If you want to visit the Caminito del Rey we make it very easy, do not forget that our Mesón Posada del Conde Hotel is located a few meters from the North access, so it will be very easy and comfortable to arrive, in addition, if you stay in our hotel we do arrangements to book your ticket (depending on availability) 10 euros per person.
THE NORTH ENTRANCE NEXT TO OUR HOTEL
El Caminito del Rey is visited by entering the North area on the road between the towns of Ardales and Campillos, right at the dam in the Conde de Guadalhorce reservoir, with access located a few meters from our hotel. If you stay with us you can leave your car inside in our secure parking. In the crown of the dam of the Conde de Guadalhorce reservoir there is an access (North entrance) by stairs that leads to a forest path, in good condition, and easy to follow that runs parallel to the Guadalhorce river in its section before el Desfiladero de los Gaitanes.
UN SENDERO FÁCIL Y SUAVE JUNTO AL RÍO GUADALHORCE
El sendero forestal de acceso no presenta ningún problema y se desarrolla con una pendiente muy suave.
Al finalizar este sendero llegamos a la presa y a la central eléctrica, punto en el que entramos en la primera parte del Caminito del Rey, es decir, accedemos a la pasarela que pegada a la montaña atraviesa el desfiladero de Los Gaitanes.
El tramo del río Guadalhorce que trascurre paralelo al sendero nos proporciona unas estupendas vistas, sin duda un sitio ideal para empezar nuestra sesión fotográfica.
THE POWER STATION IS THE ACCESS POINT TO EL CAMINITO DEL REY
Next to the power station is a dam. Here is the real gateway to the Los Gaitanes Gorge, and the Caminito del Rey. From this moment we have to follow all the safety rules, such as the use of the safety helmet, and enjoy the spectacular landscape, which we assure you is worthwhile and will not leave you indifferent
THE SECOND TRACK OF THE CAMINITO
This second track of the Caminito del Rey continues partly by the old cement path and by the new part, made of wood, with some stairs, areas with water channels and even a cave that we can optionally go across. The passage through the cave is optional, since we can continue through the outer passage, but it is very spectacular A bridge suspended between the two walls of the Desfiladero de Los Gaitanes practically puts the end to the route.
FINISHING THE TRACK OF THE CAMINITO
The afternoon falls in El Chorro swamp. On the right is the Desfiladero Los Gaitanes , the end point of our route, on the left the road that joins the towns of Ardales and Campillos, and, of course, the Hotel Mesón La Posada del Conde. From this point we can hire a shuttle (25min drive) that returns to the starting point.
Travelers from around the world do not want to miss the opportunity to live the experience of visiting El Caminito del Rey a spectacular walkway suspended between the walls of Desfiladero de Los Gaitanes .
On the right side of the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes there is a vertical wall about 250 meters high above the riverbed. The difference in height of this point compared to El Chorro is more than one hundred meters. At the beginning of the 20th century, the idea was taking advantage of the unevenness between the entrance and exit of the canyons.
In 1901, the channel works began, along with the necessary service gateway for gate and surveillance operators. The works were completed in 1905 and the hydroelectric company of El Chorro began the production of electrical energy in its first plant. The result of this work was a spectacular walkway, built by sailors from the sailing ships of the time, who were used to climbing ropes and working on the cliff. This walkway, which was 100 meters high above the impressive coomb, was initially called "Los Balconcillos", until it became El Caminito del Rey when Alfonso XIII toured the walkway on his return from a day out in El Chorro swamp
At first, metal palometas that held a brick and cement vault were used for its construction. A series of iron braces and a railing gave him a minimum of protection. After a long time this work was in disuse and totally abandoned, until the Diputación de Málaga, in collaboration with other institutions, completed the rehabilitation as a brand new walkway.