The two crags of Ermita de Betlem offer something slightly different to the other crags on this side of the island. Located on a treeless hilltop, high above the sea, and facing due north, the crags can offer some relief from the heat and are well worth considering as a summer location for those visiting in the warmer months. The rock is a very compact white limestone with little of the overhanging, red, blob-covered stuff on show. The vertical sections give steep and technical climbing that is sometimes deceptive with many of the routes being difficult to read and much more difficult than first appearances suggest - what looked like a steady grade 5 before you set off may turn out to be a technical 6c! The central section of the lower tier is severely overhanging offering routes of the highest difficulty. Elsewhere more ameanable grades are on offer although there isn't much here for those leading below 6b.


56 winter routes (5a...8c)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
or shade
Approach walk Other
Upper Crag
An unusual crag composed of compact and slightly chalky limestone that is very difficult to read....
No sun

10 mins

Lower Crag
The extremely overhanging central section is the major reason for visiting this crag. The rock is...
No sun

13 mins

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