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Caminito del Rey – Spain’s scariest pathway reopens

Caminito del Rey – Spain’s scariest pathway reopens

It resembles something out of an Indiana Jones film.

For the last 14 years, this cliff face pathway in Spain has been considered too dangerous to use.

But from March 28, daring hikers will once again be able to tackle el Caminito del Rey, dubbed by media as the world’s scariest walkway.

At more than 3km long, over 100 metres high and never more than a metre wide, Caminito del Rey, or the King’s Pathway, was closed in 2001 after five people fell to their deaths.

However a €2.5m renovation, paid for by the local Andalusian government and the city of Malaga, has seen the path reinforced and extra safety measures put in place.

The walkway was constructed in 1901 and was finished in 1905.

Its was created to provide a way for workers to get to two hydroelectric power plants at waterfalls along the route, providing a means of transporting supplies and equipment.

The original pathway had no safety rails and, according to adventure seekers who dared, in recent years holes have appeared in the walkway itself.

A cable ran alongside the path allowing walkers to clip a safety harness to at least something nailed into the rock face. “If you’re afraid of heights, it’s the stuff of nightmares,” said one adventure blogger.

For the fearless the walkway is worth a try as the area around the Caminito is one of outstanding beauty and the Lonely Planet guide for 2015 has it was a leading recommendation for visitors to the Costa del Sol.

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