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Day trip from Seville to Caminito del Rey




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Eight hours. That's a long time. You could spend it catching up on sleep (well, we all know how that goes *opens Instagram*), or watching your favorite movie for the third time (been there, done that). Or, you could swap monotony for majesty on a heart-pounding day trip from Seville to the Caminito del Rey.

If you're in Seville and want to explore more of Andalusia, day trips are perfect! One exciting option is the Caminito del Rey walkway. Once, the “world’s deadliest walkway” is now safe, after a complete makeover. The path snakes around Los Gaitanes and the boundless El Chorro gorges. If your heart seeks thrill, you know the drill! Read on to learn all there is to know about Day trips from Seville to Caminito del Rey!

Best things to do in Seville

Royal Alcázar

The Royal Alcázar of Seville is an exquisite palace that blends Islamic and Christian architectural styles, with a history stretching back to the 10th century. Originally a Muslim citadel, it was expanded by various dynasties before being partially rebuilt by Castilian rulers after the conquest of Seville. Today, it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famed for its intricate Mudejar decorations, beautiful gardens, and royal quarters that are still used by the Spanish royal family when they visit Seville.

Climb the Giralda Tower

The Giralda Tower is the bell tower of the Seville Cathedral. It was originally built by the Almohads as a minaret and is now one of the most iconic landmarks in Seville. You can climb to the top for gorgeous views of the cityscape like the Alcázar Palace, Plaza de España, Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, and more.

Seville Cathedral

The Seville Cathedral is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to stunning stained glass windows, a massive altarpiece, and the tomb of Christopher Columbus, with all of it’s enigmatic history. First buried in Valladolid, Spain, the remains of Columbus were moved to Seville's Carthusian monastery shortly after. Following his wishes, they were then shipped off to the Dominican Republic. Except, some accounts say they ended up in Cuba after that. Finally, in 1899, parts (supposedly) arrived back in Seville Cathedral, where a grand tomb hoisted by four figures now marks his "final" resting place.

Plaza de España

 This grand square was built for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. It is a beautiful example of Spanish Renaissance architecture and features canals, bridges, and pavilions representing the different provinces of Spain.

Explore the Santa Cruz neighborhood

Santa Cruz is the old Jewish quarter of Seville. It is a charming neighborhood with narrow streets, whitewashed houses, and flower-filled balconies. There are also many tapas, bars, and restaurants in this area like Bodega Santa Cruz, Café Santacruz - tapas bar, El Librero Tapas Y Quesos and more.

Watch a flamenco show

 Flamenco is a traditional Spanish dance that originated in Andalusia. Seville is a great place to experience a flamenco show, as there are many tablaos (flamenco venues) in the city.

Take a tapas crawl

 Tapas are small, savory dishes perfect for sharing. Seville is a city that thrives on this social, food-focused culture. Elbow-to-elbow with friendly Sevillanos, you can order a plate of melt-in-your-mouth jamón ibérico (cured ham) and a glass of crisp, local wine. Delicious, right?

Best time to take a day trip from Seville to Caminito del Rey

The best time to take a day trip from Seville to Caminito del Rey depends on what you prioritize: weather, crowds, or daylight hours. Here's a breakdown by season:

  • Spring (March-May): This shoulder season offers pleasant temperatures and manageable crowds. It's a great time to visit if you want to avoid the summer heat and the larger crowds of peak season.
  • Summer (June-August): The weather is hot and sunny, perfect for enjoying the stunning views from the Caminito del Rey. However, this is also the peak season, so expect larger crowds and higher prices.
  • Autumn (September-November): Another shoulder season with comfortable temperatures and fewer crowds. The scenery is also particularly beautiful in autumn, as the leaves begin to change color.
  • Winter (December-February): The weather is mild, but there is a chance of rain. The Caminito del Rey may be closed on some days due to bad weather conditions. The upside is that there will be the fewest crowds of any season.

How to get around Seville

Metro

Seville's metro system has one line, Line 1, which runs roughly east to west and is ideal for traversing longer distances across the city. You can purchase tickets at metro stations with single or return options. Operating hours are from 6:30am to 11pm from Mondays to Thursdays, extended to 2am on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 7:30am to 11pm on Sundays and holidays.

Trams

The limited tram service consists of a single line, the MetroCentro, which runs through the city center, connecting key points like Plaza Nueva and Puerta de Jerez. Tram fares are the same as the metro.

Bus

Seville's bus network is the most extensive and covers almost every part of the city. You can purchase tickets on board the bus using exact change (euros) or with a pre-purchased travel card. Get a Seville Travel Card for unlimited travel during a specific period if you plan on using the bus frequently.

Tips to making the most of your day trip from Seville to Caminito del Rey

  • Pack a hearty lunch: Since food isn't included, bring a picnic that'll conquer hunger pangs like sandwiches, wraps, or protein bars. Opt for easy-to-eat options that won't leave your fingers greasy while gripping the walkways. This hike is exposed, and the Andalusian sun can be unforgiving. Pack a reusable water bottle (at least 2 liters) and refill it whenever possible. Pro-tip: Freeze your water bottle partially beforehand - it'll be a lifesaver on the sunny trail.
  • Pack a small bag: Since this is a round-trip transfer, you can bring a small backpack or tote bag for any souvenirs you might pick up in El Chorro or surrounding areas.
  • Dress up for the hike: Comfortable, breathable hiking shoes with good grip are essential. Opt for moisture-wicking clothes - synthetics are your friend here. Layers are a good call, as mornings can be chilly but the hike heats up. Don't forget a hat and sunglasses!
  • Capture the moment: The views are phenomenal, so bring a camera or your phone for those Insta-worthy snaps. But be mindful of others and avoid blocking the narrow walkways while you get your perfect shot. Safety first, selfies second!
  • Choose your train (if traveling by public transport): Two kinds of trains go from Seville to Malaga. One is the old-style train, and the other is the new high-speed train. The high-speed trains are faster, taking only 2 hours instead of 3. But they are more expensive. Consider the one most tailored to your needs, if you opt for public transport.
  • All about parking: If you're coming by car, you can park at one of the following four places to get to the tunnel. You can pay when you arrive or book a spot when you get your tickets. There's parking at Car Park Ardales for €2, open from 8:30 am, right across from the tunnel entrance. If you want free parking, you can park in the village of El Chorro. Near El Kiosko restaurant, there's limited free parking, then it's a 5-minute walk to the tunnel. The Official Caminito del Rey Car Park costs €2 and is the farthest from the tunnel, about 2.2km away, but you can book a spot online. Remember, none of these car parks are right next to the North Access, so you'll need to hike about 1.5km to start your walk!
  • Know your entrance: There's only one northern entrance where most tours begin. You can't access the walk from anywhere else except for this North Access near El Kiosko restaurant. You can get there by car and park at the abovementioned spots. From there, you have a choice of two paths: a shorter 20-minute walk through a tunnel, or a scenic 42-minute walk along the Gaitanejo trail. The trail offers lovely views but takes longer. Whichever path you choose, they both lead to the official entrance gate of El Caminito.

Frequently asked questions about day trips from Seville

What type of Caminito del Rey day trips and tours are available from Seville?

With comfortable transportation (shuttle bus) departing from central Seville in the morning, go for “From Granada/Malaga/Seville: Caminito del Rey Guided Tour with Round-Trip Transfers”. You'll have a guide on hand to share insights and ensure a smooth experience. The tour includes entrance tickets and a free hour or so in Ardales for breakfast or coffee (at your own expense) before hitting the trail. Expect to be back in Seville by late afternoon/early evening.

Are there any age restrictions for Caminito del Rey tours?

The minimum age for Caminito del Rey itself is usually 8 years old. This is due to safety considerations on the Caminito del Rey. Those aged 8-18 must be accompanied by adults at all times. Do not forget to bring ID proof with you.

Are day trips from Seville to Caminito del Rey suitable for children or older adults?

Day trips with comfortable transportation and guided walks should be manageable for most children aged 9 and above who are reasonably fit and comfortable with heights. However, the walkway itself can get narrow and there are drop-offs, so good supervision is crucial. For older adults, assess your mobility and comfort level. The walk is relatively flat, but there are some uneven sections and stairs.

Should I book a tour or go independently?

This depends on your comfort level and budget. Tours handle transportation, tickets (which can sell out!), and even a guide. Going independently lets you set your own pace, but requires navigating public transport or renting a car, plus buying tickets in advance.
Insider Tip:  If going solo, consider a ride-sharing app to split the cost and driving duties with fellow travelers you meet in Seville.

Is the Caminito del Rey difficult?

The path itself is well-maintained and safe. However, it involves some climbing and traverses a gorge with drops. If you're not comfortable with heights or have mobility limitations, this might not be the best choice.