GUADALEST


The rocky citadel of Guadalest has always been known as a major tourist trap for coach trips from the coast. In recent years the extensive walls have been developed with a selection of excellent routes across the grades, on some unique rock formations. The routes listed here are well-bolted sport routes - a good supply of quick-draws and a 60m rope should be adequate for the majority of them. There are some multi-pitch routes too, offering a good a introduction to that style of climbing. There is also the occasional longer pitch (30m+) in amongst the rest, though mid-height lower-offs are usually installed. There isn't too much in the way of harder climbing, as most of the faces are slabby. There are some older trad routes scattered amongst the sporty stuff; we haven't listed these here. In the early days of development there were sporadic incidents of people being asked to leave the newly developed climbs on the walls below the swimming pool, on the Sector Penya l'Alcalā. The place is well and truly open for business now and it can get very busy.

Routes

158 winter routes (3+...7c)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
or shade
Approach walk Other
Zoo
A small crag of sharp rock with very easy access. Not the world's best crag, but it is another...
16
Sport
Sun and shade
Uphill

2 mins

Castillo
The impressive scooped wall and jutting arete below the westward extension of the castle walls.
9
Sport
Lots of sun!
Downhill

2 mins

sheltered
Sector Everest
Sector Everest comprises a large block with a collection of short pitches. Its shady aspect makes...
11
Sport
Sun and shade
Up and down

0 mins

Sector Pyramid
A large boulder with some slabby climbs, close to the parking. The routes are described left to...
8
Sport
Sun and shade
Up and down

0 mins

Sector l'Orgue
A flowstone wall right under the town above.
5
Sport
Sun and shade
Downhill

1 min

sheltered
Penya l'Alcalà
The best climbing at Guadalest is on the huge wall of Penya l'Alcala. This fine wall has many long...
54
Sport
Lots of sun!
Up and down

1 min

sheltered
Penya l'Alcalà - Right
The right-hand end of the crag has a huge pinnacle which forms a deep narrow gully between it and...
30
Sport
Lots of sun!
Downhill

2 mins

sheltered
Penya Maura
The final section of developed rock is down and right of Sector Penya l'Alcalà - a prominent red...
26
Sport
Sun and shade
Downhill

3 mins

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