El Caminito del Rey, Spain

El Caminito del Rey (English: the King’s pathway) is situated  in El Chorro gorge, near Malaga, Spain. El Caminito del Rey is over 3 kilometers long and an amazing adventure which includes walking along an old and forgotten pathway which in most parts can collapse in any given time. The adventure seams more thrilling especially crossing the parts where the path has completely worn away. Unfortunately it’s now being totally rebuilt to make it safer and more of a tourist attraction, which is nice for most, but probably means that El Caminito del Rey will loose a big part of it’s adventures appeal and authenticity.
El Caminito del Rey walkway’s construction took 4 years and ended in 1905, the pass high up over the canyon was created in order to make way for workers of the hydroelectric power plants near by.

El Caminito del Rey is truly a dangerous trail – quite a few people lost their lives here, Some call it “The world’s most dangerous path” as it is a crumbling and 100 meters up a vertical rock and a narrow canyon.

**** Update ****:
After 14 years of renovations (including rails and proper repair to old bridges) in which the pathway was closed to tourists, Spain has re-opened (2015) the “Al-Caminito del Rey.
It was officially closed in 2001 after five travelers found their death while hiking the trail.

For more information visit Wikipedia – Caminito del Rey

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