By Joan Larsen
Its name – El Caminito del Rey (in English: The King’s Little Pathway) … makes it sounds like it would be a delight for a child. But, in fact, this walkway, built in 1905 and attached to the steep walls of El Chorro gorge in southern Spain’s Malaga province, became – much later — a site for daredevils, eager to test their mettle on the crumbling infrastructure. Exploring the least travelled roads in Spain many years ago, we foolishly thought we would give it a try. After all, we were adventurers – or so we thought.
Instead we were chickens!
It took only one look at the crumbling infrastructure – one look at the sections that had collapsed into the river far below – and we knew we could die on The King’s Little Pathway.
And yet this YouTube (below) of the daredevils still trying to make it before 2000 – without plummeting to their deaths – will show you that this was the world’s most dangerous hike. (If you get scared easily, pass this video up!)
Soon after this scary video was taken, Spain closed the walkway for a number of years for extensive repairs. Every manner of safety precautions were instituted.
In March, 2015, both National Geographic and Lonely Planet touted the grand opening of the newly built pathway — following the track of the old — but with all precautions taken to assure that you will see some of the world’s most stunning views – as well as its dizzying heights in safety.
Going to Spain and want to see one of the most beautiful natural hidden wonders of our world? I truly hope the photos will capture a largely unknown byway of Spain that lovers of natural beauty and nature will just not want to miss. The sometimes steep – but safe – trail can now be walked in a single morning! However, I promise it will be remembered for a lifetime! Incredible!!
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
– Neale Donald Walsch
Writer Joan Larsen has spent a lifetime searching for the most remote places on Earth. But it is the polar regions of our world that she has been drawn back to again and again. She has done research in these lands of ice, and considers Antarctica to be her “other home.”