Spain might not be the largest country, but it sure has plenty of diversity for rock climbing. Coming in from abroad, it makes sense to determine exactly which region you would like to climb in prior to buying your tickets. Barcelona is a great starting point for expeditions to Catalonia and the Balearic Islands. Going to Aragon? Then Madrid is the place for you. In Andalusia, then Granada, Sevilla or Malaga are all excellent options for starting points.
Once you are in Spain take full advantage of everything here. There are plenty of different types of climbing all right near each other. For example, around Barcelona, you can boulder one day in the Pyrenees, climb one of the towers in Terradets the next and finish off a weekend with a thrilling sport climb in the Montserrat massif. There are plenty of options throughout the country for climbers of every skill level.
When you are not out on the rocks soaking in the famous Spanish sun, then take advantage of Spain’s amazing cuisine and culture. Go out for tapas in Aragon, sample world-class wine and olive oil in Andalusia, or eat unbeatable seafood on Barcelona’s rambla. Spanish culture is perfectly suited for a morning and afternoon of rigorous outdoor activity, a brief evening siesta and a night full of cultural exploration.
During the winter, temperatures are mild and rain is most frequent (but still not common) throughout Spain. Spring and autumn have warmer temperatures (20ºC - 25ºC) and are generally sunny and dry. Summer can be quite hot, which might make climbing a bit tougher, but the days are almost all sunny, clear and beautiful.
This depends on how much time you have and what you want to do. Many guides offer all types of trips from single-day excursions to week-long expeditions visiting multiple climbing locations. Overall, one week should be plenty of time to explore whichever region of Spain you choose for your rock climbing trip.
Spanish, Catalan, Basque
April to September, although most guides offer trips year round.
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