The route of the hanging bridges of Chulilla

The route of the hanging bridges of Chulilla or route of the marshes begins in the area known as the calderones, located north of the Valencian town of Chulilla.
If you come from Losa del Obispo you will see cars parked on the left side where there is a parking lot about 1 km before reaching the village when it begins a steep climb to the altico. If you come from Chulilla, once you pass the altico you will see the same parking and the beginning of the route of the hanging bridges.
The route of the hanging bridges of Chulilla There are people who do not want to wear out the soles of their shoes and park in the Rambla de Losa when it joins the road that goes to the Loriguilla reservoir.
Another way to access the route is upstream from the reservoir of Loriguilla and go down to complete the route.
There is another access, but it is much more complicated and that would give to write an entire route.
Due to the large influx of people, especially on holidays, we proceeded to charge a fee per person of one euro except for those registered in Chulilla, children under 10 years and over 65 years. On weekdays access is free.
We must respect the environment and sadly many people are not used to not interacting with the environment and although they are isolated cases such an amount of hikers is always associated with an increase in garbage deposited by the area. The town hall of Chulilla and its tourist office can offer direct information on this and other matters in the telephone 961657001 and email
The route of the hanging bridges or path of the marsh workers has its origins in the workers who used to stay in Chulilla and went to work on the construction of the Loriguilla reservoir. The area between Chulilla and Loriguilla is not exactly flat as you can see. You had to make a long detour to get there and back. In order to improve the working conditions, several bridges were built. A fixed one closer to the dam and a suspension one closer to Chulilla.
The Turia River has been forming over the millennia these wonderful canyons through which its waters pass. Thus, every so often, there is a flood that ends up transforming the territory. In the great flood of 1957 that ended up flooding the city of Valencia, the fixed bridge was also swept away. I have no data on the suspension bridge. I would say that due to disuse it would gradually fall down. In the end, only a steel cable was preserved that connected with the other side just where the first bridge is now. Someone very daring could pass to the other side as the cable seemed to be in good condition. I myself was considering that option. I did not do it and I am still alive.
When the council rebuilt the bridges they used new cables. Don’t be afraid of that. The old cable that had been standing for over 50 years was discarded.
The gorges of the river Turia and the calderones are famous for the great height that they reach in some points with respect to the river Turia (Guadalaviar) more than 100 metres in many points, but the bridge that is situated higher is only 15 metres above the river.
The canyon of the Turia right on the route of the marshes is an environment that used to be very isolated and this was used by the fauna as an anti-human refuge. I myself saw an eagle owl in those cinglos. I don’t know if this type of wildlife still lives there. There are trout and otters which are difficult to see. There are also many climbers coming from many European countries.
This hiking route is particularly beautiful and is currently one of the most visited in the Valencian Community.
It is a simple route that can be done with the whole family. If you feel like walking a few more kilometres, you can do a circular route that goes around the back of Chulilla going up to the Loriguilla reservoir in the direction of the Vallfiguera ravine on the left to reach Chulilla again. This circular route requires some planning (water, food, shoes,…) as it is 16 km and takes about 4 to 6 hours depending on the walking pace.
The vast majority of people do not do the circular route but just walk around the area of the bridges for a while and then return to the car. It takes very little time to do this short route. It takes about an hour.
At the end of the route don’t forget to go to the village bakery and buy a reguiño, mantecados, torticas de almendra, cocotecs,… and in the butcher’s shop the morcillas de arroz (better than the ones from Burgos).