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Via Ferrata Routes

During the past 15 years, there has been an interesting growth of via ferrata routes in the Alicante and Valencia Provinces and the region of Murcia. Most of them I have climbed with friends as listed below. See Photo Gallery.


Valencia Region


Via Ferrata Xorret de Cati

Xorret de CatiA simple route suitable for beginners. It was constructed in 2009 on an unusual rock formation. It is well equipped and includes several short traverses and a slight overhang on one section. The short distance between bolts is irritating as it requires constant clippings in and out of the safety wire. The ascent is 50 metres. There are two bolted rings for descending by abseil if required. Normal descent is via a short gully a few metres east of the summit and protected by a wire. Location Castalla. Estimated grade 2. Easy access. Duration 30 minutes.


Via Ferrata del Albir

Via Ferrata AlbirConstructed in May 2016 on the wall of the old quarry, the route consists of about 60 stemples at a total height of 30 metres. There are two minor traverses, a short left offset section and an overhang on the final 4 metres. Descent can be by foot or a 15 metre abseil. This is an ideal route for beginners. Estimated grade 2+. Easy access. Duration 45 minutes including abseil.
Park » 38.568260, -0.063322
Start » 38.562983, -0.064524


Via Ferrata del Castillo de Salvatierra. Height 780m

Via Ferrata at VillenaAn easy route overlooking the beautiful Castillo de Salvatierra in Villena. It was modernised and extended in 2008 to include a second Tibetan wire bridge. To complete all sections, it is necessary to reverse down the first wall to pick up the new route. Several short sections are vertical but should present no problem to anyone with grade 2 scrambling experience. Estimated grade 2+. Easy access. Duration 1 hour.
Park » 38.633989, -0.858133
Start » 38.635766, -0.854023


Serra del Cid. Height 1104m

El Cid Via FerrataA well established Via Ferrata. It was originally a rock climbing route in the 1970s but suffers badly from rock erosion. Numerous sections have wire and chain protection although there are several exposed ledges. Heavy rain often damages some pitches, so it's advisable to climb in dry weather. Some experience in rock scrambling is advisable for this route. Easy 25 minute access by track. Location Petrer. Estimated grade 4. Duration 1½ hours.
Park » 38.475553, -0.746462


Monte Ponoch. Height 1186m

Monte Ponoch Via FerrataConstructed in 2006 this route is currently the longest in the Alicante Province. Starting at 589 metres and terminating at about 770 metres. Exiting the summit is via a short track and then two abseils of 30m and 35m that return to within 30m of the start point. With several long vertical sections and one slight overhang this is not a route for beginners. Experience in rock climbing is advisable because of the exposure and the abseils. Easy 20 minute track access. Located near Polop.
Estimated grade 4. Duration 1½ hours for two people.
Park » 38.615921, -0.149682


Les Marujes. Height 55m

Les Marujes Via FerrataInstalled at Tavernes de la Valldigna in July 2006 the route starts in the Barranco de Penya Roja. A three–metre abseil is followed by a short Tibetan bridge and then nine stemples. The main 55 metre vertical crag is then reached by a short scramble. From there, 128 stemples lead to the summit. The 25–minute descent is via the PR–38 hiking track. Several stemples are hard to reach and require some technical moves. Easy 25 minute access. Estimated grade 4+. Duration 45 minutes.
Park » 39.069909, -0.278412
Start » 39.076278, -0.283716


L’Aventador. Height 100m

La AventadorLocated in Alboy just outside of Xátiva, L’Aventador is easily accessed from the Chopada recreational area. The ascent is about 100 metres with no traverse. The stemples are widely spaced and there are several short overhangs which makes the route technically and physically challenging. There are beautiful views of the Río Albaida from the summit. The return route is to the left of the summit. Not a route for beginners. Easy parking at the Cova Negra. Estimated grade 4+. Duration 30 minutes to the summit.
Park » 38.965476, -0.494008


Penya del Figueret. Height 695 m

Penya del Figueret Via FerrataThe construction commenced in August 2010 by Club Excursionista Relleu. A well planned route with vertical pitches and a traverse that ends on the Penya ridge located a few kilometres outside of Relleu. Total ascent 75 metres. Exiting the summit is via a 25–metre abseil. Total return 45 minutes. Easy 10 minute access. Estimated grade 2+. Duration 30 minutes.
Park » 38.585759, -0.337945


Via Ferrata de Redován.

Via Ferrata RadovanLocated on the south face of Sierra de Callosa (572m) the Redován via ferrata is accessed from the top of Redován village.The route comprises of two zones with the first being ideal for beginners (grade 2) and the second upper zone for experienced climbers. There is a total of four suspension bridges, two with a wood walkway and two entirely by cables. The longest is 42 metres and about 135 metres above ground. Other adventurous features include a swinging gate and caged iron staircase. Estimated grade 4+. Duration 1½ hrs and 45 minutes return via steep track.
Park » 38.117015, -0.906593
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Catalunya Region

Morena de Montsant.

Morena de Montsant Via FerrataLocated in the Comarca del Priorat the route was constructed in 2002 and updated in 2005 by GEAM AEC Reus. It includes a Tibetan wire bridge. Access is via the beautiful village of Montsant. The total ascent is 250 metres. Duration 45 minutes. Return one hour. Easy access. Estimated grade 3 to 4.


Regina de Peramola.

Regina de Peramola Via FerrataLocated in the Comarca del Alt Urgell the route was constructed in 1997 by Josep Veregara, Verena Masius and Xavi Vidal. In a beautiful location overlooking the Pantana de Oliana the route is spectacular with plenty of exposure. The Tibetan wire bridge provides added thrills. Total ascent 330 metres with several route grade options. Return 1½ hours. Easy 20 minute access. Duration 3½ hours. Estimated grade 4 to 5.


Montserrat Teresina.

Montserrat Teresina Via FerrataBuilt in 1993 by Antonio Garcia Picazo in the Camarca del Bages. This was the first Via Ferrata installed in Spain and some pitches are very exposed and in need of repair. The route is spectacular with a final sting in the tail. The last pitch is a scramble up a slippery 40 centimetre wide chimney with a hard to reach chain. You then emerge from this dark crack looking like a hero with a viewing platform full of tourists looking down on you! Ascent 350m.
Moderate 45 minutes access. Return 1 hour 15 minutes.
Estimated grade 4 to 5. Duration 2½ hours.


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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. Position coordinates are in decimal degrees. 6. Spanish names are entered in the Castellano or Valenciano form.


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