Viva España on our legendary Spanish climbing trip. Discover all the best crags with the help of our team and enjoy an intense climbing experience that’s enough to make most climbing freaks weak at the knees.
The Rockbusters Spanish road trip is always one of our most popular events each year. It’s a tour that gives you a unique chance to discover the best Spanish crags. These are notoriously some of the best in the world so do yourself a favor and don't miss out. Trust us on this one. It’s an intense and epic tour that every climbing freak should experience.
Apart from getting a great introduction to great climbing areas all around Spain you’ll also benefit from some world-class guiding. Our top performance coaches will help you develop your skills and you’ll have a blast with some great climbing company. We guarantee you a varied month full of fun and loads of new climbing experiences. Try out a massive range of different styles too, from vertical fingery lines in Montserrat to overhanging boulders in Albarracin – plus plenty more.
Join the tour for as many weeks as you want. At the weekends we stop at nearby airports to drop off and pick up clients who can't make it for the whole trip. Although we’d love it if you could come from beginning to end and think you will too.
This is a Rockbusters climbing trip so expect to focus on the following:
Slab/vertical ground to improve footwork and climbing efficiency
Balance and foot placement to develop better technique for more confident climbing and strength building (leading comfortably F5 or more)
Overhangs and steep sections to develop strength and confidence on more challenging climbs (leading comfortably F6c or more)
On-sight/red point aimed at climbers who are confident enough with their balance, footwork and have already acquired the basics to progress at a faster rate
1st week: Sella/Costa Blanca
The biggest and best climbing area in the region, Sella boasts a load of easy and mid grade sport routes in the centre of the valley. Mid to harder grade routes are concentrated in steeper sectors like the famous ‘Wild Side’. There are also some bolted multi-pitch climbs in Pared de Rosaria, as well as entirely traditional routes in Puig Campana. All of this makes for some great quality limestone crags to crank.
Most of Sella’s routes are up to 30m of slabby or vertical, fingery and technical climbing on little crimps and holes. It can get a little busy but our expert guides know all the best spots to go to avoid the crowds. And, of course, this being Spain’s Costa Blanca, you can expect some pretty lovely climbing weather too.
2nd week: Albarracin (bouldering)
Albarracin is definitely the most important Spanish bouldering area, which is why we here there on our tour obviously. No other area in Spain compares to it. It’s even referred to as the Spanish Fontainebleau. The area is full of big, reddish sandstone blocks scattered around a beautiful forest. The stones are full of boulder problems of all difficulties and styles: roofs with big jugs, overhangs with crimps, as well as quality slabs.
There are fifteen different sectors, some of which have climbing restrictions from January to August but this doesn’t matter as there are always plenty of problems to solve. At 900m above sea level, the air is cool and dry enough to climb throughout the year. It’s also situated in a protected area, which means it remains a gorgeous place to climb.
3rd week: Margalef
At Margalef the crags are scattered around two little canyons, all very close to each other making for some convenient and intense climbing. The rock is a conglomerate, not too solid but great for climbing. It’s not like climbing at any other location here as you mostly climb over one, two or three finger pockets. Together with this are some slopers and crimps, and at some sectors tufas too.
You’ll find great lines of all difficulties from the 5th grade to the 9th, which is one reason why the area is so popular. Another is that once you get used to the style, red pointing is not as difficult as in more demanding areas such as nearby Siurana.
The grades in Margalef are a little softer but it doesn't take any qualities away from the place. It’s superb, good fun climbing in some stunning scenery where everybody finds what they’re looking for. From more remote, quiet and tranquil crags such as Catedral and Ermita or always busy and frantic crags just off the road, such as Raco de Finestra or Laboratori - it’s all here. An unusual but highly recommended stop off on our Spanish tour and one not to be missed.
4th week: Siurana
To some people, Siurana might look like little more than a mountain village perched on a cliff edge, living firmly in the past. To climbers, however, it looks more like paradise. Situated in the Tarragona mountains in the Sierra de Prades range, the yellow and grey limestone walls, slabs and overhangs are just begging to be explored. Come with our Rockbusters guides and that’s exactly what you’ll get to do all week.
The crags are situated between the tiny picturesque hamlet of Siurana and its larger neighbour, a village called Cornudella de Montsant. There are approximately 30 sectors and over 1,200 routes, most of them of superb quality. And new routes are still being opened up all the time. It’s also home to the legendary La Rambla route, first climbed by German Alexander Huber in 1994, and enough to test any climber in the world.
At less than an hour from other very important areas such as Margalef, Montsant, La Mussara and Arboli, the choice here is incredible.
We know that some or all of this sounds incredibly tempting. So be good to yourself and do the right thing – come and join our Spanish road trip. As one of our most popular tours, spaces get snapped up quickly so don’t hang around. You have been warned.
As much coaching and guiding as you want and need, from our team.
All safety equipment including quick draws, ropes, harness , helmet - but feel free to bring your own.
Airport pick up and drop off is organize with shared rental cars (FREE of CHARGE).
Transport between crags (FREE of CHARGE).
Shared accommodation in climbing hostals, camps (FREE of CHARGE).
Flights, travel, climbing insurance and food are not included. You will also need to BRING YOUR OWN CLIMBING SHOES
Evening group meals are provided on request at a cost of 15€ each. There will normally be 2 dishes on offer and you can go for both. We also include wine .. in reasonable quantities !
Siutable for people with some CLIMBING EXPRIENCE (belay, lead belay, top rope, lead, ...). From sporty beginners through to experts leading at F8, our experienced team will plan the days so that everyone climbs as much they can and gets all the coaching they need.
Day 1 - Pick up from airport at times to suit the group as a whole. Common dinner on the first night and a relaxed discussion about the week ahead, people's abilities and ambitions for the week.
Day 2 - Introduction to climbing. Getting a taste for the rock and some warm-up routes. Reviewing safe belay, top-roping and a refresher on leading for those with goals.
Day 3 - More climbing, top-roping on some trickier routes for the beginners. Gaining confidence and improving lead climbing technique for intermediates and advanced.
Day 4 - First lead climbs for the beginner group on easy terrain. Advanced belaying and controlling falls dynamically.
Day 5 - Time to add some technical coaching. Finding and working a red-point project for the advanced.
Day 6 - Discussion and practice on red-pointing, flash, and onsite methods. Making sure everyone is having fun and progressing their technique on the rock.
Day 7 - Consolidate our weeks work. Finish those projects we started and lock in the skills we learned. It's time for the farewell dinner and party for those with some energy.
Day 8 - Everyone gets back to the bus station or airport safe and sound and we say goodbye - until next time.
Note: Everyone needs a rest day but we don't fix these into the itinerary. Listen to your body and take break when you need it.