The Caminito del Rey, situated near El Chorro in southern Spain, often dubbed the “world’s scariest footpath”, reopened to visitors last month.

The trail, which translates as “the King’s walkway”, skirts the edge of the narrow Gaitanes Gorge in southern Spain.

Millions of people have watched YouTube footage of dare-devil walkers negotiating the rickety, metre-wide path.

camino before camino afterHowever, both entrances were closed to the public following fatalities in 1999 and 2000. Despite the closures, walkers have continued to try to navigate the trail, much of which has fallen into a state of disrepair.

In places, only slim metal rails remain, with walkers needing to have sure footwork to prevent falling into the Guadalhorce River far below.

The 1.2kilometre trail was originally installed to allow workers access to the Guadalhorce dam. The royal association derives from the dam being inaugurated by King Alfonso XIII in 1921. His great-grandson, King Felipe VI, has been asked to open the new camino.

Now it reopened to the public  the trail will be free to visitors for three months. There will then be a charge for tourists to walk along it, with only a limited number of tourists allowed to go on the bridge each day “for security reasons,” according to the Malaga council.

Enjoy the walk on the path (not for people with vertigo)

The chipped stone paths along the gorge walls have been replaced by wooden walkways along the edges with a trellis. In some places the path has been made of glass so you can look down. The path is open to children from 8 years. Since the first months of the entry is free, there are  about 30,000 registrations in order to be allowed to walk the path. Then walkers have to pay 6 euros. The real daredevil perhaps will no longer go down, because of climbing and climbing is no more. Although a walk of 7 kilometers in total at a height of 100 meters, may be not for everyone.

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KoningspadThis article is partly based on an article of Jolyon Attwooll for telegraph.