Visiting the Caminito del Rey is one of the essentials of Malaga. This road that was once known as the most dangerous path in the world must be understood and traveled on with tranquility.
The Caminito del Rey has to be on your list of places to travel in Spain but arm yourself with patience to get tickets.
In this post, I will tell you about our experience touring “Los Gaitanes” Gorge and I will also give you a small guide so that you can organize your visit.
Where to Buy Tickets for the Caminito del Rey
The tickets to Caminito del Rey can be purchased online, although this is an authentic adventure in enough on itself on the official website.
There are also companies that make the excursion to Caminito del Rey from Malaga and Costa del Sol. I think this is the best way to go if you don’t have a car or if you prefer to have some peace of mind.
- Caminito del Rey: Guided tour from Málaga and Costa del Sol
- Best prices Rent a cars if you want to go on your own
A Little History of What was the Most Dangerous Path in the World
The Caminito del Rey is located in Los Gaitanes gorge in a beautiful natural setting. The Caminito del Rey is an aerial path built on the walls of this gorge.
The works began in 1901 and ended in 1905. To inaugurate this work of the early twentieth century, King Alfonso XIII in 1921 crossed the road. From that moment on, people began to call this road the “Caminito del Rey”, a name that remains almost a century later.
Over the years, this road was abandoned and the maintenance on the bridge was brought to a halt. This lack of maintenance is what led to its deterioration and it became very dangerous to cross it. The area is very famous, however, for people who are dedicated to climbing.
It was the climbing that led to many ventures to cross it, which caused numerous accidents, including some fatal ones. In 1999 and 2000, the Junta de Andalucía decided to close the access to Caminito del Rey, due to several fatal accidents that occurred in these years.
In addition, to prevent people from continuing to get through the closed area, they imposed a fine of € 6000 on people who crossed the closed area by climbing or by train tunnels. In February 2014, restoration work began and in March 2015, Caminito del Rey was once again open to the general public. Currently, it is very safe.
When to go to Caminito del Rey
El Caminito del Rey is located in Málaga so our recommendation is that you do not do it in the summer.
We went in November and it was hot, so in August the place must have literally been an oven. The best dates to go are in spring, autumn, and winter.
From my point of view, the best thing would be to go in the spring since the vegetation is much prettier at this time of year.
Also, try to go in the low season. It’s when it will be easier to find tickets.
The tour of El Caminito del Rey is amazing, we loved it. We had already been to the “Chorro” area and it was very beautiful.
The natural environment is unique and the path runs between two gorges, several canyons, and a large valley.
- Caminito del Rey: Guided tour from Málaga and Costa del Sol
- Read: Thing to do in Malaga in a week end
There are parts of the road that give more vertigo than others. In some parts, you are about 100 meters walking along the footbridge that is on the wall of the gorge.
The route is linear and one way. It begins in Ardales and ends in Alora. The route is about 8 kilometers in total and it takes roughly 3 or 4 hours to complete depending on the number of stops you take.
The route is very easy to do and you don’t feel the vertigo (I think…)
How to get to Caminito del Rey
Getting to the Caminito del Rey is very easy, and you have two main options: by road or by train.
- By train: RENFE has daily regional services that drop you off at El Chorro.
- By car: Access to Caminito by road from Malaga is via A-357 It is a very good road to the Zalea crossing. From this moment you can:
- continue on this road to Ardales, and take the MA-5403 exit towards M-442 to El Chorro.
- or continue on the A-343 until the intersection of Pizarra and A-7077 towards Álora-El Chorro. Once in Álora, the distance to El Chorro is 12 km.
General admission costs € 10 and with guide, € 18.
Tickets can be purchased online, and my recommendation is to do it in advance as they tend to run out very quickly.
First visits begin at 9:30 am with passes every 30 minutes approximately.
The following days are closed:January 1, December 24, 25 and 31.
The way we got tickets was thanks to my sister who lives in Malaga and met someone who booked us five tickets.
Here I will divide my impressions in what is the visit to the park and the management and the theme of the tickets.
With regard to the Caminito itself, it is a very beautiful and well-taken care of site that I think is worth visiting. Honestly, I do not know if € 10 per person is a bit much, but if it helps the maintenance of the park, I will let it pass.
I also said that I expected it to give more vertigo, but I think that seeing so many people walking by takes away the adventure.
We went to Caminito del Rey in November of last year (2018) after having tried it several times and never getting tickets. I do not know if you remember, last year at this time, it rained a lot and the road that “unites” the beginning and the end of the road was cut short.
So our visit began leaving the car at the end of the route. We left the car in the free parking and got on the shuttle bus to go to the beginning of the route where we paid for the entrance and were given the helmet.
The road was broken and cut, the shuttle bus took about an hour to get to the starting point. The price of the shuttle bus was € 3 per person.
The ticket issue seems like a sham or as if it were run by a mafia, call it what you want. The thing is that on the webpage, you can buy tickets for the current month and three months ahead, but the weekend for 4 months ahead are sold out, with some exceptions.
With this in mind, it seems that the agencies, guides, and others buy the tickets to sell them. This is just from hearsay, I cannot confirm it with certainty. But buying tickets became mission impossible. You can imagine that when my sister lived in Malaga I went a few times and never got tickets, until she had to pull a few strings …
Where to Eat in the Caminito del Rey or nearby
During the tour of the path, you can eat the food that you carry in your backpack, but if you want to take advantage and eat in the area, I leave you two recommendations that we have tried and loved.
Restaurante El Mirador. This restaurant is at the beginning of the path. We stumbled upon it on a previous visit when we were with the whole family. It has super nice views of the Guadalhorce reservoir.
I recommend this restaurant if you leave the car at the beginning of the Caminito, and if you have your entrance for the afternoon. Take the opportunity to burn calories along the way.
As a recommendation, make the reservation by phone.
Los Caballos Restaurant. This is the restaurant where we ate the day we toured the Caminito del Rey. It is a little further and on the way to Malaga, but since we were driving and did not book in advance at the Mirador, or any other, we had to go farther away from the path.
This restaurant is huge and we had to wait about half an hour to have a table, but it was well worth the wait. The typical dish to order is the Plato de los Montes and the porra antequerana (which is like salmorejo). In any case, the two restaurants had very good food.
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