Six catwalks that will take your breath away
19 de June 2024
Alejandro Medina Rojo


Crossing long and majestic footbridges is a memorable experience, one of those that we keep in our memories and that we cannot resist photographing. From the heights or at ground level, there is nothing like contemplating the beautiful valleys and impressive geological formations that cross these viaducts. To make it easier for you not to miss an experience like this, we have selected the best walkways and Paradors for you to enjoy unforgettable days. Don't forget to ask us at reception for these routes.


Adventure at 100 meters high


Since the monarch Alfonso XII inaugurated this walkway in Malaga, it became known as the "Caminito del Rey". Only brave adventurers dare to walk along these rails, suspended over gorges more than 100 meters high. Everything you see here is hard to forget, not only for the breathtaking views, but also for the incredible landscapes it passes through. Have you heard of the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes Natural Park? Its majestic gorge, with walls that reach 700 meters deep, will leave you speechless. Are you attracted by enigmas? Take a look at the "fossil beach" that houses samples of the Jurassic era. Wherever you go, you'll be left breathless.

After this adventure of strong emotions, nothing better than returning to the Parador de Antequera to rest and balance our experience. This modern building, with minimalist decor, stands out for its large and lush gardens. There is nothing better than stopping by the pool, lying in the hammock and enjoying a drink while you take in the delicious aroma of nature. And of course, our restaurant, famous for its specialty, the porra antequerana, is a gastronomic feast you will not want to miss. 



The world's second longest bridge is in the Iberian Peninsula


If heights don't intimidate you, the Canillo Tibetan Bridge in Andorra offers a breathtaking experience. At 603 meters long, it is the second longest bridge in the world, second only to the 721-meter Sky Bridge in the Czech Republic. But that's not all: this footbridge is built at an altitude of 1,875 meters. Walking along it is like flying over the Pyrenees, with the possibility of capturing an unforgettable photograph. In addition, the Roc del Quer viewpoint, near this bridge, provides a breathtaking perspective of Andorra's scenic beauty. There, on the imposing hill, stands a thoughtful statue of the artist Miguel Angel Gonzalez, inviting visitors to echo the beautiful scenery.


About 20 minutes from the border with Andorra, the Parador de La Seu d'Urgell is a destination that fits perfectly into this trip. Inside, its 18th century classicist cloister stands out and it has facilities such as a heated swimming pool, gym, sauna and solarium to relax in the sun. Its location, at the confluence of the Segre and Valira rivers, is excellent for exploring the charms of the Catalan Pyrenees. For example, the Cadí-Moixeró and Alt Pirineu natural parks are ideal for escaping the heat and enjoying the stunning natural surroundings. In addition, La Seu d'Urgell boasts the only fully Romanesque cathedral in Catalonia, the Cathedral of Santa Maria, another essential stop during your visit.




Discovering the treasures of Ribeira Sacra


The footbridges of the river Mao in Ourense, are a set of wooden walkways that, along its stairs, ramps and viewpoints, give us spectacular views of the Ribeira Sacra. The most special belvedere is As Xariñas, known as "the magic look". If you love photography, this is a good place to take a couple of snapshots, since, at an altitude of more than 600 meters, you will have an incredible view of the Sil valley in front of you. Also, did you know that significant archaeological finds have been discovered here? One of the most outstanding are the 56 anthropomorphic tombs of the necropolis of San Victor, whose variety of shapes and sizes reveal the existence of a highly hierarchical ancient society.

The other jewel of the Ribeira Sacra is the Parador de Santo Estevo. It is a monastery with a huge cultural footprint: inside alone we find three cloisters of Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance styles. But beyond the history, if we love this Parador for anything, it is for its outdoor jacuzzi, overlooking the lush forest that surrounds it. Do you need more reasons to visit it? It also has an incredible spa in what were once the wineries. 



Between waterfalls


One of the most beautiful walkways to explore the Sierra de Cazorla is the "Cerrada de Elías". Its letter of introduction is unbeatable and is that upon arrival we cross the Charco de la Cuna, a paradise of turquoise waters with countless waterfalls. But the best picture you will take is from the Puente de los Caracolillos (Snail Bridge). There you will discover the charm of the place full of canals excavated on the limestone rock. After the viaduct, we enter a natural landscape full of oaks, strawberry trees and boxwoods everywhere, where there are plenty of natural pools for a dip.

Within the mountains and as an ideal starting point, the Parador de Cazorla is the perfect accommodation you were looking for. This traditional Andalusian farmhouse overlooks the stunning Natural Park of the Sierras de Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas, one of the largest protected areas in Spain. With a swimming pool, lush gardens and the possibility of bringing your pet, there is no excuse not to enjoy a few magical days in the heart of nature.




Natural rock bridges in the Barranco de la Hoz ravine


Walking along the walkways of Colomarde is a highly recommended experience. This route connects with the charming village of Albarracín through the Barranco de la Hoz. Along the route over the Blanco River, we will cross lush pine forests until we reach the impressive Molino Viejo waterfall. The route is especially attractive for its metal walkways and natural rock bridges. As we approach the final stretch, we can contemplate the source of the Tajo River. Completing the journey to Albarracín is a unique opportunity to explore this town, considered one of the most beautiful in Spain. Walking through its streets is like stepping into medieval times, with a sea of reddish houses that evoke ancient times.

A little more than half an hour from Albarracín is the Parador de Teruel, an old palace inspired by Mudejar art. Something that stands out is its exquisite decoration with pointed arches, Arabic details and refined marble. If you come with children, in addition to the swimming pool, the Parador has a playground and a tennis court for you to have a good time. Don't forget to leave room to savor the genuine gastronomy of Teruel, with traditional dishes such as roast lamb or borage crespillos, authentic delicacies for the palate.



Ready for a good dose of adrenaline?


Eight kilometers from Granada is the gorge of Los Cahorros, a real Eden. The numerous waterfalls of the Monachil River and the three suspension bridges that cross the gorge capture all our attention; one of them is no less than 63 meters long. The perfect place to bring out your most photogenic side is the Cueva de las Palomas, a dreamlike grotto formed by blocks detached from the heights. If you want to take a break and recharge your batteries, there is no better place than the riverside meadow known as Las Hazuelas, famous for the colorful flowers that adorn the terrain. We encourage you to complete the route to the village of Monachil, where you can explore an archaeological site that is three millennia old and played a crucial role during the Neolithic period.

"desfiladero de los cahorros"
Los Cahorros Gorge. Vicent M.A.Janssen


A stone's throw from the vibrant cultural offerings of Granada, within the Alhambra, the Parador Convento de San Francisco awaits you. Its history dates back to the time of the Catholic Monarchs, who erected this building over an ancient Nasrid palace. Today, artistic remains of the Andalusian period are preserved, such as the qubba or the viewpoint to the Generalife, the Moorish ceilings and the Arab baths discovered in 1949. In addition, in El Almorí del Generalife, you can enjoy a more informal menu with typical dishes from the towns of Granada, a special attraction if you are a fan of the tapas culture.