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Caminito del Rey tour from Malaga. The trip. In this Caminito del Rey tour from Malaga in a small group you will discover one of the most beautiful gorges in the world. Departing from Malaga city center in our van (50 minutes drive) we will discover the Guadalhorce valley, a unique valley in the province specialized in the production of citrus trees. We will ascend and cross the mountains of Malaga and some white villages. Once in Ardales , we will get in the Natural Park, where you can enjoy the views of the Guadalhorce lake , the olive and almond trees plantation in a hilly landscape full of windmills. The hike. Once in the parking, we will start the Caminito del Rey hike (8 kms) crossing the tunnel and we will get into the forest. We have 1,5 km until the entry of the oficial area and the first gorge. Once in the check in area we have to put on the helmets and we get into the Gaitanejos gorge. You will be amazed by this narrow gorge and by the beautiful orange colours of the limestone. We will stop in some spots to discover the history and the wild life of the natural park. Once finished the first gorge we will get into a beautiful valley. The views from the valley are beautiful with some stunning view points to the next gorge. Once in the forest we will do a relaxing picnic with local products at one side of the kings path. We are facing the last part of the valley and aproaching the second and even more beautiful gorge. In Los Gaitanes gorge , the kings walkway is breathtaking due to the vertical views. We will discover some geologic phenomenon, some fossils and some spectacular views until we get into the suspension bridge. Here you will feel like floating in the air suspended 120 meters over the river. The way back. We still have to cross the last part over El Chorro reservoir and hike until El Chorro village, where we will get the shuttle bus to come back to the starting point and then come back to Malaga in the van. If you dont get a spot in this Caminito del rey tour from Malaga you always can book our Caminito del Rey tour in a mini bus.
  • Hike throught the most breathtaking gorges in Europe.
  • Inmersion in the productions and traditions of the guadalhorce valley.
  • Local guide expert in the history and geography of Caminito del Rey.
  • SMALL GRUOP (max 8 p.) of independent travellers from all around the world.
  • Picnic in the Natural Park with local products.

What you will do

Itenirary

We pick you up with a comfort van in Malaga city center (Cerezuela Street No. 3) and we depart to the Guadalhorce reservoir. During the trip we will cross the Guadalhorce valley, a unique valley in the province specialized in orange and lemon tree plantations. We will cross the Alcaparain mountain range and some white towns.

Itenirary

From the Guadalhorce reservoir, we will begin the route crossing a tunnel dug under the rock. We have a 1.5 km trail to the official entrance of the Caminito del Rey. From there we will discover the geology of the natural park, the wildlife and spectacular landscapes. We will stop at the most outstanding viewpoints to take photos and enjoy the views.

At the end of the hike we will take the shuttle bus that will take us back to the beginning of the route.

We come back to Malaga city from the Guadalhorce reservoir

Drop off in Malaga city center, calle cerezuela n3.

Included/Excluded

  • Specialized bilingual guide.
  • Private Transport from Malaga city center.
  • Poncho coat in case it rains.
  • Picnic with local products.
  • Fresh water.
  • King´s Walkway tickets.
  • Shuttle bus from the finish of the hike to the start of the hike.
  • All other clothing.
  • Food and drinks are not allowed in the van.
  • To wear flip flops or sandals during the hike is not allowed.

Activity Types

Activity's location, i'm not staying in malaga, how do i get to the pickup location.

If you are staying in Torremolinos, Benalmádena or Fuengirola, the meeting poing is just three minutes walking from the last train station in Málaga ("Alameda").

Can we be picked up somewhere else?

If you want to hire a private guided tour for your group we can arrange a meeting point close to your accommodation.

Can we do the hike with sneakers?

Yes, most of the people do the hike with sneakers or other comfortable shoes. Flip flops are not allowed in the natural park.

What is the minimun age to do the hike?

8 years old

Is a big meal included?

Water and a picnic with some local products are provided but not a big meal.

Do you recommend this hike to people with vertigo or afraid of heights?

Our experiences are offered in the Airbnb platform as well. The reviews you can read in our website have been taken from there. You can check there that the average ratings of our trips are around 4,9/5

Caminito del Rey tour is the one of the best hiking trips you can do from Malaga. The trail crosses beautiful gorges until El Chorro. The excursion starts and finishes in Malaga city center

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Caminito del Rey tour is the one of the best hiking trips you can do from Malaga. The trail crosses beautiful gorges until El Chorro. The excursion starts and finishes in Malaga city center

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Guided tour Caminito del Rey

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  • Tickets included
  • Free cancellation up to 48h in advance

Information about the Guided Tour of the Caminito del Rey

Discover the Caminito del Rey, one of the most popular tourist attractions in the province of Malaga. You will be amazed by the landscapes, the breathtaking cliffs, the botany, the fauna and history. It is one of the most interesting hiking routes in the world, as it offers a route through the Natural Park Desfiladero de los Gaitanes at a height of more than 100 metres.

El Caminito del Rey is located 60 km from Malaga, where you will discover a natural area of more than two thousand hectares. The route will run through safe platforms that cover 5 kms with the best views of the reservoirs of El Chorro. We will do the whole route with a local guide who will explain you the precautionary measures to take during the whole route, and will put you in context of everything you need to know about this amazing route.

This walkway was inaugurated by King Alfonso XIII in 1921, which is why it is known as “El Caminito del Rey”. This route, one of the most impressive paths in southern Europe, was used by children on their way to school and by entire families on their journeys between the mountains and the surrounding villages. Nowadays, the path has been restored and awarded for its restoration work, which makes it safe enough to walk along and also really impressive.

This unique trail and its vertiginous walkways that run through the heart of the canyons through which the Guadalhorce River flows are a must for nature lovers. Don’t miss this opportunity and book this guided tour of the Caminito del Rey with an expert guide.

Caminito del Rey: schedule of guided tours

Join our guided trail through the breathtaking views of the Caminito del Rey and explore the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes, which will take you across connected bridges over 100 metres high over the Guadalhorce river. Book your tour any day of the year with various times available on request, with our local guide in English and Spanish.

Entrance ticket to the Caminito del Rey

Your ticket to the Caminito del Rey includes access to the path and the necessary equipment to cross the route. At the access control you will be given the necessary equipment, a helmet with a hygienic mesh and all the necessary safety instructions to enjoy this impressive guided tour of the Caminito del Rey. During the tour you will be accompanied by an official local guide who will make you enjoy much more of everything that brings together the path, its fauna and flora and the history that hides behind the cantilevered bridges.

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Guided tour with an Official Guide for 3h

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North access to the Caminito del Rey

How to get there

From the train or bus station: Antequera train station.

By car: car park at the northern access to Caminito del Rey 29550 Ardales, Malaga.

Free cancellation up to 48 hours before the activity. If you cancel with less time or no-show, no refund will be made.

What our clients say

Alucinante, súper. Fernando
Muy buena experiencia. Vistas increíbles y muy bien organizado. El guía un gran profesional. Muy amenas las explicaciones, con su toque de humor y no exentas de interesante información. Recomendable al 100%. Alberto
Hemos disfrutado de la visita. Muy recomendable. Victor
The itinerary with the guide was very good. Mercedes
We loved the guide. He is a good guide and super helpful. We will repeat. More if we know that he falls as a guide. Zsofia
A great experience! I loved it! A wonderful landscape! The Route is also great. And how not to mention the guide! A very humorous love with an even more humorous laugh. I definitely recommend this experience that I will surely repeat to be able to appreciate more of the landscape since I was crazy taking photos. Kods

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Best Caminito Del Rey Tour from Málaga: Expert Tips [2024]

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Are you ready to book the Caminito del Rey tour from Malaga?

In that case, you’re at the right place!

As I have already visited the Caminito del Rey , and as a local resident next to Malaga, I will give you first-hand tips on how to make the most out of your trip, and where to book the best tour .

Skip the tourist traps and get the best tips for this unique experience, once declared as the world’s most dangerous path, by checking my article below.

No time to read the article?

I have recommended the most popular tour for this day trip below . This day trip has over 1767 positive reviews from travelers around the world, so you’re guaranteed a great experience on this trip.

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Tips for booking caminito del rey tour from malaga.

If you’re planning to visit this stunning natural trail opened by King Alfonso XIII (hence the name King’s Little Pathway), you will most certainly have a very memorable experience.

This path with spectacular views over the Guadalhorce River and El Chorro Gorge will be the  highlight of your stay in Malaga .

It is one of the most popular natural attractions in the province of Malaga, and with an expert guide, you will also learn lots of interesting things about its history.

Book Online With Ease:

To visit the trail, I recommend booking a tour with a local guide which will ensure you have an amazing time visiting one of these natural wonders in the Malaga province. 

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BEST CAMINITO DEL REY TOUR FROM MALAGA

This is the most popular day tour option from Malaga, which includes a short stop in the village of Ardales, where you can have a quick snack before continuing to the Caminito del Rey entrance point.

In addition to an experienced tour guide, here are some benefits of using this local tour company for this day trip:

  • FREE cancellation up to 24 hours before the trip, offering you lots of flexibility
  • Reserve now and pay later option
  • Pick up points in Malaga city center
  • Duration 6 – 8 hours (full-day tour)
  • Small group private tour
  • English and Spanish-speaking guided hike
  • Tickets to Caminito del Rey are included in the price
  • Check reviews from other travellers before booking

This tour will take you to the Northern access to Caminito del Rey, from where you will walk through a short tunnel with your guide until you reach the entrance point. At the end of the trail, they will wait there to pick up you and take you back to Malaga.

On your way, enjoy breathtaking views , take photos, learn about the history of the trail, enjoy views of the Conde de Guadalhorce Dam, Chorro Reservoirs and stroll through the famous wooden boardwalks. The trail has an elevation between 300 to 400 meters above sea level.

As you walk, you might spot griffon vultures cruising over your head and a train passing by from the el Chorro railway station. 

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CAMINITO DEL REY TOUR FROM MALAGA: HOW TO BOOK

​Click here to check the availability of this tour for your selected dates, and choose the number of people travelling.

This tour does NOT include hotel pick-up , but the bus will pick you up from a meeting point in central Malaga, where they will also drop you off at the end of the tour. Once you confirm your booking details and pay for the tour, you will receive an email with detailed instructions for the pick up and other organisation tips for this trip.

This tour does not include free time on the trail, only a break in the town of Ardales ahead of the trail. 

Unlike with a self-guided tour, you don’t need to use the shuttle bus and this tour will get you directly to the entrance of the trail. 

The estimated time to walk the trail is between 1.5 to 2 hours.

CHOOSING YOUR TOUR OPERATOR

To ensure you have an amazing experience on this nature lovers must see trip, here are my tips for finding the best trip for you.

There are a number of local companies offering a day tour from Malaga or Costa del Sol to Caminito del Rey. Most of these have the same specks , and the same trip duration, the only difference comes from the rating of the tour guides they use, and the languages available.

When selecting the tour operator, you should pay attention to three main things:

  • tickets to the pathway are included in the price
  • check the reviews of other travellers
  • check that the tour guide is available in English

The prices for these other trips are also roughly the same . In case my recommended tour from Malaga is sold out, here are some alternatives you can also check for this tour:

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Expert Tips for Visiting Caminito Del Rey [2023]

One of the first questions you would probably ask is – is it an easy pathway to hike? Is it suitable for those who don’t do too much hiking? The answer to both is  YES !

You don’t need any special equipment , hiking shoes, or extreme endurance to do the trail – it’s more of a pleasant walk rather than any steep uphill climb! 

In the section below you will find all practical tips to prepare for your trip.

WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU

If you’re ready to book your trip, there are just a few things you need to have with you:

  • your booking confirmation
  • water bottle
  • comfortable shoes (no flip-flops or open-toe shoes)
  • comfortable clothing
  • camera or mobile phone for photos
  • sun lotion & sunglasses
  • safety helmets will be provided to you by the entrance

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SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

It’s super important to follow the safety instructions which will be provided to you at the start of the trail. These include:

  • Stay on the path
  • Children under the age of 8 are not allowed
  • Do not throw any objects from the path
  • Do not touch, pick or destroy any plants
  • Smoking is forbidden
  • For safety reasons, selfie sticks, umbrellas and sharp objects are not allowed
  • No big backpacks are allowed (backpacking size), small standard size are fine

FOLLOWING YOUR TOUR GUIDE

As you start your trail following the crossing of the tunnel, you will arrive at the starting point from where you will pick up your helmets and listen to the safety instructions.

Please note there is no ticket office anywhere, all tickets for this path need to be bough online – in this case, they are included in your tour. Your tour guide will explain which parts of the path are dangerous and you should not be stopped for too long due to the risk of falling rocks.

Normally, you would have the option to leave the tour group and explore on your own at a slower or faster pace, but as this is a guided tour with transport, you will need to stick with the group, to ensure you get on the bus back to Malaga on time.

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STARTING POINT

At the starting point of Caminito del Rey, you will see a small booth where they store safety helmets .

Right next to it are toilets , I recommend using them before you set on the trail.

Next to the toilets, you will also find vending machines, in case you need to buy more water.

After safety instructions , you can set off following your guide. The whole path will take about 1.5 hours to 2 hours to walk, depending on the speed of your group.

FEAR OF HEIGHTS

If you have a fear of heights or don’t like high altitudes, and you think you might struggle with this tour, the good news is – it’s quite unlikely (although not impossible!).

I also have a fear of heights, and there were only a few spots on the pathway that made me feel a little uneasy, otherwise, I was surprised it was actually very manageable .

The hardest part is possibly crossing the suspension bridge which you will encounter closer to the end of the trail. The bridge is not that long, and there is a member of staff available in case you need help crossing it! 

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​WEATHER CONDITIONS

Tour of el caminito del rey (king’s little pathway) is subject to good weather conditions, for obvious reasons.

In case of bad weather, they will notify everyone with tickets for the day that the trip is cancelled. Unfortunately, the only thing you can do in that case is to get a new entrance ticket, or book a new tour. 

END OF THE WALK

After crossing the suspension bridge, you will get to the last part of the trail which is the only section with a steep climb on stairs, so pace yourself for that one.

Following that last section, you will reach the end fo the walk and then continue on foot until you reach the exit point.

You will get to the control cabin where you deposit the safety helmets. A short walk from there you will see the exit, where you will find a few stalls selling local products, drinks and quick snacks.

You will have a few minutes spare for quick refreshment or shopping, before heading back to the bus.

FAQ: Caminito Del Rey Day Tour From Malaga

Here are some of the most frequent questions about taking a tour to Caminito del Rey from Malaga.

HOW TO GET FROM MALAGA TO CAMINITO DEL REY?

The easiest way to reach Caminito del Rey from Malaga is to drive there with a rental car, or use a tour operator day trip . The tour operator trip has the benefit of not having to use a shuttle bus to get to the start of the trail.

CAN YOU DO CAMINITO DEL REY WITHOUT A GUIDE?

Yes, you can! You can buy tickets directly on their website and make your way to the start of the trail.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO WALK THE CAMINITO DEL REY?

The cost depends on whether or not you’re taking a guided tour, or buying just single tickets. A single ticket to Caminito Del Rey cost 10 euros.

HOW LONG IS THE GUIDED TOUR OF CAMINITO DEL REY?

The tour takes between 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on how fast the group walks.

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CAN I VISIT CAMINITO DEL REY ON MY OWN?

Yes, you can, although you get a much better experience visiting with an experienced guide. I recommend using this local company for this tour trip.

WHERE DO YOU START THE CAMINITO DEL REY?

The entrance to the path is a bit further away from the main road – you will have to navigate to the Northern Access point, from where you get a shuttle bus. The bus drops you off close to a tunel. You walk through the tunnel and further down the path where you will find the meeting point and entrance.

IS THE CAMINITO DEL REY DIFFICULT?

No, it’s not! Even for someone with zero experience with hiking, you will have no difficulty on this trail. It’s mostly a pleasant walk, with the occasional uphill climb on stairs.

HOW EARLY TO ARRIVE AT CAMINITO DEL REY?

If you want to get there early, you can choose the first tickets available for the day to enjoy the path in relative serenity and peace!

Final Thoughts

I hope you found lots of practical tips and insights on booking the best Caminito del Rey tour from Malaga . As I mentioned, I highly recommend using this local company for your tour, which will ensure you will have an amazing experience, and lots of stunning photos to look back on.

Before you head off, check out my tips for other day trips and day tours you might enjoy while staying in Malaga!

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Are you looking for the best Caminito del Rey tours? This guide is for you.

Caminito del Rey is the most impressive hiking trail in Malaga. Having visited it, I can assure you that the landscape is one of a kind. With impressive canyons, hanging bridges, and beautiful natural surroundings, you’ll be amazed.

But it’s also rich in history and once one of the most dangerous hiking trails in the world!

In this guide, I’ve compiled the best tours for you, including the one I recently took and some of the things you should know before booking your tickets to this attraction.

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My Top 3 Picks: Caminito del Rey Tours

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Caminito del Rey Guided Tour with Bus

✔️ Pick up and drop off Malaga city centre

✔️ Knowledgable guides

✔️ Affordable

Caminito del Rey lake view

Caminito del Rey Private Tour

✔️ Pick up and drop off from your hotel

✔️ Private tour

✔️ Flexible

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Caminito del Rey, White Village, Tapas Brunch

✔️ Pick up and drop off from Malaga city centre

✔️ Reduced group

✔️ Tapas after completing the trail

1. From Málaga: Caminito del Rey Guided Tour with Bus

Selfie of Cristina and partner in Caminito del Rey.

Duration: 6 hours | Languages: English and Spanish | Rating: 4.8 out of 5 |  Book it now

I don’t always book a tour when I travel to a new place, and the chances are even lower if I’m visiting somewhere near my hometown as I know the area very well.

However, I really wanted to discover the history behind this hiking trail which had been on my list for a while, so I booked this Caminito del Rey guided tour .

The meeting point is just outside Maria Zambrano (Malaga train station and shopping centre), and the organisation was good. 

The coach driver took us safely close to the north entrance of Caminito del Rey, which can only be accessed on foot.

Once we arrived, our guide gave us the entry tickets, and El Caminito del Rey staff gave us a helmet with a shower cap for hygiene reasons. We were looking very attractive (not really! But safety first!)

Then we started the trail and made stops along the way to listen to our guide, who told us why Caminito del Rey was built in that area, why it was named after the King of Spain at that time, and the fauna and flora. He was very knowledgeable.

However, a downside is that we couldn’t always clearly hear our guide, and I wished we had audioguides.

The walk was incredible, and I was totally amazed by the landscape. Unfortunately, we didn’t see much wildlife besides a few vultures flying over.

Once we finished the walk, I thought that was the end, and we were going to head to our meeting point in the morning; however, the guide told us that they had recently added a stop in Álora, a nearby “ pueblo blanco ” whitewashed town.

We went to a restaurant where we were served tapas. It was a nice gesture, I always appreciate food, but being a Spaniard and from the area, I must say I was a bit disappointed with the food (especially the ensaladilla rusa!)

After our 1-hour lunch break, we returned to Malaga.

“We glad we booked this excursion. Caminito del Rey is an amazing and one of a kind place. Furthermore, Daphne our tour guide has been funny, extremely knowledgeable, caring and kind. Would recommend this tour to everyone. Shout out to the coach driver Mr. Andres for the safe and smooth ride back to Malaga. Muchas gracias :)” – Maria ( Read more reviews )

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2. Costa del Sol: Caminito del Rey Guided Trip with Breakfast

A photo of a group of people doing the Caminito del Rey hiking trail.

Duration: 3-7 hours | Languages: English, French and Spanish | Rating: 4.5 out of 5 |  Book it now

All the Caminito del Rey tours start early in the morning, and if you love breakfast and can’t have it before your excursion (most breakfast places don’t open at 7 a.m.), why not book this tour that includes breakfast?

The first stop of your trip is breakfast. After breakfast, you’ll go to Caminito del Rey . Listen to the interesting stories behind this pathway, enjoy the breathtaking views and cross Desfiladero de los Gaitanes (the scariest part of the trail!)

Right after your walk, you’ll go to Ardales, a nearby whitewashed town where you’ll have one hour to explore on your own. 

Finally, you’ll be dropped off at your hotel.

“We enjoyed our trip so much. Our guide was superb, so informative and friendly. Fluent in several languages. The pictures do not begin to showcase this incredible walk. We highly recommend this tour to anyone thinking about going. Deborah Henry, with 3 friends.” – Deborah ( Read more reviews )

3. El Chorro: Caminito del Rey Guided Tour with Shuttle Bus

A photo of Caminito del Rey hike in Alora, Malaga, Spain.

Duration: 4 hours | Languages: English and Spanish | Rating: 4.7 out of 5 |  Book it now

Whether you’re travelling to Caminito del Rey by car or train, this guided tour with a shuttle bus is a good option.

If you travel by train, the guide will wait for you in case it arrives a bit late, so you don’t need to panic about missing the tour.

Once you meet your local guide, you’ll take the shuttle bus and walk to the north entrance of Caminito del Rey. 

During this breathtaking 8-kilometre hiking trail, you’ll hear all about the history, flora and fauna whilst admiring the canyons and surroundings.

“Sergio (the guide) was truly a delight! He was informative, humorous, knowledgeable and absolutely was the “icing on the cake “ during this hike. My friends and myself felt such a sense of accomplishment and gained an insight into the incredible hard work and effort achieved by the sailors that created this dam. The views were breathtaking and it felt truly invigorating to complete it. The walkway felt safe and sturdy and none of our group had any negative thoughts during the hike. PLEASE don’t miss out on it … definitely one to tick off the “life list “ (not bucket) 😍” – Midge ( Read more reviews )

4. From Malaga: Caminito del Rey, White Village, Tapas Brunch

Caminito del Rey lake view.

Duration: 8+ hours | Languages: English | Rating: 4.9 out of 5 |  Book it now

Caminito del Rey takes only about 2 hours to complete, so if you want to make a full day out of this, this tour is perfect because it also includes visiting a traditional Andalusian white village and eating tapas.

If you don’t like big groups, another advantage of this Caminito del Rey excursion is that it’s limited to 8 people, so you have more opportunities to ask your guide for things and get to know other travellers.

You’ll be picked up from Malaga city centre and go to the meeting point at Caminito del Rey on a minibus. From there, you’ll start this amazing hiking trail with your guide.

You’ll discover things about the trail you wouldn’t if you were going to do this hike alone. Plus, you’ll have the chance to take many photos and videos along the way.

After the trail, you’ll head to Alora to explore the historic centre, Alora’s Castle , Church and Archaeological Museum.

Before you head back to Malaga by train, you’ll enjoy a selection of tapas.

“Everything was fantastic. The organization of the whole day is taken care of. You can see beautiful things outside of Malaga, learn about the culture and have a great meal with local products. The guide will tell you a lot about the area, make pictures of you want and take care of everything. It is worth every cent.” – Lidia ( Read more reviews )

5. Caminito del Rey Private Tour from Costa del Sol

Caminito del Rey old pathway.

Duration: 5-6 hours | Languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Czech and Slovak | Rating: 5 out of 5 |  Book it now

Who doesn’t like a private tour? I don’t book private tours all the time, but I sometimes do, and it makes a big difference because I’m usually introverted and wouldn’t like to ask questions in front of 28 people, and I feel like I get to know the guide a bit more, which is nice.

This Caminito del Rey trip has all the perks for anyone who loves private experiences. You get picked up and dropped off at your hotel, do the tour at your own pace and have more opportunities to ask questions.

“Fantastic excursion that went beyond our expectations … shame to miss it because it is something unique” – Get Your Guide Traveller ( Read more reviews )

6. Caminito del Rey: Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

A peekaboo view of the river and trees at Caminito del Rey.

Duration: 2 hours | Languages: English and Spanish | Rating: 4.6 out of 5 |  Book it now

If you’re planning to drive to Caminito del Rey but would like a guided tour to learn all the interesting facts and history behind this impressive hiking trail, this tour is perfect.

You’ll meet your guide in the ticket office, located in the north access of Caminito del Rey. You’ll start the walk after they give you some safety instructions, a helmet and radio guides.

Be ready to see some of the best natural landscapes in Malaga, and if you’re lucky, you might spot some animals too!

The tour includes tickets to Caminito del Rey, a bilingual guide and a radio guide. It doesn’t include hotel pickup and drop-off and the shuttle bus to the meeting point, which costs €2.50 per person.

“Caminito del Rey was a good experience for me and my family. We paid to have the 2 hour guided tour and we enjoyed the walk through the mountain ravine and all the guide stories of how the pathway was built in 1904. It would be good to have a better microphone system for visitors since our guide was excellent but it was not easy to hear some of the details because the microphone was not great quality. However we got most of it so we appreciate the information.” – Get Your Guide Traveller ( Read more reviews )

7. From Marbella & Fuengirola: Caminito del Rey Guided Day Trip

Plaque with information about Caminito del Rey hiking trail.

Duration: 8-10 hours | Languages: English and Spanish | Rating: 4.7 out of 5 |  Book it now

One of the most important things to do when booking a Caminito del Rey day trip is to check out the meeting points. It’s easy to forget, and you might realise they don’t offer pick-ups from your location late.

This one offers bus transportation from places like Marbella, Fuengirola, Mijas Costa, Ojen and Coin.

During this guided hiking day trip, you’ll see amazing scenery and learn everything about Caminito del Rey.

Get ready for an adventurous day with photo opportunities and adrenaline, especially when you cross the suspension bridge.

“Great opportunity to see the caminito del rey. Our driver Jose and tour guide Javier were great. Javier was so easy going and chatty when needed. Highly recommend. The path is less than 8 km long and totally safe for all fitness levels. Must see if in Malaga.” – Dominika ( Read more reviews )

8. Caminito del Rey Day Trip with Kayaking Tour

Mountain view from Caminito del Rey, Spain.

Duration: 8+ hours | Languages: English and Spanish | Rating: 5 out of 5 |  Book it now

If you’re looking for a full day of adventure, this Caminito del Rey with kayaking tour is your best choice. However, be aware that this tour isn’t available all year round.

Once you arrive in El Chorro, you’ll meet your guide at Hotel La Garganta , where you’ll get a picnic box for later. 

The day starts with the kayak activity. This guided kayak tour lasts about 2 hours, and not only will you learn about this spectacular place, but you’ll also enjoy the views from the reservoir.

After the activity, you’ll have time to recharge your batteries and enjoy your picnic. Then, you’ll head to the main attraction of the day, Caminito del Rey.

You’ll spend about 2 hours to complete the hike while learning about this unique pathway.

“What an amazing day, we started with kayaking and then did the walk; our guide Alex was amazing and very informative. He made sure we all were having a great time, took pictures of us and made the whole experience more fun. My partner and I had one of our best days. Highly recommend this amazing experience” – Rima ( Read more Caminito del Rey reviews )

Caminito del Rey lake view

Caminito del Rey tours from other Andalusian cities

  • From Cordoba: Caminito del Rey Day Trip
  • From Seville: Caminito del Rey Full-Day Hike

Important things to know before doing Caminito del Rey

  • This hiking trail isn’t suitable for children under 8 years old, travellers with mobility impairments, altitude sickness, pre-existing medical conditions or fear of heights.  
  • Wear appropriate and comfortable footwear. You’ll be walking on a wooden path with gaps in some parts of the trail.
  • Bring your own helmet if you don’t want to use the ones that are borrowed at the ticket office.
  • Pack a bottle of water and snacks (optional).
  • If possible, avoid visiting Caminito del Rey in the summer. The temperature can reach up to 40 degrees Celsius (104 °F), and they even close the trail when there are extremely hot weather conditions.

Frequently asked questions about the Caminito del Rey hike

Is the guided tour of caminito del rey worth it.

Yes, it’s the best way to learn about Caminito del Rey.

How long do you need at Caminito del Rey?

You need between 1.5 to 2 hours.

Can you just turn up at Caminito del Rey?

Caminito del Rey is one of the most famous hiking trails in Southern Spain , so you must book your tickets in advance.

How much does it cost to walk the Caminito del Rey?

The general admission is 10 euros.

Where is Caminito del Rey located?

Caminito del Rey is located in Ardales, a town in the province of Malaga.

How far is Caminito del Rey from Malaga?

Caminito del Rey is a 1 hour and 10 minute drive from Malaga.

Is Caminito del Rey safe?

Yes, Caminito del Rey has been adapted for visitors and is now safe.

Conclusion on the best Caminito del Rey excursions

Caminito del Rey is one of those hiking trails to add to your Spain bucket list ! If you aren’t scared of heights, you’ll be amazed by the canyon, gorge and surroundings. Plus, it isn’t a difficult hike.

Enjoy your time in Caminito del Rey!

Cristina xx

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  • Embark on an adrenaline-fueled trek on the El Caminito del Rey, offering breathtaking views of the Gaitanes Ravine.
  • Enjoy the expertise of a guide who shares fascinating history of the Gorge Desfiladero de los Gaitanes' formation.
  • Ascend an exhilarating 328 feet in the air for unrivaled panoramic views of the surrounding scenery.
  • Journey through narrow tunnels, cross turquoise blue waters, and wind along the King's Little Pathway.
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Trek through the mountainous terrain of El Caminito and catch breathtaking views along the way when you embark on this exciting walking tour near Malaga. Your tour includes an expert guide who will share the history of the Gorge Desfiladero de los Gaitanes' formation as you walk along the famous King's Little Pathway. Head 328 feet in the air to get panoramic views of the Gaitanes Ravine, making this the perfect tour for thrill-seekers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Begin your epic trek along the El Caminito del Rey path along the Ojen-Monda-Ardales route to arrive at Malaga's main water reserve: Conde de Guadalhorce Dam. Here, you'll learn about the Gorge Desfiladero de los Gaitanes from your guide. The River Guadalhorce helped carve this natural area into a canyon and served as its northern access. El Caminito del Rey stretches nearly two feet long, served as the channel that was constructed to bridge the north access to the southern access point of El Chorro for this water resource, and is also known as the King's Path after King Alfonso XIII.

Conclude your tour with an unforgettable view of the Gaitanes Ravine, as you ascend 328 feet into the air. Climb across wooden bridges, cross turquoise blue waters and get your take in the breathtaking views of the ravine as you journey through narrow tunnels and winding paths.

From panoramic views of the ravine to learning about what it took to build the epic channel known as the King's Little Pathway, this adventurous hike takes you on a journey like none other. Get ready for an adrenaline-pumping experience as you maneuver through the ravine and across the channel and book this exciting tour in Malaga today!

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Caminito del Rey Day Trip

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Travel from Malaga to one of the main tourist attractions of the province on our Caminito del Rey Day Trip. You'll walk through the famous Gaitanes Gorge and admire incredible views of Malaga's rugged landscape.

Walking along the Caminito del Rey

We'll meet at Avenida de Andalucía , at the bus stop 2009 , and board a minibus that'll take us northwest through the beautiful inland countryside of the province of Malaga.

During the journey, we'll cross the Alcaparaín mountain range  and see extensive orange groves and several Andalusian white villages. We'll make a quick half-hour stop in the village of Ardales so you can stretch your legs or have a snack on your own.

For approximately 3 hours, we'll walk around 4.8 km (3 miles) along the Caminito del Rey from the northern access located in Ardales, crossing several tunnels. Did you know that it was first opened by King Alfonso XIII in 1925? During the hike, we'll admire the Guadalhorce reservoir and go down the most famous stairs  of the Caminito del Rey . 

The Caminito del Rey tour will start by discovering the geology, the wildlife, and the spectacular landscapes that surround us. The footbridge, suspended almost 340 ft (105 meters) above the Gaitanes Gorge , will offer us incredible panoramic views of the Sierra de Málaga . We'll take around 2.5-3 hours to walk the whole route. As we walk, we'll stop at the best viewpoints to take photos and learn some fun facts about this place.

After enjoying the Caminito del Rey, we'll say goodbye to this beautiful place and finish the excursion at the starting point.

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Since its restoration and subsequent reopening, the Caminito del Rey has become one of the main tourist attractions in the province of Malaga. Demand is very high and availability is very limited , so it's advisable to book as soon as possible to guarantee places on the chosen dates.

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The 10% discount is only applicable during certain dates.

Caminito del Rey guided tour

If you prefer to make your own way to the path, you can book the Caminito del Rey guided tour directly. 

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6 hours - 8 hours.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English and Spanish.

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Not included

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You can book up to the start time, as long as there are places remaining. Book now to guarantee your spot.

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El caminito del rey malaga: all you need to know to walk spain’s most popular hike.

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Once known as the most dangerous hike in the world, El Caminito del Rey in Malaga was reopened in 2015 with a new, safe walkway pinned along the 100-meter tall vertical cliffside.

It’s now accessible for anyone that can handle vertigo that follows along the jaw-dropping path. If you plan on going on a hiking date to Caminito del Rey, make sure you ask if your date has vertigo before booking so you don’t make it a nightmare of a first date.

The breathtaking Desfiladero de Los Gaitanes gorge is truly worth pushing your boundaries. Since the two-hour hike is mostly flat, this is something that people of any fitness level to complete. I’ve actually listed it as one of the best beginner hikes in Andalucia here .

In this post, I’ll give you all the information you need to walk Caminito del Rey, from getting tickets, where to park, and what to consider before you go.

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Caminito del Rey - Andalucia Hiking

I’m Linn Haglund, the face behind Andalucia Hiking. I’m an avid hiker and after calling Andalucia home for over 10 years, I’ve covered my share of peaks, ravines, rivers, and valleys across all 8 provinces. Now, I’m here to help you navigate this incredible region with thorough hiking guides, hiking tips, and gear recommendations.

HIKE NEARBY: Arabic Staircase, El Chorro

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Practical information

  • Province:  Malaga
  • Gorge:  Desfiladero de Los Gaitanes
  • Length:  7,7 km
  • Time:  2 hrs walking (3,5-4 hrs loop incl bus ride)
  • Route:  Linear
  • Difficulty:  Easy
  • Entrance fee: 10/18 Euros (has to be booked in advance)
  • Hiking with dogs: It’s not allowed to hike with dogs on the Caminito del Rey

Views behind you to the first boardwalk - Caminito del Rey Malaga

How to book tickets for Caminito del Rey Malaga

You need to book tickets to El Caminito del Rey in advance and bring a printed copy of the ticket to the control cabin before you can access the hike.

You can either book a general ticket which includes entrance and a mandatory helmet for 10 Euros or a guided tour including the mandatory helmet for 18 Euros. Guides speak English and Spanish.

You can buy tickets here .

Alternatively, you can book a private tour where the guide will meet you at El Kiosko Restaurant.

BOOK TICKETS AND TOURS

  • Caminito del Rey entry ticket + Bus Transfer to El Kiosko
  • Private Caminito del Rey guided tour
  • Caminito del Rey Guided Group Tour
  • Private Guided Caminito del Rey Tour from Malaga city
  • Caminito del Rey Guided Group Tour from Malaga
  • Private Guided Caminito del Rey Tour from Seville
  • Guided tour of Caminito del Rey from Seville
  • Guided tour of Caminito del Rey from Granada
  • Guided Tour of Caminito del Rey from Cordoba

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How to get to El Caminito del Rey

The absolute best way to get to El Caminito del Rey is by car. Still, it’s easy to get there by train, and possible to make it by bus from Malaga. Here is everything you need to know to get from Malaga to El Caminito del Rey by public transport and other destinations by car.

Train to Caminito del Rey

You can take the train to El Chorro, which is where the Caminito del Rey trail finishes. As you get off the train, there are buses leaving every 30 minutes for the El Kiosko Restaurant where you have to start the walk.

From Malaga, you can take the train from Malaga Maria Zambrano train station. Check tickets and prices with Renfe here .

Alternatively, you can take the train from Granada or Seville to Antequera-Santa Ana and change trains there to El Chorro (22 min). Coming from anywhere but Malaga, Antequera, or any stop on the Malaga-El Chorro train route, it’s highly recommended to drive a car to get there.

Bus to El Caminito del Rey

You can also get to El Caminito del Rey by bus from Alora or Malaga. From Malaga, take the bus to Alora and then change there to reach El Chorro.

You can check bus times from Malaga here . The travel time is about an hour. Check bus times from Alora to El Chorro here . The travel time is nearly half an hour.

If you can avoid it, I don’t recommend you to take the bus from Malaga as it’s more hassle than the train. However, if you’re staying in Alora and don’t have a car, it’s a good option.

Driving to Caminito del Rey

Driving to Caminito del Rey is the easiest way to get there. Though the trains are frequent, they stop on the end of the hike and you have to plan enough time to reach the control cabin in time.

When driving, on the other hand, you can get straight to the entrance by El Kiosko Restaurant and take the shuttle bus back when you are finished hiking.

You can put “El Kiosko Restaurant Ardales” into the GPS and it will easily get you there. Just make sure it’s in Ardales/El Chorro when you choose in the GPS as there are other restaurants by the same name in other places in Andalucia.

Approximate driving time to El Kiosko Restaurant from the following cities:

  • Malaga: 1 hr
  • Nerja: 1 hr 30 min
  • Ronda: 50 min
  • Granada: 1 hr 30 min
  • Cordoba: 1 hr 40 min
  • Seville: 1 hr 45 min

Want more spectacular hiking along suspension bridges but for free? Check out the lesser-known El Saltillo trail from Canillas de Aceituno in Malaga!

Parking Caminito del Rey

There is parking both in El Chorro and by El Kiosko Restaurant. As mentioned above, I do recommend parking at the latter, so that you can start walking straight to the control cabin.

If it’s full just in front of El Kiosko Restaurant, there are a few parking spots and places to park along the road (all wheels outside the road!) turning back towards El Chorro along the lakes.

The parking in El Chorro is at the left just before driving up to the train station. You’ll see it in front of you right after the turn from the bridge.

Parking in the summer months can be difficult, especially on weekends when people from all over Andalucia come to enjoy the lakes.

Bus back to the parking

There is a shuttle bus service driving the 9,5 km between El Kiosko Restaurant and El Chorro train station. It costs 1,55 Euros that you can pay cash on the bus unless you’ve bought a combined ticket.

The bus leaves every 30 minutes, so if you come by train and need to take the bus to the start of the trail, you should aim to take a train that gets to El Chorro at least 1,5-2 hours before your entrance time.

If you come by car, I recommend that you park by El Kiosko and take the bus back. This way you don’t have to stress.

Buses tend to fill up from El Chorro, not only with people from the train starting the route but also with those who have finished the route and are heading back for their car.

If you don’t get space on the bus, you have to wait another 30 minutes for the next one.

How to reach the control cabin from El Kiosko Restaurant

From El Kiosko Restaurant you can choose between two different routes to get to the control cabin. One takes 50 minutes and the other takes 20 minutes. You need to be at the control cabin at least 15-30 minutes before your entrance time.

You have to show your printed ticket and they will give you a helmet which is mandatory to wear. They will also give you a safety brief in English or in Spanish.

The control cabin at the trailhead of Caminito del Rey

The 50-minute walk starts from El Kiosko Restaurant and under the wide tunnel on the right side of the restaurant (the side where the toilets are.) After walking through the tunnel keep right and follow the path until you reach the control cabin. There will be signs to El Caminito del Rey.

El Kiosko Restaurant

The 20-minute walk starts from a smaller tunnel 200 meters from El Kiosko Restaurant. Walk down on the left side of the road direction El Chorro (with El Kiosko on your left behind you and the lake on your right) until you see the tunnel on your left. This tunnel is signposted El Caminito del Rey. Once you’ve walked through the tunnel, turn right and follow that path until you get to the control cabin.

Small tunnel to Caminito del Rey trailhead 200 meters fro El Kiosko Restaurant

When is the best time to hike El Caminito del Rey

You can easily hike El Caminito del Rey all year round, but if you can avoid the hottest months of July to mid-September, I recommend moving your dates. Though large parts of the trail are in the shade, it can be scorching hot, and there are no places to go for a swim during the walk.

The rest of the year has great temperatures for walking, you just need to dress accordingly. Early winter mornings especially, can get frosty.

The end of Caminito del Rey boardwalk coming out from the gorge

What to bring

When you hike El Caminito del Rey you’re not allowed big backpacks, so a small day pack will do with water and layers of clothes if you go in the colder seasons.

Note that selfie sticks are NOT allowed on Caminito del Rey, neither are hiking poles.

The walk is only a couple of hours and there are only places to stop to have a snack once you pass the first boardwalk. If you go in the warmer months, you can combine your hike with a swim at the lakes afterward, where you can have a picnic.

As an alternative, it’s a good option to either eat at El Kiosko Restaurant or at any restaurant or bar in El Chorro, where the trail ends.

Remember to bring cash for your bus ticket, 1,55 Euros.

Caminito del Rey bridge

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Where to stay when hiking El Caminito del Rey

When hiking El Caminito del Rey, it’s absolutely best to stay in El Chorro or Ardales. There is a campground right at the lakes too which is fairly close to El Kiosko Restaurant.

But if you’re staying farther away, Malaga is the best option for anyone that doesn’t have access to a car. Here are a few options for accommodation.

Where to stay in El Chorro

Complejo Turístico La Garganta

Complejo Turístico La Garganta is a good hotel to stay in El Chorro with outdoor pool and it’s pet-friendly too in case you plan on doing more hikes in El Chorro with your furry friend.

The hotel has free parking but also airport shuttle if you don’t drive, which saves you the hassle of getting there.

Where to stay in Ardales

Apartamentos Parque Ardales

Apartamentos Parque Ardales has both apartments and a campground for tents and caravans. It’s situated right by El Chorro Lakes and only a few minute’s drive from El Kiosko Restaurant/the start of the trail to the control cabin. You can also walk there in about 20 minutes so you don’t have to worry about parking.

Hostal Restaurante El Cruce

This is a nice apartment hotel in Ardales with parking and it’s only a 15 minute drive to El Kiosko Restaurant. They do offer airport shuttle too, so if you don’t drive, you have the option to get the bus to El Caminito del Rey. Walking El Kiosko Restaurant would be around 1 hr 45 min.

Where to stay in Malaga

Eurostars Astoria

This wonderful hotel is situated only 500 meters from Malaga Maria Zambrano train station so it’s perfect if you don’t drive. Yet, in case you do, they have parking too. It’s centrally in Malaga city close to all the top attractions.

Hiking El Caminito del Rey

Hiking El Caminito del Rey is one of the best things to do in Andalucia and a true Spain bucket-list hike . Walking the trail is not challenging unless you have vertigo – though that will be for different reasons, as it’s mostly flat.

Before you start the hike, you’ll get your helmet and you’ll be instructed about safety guidelines along the hike.

Starting at the control cabin, you’ll first walk down by the old hydroelectric plant before you get onto the first boardwalk section hanging onto the wall of the narrow gorge. Clear, glittering water below you and floating vultures above you.

Smaller packs of birds playing inside the gorge throwing themselves down head first, before they rise high and settle on a shelf on the opposite gorge wall.

The walk takes you through a short tunnel just to continue along the gorge wall on the other side. Eventually, the gorge opens up wider and you’ll get onto a forest trail for a while before reaching the second boardwalk.

Hanging high, you can see the original path under the one you’re walking on. Realizing the state of that should make you feel pretty safe. Towards the end, where you see the famous bridge, there’s a great section where you really get a peek of how the old path looked like as you have the wall in front of you.

Take a look at the other side of the gorge, there are windows showing the train line inside the mountain and maybe you’re lucky to catch the train as it drives through.

That wall is also popular among rock climbers and if you look carefully you might just spot one or two people hanging on the wall.

Just before the bridge, there is a glass balcony viewpoint and you can also see a huge fossil on the wall. The bridge is guarded to assure not too many people cross at the same time. Most visitors stop there and take a picture anyway, so there’s usually a queue.

After the bridge, there’s a short boardwalk left before getting onto solid ground for the last 10 minutes to the control center where you leave your helmet. Continue straight from here another 10-15 minutes and you’re at El Chorro train station where the shuttle bus goes if you need to return to El Kiosko Restaurant.

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Reflections on El Caminito del Rey hike

El Caminito del Rey hike is an experience that everyone should have at least once when in Andalucia. The grandeur of the gorge is incredible and it’s so narrow in places that you almost want to reach over to the other side. Despite being such a controlled hike with entrance fee and mandatory helmet, it’s absolutely worth the hassle for one of the most incredible hikes in Malaga .

However, hanging on the side of a cliff a hundred meters above the ground is not for everyone. And if your vertigo is strong, this might just not be worth it. You can’t turn around on this path, so if you go you go.

Other hiking trails in Malaga Province :

  • El Torcal de Antequera
  • Pico de Mijas
  • Pico del Cielo

17 thoughts on “ El Caminito del Rey Malaga: All you need to know to walk Spain’s most popular hike ”

Thank you for sharing your experience and links of where to stay and go. I’m planning this one for 2025 and appreciate the info you’ve shared.

I’m glad you found it useful. I wish you a trip of a lifetime!

Hey Linn. The link to the official website seems broken, have they changed?

Hey Mikael, it sure seems like have changed! Thanks for the heads up. I have updated the post with a link that works now. Enjoy your hike!

Thanks for this really useful article. Do you think it’s OK just do do the shorter 20 minute walk to the control cabin, or is the longer 50 minute route really recommended?

To be honest, I would personally go for the short route as the beauty of the hike is after the control cabin. But if you have time to kill and don’t want to sit at the restaurant, you might as well do the long route:) Happy hiking!

Is it necessary to have a guide? Is there anything extra they provide other than a history of the hike?

Hi Rakesh, that completely depends on your preferences. Personally, I like to hike individually as I can read up on history online and I don’t like to walk in crowds. But other people prefer to get the information as they go and while they are on the site. The guide will most likely not provide more value than that. I hope this helps you make a desicion. Happy hiking!

Hi, I am scheduled to do this as part of a cruise port excursion with Silversea. My husband does not like height. Do you feel bouncing or does it seem safe and secure? I’m trying to convince him he can do this…. Thank you for the great article!

Hi Linda, there is no bouncing feeling on the boardwalk itself as this is made of solid metal and wood. However, the hanging bridge at the end of the trail will bounce. I will say it completely depends on his level of vertigo. I was pretty bad when I hiked it the first time, but managed well without any major drama. The most “scary” part for me was what is the hanging bridge and the last bit after it along the cliff wall before you get to solid ground because this is a see-through metal path (the type with small squares that you can see through, not sure how to explain lol). My vertigo has become a lot better and the last times I have gone I didn’t have any vertigo. The rest of the trail is a mix between solid ground and paths pinned to the cliff wall on different levels of altitude. I hope this helps with making a decision. It’s a breathtaking walk that is so worth it if he handles it.

Hola! I’m a Canadian who’s all set with a ticket for October 10 and really appreciate your article! This is on my bucket list for sure. I have train tickets to and from Antequera-Malaga, but it seems the Antequera- El Chorro trains aren’t running in October.? Do you know if that’s a route that just opens up late, or if there are taxi options from Antequera to the Kiosk? Just wondering and thanks again for your very clear instructions to the short route tunnel.

Hey Jan, You must be so excited about traveling to Spain! I am actually not sure about the train connection. The drive from the train station in Antequera (Santa Ana) to El Kiosko is about half an hour so you could be looking at something like 30-40 Euros in taxi (or more), but there should be taxis at the train station since it is so far from Antequera city. I wish you a lovely trip and an exciting hike!

Hi, excellent review of the hike. Thank you! I have tried to book individual tickets for when I am visiting in October but only guided tour options are left. Do you know if it is possible to purchase a guided tour tickets and walk ahead of the tour? Not looking for a tour just to enjoy the views myself along the hike

Hi Ann Marie, I’m sorry I’m probably getting back to you too late. But I’m actually not sure if you can go on an unguided hike when purchasing the guided ticket. However, I wouldn’t think there would be any problems telling your guide that you want to go solo. If you haven’t been yet, I wish you a lovely hike and if you already did it, I hope you got a good experience and that you were able to walk it by yourself.

Hi! I’m in the same situation. Any clarification if you can buy the guided tour ticket (because the non-guided tickets are sold out) and just walk ahead of the tour? We’re on a time crunch. Thanks!

Thanks for information. We are travelling in a Campervan with a dog and would love to walk this together – would you know of any dog minders or doggie day care close by (unsure if something like this exists in Spain)?

Hi, I totally feel you, it’s hard to do certain things together with a dog. There are dog hotels and day care places around, but I have never had to use one, so unfortunately I wouldn’t know. You could look into a portable aircon for the van, we will be getting one soon so that we can leave the dog in the van when we go out a couple of hours to see things together where she can’t come.

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El Centro de Recepción de Visitantes está situado en el Puerto de las Atalayas. A 57,7 km desde la ciudad de Málaga, a 6 km del cruce de Ardales y a 51 km desde Antequera. Actualmente, en el Centro de recepción de visitantes no se pueden comprar entradas para acceder al Caminito del Rey. Puede reservar y adquirir su entrada a través de esta web o en el acceso norte del Caminito de Rey, en taquilla (según disponibilidad). Puede aparcar en el Parking del Centro de Recepción de visitantes (2 euros/día). + INFO

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Es en este entorno donde desde los siglos XIX y XX se ubicaron un conjunto de infraestructuras ferroviarias e hidroeléctricas que vertebraron las conexiones y la red viaria que hemos heredado en el siglo XXI.

Declarado por la Junta de Andalucía como Paraje Natural en 1989, ya había sido clasificado como Zona de Especial Protección para las Aves (ZEPA) en 1987 y, desde el año 2006, forma parte de la Reserva de la Biosfera Intercontinental del Mediterráneo Andalucía-Marruecos y de la lista de Lugares de Importancia Comunitaria de la Región Biogeográfica Mediterránea.

Este enclave natural ha sido foco de influencia para el asentamiento y desarrollo de grupos humanos en el entorno del paraje natural de Gaitanejo y de El Chorro desde las épocas prehistóricas hasta nuestros días, documentado por la abundancia de yacimientos arqueológicos.

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Toda herencia extraordinaria debe pertenecer a la humanidad como legado infinito en el tiempo. Para conseguir este objetivo hay que garantizar su catalogación y conservación pero también su divulgación como bien de todos. Y es por ello, que cualquier candidatura a ser Patrimonio Mundial necesita no sólo del convencimiento de las personas e instituciones que la presentan sino también el del público objetivo.

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Basándonos en siete hitos que, en un entorno de menos de 20 kilómetros, son parte de nuestra historia y que estamos seguros de que os enamorarán: El Paraje Natural del Desfiladero de los Gaitanes, las Presas de El Chorro/Conde de Guadalhorce y Gaitanejo, las pasarelas del Salto hidroeléctrico de El Chorro, la Estación de ferrocarriles de El Chorro y puentes sobre los Gaitanes, así como la Cueva paleolítica de Ardales, la Necrópolis prehistórica de las Aguilillas y la Iglesia rupestre mozárabe de Bobastro. Estos hitos llevan confluyendo durante siglos en torno a un enclave excepcional que ha sido testigo del paso de núcleos humanos desde el Paleolítico y cuya singularidad ha permitido que el desarrollo industrial nos haya dejado una herencia en forma de “caminito” por la historia y la espectacularidad de uno de los paisajes más impresionantes de la geografía universal.

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Caminito del Rey in Malaga, Andalusia

Caminito del Rey Trail

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What is the walk like?

The trail is linear and taken one way only, going downwards and from north to south, some of it on mountain paths and some on suspended walkways. It’s 7.7 kilometres long and takes about 3-4 hours to walk, from the start in the town of Ardales to the exit in Álora. The reception area at the start has a restaurant and several parking areas, and is also the final stop of the shuttle bus which runs between the north and south ends of the trail.   

This is the starting point of two paths which lead to the control cabin and the Gaitanejo dam, where the official trail of El Caminito del Rey begins. The longer is 2.7 kilometres, starting from Sillón del Rey, a set of stone benches, table and chair once used by Alfonso XIII, or through the tunnel next to the restaurant. The other path is shorter, just 1.5 kilometres starting with a smaller pedestrian tunnel 200 metres before the restaurant. At the control cabin, personnel give visitors a protective helmet and check that their shoes are suitable. The viewing point on Gaitanejo dam has views of the cave dwellings of Sierra Parda, which were once home to the staff working at the hydroelectric plant. After reaching the walkways, the trail continues through the Gaitanejo gorge, the canyon known as Tajo de las Palomas, and the hanging bridge, Puente del Rey. The landscape gradually changes as you approach the Hoyo valley with its leafy woodland.

Walkways on Caminito del Rey in Málaga, Andalusia

Next, the path enters the spectacular gorge of Los Gaitanes via walkways suspended 100 metres above the ground. The amazing sights on this stretch include a hundred-year-old juniper tree growing among the rocks, the “fossil beach” with Jurassic-period fossils, and a glass balcony which sticks out from the walkway, for those who feel they need to push their limits. The path continues onto the final stretch: after handing back your helmets in the control cabin, there is a 2.1-kilometre walk down the hill to the railway station at El Chorro.

Plan your return

As this is a linear, one-way trail, you will need to consider the time taken at the end of the walk to return to your starting point (about an hour) when planning times and distances. 

Various images of the trail of Caminito del Rey in Malaga, Andalusia © Left: Diputación de Málaga / Right: Pedro Giráldez

If arriving by car, we recommend parking it in any of the designated parking areas and returning to it by the shuttle bus which run both ways between the northern entrance to the path, by the Guadalhorce dam (Ardales), and the southern end by El Chorro railway station (Álora). Another option is to walk back, although in this case you will want to consider the light and weather conditions, as you will have several kilometres to travel on a narrow road. If arriving by train, at El Chorro-Caminito del Rey railway station you can take the shuttle bus to the northern end to start the hiking trail, so you will need to account for this extra travel time. However, when you finish the Caminito, all you have to do is get on the train. 

Tips and recommendations

How to get there

Both the town of Ardales and El Chorro station can be reached by car from Málaga (in about 50 minutes), Ronda (60 km away) or Antequera (55 km). El Chorro-Caminito del Rey railway station is on the Málaga-Seville line, with connections to other towns such as Ronda.  The official website has helpful recommendations on routes, opening times, and how to get there.

Things to bear in mind

In addition to a general visit completed at your own leisure, there is also the option of a guided tour to learn more about the region’s history, geography and biodiversity. It’s advisable to bring water, a snack (chocolate, nuts, fruit, etc.), or a sandwich.  The characteristics of the trail, between tall cliffs on walkways and bridges suspended at a great height, will make the hardiest walker dizzy and it is definitely not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights. The stretch with the suspended walkways, between the north and south control cabins, is 2.9 kilometres long. The rest of the walk comprises mountain paths and forest tracks between the control cabins and the entrance and exit to the path. There is a tunnel running parallel to the walkways of the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes, which is an alternative to the aerial path on days when the wind and rain could cause mudslides. The tunnel is 300 metres long, of which 285 are inside and 15 are outside in the Hoyo Valley.

What else is there to do?

You can make the most of your visit and explore the districts of Guadalteba, Antequera and Guadalhorce Valley.  If you fancy even more active tourism, there are many companies that organise water activities in the reservoirs nearby, or you can walk part of the Gran Senda de Málaga path.  But if you prefer something more urban and cultural (or a dip in the sea, depending on the time of year), don't forget that the city of Malaga is less than 50 kilometres away.

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