World-wide known, Marbella is a must-see for all those who visit Málaga
World-wide known, Marbella is a must-see for all those who visit Málaga. Both posh and traditional, discover how to get there and what is has to offer. What is Marbella? Marbella is a small city located at the province of Málaga, in Andalusia, South Spain. But probably you heard everybody talks about Marbella. It’s a paradise for rich people in South Spain: lots of Hollywood stars have a house at the VIP area or a boat at its harbour. Yes, Marbella is all of this, but much more, because in it’s origin is a typical Andalusian whitewashed village of narrow and labyrinthic streets and flowers on the walls. Its Old Town is one of the most beautiful and well preserved in all Málaga province, with beautiful hidden corners and decorated by the Mediterranean bougainvillea everywhere. What to see at MarbellaMarbella is not a big city, but if you want to visit its two main areas, you will need to Rent a Car, to take public transport or to walk. These areas are Marbella’s Old Town and Puerto Banús. Marbella’s Old Town is a pleasure to the visitor. It still has the structure of the ancient arab village with narrow streets and white walls, something you really love in Andalusian summer, when sun is merciless. It’s full of cozy corners to discover and it’s full of a wide variety of shops and restaurants. Shopping lovers will love to wander around to discover boutiques and artisan shops. This area of the city has not important monuments, but it’s always full of life and people. You will find the heart of Old Town is Plaza de los Naranjos (Orange Tree Square). Anyway, if you want to visit some typical and interesting places, here are some you can choose among: Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación (Marbella’s main church); Muralla del Castillo (Ancient Castle’s wall) or Museo del Grabado Español Contemporáneo (Engraving Museum). Puerto Banús is a harbour, but not the only one Marbella has. The city itself has its own harbour, called Puerto Deportivo de Marbella, next to Avenida Duque de Ahumada. Puerto Banús is a luxury harbour closer to the hamlet called San Pedro de Alcántara. Puerto Banús was built in the 1970 for Europe’s jet set, although soon became an international meeting point. When we refer Marbella can be posh, we are talking mainly about Puerto Banús: most expensive firms have a shop at Puerto Banús, and the richest people in the world will have a boat at its marina. It’s a must-see for luxury lovers, but you must keep in mind you can’t get here from Marbella walking, unless you have lots of time and you want to walk a lot: it’s about 7 km. from Marbella’s Old Town. How to get to MarbellaWell, although Marbella is really wealthy, has no airport! To get there you must arrive to Málaga International Airport and stay in a village at Costa del Sol. Why do we suggest this? Because Marbella is not well connected to other places and if you want to visit other cities as Granada and many touroperators don’t pick up at Marbella. If you want to visit other places at Andalusia, keep one day for Marbella, but don’t stay there. So, once you’re at Costa del Sol the easiest way to get to Marbella is by car or on an organized trip. Local train doesn’t get to the city and buses are a headache: bus station is far from Old Town and connections from other cities are a nightmare! Our advice? Here it goes: Getting to Marbella by car from Costa del Sol: if you decided to Rent a Car and you’re staying at Málaga, Torremolinos, Benalmádena or Fuengirola, it will take you maximum 1 hour to arrive to the city. There is a really comfy payment motorway, but toll is expensive: around 5 euros at low season and 7 euros at high season. If you don’t mind to take a little bit more to get there and you want to enjoy the seaside road, use the A-7 highway instead of AP-7 motorway. Visiting Marbella on an organized tour: for those who don’t like to drive abroad, this is your option. Touroperators offer mainly two kinds of tours to visit Marbella: Marbella & Puerto Banús: half day trip, including a guided visit to Marbella’s Old Town and free time at Puerto Banús. Available only on high season.Mijas, Marbella & Puerto Banús: we can say it’s a three quarters day trip. There is no guided visit but you will enjoy free time at these different places, including the beautiful mountain village of Mijas with its funny donkey-taxis and miniature museum. This tour is available on different days all year round. If you can’t find these tours at our website, contact us through e-mail and we will find a way to take you to Marbella! ;)
Seville, the Soul of Andalusia
On your travel to South Spain, probably you want to visit Seville, the capital of Andalusia. It’s a beautiful city full of History and things to do but, what to see exactly on a day trip? Let’s discover it. Seville, the Soul of Andalusia Cradle of Golden Age artists, Gate to the Americas or setting to famous operas, Seville is nowadays the capital of Andalusia and one of its more important and monumental cities. Located inland, is surrounded by Guadalquivir river, a navigable river from where all ships from Spanish Crown departed to the New World at late XVth century. Seville has lots of charms, and lives deeply Spanish traditions: if you cross the river to Triana Quarter, you will discover the cradle of flamenco dancing; at El Arenal Quarter, the bullfight ring is the main highlight and at multitude of Baroque churches and sanctuaries are hidden masterpieces from Spain’s Golden Age artists. Being honest, you will need a minimum of three days to enjoy Seville and even in this short period of time you will not discover all it has to offer. But we know travellers want to visit as many places as possible and maybe you gave only one day to this city. That’s okay! We will suggest you best itineraries. What to visit in Seville in one day There are three main areas you must visit at least: Plaza de España, Barrio de Santa Cruz & Catedral. Plaza de España (Spain’s Square): it’s a huge half-circle architecture which is “hugging” a square with a fountain and river Guadalquivir. It’s a beautiful example of Regionalism Architecture mixing modernized versions of Mudéjar and Renaissance art. It’s an iconic place not only at Seville, but around the world, mainly because was featured on 2002 movie Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. Barrio de Santa Cruz (Saint Cross Quarter): is the ancient Jewish Quarter, a labyrinth of narrow whitewashed streets, artisan shops and cozy cafes. Catedral (Cathedral): the highest gothic cathedral in the world, Seville’s Cathedral holds the honour of being one of Christopher Columbus’ burial places. Its bell tower, called Giralda, is the ancient Mosque’s minaret Christianized. For all these reasons Seville’s Cathedral is a must see and because Gothic art is really rare in Andalusia. But if you think you saw a lot of Gothic Art in your life and you don’t want to wait the endless queue, just cross the square to the amazing monument we suggest you: Reales Alcázares: it’s a palace, but a really special one. It’s really similar to the Alhambra, in Granada, but main difference is Alhambra is an Arab style palace built by Arabs. Reales Alcázares is an arab style palace built by Christians. This is something unique in Spain, and it’s called in History of Art world “Mudéjar Style”. Its Renaissance style gardens are wonderful, too. But if you’re not interested on art and you love movies, Reales Alcázares is also your monument to visit, because it has been a film setting for HBO’s Game of Thrones. Now it’s time to discover the city a little bit more. Seville is full of shops and lovely areas, but because we know your time is precious, we will only talk about two: Riverside and El Arenal: either if you are at Reales Alcázares or at the Cathedral, you can continue discovering Seville going to the South, looking for the river. On your way down you will pass through El Arenal Quarter, the famous neighbourhood where Bullfight Ring is located. If you love opera, you will recognize this place from Bizet’s Carmen. Near the Bullfight Ring you will find beautiful Guadalquivir Riverside where you can walk by foot and, who knows? Maybe to discover the city from on a boat trip. Don’t forget to take a picture to Torre del Oro (Golden Tower), one of Seville’s highlights. Old town and shopping area: if you decide to go to the North to do some shopping and to taste some tapas, you can spend some free time at Seville’s old town, starting at Plaza Nueva and visiting streets like Calle Campana, Calle Sierpes and Calle Tetuán for main shopping areas. If you want to enjoy a modern monument on this centenary city, we suggest you taking a look to Las Setas de Sevilla, a huge walk-in sculpture with view point included: you will find it at the shopping area. Time to visit SevilleIt’s getting tricky. The truth is you will need a lot of time if you want to visit all this places. Depends on the mean of transport you used to get to Seville you will have between 5 and 8 hours to enjoy the city. Two places will take a lot of time: Plaza de España and Cathedral. The first one because it’s far from the city centre: about 20-30 minutes walking, and the second one because queues are long and the monument itself is big. So, if you want to visit main highlights calmed and with enough time to have lunch, our advice is to choose one monument and one part of the city centre: you must choose between visiting the Cathedral or the Reales Alcázares and visiting Riverside and El Arenal or Old town and shopping area. These are possible itineraries: Plaza de España – Barrio de Santa Cruz – Catedral – Riverside and El ArenalPlaza de España – Barrio de Santa Cruz – Catedral – Old town and shopping areaPlaza de España – Barrio de Santa Cruz – Reales Alcázares – Riverside and El ArenalPlaza de España – Barrio de Santa Cruz – Reales Alcázares – Old town and shopping area Travelling to Seville Getting to Seville by plane: If you’re planning to spend several days at Andalusia and only one day at Sevilla, we suggest to not to fly directly to the city, because, although it has its own airport, is far from other places. Probably you can flight to other andalusian city with a more international airport, as Málaga. From there a local train called “Cercanías” will take you to main Málaga Train Station: “María Zambrano”. Once there, there are many options during the day to arrive to Seville. Getting to Seville by train: as we mentioned previously, you can get to Seville by train. From Málaga Main Station you’ve got two options: AVANT, which is the fastest (2 hours), and more expensive and MD (3,5 hours), lower and cheapest. Anyway, today MD line has problems and customers must do transhipment by bus. Train is comfy and there are toilets inside, but the distance to city centre is not walkable, so you will need a taxi. Getting to Seville by bus: since we offer our services from Costa del Sol, at Málaga, we can talk only about buses from this city. Taking a public bus to Seville is a good option, since will take about 2 or 3 hours to get there and Seville’s Main Bus Station is at city centre. Getting to Seville by car: if you want to Rent a Car, driving from Málaga is a good option because will take you only about 2 hours to get to Seville. If you choose visiting Plaza de España first, your parking will be Aparcamiento Sevilla Muelle de las Delicias. If you prefer to start your visit at the city centre, best option is Aparcamientos Plaza Nueva. Visiting Sevilla on an organized trip: we offer organized trips from Costa del Sol. Wednesdays are the chosen days for all companies to visit the city, but there are also other options like Thursdays or Fridays on high season. We offer two different trips: Seville bus only: pick up at your hotel, scort guide and drop off at Plaza de España. You will have 5 hours free time to visit the city before you must come back to Costa del Sol (remember our recommended itinerares!)Seville visit: pick up at your hotel, scort guide and free time at Plaza de España. After free time at this amazing place you will take the bus again to meet the local guide and start the walking visit of Santa Cruz Quarter. To finish the visit, tickets and guided visit to the Cathedral are included. After this, you will be given about two hours free time before taking the bus again to come back to Costa del Sol.
WHERE TO BUY ALHAMBRA TICKETS FROM COSTA DEL SOL
Probably all your friends told you: are you visiting south Spain? Then you MUST visit Alhambra. Maybe you decide to stay at Costa del Sol and purchasing your tickets one or two days in advance. You think you’re plenty of time but when you get to your destination, uh-oh there are not tickets until…two months ahead? Gosh! But don’t panic, here it’s our Alhambra Tickets survivor guide. What is AlhambraAlhambra it’s a monument located at the city of Granada, in Southern Spain. In the Middle-Ages, Spain was divided: Christians ruled in the north and Muslims ruled in the South, and they were fighting for the land for centuries. The last Muslim family who ruled in South Spain was Nasrid Dynasty, and they built a citadel at Granada, the capital of their empire, to set their fortress and palace: the Alhambra. Its name means “the red one” in arab, because its outer walls are made from reddish colour bricks. Which are the Alhambra areas I can visit?Alhambra is a huge complex and some areas have been modificated throughout the years. When conquered by Christians, a big part was used to Christianize the area, so you will find a church (Santa María de la Alhambra) and a convent (Convento de San Francisco), nowadays refurbished into a hotel. Other parts like the Medina (old town) are not really interesting if it’s your first visit. So, which areas can you visit? Christian buildings:Palacio de Carlos V. It’s a rounded palace built for the grandson of the Christian conquerors of the Alhambra. It’s a highlight of Spain’s Renaissance architecture. Arab buildings: Alcazaba: is the military area of the fortress. Although it’s mainly ruins, it’s interesting to be compared with the richness of the palaces.Palacios Nazaríes (Nasrid Palaces): is the jewel of the Alhambra and the must see without doubt. Nasrid Palaces consist in three palaces built by the sultans in different eras: Mexuar, Patio de Comares (Comares Courtyard, also known as Patio de los Arrayanes or Myrtle Courtyard) and Patio de los Leones (Lions Courtyard).El Partal: an old palace outside Nasrid Palaces.Baños de la Mezquita (The baths of the Mosque): public baths for Alhambra non-royal residents.Generalife: the summer residence of the sultan, it’s a palace surrounded by exquisite gardens. It’s located upper than the citadel on the hill. Only the “Alhambra General” ticket will let you visit all this places. If you buy any other kind of ticket, some parts of the monument will be excluded. Alhambra’s highlight is Nasrid Palaces and here the great, great problem of the monument appears: its aisles and courtyards are very narrow, so only 300 people are allowed to enter every 30 minutes. That means 6600 people a day. Maybe it sounds a lot of tickets and you think maybe you’ll have your chance, but keep in mind Alhambra is the most visited monument in Southern Europe. So…ready? Let’s start the Alhambra Tickets Survivor Guide!!! Where can I buy Alhambra tickets if I’m staying at Costa del Sol? 1. Buying Alhambra Tickets from Official WebsiteIf you’re going with children under 12, this will be your best option. You must book really in advance, but if your Rent a Car from Costa del Sol you will get to Alhambra in 1,5 hours. This way you will have more freedom than going on an organized group, and…children won’t pay! Let’s see what type of tickets you’ll find at Patronato de la Alhambra Official Tickets Website: Types of tickets: Alhambra General: the only one including Nasrid Palaces, Generalife, Partal, Alcazaba, Baños de la Mezquita and Palacio de Carlos V. Not guided. Gardens, Generalife and Alcazaba: you can visit everything except Nasrid Palaces. Not guided.Night Visit to Nasrid Palaces: Gardens like Generlife are excludedNight Visit to Gardens and Generalife: Nasrid Palaces are excluded.Alhambra Experiences: Night Visit to Nasrid Palaces and Daytime visit to Generalife next morning.Alhambra and Rodríguez Acosta Foundation: you will visit the monument and the XX century artist’s house.Dobla de oro: this ticket, with variations, let you visit full Granada’s Arab heritage: Alhambra and Albaicín District monuments. Andalusi monuments: Albaicín District monuments tickets without Alhambra. Alhambra General Ticket Aka I want it all! Yes, you want to visit the full monument and, of course, not to miss Nasrid Palaces, so let’s focus on this ticket. Step 1: Choose how many people will go (up to 10). There are discounts for children and UE citizens with youth or senior cards. Remember children under 12 can enter the Alhambra for free, but you must add this free ticket to your purchase and print it. Step 2: Choose the date you will visit the whole Alhambra complex and then choose the hour you will enter the Nasrid Palaces. The ticket indicates a specific time to see the Nasrid Palaces in order to control the number of visitors. Okay, but…what to choose? Keep in mind visit to the entire complex lasts 3 hours. It’s always more comfortable to visit Nasrid Palaces first, since you’ve got a specific time, and then to visit the rest, so choose morning times. Think about three important things: you’re coming from another city and you don’t know the roads, you will have to queue anyway at Nasrid Palaces main door and if you choose a late morning hour it may coincide with your lunch time. Our advice? If your decided to Rent a Car and get to Alhambra from Costa del Sol, calculate 2,5 hours to get there and park if you are not familiar with Spanish roads and traffic. You can park at Alhambra parking, which is a bit expensive, or at the city centre parkings, where you can take the shuttle bus or enjoy the promenade up the hill by foot. Step 3: Enter your contact details. There is a difference between buyer’s details and visitor’s details. First you must enter “Tickets buyer data”. After, “Visitor data ticket holder Alhambra General Ticket”. Remember when you show your ticket at Nasrid Palaces main door you must show the same Passport/ID (originals only) you entered on this step Step 4: time to pay! Remember only credit cards are valid. Step 5: print all your tickets. 2. Buying Alhambra Tickets on an organized tourViator and Getyourguide: it’s a very popular option to buy your guided tour from these websites but we advice you to read very well what’s included: sometimes last time offers or cheap options doesn’t include Nasrid Palaces. We are not against them, but read carefully and ask if necessary. The problem with this tours if you’re coming from Costa del Sol is they start soon in the morning and they are expensive. Granada & Alhambra standard guided tour from Costa del Sol: one of our specialities, on this organized tour an escort guide will pick you up at your hotel or at a nearby meeting point at Costa del Sol. On the arrival to Alhambra, you will meet your local guide and start the visit with a group of 30 people in 2 different languages. This visit will include Nasrid Palaces, Palacio de Carlos V, El Partal and El Generalife gardens. After your Alhambra visit, your escort guide will lead you to Granada’s city centre where you will have some free time for lunch and/or shopping. Granada & Alhambra VIP guided tour from Costa del Sol: 3. Buying Alhambra Tickets within Granada Card: If you’re staying at Costa del Sol but you want to enjoy Granada for several days, maybe it’s a good idea to purchase Granada Card, the touristic card that allows you to visit the city’s most important monuments (including Alhambra), museums, public transport and touristic train. Remember, on this option you will also have to choose the hour to visit the Nasrid Palaces. Everything is ready? Great! When are you coming? ;)
Probably you saw lots of pictures showing a runway through a gorge at Spanish mountains entitled Caminito del Rey but, what is this exactly? How do you get there? Keep reading and get all the facts.
What is Caminito del Rey? Caminito del Rey is a path for the workers of an Electrical Company built at early 20th century and restored recently as a touristic attraction. Is located in Málaga, Andalusia, South Spain. First of all, a small Spanish lesson: Caminito del Rey means King’s Little Pathway. But why? Was a kind of secret passage for royalty? Far from it, was the name given to this little pathway after a visit of Spanish king Alfonso XII to the region. To know a little bit more, let’s discover Caminito del Rey’s story. How and Why Caminito del Rey was built In the late 19th century electricity became a brand new, clean and prosper kind of energy that can solve many problems of daily life. Engineer Rafael Benjumea soon saw this possibility and in 1903 built the Salto Hidroeléctrico de El Chorro (Hydroelectrical Precipice of El Chorro) to provide electricity to Málaga city, the first Andalusia city with electrical energy. This Precipice took advantage of unevenness in Guadalhorce River which, on its way through Desfiladero de los Gaitanes (Gaitanes Gorge), an impressive canyon carved by the river millennia ago, could be used to generate electric power. The profit made with this work helped Mr. Benjumea to invest into the construction of a huge reservoir to control the river flow of the Guadalhorce, assure a frequent water flow to the Precipice and to water wide the surrounding territory. This reservoir was known as Pantano de El Chorro (El Chorro Reservoir). Was then when a shortcut was needed to connect faster these two great areas: El Chorro Reservoir in the North and the Hydroelectrical Precipice of El Chorro in the South. The solution was to build a very functional path following the Guadalhorce river’s channel through Gaitanes Gorge. This path, used for the Hydroelectrical company and the Reservoir workers to carry material and to maintaining the areas, was used on march 1921 by king Alfonso XIII on his visit to Málaga to inaugurate the new reservoir. From then on, this maintenance path has been known as Caminito del Rey: the King’s Little Pathway. Where is Caminito del ReyOkay. Now we know Caminito del Rey is at Gaitanes Gorge and near El Chorro Reservoir but where are all these places exactly located? We must travel to South Spain and at the region of Andalusia. Near the Mediterranean we find the Province of Málaga, known for other important places as Nerja, Ronda or Marbella. It’s really important not to mistake the Province of Málaga with Málaga city. Málaga city is the capital of the Province of Málaga, but there are more cities as the previously named.Two cities inland the Province of Málaga share the owning of Gaitanes Gorge and, therefore, Caminito del Rey: Ardales and Álora. The Caminito starts at Ardales area and finishes at Álora area. Since nowadays Caminito is only accessible from the North we will always start our journey from the northern access at Ardales area, where is located El Chorro Reservoir, too. When we finish Caminito we arrive at Álora area, next to El Chorro hamlet and the Hydroelectrical Precipice of El Chorro.Another important fact to avoid mistakes is to make a difference between El Chorro Reservoir and El Chorro hamlet: El Chorro Reservoir: you will find it at the North, at the beginning of Caminito but be careful because this is the popular name you will hear from any malaguenian. Nowadays this place is officially known as Embalse del Conde de Guadalhorce (Guadalhorce’s Count Dam), in honor of Mr. Benjumea, named Count by Alfonso XIII when he inaugurated the reservoir. This will save you a headache when you Google it.El Chorro hamlet is at the South, once you finished Caminito, and it’s near the Hydroelectrical Precipice because this hamlet was created for the Precipice workers families. If you decide to get to Caminito del Rey by train, here is where you will arrive. How to get to Caminito del ReyNow you know where Caminito is located it’s only left to know how to get there. First you must arrive to Málaga but, don’t worry, is a very touristic city and there are direct flights from many countries. Check on Málaga’s Airport Website main connections. If there is not a direct flight to Málaga from your country you can always take a direct flight to Madrid, the capital of Spain, and then taking the high speed train (called AVE) to Málaga.Once you are in Málaga we advice you to stay at the city of Málaga itself or at nearby cities like Torremolinos or Benalmádena. These places are full of comfort hotels and apartments and connections to Caminito by public transport or road are easier. Great! Now you’re closer! Let’s find out the different ways you can get to Caminito del Rey. By public bus: don’t even try it. Closest public buses to Caminito arrive to Álora town. From there, you must take another bus to El Chorro and then the shuttle bus to Caminito northern entrance. This is an option only if you are staying at Álora. If not, it’s really a waste of time because malaguenian public buses times are not really trustables. By train: the most comfortable way if you don’t want to drive yourself or going on an organized trip. If you’re staying at Málaga city, just take the MD (Media Distancia, Medium Distance) train to El Chorro and from there, the Caminito del Rey shuttle bus to northern entrance. If you’re staying at Torremolinos or Benalmádena, you can get to Málaga main train station (called María Zambrano) by local train line called C-1 (route Málaga-Fuengirola). If it’s too complicated, don’t panic! Soon we will do a step by step guide for those who chose this option. Click here to get your Caminito del Rey tickets or e-mail us to ask for our Train + Tickets combo. By car: if you decided to Rent a Car you will get from Benalmádena, Torremolinos or Málaga city to Caminito in less than an hour. If you are coming from Benalmádena or Torremolinos, use the A-7 highway to get to A-357 road. From Málaga you can take directly this road and go on passing Cártama. Near Ardales town, take road MA-5403 to Caminito del Rey northern entrance. Once you finish Caminito it’s only left to take the shuttle bus to arrive again to your car. Click here to get your Caminito del Rey tickets , Rent a Car or e-mail us to ask for our Rent a Car + Tickets combo. By an organized trip: the most comfortable way, no doubt. Nowadays most tour operators have a Caminito del Rey Tour on their programmes and pick up in most hotels along Costa del Sol, so you will be picked up at your hotel at Benalmádena, Torremolinos or Málaga by a bus with an escort guide and visit Caminito on a half-day trip. There are two kinds of Caminito organized trip: Caminito del Rey with specialized guide: accompanied by your escort guide you will get to Caminito del Rey and meet your specialized guide. Once you finish the route, the bus will pick you up again to spend some free time at El Chorro reservoir area, with lunch option if desired. Click here to book your Caminito del Rey + Reservoir trip. Caminito del Rey without specialized guide: a cheaper option, an specialized guide won’t explain you Caminito’s story or facts, but the escort guide on the bus will join you all the way. Moreover, typical Spanish breakfast is included before Caminito. Click here to book your Caminito del Rey trip. Where do I get my Caminito del Rey tickets?From its re-inauguration in March 2015, Caminito del Rey has become a world-wide known touristic attraction. The result? It’s always crowded, and tickets are almost as difficult to get as the Alhambra palace ones. Caminito del Rey tickets from Official Website: to buy the tickets from the Official Website, you’ll need to purchase them at least two months in advance. You can choose from Monday to Sunday, but you must choose a day and the exact hour you will enter Caminito and if whatever you can’t go there is no refund, just the option of date change. There are three options: Standard ticket, Ticket + shuttle bus or Ticket + Guided Visit. Click here to get to Caminito del Rey tickets Official Website. Caminito del Rey tickets from Bética Travel: on our website will be easier to find free tickets than on the Official Website. Days available are from Tuesday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays. You must choose the day you want to go but not the exact hour if you go for the Standard ticket option, unless you chosed the guided tour. If you must cancel your trip due to bad weather conditions and you can’t change the date, you will have a money refund. There are two options: Standard ticket or Ticket + Guided Visit. Click here to get to Betica Travel Caminito del Rey tickets. Caminito del Rey organized tour: again, this is the most comfortable option to get to the place and to have the tickets. As we previously described, you can book in our website two options: Caminito del Rey + Reservoir trip, with a specialized guide and free time at El Chorro reservoir.Caminito del Rey trip, without specialized guide but with breakfast included. How long is Caminito del Rey?Caminito del Rey can be a total of 8 km. Caminito itself is about 3 km long, with 1,5 km of boardwalks and 1,5 km of forest trails. Depending of the access you choose, entering and exiting from Caminito will be 4 or 5 km long. It will take you between 3 or 4 hours to completely fulfil it. Click here to download Caminito del Rey Official Map.http://www.caminitodelrey.info/en/base/descargas/208130/caminito-brochure-with-without-photos Is Caminito del Rey for me?If you love nature and stunning views, this is your trip. Caminito has become one of the main touristic attractions in Andalusia, and it’s a must-see if you’re visiting Málaga and Costa del Sol.There are only three cases in which is not recommended to do Caminito del Rey: Don’t do Caminito del Rey if you’re afraid of heights: boardwalks are the most famous part of the Caminito, but they are only 1,5 km of total route, which is about 7 km. If you’re really afraid of heights, these boardwalks are about 100 m upon river Guadalhorce, so we don’t suggest you to do Caminito. If you suffer a little bit of vertigo you will be fine, because boardwalks are so firm that you don’t notice you’re hanging 100 m over the floor. Anyway, keep in mind the last part of the Caminito, the hanging bridge always will move a little bit for the fact of being hanged and being at the end of the canyon, where wind blows harder. Don’t do Caminito del Rey if you can’t walk for a long time: if you’ve got any mobility problems or you’re not used to walk a lot, maybe is not a good idea to do Caminito. Keep in mind it’s a total of 7 km non-stop walking, with no benches or other places to sit down. Moreover, if you’re on an organized trip, the rest of the group can’t wait long for you. Caminito del Rey is a low difficulty hiking tour, but it is a hiking tour, with forest trails, steep areas and steps. Don’t do Caminito del Rey if you go with children under 8: children under 8 are not allowed to visit Caminito del Rey, so if you’re thinking to go with your children under this age maybe it’s a better idea to wait some years. Anyway, there are other stunning places or hiking routes to do with kids at Málaga. Check them here. How to enjoy Caminito del ReyGreat! Now you’ve decided nobody will stop you and you will live this amazing experience. How to fully enjoy it? Check the weather forecast: choose the best day to enjoy and, why not? For taking the best pictures. If it’s too windy, too rainy or too warm, Caminito will close for your safety and give you the option to change the day of your visit. Bring some water and snacks: although there is an automatic machine at the beginning of the path you never know if it’s going to be broken. Bring with you some water (you will need it) and some snacks because probably you will finish later than your regular lunch time. Yes, you must wear a helmet! You will be provided with a helmet at the beginning of the path for your safety (sometimes there are small landslides) Honestly? It’s not really cool, but it’s a distinction feature: when your friends look at your pictures, everybody will know immediately you were at Caminito del Rey! Wear closed shoes, not sandals! Yes, we know Málaga can be really warm in Spring and Summer, and there are hiking sandals, but Caminito del Rey’s boardwalks are made of wooden strips, and your sandals’ shoe sole can get stuck between the gaps. So, it’s forbidden to visit Caminito with sandals, remember to add to your luggage a pair of snickers or closed hiking shoes. A century ago, this path was only used for few families on this small part of the World. Now it’s open to everybody and it’s waiting for you to enjoy it. What are you still doing on this page? Go right now and book your experience at Caminito del Rey!
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