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.
Fly into Madrid or Barcelona from anywhere in the world.
409 Total Routes
['4 Stars',81],['3 Stars',155],['2 Stars',120],['1 Star',26],['Bomb',2]
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Triste Pesadilla 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b Europe
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Although not the most remarkable-looking route, Triste Pesadilla offers brilliant moves on stellar, albeit sharp, rock. Constantly challenging, with several boulder problem cruxes and a pumpy finish. This route gets shade at 2pm, earlier than any other routes at Campi.Begin up the sharp slab to reach the ultra-high first bolt. Chalk up, then fire over the rooflet to an awkward traverse up & right along the diagonal crack. Make desperate moves back left across the brown streak to a slabby sco...[more] Browse More Classics in International
Latest Regional Forum Messages
|By Rick Blair|
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.
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 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
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.
Feb 16, 2010
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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 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.
Mar 21, 2012
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Apr 2, 2012
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.
|By Gabriel CW|
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
From: Valencia, Spain
Oct 20, 2012
If You go to Spain for climbing You should consider meeting this guy!!
Climbing in Spain - Piotr Bunsch
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!
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?
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?