The dormant volcanic mountain of Tamadaba (1949m high) dominates the rugged landscape of Gran Canaria. This volcano produced an abundance of volcanic rock, creating everything from vertical cliffs to deep canyons. There is a great variety of climbing from sport, trad and bouldering to be found in Gran Canaria. The style of climbing ranges from sea cliff climbing to the nation park of Tamadaba at an altitude of well over 1,000m, with plenty of routes across a wide range of grades.
Sport climbing is very well developed on the island with over 650 routes at 14 separate locations as shown on the map opposite. The Trad climbing is based around the town of Ayacata in the centre of the island where there are multi-pitch routes up to 100m long. There are bouldering opportunities all over the island with well-established areas such as Guiniguada, Tamadaba, and Sorrueda.
Sport climbing areas in Gran Canaria
|No||Crag||No of routes||Grade Range|
|1||Tamadaba||170||F5 to F8b|
|2||El Cenobio||30||F6a to F8c|
|3||Barranco de Moya||75||F4 to F8a|
|4||Quintanilla||12||F5 to F6b+|
|5||Barranco de Banaderos||11||F4 to F7a+|
|6||Cueva de Arucas||5||F7a to F7c|
|7||Costa Ayala||15||F4 to F6c+|
|8||Guiniguada||20||F5 to F7b|
|9||Roque Nublo||23||F4 to F7b+|
|10||Candelilla||41||F5+ to F8b|
|11||Salt del Perro||14||F6c to F8c+|
|12||Sorrueda||110||F4 to F8a|
|13||Fataga||100||F4 to F8b+|
|14||Ayagaures||46||F5+ to F8a+|
Weather – The best time to visit Gran Canaria for rock climbing is from the autumn through to the spring. During this period the fresh trade winds bring pleasant warm sunshine with very little rain.
Climbing guidebooks for Gran Canaria – There are 2 guidebooks that cover the majority of the sport climbing available on Gran Canaria, which are available to buy from our shop. There is currently no guidebook that covers the Trad routes on Gran Canaria. However in the centre of Ayacata there is a climbing café/bar where they have a book describing the routes in the centre of the island.
Gear required – For sport climbing at least a 60m rope though a 70m long rope is ideal, plus around 15 quickdraws. For Trad climbing twin ropes are recommended as many of the routes are multi-pitch, plus the usual cams and nuts.