The Caminito was originally built between 1901 and 1905 and was used to transport material and people between two power stations that were built either side of the El Chorro gorge. It wasn’t until the early 1920s that it was officially opened by King Alfonso XIII who walked its whole length and gave it its name. Due to the erosion and ware of the original path, it became one of the worlds scariest climbs. Before restoration began in 2013, many adrenaline junkies lost their lives scaling the walls!
Tickets need to be purchased online at the official Caminito Del Rey website. If you are like us and function a little last minute, you can still get tickets at the gate. After discovering it was “sold out” online, we read on a few blogs that we could get there as soon as it opened to secure ourselves a walk! So we got up early and drove about an hour from Malaga. Parking is super easy and only costs a few euros. Pack some cash as the little kiosk does not accept cards!
One of our favorite things we have done in Spain so far and it is ALWAYS nice to get out in nature! Here are our tips for a killer day trip:
- Wear tennis shoes. You will not be allowed on the walk with sandals
- Bring your camera! The view is incredible!
- Pack a small bag with water/snacks
- Arrive early to avoid large tour groups on the trail
- Bring Cash (cards not accepted)