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Hiking the Caminito del Rey, Malaga

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Spanning a gorge through the mountains of Malaga province, the Caminito del Rey is one of the most impressive sights Spain has to offer. The 3km long route is characterised by long sections of wooden pathway, nailed into the mountainside hundreds of metres above the white rapids and deadly rocks below. This makes it perfect for a heart-wrenching day out. When hiking the Caminito del Rey in Malaga, you’ll also be treated to some of the most spectacular views the south of Spain has to offer.

The Caminito del Rey was built in the early 1900s as a means of access for workers at a nearby hydroelectric plant. The original path was built solely with concrete supported by steal beams. Needless to say, it was extremely dangerous, and many people have lost their lives to the path over the years. Upon completion of the Caminito del Rey in 1905, King Alfonso XIII visited and walked the length of the path, giving it its name. Construction of the current path began in 2011, and was opened to the public in 2015. When you walk the new wooden path, be sure to look just below for the remnants of the old concrete walkway, to get a sense of just how terrifying it would’ve been.

How to get to the Caminito del Rey

If you don’t have a car, the easiest way to access the Caminito del Rey is by train from Malaga to the station in Alora.

If you do have a car, the journey from Malaga takes approximately an hour. You have two options when it comes to parking at the Caminito del Rey. Firstly, you can park at el Chorro, the village at the end of the route. From here, there is a bus service that runs back to Ardales, from which it is a 20 minute walk to the beginning of the route. Alternatively, you can park in Ardales and take the same 20 minute walk to the ticket booth, and then take the bus back from el Chorro after completing the hike. Both options take the same amount of time, so it is up to you to decide how you’d rather do it.

How to book tickets

Tickets must be booked in advance on the website. They are available through this link. At the height of the summer season tickets must be booked several weeks in advance, so be sure to plan your trip early. Tickets cost 10 euros per person. You should aim to arrive at the ticket booth, which is the start of the walk, no later than 20 minutes before your allotted time.

Once you’ve finished hiking the Caminito del Rey, be sure to hang around for a delicious meal and a cold drink in the local restaurants in Ardales, or go for a dip in the crystal blue reservoirs.

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