To enjoy the heights you don't need to climb to the top of a mountain, with barely any oxygen, and spread your arms looking out to the horizon. A solution that can offer us moments of peace and reflection is to find villages and corners at high altitudes, which lead to vertigo but offer spectacular views.
To help you with this task we have created a small route of places that aren't suitable for people with vertigo. A list of villages that are high up and much closer than you think providing a real delight for our senses.
Castellfollit de la Roca
Imagine living in a village located on top of a rock with houses at the edge of a ledge over 40 meters high. Well, that's Castellfollit de la Roca.
This small village of just 1,000 inhabitants, with narrow and gloomy streets, is located in the volcanic area of La Garrotxa. Its houses seem to be hanging in a vacuum and at the end of the village stands the tower of the old Church of Sant Salvador, built in the 11th century. Do not stop climbing the tower and observe the views from above, you will not regret it!
Caminito del Rey
One hour from the city of Malaga is this old road. It has been restored for the public, and it runs through the entire Gaitanes Gorge, attached to walls that reach 400 meters. Immersed in the Garganta del Chorro Natural Park, the Caminito del Rey is a unique space surrounded by stunning beauty.
The Caminito del Rey is 7 km long and easily done (don't forget comfortable shoes) without having a large depth as there are hardly any slopes. Along the journey you can see mountain goats as well as raptors and vultures. You will have the strongest feeling of vertigo when crossing the bridge although it'll soon pass when you start taking shots of the breathtaking landscape with your camera.
Alcalá del Júcar
Alcalá del Júcar, in the province of Albacete, is located on the side of a mountain where the Júcar river passes around it. The white houses are shown on steps on the side of the mountain, and even some are embedded within the mountain.
This charming village is an enclave worthy of the best panoramic photos and it is also worth observing the village from afar to contemplate the majesctic castle at the top.
In addition,near the village the Júcar River creates a small beach used a lot in warm months to cool off. Between the beach, its caves, a castle and a Roman bridge, Alcalá del Júcar becomes an ideal locaion for a family outing.
The Bridge of Los Cahorros, Monachil
The Cahorros Bridge, also known by many as "the Indiana Jones Bridge", is located one hour from the city of Granada, on the Los Cahorros, Monachil route. This route, approximately 2 hours long, reveals a marvellous area while we follow the Monachil River and the nooks that it has formed.
If you start the route, there will come a time when you will find yourself on the Cahorros Bridge, a suspension bridge that puts you about 65 meters above some waterfalls. An experience that improves when the Monachil River falls with a lot of flow.
Located on a rugged limestone rock, with only one entry and exit road (and paved just over 20 years ago), is the village of Siurana. It is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Tarragona and Catalonia. Siurana is located in the wine regions of Montsant and El Priorat, it is one of the villages preferred by climbers and its strategic location was the last Muslim stronghold in Catalonia.
Its houses are located on top of a cliff that falls directly to the swamp with the same name as the village. The views from these houses are truly amazing as they cover the waters of the Siurana reservoir, a sea of vineyards and olive groves.
Do not hesitate to organise a getaway to Siurana and you will live an authentic vertigo experience.