Zafarraya en Andalucia

Via Ferrata in Andalucia : 3 wonderful routes

Discover 3 via ferrata experiences in Andalucia

In this article, you will find the essential information to carry out a Via Ferrata route in Andalusia with a certified guide:

  • What is a via ferrata?
  • 3 magnificent routes in Andalucia
  • via ferrata of Zafarraya
  • via Ferrata of Comares
  • Via Ferrata of Caminito del Rey (not to be confused with the walk)
  • Another idea to connect with nature
  • Some useful links

Photos of via ferrata are very “telling”. That’s why in this article you’ll find many photos instead of words.

What is a via ferrata?

A via ferrata in Andalucia (as elsewhere) is a route located in a rock face, equipped with specific elements (cables, ladders, steps…). On most via ferrata there can also be Tibetan bridges, pendulums and zip lines. This is also known as “vertical hiking”.

The origin of this word is Italian, even if the first via ferrata were born in Austria in the 19th century.

In Italy, the first “vie ferrate” appeared in the Dolomites around 1914. They had a military function for moving soldiers and equipment.

Today it has become a very popular sporting activity, in direct contact with nature.

The via ferrata is accessible to anyone in good physical condition and not prone to vertigo. These routes are often possible from the age of 10.

3 magnificent via ferrata routes in Andalucia

The via ferrata of Zafarraya in the province of Granada

This via ferrata is called “John Hogbin” and located in Granada province.

This via ferrata lasts about 3 hours and 30 minutes and is very complete. In addition to the steps to climb in the cliff, you will take a pendulum, 3 zip lines, a Tibetan bridge, a monkey bridge and a metal ladder. Most of the photos on this page were taken on this route.

For more information and/or to book this activity (from Nerja or Torrox) here is the link:

Booking the Via ferrata of Zafarraya

Ideas for visits : If you stay several days in the province of Granada, I invite you to discover Alhama de Granada . It’s about 30 minutes away from this via Ferrata.

Don’t miss the fabulous villages of Pampaneira and Capileira in the Alpujarra granadina.

The via ferrata of Comares in Axarquia Costa del Sol

Comares is a beautiful village located in Axarquia – Costa del Sol. Axarquia is one of the small regions (comarca) of the province of Malaga. The village is high up on a mountain. It offers absolutely spectacular views, both of the sierras and of the sea.

Via Ferrata sur la Costa del Sol à Comares
Via Ferrata Comares

For more information and/or to book this activity (from Nerja or Torrox) here is the link:

Booking the Via ferrata of Comares

In Comares, don’t miss an extraordinary hike. It ends with a visit to a treasure from the Al-Andalus period: the mesa de mazmullar hike in Costa del Sol.

The Via Ferrata of the Caminito del Rey in the province of Málaga

The Caminito del Rey has become one of the main tourist attractions in the province of Malaga. It must be said that the site is absolutely majestic.

The Caminito del Rey walk is one of the most popular activities in the whole of Andalucia.

However, few people know about the via ferrata of the Caminito del Rey. We can say that it is the sporty version… Here, a via ferrata to discover or rediscover this unique site.

Caminito del Rey Via Ferrata
Via Ferrata Caminito del Rey

To find out more, see photos and/or book this activity (from Nerja or Torrox) here is the link:

Booking the Via ferrata of Caminito del Rey

Another idea to connect with nature

5 stunning hikes in Andalucia

For nature and hiking lovers, there are 5 incredible hikes in Axarquia (just outside Malaga). Three of them are in the water!

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Hike in the canyon of rio Chillar river

You will find in this link: 5 hikes in Axarquia – Costa del Sol not to be missed.

Some useful links (car hire, ideas for visits)

Here is a great car rental agency in Andalusia and more specifically at Malaga airport : book a rental car.

If you are in Andalucia as part of a tour with several major cities to visit, here are some links that may be of interest:

  • All you need to know about Granada, the Alhambra, the Albaicin neighbourhood before visiting Granada

  • If you are passing through the geographical centre of Andalusia, then you can visit the beautiful Antequera, with the incredible natural site of El Torcal right next door

Find more ideas for visits to authentic Andalusia: see the blog pages on Andalucia.

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