With almost 1,000 routes, Chulilla near Valencia is one of the best sport climbing areas in Spain. Its limestone canyon shaped by the Turia River has produced many great routes ranging from low F6s all the way to high end F8s. There are both single pitch and multi-pitch routes to choose from, making Chulilla a perfect climbing area for most climbers.
The style of climbing found at Chulilla requires endurance as the average route length is well over 30m generally on vertical or slightly overhanging rock. The grey limestone produces technical slabs that are usually fingery, whilst the orange limestone routes are mostly vertical and slightly overhanging with tufas. The best time to climb at Chulilla is from September through to June, though there are shaded crags if the temperature gets too hot. The crags are situated on both sides of the river, meaning that climbers can find the sun or shade to suit personal requirements.
The Chulilla sport climbing guidebook is the new definitive guidebook for Chulilla covering nearly 1,000 routes at over 50 separate crags. There is a great spread of grades to choose from, with:
- 94 routes between F4a to F5c+
- 364 routes between F6a and 6c+
- 358 routes between 7a and 7c+
- 115 routes between 8a and 8c+
- 64 project routes.
Published in April 2016, all the routes are shown on colour photo topos, along with French grades and route length. For each crag, symbols indicate the crag orientation, style of climbing, approach time, and the minimum rope length required. GPS co-ordinates are provided for the various parking areas, along with location maps and access information. This guidebook is in English and Spanish text throughout and has plenty of practical information on getting to and staying in Chulilla.