EL CAMINITO DEL REY - WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS CANYON HIKING TRAIL


EL CAMINITO DEL REY - WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS CANYON HIKING TRAIL.


The world's most dangerous canyon hiking trail in Andales, Malaga, Spain was reopened 2 years ago with extensive safety improvements after 4 years of renovation due of numerous fatal accidents. The regional government of Andalusia and the local goverment of Málaga agreed in June 2011 to share the cost of restoration for tourism.

Conquer your fear, dare to walk a narrow 1 metre (3ft) pinned wooden pathway along the walls of the El Chorro gorge, rises over 100 metre (330ft) above the river with breathtaking views but scariest. Walking the whole journey total of 7.7km, it takes 3-4 hours of hiking, 4.8 foothpath, forest trail and 2.9km pinned boardwalks in the walls of the gorge, which are the most famous part of the trail due of dangerous conditions, known as the world's most dangerous hiking trail in the past. Visitors must require awareness of this hazardous trail to take, its not necessary the level of fitness, but due of quality of terrain ( pinned boardwalks, hanging bridge, uphills and downhills) it's risky and requires physical effort and skillfulness, which is accepted by visitors who come to take the route.


First Boardwalk
   
 First Boardwalk

Middle of the First Boardwalk

 Taking Picture at the second boardwalk

Forest trail

Dare to step the glass floor 330ft above the river.

Taking picture before passing the hanging bridge

EL CAMINITO DEL REY BEFORE REFURBISHMENT

El Caminto del Rey was over a 100 years old and abandoned. The 330ft walkway was already corrupted, were numerous sections was collapsed, rooten steel beams and holes. The place was attractive for extreme climbers and hikers an exclusive adventure sports for adventurers who crazy  enough to attempt it. To enable to pass the collapse sections there's a cable run through the length of path allowing hikers to clip their harness, however the safety is unsure due that no one maintaned the area, so you must rely on at your own risk.
There are numerous fatal accidents and several people lost their lives attempting to climb the gorge. 

HISTORY

El Caminito del Rey (The King's little pathway) was built 1901 and finished 1905 to provide walkway for the workers to transport materials, maintenance and inspection in the 
hydroelectric power plants of Chorro falls and Gaitanejo falls. In 1921 King Alfonso XIII inauggurated the dam of Conde del Guadalhorce and it became known by its present name.

THINGS TO KNOW

* Hiking area closed during high winds, over 35km/h
* No Children permitted under 8 years old, Children above 8 years old must be accompanied all the times.
* Not advisable for those who are suffered from vertigo and nervous disposition.
* There's no toilets or facilities throughout the entire route, bring food and water.
* The hiking trail is linear, start in the north end to the south.
* There's a bus service to bring you back to the entrance area. Buses leaves every 30 minutes, with a single ticket cost €1.55, tickets available at Caminto ticket both.
* Rock climbers are allowed, as long they present their climbing insurance and must register the information area.

TICKETS

10€ per person
11.55€ Including bus service to take you back from starting area.
You can also book online @ caminitodelrey.info

OPENING HOURS

Monday-Sunday 9:30-15:00 (November-March)
Monday-Sunday 9:30-17:00 (April-October)

ADDRESS & CONTACT

29550 Ardales, Malaga
Official website caminitodelrey.info



2 Reasons, Why Seville, Spain was one of the choosen Game of Thrones filming location



2 REASONS, WHY SEVILLE, SPAIN WAS ONE OF THE CHOOSEN GAME OF THRONES FILMING LOCATION.

Are you one of the fans of Game of Thrones a worldwide phenomenon American fanstasy drama series? Due of their successful tv drama series, producers is more inspired to film all over the world, in season 5 the show added Spain to its list of filming locations. In my recent trips around Andalusia, Seville was one of my major hightlights, not just because it's a beautiful city but its one of the game of thrones filming locations and I know there are million avid fans out there, and I would like to write about it and share it with you.

Game of Thrones such a numbers of filming locations, such as Belfast and elsewhere in United Kingdom, Canada, Crotia, Iceland, Malta, Morocco, United States and Spain particularly Seville. 

Why Seville, Spain was one of the choosen of Game of Thrones filming location?

1. Game of thrones producer fell in love of Real Alcázar which is perfect for the setting of Dorne and the water gardens palace, a fictional region of westeros and palace, a house of Martell, ruler of dorne. it must supposed to be a place that luxurios, pleasant and warm, as described of George RR Martin series books a song of ice and fire.

Game of thrones filmed in four parts of Real Alcázar, The Ambassador's hall, Mercury Pond, The bath of Maria Padilla and the garden.

* The Ambassador's Hall - The Ambassador's Hall of Real Alcázar is perfect for the setting of Water Gardens Palace living room, where the interior designs is heavily influenced by moorish occupation, which is very impressive decoration and designs, with stunning gold ceiling, moorish style arches, plaster mouldings and an Arabic writing and handmade geometric tiles.




Jaime Lannister meets Prince Doran Martell at Water Gardens Palace (Season 5, Episode 9)

* Mercury Pond ( Estanque de Mercurio ) - Mercury Pond of Real Alcázar is perfect for the setting of Water Garden Palace garden with italian grotto presided over by the figure of god Mercury, designed in 1576.


Prince Doran setting in the balcony of Water Gardens (Season5,Episode2)

*The Baths of Maria Padilla ( Los Baños de Doña Maria de Padilla ) - The baths of Maria de Padilla are rainwater tanks beneath the patio del crucero. It has a central swimming pool covered with a nave of ten section of ribbed vault flanked by two side ailes. According to the legend Maria Padilla was a mistress of King Peter of Castle de Leon from 1350-1369.

Ellaria sand and her sandsnakes daugthers scene (Season 5, Episode 6)


* The Garden ( Los Jardines ) - Real Alcázar garden orchard with fruit trees, horticultural produce and a wide variety of fragrant flowers with ponds and pools.



Jaime & Bronn fight scene with Sandsnakes at the Water Gardens Palace (Season 5, Episode 6)


2. Seville, Spain is full of historic places with ancient architectural designs by moorish and romans era, which is perfect for the setting of their fantasy drama.

Game of Thrones filmed four places in Seville such as, Real Alcázar Royal Palace, Amphitheatre of Italica, Osuna Bullring and Seville Royal Dockyards.

* Real Alcázar Royal Palace - is a royal palace in Seville, Andalusia, Spain originally developed by moorish muslim kings. The palace is renowned as one of the most beautiful palace in Spain, being regraded as one of the most outstanding examples of mudėjar architecture found in Iberian Peninsula. The upper level of Alcázar is still used by the royal family as the official Seville residence and administered by the Patrimonio Nacional.  It is the oldest royal palace in Europe still in use and was registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a WORLD HERITAGE.


Opening hours - Mon - Sun 9:30-5:00

Address & Contacts - Patio de Banderas s/n 41004 Sevilla
Call Tel.# 954 502 324 or visit official website www.alcazarsevilla.org

* Amphitheatre of Italica - huge ancient amphitheatre, one of the biggest amphitheatre of Roman world, used for gladiator fights with vaulted gallery and patterned mosaics. It can accomodate spectators approximately 25,000 people, located outside the village of Santiponce 9 kilometers north from the city of Seville. Italica is a roman ancient city in the province of Hispania Baetica and the birth place of Roman Emperors Trajan and Hadrian.




Dragon pit meeting

Opening hours - Tue - Sun 9:00-3:30

Address & Contacts - 41080 Santiponce, Sevilla, Seville
Call Tel.# 955 622 266 or visit official website www.museosdeandalucia.es

* Osuna Bullring - a massive bullring in Osuna a small town of Seville, which seats capacity 5,500-6,000 people, built in early 1900s one of the largest bullring in Spain, built in ashlars from stone pits of Osuna, designed by Anibal Gonzalez.



Daznak's Pit - Fighting Pit

Daenerys rescued by her dragon drogon at the Daznak's Pit (Season 5, Episode 9)


Opening hours - Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri closed Thu - 7:00-9:00, Sat & Sun - 9:30-2:30

Address & Contacts - Calle Lantejuela 8, 41640 Osuna, Sevilla
Call Tel.# 954 815 732 or visit official website www.osuna.es

* Seville Royal Dockayards - is a medieval shipyard in the city of Seville. Built in 13th century in a gothic style. In 15th century they used it as a storage depots and in 17th century five of the sheds were converted to charity hospital and in 1993 the remaining sheds purchased by regional government for ministry of defense and restored.



Address - Calle Temprado 1, 41001 Sevilla

Top 10 Things to do in Ronda, Spain 2017




TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN RONDA, SPAIN 2017

Welcome to Ronda the City of dreams!

Ronda one of the Enchanted and most visited town in Andalucia, located at the mountaintop of the Malaga province, where the city set dramatically above a deep gorge with ancient moorish and roman architecture. 

Ronda is the home of bullfighting and winery tasting. In 9th century Ronda was already a favourite destination of travellers, international artist and writers, described as one of the most romantic place in the world. The famous American writers Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles spent many summers in Ronda in La Ciudad, both are inspired and wrote about Ronda's beauty and famous bullfighting traditions, their collective accounts has contributed to Ronda's popularity over the time.

Below are the Top 10 things to do in Ronda Spain:

1. PUENTE NUEVO ( NEW BRIDGE )



Puente Nuevo or the New Bridge is the largest of three bridges that span the 120 meter (309ft) deep chasm that carries the Guadalevin river and divides the city of Ronda. Built in stone masonry in 1759-1793 took 34 years to build. 

Address & Direction -  Calle Armiñan, s/n 29400 Ronda, Spain 
Located in the heart of the City.


2. BALCÓN DEL COÑO & MIRADOR DE ALDEHUELA VIEWPOINTS




The spectacular viewpoint of the city and best place to watch sunset, it views the gorge, Puente Nuevo and sorrounding countryside. The viewpoint was named in honour of the architect José Martin de Aldehuela, who also built the Puente Nuevo and the bullring.

Address & Direction - Calle Armiñan, 1, 29400 Ronda, Malaga, Spain
Located in the heart of the City.


3. JARDINES DE CUENCA



Enchanted garden with a series of steps and terraces, it views the El Tajo gorge and Puente Nuevo. Built in 1975 named after Ronda's sister City of Cuenca.

Address & Direction - Calle Escolleras 1, 29400 Ronda, Malaga, Spain


4. PALACIO DEL REY MORO y LA MINA 




Palacio del Rey Moro y La Mina or Palace of the Moorish King and water mine. The Palace was Built in 18th century but never the home of a moorish king and the building is not open to the public but the visitors can wander the gardens and explore the water mine built In 14 century with 236 steps down to the bottom of Rio Guadalevin river.

Opens - Monday - Sunday @ 10am - 8pm
Admission fee - 5€
Address & Direction - Calle Cuenca de Santo Domingo 9, 29400, Ronda, Malaga


5. BAÑOS ÁRABES



Baños Árabes or Arab baths is considered the best preserved moorish baths in Spain. Built in 13th century, located in the old arab quarter of the city, known as the San Miguel quarter, just outside La Ciudad. The baths were built the Arroyo de las Culebras ( snakes stream ) a source of spring water, the complex has cold, warm and hot which has perfectly preserved water wheel from moorish era.

Opening hours - Mon-Fri 10am-6pm Sat-Sun 10am-3pm
Admission fee - 3.50€
Address & Direction - Calle Molino de Alarcón s/n. Just outside la La Cuidad approx. 10-15 mins. Walk down to puente viejo to baños árabes.


6. PLAZA DE TOROS ( BULLRING )



Plaza de Toros or Bullring in Ronda was built in 1785 by architect Martin Aldehuela, one of the oldest and most beautiful bullring in Spain. Bullfighting is the most  traditional of Spanish fiestas, spanish people consider them an art forms, which are intimately linked with their country's history, art and culture.

Admission fee - 6.50€ , 8€  audio guide.
Address & Direction - Calle Virgen de la Paz 15, 29400 Ronda, Spain
Located in the heart of the City.


7. ARAB WALLS AND CITY GATES



Ronda has been one of Andalucia's most impregnable cities, due that the city is located at the top of rocky hill, has given the city a strong strategic as well defensive value to its series of city walls and gates, built by moors during islamic era.

Puerta de Almocábar - Plazuela Arquitecto Fransisco Pons Sorolla, s/n Ronda Malaga.


8. PLAZA DEL SOCORRO



Plaza del Socorro is one of the popular plazaz in Ronda with numbers of cafe's, bar's,  and restaurant's,  where you can sit and relax. 

Address & Direction -  Plaza del Socorro 29400 Ronda, Malaga ( opposite  side of Mirador de Aldehuela)


9. CHURCH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT



Church of the holy spirit, built in 16th century in gothic and Renaissance style, created by the Catholic monarcas on the top erstwhile mosque in the upper quarter. It was consecrated to the sancti spiritus to commemorate the day on which the city was taken.

Address & Direction - Calle Espirito Santo 15, 29400 Ronda, Malaga ( near Almocabar gateway )

Opening hours - Mon-Sat 10am-2pm
Admission fee - 1€


10. WINE TASTING & VINEYARD TOUR



Ronda is not all about history and culture, it also home of fantastic wineries.
Below are the top wineries in Ronda.

* Descalzos Viejos S.L
Address & Contacts - Partido de los Molinos, s/n 29400 Ronda, Malaga
Call 952 87 46 96 or visit official webiste for more info. www.descalzosviejos.com

*Bodega Joaquin Fernandez
Address & Contacts -  Paraje los Frontones, s/n 29400 Ronda, Malaga
Call 951 16 60 43 or visit official website for more info. www.bodegajf.es

*Wines Chinchilla/Bodega Felisa
Address & Contacts - Cordel del Puerto Alquejical,s/n 29400 Ronda, Malaga
Call 952 70 92 26 or visit official website for more info. chichillawine.com


Top best tourist attractions in Rome, Italy




Top best tourist attractions in Rome, Italy


Welcome to Eternal city Rome, Italy!

Rome the capital city of Italy, one of the world's best tourist destinations and one of the world's most beautiful ancient cities, due of priceless work of arts, palaces, churches, piazzas, villas as the heritage of Roman Republic and Roman Empire, regarded as one of the birthplace of western civilization.

Rome is also widely recognized as a world fashion capital. Where major luxury fashion founded in the city such as, Bulgari, Valentino, Fendi and Brioni and in terms of climate the Eternal city enjoys the Mediterranean climate with a cool, humid winter and warm, dry summer. Perfect for wandering through your leisure. For practical advice, it's best when you come to visit month of April, May or late September to October due that Rome is such a huge tourist and intolerable heat during summer.

Below are the Top best tourist attractions in Rome, Italy.

1. ST. PETER'S BASILICA
top best tourist attractions in rome, italy

top best tourist attractions in rome, italy

St. Peter's Basilica often called the greatest church in Christendom. Is one of the largest churches in the world and most renowned work of Renaissance architecture, located in Vatican city. It is a famous place of pilgrimage and liturgical functions. The pope presides number of liturgies throughout the year, estimated audience about 15,000-80,000 people either within Basilica or in the adjoining St. Peter's square.

Address & Direction - Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Citta del Vatican
Train - From Termini station, get off Roma S. Pietro station, approximately 13 minutes walk to St. Peter's Basilica.
Subway - From Termini station, get off Cipro station, approximately 22 minutes walk to St. Peter's Basilica.

For more information visit official website www.vatican.va


2. COLOSSEUM
top best tourist attractions in rome, italy

Colosseum also known as Flavia Amphitheatre is the largest amphitheatre in Roman world. It accommodates around 50,000-80,000 spectators, used for gladiatorial contest, public spectacles, such as mock sea battle, animal hunt, execution, reenactment of famous battles and dramas based on classical mythologies.

Address & Direction - Piazza del Colosseo, 100184 Roma, Italy ( located east in Roman forum)
Subway - take metro line B from termini, it takes only two stops to Colosseo station.  The stadium is right across the street.


3. ROMAN FORUM & PALATINE HILL
top best tourist attractions in rome, italy

top best tourist attractions in rome, italy

Roman Forum & Palatine hill are located in the same area and count as one admission.

Roman Forum was the main center or city central during Roman Republic time, consist of shops, open air market, government buildings, temples, basilica and etc. The great Roman urban developments fell into disrepair after the fall of Roman Empire, until eventually it was used as pastured land in middle ages and only few building structures are survive.

Palatine hill is located above in Roman Forum. Where you can see a hundreds of ruins Roman buildings that were created by Roman society, where Roman upper class settled in the area and built sumptuous palaces during ancient times.

Address & Direction - Via della Salara Vecchia, 5/6 00186 Rome, Italy
Subway - take metro line B from Termini station, it takes only two stop to Colosseo station. The Roman Forum & Palatine Hill is right next to from Colosseo.

For more information visit official website www.turismoroma.it


4. TREVI FOUNTAIN

top best tourist attractions in rome, italy

Trevi fountain is Italy's largest and famous baroque fountain and most famous fountain in the world, standing 85 feet in high and 65 feet across. Designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi.

The fountain is popular of throwing of coins through its legend. First coin guarantee you return to Rome, 2nd coin will ensure new romance and 3rd will ensure marriage. The municipality of Rome collects the coins from the fountain everynight about 3,000 euros according to BBC News and donate it into charity.

Address & Direction - Piazza di Trevi, 00187 Roma, Italy

For more information visit official website www.turismoroma.it

5. PANTHEON

top best tourist attractions in rome, italy

Pantheon one of the best preserved of all Ancient Roman buildings, it has been continuous use through out its history, used as a church dedictaed to St. Mary and the Martyrs. The building is circular with a portico of large granite corinthian columns under a pediment. A rectangular vestibule links the porch to the rotunda, which is under a coffered concrete dome, with a central opening to the sky. The Pantheon's dome is still the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome.

Address & Direction - Piazza della Rotonda, 00186 Roma RM, italy

For more information visit official website www.turismoroma.it

6. ALTARE DELLA PATRIA

top best tourist attractions in rome, italy

Altare della Patria " Altar of the Fatherland " also known as the Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II, is a monument built in honor of Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy. It occupies a site between Piazza Venezia and Capitol Hill. The eclectic structure was designed by Giuseppe Sacconi in 1885, the vittoriano features stairways, Corinthian columns, fountains, an equestrian sculpture of Victor Emmanuel and two statues of the goddess. The structures was constructed in 1885 and completed in 1925.

Address & Direction - Piazza Venezia, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

For more information visit official website www.turismoroma.it

7. SPANISH STEPS

top best tourist attractions in rome, italy

Spanish steps is monumental stairway of 135 steps, climbing a steep slope between Piazza di Spagna and Piazza Trinita dei Monti dominated by the Trinita dei Monti church at the top. built with French diplomat Etienne Gueffier in 1723-1725 and designed by architects Francesco de Sanctis and Alessandro Specchi.

Address & Direction - 00187 Rome, Metropolitan city of Rome, Italy

8. PIAZZA NAVONA


Piazza Navona is the second favorite square in Rome, Italy after Saint Peter's square. built in 1st century AD with a form of open space of a stadium. It was known in ancient Romans as a competition arena and believed that over time the name changed to in avone to navone and eventually to navona.

Address & Direction - Piazza Navona,00186 Roma RM, Italy

For more information visit official website www.turismoroma.it

9. SISTINE CHAPEL


Sistine Chapel is a chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope, in Vatican City. The Chapel served as a place of both religious and functionary papal activity and currently the site of Papal conclave. The fame of Sistine Chapel lies mainly in the frescos that decorate the interior, particularly the last Judgement painting by Michelangelo on the ceiling.

Address & Direction - 00120 Vatican City

For more information visit offical website www.turismoroma.it

10. VATICAN MUSEUM

top best tourist attractions in rome, italy

Vatican Museum is a Christian and art museum. The 6th most visited art museum in the world, which display works from the immense collection built up by the popes throughout the centuries including some of the most renowned classical sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world. The museum contain 70,000 works, which 20,000 are on display.

Address & Direction - 00120 Vatican City

For more information visit official website www.turismoroma.it



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