Rock climbing in El Chorro

El Chorro is a neighbourhood of Álora and is located at about 25 minute drive from El Cielo Azul.

Lying just 50km from the shores of the Mediterranean and the Andalusian city of Málaga, El Chorro is one of the world’s best known climbing destinations. Back in the 1980s, it was one of the first venues in Europe to be equipped with sport routes, with the initial developments being close to the village and within the gorge itself. Since then, the number of crags and routes has multiplied at a steady rate and now extends across the impressive Frontales cliffs that loom over the village. Beyond this the Andalusian landscape provides limestone and crags aplenty, many the equal of the best on offer around the village. Some of these tremendous near neighbours, such as the higher crags of El Torcal, Túron and Desplomilandia, and the coastal tufa-clad Puerto Rico are covered in this Rockfax – all are within a reasonable drive of El Chorro for day visits. The single and multi-pitch routes on offer and the grade range of the 1584 climbs covered in the guidebook, will satisfy all who are planning a visit. The routes range from world-class hard routes, through a vast selection of superb mid-grade pitches, to an ever-increasing number of sectors and whole crags that give climbers operating in the easier grades plenty of choice. As well as the plethora of single-pitch sport climbs there is an increasing number of multi-pitch fully-bolted lines, with a number of routes of up to around ten pitches across the grade range. The small village of El Chorro, sitting at the base of the massive gorge, has become the centre point of climbing over the years. Local accommodation businesses have popped up aimed at catering for the specific needs of climbers and there is now a great choice of places to stay, ranging from large guesthouses to small self-contained villas and apartments – see p.22. Following the re-opening of the Caminito del Rey in 2015, the area has undergone a major boost as a tourist destination and the village is now a bustling centre. A consequence has been the restriction of climbing in some of the older climbing areas like the Lower Gorge itself, although luckily the increase in routes available elsewhere has more than compensated for this. The region has much to discover beyond climbing. The coastal fringe is heavily developed for tourism, but the inland mountains are a total contrast, dotted with classic Andalusian villages that are excellent places to soak up some of the area’s relaxed culture and eat at the many bars and restaurants. Conversely, the cities of Sevilla and Granada offer an opportunity to sample Spanish city life at its grandest. El Chorro’s reputation for top notch sport climbing, stunning countryside and its near-perfect ‘off season’ climbing weather make it an ideal destination. Whether you are a first-time winter sun seeker or long-term visitor returning looking for something new to do, you will be assured of some great climbing and the opportunity to bask in the undoubted charm of this lovely part of the world.

From: Rockfax Spain El Chorro (A guidebook to rock climbing around El Chorro in Andalusia)

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