As El Caminito del Rey Path is part of protected natural environment, all the signs were created according to the Natural Spots Signs Manual of the Andalusian Government, and all the indications given by the Environmental or Civil Guard officials will have to be followed.
Total length of the route is 7.7 km, divided into 4.8 km long access ways and 2.9 km long boardwalks. As for the boardwalks, the most famous part of the trail, 2.9 km of their length between the entrance to them and the exit point, comprises 1.5 km long boardwalks, and 1.4 km long paths or forest walkways. Estimated time of the route (stage that goes from one boardwalk’s gate to the other, and along the paths or the forest walkways which are used as access/exit ways to/out of the area) is between four and five hours. Visitors have to mind that there is quite a long distance from any of the access points to the boardwalks, and steep terrain as well. Moreover, there is to take into account the duration of the route that should be finished in daylight.
ATTENTION: The path El Caminito del Rey is linear not circular. This is why you need to make sure to come back to the start on your own. This situation might change in following months when the infrastructures get improved, car parks are built and other alternative means of transport, such as buses or coaches that can take visitors to the southern or northern entrance, are organized.
Having said this, we present different signs that a visitor can see along the path.
Localization sign (big size)
Such as signs at the beginning of the trail that indicate the distance that is left to get to the path, those that indicate the position of the control cabins or the number of people that are permitted at one particular place at all times (for example, not more than four at the part of the boardwalks made of glass, or ten on the hanging footbridge at the Gaitanes Gorge).
Orientation signs (arrows)
As those at the crossroads of the two access ways to the path.
Such as the entrance or the exit signs at the northern or southern access ways.
Sign for the start/finish of the path
Located at the entrance or exit of the path.
That refers to the plant and animal life or the geology of the place.
Public Notice Signs
These are signs that give general information in English and Spanish about the route and the access to the path. They also contain a map with a wide shot of the stages and their distance, longitudinal profile of the route, a reference made to MIDE method, a detailed map of the zone (information offices, reservoirs, tunnels, hotels, restaurants, viewpoints, camp sites, vulture’s nests, roads), as well as places where the visitor is at the moment of reading the sign.
There are different logos on these signs that indicate danger, prohibition or warning, as well as the logo of the path and some official institutions. With regard to this, there are four stages:
- the northern entrance/exit to Gaitanejos
- Hoyo Valley
- Gaitanes to the southern entrance/exit.