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Gaitanes Gorge: Our most recommended tours and activities

El Chorro: Caminito del Rey Guided Tour with Shuttle Bus

1. El Chorro: Caminito del Rey Guided Tour with Shuttle Bus

Enjoy an enchanting nature and historical hike along El Caminito del Rey (The King's Path) alongside an expert guide. See dramatic landscapes and learn about the history of the Desfiladero de Los Gaitanes Canyon. Meet your guide at the Reception of the Hotel La Garganta, at El Chorro gorge. Once the group is formed (max 30 persons per guide), head to the entrance with the shuttle bus with your guide. Cross the 3km-long footbridge built along the walls of the gorge, inaugurated by King Alfonso XIII. Feel a thrill as you reach heights of up to 101 meters and other sections where the width is just 1 meter. Arrive at the south entrance where you parked your car at the end of the walk, and relax at the bar.

From Málaga: Caminito del Rey Guided Tour with Bus

2. From Málaga: Caminito del Rey Guided Tour with Bus

Hike Caminito del Rey, a suspended walkway surrounded by a scenic landscape, with a guide on a trip from Málaga. Along the route, learn the real story behind the construction of this great work of engineering. Hop aboard a bus from Málaga and travel to Ardales. Receive a safety briefing from your guide and strap on your helmets. Start the one-way hike of Caminito del Rey at the North access and make your way to the South access. Pass by mountains that emerged millions of years ago and vertical canyons born by the force of the Guadalhorce River. Listen to stories of adventurers and climbers. Hear about the visit of one of the most powerful men in the history of Spain, King Alfonso XIII. The trail has a length of 4.8 miles (7.7 kilometers) but is a simple walk, especially with your guide keeping you company. At the end of the trail, return to your bus and be driven back to Málaga.

From Costa del Sol & Málaga: Caminito del Rey Guided Tour

3. From Costa del Sol & Málaga: Caminito del Rey Guided Tour

Prepare for a day of adventure as you walk the Caminito del Rey along the walls of the El Chorro gorge in Málaga. Follow a guide on a safe trail leading to the footbridge that runs through the Desfiladero de Los Gaitanes. Begin your day with a pickup from one of the many spots in Málaga and travel to Ardales. You will make a short stop in Ardales, a white village, so you can purchase breakfast in a this local area before to start the activity. Return to the bus and continue until you reach the northern access point of the Caminito del Rey. Walk through a small long tunnel to reach the natural paths that lead to the entrance checkpoint of the gorges. Then, receive a helmet and listen to the safety instructions. Learn what to expect during the trek and the guide will accompany you at the end of the group to answer your questions along the way while you enjoy the experience. Pass by the Gorge of the Gaitanes, a natural pass across the hills that separates the Malaga coastline from the islands with the River Guadalhorce flowing at the bottom. Embark on a safe and comfortable walk surrounded by breathtaking scenery. El Caminito del Rey, after many years of total abandonment, is now a rebuilt path that stretches between 2 gorges and a large valley. After finishing the downhill trail from north to south, reach the exit point where your bus awaits. Once the group is on board the bus, return to Costa del Sol and be dropped off at your pickup point.

From Málaga: Caminito del Rey Full-Day Tour

4. From Málaga: Caminito del Rey Full-Day Tour

Have an adventure along the El Caminito del Rey and walk 100 meters above the Guadalhorce River. Discover the Conde de Guadalhorce Dam, Desfiladero de los Gaitanes Canyon, and Guadalhorce River's history and importance to El Caminito del Rey. Meet your guide and board your bus for a ride towards Conde de Guadalhorce Dam. Begin your walking tour and learn how the dam is Málaga's main water reserve. Hear about the history of the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes and how the canyon was carved by the Guadalhorce River from your guide. Prepare to test your nerves on a high-up adventure along El Caminito del Rey. Follow the path which is about 3 kilometers long and less than 1 meter wide, hanging 100 meters above the Guadalhorce River. See the construction of a water channel from the reservoirs in the north to El Chorro and how the pathway was built for maintaining the channel. The path is known as El Caminito del Rey (the little pathway of the king) because it was inaugurated by King Alfonso XIII.

From Seville: Caminito del Rey Full-Day Hike

5. From Seville: Caminito del Rey Full-Day Hike

Depart Seville in the morning and take a 2-hour drive by minivan to the start of the famous El Caminito del Rey walking trail. Upon arrival in the town of Ardales, enjoy a coffee or breakfast at your own expense to give you energy for your 7-kilometer hike. Step onto the renovated walkway of wooden boardwalks and make your way through the magnificent Los Gaitanes Gorge. Marvel at the rugged rock formations surrounding you and take in the spectacular views of the Guadalhorce River. Summon up the courage to cross the new suspension bridge 100 meters above the El Chorro Gorge. End close to the town of El Chorro after about 2 to 3 hours of walking, and catch the bus back to the entry point to enjoy lunch at a restaurant. Journey back to Seville in the evening for the end of the tour services.

Malaga: Caminito del Rey Path Day Trip with Guide

6. Malaga: Caminito del Rey Path Day Trip with Guide

Choose your closest departure from Costa del Sol and board in an air-conditioned coach. Sit back and relax on the journey to Caminito del Rey. Just 5.6 miles from Caminito del Rey, make a quick stop in the picturesque town of Ardales where you will have free time to visit it at your leisure. Stretch your legs and have a snack before starting the Caminito del Rey hiking trail. Embark on a guided walk along the Caminito del Rey and enjoy views from 328 feet above the Guadalhorce River while learning about the history of the path from your guide. Begin your walking tour at the Conde de Guadalhorce Dam, the main water reserve in the province of Malaga. Learn about the history of the Desfiladero de Los Gaitanes from your local guide. This canyon, carved by the Guadalhorce River, is at the center of the province. Inaugurated by King Alfonso XIII, the path known as El Caminito del Rey (the little pathway of the king) served as a maintenance route for the water channel from the reservoirs in the north to El Chorro. See how the length of the pathway is just under 2 miles and is less than 3 feet wide. It hangs 328 feet above the Guadalhorce River, walking along it will test your nerve on this high-up adventure.

Nerja, Torrox, or Torre del Mar: Caminito del Rey Day Trip

7. Nerja, Torrox, or Torre del Mar: Caminito del Rey Day Trip

Admire the beauty of the Gaitanes Gorge on this day trip from Nerja, Torrox, or Torre del Mar to the Caminito del Rey walkway. Choose a pickup option that is close to you, then relax aboard a spacious and comfortable bus as you travel to the Caminito del Rey. Along the journey listen as your guide tells you about the surroundings and history of the Caminito del Rey. Receive a fresh bottle of water and start your walk in the late morning and go through a tunnel that leads to where the Caminito del Rey trail begins. Equip yourself with a safety helmet and begin your hiking adventure. Feel the thrill of walking at your own pace above to Guadalhorce River from the north access point and make your way for approximately 2 .5 hours at a gentle pace.  Snap photos of unique canyon landscapes during picture stops along the route. At the end of the hike, take a refreshing break or eat something at the local kiosks at the south access point.  Follow your guide where the bus will pick you up at the meeting point, have time to rest, and return to your pickup point.

From Costa del Sol: Caminito del Rey Day Trip

8. From Costa del Sol: Caminito del Rey Day Trip

Discover El Caminito del Rey, known as the most dangerous path in the world, one of the biggest tourist attractions in Spain and Málaga. Take in its incredible views, its fascinating history, and its undeniable spectacularity on this must-see excursion to the Caminito del Rey when you're in Malaga. Take a pedestrian walkway more than 3 kilometers long, built on the walls of the Gaitanes Gorge. Explore one of the most beautiful natural enclaves in the province, just 30 kilometers north of Málaga. Find out how the canyon was excavated by the Guadalhorce River. Although the best–known part of the road is the recently restored walkways, the total route of your Caminito del Rey walk is 7.7 kilometers. Your guide will accompany you throughout the tour of the Caminito del Rey, sharing anecdotes and curiosities surrounding this incredible construction.

From El Chorro: Caminito del Rey Via Ferrata & Zip Lining

9. From El Chorro: Caminito del Rey Via Ferrata & Zip Lining

Prepare for an adrenaline rush on this exciting via ferrata rappelling and zip lining experience in Caminito del Rey. The Caminito del Rey via ferrata is a 600-meter drop that includes zip line, the Tibetan Bridge and Nepalese Bridge, and unbeatable views of El Chorro. The via ferrata features a ladder consisting of steel rungs attached to the vertical sections (in places there are walking or scrambling sections) made from materials such as chains, bolts, steel cables, and more. Get suited up and complete a section of the via ferrata along a 650-meter route. The steel safety cable ensures you can enjoy the staggering views securely and the harness is equipped with a via ferrata set including a shock absorber and sprung carabiners. There are also zip lines and bridges to add to the excitement of your experience. Feel euphoric crossing the suspension bridges that are throughout the tour and enjoy 35 meters of ziplining. The natural park Desfiladero de los Gaitanes (Gaitanes Gorge) is situated in the center of the Málaga Province, between the municipalities of Álora, Ardales, and Antequera. It is one of the most spectacular landscapes within the Málaga mountain range. El Chorro, on the edge of the natural park, is a world-renowned climbing destination thanks to the quality of the rock and its mild winter temperatures. Take in amazing views of the natural scenery during your entire experience. 

Caminito del Rey: Vía Ferrata Rappeling & Zip-Lining

10. Caminito del Rey: Vía Ferrata Rappeling & Zip-Lining

The beginning of your tour will see you ascend through a vertical wall, before you cross through a pedrera to follow another wall. From there you will reach the zip line, which consists of about 30 meters in length. Once having completed the zip-line, your tour continues its ascent until you reach the Tibetan Bridge. After you have crossed the bridge, you will continue to find a final monkey bridge. It will then be time to begin your descent with the assistance of an abseil, until you reach a point where you will be able to choose how you descend further. You can choose to descend by rappel, or can instead opt to walk along the via Ferrata. Once having fully descended, you will have reached your final destination.

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What people are saying about Gaitanes Gorge

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We had an amazing time! It was so easy getting on the coach from Nerja bus station and it was great having a guide throughout the walk. They give everyone a bottle of water and were able to answer any questions. Would definitely recommend!

everything went as written and arranged and I have to praise our guide, now I don't know exactly how to spell his name, but it was Ian, a man who was knowledgeable and fun to be with. I can definitely recommend

Our tour guide Alex was great, he told us everything we needed to know history-wise on the way to Caminito Del Rey and then we were able to explore at our own pace which we really enjoyed. Great tour

A very enjoyable walk filled with interesting facts and anecdotes. Stunning scenery and completely safe. Pace very relaxed. Pablo the guide was brilliant.

Absolutely amazing views on this hike and a wonderful Tourguide!