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Gaudi's "La Padrera", Barcelona's second-most-famo...

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Catalonia is one of the best places to climb in Spain. Plenty of sport crags known worldwide and lots of trad/adventure climbing areas.

You can find different types of rock, but the most usual is limestone, with some really particular and nice conglomerate areas like the mistical Montserrat.


Getting There 

You'll need a car to get to most of the climbing areas


188 Total Routes


['4 Stars',48],['3 Stars',76],['2 Stars',49],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',1]
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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Catalonia:
La Que Faltava   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Sport, 4 pitches, 360'   Gorros : Magdalena Inferior
Badalona   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c R     Trad, 5 pitches, 700'   Gorros : Gorro Frigi
Viagra   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 100'   Camarasa : La Selva
Magrana   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 70'   Margalef : Raco de la Finestra
Mayling   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Sport, 50'   Valley Crags : L'Olla
Toca-me-la Sam   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 70'   Village Crags : Campi Qui Pugui
Remena Nena   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 90'   Valley Crags : Espero Primavera
Entretres   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 50'   Margalef : Raco de la Finestra
Delicatessan   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 80'   Village Crags : Campi Qui Pugui
Bistec de Biceps   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b     Sport, 45'   Valley Crags : L'Olla
Mandragora   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 115'   Valley Crags : Espero Primavera
Anabolica   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ E7 6c     Sport, 70'   Village Crags : Campi Qui Pugui
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Featured Route For Catalonia
El Sistema climbs in from the left then follows the beautiful gray tufa streak.

El Sistema 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c  Europe : Spain : ... : Raco de les Espadelles
El Sistema climbs a spectacular gray tufa streak, with the aid of the "juggy" pockets at the start of La Gomorra (to avoid the 8b+ direct start). This is not as bouldery as many routes at Margalef, requiring mostly good stamina. However, a good bit of finger strength is required for the strenuous crux traverse between the fourth & fifth bolts.Begin with La Gomorra's burly start to reach the big hole below the fourth bolt. Rest well, then charge up and right into the gray streak. Awesome text...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

Photos of Catalonia Slideshow Add Photo
One of the "Hansel & Gretel" houses at Barcelona's "Park Guell".
One of the "Hansel & Gretel" houses at Barcelona's...
Gaudi's marvelous "Casa Batllo".
Gaudi's marvelous "Casa Batllo".
Montserrat
Montserrat
Gaudi's "Park Guell" is another must-see in Barcelona.
Gaudi's "Park Guell" is another must-see in Barcel...
The view from the cable car on the way down from the monestary and the mountains at Montserrat.  An amazing place to hike around, unfortunately we didn't get to do any climbing, but the locals were cool.
The view from the cable car on the way down from t...
One of the many really cool conglomerate towers near the monestary at Montserrat ("Serrated Mountain").  Saw some guys leading this tower with nuts for pro.  Whew.  The monestary is in the background.
One of the many really cool conglomerate towers ne...
El Pedraforca
El Pedraforca
The cable car to get from the train station up to the mountains at Montserrat and the monestary.  As I recall, it's maybe an hour by train from Barcelona.
The cable car to get from the train station up to ...
Sant Benet  ( la Momia y la Momieta )
Sant Benet ( la Momia y la Momieta )
Sant Benet (La prenyada i la Trompa de l'Elefant)
Sant Benet (La prenyada i la Trompa de l'Elefant)
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By RSP
Mar 14, 2010

Yo, if anyone happens to be in Barcelona there is a really cool FREE urban climbing area called La Fuixarda. lafuixarda.blogspot.com/ Its a tunnel that climbers took over and put up some fun traverses and sport climbing routes. Its got lights at night and can be climbed 24/7/365. If anyone is in town and looking for a partner to climb sport I got all the gear so hit me up, I'll be in town until mid July 2010. Peace.

By Andrew Cassidy
Apr 15, 2011

I will be in Barcelona this summer (probably a week) and have a lot of time flexibility in traveling around Catalonia. Does anyone have any beta on climbing guides in the area?

Peace!

By DoesNotCare
From: Heaven
Mar 1, 2013

If anyone climbing in the 11-12 ranges is looking for a sweet place to climb then check out Sadernes, probably my favorite place in Spain.

By Jack Sparrow
From: denver, co
Jun 2, 2013

How easy is it to find partners in siurana, margelef, rodellar or terradets. Is the scene kind of like Thailand or potrero were you can go solo and meet climbing partners fairly easy. Are the campgrounds community based were everyone hangs out together or do most people stick to themselves. I really want to do an extended trip to northern Spain but don't have a motivated partner to go with. Any info is appreciated.