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Summer tickets for 'Spain's scariest hike' selling out fast
03 May 2019 @ 21:35

IF YOU'RE a daredevil with a head for heights, hiking along the treacherous Caminito del Rey in the province of Málaga is the ultimate challenge this summer – but tickets are selling out fast.

The management put 100,000 tickets on sale a month ago for dates in July, August and September, at daily slots of roughly 30 minutes apart and have already shifted between half and two-thirds of these.

Between 200 and 450 a day are still available, with 'free entry' tickets at €10 a head for those who want to explore in their own time being snapped up the fastest, ahead of the €18 tickets for guided tours, which run in parallel format in Spanish and English.

Nestled between the three towns of Álora, Antequera and Ardales but mostly in the first of these, the stunning, dramatic river Guadalhorce canyon is the site of what was once described as the most dangerous footpath in Spain – but having reopened in March 2015 to tourists after extensive works, it now no longer holds this dubious honour.

It is in fact pretty safe, but does not exactly feel that way for anyone with vertigo – although for those who are not bothered about being up high, the views are spectacular and the rock formations are mind-blowing.

An eight-kilometre track through three canyons of the Los Gaitanes abyss, the name of the Caminito del Rey translates as 'King's Walkway', but it nearly became the 'President's Walkway' when former national leader Mariano Rajoy, a keen rambler, announced plans to give it a go once it reopened.



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