Looking for an Extreme Hike? the Caminito del Rey is for You

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Hiking is often an adrenaline rush that provides exciting paths and breathtaking views to the people that hit the trails.

While hiking is exciting, it probably isn’t quite right to define it as an “extreme sport.” That is, until you see the “Caminito del Rey,” a hiking path located in the province of Malaga, Spain.

This hiking path was constructed at the turn of the 20th century in order to provide workers at the hydroelectric plants in the areas a way to reach their worksites. The Guadalhorce River cuts through the gorge that the path traverses.

The name of the path translates to “The King’s Little Path,” and this is because Spanish king Alfonso XIII visited and walked the path back in 1921 to celebrate the opening of the canyon’s hydroelectric dam.

Now that the path isn’t used by the workers, it’s become a tourist attraction and a thrilling hike for visitors of all skill levels and abilities. Until a restoration was completed in 2015, it was known as a dangerous path due to various stretches in which the path had fallen into disrepair.

However, now that the path has been made completely safe, more and more tourists are flocking to the Caminito del Rey to enjoy the extreme views and thrilling experience that the 3-kilometer hike provides.

Would you be brave enough to do this hike?