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Spain: Fancy a stroll along this SHEER-DROP path?01:26

Spain: Fancy a stroll along this SHEER-DROP path?

Spain, Malaga
March 8, 2015 at 07:30 GMT +00:00 · Published

A footpath that has become notoriously known as the world's most dangerous footpath, wedged into the walls of a gorge in El Chorro, Malaga province, was officially re-opened to press on Sunday.

The 'Caminito del Rey', which translates as 'King's Pathway', was originally shut down by authorities for security reasons after five hikers died crossing the path between 1999 and 2000. The 2.5-mile (4km) long, metre-wide (3.2ft) path has now been reinforced with an extra security fence.

The trail was built between 1901 and 1905 in order to provide access to workers for the construction of a hydroelectric plant. King Alfonso XIII crossed the aerial trail to attend the ceremony of a dam, earning the path its name.

The fine for illegally hiking the trail before its re-opening was 6000 euro ($6500).

Spain: Fancy a stroll along this SHEER-DROP path?01:26
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A footpath that has become notoriously known as the world's most dangerous footpath, wedged into the walls of a gorge in El Chorro, Malaga province, was officially re-opened to press on Sunday.

The 'Caminito del Rey', which translates as 'King's Pathway', was originally shut down by authorities for security reasons after five hikers died crossing the path between 1999 and 2000. The 2.5-mile (4km) long, metre-wide (3.2ft) path has now been reinforced with an extra security fence.

The trail was built between 1901 and 1905 in order to provide access to workers for the construction of a hydroelectric plant. King Alfonso XIII crossed the aerial trail to attend the ceremony of a dam, earning the path its name.

The fine for illegally hiking the trail before its re-opening was 6000 euro ($6500).

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