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Rock climbing in Gran Canaria

The dormant volcanic mountain of Tamadaba (1949m high) dominates the rugged landscape of Gran Canaria.  This volcano produced an abundance of volcanic rock, creating everything from vertical cliffs to deep canyons.  There is a great variety of climbing from sport, trad and bouldering to be found in Gran Canaria.  The style of climbing ranges from sea cliff climbing to the nation park of Tamadaba at an altitude of well over 1,000m, with plenty of routes across a wide range of grades.

Sport climbing is very well developed on the island with over 650 routes at 14 separate locations as shown on the map opposite.  The Trad climbing is based around the town of Ayacata in the centre of the island where there are multi-pitch routes up to 100m long.  There are bouldering opportunities all over the island with well-established areas such as Guiniguada, Tamadaba, and Sorrueda.

Sport climbing areas in Gran Canaria

No Crag No of routes Grade Range
1 Tamadaba 170 F5 to F8b
2 El Cenobio 30 F6a to F8c
3 Barranco de Moya 75 F4 to F8a
4 Quintanilla 12 F5 to F6b+
5 Barranco de Banaderos 11 F4 to F7a+
6 Cueva de Arucas 5 F7a to F7c
7 Costa Ayala 15 F4 to F6c+
8 Guiniguada 20 F5 to F7b
9 Roque Nublo 23 F4 to F7b+
10 Candelilla 41 F5+ to F8b
11 Salt del Perro 14 F6c to F8c+
12 Sorrueda 110 F4 to F8a
13 Fataga 100 F4 to F8b+
14 Ayagaures 46 F5+ to F8a+

Map of the sport climbing areas in Gran Canaria

Map of the sport climbing areas in Gran Canaria Rock climbing, sport climbing and bouldering in Tenerife Las Palmas airport

The above information has been extracted from the Climbo Gran Canary Sport Climbing guidebook that can be bought from our shop.

The impressive towers of Roque Nublo crag, Gran CanariaGran Canaria Logistics for Rock Climbers

Weather – The best time to visit Gran Canaria for rock climbing is from the autumn through to the spring.  During this period the fresh trade winds bring pleasant warm sunshine with very little rain.

Climbo Gran Canaria sport climbing guidebookGetting to Gran Canaria – The only airport on the island is Las Palmas airport, which has many connecting flights to all over Europe.  Find out more….

Climbing guidebooks for Gran Canaria – There are 2 guidebooks that cover the majority of the sport climbing available on Gran Canaria, which are available to buy from our shop. There is currently no guidebook that covers the Trad routes on Gran Canaria.  However in the centre of Ayacata there is a climbing café/bar where they have a book describing the routes in the centre of the island.

Gear required – For sport climbing at least a 60m rope though a 70m long rope is ideal, plus around 15 quickdraws.  For Trad climbing twin ropes are recommended as many of the routes are multi-pitch, plus the usual cams and nuts.


Rock climbing guidebooks for Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria sport climbing guidebook

Buy the Gran Canaria sport climbing guidebook from our shop.