Caminito del rey: the most dangerous hike in the world
Walking 100 meters high inside a canyon
Did you know that Caminito del Rey was considered the most dangerous hike in the world? In the Spanish region of Andalusia, there is a walkway suspended 100 meters high which until 2015, the date of its safety, had the sad reputation of being the most dangerous hike in the world!
The Caminito del Rey was built between 1901 and 1905 with the aim of facilitating the maintenance of two hydroelectric power plants located between the walls of the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes canyon. In 1921 King Alfonso XIII covering the walkway of several Km, he officially inaugurated it and for this reason they gave it the name of Caminito del Rey.
After years, the walkway that was built with highly perishable materials was abandoned and obviously, without adequate maintenance, it began its inexorable decline with the collapse of several sections of the structure.
Despite the danger of the walkway suspended between the gorges of the Chorro , many daredevils have faced it attracted, both by the charm of the extreme ecperience, and by the magnificent naturalistic setting in which it is located.
Among the various courageous people who faced the rough walkway, there were several victims and injured people who helped to earn it the title of "the most dangerous hike in the world".
Following several incidents, the authorities decided to definitively demolish the initial part of the Caminito del Rey in 2000, hoping it was a sufficient deterrent to prevent fearless hikers from risking their lives. Evidently they had not dealt with the most stubborn who, in order to face the path, climbed on the rock to reach the stretch of walkway not demolished.
To avoid the complete demolition of the structure, it was decided to restructure and secure it, making it one of the most visited attractions in Andalusia. Inaugurated in 2015, the Caminito del Rey has quickly become one of the most popular destinations for nature and thrill lovers, in fact the path, which was once called the most dangerous in the world, has become one of the most spectacular in the world!
Thousands of tourists visit this attraction every year enough to make reservations necessary months before or the risk of not finding a ticket is very high.
The Caminito del Rey is a one-way route about 8 km long, 3 of which to face inside the canyon on suspended walkways even at 100 meters high. Although very adrenaline, the path is absolutely safe and allows to enjoy a unique panorama in a beautiful nature reserve.
The Caminito del Rey is located in the province of Malaga and the entrance is located in El Chorro, being a one-way route, once completed, it will be necessary to reach the places of departure and to do so you can take advantage of the available buses.
Must see places near Caminito del Rey:
- Ronda (63 Km/39 mi)
Ronda is a city located between the banks of a gorge whose ends are connected by a historic bridge that leaves you speechless for its beauty
- Malaga (56 Km/34,8 mi)
Malaga is the main destination of the Costa del Sol, it is a very lively city with a magnificent historic center
- Setenil de las Bodegas (55 Km/34,2 mi)
Setenil is a village whose houses are set in the rock sheltered from the scorching sun of Andalusia
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