There are two types of adventure lovers: people who need extreme activities that defy the force of gravity (such as bungee jumping or skydiving) and those who prefer to face nature. In this second group are the hikers. Hiking is also the art of exploring rural, beach and mountain areas. Its charm resides in that, At the same time that you exercise, you discover wonderful places.
Of all the possible types of trails on which to hike, one of the most exciting while still being safe is those that include hanging bridges or walkways. In them, the platform that supports the load appears suspended over the void and held by large cables tied to towers.
Its construction dates back to 1800 and, since then, some have stood out for their design and others for their length, but there are also those that impress by the landscape in which they are located. In fact, in Spain we have them of different types and adventures.
Caminito del Rey (Malaga)
The Caminito del Rey, in the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes, is one of the most popular routes in Spain. It is located in the north of the province of Malaga and gets its name from when Alfonso XIII crossed it in 1921 for the inauguration of the Guadalhorce dam. At the time it was considered the most dangerous trail in the world, although today it is completely safe. The path is made up of several footbridges and suspension bridges built more than 100 meters above the Guadalhorce River. It runs along 7.7 km, of which 1.5 km are for wooden walkways barely a meter wide.
Suspension bridges of Chulilla (Valencia)
On the Pantaneros Route (also known as the Calderones Route), in the heart of the Los Calderones Municipal Natural Park, are the two Chulilla suspension bridges, which were originally built for the reservoir workers. The taller of the two has 15 meters high and 21 long. The second only stands 5 meters high above the ground. The path runs through an impressive canyon through which the Turia River flows and covers about 10 kilometres, including a round trip.
Via Ferrata (Cantabria)
On the Via Ferrata of La Hermida is one of the longest Tibetan bridges in Spain. It runs more than 800 meters high and has a wooden walkway more than 100 meters long. Of course, it is a path only suitable for true adventurers. Although the itinerary is designed for people not accustomed to climbing or hiking, it is so dangerous that during the entire route you will be protected with a helmet and attached to a steel cable by means of a harness.
Montfalcó footbridges (Huesca)
Walkways attached to the rock, suspension bridges and vertiginous gorges are the highlight of this a spectacular hiking route that offers beautiful views of the gorge. The Noguera Ribagorzana river forms the natural border between the Aragonese and Catalan Pyrenees. It faces the Montsec barrier in the Mont Rebei gorge, a huge crack that can reach more than 300 meters of vertical drop. You can walk through it through a vertiginous cantilever from which you can admire impressive views. One of the most beautiful and spectacular itineraries that you can do to get to know the Mont Rebei gorge is the route of the Montfalcó footbridges, some vertiginous bridges that fly over the Montsec mountain range.
Closed of the Castril river (Granada)
This walk on a wooden walkway is ideal to start hiking. And it is that, although it has little rise, its appeal is not less for being short. You only have to go down to the river from the urban center of the town of Castril and you will arrive at the old power station, excavated in the rock of a hillside in the riverbed. In addition to nature, the old railway sleepers are the stars of the tour. Another positive aspect is that bathing in the river and trout fishing are allowed.
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