Orange House is a good base. Sella, Sierra de Toix, Echo Valley, Alcalali all have good routes at 5 - 6a. Sella is awesome, the further up the valley you go the less polished the easier routes are. There has been new development since the 2013 guide was published (above Sector Final) I think there are some new easy routes there that will be totally free of polish. There is a downloadable topo for the new Sella climbs on the Orange House website if you register with them (free to do).
Sella - but, as mentioned, many of the easier routes are very polished and some (though not all) are also quite run out.
Forada - south side. Very friendly routes that are well bolted and quite slabby. Beautiful spot.
Echo 1.5 - very friendly routes that are well bolted.
Toix Far Oeste - lots of decent easier routes, though some showing their age.
Bellús - a bit of a drive but a great crag for doing lots in a day.
I found Sierra de Toix a loverly place but sparcely bolted. Easy climbing but if you are not used to being 2 plus meters above your last bolt then i suggest another area. Alcalali was great but get there early as it can get quite busy.
For cheap accommodation, you can try off season hotels / packages anywhere along the coast(Alicante, Benidorm, Altea, Calpe)
The Rockfax is probably the only guide you will need and has great coverage at the grades you are looking for. For a first trip I'd look at Sella as its such a big area.
Rockfax also has a list of possible accommodation options. Last time I wen I stayed at Compass West which worked out a lot cheaper than Orange House but I'm almost certainly not comparing like-with-like
Yes, by a distance - quite a few of the continentals use the British Rockfax as well - it is far superior to any local guidebooks I saw, although the coverage is not absolutely comprehensive. Still enough in there for a lifetime of climbing though!
Near to Alcalali you'll find Murla (it's part of the same escarpment). The initial section is all overhanging, but keep going and you'll come to a fine area of slabs that are mostly very well bolted. The routes are quite short, the bolts all look pretty new too. And the views are even better than at Alcalali.
Personally i find the Calpe area a perfect base for a few reasons. Firstly, being on the coast the weather is more reliable, then there's the huge amount of bars & restaurants for evenings out, and finally it's positioned well for some brilliant crags. But of course where you stay will depend upon where you want to climb the most.
Have a great time.
As far as I can tell, the RockFax is pretty much the de facto guide of choice for visitors of all nationalities. There are a few loose ends, I thought (as there are with any guide, but overall it will do everything you need it to do.
Hello everyone, I am heading to the Orange House from April 11th to 19th and am curious how many of you will be there. I will be a solo climber from California and am in need of a group to join. I hear its a great spot to climb and I look forward to checking out the spots.
In reply to ola.b: Here at the orange house now. Echo 1.5 is a good shout, gaudalest has a few nice 5's if a bit long and toasty in the sun! Crag X has a few great easy routes, been told the 6a's are tough tho, and the lower buttress has new routes that aren't on any topos that are tricky! Going to a couple more crags over the next few days too so will update!
In reply to ola.b: There's so much good accommodation in Sella village itself (Casaroc, Sella Bunkhouse, CaIsaiToni, Villapico, El Mirador) that you don't need to stay further afield - best base for all the Costa Blanca climbing - and a lovely village where they welcome the foreign visitor!