With its favourable climate and the sheer number, variety and quality of the climbing routes, this part of Andalusia is a climber’s paradise.
Álora is a great location for climbers to base themselves, with El Torcal, El Chorro, Turón and Desplomilandia all within easy reach.
Climbing at El Chorro
El Chorro has more than 850 described routes, varying across a good range of grades with the various crags providing everything a climber could wish for with excellent limestone slabs, tufas and exceptionally steep walls. Most of the routes are within walking distance of El Chorro village and the train station (with a direct link from Álora station).
There is also an excellent little climbing shop called Adventur El Chorro. It’s just off the road between Valle de Abdalajis and El Chorro. Surrounded by amazing scenery, as well as selling equipment, it also has a selection available for hire too. Speak to Andreas!
Due to the volume and variety of climbs available, El Chorro has become the go-to destination for winter climbing and can get busy. For a quieter climb, there are plenty of other excellent, less well-known, climbing spots closer to Finca Gran Cerros, such as those around Valle de Abdalajis.
Climbing at Desplomilandia
Only around 15 minutes drive further on from El Chorro, Desplomilandia has more than 200 described routes, overlooking the spectacular turquoise lake of Embalse de Guadalhorce. It offers mainly vertical, and overhanging, single pitch limestone sport climbing.
Climbing at Valle de Abdalajís
For traditional rock climbing routes, head to the vertical limestone cliffs of the Sierra de Abdalajís at nearby Valle de Abdalajís village. Only 10 minutes’ drive from Finca Gran Cerros, there are four different climbing zones with seven sectors and 111 routes. Information can be downloaded from the Valle de Abdalajís website.
Low and medium difficulty level climbs are available in most areas. The majority of the routes are recommended for Spring, Autumn and Winter climbs. However, there are a number of routes suitable for tackling during the hot summer months too.
The climbing routes are signposted from the village with good access and parking areas in the vicinity of the tracks.
An Introduction to Sport Climbing
Anyone who wants to try sport climbing for the first time should visit Indian Sport close to Ardales and the lakes at El Chorro.
As well as lake-based activities including canoeing, paddle boarding and kayaking, they have a monolithic climbing wall and offer half-day ‘introduction to sports climbing’ courses.
Check the Indian Sport website for pricing, dates and availability.