How to hike El Caminito Del Rey in Spain
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 even more attractive for adrenaline junkies and adventurous people in general. It was eventually closed for several years and in 2015 it was reopened after extensive renovation! The new Caminito del Rey is all about lovely trails, hanging bridges and footpaths, we couldn’t miss it! And neither should you!
- Caminito del Rey History and deaths
- El Caminito del Rey Trail
- Our Experience doing the Caminito del Dey
- Useful info about Caminito del Rey Trail
- Surroundings of Caminito del Rey
- Where to sleep when visiting Caminito del Rey
Caminito del Rey History and deaths
Caminito del Rey was built in the beginning of the 20th century and it was used by the workers of the Dams in the El Chorro as an access to them, both during the construction and later the maintenance. In 1921 the king of Spain used the path to reach the new dams and inaugurate them. From this moment on, it was named the Caminito del Rey, The King’s little path. However, as time passed the concrete catwalk began to degrade and became abandoned until it was completely unsafe and became the infamous “most dangerous trail in the world”. Eventually, it was closed in 2001 after the death of a few hikers…
El Caminito del Rey Trail
El Caminito Del Rey is located in El Chorro gorge, 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 on a wooden path 100 meters high with the wind blowing your face. It’s quite a sensation!
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 posts 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 viewpoint. It’s now perfectly safe (you get a 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 planning on going to Andalusia, you really shouldn’t miss this. Fun factor:10/10.
Useful info about Caminito del Rey Trail
Tickets to Caminito del Rey
Tickets to Caminito del Rey cost 10 Euros (or 11,55 Euros if you include the return bus ticket). We strongly advise you to buy the bus ticket, you will have to return and walking back won’t be as fun as the trail 🙂
Note that you have to book it in advance in its official site. Be aware that tickets are limited to 50 each half an hour and the trail is becoming a big attraction! Thus, buy in advance!
How difficult is Caminito del Rey?
The path walks are located in an incredible place where you may feel an adrenaline rush, however, the trail itself is very easy. It isn’t very long and doesn’t have any steep climbs. Despite this, you should reserve at least 3 hours to do the trail. You want to take in everything, stop a few times and take many pictures!
- To bring water and sunscreen! This is Andalusia, it can be really really hot and sunny!
- That children under 8 years old can’t do the Caminito del Rey.
- To arrive about 30 minutes earlier. From the car park to the entrance is still quite a walk and you’ll need to at least this time to arrive at the Caminito del Rey entrance.
- The trail is perfectly signed, so you shouldn’t have any problem with this!
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 to a fantastic day. But if only we knew it was so beautiful we would have spent the night there and enjoy it another day.
Where to sleep when visiting 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 road trip 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.
Recommended accommodation close to Caminito del Rey
Hidden Valley Andalucia is located only 10 km from Caminito del Rey and very close to Alora. Guests can enjoy their stay in a Bell Tent, all equipped with full-size beds, and access to a shared kitchenette. Bed linen and towels are provided. Some tents have their own private flushing toilet. It is a very very cool experience and our favorite option!
Hostal Caminito del Rey is a guesthouse set in Alora, 14 km from Caminito del Rey. The rooms come with a fridge, a bath, free toiletries and a wardrobe. With a private bathroom equipped with a bidet, rooms at the guest house also offer free WiFi and flat-screen TV. It has great value for money.
How to get to Caminito Del Rey
Check the official site here for directions and more information on Caminito Del Rey.
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