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Guided Via Ferrata in Southern Spain

 

Upper Gorge

Upper Gorge of El Camino del Rey

Traverse at start of El Camino

Traverse at Archidona Via Ferrata

Climbing at Tajo de Madera

Sun Rock at Villanueva del Rosario

 

Bridge across Camino del Rey

The water pipe bridge across El Camino

 

 

Via Ferratas in Andalucia and Southern Spain

Camino del Rey Upper Gorge

A new Via Ferrata which includes a 30 meter tirolina has now been set up in El Chorro and there are also several great routes in the areas around Antequera, Malaga, Marbella and Ronda.

A great via ferrata in the area is in the El Torcal Nature Reserve just outside Antequera - this is because it is both a really good route at a reasonable level of difficulty and it is only an hours drive from the coast. Thus is makes a perfect adventurous escape from the beach for the reasonably fit.

The El Torcal massf hosts El Camorro1 and 2 via ferratas which has two sections that are split by an uphill walk amongst the karst limestone pinnacles before the second half leads you to the summit of the El Torcal Massif.

In Ronda there the local authorities have modernised the old via ferrata that dated from 1936 in order to create a route that is a good introduction to via ferrata and is suitable for both youngsters and families.

Plus the local authorities in Ronda have set up several via ferratas in the Serrania de Ronda area and three have already been completed at Benalauria, Benadalid and Igualeja.

Close to our base in Villanueva del Rosario the local climbers have installed a via ferrata on the popular climbing crag of Los Pinos. This has made the crag a really good option for an intrduction to both climbing and via ferrata with the advantage that it is quite high and so cool in the summer.

 

Via Ferrata Closest Town
Difficulty
+-Time
El Torcal-Camorro 1 Antequera
Quite athletic in places and with a tyrolean traverse towards the end
4-5 hours from the parking
El Torcal-Camorro 2 Antequera
Extremely athletic - a long day out
8-9 hours from the parking
El Chorro Antequera Quite athletic in places and with a tyrolean traverse in the middled Quite athletic in places and with a tyrolean traverse in the middle
Ronda - Tajo de Ronda Ronda
Introductory level
2-3 hours
Archidona Archidona Intermediate level 3-4 hours
Los Pinos Villanueva del Rosario
Introductory level
2-3 hours

There are also a via Ferrata at Comares in the hills north east of Malaga in lovely surroundings.

There are more details on featured via ferratas are below including prices

El Torcal/ Camorro Via Ferrata

 

El Torcal Via FerrataEl Torcal Natural Park is a karst limestone massif that lies close to Antequera in the southern Spanish province of Andalucía- it is about one hour from Malaga and 25 minutes from our base in Villanueva del Rosario.

It is well known to climbers and walkers as a fantastic playground, but in addition to the extensive climbing and hiking in the reserve the local climbers have added two via ferrata routes that provide an intricate, athletic and adventurous route through the rock towers – it even includes a very atmospheric tyrolean traverse between two of the towers.

The tyrolean traverse in needed to cross a 10 metre gap between two towers - attach yourself to the steel cables that cross the chasm, lower your weight onto the cables and then pull yourself across the gap way above the ground below.....totally exhilerating.

We can guide you along these routes whilst also providing all the technical equipment so that you climb them in safety. The two routes can be done singly in between 3 and 4 hours each or can be connected together in a natural loop that provides a full day of fun. 

There are other activities to do in the park as well as it is a major venue for both climbing and walking - thus we can create days that include via ferrata along with a guided tour of the park or an introduction to climbing.

There are 3 walking routes in the park that have been marked out with different coloured waypoints. The green route is the shortest and easiest being 1.5 km long and taking about 30 minutes. The yellow route is longer at 2.5 km. long and leads to ‘Las Ventanillas’ (The Windows) a panoramic high point with fantastic views. The red route is the longest (4.5km) and most difficult and takes about three hours, with a viewing point 1.339 m up where you can see the whole of the El Torcal Park and the Africa Coastline.

Tyrolean Traverse on El Torcal El Torcal Natural Park contains some of the best karst limestone features in Europe with the characteristic, water eroded limestone towers sitting impressively above the village of Villanueva of the Conception. This wonderland of rock is a natural, chaotic labyrinth and a perfect playground for walkers, scramblers and climbers.

El Torcal is part of a massive rib of limestone rock that runs parallel to the Andalucian coast from Granada all the way down to Tarifa. The massif that contains El Torcal is part of the Sierras Subbéticas and this joins the Sierra de las Chimeneas in the west and the Sierra de las Cabras to the east. It is this chain of limestone rocks that make Andalucia such a fantastic playground for climbing and walking all year round.

El Torcal itself concentrates a lot into its 12 square km with a central rocky ridge dividing Torcal Alto from Torcal Bajo. The ridge summit lies at 1336m and is often a cool escape from the heat of the plains in Summer.

The park is also famous for its fauna and flora and was declared a Special Area for the Protection of Birds. It is possible to see Griffon Vultures, Kestrels, Collalbas and Mochuelo. In addition the wild goats are shy, but ever present and show amazing climbing skills - they often graze at the top of the first via ferrata.

Plus there is a wolf park just down the road that has a good interternational reputation.

 

Ronda Via Ferratas

 

Ronda is now a great regional centre for climbimg via ferratas thanks to the work done by Ronda Tourism department with help from the Andalusian Mountaineering Federation.

Overview of Ronda from the Via FerrataThe first via ferratas to be opened was Tajo de Ronda on the walls that surrond the town and at there are others at Benalauria, Benadalid and Igualeja. The Ronda via ferrata comprises of two old routes that date from the 192os and 30s which were built so that work could be done by the Sevillana power company to stop rock falls and land slides. These have been totally renovated to create a route that is a perfect introduction to via ferrata. The views and situation are fantastic throughout.

The complete route is referred to as the Tajo de Ronda and is comprised of the two old routes Port of the Wind (Puerto del Viento) and the Stairs od Death (Escalerilla de la Muerte) - don't be put off by the names as both sections are really safe! The route is graded at 1 - 1.5 out of 5 in terms of both difficulty and exposure and is suitable for families and children above 10 years old.

Overall the trip takes about 2-3 hours

 

 

Via Ferrata Videos

 

El Torcal

 

Tajo de Ronda

 

 

 

Why would you choose our Climbing Courses?

 

The Rock Climbing Company offers a variety of flexible mountaineering, rock climbing and Via Ferrata courses that can easily be adapted to your own personal aspirations.

We tailor every course specifically to the clients requirements. The following pages on this website will outline the variety of climbing instruction that we can offer along with descriptions of the most commonly requested topics; however these are just outlines and we are more than happy to build custom courses that meet your specific requirements. If you are unsure which course is the most appropriate for you or if you have a specific agenda in mind that you do not see advertised then please get in contact and we will work out a suitable itinerary.

Course lengths.

The Climbing Taster sessions normally last between 0.5 and 2 days, whilst all other instruction can be any length from 1 to 5 days. A lot of clients find that there is a great benefit in having at least 2 days of instruction because it lets us re-inforce all the new found skills whilst still allowing time to enjoy the adventure.

Guiding.

We can help you climb your dream routes whether it be a classic scrambleor an advanced one. Guiding and instruction are easily combined, so if you would like to learn new skills whilst climbing classic routes then that can easily be arranged.

Mountaineering Qualifications.

We are al, independant company run by Silvia Fitzpatrick and virtually all the instruction is delivered by Silvia. Silvia holds the Mountaineering Instructor Award (1369) and is a full member of both the Association of Mountaineering Instructors and Mountain Leader Training Association. SShe is also a sport teacher and holds a PGCE in Modern Languages, so you can brush up yor Spanish if you wish!

In the event that Silvia is unable to personally instruct the course she will be able to offer an alternative instructor; all our associate instructors are professionally qualified to the relevant national qualification. In addition we only use instructors who we know and share our passion for the mountains. We will always ensure that the client is fully aware of the situation and that the use of an alternative instructor is acceptable to them.

Pricing and Instructor/Client Ratios.

Instructor/client ratios are kept low to increase safety and maximise contact time for learning. Maximum instructor-client ratios can be found in each course section. Prices can be found here

Equipment.

All specialist equipment will be provided by the Rock Climbing Company. You are responsible for providing your own suitable clothing, footwear and rucksack. Further detailed info can be found in the specific course sections and the Booking Info section.

 

 

Prices

All prices include use of all safety equipment.

Type of Course
Length
Number of People on the Course
Cost per person

Cost per group

private guiding

Via Ferratas

half day
1
180 Euros
180 Euros
2
95 Euros
190 Euros
3
85 Euros
255 Euros
4
75 Euros
300 Euros

open course

Via Ferratas

half day
1:1
100 Euros
100 Euros
1:2
75 Euros
150 Euros
1:3
65 Euros
195 Euros
1:4
60 Euros
240 Euros

 

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