Due to its great weather conditions all year round, Spain is one of the best places in Europe to practice outdoor rock climbing. The region of Catalonia, for instance, has plenty of great climbing spots, with Barcelona, in particular, being amongst the places most visited by fans of the sport.
So, if you’re planning on rock climbing in Barcelona, where should you start? First, let us tell you where to get all the equipment you need to practice this fun activity with maximum safety.
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Where to buy rock climbing gear
Because of the region’s aptitude for the practice of mountain sports, there are quite a few stores in Barcelona where you can easily find gear for rock climbing. Below, we list the names and addresses of some of the best establishments in the field, together with their telephone number – just so you can call in advance to make sure everything you need is in stock.
Where to take rock climbing lessons
Maybe you’re an experienced rock climber already, but if you’re just starting out, you can learn everything you need in Barcelona.
Barcelonaclimb.com offers guided rock climbing for different experience levels. They will teach you the basics if you’re just starting, coach you if you have an intermediate skill level and just be your partner if you’re already an advanced climber. They accept groups with a maximum of 3 people and charge 59€ per person.
Although a bit more expensive, Climb Catalunya offers long weekend courses for all levels in several exciting locations around Barcelona. The cost of 480€ per person includes 4 days of rock climbing, as well as pickup, drop off, accommodation and half board meals. They will also provide most of the gear necessary – you only need to bring your own climbing shoes.
Best rock climbing locations in (and around) Barcelona
Montserrat – Montserrat is absolutely worth the one-hour drive it takes to get there from the city. Offering well over a thousand climbing routes, it has long been a favorite of both local and visiting rock climbing enthusiasts.
Costa Daurada – One of the best climbing destinations in Catalonia, this coastal area is located southwest of Barcelona, at the distance of a 90-minute drive. Costa Daurada is a particularly good choice during the peak of the summer – several of its crags are shaded by trees, providing relief from the extreme heat.
Are you a veteran rock climber? Are you looking to learn? Either way, as you can see, Barcelona has everything you need – gear, lessons and plenty of breathtaking locations. Let us know everything about your rock climbing adventures in Barcelona using the comment box below. Be safe and have fun!
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