Caminito del Rey

Caminito del Rey

Caminito del Rey

What better way to finish 2015 than a day trip to Caminito del Rey (King’s little pathway) ? Yup, you read that right, we finally made it to the “world’s scariest footpath” as many people described it. Personally I think it used to be scary years ago , before Junta de Andalusia decided to spend over $11 million in upgrading and renovating it. Today, scary is only for those suffering vertigo. The 110-year-old walkway, set by the village of Alora, north west of Málaga, was reopened in March 28th 2015,  fixed with a new wooden pathway and equipped with safety lines and steel bolts for visitors. And yes, you need an helmet to walk the king’s path, Caminito del Rey.

Raised  100 meters above the “Desfiladero del los Gaitanes” gorge, “Caminito del Rey” was closed in 2001 following five deaths in 1999 and 2000. The dangerously worn-out path earned a reputation though as thrill-seekers who ignored the closure and dared the crossing, despite a hefty fine of €6,000 for trespassers.Originally built in 1905 as a means for hydroelectric workers to travel between Chorro Falls and Gaitanejo Falls, Caminito del Rey received its name in 1921, when Spain’s King Alfonso XIII made the walk to open the new “Conde del Guadalhorce” dam. So this is a short history of the (used to be)  the “world’s scariest footpath”

It was this  warm and sunny  day of December, we walked the new suspended boardwalk admiring great views of the Gualdalhorce river swirling below and the cliffs surrounded by birds of prey. It was spectacular at least to say. The old crumbled path was left untouched under the new built one , as a  testament of  the stomach-churner thrill few people paid with their lives for. The old path sneaking beneath the new one is riddled with holes and chunks of concrete are missing down the gorge. The highlight of the 4.75 miles (7.7 km) walk comes around the end of the walk with a suspended, metal bridge. I have to admit my nervousness and taking photos was the last thought I had in my mind in those sweaty moments. Selected as one of Lonely Planet’s top new travel experiences for 2015, the reopening of the pathway has been anticipated for years. After there years of design and one of construction, the new and improved Caminito del Rey was reopened adding a new thought after tourist destination in beautiful, amamazing Andalusia.

For those interested in more information  here  is a very well written article. And of course until you have the chance to walk its foot path, 

Caminito del Rey on Youtube

Enjoy the trip!

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There is still a regional train running Caminito del Rey, and this was a pure photo luck.

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Close to the end of the route, and the old bridge is still standing

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The turning point for many tourists for sure

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In memoriam

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