Portugal Rock Climbing Guidebook

by Mark on October 9, 2017

65-October-Portugal-Rock-Climingr-GuidebookA new Portugal rock climbing guidebook has just been published, the first for over 10 years, that provides a huge update on all the new developments during this time and describes the best places for climbing in Portugal. There are many excellent places to go climbing in Portugal and the following areas are some of the best.

Located in the north of the country are Portugal’s Serra da Estrela Mountains – the highest point in the country. In these granite mountains there are single and multi-pitch routes on friction slabs or walls requiring finger and hand jams. The added bonus of this area is the superb bouldering that is found at Pedra do Urso, which is the largest bouldering area in Portugal.

Redinha and Buracas are considered as the best sport climbing areas in Portugal, and they are located in the Serra do Sico Mountains in the centre of the country. There are around 300 routes on limestone rock, where the different sectors offer varied climbing ranging from crimps, pockets and tufas.

Close to the capital Lisbon is another diverse climbing area. This includes sea cliff climbing at Espinhaco with its trad multi-pitch routes on granite rock to limestone sport climbing at Farol da Guia near Cascais. However it is the pink granite bouldering at Sintra that has attracted the most foreign climbers to Portugal, and it is easy to see why. It is a magical location in a forest environment next to a historical town with its palace and castle.

The Algarve in the south of Portugal has two excellent climbing areas. Rocha da Pena is a sport climbing area with nearly 100 routes on limestone rock with lots of varied holds. However Sagres is by far the largest area, with nine sectors offering trad and sport routes plus some world class deep water soloing (DWS) – all on limestone rock.

The Portugal rock climbing guidebook is split into 14 main areas and describes 41 different crags, showcasing the best climbing across the country. Thousands of routes and boulder problems are described on either colour topos or boulder maps.

Buy this new Portugal rock climbing guidebook for £34.95 plus P&P.

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