The Camino del Rey
Described by many as one of the world’s scariest paths, the high level walkway, the Camino del Rey is a one metre wide concrete walkway attached to the steep walls of the El Chorro gorge in the province of Málaga, southern Spain. The way was closed in 2000, for more than a decade, after a number of people died attempting to cross it. The dangerously worn-out path earned a reputation though as thrill-seekers ignored the closure and dared the crossing, despite a maximum fine of €6,000 for trespassers.
In January 2011, we were some of those people who walked it, entering the way via the live and narrow railway tunnel, and walking the eroded and crumbling narrow path full of holes, showing the dizzying depths 350 feet below at the bottom of the gorge. At the time we walked it, it was in a highly deteriorated state, with numerous sections where part of or the entire concrete top had collapsed away. This resulted in large open air gaps bridged only by narrow steel beams or other support fixtures.
We made a video showing our walk along the route in January 2011