Here’s a route that combines in one single day 2 ferratas in Alicante, Ferrata Xorret del Catí (Castalla) and Ferrata Norte del Cid (Petrer) and an easy trek to El Despenyador, a summit that is a 360º balcony where you can easily identify all other Alicante sierras, on a clear day.
Recommended order: 1) Ferrata Xorret del Catí, 2) Trek to Despenyador, 3) Ferrata Norte del Cid. If you do it the other way round, you’ll find Xorret del Catí too way disappointing.
Material: basic ferrata equipment.
Abseil: There are 2 abseil points, every 25 mts. Good anchor points with eyebolts (don’t pay attention to the abandoned maillons).
Approach time: 20-30 minutes.
Ferrata time: 15 minutes.
Descent: Foot path descending a gully. There’s a steel wire for better security when scrambling down.
Best time of the day: early morning, late afternoon (during long spring and summer days).
Best time of the year: autumn, winter and spring.
Wire quality/Calidad del cable
Real difficulty/Dificultad real
As described here, we took an optional trekking route to El Despenyador, starting just at the finish point of this via ferrata. We followed the clear track along the ridge, it took us about 40 minutes to reach the summit (1261m.)…and we enjoyed the views…and the unavoidable sad smog, all above us, no matter how high you go, it’s there.