Walking on water

“The first few moments are almost overwhelming, because you’re hanging out over the sea, but then the fear fades and you can take in the spectacular view as you scale the cliff with the sea beneath your feet.” These could be your words after completing the Cala del Molí via ferrata in Sant Feliu de Guíxols. The route, which offers the perfect fusion between the turquoise of the sea and the orange granite of the rock, is located at the heart of the Costa Brava, just 40 minutes by car from our campsite.

A via ferrata is a route involving both hiking and climbing that enables you to reach seemingly impossible places, thanks to spikes, rungs and bridges. You don’t have to be an expert climber, just adventurous and open to new experiences. In Catalonia there are a number of via ferratas, mostly established in the 90s. Although it wasn’t the first, the Sant Feliu via ferrata is one of the most accessible. It is also one of the most spectacular as it takes you above the sea. It is highly recommended for anyone new to these vias. It was first created 15 years ago by Albert Gironès, mountain guide and developer of high-altitude parks. He renovated and modernised it in 2013.

The Cala del Molí via ferrata can get busy, so it’s a good idea to do it during the week if possible.  And since the route is south-east facing, we recommend doing it during the afternoon as the sun will probably be beating down in the morning. If you can only make it on a summer weekend, prepare yourself for crowds and queues. The route itself can be completed in just over an hour and a half, but you could be tied up much longer on a busy day. Nonetheless, we’re sure you won’t regret a thing once you’re looking out over the blue immensity of the sea: viewing the Mediterranean as you’ve never seen it before.

The only thing you need is some basic knowledge of how to use the required equipment (helmet, harness, carabiner, etc.). Don’t worry if you don’t own of these things: you can rent equipment in Sant Feliu. You can also hire guides there.

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