El Caminito del Rey or “The King’s Little Path” is often regarded as the most dangerous walkway in the world. This old walkway, now fallen into disrepair, is pinned along the steep walls of a narrow gorge in El Chorro, near Álora in the province of Málaga, Spain.
The walkway was built between 1901 and 1905 to provide workers the means to cross between two hydroelectric power plants at Chorro Falls and Gaitanejo Falls. These days the walkway is closed to the public, but that hasn’t stop thrill seekers from walking the narrow mountain walkway.
The photos don’t do it justice? Okay, here’s a video. The 1:25 mark made me a little queasy.
In June 2011, the regional government of Andalusia and the local government of Málaga agreed to share costs of restoration (including car parking and a museum) of €9 million. The project will take approximately three years to complete once it gets underway. Many of the original features will remain in place and the new materials that are used will be in keeping with the old design.
So if you are the thrill seeking type, then El Caminito is calling your name before it gets turned into a busy tourist attraction.
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