It’s not very often you can mix rock climbing and skiing in the same trip, but the rock climbing around Granada offers just that! With the Sierra Nevada Mountains rising to 3,500m above Granada this is a popular skiing resort. To the south of Granada there are several excellent sports climbing crags, most notably Los Cahorros, Alfacar & Los Vados and to the east Loja. From the autumn through to the spring these crags offers some excellent winter sun sports climbing, and then for a rest day or 2 go skiing.
The majority of the routes are single pitch though some excellent multi-pitch sports routes are located at Los Vados. Although easy routes here do exist the quality routes tend to be in the mid-grade range and higher.
The cheaper places to stay will be any of the coastal resorts, where good value villas and hotels can be found, see our Granada accommodation page. As the different crags are quite spread apart it means hiring a car is essential to make the most of the visit.
Rock Climbing crags around Granada
|No||Crag Name||Total number of routes at this grade||Grade Range||No of Routes||Single or Multi-pitch|
|3 to 5+||6a to 6b+||6c to 7a+||7b & over||Not known|
|1||Naranjito-Pena Cabrera||13||18||22||7||3||4+ to 8b||63||Both|
|2||Alfacar||36||47||12||5||14||4 to 8a||114||Both|
|3||Los Cahorros||37||89||59||30||8||4+ to 8b||223||Both|
|4||Los Caracolillos||2||6||8||5||0||5+ to 7b+||21||Single|
|5||Capileira||18||15||4||0||1||4 to 7a+||38||Both|
|6||Lagos||0||6||9||29||14||6a+ to 8b+||58||Single|
|7||Los Vados||2||21||16||41||6||5 to 8b+||86||Both|
|8||Motril||3||8||13||8||4||5+ to 8b+||36||Single|
|9||Loja||16||46||59||83||22||4 to 8c||226||Both|
There are various guidebooks that cover the rock climbing and sport climbing around Granada. These are as follows:
"Andalucia" by David Munilla, as the title would suggest is the most comprehensive guidebook for the rock climbing and sport climbing in Andalucia, including those around Granada.
“Roca Espana Band Sud” actually covers the southern half of Spain including Andalucia, as well as Madrid, Costa Blanca and around Valencia. It covers 26 different crags in Andalucia including those around Granada, plus the crags around Malaga, Cadiz, and Jean.