Caminito del Rey - Future Plans
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. The visitors centre and car park that is strategically located mid way between the walk's start and finish points on the return shuttle bus route.
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 visitors centre was laid on 16th February 2017 and it was announced the centre would be complete by the end of 2017. Work advanced and the building construction apparently complete by Summer 2018, minor external works slowly continued for the rest of the year. A contract to improved the car park lighting the LED was announced in June 2019. The centre remains closed. The contract for the management of path lasted four years and should have been re-tendered in April 2020. Just before the Coronavirus closure the Malaga provincial council extended the existing contract. The new concession will include the management of the visitors centre.
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 aqueduct 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. There has been no further news announced 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. This plan was approved by the Junta de Andalucia on 4th January 2018. Prevention of soil erosion where a small stream cross the path was carried out. Ther has been no atempt to install a portable toilet block or drinking water tank on the path.
The second phase of the Caminito del Rey is to extend the route into a more convenient circular route, extending it ot 14 km. Instead of crossing the hanging bridge walker could continue along 350m of new walkway along the cliff-face and around the summit of El Almorchon to join the existing path called Sendero del Almorchon for 1.5km and then take either of two new paths, one to the visitors centre and the other to the Kings Seat at the reservoir, the current starting point. 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 Diputacion announced in December 2018 that 6m € was in the budgets for 2019 and they were still awaiting approval from the Junta de Andalucia. Here is a plan of the extended route. Nothing happened in 2019 or 2020 or 2021 .
The award winning new visitors centre whose construction started in May 2017 was due to open in the Autumn of that year. The building was complete in January 2018 but was never furnished nor opened to visitors. It remained that in 2019 and 2020. Whilst not announced officially it became obvious that the government were waiting for the renewal of the path management contract in April 2020 to include the furnishing and running of the centre within the contract.
In June 2020 Ardales town council were "finalising the details with the Provincial Council" for running it until the new walk consession holders were appointed and ready. This never happened. The new Caminito del Rey managament company were not in place until December 2021. It was anounced on 18th January 2022 the the new visitors cemntre would open 'very soon'. As of August 2022 there was still no further news of the opening.
Visit by King Filipe VI
HRH King Filipe VI must not have a head for heights. The Diputacion 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 quipped in conversation, "I know about it and would like to visit it when I can". Unless of course it is considered too great a security risk.
Guided tour Camino del Rey
Private Guided tour Camino del Rey
Guided excursions from other destinations to Camino del Rey
Private guided excursions from other destinations to Camino del Rey
Caminito del Rey Tour from Costa del SolTour from Costa del Sol
Caminito del Rey day tour with guide and transport from Costa del Sol to start of path and collection from exit. This tour helps you walk the path without any of the logistical complications. Wednesdays and Fridays or Saturdays. (Bookings to March 2020) From Marbella, Torremolinos, Fuengirola and Malaga. Price 45.00€
Caminito del Rey - Small Group Tour from Malaga or NerjaSmall Group Tour from Malaga or Nerja
Caminito del Rey small group tour with guide and transport from Costa del Sol to start of path and collection from exit. This tour helps you walk the path without any of the logistical complications. Everyday except Mondays. From central Malaga, Nerja & Torre del Mar. Price 45,00€
Caminito del Rey - Private Tour from Costa del SolPrivate Day Tour from Costa del Sol Hotels
Caminito del Rey private tour for just you and your party with knowledgeable guide. Pick up from established Costa del Sol Hotels, travel to start of path and collection from exit. Everyday except Mondays. Hotel pick-up on Costa del Sol from Puerto Banus to Malaga 09,00 hrs. Price from 82 € pp (for nine).
Caminito del Rey Entrance TicketCaminito del Rey Entrance Ticket
Caminito del Rey entrance tickets are curently only available for some dates in October 2019 can be booked online here for the official 10€ per person ticket price. Booking here via Viator includes a full refund if cancelled more than 24hrs in advance. Everyday except Mondays. Price 10€
Caminito del Rey - Morning Guided TourMorning Guided Tour
Caminito del Rey three hour group guided tour. Meet at El Kiosko restaurant near the start of the walk at 11:45 hrs. This time is suitable for catching the train from Malaga city to El Chorro and the shuttle bus to El Kiosko. Thursday to Saturday. Price 32€
Caminito del Rey - Private Full Day Tour from SevillePrivate Day Tour from Seville
Caminito del Rey private tour for just you and your party with knowledgeable guide. Pick up from Seville city Hotels, travel to start of path and collection from exit. Everyday except Mondays. Hotel pick up in Seville 10,00 hrs - Price from 165€ pp (for six).
Caminito del Rey - Private Full Day Tour from Cadiz, Jerez or El Puerto de Santa MaríaPrivate Day Tour from Cadiz, Jerez or El Puerto de Santa María
Caminito del Rey private tour for just you and your party with knowledgable guide. Pick up from hotels in Cadiz, Jerez, or El Puerto de Santa Maria. Also Chiclana, Sanlucar de Barrameda or Rota with an extra fee. Travel to start of path and collection from exit. Everyday except Mondays. Hotel pick up at 09,00 hrs - Price from 165€ pp (for six)