Caminito del Rey

A Journey along the King's Path

The Caminito del Rey or King's Path is one of Spain's most spectacular destinations and a tourist attraction that has left thousands of visitors breathless. This trail is located in the province of Málaga, offering a unique experience for nature and adventure enthusiasts.

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Caminito del Rey.

7.7 km

Over 7.7 km of
natural trails

100 m

meters in height
within the canyons


Rehabilitation and reopening
of the iconic King's Path

3 h

Time to complete
the Caminito del Rey

Caminito del Rey, a trail that holds history and nature.

The Origin of the Caminito del Rey

The Caminito del Rey gets its name from King Alfonso XIII of Spain, who inaugurated it in 1921. Originally, this elevated pathway made of wood and iron was built to provide access for workers to the El Chorro hydroelectric power plant and the Gaitanes Gorge, where the Guadalhorce-Guadalteba reservoirs are located. For decades, the Caminito del Rey served as a vital infrastructure for the maintenance and inspection of the reservoirs and water channels.

Abandonment and Danger

Over time, the Caminito del Rey fell into a state of disrepair and abandonment. The wooden walkways crumbled and lay in ruins, making it a dangerous and off-limits place for the general public. Despite this, some intrepid adventurers defied the warnings and risked their lives to traverse this decaying and perilous trail.

Restoration and Transformation into a Tourist Attraction

In 2015, after years of restoration efforts, the Caminito del Rey reopened to the public in a completely renovated and safe version. The old wooden walkways were replaced with new metal walkways, a safety system was installed, and the trail was conditioned to ensure the protection of visitors. Since then, it has become a world-renowned tourist attraction, drawing hikers and adventure enthusiasts from all over the globe.

Recognition and Awards

The Caminito del Rey has received numerous recognitions and awards for its outstanding restoration and its contribution to tourism in the region. It has been praised for its architectural design and its breathtaking location in the heart of the El Chorro Gorges.

What to do in the Caminito del Rey?

Guadalhorce Reservoir

An ideal spot for water sports enthusiasts and fishing. Enjoy activities such as kayaking or relax on the shore while taking in the panoramic views.

Guadalhorce Reservoir.

The King's Seat

A resting point along the trail with seats carved into the rock, where visitors can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views.

The King's Seat.

Tafonis Tunnel

A fascinating natural tunnel formed by erosion, with distinctive rock formations inside that add a unique touch to the journey.

Tafonis Tunnel.

Gaitanejo Dam

A dam that creates a small reservoir, surrounded by mountains and cliffs, providing a beautiful contrast with its natural surroundings.

Gaitanejo Dam.

Chocolate Staircase

A metal structure that rises above the gorge, offering an exhilarating experience and spectacular views of the landscape.

Chocolate Staircase.

King's Bridge at Tajo de las Palomas

A suspension bridge spanning a gorge, giving visitors a unique perspective of the natural beauty surrounding the Caminito del Rey.

King's Bridge at Tajo de las Palomas.

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Explore Caminito del Rey

Distance from Málaga
1h 10min

Altitude above sea level
400 meters

Annual Visitors

7,7 km²

Nearby City

Duration of the Route
3 hours

Álora Town Hall
Plaza Fuente de Arriba, 15, Álora, 29500
(+34) 951 06 21 36

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FAQs about Caminito del Rey

Q. How long does it take to complete the Caminito del Rey?

A. The time required to complete the Caminito del Rey varies depending on each visitor's pace, but on average, the walk usually takes around 2 to 3 hours.

Q. How much does it cost to enter the Caminito del Rey?

A. The price of admission to the Caminito del Rey is €10 for general admission.

Q. What is the difficulty level of the Caminito del Rey?

A. The Caminito del Rey is a trail with a moderate difficulty level. It is not recommended for people with mobility issues or a fear of heights, as it includes narrow sections and elevated walkways.

Q. When is the best time to do the Caminito del Rey?

A. The best time to do the Caminito del Rey is during spring and autumn, when the weather is milder and more pleasant. Avoid the summer months, as high temperatures can make the hike more uncomfortable. Furthermore, it's important to check ticket availability and make reservations in advance, especially during peak season.