Climbs 193
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 600m a.s.l
Faces all

Guadalest - Sector del Castillo © Tom Phillips

Crag features

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'Alcalà. The place is well and truly open for business now and it can get very busy.

Set at 600m, Guadalest can be cold in the winter - snow is not unheard of. In the summer, the sun can be followed or avoided depending on how hot it is. There is also some shade to be had from the trees when it gets too hot. The town and its trappings is worth a look if it is too hot to climb.

Good topo here:

Approach notes

Guadalest is well-signed since it is a popular tourist destination. The quickest approach is to take the good CV70 from one of the Benidorm junctions inland past Polop (and Vall de Guadar and the Ponoch). It can also be reached from Altea via Callosa but the roads aren't as good. The Castle and Boulder crags are approached from one of the main coach car parks. For the main Penya l'Alcalà and Penya Maura crags, on a right-hand bend in town, turn sharp left onto a steep road signed to 'Piscine Municipal' and drop down, past the swimming pool, to a large parking area by a building directly below the main crag. More details are given on the crag pages.

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Spain : Costa Blanca

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Spain : Costa Blanca - Rockfax App (2014)
Guadalest (2006)
On Penya Maura we were asked to wear helmets to belay because it is on private property and that is the agreement with the land owners.
Wayne.Gaudin - 29/Mar/17
I was with a group of friends climbing at Penya Maura yesterday and we were told by the refugio owner that guides/climbing businesses shouldn't bring their clients to 'his' crag! I wasn't working whilst here so wasn't applicable (our car is logo'd). But I do have this venue in mind for future working days, now unsure if this is a good idea. Tom Philips or anyone else in the know, are you able to shed any light on this please?
Mark Eddy - 05/Nov/16
Great crag, lovely rock, varied routes. We experienced no access problems. Perfect location
beefyhanes - 17/Jan/13
There are many new climbs here that have been added over the last few years. It is now a great venue with very easy access. Full details will appear in the 2013 Rockfax, but should you need a topo in the meantime email the crag moderator
Tom Phillips - 29/Nov/12
New routes are being checked an added every week - soon I will re-group climbs into the correct butresses and remove incorrect routes, but please add any missing routes or enter notes on any info you think is incorrect. Thanks
Tom Phillips - 07/Mar/12
The route list is seriously outdated and needs attention.
Pencarth - 07/Mar/12
No access issues a great place to go to escape the sun if too hot. Grading is a bit hit and miss and some of the rock is quite friabble.Sector Pyramid seems easy for grades in guide, while Sector Castillo seems hard than guide, though some holds may be missing since guide was written. Very quite only saw two other climbers and we went there two days.
krikoman - 12/Oct/09
No access issues, lots of Spanish climbers there when we were (Sunday) great place to go to escape sun if too hot.
krikoman - 12/Oct/09
Access issues seem to be OK at the moment, The Spanish chap who has in the past asked people to leave is called "Tubo" and has no right to do so. But if in doubt climb on the Sector Penya Maura (most Easterly section)
Tom Phillips - 24/Feb/09
We were also told to leave the crag due to conservation. Apparently not true (you should note the amount of rubbish nearby)its possibly a grudge against rockfax not talking to the locals.
cwarby - 10/Nov/07
We were asked to leave this crag (Oct 07) by a Spanish chap who claimed that 'alpinism' was forbidden, due to the presence of rare plants on the crags. Nothing about this in the guidebooks, but he seemed genuine.
geckoid - 23/Oct/07
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
2La Broca de Sant Antoni6a 3
3Dissabtes de plutja6a 1
4La rabosa curiosa6a+ 1
5Al temps que solsia6a 1
6Lespero del Porro6a  
7Savina bonsai6a 6
8Mustelid intripid6b *5
9A Pel Tercer Garrofa5c 8
10Al Azraq6a 6
11Teucrium Buxifolium6a 2
12Soliquer critdaner6a+ 1
14El Forat6a 5
15Quin sol fa5c 13
16El badall6a 9
17Temps de joc5a 15
19Borrosca de neu6a *60
20Neu ne Marc5a *105
21Men isc cascat5a **169
22Baix la cova baix de Llus5a *61
23Pajarito6b+ **27
24Carabassa t'han donat5c **102
25Sang trait6a **83
26Contes i Llegendes6b **54
27La Senda del parabolt6c **24
28¿?6c+ *1
 Sector Everest 
30Mare mevia6b 5
31Aitana6a+ 12
32Sargantana rocallera6b 15
33Temporal de Llevant6a+ 6
34Brosseta de Penya6a+ 7
35La Cango del Caro6a 32
36Arros amb Costra5c 52
37M'han Llevat Mosquetons6b 45
38Glopet de Mel5c 49
39Turismo Rural6a+ 26
40Xe Que Bo!6a 11
 Sector Pyramid 
42La Placa Ataka5c *43
43La Nosta terra6a+ 25
44El Meucor esta fotut4c 39
45Respeta L'Entorn5c *58
46Retovato Glutamato6a *48
47Al mar quina castanya6a+ *43
48L'Hedra5c *41
49La panxa s'enganxa6a+ *20
 Sector l'Orgue 
51Badallant6a *3
52Hores bruixes6b **13
53l'Orgue6a+ **32
54Desapinant-lo6c * 
 Penya L'Alcala 
 Sector Avoremon 
58Orugeta6b 1
59Sua6a 3
60En Al Vergel6a+ ***5
61Grizzly5c **4
62Lemy6a 2
 Sector Izquierdo 
64Vía clásica5c 3
65Maulets a la Lluita6a **37
66Endevant6a **38
67Coses de Tubo6a+ **8
68Marina Baixa6b **17
 Sector Central 
70Malvinas5c 5
71Gibraltar6a 9
72Irlanda del Norte6a 8
73Electricas6c ** 
74Komerokas6c ** 
75Son Goku6c ***9
76Estética6c **4
77Cariat de Güelo6b+ **16
78L'Espill o Llibre6a+ ***67
79Tirant lo Blanc5c *61
80La disputa de l'ase6a+ *33
81Fuig d'Aci6b+ 9
82Contaminació britànica6c+ *4
83Territorios Ocupados7a *9
84La Muixeranga (P1)6a 83
85L'Ham de foc lo blanc (P1)5c 43
86Directa i Au (P1)5a *78
87La Diagonal4a 1
88Carretera ocultaana5a 1
89Festa d'Estiu5c ***59
90Xirimita5c ***27
91Tabalet6a ***50
92La Muixeranga (P2)5c ***77
93L'Ham de foc lo blanc (P2)6a **33
94Directa i Au6b+ ***24
95Tigre de Papel4a  
96Arc de Sant Marti5c **64
97Cuerpo Escombro5a *8
98Del Tossal a l'hort6a **38
99Man Hincha El Morro6b *1
100No ho se5c **62
101Parapa Jote6b *3
102Obrint pas6a *29
103Avaratar6b *10
104No em Tokeu els Ous6a **55
105L'Escorxador de víes6b ***52
 Sector Derecho 
107La lluna de Sant Joan5c **80
108Eclipsi6a+ *17
109Pericana Sense Gana6b **22
110El principi i el fi6a+ **18
111Llums i sombres6a+ **27
112Erotika6a+ ***60
113Pels Pels6a+ *21
114Cavernícola6a **14
115Cassalla6c *8
116Oli d'oliva6c+ 6
117Orxata de Xufa6a **42
118Torró de Xixona6a+ **31
119La pedra ibérica5c ***92
120Quebrantadedos6a+ *8
121Klandestina5c *6
122Pilart6a *29
123Depredació urbanística6b **47
124Prou d'ocupació6a **55
125Dieta mediterránea5c **61
126L.S.D.6a **3
 Sector Iniciacion 
128Si te Caes te lo Merecures4c 37
129Buscando los pitufos4a *96
130Pa pekes4c *90
131Parisol4c *91
132Andrea, qué palo4c *76
 Sector pas de la Rabossa 
134Cascahuesos6a *9
135Guadalepina6b+ **10
136Sueño del Pitu7a **9
137Soñaba con el Patata7a+ **9
138Arroz con feixol7a+ **3
139Trencapedres7b *3
140Masacre subcutanea7c *3
141Lección aprendida6a 34
142Aprendiendo a Escalar4c 24
143Lagartija pija5c 41
144A tomar por tubo6a *44
145Poda legal6a+ *33
146Gipipollas6b *16
147L'avinagrá6b *6
148L'insoportable levetat del ser6c *4
149Brujos y diablos7a *4
150Sentido común7a+ *3
151Kale Borroka6c+ 2
152La Bruja Piruja7a+ 2
153Subiendo al frenopático6c+ 2
154L'home Mistol6b+ 2
155Hombre Alcanfor6b 1
 Penya Maura 
 Sector Iniciación 
158Sodoma3+ 30
159Gomorra3+ 35
160Pedorra4a 35
161Ésta También Se Mueve3+ *42
162Solo la del cordino4a *62
163Escrototeame6a 63
164La Abeja Nahia5a 50
165La soplá5c 47
 Cara Oeste 
167Coñocabra6b+ 19
168Cornicabra5c *87
169Phillip El Grande6b+ *4
170Margallo6a+ **97
171Intolerancia 07a *18
172Garrofer6a+ **66
173Ron con porros6b **33
174Hay que darlo to7b+ ** 
175Maura6b **7
176Punta La Polla Malotta7b **4
177Pais Valencia6c+ *4
178La Perla6b *18
179Flor d'Ametler6c **16
180Primavera6b+ **31
181Makarrereta6b **42
182Inevitable6b+ **25
183Okupa6b **32
184Jana6a **110
185Jana Right6b *6
186Slanting crack
HS 4b ***4
 Cara Sur 
188Ester's ChimneyS 4a ***36
189Amber Lights
S 4b **13
190Rock Star6b+ **3
191Penya Right Six6a+ 55
192Penya Right Seven6a 43
193Penya Right Eight5c 58
194Penya Right Nine5c 56
195Roller Coaster6a+ **4
196Electric Man6a *2
197Way Out6a 2
198Fences5c 3
199Outside Edge
HS 4b **5
200Si te caes te lo mereces *
4b 1
201The Haze *4b *2
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