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Islas de las Canarias are a Spanish archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, 60 miles off the coast of Morocco. The islands are known as the "land of eternal spring", with great year round climbing on basalt.
The islands are, from west to east, El Hierro, La Palma, La Gomera, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, and Lanzarote. Tenerife is the largest island, and the most popular with European sun seekers. Gran Canaria is the second largest, and like Tenerife, is very popular with the tourists. The islands are rich with history, and culture, which should not be missed. The Canary Islands are not as well know as other sunny spanish climbing destinations, Mallorca, but they should not be missed by someone who is looking for quality climbing in a sunny, warm, beautiful setting.

Getting There 

From mainland Spain, Tenerife, and Gran Canaria are 3-4 hours by airplane. There is a ferry from Cadiz that takes about 24 hours if you feel like a boat ride. A car hire is advisable as the climbing areas are mostly off the public transportation grid.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.4 miles from here

44 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',18],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',0]

Featured Route For Canary Islands
Rock Climbing Photo: La vagoneta

La vagoneta 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a  Europe : Spain : ... : Abajo
A classic route. Climb up a rope ladder to get on the climb. This route is seriously overhung but has very positive holds. It's all about efficiency of movement and body positioning. There is the occasional rest. Once you get past the overhang there is a second crux just before the last bolt before the anchors. This involves a delicate high step move using an evil crimp. It is better to go slightly above the bolt before clipping. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Rock Climbing Photo: Las Canarias estas aqui.
Las Canarias estas aqui.
Rock Climbing Photo: Chica Escalada en Parc National de Tenerife. (I ge...
Chica Escalada en Parc National de Tenerife. (I ge...
Rock Climbing Photo: Las Islas de Canarias.
Las Islas de Canarias.
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing in the gorge on Tenerife.
Climbing in the gorge on Tenerife.
Rock Climbing Photo: Tennis shoe bouldering in the Teide National Park,...
Tennis shoe bouldering in the Teide National Park,...
Rock Climbing Photo: Arriba sector, Arico Gorge Zone, Tenerife, Spain.
Arriba sector, Arico Gorge Zone, Tenerife, Spain.
Rock Climbing Photo: More climbing on Tenerife.
More climbing on Tenerife.
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing on Tenerife.
Climbing on Tenerife.
Rock Climbing Photo: Very fun and clean Basalt.
Very fun and clean Basalt.

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By D. Durrant
From: Utah, USA
Jul 17, 2010
It seems that the climbing on Tenerife is the most developed, and with a new guidebook being printed this month, the most documented. Although I have never been to Gran Canaria or Lanzarote, I did find information for climbing on those islands.
There are ferries, and hydrofoils that connect the islands, with very reasonable prices.
By scott rourke
Mar 9, 2013
Guaria near Guia de Isora on Tenerife is outstanding.
By Melinda Ching
Sep 23, 2015
The climbing in Tenerife is outstanding!! I've been here for two weeks and am planning on staying two months at least. The community here is growing quite rapidly and there are hundreds of established routes for bouldering and sport climbing as well as trad.

There's a relatively new climbing hostel named, Tenerife Climbing House , which is located in the south inVilla de Arico. It's a super cozy hostel with incredibly comfortable beds and even a climbing wall in the yard! Their terrace is beautiful too and the people are really friendly. They have a climbing store below the hostel (separate owners) where you can rent or buy gear. There's also a climbing school down the street called, Ocho Escalada .

They have free guides online if you'd like to check them out:

I also think they are looking for people to bolt new routes too, so if you're interested you should definitely contact them at Feel free to ask me any questions as well :).

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