AS of April 2016 those wishing to visit the Caminito del Rey (King’s Walkway) in El Chorro will have to pay to do so.
Although the exact price of tickets has yet to be agreed upon by the local councils, it is expected to be between €7 and €10 per person, Malaga Provincial Council’s Environmental Delegate Marina Bravo announced at a plenary session this week.
The agreement on use and management of the stunning mountain trail, which has attracted visitors from all over the world since it was opened in March this year, will have to be adapted to allow for the change. The authorities intend to use the opportunity to put management of the attraction in the hands of a private group.
The news has met strong resistance from opposition parties, who have voiced fears that it may fall into the wrong hands or be badly managed. However,t the provincial leaders have stressed that that is what Alora and Ardales councils have requested.
There have been many complaints over recent months from people who have been unable to obtain tickets to visit the Caminito but later said the site was reported to be almost empty. They accused local businesses of snatching up tickets to give or sell to their customers.
Yet Malaga Provincial Council has always maintained that the problem was caused by people who booked tickets then failed to turn up on the day and believes that charging for tickets should stop this happening, hopefully resulting in more availability.