The following abseil and canyoning routes are located in the Alicante and Valencia regions but represent only a small proportion of those that have been used by our mountain club over the past 8 years.
Gorgo de la Escalera Canyoning VideoWet most of the year this barranco offers five interesting abseils with a final exciting 25m pitch through the centre of the main waterfall. An easy route.
Single Pitch Abseil Routes
The approach route starts at the far east end of the mountain overlooking the motorway. The 22 metre abseil point is reached by a grade 3 scramble. Once on the initial ridge the abseil point is within 300m just after a doughnut rock. We replaced the old wire and cord in 2007 with a bolted anchor and chain. The abseil terminates in a narrow col and from there we recommence our scramble to the far east summit flag post. Descent can be via the main col or through a small barranco on the north face. Alternatively continue west along the various ridges for further abseils and scrambles. A strenuous route. Duration 5 hrs for four people including return to car. Distance 6km.
An abseil of 50 metres from the disused stone bridge into the Barranco Salido on the N332 at Calpe. The anchorage consists of glued in bolts with rings but launching from the parapet can be difficult due to the weight of the 10mm static ropes and high winds. Exit from the barranco is an easy scramble to the Calpe Castle. From there we hike along the Toix cliffs above the sea caves and then climb a grade 2 strenuous scramble to the summit track. Our return is via Toix TV and Toix Placa. Duration 5hrs. Distance 6km.
A single pitch abseil of 42m off the sea cliffs at Moraira. Approached from the El Portet to Punta de Moraira path the abseil offers stunning views of the cliffs and sea. Rope protection is advisable because of the sharp sea cliff.
Duration 25 minutes from start and return to top anchor.
Serra del Montgó
One of the highest abseils in both regions. Montgó is now classified as a Nature Park so using this route may not be possible now. A single abseil of 80 metres from the top of the “eye” of this mountain. Our gear included 2 x 80 metre static ropes, a safety top rope and a 20 metre static rope for constructing a cordette with two apposing carabiners. We were not tempted to use the existing old cordette at the abseil point. When launching off the eye the total weight of ropes through the belay device is 12 kilos which slows the initial descent. A challenging abseil.
Duration 3.5hrs for three people including walk back to car.
Barranco del Infierno
A series of abseils and traverses. A total of 16 abseils and traverses. Ranging from 5 to 10 metres with several 2 metre free drops, three short slippery scrambles and two traverses of 8 and 20 metres. Avoid using the iron steps at the final pitch when wet. Our gear includes 2 x 20 metre static ropes, 120 cm slings, 2 x quick draws, crabs, helmets, harnesses, belay devices and boots or approach shoes. When partially wet it's advisable to wear wet canyoning boots and shorts. If it's partially wet and cold then a wet suit is necessary. Easy abseils.
Duration 5hrs for six people. Length of Barranco 1km.
Barranc del Sant
An abseil of 9 pitches totalling 90 metres ranging from 5 to 24 metres plus some scrambling down. The Barranco is normally dry but has one pot hole which can be difficult to cross when wet. There is no traversing involved but a short wire is sited at the 13 metre pitch for security so a couple of quick draws are useful. The final pitch leads into the Barranc de Mela which is always wet but wet suits are not necessary for travelling 100 metres upstream to the exit.
Park 1. UTM/UPS 30S 0738987 4287560 Park 2. 30S 0738700 4286645
Easy abseils. Duration 3hrs for four people. Length of Barranco 300m.
Barranc Pas Tancat
A series of abseils totalling 82 metres ranging from 6 to 30 metres. The first pitches of 11 and 30 metres are best tackled as one 41 metre abseil to avoid a second belay on the slope. The previous poor anchor point has now been rep laced with bolts and chain. Normally dry. No traversing involved. Moderate abseils.
Park. UTM/UPS 30S 0749886 4286961 Start. 30S 0750306 4287496. Duration 2hrs for four people. Length of Barranc 300m.
Barranco del Pantanet
Located about 2 km from Alfafara the Pantanet is probably one of the most simple and fun loving barrancos that we have experienced. There is no deep water and the pitches are 3, 4, 2, 3 and 4 metres. The barranco is wide and almost level with water flowing the full length. The return route is an easy hike on a 1 km track that follows the water and takes about 45 minutes. At high water times there are very few dangers making the route ideal for beginners. The route starts at a small bridge about 200 metres from the park area at 38.783594, -0.566447.
Pas dels Bandolers
Abseils of 12, 26, 10, 29 and 44 metres. The first 4 pitches are well bolted with chains. The 29 metre belay point is on a small restricted slope which is sometimes wet and slippery. On this pitch the ropes will get tangled in the vegetation so the leader will need a shunt or prussic to clear them. The 46m pitch is on a ledge and the only anchor is a small but strong tree. We use the tree and not the old slings. Our gear includes 3 x 50m static ropes and all the the usual accessories. No traversing involved. Normally dry. Difficult route.
Duration 6 hrs for three people including walk–in walk–out time.
Barranc de l’Estret de les Penyes
Located at Algar this canyon is wet all year. The approach is from the Riu Bolulla and involves pitches of 8m, 3m and 25m. The water flow was strong with pools of up to 2 metres or more deep. The best exit from the final pool is through the cane wooded area and then follow the stream through the Nispero Groves. An easy route. Duration 45 minutes for two people.
Gorgo de la Escalera
Located just outside the village of Anna the initial descent and parking is next to the bridge. The pitches are 3m, 10m, 3m, and 3m with a final abseil of 25m through the waterfall or 30m to avoid the waterfall. An interesting and varied route with an exciting finish this barranco is wet throughout the year.
Park. UTM UPS 30S 0704006 4320800.
An easy route. Duration 1.5 hours for 4 people.
Barranquet de Soler
A semi-dry canyon located on the outskirts of Alcoi with a superb exit overlooking the town. Pitches ranging from 5m to 25m terminate at the side of a Primary school. One pitch requires the setting up of a traverse line when the deep pot hole is full of water. The final pitch can be by abseil or Tyrolean cable. Two car shuttle necessary.
A moderate route. Duration 1.5hrs for two people.
Barranc de les Raboses
A semi-dry canyon located on the outskirts of Ibi. There are numerous short pitches and the longest is about 8m. Some can be scrambled down and others provide a via ferrata traverse. There is very little water but some small pot holes could fill up in the winter. But even then wet suits are not necessary. Easy route. Duration 45 minutes for two people.
Barranc de Frainos
A semi-dry canyon located near Alcoleja at the western end of Serra d’Aitana and the Riu Frainos. There are 7 pitches ranging from 6m to 46m. The barranc is restricted in the spring season due to the breeding of rare life form so check with FEMECV before entering.
A two car shuttle is necessary.
Duration 3.5 hours for two people including car shuttle time.
Barranc de Mela
A wet canyon during November and April depending on rain fall. Located in the village of Abdet. There are numerous small pitches and several can be passed without rope when the pot holes are full. When dry, the longest pitch is about 12 metres. A two car shuttle is necessary. One at the head and one at the depuradora.
Duration 3 hours for 4 people including car shuttle time.
Barranc Estret de Cardos
Although dry most of the year the potholes will hold some water after heavy rainfalls making it difficult to climb out of the two large ones. The first pitch of 15 metres is best abseiled in two sections to avoid any water otherwise a 5 metre climb up is necessary. Then follows a 20 metre traverse, 2 x 5 metre pitches and a final 14 metre abseil. This final pitch requires an 8 metre climb up by an existing rope but be prepared to climb without it. The return hike is east of the barranc end and marked with red paint spots.
A two car shuttle is necessary with the first car parked at UTM UPS 30 S 0760748 4285727 which is in the same cami as restaurante Casa El Peon de Pinos. Park the second car at UTM UPS 30 S 0760257 4284389 where the route starts. To reach this start point turn just before CV-749 Km19 and take the lower Cami de Estret. Near the end of the return hike look for green and red paint spots on a cami and then walk up the hill to the Casa El Peon de Pinos. Duration 3.5 hours for 4 people including return to second car.
Note: Canyoning prohibited in this barranc between January 1st to June 30th due to nesting.
Barranco del Fanalic.
38.69409,-0.249282 Fanalic lower park. Start.
38.687865-0.256958 Fanalic upper park. Finish.
All heights, distances, times, grades and equipment and other information listed on this page are provided in good faith as experienced by the author but may include errors. Anyone attempting these routes should verify the information before commencing the activity in case of errors, route modifications or geological changes.
1.A hike is a long walk. 2. Ascent figures are accumulative starting from the car park. 3. Duration of the event includes short stops, a short lunch break and brisk pace. 4. Distance and ascent figures have been derived by GPS. 5. GPS coordinates. Position Format UTM UPS. Map Datum European 1950. 6. Spanish names are entered in the Castellano or Valenciano form.