How do I get to El Caminito del Rey from Malaga by car?

Route from Málaga to El Caminito del Rey by car. Distance from Málaga: 61,9 km. Travel time: 57 minutes.
How do I get to El Caminito del Rey from Malaga by car?

Route from Málaga to El Caminito del Rey by car

To El Caminito by car

Leaving Málaga, take the A-357 north towards Cártama. On the motorway you will need to drive for 65 km. After passing the village of Ardales (on the left hand side of the road) be careful not to miss the sharp right turn (signposted M-442 / Ardales / MA-5403 / El Chorro).

Then turn left onto the secondary road MA-444, which quickly begins to wind its circles around the Guadalhorce Reservoir, giving you a chance to enjoy the fantastic scenery. Continue on this road winding around the lake. Eventually you will reach a junction with a sharp right turn to the village of El Chorro. Instead of turning right, continue on MA-444, passing a campsite and beach areas.

Just before a small tunnel, take a sharp right onto a dirt road. You will see signs for Restaurante El Mirador. You need to drive a couple of hundred metres and you can park your car (anywhere). The tunnel is clearly visible, plus signposted.

There are plans to build two large car parks in the future. For more information on the routes, check out the official Caminito page.

Route from Málaga to El Caminito del Rey by car, Spain

Always remember

The bus from the Ardales side departs from El Sillón del Rey, The King's Chair: a few hundred metres down the road from the Kiosk restaurant. El Sillón del Rey is a stone table and chair dedicated to the opening of the reservoir. They had to be pulled out of the same reservoir after being dumped there during the Spanish Civil War.

Tickets for El Caminito del Rey

Tickets need to be booked online, you can do so on the official Caminito del Rey website. The maximum number of people that can be in the Caminito at one time is 400. Groups of up to 50 people can pass through the initial checkpoints at half-hour intervals. It is estimated that in the first six months, the Royal Trail will host 600 guests a day.


📌 Equal fuel policy

📌 Third party insurance with car passenger insurance

📌 FREE roadside assistance

📌 Free cancellation and change of reservations

📌 Unlimited mileage


The car will be returned with the same fuel level as rented. If it is not returned with the same fuel level, a charge corresponding to the missing fuel will be made. We do not charge for reporting services. Personal service. We are not intermediaries!

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