Rock Climbing in El Chorro, Spain

Welcome to El Chorro, a beloved gem among European climbing spots since the 90s! This place is a climber's paradise, offering a wide range of routes suitable for all levels. You'll find everything from single pitch to multi-pitch sport climbing, and there are even some traditional and aid routes to tackle. The difficulty levels vary from 4s to 8c, ensuring there's something for everyone. Also what's a huge plus for many, is that at the spot you don't necessarily need a car. The main crags can be reached by walking! Surrounded by the breathtaking Andalusian countryside and the lively Desfiladero de los Gaitanes natural park, El Chorro is not just about climbing; it's an immersion into nature. Picture Ibex and Griffon vultures soaring above the rugged peaks while you navigate through the stunning gorge carved by the mighty Guadalhorce River. The rock in El Chorro is limestone, and it's as diverse as the climbing styles you'll encounter. From steep, overhanging tufas to technical slabs and crimpy vertical walls, this place has it all. While the limestone is generally of excellent quality, you might find some polished spots, testament to the rich history and popularity of El Chorro. But don't worry, new routes are popping up regularly, keeping the climbing scene fresh and exciting. For the best climbing experience, plan your visit during the cooler months, roughly from late autumn to early spring (October to April). As for accommodations, the climbing hostels in El Chorro are not just places to crash; they're cozy hubs with a vibrant community. Whether you're a seasoned climber or traveling solo, you'll find friendly faces and valuable tips for the season. After a day of climbing, head to the train station bar for some well-deserved refreshments, and there's even a convenient climbing shop nearby. All the topo income of these El Chorro topos in 27 Crags goes straight into the local bolting fund!

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Travel info

Best season

October to April

How to get there?

1h drive from Malaga airport. At the spot car is not necessary.

Where to sleep?

B&B's with campgrounds, such as the Olive Branch and Finca la Campana, are walking distance from crags.

Other activites

Caminito del Rey walkway, Via Ferrata, hiking, mountain biking and beautiful villages close by.

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