The list of the World’s most spectacular cliff walks continues…
The vertigo-inducing pictures show tourists navigating extremely narrow and treacherous walkways along the most dangerous, yet scenic cliffs around the world.
6. El Caminito del Rey – Spain
This may be one of the scariest cliff walks in the world. Just looking at the pictures sends shiver down your spine. Also known as “The King’s Pathway”, it was originally built for workers to help them cross between the hydroelectric power plants at Chorro and Gaitanejo. The walkway clings to the cliff, some 330 ft above the El Chorro river. This hazardous path is popular among thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies. Parts of the path are literally missing. There are sections where concrete has completely collapsed, creating large gaps. The only way to bridge them is by very narrow steel beams. Unfortunately, there have been several fatal accidents, which led to closing the area. It is being restored now and is expected to be re-open this year.
7. Chang Kong Cliff Road, Huashan Mountain, China
Huashan Mountain is considered one of China’s Five Great Mountains, having a long history of religious significance. The cliff walk is believed to have been built 700 years ago by hermits who lived deep in the mountains. It is made of wooden boards, but it’s no less dangerous than the previous one. The pathway is only a foot wide and clings to the absolutely vertical cliff. If you are looking for adventure, then navigating Chang Kong cliff road would be a memorable experience for you.
8. Cape Carbon Paths, Algeria
The Cape is located less than 3 mi from the city of Bejaia, one of the oldest cities in Algeria. There is also one of the tallest lighthouses in the Mediterranean Sea, built at 720 ft (220 m) above sea level. The trail is mostly carved in rocks and surrounded by olive and pine trees. The view from the cape is absolutely stunning.
9. Path to Gaztelugatxe, Spain
The enchanting island of Gaztelugatxe is located in the Bay of Biscay, just outside the Spanish coast in Basque Country. It is connected to the coast by a narrow walkway which crosses a stone bridge. There is a monastery called San Juan on top of the islet. It dates from the 10th century and is believed to have come from the Knights of Templar. In order to get there, you will have to go up the magnificent staircase. There are over 230 steps, but the view makes it worthwhile. Summer months are always overcrowded with tourists. So, the best time to visit the place are spring and autumn.
10. Skellig Michael Path, Ireland
Skellig Michael, also known as Great Skellig, is the larger one of the two Skellig Islands. There is a mysterious monastery on the island, dating from the 6th century. The path leading to the remains of the monastery will take you 600 ft (200 m) above sea level. The ruins, just like the island itself are fascinating. The place was included into the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1996. It is obvious why Christian monks chose this place as their refuge. The sheer beauty of the island and its isolation makes you feel closer to heaven.