Caminito del Rey Tickets

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Opening hours

There are generally 8 tours each day that begin at 9.30am and continue until 12.30pm. Most tours sell out months in advance. You must arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your start time as you have to be organised into tour groups.

How to get there

Coach tour from Malaga- on Tuesday’s and Friday’s departing from Maria Zambrano Railway Station at 9.30 am, includes entrance ticket and costs 47 € per person.

Car- from Malaga take the A-357 road, then the MA-5403. It is just under 60 km and takes about 50 minutes. From Antequera take the A-384 to Los Pantanos de El Chorro, then the A-357, followed by the MA-451. It takes just under an hour and is 55km. From Ronda, take the A-367 to Ardales, then the MA-5403. This route is about 60km and takes one hour.

Train- there is a train from Malaga at 10am to Alora (El Chorro Station) arriving at 10.47am. The return journey train leaves at 6pm arriving in Malaga at 6.50pm.

FAQ

How can I buy tickets?
The easiest way is online through the official website https://reservas.caminitodelrey.info/?lang=en you will then receive your tickets via your email. You should also leave your mobile phone number in case the Caminto del Rey is closed on the day of your visit. You can buy your tickets by telephone from Monday to Friday between the hours of 10am and 2pm and from 3pm until 6pm. At the ticket office- there are a limited number of tickets available from 9.30 am every morning.
How much do the tickets cost?
A general ticket costs 10€ per person, you then do the tour by yourself. A ticket for a guided tour costs 18€ per person, you will be in a group of 30 people and have an experienced guide throughout your visit. Children under the age of 8 are not permitted on the tour.
What is the shuttle bus?
The shuttle bus costs 1. 55€ per person and will bring you back to the start point once you have completed your tour.
Why can I not walk back to the starting point?
The walking route through the Caminto del Rey is one way, from the north to the south. This is for safety reasons along the narrow elevated pathway. Visitors are therefore prohibited from returning along the pathway. The shuttle bus takes visitors back to the car park at the start point. You can if you wish park at the southern end of the route and take the shuttle bus to the start.
What documentation will I need to bring with me?
You will need to bring printed copies of your tickets or confirmation details on your mobile phone. Children will also need to have original documentation to show they are at least 8 years of age. You will also need proof of having comprehensive liability insurance, without this document you will not be permitted to enter the start point of Caminto del Rey.
What is the cancellation or exchange policy on my tickets?
Tickets can only be exchanged if the route is closed because of the weather, a rockfall or maintenance work.

Must Know

If the Caminto del Rey is closed
The walkway may be closed due to strong winds, heavy rain, a rock fall or maintenance to the route. In the event of a closure you will be sent an SMS message to your phone informing you of this. You can then go to the website and change your tickets.
Distance of the route
The walking tour is 7.7km long and should take an estimated 2.5 hours to complete.
Reaching the control point
The first option is to leave your car at El Chorro at the exit point of the Caminto. From here you will need to allow at least one hour before reaching the control point. You may have to wait up to 30 minutes to get on the shuttle bus, the bus will then take about 20 or 25 minutes to reach Ardales reservoir. From here it will take about 20 minutes to walk to the control point. From here there is a short path by tunnel located at the Kiosko restaurant or a longer route including a tunnel of 2.7km that begins by the Armchair of Alfonso XIII. This second trail is narrow and not recommended for large groups. You will then have to wait up to 30 minutes at the checkpoint area as groups are organised. The second option is to park close to the Kiosko restaurant where you will need less time to reach the checkpoint. You will then need longer for the return by bus.
Presenting your tickets
You will have to show your tickets at the checkpoint when you enter the Caminto del Rey and when you exit the route. This is a safety measure to ensure all visitors have arrived safely at the end point of the walkway.
Eating along the route
There are no litter bins along the route so any litter you create should be taken away with you. If you wish to have a picnic then do so before you begin the walk or once you have completed it. Visitors are requested to keep moving along the trail and not stop for a prolonged period of time. There are no toilets along the trail.

Places Nearby

La Alcazaba
This is regarded as the best preserved Moorish fortress in Spain. It is the most important landmark in Malaga and sits atop an inland hilltop. Malaga has two Moorish fortresses, the other one is the Castillo de Gibralfaro. La Alcazaba was constructed in 756-780AD, originally to defend against pirates with views across the city and beyond towards Africa. It was rebuilt in 1057-1063 with fortified double walls. The palace was home to several Moorish leaders. It is at least 300 years older than the Alcazar of Sevilla and Granada’s Alhambra. After the re-conquest of Spain the palace fell into disrepair until restoration work began in 1933. Two of the three original walls are still standing as are more than 100 towers and its three palaces.
Malaga Cathedral
The cathedral in Malaga stands on the site of a former mosque. It was built from 1528 until 1782 and one of its intended two towers was built. For this reason it is known as ‘La Manquita’ the ‘one armed woman.’ The gardens surrounding the cathedral are interesting and include a cross monument dedicated to the victims of the Spanish Civil War. All the names of those once depicted on the monument have since been removed. There is a small museum inside the cathedral; it is easy to miss as it is only accessible up a wooden staircase inside the shop. The rooftop tour is a good way to complete your visit; tours are available in both Spanish and English. You just have to climb the 200 steps to join the tour.
Ronda
The town of Ronda retains most of its historic charm being known for its dramatic views and escarpments. It is best known for the 100m deep El Tajo gorge that runs through the centre of the town. Visitors head for the Puente Nuevo Bridge that connects the two sides separated by the deep chasm. Ronda is also famous for being the birthplace of modern bullfighting. The bullring is now a museum.