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World’s Most Dangerous Footpath To Reopen

Would you? Or for those with who suffer from vertigo, could you?

What is cited as ‘the world’s most dangerous footpath’ Spain’s stunning Caminito del Rey features a cliff face boardwalk that hangs 100 meters above the Guadalhorce River. Closed for over a decade due to a spate of fatal accidents, thanks to an extensive (and expensive some five and a half million euros) resconstruction project the footpath is set to reopen on March 26th.

The path, which begins in the village of El Chorro in southern Malaga province, has been around since the early 1900s and was originally built to provide access to two waterfalls for hydroelectric workers. Over the years, the boardwalk deteriorated and, following a string of fatal accidents in 1999 and 2000, the government demolished the access points to the walkway.

The reopening coincides with Spain’s Holy Week celebrations and looks set to be a firm tourist attraction in the southern region.

The picturesque  route is 7.7 kilometers long in its entirety, with boardwalks covering 2.9 kilometers of the trail. The Balconcillo de los Gaitanes bridge, spanning the Gaitanes Gorge makes up the most famous section (pictured). The entire route, which includes steep slopes will take between four and five hours to walk.

Entry will be free for the first six months after the attraction reopens on March 26.

Those who want to visit need to book a spot on the official website.

Do you dare to take it on?

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