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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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Spain

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Long Dong Jhon
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Sport, Alpine 7 pitches
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Crosta Panic
Sport 2 pitches
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Rata Arraconada
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Poema di Roca
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Fiesta De Los Biceps
Sport 7 pitches
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Toma Costanazo
Aragon > … > Mascun > El Camino
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Remena Nena
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Pasta Sin Aqua
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Pim Pam Pons
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Pince Sans Rire
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
L'any que ve Tambe
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Long Dong Jhon Valencia > Chulilla > Chorreras
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Magrana Catalonia > Margalef > Raco de la Finestra
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Punsola-Reniu Catalonia > … > Gorros > Cavall Bernat
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport, Alpine 7 pitches
Crosta Panic Catalonia > … > Valley Crags > El Pati
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport 2 pitches
Rata Arraconada Catalonia > Montsant > Raco de Misa
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Poema di Roca Andalucia > … > Zona de las Fro… > Poema de Roca
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Fiesta De Los Biceps Aragon > Riglos
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport 7 pitches
Toma Costanazo Aragon > … > Mascun > El Camino
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Remena Nena Catalonia > … > Valley Crags > Espero Primavera
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Pasta Sin Aqua Catalonia > Terradets > Paret de les Bruixes
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Pim Pam Pons Valencia > Chulilla > Chorreras
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Pince Sans Rire Aragon > … > Mascun > Pince Sans Rire
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Mandragora Catalonia > … > Valley Crags > Espero Primavera
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Montgronyeta Catalonia > Margalef > Raco de la Finestra
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
L'any que ve Tambe Aragon > … > Grand Boveda > Gran Boveda Right
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
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Rick Blair
Rick Blair   Denver
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. Aug 6, 2008
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! Mar 31, 2009
pere f  
You can find information about spain (a little outdated) here
and about Montserrat (Catalunya) in the same web
Also there are very active blogs about recent climbs (mostly familiar kind) in
(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 Jun 3, 2009
Silvia Fitzpatrick
North Wales and Spain
Silvia Fitzpatrick   North Wales and Spain
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 Jun 20, 2009
LeeAB Brinckerhoff   ABQ, NM  
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. Oct 30, 2009
rocktopo.com Feb 16, 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.

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Spain Car Rentals May 21, 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 Sep 10, 2010
cathy proenza
eldorado springs, co
cathy proenza   eldorado springs, co
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?) Nov 19, 2010
www.fincalacampana.com Dec 17, 2010
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. Oct 30, 2011
For updated topos, bolt conditions, new routes and general information about rock climbing in Ibiza you can visit:


ClimbIbiza Mar 21, 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.


e. Apr 2, 2012
Gabriel CW
Gabriel CW   Utah
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 Apr 17, 2012
Valencia, Spain
PiotrB   Valencia, Spain
If You go to Spain for climbing You should consider meeting this guy!!
Climbing in Spain - Piotr Bunsch Oct 20, 2012
RyanO   sunshine
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 Nov 13, 2012
Abel Harding
Las Cruces, NM
Abel Harding   Las Cruces, NM
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! Mar 12, 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? Jul 5, 2013
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? Jan 24, 2014
Hey everyone,

We're traveling around the world making a documentary web series on healthy living in different cultures. We wanted to do an episode in Spain on a rockstar female rock climber. Any ideas or suggestions? Anything is helpful!

Cheers, Apr 18, 2015
Albert Segura
Albert Segura   siurana
If you need a god place to stay near Siurana. The Rock climbing house (www.rockclimbinghouse.com) based in Arbolí (more than 500 climbing routes) and very close to Siurana is the place to get.
They offer rock climbing programs, transportation to the crags and train, airport... Oct 15, 2015
Bria Schurke   MN
American female climber flying to Barcelonea on May 11th to climb for a week or so, anyone interested in renting a car and climbing for a week? Thinking about going to Siurana. May 10, 2016
Carlos Vidal Arque
Igualada, Barcelona
Carlos Vidal Arque   Igualada, Barcelona
Hi. I'm a climber and profesional canyoning and rock climbing lead guide. I'm born in Mallorca, now based close to Montserrat (Barcelona). I use to climb 4 days per week between Catalonia and Aragon.

I'll gladd to help you as much as posible. You can send me direct questuins to cvidalar@live.com

Have nice, long and hard sends. Oct 10, 2016
I am travelling to Spain in Dezember to join this group. It seems to be a great place Sierra Morena in Cordoba.. rugandrock.com/adventures/c… Oct 27, 2016
Bend, OR
hatman   Bend, OR
Hi there,
I recently spent about a week climbing in Tenerife. It was wonderful. Im now back home and was hoping to put some of the routes I did up on MP. I dont seem to be able to: there is no mention of Las Canadas, or Guaria as areas on the webpage. I would love to be given instructions on how to add the names of routes to your list at Arico. Also, just a technical thing, the correct name for the island of Tenerife, whether you're from mainland Spain or from the Canary Islands, or from Tenerife itself, is Santa Cruz de Tenerife, not Islas de Tenerife. Hope this helps the page.
Regards Jan 29, 2017
I'll be in the Barcelona area coming from the States from September 6th-September 8th looking for an climbing partner. Anyone available that would want to hook up with me? Aug 24, 2017
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