Orihuela Murcia Area, SPAIN
Climbs 134 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude 199m a.s.l – Faces S
To the north of the old town of Orihuela and its smaller satellite of Callosa de Segura is a series of rugged red hills that, despite initial appearances to the contrary, contain much good climbing. From the classic multi-pitch offerings on the Pared Negra and La Pancha, to the short steep sport routes near the Cueva Ahumada, there is much here to interest the passing climber. The area is close enough to the Alicante/Benidorm area to be a reasonable objective for a day's visit, and although the cliffs have been climbed on here by the locals for over 40 years, visitors have always been few and far between.
The cliffs are aligned to the north of the N340 and the CV900 which are easily reached from the A7 motorway. The Orihuela junction is just over 40km south of Alicante airport. Approaches for each cliff are covered in the relevant sections of the guide; check the maps on the appropriate pages. Approach walks vary between 5 and 20 minutes.
Spain : Costa Blanca - Rockfax App (2014), Spain : Costa Blanca (2013),
Out of print: Costa Blanca (2005)
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Redovan- La Pancha has lots more routes than in the new 2013 rockfax. Both single pitch and multi-pitch. There was new more new routing going on the day we were there 01-03-13. The routes almost all have plates at the bottom with pitch names and grades.|
brianrunner - 03/Mar/13
A local climber told us that Pared Negro is now open (its down as closed til the end of 2013 in the new rockfax). The closed sign on page 75 of rockfax isn't there now so we climbed on the crag.
brianrunner - 03/Mar/13
Orihuela is in Alicante province not Murcia. The Redovan and Orihuela crags are quite separate climbing areas and lumping them together is confusing and not very helpful.
Pencarth - 04/Jan/12
The National Park where the crags are located is closed 24/25th Dec and 1/2nd Jan. Although the gates are locked and there are closed signs up it's easy enough to get through, the local gentleman we spoke to didn't seem to think there was a problem with entering on foot even though the park was technically closed.
magpie - 03/Jan/09