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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.

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D. Durrant
Utah, USA
D. Durrant   Utah, USA
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. Jul 17, 2010
Guaria near Guia de Isora on Tenerife is outstanding. Mar 9, 2013
Melinda Ching
Boston, MA
Melinda Ching   Boston, MA
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: roxtar.es/topodown.htm

I also think they are looking for people to bolt new routes too, so if you're interested you should definitely contact them at info@tenerifeclimbinghouse.com. Feel free to ask me any questions as well :). Sep 23, 2015
Bend, OR
hatman   Bend, OR
My parents live on Tenerife so I go quite regularly. Its lovely, its got great climbing, very picturesque, and has many different venues (included and not included) in the guidebook. Sadly the German guidebook is far more complete than the English guidebook for some inexplicable reason. Tenerife is served by two airports, the one closest to the main climbing area (the southern areas) is TFS. Two climbing hostels are in Arico area: (as Melinda says the Climbers Hostel is clean, cosy, and comfy. The Base Camp hostel is untidy, less clean, and smokers would love it as cigarettes and joints are smoked everywhere within the building including the kitchen. We moved out after one night!

As Scott mentions, Guaria, which is closest to Los Gigantes in the SW of the island, is fantastic if you're comfortable in the upper 5.10's and upwards. There are some mid-10's there but few. The routes at Guaria mostly require 70 mtr ropes (as do the better routes at most Tenerife crags), but several require 80 mtr ropes. The Mountain Project schematic showing number of routes is wildly innacurate. There are over 70 routes at Guaria alone!! And Guaria is small compared to Arico or Las Canadas. Tenerife has something for everyone: sport and trad, bouldering, unlimited walking. There's little low grade stuff, but there is a huge number of routes from 5.10d to upper 5.13 and a few .14's. And it is being developed all the time...

The owner of the Climbers Hostel is very friendly but his 'guiding' abilities / judgment is terrible / suspicious at best: on a day when the seas were roaring, and the weather forecast was for continued conditions, he took some friends of mine (plus 12 clients) on a pre-advertised, guided, deep water soloing trip(which should have been cancelled the day before due to conditions, to let everyone go climb at a crag). Instead, thinking the venue was in a secluded sheltered bay, we all nervously wasted our day! The wind was force five, gusting seven, the swell was five feet, most waves crashing at mid height of the climbs, occasional waves were crashing at the top holds, and there was no way youd have gotten out if anyone had fallen in. Meet up time was 11:30, with half an hours drive thru traffic to the actual beach. A twenty minute wind-battered hike brought us to a tiny bridge of lava rock with sharp lava enclosures on either side (span of maybe 20ft), where the sea made confused charging surges. We arrived around 12:30 - low tide was 5pm, and the sea was currently about two metres deep. He brought no safety equipment at all, and was charging €25 per person. Most people there were complete beginners or novices, and were surprised when it was eventually cancelled due to my friends complaining about being taken on a wild goose chase. Fatal accident waiting to happen. Would not recommend their services to anyone, let alone someone needing guiding services. Sad how the need for risk assessment can be so under-estimated.

Just realized my intention for an encouraging addition to Tenerife's climbing got taken down a wrong turn with that inclusion. Sorry for including it but I feel it is so important I'll keep it on the post.
Tenerife is amazing, and not just for climbing - it has the most incredible scenery (think other planet - some Star Trek stuff has been filmed there). It has the wildest Oregon desert landscapes gone into overload. Plus good surfing, snorkelling, whale and dolphin watching, incredible road biking, and good food. I go every year... lets go climb!!!! Jan 29, 2017
I am considering a family trip to the Canary Islands Dec 2019. Kids ages 7 and 11.

Any advice on Gran Canaria vs Tenerife for family friendly sport climbing, hiking, via Ferrata, and ocean activities? Jan 24, 2019
Hi Mark! I've been living on Gran Canaria and I can recommend you to come here. Whether in December is really nice here. Compared to Tenerife Gran Canaria has much more to offer. Also on this site, there are listed 67 routes vs 400 on Gran Canaria. There is a very good guidebook with around one thousand routes available with grades from 5.7 to 5.15c
So, you will definitely find something for your family.
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