Destination Guide – Siurana, Spain

Angelika Rainer introduces us to one of her favourite sport climbing destinations.

I have been travelling for climbing for more than 15 years, visiting many sport climbing areas all over Europe.

Spain is known to have some of the best crags and Siurana in the region of Catalonia is definitely one of the biggest and best known.

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Siurana Overview

The climbing in Siurana is on finest limestone, mostly technical on vertical and slightly overhanging walls. There are various different sectors that are distributed in a valley and around the old town of Siurana.

The grades range from easy routes up to high end routes of 9a+ and 9b. The different sectors are East, South and West facing, in this way it is possible to climb all day long, changing sectors and chasing the sun or the shade.

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Even though it is possible to climb in the shade, in summertime it is too warm for climbing, the best time is from October to April.

The walk in is easy, from 5 to 20 minutes, depending on the sector. Some of the sectors can be visited also with children but not all of them as some routes start on small ledges that can be reached only by a via ferrata.

Best activity: Sport Climbing

Made Famous By: The most famous route of Siurana is for sure “La Rambla”.

Originally the route was an 8c+, the first ascent was by Alexander Huber in 1994. Then it was prolonged by Daniel Andrada and first freeclimbed by the Spanish Ramòn Julian Puigblanque in 2003.

It was one of the first 9a+ in the history of sport climbing. Recently the route got a new addition of notoriety by seeing the first repetition by a women. With this climb, Margo Hayes became the first women to climb a confirmed 9a+.

What Gear Do I Need? Climbing gear including rope and quickdraws, harness and rock climbing shoes.

Top Tips

How to get there: It is best to travel by car as the climbing sectors are some kilometers out of the village of Cornudella de Montsant. The camping is close to some of the crags but from there it is far to the shops in Cornudella.

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Nearest train station: Les Borges del Camp

Nearest airport: Reus, though it is easier to find low cost tickets to Barcellona el Prat, which is a 2 hours drive from Siurana.

Nearest town/village: Cornudella de Montsant is a 10 minutes drive from the climbing sectors and has a small supermarket, a couple of bars and restaurants and a bakery.

Is there parking nearby? All climbing sectors have parking possibilities

Nearest shop: In Cornudella de Montsant there is a climbing shop inside the pub Goma 2

Accommodation: There is a camping directly in Siurana, in Cornudella there are some apartment rentals and B6B

Best local pub: Goma 2

Places to eat: At Goma 2, also the camping has a restaurant and in Cornudella there are also other restaurants to choose

Link to Google Map

Image Credit Jacopo Larcher and Martin Hofer