Exploring Caminito del Rey: Nature’s Beauty and Excitement

Exploring Caminito del Rey: Nature’s Beauty and Excitement

Exploring Caminito del Rey: Nature’s Beauty and Excitement

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On August 27, we secured tickets for Caminito del Rey. After seeing stunning photos, our expectations were high. While it’s our human nature to have hopes, let’s see if they’re met.

Long ago, brave kids walked dangerous cliffs to school. Now, it’s our turn to walk Andalucia’s top, easy-to-walk scenic trail. Don’t miss it! 

Preparation is essential when planning hikes. 

Tickets for Caminito del Rey are limited daily. During our first week in Andalusia in early July, availability was tight and we missed out. However, we managed to secure tickets in July for a late August visit. It took some planning, but we found our slot.

The day prior, we reviewed all essentials for the trip. We booked our tickets through GetYourGuide and promptly received all necessary details, including the tickets. Here’s what to remember and what’s not allowed:

  • Passport or ID.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sun hat.
  • Food and snacks.
  • Hiking shoes.
  • Water.
  • Small backpack.
  • Hiking gear.
Not allowed:
  • High heels.
  • Large bags.
  • Selfie sticks.
  • Walking sticks.
  • Open shoes.
  • Crutches.
  • No smoking.

Caminito del Rey: 7.7km of Breathtaking Scenic Adventure

Right from the start, this tour was thrilling. When we entered the valley, the high paths were a bit scary. But we got used to it fast, especially with the helpful staff around. Every part of the hike had someone from Caminito del Rey ready to assist, especially in scarier spots. I liked that everything looked new and well-cared for. I get nervous if I see old or rusty paths, so this made me feel safe.

The Caminito del Rey hike, from the northern entrance to the southern exit, is about 7.7 kilometers. About half of our Caminito del Rey journey was spent walking from the parking area to the entrance, and then from the exit to the shuttle bus. This part was nice, but the official section? Absolutely breathtaking! 


Caminito del Rey: Thrilling Heights and Impeccable Paths

This hike was amazing for both of us. Sarah has hiked in places like New Zealand, Australia, and Nepal, but she found this one the best. I felt the same way. The path was exciting from the start, and every turn made us want to see what was next. The valley hides the path ahead, which was cool. The brown rocks, running water, and animals were beautiful together. I’d tell everyone to try this hike. But if you’re scared of heights, it might be tough. I was a bit scared at first, but I got used to it after a while.

I won’t use many words because the pictures speak for themselves, right?


Parking challenges at Caminito del Rey. 

You have P, P1 and P2 (the names of the parkings on the website of El Caminito)

P1 Parking Guidance: P1 is situated at the trail’s start, offering various parking spots. Most visitors tend to park near the kiosk at the primary pedestrian entrance. This parking is costing 2€. However, we took a different approach: we drove up the hill just before or after (depending from which side you come) ‘El Mirador’ restaurant to join the trail from another direction. A word of caution – this route can be a bit tricky due to poor signage(see pictures below).


P Parking Guidance. P isn’t located at the beginning or end of the trail, making it less convenient. If you park here, you’ll need the shuttle bus both at the start and end of your hike. The main advantage of this parking is its ample space, ensuring you’ll find a spot. (and that is it for free)

P2 Parking Guidance: Situated near the town of El Chorro, P2 is the parking spot at the trail’s end. (the price for the parking area is 2€, but you can also find free parking spots along the road). If you opt for this, remember to take the bus to the hike’s starting point first. This bus journey lasts about 25 minutes. Tickets are available at the kiosk, (next to the busstop, and is costing 2,5€ per person, must be paid in cash). Be punctual, as the bus won’t wait! (and is only leaving every half an hour). (From where the bus will drop you, there is a 20 min. hike to the entrance, where you need to be at the time slot you have booked)

Our tour start at 09.20 so we had to be at P1 at 09.00, you will have to walk a little hike for about 20 min., that will lead you to the entrance, where you need to show your tickets, where there will be safety instructions and where you will be given a helmet. If you park your car at P make sure you are there at 08:30 and if you park it at P2 make sure you are there at 08.00.

Nearby the entrance, restrooms are available, but expect potential long lines. It’s wiser to find a restroom earlier on your route.

Two different way to the entrance:

1. The hike from the shuttlebusstop at P1 (same spot where the shuttle bus will drop you if you park by P2 or = parking), is going down the road, where the cars are driving. On your right hand you will find a little cave, with the sign “Caminito del Rey” – this Is where you must go in, and 20 min. later, you will find yourself at the entrance.

2. If you like us, park upstairs by the restaurant ‘El Mirador’, you need to walk up the hill, until you will find a little off-road on the right hand. This looks like, that you are not allowed to pass, since cars and more is not allowed. But this is actually the road to the entrance, and it will later emerge with the same route as from the shuttle bus stop. The hike will take you 20 min. till the entrance.)


Caminito del Rey Hike Review 9.5 out of 10

We loved the Caminito del Rey hike. The views were amazing and the paths were great. Our only small issue was the confusing parking signs. If those were clearer, we’d easily rate this a 10 out of 10. For now, it gets a strong 9.5. If you’re thinking of going, do it! Just watch out when parking.

Share your thoughts on this hike in the comments below!

I have worked in Greece: Memories, Adventure, and Challenges.

I have worked in Greece: Memories, Adventure, and Challenges.

I have worked in Greece: Memories, Adventure, and Challenges.

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Symi: An Absolute Gem You Mustn’t Miss During Your Rhodes Vacation. This Enchanting Island Will Captivate You with its Breathtaking Beauty and Authentic Charm. It’s the Perfect Destination for Adventurous Explorers Seeking a Unique Experience.

From Rhodes to Symi

Imagine: you’re sailing over the waves of the Aegean Sea, the wind ruffling your hair, and the sun’s rays caressing your face. After a short 50-minute boat ride from Rhodes, Symi emerges before you like a picturesque masterpiece. As you approach the harbor, you’re greeted by colorful houses clinging to the steep cliffs, enveloping you in a warm and authentic Greek ambiance.

Once you set foot on land, you’re surrounded by cozy restaurants, taverns, and charming coffee shops. Why not start with a rejuvenating cup of coffee and a delightful pastry from the local bakery? Let the energy flow through your body as you embark on your exploration of this undiscovered paradise.

Explore Symi Town, the Vibrant Heart of the Island, Full of Charm and Beautiful Sights. 

Symi Town, also known as Symi Port, is the heart of the island. Here, you can immerse yourself in its narrow alleys, admire beautiful sights, and relish in the vibrant Greek life. There’s no shortage of excellent restaurants, cozy taverns, and charming coffee spots where you can indulge in local flavors and culinary delights.

Explore the winding streets in the morning hours, when the town comes alive and the sun rises slowly. Enjoy the tranquility and beauty around you as you stroll through the streets. And as the afternoon sets in, find a scenic viewpoint where you can relax and savor a refreshing drink while gazing out over the picturesque village. This is the true vacation feeling on a small, authentic Greek island.


Climb the ‘Kali Strata’ and Discover the Breathtaking View and Photogenic Route to Kástro Castle. 

For the adventurous hikers among us, the famous ‘Kali Strata’ is an absolute must. Yes, it’s a challenging climb of 500 steps, but the view and the photogenic route make it more than worth it. As you make your way to the top, surrounded by the scent of Mediterranean flora, you’re rewarded with a breathtaking panorama over Chorió. And at the top, you’ll find the Kástro Castle, perched high and historically difficult to access for both tourists and, in the past, even enemies. This is the perfect spot to lace up your hiking boots and let your inner photographer shine.

Don’t forget to visit the enchanting Monastery of Archangel Michael. This monastery, also known as the Panormitis Monastery, is one of the most significant sites on the island of Symi. Here, you can immerse yourself in the spiritual atmosphere and experience the religious history of Greece. Remember to dress appropriately when visiting the monastery and take the time to admire the beautiful religious artifacts in the shop. 

Step aboard, be amazed, and create memories that last a lifetime. 

Symi is a true paradise for anyone seeking a unique and authentic Greek experience. Let yourself be enchanted by its picturesque beauty, charming streets, and the warm hospitality of the locals. Whether you’re enjoying a relaxing day in Symi Town, embarking on a breathtaking hike to Kástro Castle, or embarking on a spiritual journey to the Panormitis Monastery, this island will capture your heart.

So, what are you waiting for? Make the most of your vacation on Rhodes and plan a day trip to Symi. Explore, discover, and relish in this hidden paradise. Symi awaits you with open arms and an unforgettable experience.

Rhodes, the island that is diverse and appealing.

In 2015, I had my first experience with Greece when I worked on Rhodes for 3 months before heading to Sunny Beach. After 6 years, I returned to the island, filled with fond memories and hope. This year, Sarah also came to Rhodes, and it was very exciting because we worked for the same employer. I became her supervisor, a situation we both had to think carefully about whether it was a wise decision. Sarah took care of the Danish guests and colleagues, while I looked after the Dutch guests along with some colleagues. We were going to make it a great season together.

It was amazing to be back on Rhodes, a place full of vibrant memories and beautiful beaches. The island offered us the perfect mix of sun, sea, and culture. We enjoyed exploring the Old Town of Rhodes with its charming streets and medieval architecture. It was also a fantastic experience to visit some other islands in the vicinity, like Halki and Symi, easily reachable by boat from the harbor.

Rhodes is known for its diverse nightlife, and we definitely spent some fun evenings in the lively bars and clubs. Experiencing the energy and fun of the island’s nightlife was great.

Unfortunately, our season ended earlier than planned due to the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The workload was intense due to the high number of guests and the minimal number of colleagues we unfortunately had. The travel industry was hit hard, impacting our experience on the island. Nonetheless, we still managed to build some beautiful memories during our stay.

Due to uncertain contracts and an unstable market, we decided to move to Denmark to gain a bit more stability. While the memories we have of Rhodes are priceless, it’s also necessary to have a certain level of stability, which is unfortunately hard to find in the world of tour operators.

Rhodes will always hold a special place in our hearts. The island has so much to offer, from stunning beaches and rich culture to vibrant nightlife. We cherish the memories of our time on Rhodes and hope to return to this enchanting island someday.

And we move to Denmark, Copenhagen.

Currently, we’re living together in Copenhagen and enjoying wonderful vacations under the Mediterranean sun. We haven’t completely left behind our life in the travel industry – I’m currently working in a hotel, and Sarah is busy with her studies.

As tour guides, we’ve met many people and experienced incredible moments together. That time shaped us and gave us a deeper appreciation for the diversity and beauty of the world. We cherish the friendships we’ve built and the special experiences we’ve shared with both colleagues and guests. While we’ve taken a different path now, those memories and the love for traveling will always hold a special place in our hearts.

6 months on the Island of Corfu.

6 months on the Island of Corfu.

6 months on the Island of Corfu.

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For six months, I had the privilege of working on the enchanting island of Corfu, where I had the opportunity to explore all its beautiful spots. From the moment I set foot on the island, I was captivated by the beauty and charm it possesses.

Impressive capital, Kerkyra

One of the best parts of my stay was Corfu’s capital, Kerkyra. The city is bursting with history and culture. It has narrow streets, Venetian forts, and beautiful old houses. I loved wandering around the old town, checking out the lively squares, and finding local craft shops and cozy taverns.

My 3 tips for things to do when you’re in Kerkyra.


  1. ste local delights at the old market: Head to Kerkyra’s old market and try out some yummy local foods. Find fresh goods, traditional cheeses, olive oil, honey, herbs, and more. Dive into Corfu’s flavors and enjoy a real foodie treat.
  2. Visit the Palace of St. Michael and St. George: Check out this historic palace right in the heart of Kerkyra. Wander through its grand rooms, enjoy its lush gardens, and catch an awesome view of the city and sea from the lookout.
  3. Discover the historic fort: Make sure to visit the huge fort that stands out in Kerkyra’s skyline. Known as the Old Venetian Fort or the New Fort, it’s a cool way to learn about the island’s military past.


Stunning beaches and hidden coves. 

But what really won my heart were the beaches. Corfu is packed with amazing beaches and hidden spots that just call out for some chill time and fun. From the golden sands of Paleokastritsa to the clear blue waters of Agios Gordios and the picture-perfect views at Canal d’Amour, every beach was its own kind of awesome.


An amazing experience in Greece. 

I feel privileged to have spent six months on this beautiful island. Corfu stole my heart with its rich history, stunning beaches, and welcoming locals. It’s a place where you can immerse yourself in beauty and enjoy an unforgettable Mediterranean experience. 



Kerkyra, the capital of Corfu, is a picturesque town steeped in history and charm. With its Venetian influences, cobblestone streets, and stunning architecture, Kerkyra offers an enchanting blend of cultural heritage and Mediterranean beauty.

Restaurants on Corfu.

When I think about my personal dining experiences in Corfu, a few restaurants stand out. In the charming old town of Corfu, I fell in love with a place called Bougainvillea. They served the juiciest steak I’ve ever had. The delicious dishes, combined with the cozy vibe, made eating there unforgettable. In the cute village of Ipsos, I stumbled upon ‘ALS’, known for having the island’s best Moussaka. This seaside restaurant serves up classic Greek dishes. Their Moussaka, with layers of soft eggplant, spiced meat, and creamy sauce, was pure joy in every bite.

While it might not be everyone’s first pick, I found a spot for my love of Indian food in Corfu at The Tandoori Bites. It’s located in Kerkyra near the harbor to Albania. Even if the spot itself isn’t that dreamy, I’d often take my food to a beautiful part of the city. There, I’d savor the tasty dishes with a great view.

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