Route of the Hanging Bridges of Chulilla (Valencia)


One of the most beautiful and spectacular excursions in the province of Valencia is the Ruta de los Pantaneros or Ruta de los Puentes Colgantes de Chulilla.

It is a very simple excursion that can be done with children (always supervised), about 9 kilometers long; half of it if we only go to the 2nd bridge.

In addition, the town of Chulilla, just 1 hour from Valencia city, has many other routes and charming places to visit, such as its castle or the Charco Azul, making it ideal for a weekend getaway.

Stay until the end to know all the details of the Hanging Bridges Route and other attractions of Chulilla. Let’s start!

Route Summary

The first of the suspension bridges of Chulilla

The route begins on the outskirts of Chulilla in the direction of Losa del Obispo, next to the CV-394 road.

You can try to park next to the viewpoints, although my advice is to use the public parking of the village (below I leave the location) and walk along the road (only 500 meters).

Keep in mind that there is a fee of 1€ (every day) to access the route and you will see that it is usually very crowded, especially on weekends and holidays.

The first point of interest are the spectacular viewpoints of the Turia Canyon, located on the edge of impressive vertical cliffs.

Pantaneros Route Chulilla Valencia
Sickles of the Turia River from the Pantaneros Route

From there, the trail goes along the edge of the ravine until it reaches Los Calderones, which gives its name to the whole area. It continues bordering with a slight ascent until it reaches the first suspension bridge, the highest one.

After crossing the bridge there is a descent by stairs and a flat stretch until reaching the second suspension bridge, also in a spectacular setting. If you want, you can continue to the Loriguilla reservoir, a much less crowded area of the route.

The normal way is to return the same way, although I leave a circular alternative (longer) at the end of the article.


Track for GPS

The Route of the Pantaneros or Route of the Hanging Bridges of Chulilla is signposted and has information panels. The normal thing will be that you meet quite a few people along the route and it really is not lost. In any case, below you can download the track for GPS via wikiloc:

Detailed description of hike

Ruta puentes colgantes de Chulilla
Ruta de los Pantaneros - 2º puente colgante

Today’s route will take us into the impressive Turia River Canyon , which describes two pronounced meanders – the sickles – in this area. We are in a natural area protected by the Generalitat Valenciana: Los Calderones Municipal Natural Area , of great environmental, landscape and cultural value.

As soon as the route begins, the first surprise arrives: two viewpoints that defy the void and overlook the Turia canyon, just above the vertical of Charco Azul : the Mirador de Compuertas and the Mirador de la Carrucha . After delighting in the views of both, we continue the route in a gentle descent, walking along the edge of the spectacular gorge. In this area it is advisable to be very careful if we have small children .

The gentle descent leaves us at the Paraje de Los Calderones , which gives its name to the entire protected area. Here, the Rambla de Losa flows into the Turia next to the steepest gorge, called “La Punta”. In the past, the people of Chulilla used to come here to eat “La Mona de Pascua”, a tradition of Holy Week in Valencian lands.

From the area of Los Calderones, a moderate climb brings us closer to the entrance to the first of the suspension bridges . First, we have to go down some steep stairs.

This first bridge, 21 meters long, crosses the Turia Canyon from side to side, suspended about 15 meters above the river. The construction, with steel, wood and iron, is solid (although it sways) and very well finished.

After overcoming the first suspension bridge, a new flight of stairs leaves us in a particularly beautiful area where the river occupies the entire width of the gorge, with impressive vertical walls that practically touch each other. The riparian vegetation, the murmur of the water, the calm of the place… They are factors that invite contemplation and relaxation. Something that we will only find if we avoid weekends or get up very early… It is the only “downside” of this excursion.

Just a few meters ahead we reach the second of the suspension bridges , which in this case is about 5 meters above the river, with a length of 28 meters.

Second suspension bridge of the Pantaneros Route

Many people end the route on this second suspension bridge, attracted only by the instagram charm of the bridges. We think that it is worth continuing the path to the Loriguilla Reservoir , thus emulating the original route followed by the long-suffering dam builders. In this way, in addition, we enter the less crowded section of the route, where the walls of the Turia canyon reach one of its most spectacular points.

I kept wondering how such vertical, plumb-cut walls could have been formed . Geology gives us the answer: millions of years ago, the Turia managed to find a way through small faults and fissures in a huge mass of limestone. Little by little, in an incessant task, the waters were undermining the hard rock that, losing its foundations, collapsed in large blocks, the origin of the vertical cuts of the canyon.


In this area it is common to find climbers , testing their limits on these vertical walls. They were probably the ones who made this spectacular route popular, making it known to the general public.

Finally, shortly before reaching the Loriguilla Reservoir, the ravine opens up and we leave the underworld of gorges to climb to the top of the dam. Considering the way to go finished, we only have to return on our steps. Something that, on this occasion, does not matter to us in the least, since it will allow us to enjoy for the second time a landscape that one would never tire of traveling…

Things to see in Chulilla

View of Chulilla, a very charming town

It is worth taking advantage of the visit to Chulilla to make a getaway for a couple of days to enjoy this beautiful town and its wide range of hiking trails, cave paintingsvisit to your castle and other heritage and, of course, savor the delicious local gastronomy. Also in the area we can enjoy other fantastic routes, such as the Peña Cortada Aqueduct in Calles.

Frequent questions

How long does it take to do the suspension bridges route?

If you do the complete route from Chulilla to the Loriguilla reservoir, it is about 9 kilometers, round trip, so you can take about 3-4 hours.

If you go alone to the second suspension bridge it is about 4 kilometers, so it will take you 2 hours at the most.

Where does the route of the hanging bridges of Chulilla begin?

My advice is to start in the large parking lot of the Urbanización Santa Bárbara (at the exit of Chulilla in the direction of Losa del Obispo (neighboring village). At the end of this article you have the location. There are other options but you can leave the bottom of the car.

Is it suitable for children?

Yes, the route is technically simple, but you will have to keep an eye on them as there are precipices. It is not suitable for carts, but for a carrier backpack.

Is the route signposted?

The route is marked with some posts, although it is not lost. At the end of the article you have the track, in case you want to take it on your smartphone.

How many suspension bridges are there on the route?

There are 2 suspension bridges in the Ruta de los Pantaneros de Chulilla. The most spectacular is the first, due to its height.

Is it possible to bathe on the route?

I do not recommend it as it can be dangerous due to the strong current of the Turia River in this area. If you want to swim, better do it in the Charco Azul de Chulilla (I warn you that the water is very cold).

Is there a fee?

On weekends, a fee of €1 per person is paid for access.

Is it possible to do the route with dogs?

Yes, although keep in mind that there may be many people and you could be overwhelmed by the height or fall off a cliff.

What other routes are there in Chulilla?

There are many interesting routes in Chulilla. For example the Ruta del Charco Azul, simpler and very beautiful. Both can be done on the same day (at the end of the article I also leave you a circular route track).

Hanging Bridges of Chulilla

The Blue Pool of Chulilla
The Charco Azul from the Mirador de la Carrucha

The origin of this excursion, also known as Pantaneros RouteThe history of the company can be traced back to the construction of the nearby Loriguilla Reservoirat the time, in the decade of the fiftythe dam’s workers devised and materialized this improbable route across the Hoces del TuriaThis was a shortcut that allowed them to walk from the town of Chulilla, where they were temporarily installed while the construction work was being carried out. Little did they imagine that, years later, the route would end up becoming a major tourist attraction for the Los Serranos region, in the interior of the province of Valencia.

Video: Pantaneros Route

I encourage you to watch the following video, made by the City Council of Chulilla , which perfectly describes the Ruta de los Pantaneros as well as other attractions of the population.

Start point location

Where to start the route of the Hanging Bridges of Chulilla? Although there is space to leave the vehicle next to the road, in the area where the route begins, we recommend parking further down, in this parking lot at the exit of Chulilla (Urbanización Santa Bárbara). In just 500 meters we reach the entrance to the Natural Park.

Remember that to access the route on foot, every day there is capacity control and an eco-tax (1 €) is charged for the maintenance of the site -in my opinion, justified and with a very reasonable symbolic price-.

Circular Alternative Route

If you are in good shape and want to do a circular variant of the Hanging Bridges Route, I recommend this 16-kilometre route with a drop of just over 400 metres, which passes through the cave paintings of the Barranco de Valfiguera and Charco Azul .

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