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Do you love tranquility? Romantic walks, perhaps in the moonlight with the birds that chirp …. Change post, then! The route we propose is not for you.
It was the year 1921, when the king of Spain, Alfonso, inaugurated the dam of the Conde del Guadalhorce, crossing (albeit for a short distance) the path just built: from here was born, in fact, the legend of El Caminito del Rey.
This walkway was built a few years ago so that the workers could move between the two waterfalls in the area, the jump of the Jet and the jump of the Gaitanejo. A pedestrian walkway of about 3 km with wide ramps just 1 m, at over 100 meters in height!
Abandoned to itself, it remained in almost crumbling conditions, with numerous sections without balustrades or even collapsed. This danger, pushed almost to the extremes, helped to create around El Caminito del Rey, an aura of charm, mystery and adventure. Unfortunately, in 2000, following the death of 4 people, local authorities have decided to close their doors and the path has been officially closed!
DO NOT DISPUTE, though. The 28 March 2015, after an accurate reconstruction, El Caminito del Rey, has finally reopened to the public. Through the official website available from this link, you can book your adventure walk online.
El Caminito del Rey is ideal for those on holiday to Malaga, to spend a few hours away from everyday life. The site is just under 60 km from the city center, and can be reached by car along the A357 and then the MA444, with a travel time of about 50 minutes.
By train, the regional RENFE, reaches in about 45′ El Chorro from Malaga. The ticket costs around 10,00€ round trip. From El Chorro, a shuttle bus leads to the site.
Alternatively, you can also get from Seville. About 90′ is used in cars. The regional train RENFE, takes just under 2 hours to get to El Chorro. The return ticket costs 32,20€.
From Ardales, north of the site, and El Chorro, to the south, the shuttle bus leaves for the entrance to El Caminito del Rey. The ticket price is €0,94 € or 1,50€ depending on whether you have or not the Malaga Transport Card.
The site is open every day, from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 15:00 to 18:00. Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00 to 13:00.
Generally, excursions leave approximately every half hour, with a limited number of seats. You need to book and choose the time according to your needs; at the time of booking, the number of seats available will be indicated in real time. The ticket costs 10,00€ per person, to which you can add additional 8,00€ for the guided tour. By purchasing the ticket, and adding 1,55€, you can also take advantage of the shuttle service for the site. Reservations, directly at this link, on the official website.
For those who, instead, loved an “all-inclusive” solution, it is possible book for €42,00,the complete excursion to the site, from Malaga. The ticket includes the return journey from Malaga, the ticket to the site and travel insurance. Book, from here, the tour to El Caminito del Rey.