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Rock climbing at Els Ports Natural Park

The Els ports Natural Park is a wild and rugged mountain range in southern Catalunya, located to the south of Tarragona. The majority of the rock climbing at Els Ports is all about big wall Trad routes on conglomerate rock, along with some single pitch sport routes on limestone rock.

The big wall routes are located near the villages of Horta de Sant Joan, Arnes and Penaroja de Tastavins as shown on the map opposite.  These routes are between 120m and 300m high, climbing on big knobbly conglomerate rock, with deep holes.  Generally the crux of these routes are through bulges that need to climbed with decision and power that are separated by easier slabby sections. 

Els Ports Rock Climbing Areas

No Crag Name Type of Climbing Type of Rock Single or Multi-pitch Max Height
1 La Solana de les Portes Sport Limestone Single 20m
2 Comuns de L'Estret Sport Limestone Single 30m
3 Pont Nou Sport Limestone Single 25m
4 Calzada Romana Sport Limestone Single 35m
5 Roques de Benet Trad Conglomerate Multi-pitch 245m
6 Gronses Trad Conglomerate Multi-pitch 250m
7 Estrets Trad & Sport Conglomerate Multi-pitch 295m
8 Les Valls Trad Conglomerate Multi-pitch 270m
9 Roques del Masmut Trad Conglomerate Multi-pitch 215m

Accessed via the village of Horta de Sant Joan, the crag of Roques de Benet stands out as the true landmark of the Els Ports rugged landscape.  The crag is unmistakeable against the skyline, with its big, steep walls.  Along with its northern aspect, the climbing here is wild, trad to the core and intimidating.  Roques de Benet is also home to the best aid climbing in the Els Ports area.

The crags of Gronses, Estrets, and Les Valls are accessed via the village of Arnes. Due to their easy access, they are the most popular climbing destinations in the Els Ports Natural Park.  There are even some bolted multi-pitch routes at Estrets that require very little commitment.

The best climbing area in Els Ports Natural Park is the Roques del Masmut, accessed via the village of Penaroja de Tastavins.  The crag is series of steep, big calibre conglomerate spires positioned side by side, similar to that found at Montserrat.  The climbing is pure trad across a wide range of grades, with routes up to 215m high.

The Els Ports rock climbing guidebookThe best sport climbing in Els Ports is found at Calzada Romana near the village of Beceite, plus there are a couple of sport crags near the village of Prat de Comte.  All the sport climbing at Els Ports is on limestone rock and is very close to the road, making it very convenient.

Rock climbing at Els Ports is possible all the year round, though some summer days can be really too hot and windy winter days too cold to climb comfortably.

The best rock climbing guidebook for the Els Ports Natural Park is called “Els Ports Rock Climbs Guidebook” that can be bought from our shop.

Map of the rock climbing areas in the Els Ports Natural Park

Map of the rock climbing areas in the Els Ports Natural Park

The above information has been extracted from the Els Ports Rock Climbs Guidebook.

The impressive crag of Roques de Benet dominates the Els Ports rugged landscape.

The steep, big calibre conglomerate spires of Roques del Masmut crag.

Els Ports rock climbing photograph – Anarcoma and Obsessio Continua Els Ports rock climbing photograph – Sam Belluga, Pitch 2 Els Ports rock climbing photograph – Sam Belluga, Pitch 1 Els Ports rock climbing photograph – Secreta Vida, Pitch 3

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The Els Ports rock climbing guidebook

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