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And The BEST Time to Visit
** Caminito del Rey Hours and the BEST time to Visit!
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When to Visit the Caminito de ReyThe Caminito del Rey is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Andalucia, attracting visitors from all over the world who come to experience the breathtaking scenery and uniqueness of the trail.
One of the most interesting things about the Caminito del Rey is that every season of the year adds something different to the experience. In the spring, the trail is surrounded by blooming flowers and lush vegetation, while in the summer the sun shines bright and the river sparkles.
In the fall, the leaves of the trees change color and create a stunning contrast with the blue sky and river below, while in the winter the surrounding snow-capped mountains offer a unique backdrop to the trail.
The time of day you visit the Caminito del Rey can also greatly impact your experience. Early morning and late afternoon are the best times to visit as the light is softer and the colors more vibrant. Visiting during weekdays rather than weekends can also ensure a more peaceful and enjoyable experience.
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Caminito de Rey ➜ HoursThe Caminito del Rey is open from Tuesday through Sunday for most of the year and has different hours depending on the season. The park is NOT open on Mondays.
There are also a few days during the year when they Caminito del Rey is closed: December 24th, 25th, 31st and January 1st
|Low Season Hours:
(November to March)
|9:00 am until 3:30 pm
|High Season Hours:
(April to October)
|9:00 am until 4:30 pm
- Tickets are available online for Tuesday to Sunday ONLY.
- There is a limited capacity of 10 tickets per person.
- Guided tours are also available at a slightly higher price.
- Tickets can ONLY be purchased online during the summer months due to availability.
- Entrance is for a specified time. If you are late, you will not be admitted.
- You must arrive AT LEAST 30-minutes prior to your ticket time.
When buying tickets, make sure to choose the correct date and time slot, as entry to the trail is strictly controlled to ensure safety and limit the number of visitors on the trail at one time.
⭐ Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable, this means that you cannot make changes to your ticket after you have purchased it, and you cannot get a refund if you can't to go.
** Exit Boardwalk
Caminito del Rey Hours ➜ When to Buy Tickets?It's recommended that you buy tickets to the Caminito del Rey well in advance, especially during peak season (typically from April to October). The trail offers a limited number of tickets per day, and tickets often sell out quickly... especially during weekends and holidays.
If you are thinking about doing the hike, buy your ticket TODAY! Do Not Wait!
This is not meant to be alarming, but many people buy their tickets 3 months in advance or more...
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If you're looking for tickets ➜ Try this list of the best guided tours of the Caminito del Rey.
Caminito del Rey Hours ➜ When to Arrive?Ok, once you have your tickets, and to fully enjoy your hike, we recommend arriving to the Caminito del Rey at least 30 minutes to 1 hour before your scheduled ticket time (each ticket has a specified entrance time).
⭐ This means 30-minutes early to the MAIN ENTRANCE. The main entrance is a 25-30 minute walk from the parking area.
This will give you enough time to present your tickets (paper or mobile), go through the entrance procedures (receiving your helmet and listening to a 10-minute safety instruction) and start your hike.
Arriving early also helps to avoid the crowds and to ensure that you have plenty of time to complete the hike at a leisurely pace.
Remember: tickets to the Caminito del Rey must be purchased in advance, either online or with a designated ticket vendor. It is NOT possible to purchase tickets at the entrance to the trail (however, this might be possible in the very low seasons). Again, purchase your tickets well in advance to avoid disappointment.
** Views of the River from Above
Caminito del Rey Hours ➜ Best Time of Day?The best time of day to hike the Caminito del Rey is early in the morning... especially during the summer months.
Starting the hike early allows you to avoid the heat of the day, which can be rather intense at times due to the fact that there are many exposed areas along the trail, and will also give you the chance to enjoy the hike at your own pace without the distraction of large crowds.
If you are hiking during the winter (low season), starting a bit later in the morning can be more comfortable, as the temperatures are generally cooler early in the morning. However, start early enough to allow yourself plenty of time to complete the hike before the trail closes for the day.
In either case, the morning slots do sell out first... so the earlier you book the more options you will have available to you.
Caminito del Rey Hours ➜ How Long is the Hike?The Caminito del Rey hike is approximately 7.7 kilometers (4.8 miles) long, and it typically takes around 3-4 hours to complete. The duration of the hike varies depending on your fitness level, the number of stops you make along the way, and the overall pace of your group.
Experienced hikers will often finish the trail in just under 2 hours where others take as long as 3.5 hours to complete. We usually stop for a picnic and walk at a leisurely pace (with two kids) and it takes us around 3 hours.
Here is a Basic Timeline for the Entire Hike...
➜ Time From the Parking Areas to the Access TunnelsThere are several parking areas along the road near the northern access point. The distance varies but it's normally about 1 kilometer to the first tunnel, or about 10-15 minutes walking (depending on the crowds and how far down the road you have parked).
Note: The Caminito del Rey hike is a one-way trail, so you'll need to arrange for transportation back to your starting point. There are shuttle buses available at the end of the trail to take you back to the parking areas (2.50 euros), or you can arrange for a taxi.
** Views of the Forested Gorge
➜ Time From the Tunnels to the Main EntranceThis gets a bit tricky because there are TWO tunnels you can take, the "Kisoko Tunnel" and the "Conde de Guadalhorce Dam Tunnel". These tunnels are only a few meters apart, but depending on which one you take you could double your walking time to the main entrance.
- The Kiosko Tunnel: This tunnel is located beside the Kiosko Restaurant and is NOT the official tunnel to the Caminito del Rey. It's a 2.7 km walk to the main entrance from here (about 45-minutes).
- The Conde de Guadalhorce Dam Tunnel: This tunnel can be found just up the road going north from the Kiosko Tunnel. It's longer, narrower, and
has a new illuminated boardwalk.
You will see a signpost in front of the tunnel indicating the start of the "Caminito del Rey". This IS the official tunnel, and from here you will reach the main entrance in 1.5 km (25-minutes).
Time to Check In...The check-in process at the main gate of the Caminito del Rey involves presenting your ticket, receiving a safety briefing, and collecting your helmet. It usually takes between 30-minutes to 1-hour... depending on the size of the crowd and time of day.
During peak tourist season, the check-in process may take longer due to a higher number of visitors, this is why it's always a good idea to arrive as early as possible and avoid the long lines.
⭐ The Caminito del Rey hike is divided into three sections, and the walking times for each section can vary depending on your pace, the number of people on the trail, and the time of year. Here are our estimated walking times for each section of the hike:
➜ Time From the Main Entrance to First BoardwalkThe first boardwalk is located near the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes gorge, which is about 1.5 - 2 kilometers (20-minutes) from the main entrance. The path leading to the boardwalks is relatively flat and easy to walk, but it does involve some downhill sections and stairs. Along the way, you'll pass through beautiful scenery, including the lush vegetation of the gorge and the stunning turquoise waters of the river below.
➜ Time From First Boardwalk to Forested AreaThis section of the hike is the most challenging (as well as the most stunningly beautiful) and involves walking along the famous boardwalks attached to the rock face... while being suspended high above the gorge. It goes for about 2.1 kilometers (35-40 minutes). This part includes steep descents, as well as narrow and exposed sections that require attention and care.
➜ Time From Forested Area to the Gorge and BridgeThe third and last section of the hike starts at the end of the boardwalks and goes to the exit point. It's approximately 2.2 kilometers (1 - 1.5 hours) long and takes you across mostly flat terrain through the pine forest and offers stunning views of the surrounding gorge.
During the final 25-minutes of this section you pass over the second boardwalk and the swinging bridge.
➜ Time From the Exit to the Shuttle BusNot so fast, you're not done yet! From the exit of the Caminito del Rey you still must walk another 15-20 minutes to reach the shuttle bus. There will be signs along the trail directing hikers towards the bus stop. Be sure to check the bus schedule before you go, but generally the bus leaves every half-hour during the high season.
➜ When is the BEST Time of Year to Hike the Caminito del Rey?Really, any time is a good time to hike the Caminito del Rey, it's an amazing experience and in general the weather in Andalucia is pretty good all year round. But of course, each season offers something different so keep these factors in mind while planning your trip...
** Caminito del Rey Best Time to Visit ➜ Summer
- Weather: The weather at the Caminito del Rey is typically warm and dry, with temperatures ranging from around 20°C to 30°C during the summer months (June to September). However, temperatures can be cooler in the spring and fall, with occasional rain. If you book during the rainy season, you do run the risk of the park closing.
- Crowds: during peak season, the Caminito del Rey is VERY crowded, typically from April to October. If you prefer to avoid the crowds, you may want to consider visiting during the low season (November to March) or on weekdays instead of weekends.
- Scenery: The scenery along the Caminito del Rey is stunning in the springtime, when wildflowers are in bloom... or in the autumn, when the leaves change colors. If you are interested in seeing the landscape at its most vibrant, visit during these seasons.
- Activities: If you want to combine your visit to the Caminito del Rey with other activities such as swimming, sunbathing, or exploring the nearby towns, you may want to visit during the summer, when the weather is warmer and more conducive to outdoor activities.
The Caminito del Rey ➜ During the SummerDuring the summer is a popular and exciting time to visit the Caminito del Rey but be prepared for hot weather and large crowds.
From June to September, days are typically warm and sunny, with temperatures ranging from around 20°C to 35°C. Rainy days are almost non-existent. Plan to wear lightweight, breathable clothing and bring lots of sunscreen and water... as there is little shade along the trail.
During this, time you will need to arrive earlier than usual because the lines will be long and there will be some waiting.
This is a good time to visit if you want to enjoy the beautiful turquoise lakes of the Ardales National Park when you are done with your hike. If you finish early enough, you can spend the rest of your day swimming, kayaking, and picnicking in the park.
The Caminito del Rey ➜ in the Autumn MonthsFrom September to November, hiking the Caminito del Rey is a great way to experience the changing colors of the season and enjoy Andalucia's cooler temperatures. Temperatures range from around 10°C to 25°C in the autumn season and it's typically drier than in the springtime.
The autumn season also brings a different perspective to the landscape, with the trees changing colors and the leaves falling. The river below the trail is now lower and calmer, providing a stillness to the scenery. Keep an eye out for birds migrating south, as well as deer and the Iberian Ibex sharing the trail.
Believe or not, the Caminito del Rey can still be busy during this time. Book tickets in advance.
** Caminito del Rey Best Time to Visit ➜ Winter
The Caminito del Rey ➜ During the WinterThe Caminito del Rey in the winter can be a unique and challenging experience, with colder temperatures and the potential for wet weather. From December to February temperatures range from around 5°C to 15°C (cold and wet). There may also be occasional snow or frost.
The winter season is a quieter time along the trail, as many animals are hibernating or have migrated south. It brings a stark beauty to the landscape, with snow and frost adding a layer of white to the mountains and trees. The trail can be wet and slippery in some areas, so it's important to wear appropriate footwear that provides good grip and support during the winter.
The Caminito is much less crowded in the winter compared to the summer months. You may even get away with showing up and buying a ticket at the main gate, but it's always a risk. If you want to try this, arrive by at least 9:30 am.
The Caminito del Rey ➜ During the SpringtimeWalking the Caminito del Rey in the springtime, from March to May, is a beautiful experience, with pleasant weather and stunning scenery. Temperatures range from around 15°C to 25°C and rain is possible.
The springtime is also when the wildflowers and trees start to bloom, adding beautiful colors to the already spectacular gorge. The river below the trail is likely to be flowing with fresh, clear water and it's also a great time to spot some wildlife along the trail, like birds of prey, reptiles, or small mammals. Keep your eyes peeled for colorful butterflies, and lizards basking in the sun.
During this time, the Caminito del Rey is typically less crowded compared to the peak summer months, making it a quieter more tranquil experience. However, weekends and holidays can still be busy. So, it's still important to book your tickets in advance.
What Happens during the Rainy SeasonThe rainy season on the Caminito del Rey usually occurs in the spring and early winter months. While rain can add a beautiful misty quality to the scenery, it can also obscure some of the views and make the trail more challenging and potentially more dangerous. If the trail is open after a rainfall, take extra care when walking along the boardwalks.
Another concern during the rainy season is that the park will close. The Caminito del Rey will close for rain or high wind due to safety concerns. If this happens, you will be able to rebook your hike for a different day.
Caminito del Rey ➜ Cancellations for rainCancellations due to weather are common on the Caminito del Rey, especially during the rainy season when the weather is unpredictable.
If the trail is closed due to weather (strong winds or rain), visitors with pre-booked tickets will be contacted by email or phone to inform them of the cancellation, and to reschedule their visit for a later date.
If you have not yet purchased a ticket, make sure to check the official website for updates on trail conditions before booking.
** Caminito del Rey Bridge
Caminito del Rey Hours ➜ The Shuttle BusThe Caminito del Rey hours for the shuttle bus vary depending on the time of year, but they run at regular intervals throughout the day. The trip will take 15-20 minutes back to the El Kiosko Restaurant.
The price is 2.50 euros per person.
- During peak season (typically from April to October), the shuttle bus runs every 30-minutes, the hours are from 7:30 am until the last bus at 7:00 pm.
- During the low season (from November to March), the shuttle bus runs less frequently, about every hour or so. The last bus typically leaves at 4:00 pm.
Caminito del Rey ➜ How Long is the Bus Ride?Like we said above, after your hike the shuttle bus will take you back to the starting point, and the journey takes around 20-25 minutes.
As an alternative, some hikers choose to walk back to the starting point instead of taking the shuttle bus. The walk back takes approximately 1.5 - 2 hours and follows a scenic route through the countryside. This option does require good physical fitness and proper planning (like carrying enough food and water), because it will increase your total hiking time to 4.5 - 5 hours.
Caminito del Rey Hours ➜ Local RestaurantsThere are several restaurants and bars located near the Caminito del Rey trail, and their opening hours vary depending on the season and day of the week.
- Peak season (typically from April to October), many of the restaurants and bars are open all day, from early morning until late at night. Some of them may even offer extended hours during weekends and holidays to accommodate the high number of visitors to the area.
- Low season (from November to March), during this time the restaurants and bars have reduced opening hours or may even close for certain days of the week. It's important to check in advance and plan accordingly.
Caminito del Rey ➜ How to ArriveHere's how to arrive to the Caminito del Rey from Malaga, Granada, and Seville:
|Malaga: (54 min (59,6 km))
|By car: Take the A-357 towards Ardales, then follow the signs to the Caminito del Rey.
By public transportation: Take the train from Malaga to the El Chorro station, then take a shuttle bus or taxi to the Caminito del Rey.
|Granada: (1 h 35 min (138 km))
|By car: Take the A-92 towards A-384, take exit 92 to A-384 towards Ardales and
follow the signs to the Caminito del Rey.
By public transportation: Take the train or bus from Granada to Malaga, then follow the directions above.
|Seville: (1 h 49 min (150 km))
|By car: Take the A-92 towards the A-451, take exit 82 to meet the A-451 towards
Ardales and follow the signs to the Caminito del Rey.
By public transportation: Take the train or bus from Seville to Malaga, then follow the directions above.
Caminito del Rey Hours ➜ Guided ToursThe total duration of a guided tour from another city will vary depending on the itinerary. But generally, a guided tour from Malaga takes around 6-8 hours, including transportation (to and from the Caminito del Rey), the hike, sightseeing, and breaks for lunch.
Caminito del Rey ➜ Itinerary for Guided ToursHere's an example itinerary for a one-day guided tour leaving from Malaga (or Seville and Granada) to the Caminito del Rey:
- 8:00am - Meet your guide at a designated meeting point in Malaga and depart for the Caminito del Rey
- 9:00am - Arrive at the Caminito del Rey and start the guided tour
- 12:00pm - Break for a picnic lunch (included in the tour) at a scenic spot along the trail
- 1:00pm - Continue the guided tour, exploring the most scenic and interesting parts of the trail
- 4:00pm - Finish the guided tour and return to Malaga
- 5:00pm - Arrive back in Malaga and end of the tour
⭐ All guided tours are different so this is just a suggested itinerary. Some tours stop for a breakfast before the hike and some tours meet at the entrance to the Caminito del Rey so transportation isn't included. Check our list of the BEST guided tours of the Caminito del Rey to find the itinerary that most suits your needs.
Caminito del Rey Prices ➜ Where to Buy TicketsThere are a few places online to buy tickets.
- You can buy tickets directly from the "Official Caminito del Rey" website here: https://www.caminitodelrey.info/
Remember: NO CHANGES OR REFUNDS ARE ALLOWED! The official Caminito del Rey website does not accept exchanges or refunds on tickets sold on its online platform EXCEPT for cancellations due to weather.
- You can also buy tickets from our list of the
'Best Guided Tours to the Caminito del Rey'
most of which offer FREE cancellation if needed.
- These platforms also have guided tours available: (when tickets are sold out guided tours are the only available option)
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