Ever thought of flirting with death? Sounds crazy, right? Well, if you’re daring enough then there is a unique and adventurous place for you to visit. Located in Spain, The Caminito del Rey, Spanish for ‘The King’s Little Pathway’, is the most dangerous walkway in the world. With a total length of 7.7 kilometres, a staggering height of 350 feet and a width of just 1 meter, this 100 years old walkway is famous amongst rock climbers and adrenaline junkies around the world.
After 4 years of construction, The Caminito del Rey was completed in 1905, though it wasn’t until 1921 that it was actually inaugurated by the Spanish king Alfonso XIII. Marvelling at the beautiful landscape, the king himself walked the length of it, which is why it’s called “The King’s Little Pathway”. This walkway was actually built for the workers at the hydroelectric power plants, located at the two ends of the canyon, so that they could easily move materials back and forth.In 2015, this walkway was transformed into a much safer route, thanks to a €3.12 million restoration program, making it accessible for regular tourists.
Being the world’s most dangerous walkway, Caminito del Rey is strictly not recommended for heart patients and those who suffer from respiratory illness. People who are not fit enough might even suffer from dizziness due to the quality of the terrain. Keep in mind that a certain amount of rock climbing will be necessary while crossing the walkway.
We advise you to carry a bottle of sun cream, a hat, appropriate clothes and hiking boots. At the same time, you must make sure that you do not carry anything heavy such as bag packs. Smoking or lighting fire is banned on this walkway. As a precaution, make sure you reach half an hour before the given time on the booking receipt.
Last but not the least, you are certain to not get any cellular signal on this walkway except for Vodafone coverage. Also, the walkway remains closed on every Monday as well as on festive holidays such as January 1st, December 24th, 25th and 31st December.
Being located in a remote corner of Andalucia in the Southern Spain, you can travel to Caminito del Rey by either train or by road. Regional Train services to El Chorro are offered by RENFE on a daily basis. If you decide to go by road, it’s advisable to rent a car because there are no car parks and the journey is not going to be easy because of narrow and curvy roads.
Address: Málaga Málaga caminito dei, 29550 Ardales, Málaga, Spain
Contact No.: +34 952 06 99 00
Category: Travel Adventure
Operating Hours: 10:00 AM – 02:00 PM (October 25th to March 27th), 10:00 AM – 05:00 PM (April 1st to October 24th)
Cost: Free entry until March 2016