How long is the path?
Full length of the path El Caminito del Rey is 7.7 km. The part of the access ways is 4.8 km long and the stretch between the entrance and exit gates of the boardwalks (boardwalk – Hoyo Valley – boardwalk) is 2.9 km long.
How long do you take to finish the route?
The boardwalks are the most famous part of the path due to its dangerous condition before refurbishment. Distance between the entrance to the boardwalks at the control cabin and its exit is 2.9 km. This part comprises 1.5km-long boardwalks and 1.4km-long footpaths or forest trails. Nevertheless, there is to add between 1.7km or2.7km-long way from the northern entrance to the control cabin, and 2.1km-long way from the southern entrance to the other control cabin. Because of this, estimated time needed to go across the whole route (the boardwalks, and forest trail or footpaths that lead to them) is three to four hours. Visitors should mind that, in order to get to the boardwalks, there is to walk for quite a long time and go uphill.
What is the route like?
The route El Caminito del Rey is linear not circular so, while the coach service does not get provided and road works finished, you must take into account the time you need to go back to the start point, checking previously the timetables and routes.
How can you arrive at the path?
You can come by train or by road.
If you choose a train, currently, RENFE train service offers regional trains on daily basis to El Chorro. Check with RENFE before your trip.
The access road from Málaga to the path is the A-357, which is in good condition up to the Zalea crossroad.
From there you can go along the same road to Ardales, or take the exit MA-5403 and go towards M-442 up to El Chorro. This road goes through a lush pine wood and around the Conde de Guadalhorce Reservoir. Your other option is to follow the A-343 road up to the crossroad at Pizarra and A-7077 that leads to Álora - El Chorro.
Álora is 12 km away from El Chorro if you follow the road that goes up the Guadalhorce River. It is surrounded by beautiful landscape, wide orange or lemon trees orchards, and small hills with olive and almond grove in the higher zones. This is a curvy road but it offers magnificent view of the scenery above all during the flowering season when orange, lemon and almond trees become stunningly beautiful. This way goes through the small villages of Caracuel and Bermejo (where you can find restaurants, a chemist, a tobacconist's and grocery stores) to El Chorro village where varied services are provided such as train station, shuttle bus stop where you can take the bus to the northern entrance to El Caminito del Rey, the Tourist Office, the Reception Centre, a car park, as well as restaurants and accommodation.
What is the opening time?
Timetables, opening dates and possible changes and modifications thereof will be established by the corresponding organization in charge of the spot and will be mentioned at the website where the entrances tickets to Caminito del Rey are acquired.
How often can you enter to the path?
Every 15-30 min.
When does the path open?
Every day from Tuesday to Sunday.
When does it close?
Every Monday, and January 1st, December 24th, 25th and 31st December.
Who is responsible for the path?
There is a committee that consists of the members from the Málaga County Council, and Ardales and Álora Town Councils. This committee will monitor and make necessary changes after having estimated this tourist attraction evolution. Therefore, these conditions can vary over the next few months.
What is waiting for us?
El Caminito del Rey is part of a spectacular natural beauty spot. This already makes it breathtaking and attractive, although the path is more than just a walk in the hills. The boardwalks and a hanging footbridge that stands at 105 metres height, as well as steep walls, make many visitors feel inevitably dizzy. The path is hazardous because of the heights and its very narrow parts. It was refurbished so it could be used for active tourism in natural surroundings. Therefore it is risky and requires certain level of physical effort and skillfulness, which is accepted by tourists who come to follow the route. Visitors are not risking their lives at all, but they must be aware of the strong impression this place might make on them. This is why this path is so attractive.
What level of fitness is necessary?
Due to the quality of terrain (uphills, downhills, steps, boardwalks...), it is difficult to move, something you must be aware of although it is not necessary to be a sportsperson.
At the Caminito del Rey website, there is a list of Important Issues and Suggestions you should read before coming, and, this way, avoid any surprise during the route.
Are there any occasions when the path might be closed?
Yes, there are. It can be closed because of the weather (rain, strong wind) or repair works. In that case, the only way to obtain official information about it is through the path’s web page or the telematics-based booking platform. Therefore, please do check them from time to time, above all, on the day of your visit.