Touring the Caminito del Rey is one of the essentials of Malaga. This road, known as the path that was the most dangerous in the world, you have to know and travel with tranquility.
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El Caminito del Rey has to be in your essentials for travel in Spain. But, arm yourself with patience to get tickets.
In this post I tell you about our experience touring “Los Gaitanes” Gorge and also a small guide so you can organize your visit.
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 people began to call this road the “Caminito del Rey”, name that remains almost a century later.
Over the years this road was abandoned and they stopped doing a maintenance in conditions. What led to its deterioration and it was very dangerous to cross it. But this area is very famous for people who are dedicated to climbing.
What led to many ventures to cross it, occurring numerous accidents, including some fatal. 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 skip accesses, they impose a fine of € 6000 on people who skip closed accesses, who access by climbing or by train tunnels. In February 2014, restoration work begins and In March 2015, Caminito 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 did it in November and it was hot, so in August it has to be an oven. The best dates to go are in spring, autumn and winter.
From my point of view the best thing would be to be able to go in spring, since the vegetation is much prettier at this time.
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 is very beautiful.
The natural environment is unique, the path runs between two gorges, canyons and a large valley.
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 the Alora. The route has about 8 kilometers in total and it takes about 3 or 4 hours, depending on the stops you make.
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, you have many 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 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, 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 days January 1 and December 24, 25 and 31 remain closed.
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.
There are also companies that make the excursion to Caminito del Rey from Malaga.
And the way we got tickets was thanks to my sister who lives in Malaga and meet someone who booked us five tickets.
Here I will divide my impressions in what is the visit to the park and other the management and the theme of the tickets.
With regard to the Caminito itself, it is a very beautiful site, it is very careful and I think it deserves the visit. Honestly, I do not know if € 10 per person is a bit much, but if it helps the maintenance of the park has a pass.
I also say that I expected it to give more vertigo. But I think that seeing so many people walking by, that 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 leave the car in the free parking and get on the shuttle bus to go to the beginning of the route. Where you pay the entrance and they give you the casco.
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 a shame or a mafia, call it what you want. The thing is that on the web enable the current month and three months for the purchase of tickets and you can check for yourself that the weekend for 4 months are sold, with some exceptions.
This is so, it seems that the agencies, guides and others buy the tickets to sell them. This is just from hearsay, I can not 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 he had to pull contacts …
Where to eat in the Caminito del Rey or near
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 we loved.
Restaurante El Mirador. This restaurant is at the beginning of the path. We met him in a previous visit, we were 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, also if you have your entrance in 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 as we were driving and did not book in advance at the Mirador, or any other, we had to move away.
This restaurant is huge and we had to wait about half an hour to have a table, but it was worth the wait. The typical dish to order is the Plato de los Montes and the porra antequerana (which is like salmorejo), in any from the two restaurants everything was very good.
Have you already visited the Caminito del Rey? Tell us your experience!