This is how you book a ticket for the “Caminito del Rey” – try the exciting walk on the royal pathway, if you do not suffer from vertigo. The Caminito del Rey opens to the public on the 28th of March 2015.
Procedure to book your ticket for Caminito Del Rey – Malaga
You must book the ticket on the official website
You can reserve a maximum of five tickets at a time and only two months in advance. Every half an hour a group of 50 persons will be sent off on the trail.
The ticket is personal and non-transferable. Upon start and end of the hike you must present a passport or other identification along with the ticket. The same also applies to children who also must show the name of the accompanying adult. For safety reasons, children must be over 8 years of age to walk the hike.
You must arrive 30 minutes before the booked admission time in order to be organized into groups.
The hike “Caminito del Rey”
The hike is from point A to B as it is linear. It is important that you have arranged beforehand with transportation to get you back to your starting point. At the moment there are talks to start up a shuttle service between the starting and ending point but so far nothing is concrete. You can also walk part of the hike and return to the same starting point.
You can begin the hike from Ardales (Guadalhorce water dam) and the walk will go downhill or you can start the hike from El Chorro train station (Álora) and go uphill.
If you start at the Guadalhorce water dam (Ardales) from the restaurant Kiosko, then you should first go 2.7 km to the control centre which is next to the hydroelectric power plant. This will take approximately 50 minutes. From there the official Caminito del Rey starts and it will take approximately 4 hours to reach El Chorro train station.
If you start at El Chorro train station (Álora), then you will head on for 2.1 km, passing a campsite and an iron bridge before the Caminito del Rey starts. The hike goes up hill all the time and will take approximately 5 hours to complete. The entire route is 7.7 km of which 4.8 km is on pathways carved into the mountainside.
Rules to be observed during the Caminito del Rey hike
Due to the severity, the heights on the route and the narrow path, there are many rules to be respected to make it a safe hike for all visitors.
It is compulsory to wear a safety helmet which will be distributed at the entrance to the pathway, as there may be risk of small stones falling from the mountain.
When you walk on the path, always keep to the right.
If you cross with another visitor you must show consideration so the one walking next to the abyss is not getting into danger.
You are not allowed to make stops along the route to avoid the formation of queues.
You are not allowed to take photos with a tripod or other equipment that may be an obstacle on the path.
Children must be over 8 years and may not be carried by an adult.
You are not allowed to carry a big hiking backpack during the hike.
There is no possibility to buy food along the path and as the hike requires some physical effort, it is recommended to bring water, muesli bar, chocolate, and fruit in a small backpack.
You are not allowed to take a picnic break along the path as there is no dedicated area for this. Therefore, it is recommended that you have a sandwich to eat before or after the hike is completed.
Prepare your hike in advance with a cap, sunscreen and footwear suitable for this walk.
You must use a rain cover if it should start to rain. It is forbidden to use an umbrella.
If there are strong winds the path will be closed.
There are no toilet facilities on the path.
Smoking is not allowed.
Pets are not allowed.
You are not allowed to shout or listen to loud music on the hike.
If you suffer from vertigo, have a heart disease or other illness that may be an obstacles to complete the trip, you should of course not walk the path.
If you are into mountain climbing, and want to climb under the Caminito del Rey, then it is possible to do so. You will have to register with the control centre and present a civil liability insurance that covers mountain climbing. Furthermore, you are not allowed to use the iron structure from the Caminito del Rey for the climbing.
Winter period (01/11 -31/03) from 10-14 pm.
Summer Period (01/04-31/10) from 10-17 pm.
It is closed on Mondays.
It is free to visit the Caminito del Rey the first six months. Click here to read our other blog article about the royal walkway in Málaga.
Photos: Diputación de Málaga