Caminito del Rey Path: Full-Day Tour
- Duration: 8 hours
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Caminito del Rey is a must-see! My boyfriend and I really enjoyed our trip there. We went at the end of Feb-beginning of march and it was a bit chilly in the morning so I advise you to bring a jacket/sweatshirt. It can get quite windy. Once the sun came out though, it was a beautiful hike. The paths are very new, sturdy and secure and are easy to navigate. At the end there are a few sets of stairs but most of the hike is flat. I highly recommend you to visit! Our tour guide gave us the history of the caminito on the bus ride there so that when we got there, we could walk it at our own pace, which I loved! My only problem was the three hour bus ride home, instead of one hour. We were the last stop home, which is fair since we were the last to get picked up in the morning, however, every other city (Marbella, Torremolinos, and Fuengirola) had multiple stops whereas our Malaga center had only one. There should have been only one stop in each city to make it a shorter bus ride.
Caminto Del Rel is an exceptional place to visit. I visited with my elderly in laws and young kids. The view of the gorge was outstanding. I had never done anyting like this before. It is a 3 hour hike which ends in a long walk to the exit where our bus was waiting. I felt that last kilometer was more gruelling for seniors than the King's path itself. I would recommend to carry water and some snacks and wear comfortable walking shoes. Once you are on the path there is not return, as the starting point and the finishing point are in opposite directions. There are rest rooms at the start. My children had fun and my in-laws despite their advanced age finished the path and were delighted with the expedition. The sights are invigorating and absolutely beautiful. It was definitely different from visiting monuments that Spain is usually famous for. It is a hidden gem of a place.
The trip was a great way to see this amazing spot. Pick up was easy. Susanna was a lovely guide. Explaining the history on the bus was a good use of time. Because she was explaining in three languages it was difficult to get all the history in. Along the trail we heard other tours talking about the Nazi connection and the railroad link. If there’s not time to do this on the bus maybe while we are waiting at the restaurant. Going to the restaurant after the Caminito Del Ray was not a highlight for us as the trip home took so long, almost 3 hours because we had to drop everyone off along the way. I think going straight home would have been better.
I love trips to the nature, but this was something more. The views thruog the path ar astonishing. The remains of the old path are telling the story of danger and strong will to build something. You can feal this danger on every step of your walk. I loved it an wish to return once more with the option to visit the lake.
It is the second time I take this tour, and by chance with the same guide. You do not get too much information about the Caminito or the places along the route. The restaurant where they stop for lunch offers a fair selection of food, I do recommend the typical meat dish.