OK, so it has been a few years since we walked the beautiful Caminito Del Rey with another couple, good friends of ours, but I recently discovered my photos from that day and decided to write a post about it!
When we walked the Caminito Del Rey in 2015 it was newly reopened after some serious money was invested into rebuilding the walkways, safety railings, replacing signage and I’m sure much much more!
We flew to Malaga, Spain and spent a few great nights there. We then travelled via train from Malaga to Ronda. We chose Ronda as we were returning there after completing the Caminito Del Rey, so it made sense to rent a car from there and drive to the Camininto.
We arrived at our accommodation which was close to the starting point of the walk. We booked the Hotel La Posada Del Conde well in advance and they secured our tickets to walk the Caminito for us when we provided them with the date and time. We collected our tickets upon check-in. The Hotel itself was really lovely, very clean and the owner was extremely friendly. We ate dinner there that night and ended up sitting outside in shorts and t-shirts (it was August so very hot) drinking beautiful red wine, star gazing and probably keeping the other guests awake with our chatting.
On they day of the Caminito walk, we had breakfast together in the hotel at 8am. Then we packed up, readied our day packs, checked out and drove to the starting point, which for us was via the pedestrian tunnel and Gaitanejo Way.
There were other people already waiting at the starting point and more followed. We were all provided with hair nets and hard hats. We were also given instructions and a safety talk by a staff member. Our tickets and ID’s were also checked. It was relatively straight forward and it wasn’t long before we were making our way along the path.
It was a very hot day and so we were glad of the water we had brought with us as well as our fruit and nuts for snacking on. We lashed on the sunscreen too. While there were others on the walk it never felt crowded. The only time you were really aware of others is on the narrow board walk sections where you can only move as fast as those in front of you.
You can see the old path at times, often below where you are now walking.
The walk is so beautiful, with amazing scenery and views. I think it is quite a unique experience. At one point, there is a train line across the valley from you and you may see and/or hear the train passing!
I think this walk is easy, for the most part it is flat or downhill with just one climb at the end. You would want to be stable on your feet for the elevated boardwalks which hang off the side of the cliff and also of course not be afraid of heights!
So, having started at approximately 9.30am, we were finished and waiting for the bus back to where we parked our rental at 11.45am. The bus came at 12.10 and it quickly filled up as did a second bus and there were still people waiting when we headed off onboard!
Overall a great experience and writing about it now, I would love to go back and do it again; a great day with great friends!