Spain's El Caminito del Rey Path reopens

  •  El Caminito del Rey Path or King’s Little Pathway was reinforced in £4million (€5.5million) restoration project
  • It re-opened to the public after 14 years of closure when five people plummeted to their deaths from trail 
  • Since re-opening two years ago the path has welcomed 600,000 tourists, who pay 10 euros for the hairy hike 

If you’re a tourist with a spot of daredevil in your DNA then this might appeal to you. 

One of Spain’s most popular tourist attractions, El Caminito del Rey Path, slices through the Gaitanes Gorge providing thrillseekers with dramatic views 330ft above Gualdalhorce river.

The walkway was revamped and re-opened in 2015 after five people plunged to their deaths between 1999 and 2000.

One of Spain¿s most popular tourist attractions, El Caminito del Rey Path, slices through the Gaitanes Gorge providing thrill-seekers with dramatic views 330ft above Gualdalhorce river

One of Spain’s most popular tourist attractions, El Caminito del Rey Path, slices through the Gaitanes Gorge providing thrill-seekers with dramatic views 330ft above Gualdalhorce river

Dubbed by many media outlets as the world's scariest pathway, the three-kilometre long pathway, which was built above the gorge of Los Gaitanes between the years of 1901 and 1905, was closed in 2001 after five people died

Dubbed by many media outlets as the world’s scariest pathway, the three-kilometre long pathway, which was built above the gorge of Los Gaitanes between the years of 1901 and 1905, was closed in 2001 after five people died

The reinforced King’s Little Pathway, as it is known in English, is now more of a beauty spot than a danger zone after a £4million (€5.5million) restoration project.

Since re-opening, two years ago, the path has welcomed 600,000 tourists, according to The Local.

The attraction, which costs 10 euros, is so popular that it has set a limit of visitors per year at 300,000, with 1,100 admitted per day.  

The four-mile network of paths is open from Tuesday to Friday, weather permitting, and it is estimated that it will take the average visitors four to five hours to walk the full route.

El Caminito del Rey or The King's little pathway is a walkway, pinned along the steep walls of a narrow gorge in El Chorro, near Ardales in the province of Málaga, Andalucia, Spain

El Caminito del Rey or The King’s little pathway is a walkway, pinned along the steep walls of a narrow gorge in El Chorro, near Ardales in the province of Málaga, Andalucia, Spain

Since re-opening, two years ago, the path has welcomed 600,000 tourists. The attraction is so popular that it has set a limit of visitors per year at 300,000, with 1,100 admitted per day

Since re-opening, two years ago, the path has welcomed 600,000 tourists. The attraction is so popular that it has set a limit of visitors per year at 300,000, with 1,100 admitted per day

The four-mile network of paths is open from Tuesday to Friday, weather permitting, and it is estimated that it will take the average visitors four to five hours to walk the full route

The four-mile network of paths is open from Tuesday to Friday, weather permitting, and it is estimated that it will take the average visitors four to five hours to walk the full route

Before it was restored and security fences were installed, El Caminito del Rey was an extreme climbing spot, attracting daredevil holidaymakers from around the world thanks to its state of disrepair. 

The narrow concrete path, supported by steel stanchions at around 45 degrees into the rock face, had wide gaps and rickety hand rails that posed a massive challenge even for experienced climbers.

Its entrances were officially closed after five people plunged to their deaths in 1999 and 2000, but that didn’t stop adrenaline junkies from continuing to risk their lives on the crumbling path. 

Before it was restored and security fences were installed, El Caminito del Rey was an extreme climbing spot, attracting daredevil holidaymakers from around the world thanks to its state of disrepair. The revamped path is pictured above

Before it was restored and security fences were installed, El Caminito del Rey was an extreme climbing spot, attracting daredevil holidaymakers from around the world thanks to its state of disrepair. The revamped path is pictured above

The narrow concrete path, supported by steel stanchions at around 45 degrees into the rock face, had wide gaps and rickety hand rails that posed a massive challenge even for experienced climbers. The revamped path is pictured

For 14 years locals and tourists bypassed security measures and ignored the threat of a £5,000 fine for trespassing. The revamped path is pictured

The narrow concrete path, supported by steel stanchions at around 45 degrees into the rock face, had wide gaps and rickety hand rails that posed a massive challenge even for experienced climbers. The revamped path is pictured above

The path enables tourists to get up close and personal with a dramatic cliff 

The path enables tourists to get up close and personal with a dramatic cliff 

For 14 years locals and tourists bypassed security measures and ignored the threat of a £5,000 fine for trespassing. 

That was until the Andalusian and Malagan governments launched the ambitious restoration project. 

Accessible from the towns of Ardales and Alora (El Chorro), the footpath is more than 100 years old and was built for workers at two nearby hydroelectric plants. 

It is now managed in a joint venture by Hermandos Campano and Bobastro 2000. 

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