It’s entirely possible to spend days watching videos – cute kittens, favourite bands, Michael Thomas’s goal against Liverpool in 1989 – and we never tire of these amazing films of El Camino del Rey – the King’s Walkway (sometimes El Caminito del Rey).
For six vertigo-inducing minutes you’re taken on a stroll along the narrow, concrete path that’s pinned to the side of the rock 40 kilometres from Málaga. It’s falling apart – and people have fallen from it to their deaths. You can even go on an unofficial tour with no experience of climbing (you just need to be aged 12+).
There’s a steel wire attached to the rock face which you can clip yourself on to. But those pants are going to fill, no matter what.
It was built in the early 1900s to allow workers at Chorro Falls and Gaitanejo Falls to inspect, maintain and have easier access to the hydroelectric power plants there.
In 1921 King Alfonso XIII used the path when he opened the Conde del Guadalhorce dam – and gave it the name it’s known by today.
Daniel Ahmen made the first film below. It’s been reported that he died in 2011 while climbing in the Himalayas.
The second film is equally as good and perhaps even more terrifying. The 3D view from El Camino del Rey is also worth viewing.
[Update: Funding has been made available so the walkway can be restored. Work is planned to start in 2014.]
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