Caminito Del Rey – best trail in Andalucia
Caminito Del Rey was once famous for being extremely dangerous, it was even named the world’s most dangerous walkway. As its reputation rose it became an attraction for adrenaline junkies and adventurous people in general. It was eventually closed for several years and in 2015 it was reopened after extensive renovation! Lovely trails, hanging bridges and footpaths, we couldn’t miss the infamous Caminito del Rey. Neither should you!
El Caminito Del Rey is located in El Chorro gorge in Ardales, Malaga, Andalucia, Spain (Europe, Earth, Solar System 🙂 ) and it’s 8 km long, but only 2.9 Km are made in the pathways. It’s a linear route with two entrances (north & south) but nowadays you can only enter through North and exit through South. After the refurbishment, the new wooden pathways are now perfectly safe. You can still see large parts of the old one and understand why it was dubbed one of the world’s scariest hikes.
The old pathway was so dangerous that everything else around it became irrelevant. However, nowadays under the safety of the new infrastructure you can enjoy the unbelievable beauty of El chorro gorge. Yet, you will still feel quite adventurous for walking in a wooden path 100 meters high with the wind blowing your face. It’s quite a sensation!
Tickets are 10 Euros (or 11,55 Euros if you include the return bus ticket) and you have to book it in advance in its official site.
TIP: Be aware that tickets are limited to 50 each half an hour and the trail is becoming a big attraction! Therefore buy in advance! And buy the bus ticket, you will have to return and walking back won’t be as fun as the trail 🙂
Our Experience doing the Caminito del Dey
This trail was on our must do list for a quite a long time, so we were really psyched to do the infamous Caminito Del Rey. We read so many post and articles about it. About its history, about being closed and now reopened with a new face.
It may not be the world’s scariest hike anymore, but Caminito Del Rey’s real attraction is still there! The uncanny beautiful narrow gorge and the possibility to walk through it at 100 meters high, having a different point of view. We are actually in the gorge, almost being part of it. Not on the river or from a far way view point. It’s now perfectly safe (you get an helmet and all) but we still found ourselves adventurous while walking through it. Parts of the old trail were kept untouched and we can only imagine how crazy you would have to be to make it in the old days.
CoupleRTW definitely recommends this trail to everyone and we would/will do it again in the future. If you are planing on going to Andalusia, you really shouldn’t miss this. Fun factor:10/10.
Surroundings of Caminito del Rey
Despite having read a lot about the trail, we still got surprised by the surroundings of Caminito del Rey. The light blue water of the rivers and lakes in this area is astonishing. Beautiful, warm, clear… You can swim, fish, play by the water… We had to go for a swim and rest in sun. It was a perfect finale for a fantastic day. But if only we we knew it was so beautiful we would have spent the night there and enjoy it another day.
Sleeping & Directions to Caminito Del Rey
There aren’t many accommodations close to Caminito Del Rey, maybe it’s an area still being developed in terms of Tourism. As we were coming from Marbella in our roadtrip through Andalusia we opted to sleep the day before in Ronda. The unique town of Ronda & the Caminito Del Rey go together perfectly in a two days escape.
Check the official site here for directions and more information on Caminito Del Rey.
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