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El Caminito Del Rey

The Caminito del Rey is an 8 km pathway snaking through the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes Natural Park, a 700m deep gorge in Andalucia.

Once considered one of the most dangerous paths in the World, it has been carefully restored, earning the Europa Nostra Award for heritage conservation. Today, the walk is much safer but with its lofty suspended walkways, not for the faint-hearted.

On days where high winds and bad weather make the access paths and walkways too dangerous, visitors can use a tunnel running parallel to the walkways of the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes, an alternative to the aerial path stretching 300m long, of which 285m are enclosed and 15 are exterior in the Hoyo Valley.

There are many plant and animal species living in this area. If you’re lucky, you may be able to spot some of them such as the Egyptian vulture, the golden eagle the Spanish ibex and foxes.

If you plan on visiting Caminito Del Rey, you will need tickets and to plan your walk well as the path takes around 4-5 hours (make sure to bring plenty of water and snacks during your visit). There are shuttle services between the north access and the south of the route.

Visitors with tickets should arrive at the access area at least half an hour before scheduled.

Permitted items:

  • Food and drinks allowed
  • Please keep your litter with you until leaving the route, rubbish bins are only available at the entrance and at the exit..

Prohibited items/activities:

  • Smoking
  • Animals
  • Drones
  • Leaving litter inside the area

Where to stay?

The closest Parador (48 km away) is the Parador de Antequera, a modern build with a large swimming pool, perfect for cooling down and  relaxing after a long day’s walk.

The Parador de Ronda is only an hour’s drive from the pathways and overlooks its very own gorge. The Parador is located in the heart of this important Andalucian town, right on the bridge overlooking the El Tajo Gorge.

For those looking to stay closer to the coast, there are two Paradors in Malaga, the Parador de Malaga Gibralfaro which is situated on a hill overlooking Malaga’s bay, and the Parador de Malaga Golf which has its very own 18-hole golf course.