta del Chorro (litteraly throat of Chorro) after the nearby village and  offering spectacular, heart-stopping views down a sheer drop to the churning waters.

Originally built around 1905 and improved around 1921 it fell into disrepair and over the past decades, the path became known as ‘the most dangerous path in the world' or even the ‘walk of death'. Mountaineers from all over were attracted to risk the path in its pre-restoration state, after seeing videos such as the one on our video page.

The 'new' Caminito del Rey was re-constructed and reopened to the public on 28 March 2015, with the route and design of the path keeping as closely as possible to the old one. The famous boardwalk section is 2.9 km long and is constucted with a wooded slatted boardwalk and simple 1.2m-high three-wire guard rail. In places it is only one metre wide, hanging to the cliff face. The 'old' path can be seen just below. A highlight is the steel suspension bridge across the gorge, just next to the emblematic aquaduct bridge.  

To reach (or leave) the  Caminito del Rey you need to walk along an access paths at each end. At the Ardales (higher or north) end the access path is 2.7 km long, and at the Alora (lower or south) end the access path is 2.1km long. The walk can now only be undertaken in a southerly  direction and takes three to five hours depending on whether you are marching or taking it easy with plenty of photo stops. Prior online ticket purchase is required. (See note at top of page).

The railway station will be renamed El Chorro - Caminito del Rey. Malaga authorities hoped that the path would be visited by the great-grandson of King Alfonso XIII (the "Rey" of the path's name), the present King Felipe VI. There is still time. 

The new Caminito del Rey path is proving to be a very popular tourist attraction, unique in Europe and has started to be called 'the scariest path in the world'. 

Opening hOUrs 

1 November to 31 March: Entrance times 09.30 to 15.00 hrs (tickets allocated in half hour intervals) 
1 April to 30 October:  Entrance times  09.30 hrs to 17.00 hrs

Closed: 24, 25,  31 December and 1 January.   If wind exceeds 35 km/h

Reservations / TICKETS

Booking only online Cost is 10 € per person (including IVA) or 11,55€ including the bus service to take you back to the starting point.  
Choose a start time (see opening hours above) in half hour intervals. 

The Caminito del Rey tickets are available online on the official website for dates up to 31th January 2018. We can not say when dates for February 2018 onwards will be realeased, probably in December 2017,  check back nearer the time. 

Click on this link to the official Caminito de Rey, first click on the ‘Book you visit' button on the left hand side. Then click on the ‘English' version link in the top right hand side of the page. Click on one of the 'Caminito del Rey' logos for the current month or future months. The "Canjeo por Cierre' button is for rebooking after the path was closed due to high winds.

No children permitted under 8 yrs of age.

Rock climbers may still access the area at any time and must register and show their climbing insurance at the information offices.

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.  Fridays 
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  €

 

ArRiving at the Camino

When you reserve your ticket on line it clearly states the Date (Fecha), and start time (Hora de Entrada). You will need to report to the Ardales information office at this time. We suggest you arrive at the office 15 minutes early to make sure you start the walk at your reserved time. About 50 reservations will have the same hour or half hour time. Since you need to walk half an hour to get to the Arddales info office aim to arrive at El Chorro at least one hour before your reserved time.  Read about getting to Caminito del Rey.

It's advisable to make use of the portable cabin toilets at the starting point, since there are no toilet facilities on the path. When the office calls for the group with your start time, your reservation will be scanned, and you will be issued with a safety helmet. The supervisor explains some safety rules. These are no smoking, no large bags or tripods, no umbrellas, no shouting, no litter, no human ashes scattering, helmets must be worn at all times, Then you set off at you own pace. Keep your ticket and ID handy, as you will need to show it again at the control point where you enter the boardwalk.


VIDEO

A video documenting the reconstruction work.

Nearby

Nearby interesting villages to visit are Ardales, Alora, and Teba.