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Description 

The massive province of Andalucia runs down the south eastern coastline of spain and contains lots of great cragging.

The major areas are El Chorro, Loja, Archidona, Grazalema, Turon, El Cahorros and Villanueva del Rosario. The region also includes the high alpine area of the Sierra Nevada.

There are some good guides to the areas; the Rockfax El Chorro guide covers a lot of the most popular central crags, David Munilla's Andalucia guide covers more areas in less detail and I am trying to document the climbing areas around Malaga and Villanueva del Rosario.

The rock is largely limestone and there are lots of options that allow climbing pretty much year round - despite the region being quite far south.

The popular crags of El Chorro are often busy, but the majority of the crags are quite quiet.

Getting There 

The airports of Malaga, Granada and Seville are all good access points.

Climbing Season



Weather station 29.5 miles from here

243 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',21],['3 Stars',98],['2 Stars',102],['1 Star',19],['Bomb',2]
['<=5.6',36],['5.7',11],['5.8',14],['5.9',15],['5.10',86],['5.11',42],['5.12',33],['5.13',6],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Andalucia

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Andalucia:
Putifero   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   Zona de las Frontales : Sector los Albercones
Amptrax   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 8 pitches, 600'   Zona de las Frontales : Apmtrax Area
Buena Sombra   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 100'   Desplomilandia : Buena Sombra
El canalillo de la mari   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   Escalera Arabe : Upper crag
Poema di Roca   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Zona de las Frontales : Poema de Roca
Little Brown Baby   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Zona de las Frontales : Sector castrojo
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Featured Route For Andalucia
Rock Climbing Photo: Zeppelin Topo courtesy of Bernabe Fernandez

Zeppelin 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  Europe : Spain : ... : Sector Zeppelin
One of the best routes in El Chorro! This long classic route has it all - an excellent slab pitch, a thuggy roof, a cruxy face pitch, a body wrenching mini-dihedral w/ finger locks, and a technical and exposed arete! All in a wildly unique and beautiful setting.The route should be viewed as a tradition route because of the nature of the wall, but in reality you'll probably place five or six wires on only one pitch and all belays have two bolts. The rest of the pitches are either incredibly ea...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

Photos of Andalucia Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Tristan, 6a. Sector Placas Del Cortijo, Grazalema....
Tristan, 6a. Sector Placas Del Cortijo, Grazalema....
Rock Climbing Photo: Cabo de Gata
Cabo de Gata
Rock Climbing Photo: Bouldering at Playa de Monsul, Cabo de Gata
Bouldering at Playa de Monsul, Cabo de Gata
Rock Climbing Photo: Torcal de Antequera.
Torcal de Antequera.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking east from the unique area of Torcal de Ant...
Looking east from the unique area of Torcal de Ant...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Frontales, a small portion of El Chorro.
The Frontales, a small portion of El Chorro.

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By D. Durrant
From: Utah, USA
Oct 1, 2009
Andalucia is a sport climbers paradise. Beautiful, varied rock with the amazing setting of southern Espana. One could spend months climbing at El Chorro and never repeat the same route. El Torcal de Antequera was a wild place, with formations that reminded me of the City of Rocks in Idaho, only limestone. Grazalema is another area that sticks out in my mind with it sweeping orange walls, and the rural setting. As we toured around the province we saw amazing crag after amazing crag, many of which weren't even in the "guia". I see why Sharma spends his time in Spain, I would.....if I could.
By Betsy
Aug 31, 2010
My fiance and I are going to the Andalucia area for our honeymoon the first 2 wks of October... We want to CLIMB. My question is, is it easy to rent climbing gear? If not, what is the minimum we could bring? We are novice climbers at this point.
By Gabriel CW
From: Utah
Apr 17, 2012
I will be in Casares 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