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Via Ferrata

The department's only free Via Ferrata

The via ferrata is an “intermediate” activity between hiking and climbing.

It is accessible to anyone in good physical condition and not prone to vertigo.

With family, friends or as a couple...

Via ferrata, a unique way to discover the landscape

Experience thrills in complete safety along the two routes and enjoy superb views of Fenouillèdes.

The via ferrata is an itinerary built into a rock face, equipped with metal elements designed to facilitate progress (cables, ladders, ramps…). Safety is optimized thanks to a lifeline (handrail) that provides self-belay for climbers.


Choose your path

Via-Ferrata Discovery

La Pichona

With family or friends, discover the activity and great sensations of climbing and freedom.


Height difference: 80 meters / Length: 150 meters

Length of ascent 1h30, return via a trail in 15 minutes

Exposure: South-South-West

No escape on the route


For the more seasoned thrill-seekers, vertiginous switchbacks, monkey and Himalayan bridges, gully and ridge crossings line the Panoramique.



Height difference: 300 meters / Length: 900 meters

Ascent time 3 hours, return via a trail in 50 minutes

Exposure: West

No escape on the route, but possible bypassing of bridges (Himalayan bridge and monkey bridge)

Minimum height required: 1.70 meters arms outstretched

Before you leave


Parking is prohibited from the Saint-Paul de Fenouillet exit to the bridge (Lesquerde junction). It is dangerous to park under the via-ferrata (significant risk of falling rocks).

Two signposted parking lots are available in the immediate vicinity of the site.

Further information from the Office de Tourisme Intercommunal du Fenouillèdes: +33 4 68 59 07 57


Every year, the Agly-Fenouillèdes Community of Communes commissions a specialist company to carry out a safety inspection of the two via-ferrata routes (La Panoramique and La Pichona). All access during this period is forbidden.