Take a Walk on the World’s Scariest Footpath

Spain's Caminito Del Rey is not for the faint of heart. | By NGT Staff  
Caminito Del Rey Spain
The Caminito Del Rey is a heart-stopping walk in the south of Spain. Photo: Isa Ruiz/Flickr/Creative Commons (http://bit.ly/1jxQJMa)

The Caminito Del Rey footpath trail hangs more than 300ft in the air above southern Spain’s Guadalhorce river gorge, near Málaga. Dubbed the world’s scariest footpath, the 7.7km-route is only about one metre wide in some parts, with many sections jutting out from the vertical rock face. Caminito Del Rey was built between 1901 and 1905 to allow the workers to access two local hydropower projects. It is named after King Alfonso XIII and translates as the “King’s Little Pathway”. Today, the path boasts handrails and a skywalk, but things weren’t always this way. Here’s what it looked like before—and why it it’s called the world’s scariest footpath.

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