Best time to visit Spain

El Caminito Del Rey (King's Path) in Spain

Ready to experience one of the biggest attractions outside of Malaga?

Best time: all year round

El Caminito Del Rey (King's Path)
El Caminito Del Rey (King's Path)
El Caminito Del Rey (King's Path)
El Caminito Del Rey (King's Path)

El Caminito del Rey (literally King's Little Path) is a passage, pinned along the bluff walls of a narrow El Chorro gorge in Málaga with a name abbreviated to 'El Caminito'. In the past, it used to be known as the "world's most dangerous walkway" as it caused five deaths.

The walkway had fallen into dilapidation and was partly closed for a decade. Four years of renovations gave life to the walkway, which reopened in 2015.

Caminito del Rey was built to deliver workers to the hydroelectric power plants at Gaitanejo and Chorro Falls, to provide for transport of materials, and to help release maintenance and inspection of the channel.

Some of the scenes of 'Von Ryan's Express' were shot at the confluence of the railway and the gateway. Spanish thriller 'The End' was also filmed on the Caminito.

The El Caminito hike is eye-catching from the start in Count of Guadalhorce Reservoir to its end at El Chorro Dam. It is located in one-of-a-kind natural surroundings, the path stretches between canyons, two gorges and a large valley.

The hike is doable year round. The path is closed on Mondays, at Christmas (December 24, 25) and New Year (December 31, January 1). The opening hours differ depending on the season: in the winter season (November–March) 10 am to 2 pm; in summer season (April–October) the walkway is open from 10 am to 5 pm. One can enter every 15 to 30 minutes.

Practical info

What sets El Caminito del Rey apart from other hiking trails in Spain?

El Caminito del Rey stands out as a result of its historical, geographical and scenic attributes, as well as the fact that it is located within the tight confines of the El Chorro gorge. It was initially built to enable workers to access hydroelectric facilities, but was closed for a decade prior to extensive renovations that reopened it to the public in 2015. The canyons, two gorges and the expansive valley afford hikers breathtaking views that are unique to this trail. Show more

What is the ideal season for hiking El Caminito del Rey?

While the El Caminito hike is accessible throughout the year, the best period for hiking is between October and April because of the mild weather. During the peak summer season, temperatures soar above 40°C, making it a challenging and sometimes unbearable experience. As such, it is best to avoid these months unless one is well acclimatized to such extreme heat. Show more

Is hiking El Caminito del Rey physically demanding and are there any age restrictions?

Although the El Caminito del Rey hike is not exceptionally rigorous, a moderate level of physical fitness is required to complete it. The trail is approximately six kilometers in length, and generally takes hikers four to five hours to complete. Fear of heights is a disadvantage as the trail is set along the walls of the El Chorro gorge. Children who are below the age of eight are not allowed to hike the trail. Show more

What are the options of purchasing tickets and how far in advance should I book?

El Caminito del Rey tickets can be purchased at the entrance or on the official website. It is recommended to purchase tickets online, particularly during busy periods, to avoid disappointment. Tickets can be booked up to two months in advance online, while entry prices start at €10 for adults and €5 for children. Show more

Is it acceptable to carry personal refreshments while hiking or are there designated stations for buying refreshments?

There are no specific water refill stations throughout the hike, so it is advised to carry a supply of water to drink along the trail. Carrying snacks is also suggested especially for those who need them. Vending machines are located at the start and finish lines, but they have slightly higher prices than elsewhere. To avoid overspending, it is better to bring your own refreshments. Show more

Ask a question

Find hotels and airbnbs near El Caminito Del Rey (King's Path) (Map)

Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin