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Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps)

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Description: Once used to carry water to the citadel, these 187 steps carved into the...
Once used to carry water to the citadel, these 187 steps carved into the limestone cliff now take visitors from the city down to the sea.
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A lot of steps.............

Not entirely sure this was worth the effort involved in climbing first down then back up all the very, very steep steps!! If I was 40 years younger I'm sure I'd have enjoyed it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Not entirely sure this was worth the effort involved in climbing first down then back up all the very, very steep steps!! If I was 40 years younger I'm sure I'd have enjoyed it more but having said that it was an unusual experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

The entrance is not expensive (if I remember correctly 1.5 euro just the stairs and 2.5 if you want to visit also the Bastille, I recommend the second option). Going down is quite ok although I am short and the steps were quite high. Going back is much worse but possible. But still, it is worth the view which is... More 

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Wilmington, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

The stairs are located in the citadel and were apparently built in a single night to allow the escape of the Aragon king ... Aside from the mystical story, the stairs are a nice way to escape the noise of the city and within minutes find yourself next to the shore, in a quiet and wonderful spot. Careful though as... More 

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We visited around 4pm on a Saturday and it wasn't overly crowded. 187 steep stone stairs take you down to a path that hugs the rock face. At the end of the path is a small grotto where people have set up hundreds of little stone markers. Be sure to add your own before heading back up! €2.50 per person.

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Sunnyvale, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

This can be a little hard specially going bakc up as there are 180+ steps but it is woth the visit as you will have wonderful views down to the sea level. There were also a bunch of rocks set up as block which look pretty nice. I think it was 2.50 euro for the visit.

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Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

The views are great. The 187 steps are a bit of work, but not too bad for most people. Going down was a lot easier than going up. We visited on a hot day and were definitely ready for a cold beer by the time we got to the top.

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Carate Brianza, Italia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

It's an unforgettable eperience. According to the legend, the "Stairway of the King of Aragon." was carved into the cliffs under the upper city, in just one night during Alfonso V's siege of the town. However it was much older, and it was to allow easy access to a water source. After walking on the 187 steps, you'll reach the... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

As stated 187 steps - all of which have a various depth of rise, if you aren't very tall or are taking children down you will want to hold the rail. It is wet and thus slippery in places. Do this before lunch not after - as it is a cardio workout coming up, and if you have just eaten... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This is a great walk, but you need to be able to amble down the wide wet stairs. There is a guard rail/banister - not totally protective - but helpful. The view of the sea is amazing - the color of the water and the depths you can see as you descend are amazing. At the bottom is the grotto,... More 

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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Legs need a little challenge? Try the stairs! History and exercise all in one. A must do while in Bonifacio!

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