Where to stay?
Today I arrived in Ardales (Spain) close to the Caminito del Rey. I set up my tent at Camping Ardales which is situated next to a large lake. It was 40 degrees and I was so glad to have found a place with shadow and a refreshing clear lake to swim in. There are only a few hotels and restaurants in the neighborhood, but the camping is definitely the closest to the pass. Also, I think you might enjoy a little swim after the walk on El Caminito del Rey and relax in the nearby forest.
How to visit?
I will start by providing you with the most important information which is: YOU NEED TO BOOK! We arrived at El Caminito del Rey thinking everyone could enter when paying an entrance fee, but instead we found ourselves at a closed entrance. Apparently, you need to make a booking months before you want to visit the trail. You can book your tour with this link. As you can see most of the tickets are already sold out for the summer, so how can you still visit this magnificent place?
This is the trick! Every day at 8:30 AM there is a line at the northern entrance of the trail for people who have no ticket. They sell 50 passes a day, no more and no less, so be sure you belong to the 50 lucky ones! I did this hike together with my sister and we really wanted to walk this path, so we arrived at the northern entrance at 7:30 AM and we were the first in line and let's say the visit was worth waiting for!