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Rock climbing in the Sierra de Prades Mountains

The excellent Sierra de Prades Mountains (also known as the Costa Daurada climbing area) are close to the towns of Reus and Tarragona to the south of Barcelona. These predominantly limestone and conglomerate mountains rise steeply from the coast and many of the climbing areas are at an altitude between 500m and 1000m.  

Map of the rock climbing areas in the Sierra de Prades Mountains

Map of the rock climbing areas in the Sierra de Prades Mountains

A photograph of the stunning crag at Siurana

Photograph showing the stunning crag of Siurana

Rock climbing and bouldering areas around Sierra de Prades

No Crag Name Type of Climbing Type of Rock Total No of Routes
1 El Cogul Bouldering Sandstone 450
2 Cervia Bouldering Sandstone 100
3 El Penitent Sport Limestone 100
4 Vilanova Sport Conglomerate 400
5 Els Cogullons Sport Limestone 300
6 La Riba Sport Limestone 300
7 Margalef Sport Conglomerate 1,000+
8 Cabaces Sport Conglomerate 200
9 Montsant Sport Conglomerate 400
10 Siurana Sport Limestone 1,500+
11 Arboli Sport Limestone 450
12 La Mussara Sport Limestone 500
13 Mont-ral Sport Limestone 300

There are 11 major sports areas with nearly 5,000 in the Sierra de Prades Mountains, of which the majority are single or 2-pitch routes.  The mixture of limestone or conglomerate rock is usually of an excellent standard and there is a wide range of grades to suit all levels and styles. To the north there are also 2 sandstone bouldering areas, with the main one being El Cogul, which is one of the largest bouldering areas in Spain. 

This is the definitive rock climbing guidebook for Siurana in the Sierra de Prades MountainsSiurana is undoubtable the Queen of sport climbing in the Sierra de Prades Mountains.  The tiny village of Siurana is situated above a beautiful canyon with stunning limestone crags in all directions, as shown on the photograph opposite. Here there are over 1,500 routes that typically feature small, sharp crimps and side pulls on vertical or gently overhanging walls of superb, rough limestone.  Siurana’s position, along with its charm and high standard quality routes make this area one of the most popular winter rock climbing destinations in Europe, with great climbing conditions from autumn from to spring.  The Siurana rock climbing guidebook is definitive guidebook for the area and is available to buy from our shop.

This is the definitive rock climbing guidebook for Margalef in the Sierra de Prades MountainsMargalef is the second largest area with over 1,000 routes ranging from F4 to F9a.  The crags are situated either side of a secluded river meaning that you can climb either in the sun or shade, depending upon the time of day and your preference. The climbing is on conglomerate rock that is full of pockets where the routes range from slabs to impressive bulges and gently overhanging walls.  The Margalef rock climbing guidebook is definitive guidebook for the area and is available to buy from our shop.

This is the definitive rock climbing guidebook for Montsant in the Sierra de Prades Mountains.Montsant has over 400 routes on very solid and compact conglomerate rock with many pockets.  Here the various crags are up to 200m long that are conveniently split into tiers linked by spectacular paths and ladders.  The current guidebook for the area is called Montsant Vertiente sur, and is available to buy from our shop.

Situated at 1,000m, La Mussara is a large area split into various crags, each with different characteristics, including some multi-pitch routes.  The grades here are concentrated in the F5 to F7a range on good quality conglomerate rock.

Sierra de Prades Logistics

When to go – With the majority of the climbing areas at an altitude of 500m to 1,000m, the best time to visit this area is in the spring or autumn when the temperature is ideal for rock climbing.  During the winter the climate is not as stable though there are many cold, dry sunny days when the friction is at its best.  The summer is just too hot though in a few areas (such as Margalef) it is possible to find shade.

Tarragona Climbs is a selective guidebook to the Sierra de Prades MountainsGetting there – The closest airport is Rues, though the main airport at Barcelona is not that much further. To make the most of the crags in this area a car is necessary.

Gear – Whilst a 60m rope will be sufficient for the majority of routes it is recommended that you take a 70m rope as this is standard for sport climbing in Spain now.  Around 15 quickdraws plus the usual lower off gear is all that is required. 

Climbing Guidebooks - Climb Europe currently stocks several guidebooks for the Sierra de Prades Mountains, these being; a selective guidebook to the area called Tarragona Climbs; a definitive guidebook for Margalef; a definitive guidebook for  Siurana; and a definitive guidebook called Montsant Vertiente sur that are available to buy from our shop.

Rock Climbing photographs at Siurana in the Sierra de Prades Mountains. Rock Climbing photographs at Siurana in the Sierra de Prades Mountains.
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Rock climbing guidebooks for the Sierra de Prades Mountains, buy them from our shop.

Tarragona Climbs is a selective guidebook to the Sierra de Prades Mountains

Tarragona Climbs is a selective guidebook to the Sierra de Prades Mountains and includes Siurana, Montsant, La Mussara and Margalef.  Buy this guidebook from our shop.