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We take a look at the crags of Anguiano

Anguiano is the gateway to the upper part of the Najerilla valley and at the same time one of the main access points to the La Demanda mountain range. The vertical crags under which this Riojan village sits are a meeting point for climbers, home to birds of prey, and unbeatable balconies from which to look out over the landscape. One of these balconies is the Viewpoint Portillo Rock, which can be reached via an entertaining hiking route that crosses the abrupt slope of the mountain surrounded by holm oaks.

Itinerary of the route to the Viewpoint Portillo Rock

From the hermitage of La Magdalena to the viewpoint of Portillo Rock 1 Km

The hermitage of La Magdalena (0h 00min) is the starting point of two of the routes through beech forests, the Route of Rocks and the Route of Roñas. It is also the starting point of the route that takes us to the viewpoint of Portillo Rock. Specifically, the start of the route is to be found at the back of the hermitage. Follow the itinerary of the Route of Rocks bordering the hermitage for a few metres, leaving aside that of the Route of Roñas. Just before leaving the hermitage behind, we will find the path we should follow.

The path is almost covered by vegetation and climbs gently in the direction of Anguiano.

After a short while, just after passing near some beehives, our path turns into a narrow trail that enters the holm oak forest. This path runs halfway up the slope surrounded by holm oaks. The steepness of the terrain makes the route even more entertaining. The route is not very steep, it goes up and down continuously and takes us to a clearing where the viewpoint Portillo Rock (0h 30min) awaits us . We will have to walk around the area to be able to enjoy the different panoramic views it offers. For example, a cut between the crags allows us to jump to the other side of the vertical wall that has accompanied us this far, to enjoy the views from that side. Once we have had our fill of these landscapes, we return to the hermitage of La Magdalena following the same route that brought us here.​

Tips for the route to the Viewpoint of Portillo Rock

1-The route does not present any major complications, although due to the type of terrain over which it runs, you will have to pay attention in some sections.

2-There are some quite vertical areas, especially around the viewpoint, so be careful.

3-Visiting this viewpoint is well worth it, even if you are not doing any of the routes that link the route, from Anguiano you have just over 5 km in total.

4-You will encounter the occasional trail that descends down the hillside, the route is practically at the same altitude all the way, and the path markings will serve as a reference in case you have any doubts.

Waypoints of the route
1-La Magdalena Hermitage 0:00h 800m 0km 30T 520121 4677684
2-Portillo Rock 0:30h 820m 1Km 30T 519425 4678378

Coordinates UTM Datúm WGS84

Profile of the route to the Viewpoint Portillo Rock

Profile of the route to the Viewpoint Portillo Rock

ico-distancia-totalDistance: 2Km

ico-tiempo-totalTime: 0:45h

ico-dificultadDifficulty: Low

ico-desnivel-acumuladoSlope: 130m

ico-desnivel-positivoSlope +: 65m

ico-desnivel-negativoSlope -: 65m

ico-altitud-maximaMaximum altitude: 820m

ico-altitud-minimaMinimum altitude: 800m

Cartography and maps

Map of the route to the Viewpoint Portillo Rock

This sketch of the route is not made to scale nor does it contain all the information relating to the area, it is merely indicative.

Topographical map of the route to the Viewpoint Portillo Rock

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This schematic with the path is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional "Cuadrante 241-1 y 241-3 1:25.000".

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