Climbing in Valencia Region

Hiking over rocks, Valencia. Photo by Valencia Tourist BoardWith more than 200 climbing locations in the region there is plenty of variety for rock climbers and sports climbers of all levels of ability. The three provinces of the Alicante, Valencia and Castellón each have their own distinctive climbing areas, which are easily accessed and which are usually close to country villages or coastal resorts so that finding accommodation is never a problem.

On limestone cliffs, canyons and gorges, the routes range from simple climbs for beginners to some of the most demanding ascents in the entire Iberian peninsula.

Many of the climbs are in the most beautiful areas of the countryside or close to beaches so that non climbing partners or family members can always find an alternative activity should they wish. The best time for climbing in Valencia is in the shoulder seasons of spring and autumn, yet even in winter clement temperatures mean climbers can practise their sport without having to worry about the ice and snow found in more northern climbing locations. There are many climbing schools throughout the region catering for both absolute beginners and the more experienced wishing to hone their skills to higher levels.

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Pedro Pons - Former World Champion Boulderer and climber
"When you’re climbing in Chulilla, with the River Turia below your feet it is an incredible sensation – you really have to try it." [02:29]

Penon de Ifach, Valencia. Photo by Lisa Joanes In Alicante province the best climbing locations are close to Calpe on the limestone cliffs of the Peñón de Ifach crag, which has more than 300 multi pitch routes, with extraordinary views over the beaches of the Costa Blanca.

Close by the Sella crag has many routes of varying levels of difficulty and at Finestrat, an incredible limestone wall has many multi pitch ascents lining its sheer face. Not far away the El Ponoch rock , accessed from the village of Polop de la Marina has more than 50 climbs on excellent quality limestone on routes which have been established over the past 30 years.

In Valencia province the lovely village of Chulilla an hour inland from the coast has canyons with impressive cliffs of honey coloured limestone some 300 metres high above the River Turia which make for perfect sports climbing pitches. With a growing reputation amongst the climbing community top climbers come here to train on some of the most difficult routes which can be easily accessed on foot with short walks from the road. There is good accommodation available in the village which also has its own hostel run by climbers. Further north in Castellón the village of Montanejos has similar canyons to Chulilla, with good limestone and routes which are suited to all ranges of abilities.
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