How to get there
We arrive at Castellote from the N-211 passing through Alcañiz, Calanda and Mas de las Matas. After passing the Llovedor hermitage and a tunnel we arrive at Castellote. We can park in the same square.
From the square we go up the left side of the blue house, La cuesta de San Miguel, towards the church. Taking the path that goes up to the castle we will see the via ferrata signpost. Here we can equip ourselves.
To visit the Templar Castle of Castellote there are several options, the most recent is this via ferrata equipped by the Government of Aragon. It essentially consists of two parts:
The first part of the route, which climbs small slopes equipped mostly with cables and chains, winds its way towards the wall at the top of which the castle is located. As we climb we can see to our right the road and the wooden bridges that take hikers up to the ruins of the fortress.
It is on the wall, the beginning of the second part, where the most vertical section begins. Mostly straight ahead, it increases in difficulty as we climb up to the last line of staples, quite aerial but so well equipped that it is overcome without difficulty. We finish the ferrata inside the castle, with extensive 360 degree views. At our feet are the small reddish roofs of Castellote, the church and further away the modern bullring.
Since the ferrata is so short, it is worth descending the opposite side to visit the Roman aqueduct, partially reconstructed, with the added surprise of being able to contemplate parts of the castle hidden from Castellote. At the end we will be able to see the small hermitage of Llovedor.
– We can return along the wooden walkways and the cobblestone path directly to Castellote. 5′
– Another option is to go down the PR-TE 53 to visit the Roman aqueduct behind the castle. The path will allow us to observe the Llovedor hermitage in the distance. 25′
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