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Via Ferrata Les Marujes In Tavernes De La Valldigna

a young boy standing on a rock

This morning we did the Via Ferrata de les Marujes in the town of Tavernes de la Valldigna in the Safor region. A few days ago we discovered the neighbouring via ferrata in the same town, the Via Ferrata Pas de Cabres, and we were amazed by the landscape and the environment that surrounds the via and makes it a beautiful walk through the mountains. So we wanted to see if this one was also as spectacular.

To do this and leaving from the Alicante Aventura base camp at Camping Playa Paraiso in Villajoyosa we headed for the AP-7 towards Valencia. We took exit 60 Tavernes/Xeresa to the N-332 and at the next roundabout we took the first exit. Follow the sign CV-50 Tavernes de la Valldigna/Beach and continue towards Tavernes crossing several roundabouts, once you enter the town go straight on crossing the town first along the Les Germanies avenue and then along the La Valldigna avenue, always straight on until you reach almost the end of the town where you turn right into the Divina Aurora street.

Once there we parked where we could and continued towards the end of the street, where we found a path that crossed through terraces until we reached a PR-40 path called Senda dels Amoladors, part of this path runs next to a water channel.

We follow this wide path until we reach a signpost for PR-CV 38 where we take a path upwards, well marked with rocks. After 40′ from the Divina Aurora street we arrive at the signpost of the Via Ferrata.

The route begins with a small abseil of 5m where you can also make a jump with the life cable. Then we find a small Tibetan bridge that crosses the ravine, from which we climb up the rocks with the help of very comfortable plastic clamps with grips.

After a short but intense uphill walk along a path marked with some milestones but intuitive, we reach the second section of the via ferrata. The most intense.

It climbs up the right side of the Peña Roja and the start is a bit steep and the clamps are a bit far away.

After a few clamps there is a horizontal step with pegs for holds, it is a very aerial section, not suitable for beginners or children.

The rest of the clamps are a bit far away but accessible and it is easy to climb without any difficulty other than occasionally holding on to the rock at the end, which is less exposed.

We walked a little upwards until we found the third and last section with clamps, a very short inclined stone wall.

When we reached the top we saw the letter box with the guest book where we could leave a souvenir.

To finish we continue climbing upwards over quite sharp stones and a path that is hardly indicated by any milestone but which reaches the PR path down to Tavernes or on the way up to the Alto de las Cruces.

To descend we can go down this path, go up to the Alto de las Cruces and follow the PR that reaches Tavernes, going around the summit with its spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea, or go up two 30-metre abseils that end at the Tibetan bridge. We chose the first option, and after another 40′ of descent returning by the same way, we arrived at the car. In summary, I can say that the via ferrata les Marujes is a short but intense route, where in its second stretch you have to take a deep breath on its horizontal passage and think about how to combine feet and hands to pass without major difficulty. Fortunately I was accompanied by the excellent guide Vicente Monerris from Alicante Aventura who helped me at all times to trust in the safety equipment and above all in myself in the aerial sections that made me hesitate and take a deep breath. Thank you for making me feel safe and being by my side in my moments of weakness and reassuring me. I will definitely trust Alicante Aventura for my next activity to know the best via ferratas in Alicante and soon in Valencia as well. THANK YOU for an unforgettable day.

Villajoyosa 16th January 2022

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