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Description 

Small country with tons of rock. It's almost a crime to have as much rock as this country has. Spring and Fall are the best times to come, depending on the area, but be careful because it rains the most during these two seasons. With that said, it's Spain and it doesn't rain that much. Winter is great for Andalusia, Catalonia, Costa Blanca and the Central Zone (Madrid), but just expect short days and cold temperatures. During summer it's best to climb in the Pyrennes or in Asturias in the Picos de Europa where you have higher altitudes and lower temperatures. Or find someplace like Rodellar where the climbs are in the shade.

There are several things to remember when on a climbing trip to Spain. Grocery stores, as well as every store, are closed from 2 to 5 so you can't buy anything. Bars are always open. Grocery stores usually won't be open on Saturdays in small towns, but in the bigger towns the larger chain stores will be open. All stores are closed on national holidays...and there are a lot of national holidays. So look at the calendar because it's possible that stores can be closed up to four days in a row depending on the holiday. Grocery stores don't sell aspirin or any type of over the counter medication. You have to go to a pharmacy. If possible, try to shop in the markets in the towns versus larger stores. Prices are cheaper, people are nicer and the food is much better.

Getting There 

Fly into Madrid or Barcelona from anywhere in the world.

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.4 miles from here

546 Total Routes

['4 Stars',104],['3 Stars',211],['2 Stars',148],['1 Star',37],['Bomb',3]
['<=5.6',9],['5.7',13],['5.8',38],['5.9',37],['5.10',191],['5.11',128],['5.12',96],['5.13',33],['>=5.14',1],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Spain:
Badalona   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, 5 pitches, 700'   Gorros : Gorro Frigi
Valencianos   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 8 pitches, 900'   Costa Blanca : Penon d'Ifach
Amptrax   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 8 pitches, 600'   Zona de las Frontales : Apmtrax Area
Asuqui   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Mallorca : Cala Magraner
Colesterol Party   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Mallorca : Cala Santanyi
Viagra   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 100'   Camarasa : La Selva
Magrana   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 70'   Margalef : Raco de la Finestra
Punsola-Reniu   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, Alpine, 7 pitches, 750'   Gorros : Cavall Bernat
Toca-me-la Sam   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 70'   Village Crags : Campi Qui Pugui
Costa Blanca   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 6 pitches, 666'   Costa Blanca : Penon d'Ifach
Billy el Rapido   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 65'   Mascun : El Camino
Remena Nena   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 90'   Valley Crags : Espero Primavera
Delicatessan   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 80'   Village Crags : Campi Qui Pugui
Entretres   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 50'   Margalef : Raco de la Finestra
Toma Costanazo   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 70'   Mascun : El Camino
Mandragora   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 115'   Valley Crags : Espero Primavera
Pince Sans Rire   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 100'   Mascun : Pince Sans Rire
Bistec de Biceps   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 45'   Valley Crags : L'Olla
L'any que ve Tambe   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 80'   Grand Boveda : Gran Boveda Right
Anabolica   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 70'   Village Crags : Campi Qui Pugui
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Featured Route For Spain
Just above the bouldery start of "Memoria Histerica", 6b+.

Memoria Histerica 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  Europe : Spain : ... : Raco de les Espadelles
The best moderate at Espadelles, beginning with a stout boulder problem and finishing with pumpy climbing up the ultra-featured gray face. The moderate center offers easy climbing on big jugs on tan rock.Begin in a cirque of five routes. Use the cheater tower to reach a sinker pocket 4" below the first bolt. Hike your feet up, hit the vertical slot & mantle into the sloping bowl. Easy terrain leads up & right to the corner. Continue up & right to the gray panel, where juggy flakes & pockets...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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The climbing's good in Spain, but the lettuce-surfing is extraordinary....
The climbing's good in Spain, but the lettuce-surf...
Garden for Kings
Garden for Kings
Be sure to sample some of the delicious Tapas, a Spanish tradition.
Be sure to sample some of the delicious Tapas, a S...
Fallas Lights . . .
Fallas Lights . . .
One of Spain's most famous landmarks, the "Sagrada Familia" cathedral in Barcelona (Catalonia).  Designed by Antoni Gaudi, construction began in 1882 and is expected to take at least another 20 years.
One of Spain's most famous landmarks, the "Sa...
Nice . . .
Nice . . .
Marc Van Dome. Down at Calpe, Costa Blanca.
Marc Van Dome. Down at Calpe, Costa Blanca.
That one !
That one !
NASA Deep Space Station 63 at Robledo, Spain.
NASA Deep Space Station 63 at Robledo, Spain.
Big stones
Big stones
Alpin Lily, age 6, enjoying the bouldering gym on Carrer de Borrul in Valencia...
Alpin Lily, age 6, enjoying the bouldering gym on ...
Tradition . . .
Tradition . . .
Ah shopping . . .
Ah shopping . . .
Which one to get . . . ?
Which one to get . . . ?
Another Festival. . .
Another Festival. . .
Alhambra . . .
Alhambra . . .
Procession
Procession
Carmen
Carmen
Pretty . . .
Pretty . . .
Tranquility
Tranquility
Fallas!
Fallas!
Plataforma Gredos
Plataforma Gredos

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By Rick Blair
From: Denver
Aug 6, 2008
It will be great to see this part of the site get filled. I have never gone climbing there but I can concur that the country is full of climbable rock, at least where I have been. This country should be a climbing Mecca. Madrid and Andalusia start hitting the mid 90s in May so they are probably incredible winter destinations. Hopefully I will be posting some routes from there some day.
By ozzi595
Mar 31, 2009
If anyone happens to know of some sport climbing or bouldering areas near Barcelona or Seville, please make a post. I'm traveling there from late August to December and I don't think I can part with climbing for that long; however, I have no idea what's out there. I would appreciate the help!
By Tom Rangitsch
From: Lander, WY
May 3, 2009
There is a "Rock and Road" type database on desnivel.com that lists the areas in Spain, number and type of routes, closest camping/water/food, etc. The direct link for the English version is
escuelasdeescalada.com/ingles/...

Happy cragging.
By pere f
Jun 3, 2009
You can find information about spain (a little outdated) here
onaclimb.com/resseinform/index...
and about Montserrat (Catalunya) in the same web
onaclimb.com/montse/index.htm
Also there are very active blogs about recent climbs (mostly familiar kind) in
blogticulos.blogspot.com/
(there has been a surge lately for bouldering -look for Albarracin in Teruel...)
and shouldn't miss los Mallos de Riglos (a0avista.blogspot.com/)
or la Pedriza in Madrid....
Pere
By Silvia Fitzpatrick
From: North Wales and Spain
Jun 20, 2009
Andalucia is a massive province that runs down the eastern side of southern Spain and it has loads of great climbing.

The most well known area is El Chorro and this is well documented in the latest Rockfax guide. This guide also covers some really good outlying areas such as Desplomilandia, Loja and Archidona.

There is also a Spanish guide (with English translations) to the area by David Munilla.

I have also tried to develop a rock climbing guide to the central area around Villanueva del Rosario that includes the Chilam Balam cave.

I live in the area and don't hesitate to contact me if you need more information

Silvia Fitzpatrick
By LeeAB
Administrator
From: ABQ, NM
Oct 30, 2009
Keep in mind when planning a trip to Spain, that the national holiday usually runs from about mid August to mid September. This is a pretty tough time to be there as everyone is out and many places are very busy, to the point of not being able to find a place to stay and other businesses being completely closed.

Another thing to remember is that most places close during the middle of the day, they open from about 9am to 1 or 2pm then close and re-open around 5pm and stay open till 8 or 9pm. This is also a good thing to remember when trying to call to make any reservations and such.
By tgna
Feb 16, 2010
FOR AN UPDATED FREE TOPO OF MONTSERRAT CLASSIC "BADALONA ROUTE" AS WELL AS FOR OTHER RELEVENT INFORMATION ABOUT CLIMBING IN MONTSERRAT RANGE CHECK OUT:
rocktopo.com
By Rumana Akter
May 21, 2010
The Spain Car Rental Guide instantly displays rates from several leading Spain car rental providers. Use our real-time car rental guide and instantly you will have a comparison of all the car rental providers in Spain. We offer a great range of vehicles at every destination from cheap economy options through to luxury car rentals.

Read More: Spain Car Rentals,
carrentalmallorca.com/

Spain Car Rentals
By JSchultz
Sep 10, 2010
Hey Everybody- I will be in spain climbing from sept 21-nov 2. If you know of anybody else going and want to meet up let me know. I like sport climbing 5.7 through 5.13-. I intend to go to Siurana and Rodellar, but am open to anything. thanks
By cathy proenza
From: eldorado springs, co
Nov 19, 2010
I am going to be in Spain in January and was considering going to El Chorro for a week. I am looking for any beta I can get about a trip there. How is the climbing? Where have people flown in to, and is it easy to get to the climbing area by bus? Any recommendations on cheap places to stay (or camp) near the crags so you don't have to rent a car? Is it easy to find partners? (or is anybody else going to be there mid-late Jan?)
By tim maloney
Dec 17, 2010
fincalacampana.com
By Doris Sanchez
From: Wake Forest, NC
Oct 30, 2011
I plan on being in El Chorro November 19-26......climbing Nov 20-25 and my partner bailed.

Anyone needing a partner those dates or group going that I can join? I will bring either a 60m or 70m rope (undecided what to bring), bunch of draws, slings, beaners, etc.

I am recovering this season from finger injuries and will get on lead up to 10a-10c depending on style and follow up to 11ish.

Any one need a partner or group going I can join?

Also, any recommendations on where to stay? There are so many options, I want to be close to climbing, and will likely rent a car from Malaga.
By climbibiza
Mar 21, 2012
For updated topos, bolt conditions, new routes and general information about rock climbing in Ibiza you can visit:

climbibiza.wikidot.com/

ClimbIbiza
By ev224
Apr 2, 2012
Hey all,

Can anyone recommend a guide company close to Barcelona? Will be there in June and would like to do a day or two climbing around other events.

Thanks,

e.
By Gabriel CW
From: Utah
Apr 17, 2012
I will be in Casares,Andalucia the month of June. My 5 year old boy is crazy about climbing so I am looking for info on climbing gyms, maybe in Estapona? And easy (5.5 and easier)top rope climbs near Casares. Boulder areas too? Thanks, Gabriel
By PiotrB
From: Valencia, Spain
Oct 20, 2012
If You go to Spain for climbing You should consider meeting this guy!!
Climbing in Spain - Piotr Bunsch
By RyanO
From: sunshine
Nov 13, 2012
A couple of updates to the description page (and a little bit more):

Driving speed is controlled by radar, and there are signs to tell you where *most of the radar stations are.. even with a rental car you will receive your speeding tickets in the mail when you return home. you have been warned :)

  • IMPORTANT* please bring wag bags and carry out your trash (and more if you can). There is a lot of trash and human feces at most climbing areas, and there is never a public restroom. Although, there is almost always a complete set of dumpsters and recycling containers close by.

camping: there is no free camping in spain. sounds weird to americans, but it is the truth. However, you can sleep in a van pretty much wherever you go, take caution not to block the entrance to somebody's orchard and you should be fine. There are refugios at most climbing areas, but (IMHO) it is better to rent a van for the length of your stay. That's not to say that your shouldn't frequent the refugios, as they are usually run by climbers and full of nice like-minded people.

Decathlon - REI
Carrefour - Walmart
Corte Ingles - Macys/Sears
Brico Depot - Home Depot
By Abel Harding
From: Las Cruces, NM
Mar 12, 2013
Planning a bouldering trip to Albarracin in December 2013. Wanted to see if anyone had any information on the location and possible bouldering en route from Madrid. Also, if anyone has been there and is planning to be around the area during the same time, i would love to meet up and get a little insight on the place! Thanks!
By Karine
Jul 5, 2013
I am in Spain from 11 Aug 2013 to 17 Aug, I'm traveling alone but would love to climb, can anyone give advice regarding places around Barcelona where I can rent gear and meet other climbers?
By bayouclimb
Jan 24, 2014
I have been looking all over the internet but it seems that from the USA the only place to purchase spanish guidebooks is through climb-europe.com. Does anyone know of any other vendors?
By Mark SLC
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 10, 2014
Looking for a partner to do some climbing around Barcelona mid to late October. Comfortable leading sport to 12s. If you're in the area and interested in roping up PM me. Thanks,
Mark