The orography of Villena, made up of rocky mountains, allows the practice of the ascent of the Vias Ferratas. This activity is halfway between hiking and climbing, so it requires previous experience.

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The routes combine vertical paths with horizontal crossings. They are equipped with grappling hooks, parabolts, iron rungs, handrails, chains, cables and suspension bridges. In addition, it is possible to access them by rappelling (descending the ropes) if you arrive by car to the top of the Sierra de la Villa.

These roads are south-facing, so they are ideal for enjoying in autumn, winter and spring. In summer we suggest doing them at night.

Via Ferrata Castillo de Salvatierra

This route starts at the spot known as Las Cruces, through the PR-CV 312. Then it goes on to pass through the Castle of Salvatierra, fortification of Muslim origin that fulfilled the functions of surveillance and control of the Vinalopó.

Throughout this short itinerary, different techniques are performed: vertical climbing, small drops, crossings, descent via steps, crossing a bridge with a steel cable, etc.


The route is equipped with 94 steps and is ideal for beginners.
Length (travel): 115 meters.
Elevation: 53 meters.
Difficulty: AD (Something difficult)

Approximation: 45 minutes
Ferrata (for 2 people): 45 minutes
Return (by path PR-CV 312): 1 hour


Guidance times for groups with some experience.

Via Ferrata Sierra de la Villa

It is accessed by the same place as the previous one. From here, we continue just over 100 metres descending by grabbing onto a steel cable to reach the start of the route on foot.

It is longer than the Castillo de Salvatierra route, which implies a greater degree of difficulty. The route has been equipped with 126 steel steps and is fully cabled.


Length (travel): 153 meters.
Slope: 70 meters.
Difficulty: D (Difficult)

Approximation: 55 minutes. Ferrata (for 2 people): 1h
Return (by the PR-CV 312 trail): 1 hour.

Guidance times for groups with some experience.

Safety rules in Ferrata roads:

  1. It is forbidden to carry out the activity on those days when extreme fire risk is declared.
  2. Non-experts must be accompanied by an experienced guide.
  3. The use of climbing lanyards without shock absorbers can cause, in the event of a fall, the breakage of the safety material and serious injuries in 100% of cases.
  4. The use of the following equipment is compulsory:
    1. Shock absorber: best approved system, with climbing lanyards and carabiners for Vías Ferratas. We will never attach it to the harness with carabiners.
    2. Helmet.
    3. Harness: For climbing. In case of children, it is best to use a full-body harness.
    4. Gloves. It is recommended to wear hiking boots.

To carry out the Via Ferratas it is necessary to fill in the following authorisation:

The authorizations for the use of the Vías Ferratas de Villena will be considered accepted and approved once the Google form has been sent or by submitting it on paper in the following places, as long as all its mandatory fields are duly completed. Active Tourism companies must add their registration number or code and must send or present the document for each activity.

Places where the authorisation can be presented:

  • Villena Tourist Info Office (Plaza de Santiago, 5)
    Opening times: Tuesday to Thursday from 9.00 to 14.00 h. Saturday, Sunday, holidays and Monday before holidays from 10.00 to 14.00 h.
  • Villena Castle Tourist Info Office – Visitors Centre (General Prim, 2)
    Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday, holidays and Monday before holiday from 10.00 to 14.00 h. Afternoon from Tuesday to Saturday from 16.00 to 18.00 h.
  • Municipal Sports Centre’s concierge office (Barrio San Francisco without number)
    Opening times: Monday to Friday from 8.00 to 15.00 h. and from 16.00 to 23.00 h. Saturday from 8.00 to 22.000 h. Sunday from 8.00 to 14.00 h.

Download the authorisation in order to submit it on paper (in Spanish)