Working in a Spanish secondary school definitely has its perks. Last week, I went with my 3 ESO students on their field trip to the Caminito del Rey.
What is it?
“Caminito del Rey” translates to “The King’s little path.” This route was about a 2 hour walk on elevated platforms through the Gaitanes Canon which was excavated by the Guadalhorce River. The Caminito was declared a natural area in 1989 and is very well protected.
Who should go?
The Caminito del Rey is a perfect activity for anyone who enjoys taking in nature’s beauty but doesn’t care for strenuous hiking. I do NOT recommend this walk for anyone with a fear of heights. I would also advise caution to elderly or uncoordinated individuals as the stairs on the trail are oddly spaced and a bit difficult to manage.
Where do I buy tickets?
You must purchase your tickets on the official website. I recommend buying your tickets well in advance as there is often a wait-list.
I was fortunate enough to go for free with my school 😉
What should I bring?
My school went on the Caminito during a hot day in May. I would recommend bringing sunscreen, water, and maybe a snack to eat halfway through the trek. (There are no trash cans on the trails, so bring something that doesn’t create waste or something you don’t mind carrying.) There are stands with food, ice cream, and souvenirs at the end of the caminito. If you wear a hat, just know that you will end up carrying it because you must wear a helmet (provided) for the duration of the caminito.
Now enough with the logistics, here are some pictures to show you what you have to look forward to if you do the Caminito del Rey.
Un abrazo fuerte,