World's scariest footpath to reopen

Katy Holland


El Caminito del Rey, or King's little pathway. El Chorro. Andalucia, Spain
El Caminito del Rey, or King's little pathway. El Chorro. Andalucia, Spain




Southern Spain's Caminito del Rey, aka 'the world's scariest footpath', is to open again to visitors after a multi-million pound restoration.

Both entrances to the hiking trail have been closed since 2000 after five people fell to their deaths, but many thrillseekers still walk the nerve-wracking gorge pathway, despite the threat of fines up to 6000 Euros for trespassing.

In some sections, the path is missing altogether and walkers have to scramble over rocks, facing the risk of falling into the Guadalhorce River far below (see video).





Malaga authorities say that the refurbished pathway will be safer: 500 tonnes of new metal parts will replace those that have fallen down the ravine, reports the local.es.

The hiking path will officially reopen early next year. The trail, which translates as "the King's walkway", skirts the edge of the narrow Gaitanes Gorge in southern Spain.

Millions of people have watched YouTube footage of dare-devil walkers negotiating the rickety, metre-wide path.



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