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Rock climbing day tours in Cuenca, near Madrid

Rock climbing in Cuenca
Rock climbing in Cuenca

Join AEGM-certified guide Palan on rock climbing day tours in Cuenca, and discover a rock climbing paradise near Madrid, with an amazing variety of high-quality routes.


Iberian System

1 Day

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec


All Levels


  • Discover one of the best sport climbing venues in Europe
  • Choose from more than 1500 sport climbing routes
  • Wander around the medieval narrow streets and palaces on your rest days


The gorges of Cuenca have become a true climbing paradise that attracts climbers from all around the world. Almost 30 sectors spread out along the Júcar, Huécar and Valdecabras limestone gorges, packed with slightly overhanging 15 to 40 m routes, where finger pockets and crimpy holds alternate on orange and grey walls.

The climbing style is unique for each route as you will rarely find two similar routes in the same wall. Expect routes to be technical, physical, crimpy and often with bouldery sections. Cracks can also be found.

Crag orientations and Cuenca’s continental dry climate allow for all-year-round climbing, though the best seasons are spring and autumn. The nearby crags of Entrepeñas, Valeria and Priego enhance your selection posibilities.

Cuenca is a popular medieval tourist town built up on the cliffs of two stunning gorges. Due to its proximity to Madrid, it’s easily accessible on public transportation. Wandering around the old part of the city (declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO) is totally recommended. Due to its privileged natural surrounding, history and popular gastronomy there is a large variety of accommodations available.

This trip is available is suitable for beginners as well as experienced climbers, but please note you need some previous climbing experience to join this program.

This program is an amazing opportunity to discover one of the best sport climbing venues in Europe, one of the very few world class climbing destinations which can be reached on foot from the city. Mountain biking, kayaking or hiking can be an excellent choice on rest-days.

So if you want to discover this sport climbing paradise in Spain, just contact me, book your trip and let’s start planning a great climbing trip.

You could also have a look at other great climbing programs I also guide in Spain


Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

The price includes: Guiding and Instruction with an AEGM Certified/Trained Guide- Guiding Fee- Liability and accident insurance- All climbing gear except for the climbing shoes. // Price does not include: Guide's expenses- Food and drinks- Transportation (transportation is not included but carpooling is encouraged)- Accommodation- Clothing, backpack and non-technical personal items. We can help you if there is anything that you need.



Though accommodation is not included, I can help by recommending or taking care of all the accommodation arrangements based on your requests.

Meeting point

Cuenca or Madrid, Spain

Equipment you will need to bring

Other gear: Climbing shoes

About the guide

Born in a climbing family it was a matter of time for me to fall deeply in love with anything that had to do with rock climbing, ranging from bouldering to big walls and specially trad climbing, enjoying every single aspect of this beautiful sport that I live as a lifestyle. I began climbing at an early age with my brother in La Pedriza, a huge granite range with 4000+ routes close to our home in the nearby mountains in Madrid. Known mainly for its bold slab climbing, features world class climbs on sort of styles: cracks, overhanging walls, multi-pitch, aid... all gathered in these iconic climbing paradise.

I soon began to travel throughout Europe and the US, exploring also Morocco, Turkey or Madagascar, not only for climbing or putting up new routes, but also to experience different cultures and getting to know wonderful people all around the world.

It's been five years since I decided to turn my passion into a career. In this time I have combined working 2 years as the specialist for climbing matters in the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park with training Rock Guide aspirants at CFEM, one of the spanish certified Rock Guiding Teaching Centers. I also had time to enjoy teaching and training people at the climbing wall, learning a lot from every one of my trainees. And of course, I had time for guiding people on the most beautiful climbs, making people dreams come true and making sure the time we spend together becomes unique.

Nowadays I run a small guiding company called Compañía de Guías de la Zona Centro with my two partners Dani and Aitor, nestled at Manzanares El Real, the entrance gate to La Pedriza. From there we're happy to share all the possibilities that this region has to offer, ranging from hiking, through skiing and alpine climbing, to rock climbing and canyoning.


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Mataelpino, Spain

What people are saying about Palan Martin

Dan Vitale


September, 2022

Amazing! Palan was an excellent guide. Patient, informative, knowledgeable, and all-around great guy. Will definitely seek him out for guiding the next time I’m in Madrid

Katherine Fair


June, 2022

Palan was an excellent guide! Great local knowledge to find routes that fit my goals and gave safe coaching while being an amazing climbing partner to spend the day with!

Moritz Gesang


June, 2022

We had a fantastic time with Palan! He is a really good guide: calm, knowledgeable and good teacher! Level was also spot on that we were really challenged, hence could improve without it being to much. Much looking forward to go with him again when back in Madrid!

Younghyo Kim


November, 2021

He is great mt guide. I had perfect time with him.

Arnoud Mulder


August, 2020

Hi !! It was a great experience to do outdoor rock climbing for the first time. The guide was really nice and experienced, the location was beautiful and according to our skills and the organization upfront with the chat system worked super well! Glad to return in the future!

xavier van campenhout


October, 2019

Great moment spent with Palan, not only a guiding pro and an outstanding climber but also a nice and kind human being. We had a super experience in the superb scene of La Pedriza, which is just 50' away from Madrid. Highly recommended!!!

Bruce Thomas


October, 2019

Palan was as a fantastic guide - he chose a couple of classic routes that tested us but were within our skill level and provided an absolutely brilliant experience of the Riglos climbing area. He was great company - very highly recommended. Bruce and Kerrie

Dan Leonn


September, 2019

I did three multi pitch climbs with Palan. We spent an overnight in a hut in the alpine. I often climb with guides, Palan is by far the best balance of calm, diligence and friendliness. Safety was never a concern, his gear placements and belays were perfect for a 100kg climber. I will be using Palan in the future for more of Europe. 10/10

Nicholas Fontaine


August, 2019

Palan was one of the best guides that I have ever had. He paid extremely close attention to detail while supporting a very friendly and personable environment. He lead us up to the top of Naranjo del Bulnes very efficiently and safely. This trip definitely ranks among the coolest experiences of my life!

Krystal densmore


August, 2019

Great experience! Everything was fun and organized well. Palan was such a great guide- nice, friendly and knowledgeable. We will definitely book another trip with him next time we are in Spain!

Frank-Kristian Dahl


August, 2019

Palan is a skillful climber with a lot of knowledge about the area and climbing in general. He was very accommodating trough the whole trip and I can highly recommend booking him! Thanks a lot Palan, will be happy to climb with you again someday!

Lana Smith


May, 2019

Palan was a super great guide! Very knowledgeable, amiable, and patient. Felt like you were climbing with a friend.

Zachary maxwell


September, 2018

Great guide very friendly and knows alot. The views were amazing



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