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Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 600m a.s.l
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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.

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.

Access Advice

Some routes between Arc de San Marti and Avaratar on the central sector of Penya l'Alcala have had their bolts removed due to loose rock.

IMPORTANT:  the council could halt climbing at any time. Miguel, the owner of the refuge opposite Penya Maura, has developed the crag at his own effort and expense, as part of his business. It is a crag which needs maintenance, as there is much soft and loose rock, which undergoes changes with use and weathering. The council look to Miguel to keep climbing there safe, so for climbing to continue at Guadalest, Miguel's Refuge needs to be a viable business, and serious accidents need to be avoided.

So please take advice from Miguel, who does not speak english, even if you have difficulty understanding what he is trying to communicate.

Wear a helmet all the time you are at the crag.

Support Miguel's business. Please visit the Refuge for a beer or (excellent) coffee. There is plenty of parking space at the refuge.

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Guidebooks

Spain : Costa Blanca

The 2013 edition of the popular Costa Blanca Rockfax. 456 pages, 3000 routes on over 40 crags. Covers sport climbing and trad climbing from Murcia, through Alicante, Benidorm and Calp, up to crags south of Valencia.
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Spain : Costa Blanca - Rockfax App (2014)
Guadalest (2006)
Climbed at the Zoo today. Sharp but high friction rock with great bolting and excellent lower offs. Should be more popular.
Wayne.Gaudin - 14/Oct/17
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@pcoms.com
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
  Zoo
2 La Broca de Sant Antoni 6a 4
3 Dissabtes de plutja 6a 2
4 La rabosa curiosa 6a+ 3
5 Al temps que solsia 6a 4
6 Lespero del Porro 6a 4
7 Savina bonsai 6a 9
8 Mustelid intripid 6b * 6
9 A Pel Tercer Garrofa 5c 12
10 Al Azraq 6a 7
11 Teucrium Buxifolium 6a 4
12 Soliquer critdaner 6a+ 1
13 L'Agulla 6a  
14 El Forat 6a 7
15 Quin sol fa 5c 19
16 El badall 6a 12
17 Temps de joc 5a 21
  Castillo
19 Borrosca de neu 6a * 78
20 Neu ne Marc 5a * 134
21 Men isc cascat 5a ** 221
22 Baix la cova baix de Llus 5a * 95
23 Pajarito 6b+ ** 38
24 Carabassa t'han donat 5c ** 145
25 Sang trait 6a ** 129
26 Contes i Llegendes 6b ** 72
27 La Senda del parabolt 6c ** 31
28 ¿? 6c+ * 1
  Sector Everest
30 Mare mevia 6b 6
31 Aitana 6a+ 17
32 Sargantana rocallera 6b 19
33 Temporal de Llevant 6a+ 9
34 Brosseta de Penya 6a+ 13
35 La Cango del Caro 6a 39
36 Arros amb Costra 5c 76
37 M'han Llevat Mosquetons 6b 58
38 Glopet de Mel 5c 60
39 Turismo Rural 6a+ 31
40 Xe Que Bo! 6a 11
  Sector Pyramid
42 La Placa Ataka 5c * 60
43 La Nosta terra 6a+ 30
44 El Meucor esta fotut 4c 48
45 Respeta L'Entorn 5c * 84
46 Retovato Glutamato 6a * 75
47 Al mar quina castanya 6a+ * 57
48 L'Hedra 5c * 51
49 La panxa s'enganxa 6a+ * 26
  Sector l'Orgue
51 Badallant 6a * 4
52 Hores bruixes 6b ** 20
53 l'Orgue 6a+ ** 40
54 Desapinant-lo 6c * 3
55 L'Aixmeneta ?  
  Penya L'Alcala
  Sector Avoremon
58 Orugeta 6b 1
59 Sua 6a ** 6
60 En Al Vergel 6a+ *** 6
61 Grizzly 5c ** 6
62 Lemy 6a 4
  Sector Izquierdo
64 Vía clásica 5c 4
65 Maulets a la Lluita 6a ** 55
66 Endevant 6a ** 57
67 Coses de Tubo 6a+ ** 15
68 Marina Baixa 6b ** 17
69 Incontinencia de Verborrea * 6b ** 3
  Sector Central
71 Malvinas 5c 12
72 Gibraltar 6a 14
Climb name Grade
73 Irlanda del Norte 6a 14
74 Electricas 6c ** 1
75 Komerokas 6c **  
76 Son Goku 6c *** 22
77 Estética 6c ** 7
78 Cariat de Güelo 6b+ ** 32
79 L'Espill o Llibre 6a+ *** 92
80 Tirant lo Blanc 5c * 84
81 La disputa de l'ase 6a+ * 42
82 Fuig d'Aci 6b+ 10
83 Contaminació britànica 6c+ * 5
84 Territorios Ocupados 7a * 17
85 La Muixeranga (P1) 6a 111
86 L'Ham de foc lo blanc (P1) 5c 66
87 Directa i Au (P1) 5a * 132
88 La Diagonal 4a 8
89 Carretera ocultaana 5a 1
90 Festa d'Estiu 5c *** 82
91 Xirimita 5c *** 49
92 Tabalet 6a *** 69
93 La Muixeranga (P2) 5c *** 118
94 L'Ham de foc lo blanc (P2) 6a ** 51
95 Directa i Au 6b+ *** 30
96 Tigre de Papel 4a 1
97 Arc de Sant Marti 5c ** 64
98 Cuerpo Escombro 5a * 8
99 Del Tossal a l'hort 6a ** 40
100 Man Hincha El Morro 6b * 1
101 No ho se 5c ** 62
102 Parapa Jote 6b * 3
103 Obrint pas 6a * 31
104 Avaratar 6b * 11
105 No em Tokeu els Ous 6a ** 70
106 L'Escorxador de víes 6b *** 70
  Sector Derecho
108 La lluna de Sant Joan 5c ** 107
109 Eclipsi 6a+ * 18
110 Pericana Sense Gana 6b ** 39
111 El principi i el fi 6a+ ** 25
112 Llums i sombres 6a+ ** 44
113 Erotika 6a+ *** 92
114 Pels Pels 6a+ * 26
115 Cavernícola 6a ** 34
116 Cassalla 6c * 10
117 Oli d'oliva 6c+ 8
118 Orxata de Xufa 6a ** 54
119 Torró de Xixona 6a+ ** 38
120 La pedra ibérica 5c *** 141
121 Quebrantadedos 6a+ * 9
122 Klandestina 5c * 7
123 Pilart 6a * 41
124 Depredació urbanística 6b ** 59
125 Prou d'ocupació 6a ** 75
126 Dieta mediterránea 5c ** 93
127 L.S.D. 6a ** 3
  Sector Iniciacion
129 Si te Caes te lo Merecures 4c 72
130 Buscando los pitufos 4a * 134
131 Pa pekes 4c * 153
132 Parisol 4c * 154
133 Andrea, qué palo 4c * 105
  Sector pas de la Rabossa
135 Cascahuesos 6a * 10
136 Guadalepina 6b+ ** 14
137 Sueño del Pitu 7a ** 22
138 Soñaba con el Patata 7a+ ** 15
139 Arroz con feixol 7a+ ** 4
140 Trencapedres 7b * 4
141 Masacre subcutanea 7c * 4
142 Lección aprendida 6a 39
143 Aprendiendo a Escalar 4c 28
144 Lagartija pija 5c 47
Climb name Grade
145 A tomar por tubo 6a * 59
146 Poda legal 6a+ * 42
147 Gipipollas 6b * 23
148 L'avinagrá 6b * 7
149 L'insoportable levetat del ser 6c * 5
150 Brujos y diablos 7a * 6
151 Sentido común 7a+ * 3
152 Kale Borroka 6c+ 2
153 La Bruja Piruja 7a+ 2
154 Subiendo al frenopático 6c+ 2
155 L'home Mistol 6b+ 2
156 Hombre Alcanfor 6b 3
  Penya Maura
158 Harp * 5a 3
159 Medusa * 4b 2
  Sector Iniciación
161 Sodoma 3c 45
162 Gomorra 3c 51
163 Pedorra 4a 49
164 Ésta También Se Mueve 3c * 64
165 Solo la del cordino 4a * 91
166 Escrototeame 6a 79
167 La Abeja Nahia 5a 76
168 La soplá 5c 69
  Cara Oeste
170 Coñocabra 6b+ 26
171 Cornicabra 5c * 123
172 Phillip El Grande 6b+ * 5
173 Margallo 6a+ ** 137
174 Intolerancia 0 7a * 28
175 Garrofer 6a+ ** 90
176 Ron con porros 6b ** 44
177 Hay que darlo to 7b+ **  
178 Maura 6b ** 8
179 Punta La Polla Malotta 7b ** 9
180 Pais Valencia 6c+ * 5
181 La Perla 6b * 31
182 Flor d'Ametler 6c ** 24
183 Primavera 6b+ ** 43
184 Makarrereta 6b ** 54
185 Inevitable 6b+ ** 32
186 Okupa 6b ** 44
187 Jana 6a ** 143
188 Jana Right 6b * 6
189 Slanting crack
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HS 4b *** 5
  Cara Sur
191 Ester's Chimney S 4a *** 43
192 Amber Lights
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S 4b ** 14
193 Rock Star 6b+ ** 6
194 Penya Right Six 6a+ 69
195 Penya Right Seven 6a 62
196 Penya Right Eight 5c 73
197 Penya Right Nine 5c 75
198 Roller Coaster 6a+ ** 6
199 Electric Man 6a * 5
200 Way Out 6a 6
201 Fences 5c 7
202 Outside Edge
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HS 4b ** 7
203 Si te caes te lo mereces *
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4b 5
204 The Haze * 4b * 5
205 Esters Arete *
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4a ***  
206 Iron Bell *
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5a 3
207 Fiddler * 5c 2
208 Orgasmo de Monja *
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6c 1
209 La Trompa de Farlopoio *
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6b 1
210 Arzobispofobia *
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6c 1
211 Paritorio *
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6c+ 1
212 Route right of Paritorio *
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6c 1
213 Left Slab 1 * 3a 1
214 Left Slab 2 * 3a 1
215 Left Slab 3 * 3a 1
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.

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