27.07.2015 Travel Insurance
Once a completely closed trail due to its dangerous nature, the El Caminito Del Rey trail in Spain is now open to the public.
While it used to be known as one of the most dangerous hikes in the world, this historic walkway from 1905 is now a well-constructed, albeit challenging, hike.
Listed as one of the most amazing European national park hikes, it’s worth a visit. Here are a few things to know before you go.
The hike wasn’t always as dangerous as it was in 2000.
It was originally built in the early 1900’s as a mode of transportation between two power stations on either side of the El Chorro Gorge. Rumours about how the walk was built vary from theories of sailors who were used to ropes and perilous heights doing the bulk of the construction, to prisoners who were condemned to death carrying out the most dangerous aspects of its assembly. The pathways fell into disrepair and evolved into the “world’s most dangerous pathway”, attracting daredevils and naïve hikers alike.
The pathway recently reopened in 2015 after €2.7m in renovations, according to the Guardian.
The previously crumbling pathway has now been redesigned into a solid wooden pathway with guardrails and leads to clip into. Safety is key on the new hiking path.
The hike is 7.7km with a dizzying bridge 105 metres high.
Those with a fear of heights, beware. This hike isn’t for the faint of heart. Thought the walls of the canyon around you will draw your attention, taking a peek between your feet might give you a sense of vertigo.
You need to reserve tickets in advance online.
They can be reserved online open in new tab before you go and the cost is €6 per person. It’s predicted that the El Caminito Del Rey could rise to be one of Spain’s biggest attractions, with an estimated six hundred people per day on the pathway.
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