Via ferratas are an adrenaline-filled experience in which you combine climbing with the safety of an equipped route.
Spain, thanks to its rich landscape, has numerous via ferratas throughout the country. You can explore the country’s most emblematic mountainous terrain while overcoming the challenges these experiences offer.
For the more adventurous, here is a list of what we consider to be the 6 best Vias ferratas in Spain, whether you are an expert in the field, or if you want to start practising this sport.
Via Ferrata del Mirador de los Buitres in Riglos in Murillo de Gállego, in the Aragonese Pyrenees (level K2)
Situated in a unique setting, next to the Mallos de Riglos, this via ferrata is special thanks to its equipment. It has iron pegs, staples, steps and suspension bridges that will make your experience an unforgettable memory.
Halfway along the route, you can access the well-known Mirador de los Buitres. This balcony will provide you with a unique panoramic view, where you will see the beauty of the Mallos de Riglos, the Gállego Valley and the wall where the griffon vultures and Egyptian vultures nest.
On this outing you can enjoy the route from start to finish, surrounded by the majestic mountains of the Aragonese Pyrenees.
With an intermediate difficulty level (K2), this via ferrata is designed for teenagers from the age of 14. Undoubtedly a very good option to get you started in the outdoor world.
Via Ferrata El Milar and ‘Escaleras al Cielo’ in La Hermida, Picos de Europa, Cantabria (level K2-K3)
Located in the easternmost part of the Picos de Europa region, in La Hermida, we can find these two via ferratas, El Milar and Escaleras al Cielo. It stands out for being the longest equipped staircase-bridge in the country, as well as having unbeatable views of the Hermida Gorge.
The via ferrata section of El Milar stands out for its aerial and vertical route over the waters of the Deva River. Its main attraction is its impressive 25-metre-long zip line, with which you will cross the Deva river.
The Escaleras al Cielo section starts with a short access that places you at the foot of the now famous stairway. Please note that only two people can be on the staircase at a time while ascending for safety reasons. Once you reach the top of the Escalera al Cielo, the rest of the route offers an easy climb over typical ridge terrain.
Two via ferratas that join in the route for the most daring, giving you the opportunity to spend all the adrenaline of the outdoor lovers.
Via Ferrata ‘Boca del Infierno’ in Sacedón, Guadalajara (level K3)
Located in the village of Sacedón, in Guadalajara, just a few kilometres from Madrid, is this impressive via ferrata. Known as ‘Boca del Infierno’ (Hell’s Mouth), it owes its name to the gorge in which the Entrepeñas reservoir is located. This is between Alto San Julián and El Castillejo, two imposing rocky elevations.
Throughout the activity, you will find steps with ascents, horizontal crossings, walkways, monkey bridges and a zip line of up to 40 metres, which is undoubtedly one of its main attractions.
Classified as level K3, it has an easy access and a spectacular return path thanks to the scenery offered by the Alto de San Julián landscape.
It is not necessary to have previous training to be able to do this route. However, you must take into account that the route has several bridges and heights, so we advise you not to have vertigo.
Via ferrata Salt del Boatanal in Alins, Llavorsí (level K3)
Located in the high cliffs between Barret de l’Àliga and Creu de Carboneres, it is the first via ferrata in Pallars Sobirà, in the heart of Vall Ferrera.
Inaugurated in May 2021, this route offers a fun mountain experience suitable for all ages from 11 years upwards. It has three sectors and two escapes equipped with all the necessary equipment, making the activity a safe sport.
The route follows the crest of the rock that is right in front of the village of Alins, arriving at Botanal. On the way back, from the Botanal viewpoint, you can follow the same route as the traditional torchlight descent of the Fallas of Alins in Sant Joan, as the route coincides with the one that takes place in the village of Alins.
On the other hand, and for the more daring, the route includes the Roia Tower drop and the 50-metre-long Nepalese bridge, which you will find in the second and third sectors. Please note that, if you take this route, the difficulty level reaches K5.
Guided hiking route Les Agulles – Els Frares Encantats in Montserrat Natural Park (level K3-K4)
Located in La Portella, in the Natural Park of Montserrat, in this experience you can take a guided circular route from the region of Agulles and Frares Encantats.
It has some technical sections that incorporate ferrado passages and thin ropes into the route. Although it is not particularly difficult, it is not suitable for people with vertigo.
During the tour, you will be able to observe the unique landscape of the Montserrat mountains from two sides, one towards the southern spires, les Bessones, el Martell, l’Ou de Colom, and the other towards the open view that extends to the north, so characteristic thanks to the peculiar shapes made by the rocks of the mountain.
Via Ferrata Baumes Corcades in Barcelona (level K4)
Situated in Centelles, this aerial via ferrata will challenge you with its iconic 68 metre long Nepalese bridge.
With breathtaking panoramic views, you will have the opportunity to observe the Eastern Pyrenees, Les Guilleries, the majestic Montseny and the Cingles de Bertí. A natural setting full of life for lovers of nature and the great outdoors.
Along the route you will encounter long side flanks, with the iconic Nepalese bridge, which is 68 metres long and will take your breath away. Always in a good way.
It is undoubtedly an ideal option for the more daring, as it is a complete mountain experience, full of adventure and adrenaline. Although, if you prefer to avoid the more challenging areas, you can opt to do the easier variants.
Ready to test the most experienced riders and perfect for beginners who want to put themselves to the test.