Caminito del Rey: The World-Famous Most Dangerous Path

We finally made it! We'd wanted to visit the world famous Caminito del Rey paths (or the King’s little pathway) for many years but, unfortunately, the walkway had fallen into disrepair and was partially closed for over a decade.

Ready to explore Caminito del Rey

After four years of extensive repairs and renovations, the walkway re-opened in 2015. It was known in the past as the "world's most dangerous walkway" following five deaths in 1999 and 2000.

Incredible view on Caminito del Rey

Once it reopened we started looking for tickets, which turned out to be quite difficult. The website offers only a limited number of tickets each day and they sell out in around 10-15 minutes. But, if you are lucky enough, you can manage to get some. The tickets themselves are free. In the end, it took us about a month of constant monitoring of their website before we could get tickets.

Tourist in Caminito del Ray

Another option is to book an expensive hotel in a nearby city and ask the reservation team to get some tickets for you. Caminito del Rey gives additional tickets to the hotels but this option requires a lot of communication.

River in Caminito del Rey

Breathtaking view of Caminito del Rey

We flew to Malaga - the nearest airport - and drove to Ardales. The fun started before we’d even reached the paths themselves. Since the city is very small, all the hotels were full so we had to spend the night in the car under the stars. It wasn't the most comfortable night if I’m honest, but it was definitely one to remember.

Caminito del Rey trails

The next morning we headed straight for the trails. There is a specific time on your ticket so you shouldn’t be late.

Beautiful woman in Caminito del Rey

Hiking path in Malaga

The total length of the route is 7.7km, divided into 4.8km-long access ways and 2.9km-long boardwalks. On average, it takes 3 - 5 hours to complete it. For us, it would have taken about 2 hours, but we stopped so much to film and take photos that it took double that.

Caminito del Rey path

Enjoying Caminito del Rey

The path is only one-way so if you leave your car at the entrance, the bus at the end will take you back.

Beautiful woman exploring Caminito del Rey

Absolutely no special equipment is required, only the helmets which are provided for free. You also don’t need to be an athlete; the route is really simple and is suitable for everyone - kids, youths, adults and elderly people. The only thing is that you should be comfortable with heights as some parts are really tricky. At one point you are walking on a large path with no hint of danger, and then suddenly, you find yourself on a narrow bridge that is swaying in the wind, with a transparent floor and hundreds of metres under your feet.

Amazing view of Caminito del Rey

Beautiful rocks of Caminito del Rey

But the views are simply amazing.

Breathtaking views from Caminito del Rey bridge

In general, I would say that the trip is well worth it. I’ve been in many places, all over the world. I've visited Hawaii, explored the Grand Canyon in the USA and had an expedition across Iceland, and I was still really impressed and excited.

Exploring Caminito del Rey

If you have the chance, definitely plan a visit to this stunning location. We combined our trip with visits to Marbella, Seville and Gibraltar and, overall, had an amazing four days travelling around the Costa Del Sol.

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I’ve been travelling ever since a was a child but my first large trip was at the age of 13 when I was sent to live for a couple months to London. This trip has changed me and ever since I just want to see more and more of our beautiful world. Every trip gives me new emotions, charge and strength to keep going further.

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