The relief dominated by limestone, granite or conglomerate of Tarragona is ideal for the practice of climbing. Over the years new climbing routes have been opened and the province of Tarragona now has a wide variety of areas and routes for all levels and styles of climbing.
That is why in recent years Siurana, one of the most outstanding areas, has become a meeting point for climbers from all over the world.
The list of the best climbing areas in Tarragona is extensive:
- The Montsant mountain range
- The Mussara
- La Riba
- The Reds
Below we explain the characteristics of each area, in order to discover places that were perhaps unknown to you and you can choose the routes that best suit what you’re looking for.
THE MOUNTAIN RANGE OF MONTSANT
The Sierra del Montsant is one of the most versatile areas in climbing, both bulder and sporting, with long routes and spectacular views, with areas of initiation and continuity and more techniques.
This area includes more than 100 climbing routes, spread over several sectors and has a good quality of rock, characterized by holes of all kinds and fissures. For all these reasons, the Sierra del Montsant is considered one of the best climbing areas in the country.
One of the outstanding areas is the Grallera Sector, with about thirty medium difficulty routes, from grade IV to 7c grade. The approach is made from the village of La Morera del Montsant. We find long roads with limestone rock and full of fissures, as well as good views.
La Falconera is an interesting climbing sector of medium difficulty. With access of about 20 minutes from La Morera de Montsant. Type of vertical and sport climbing.
Finally, the Sector of the Rock of the Xollat arrives way of the Grade of the Carbassal.
The area of Siurana is considered a paradise of high difficulty climbing, a place of pilgrimage for climbers from all over the world. The orientation to the south and often the lack of shade makes it very difficult to climb during the summer months.
Siuranella Central is one of the main climbing sectors of Siurana, characterized by long routes of up to 35 meters, facing South / Southwest. The great majority of the routes are grade 7 and 8, although we can find some of 6. The limestone rock, full of fissures makes possible an excellent climbing.
The Herbolario sector is one of the most varied areas in terms of level of difficulty, with a score of sport climbing routes with levels from V + to 7c + and a dozen more classic climbing routes. The area has high quality rock ideal for climbing, as well as limestone and full of fissures. This area is easy to reach, with just over 15 minutes walk.
Arbolí is one of the most versatile climbing areas, with sectors and routes for all levels. Arbolí offers a wide range of climbs such as bulder, sport climbing and technical climbing, although there are also for beginners and suitable for children.
The area where we will find a greater concentration of easy routes is the Sector Can Mansa. Although according to the time of the year it could be saturated with people, the roads are well equipped and the quality of the rock is good and it is only 5 minutes walk from the nearest car park.
If what we are looking for is a more technical area and less saturated with people, we recommend the Sector of La Carbonera, with roads up to grade 7b. Although the quality of the rock is not as good as that of the Sector Can Mansa, it is a good alternative to practice climbing without tails and with an extra difficulty.
Another of the preferred sectors in Arbolí are El Duque and Placa del Duque. This area is known for its long roads and good quality rock. It has perfect routes for the initiation of IV and IV + degree. It also has some routes of grade 6, 7 and an 8th.
Finally, the El Quemado sector offers a score of routes, from IV and V to 6th grade. There are tracks up to 20 metres high and good views. Its orientation to the south means that there is not much shade and it becomes complicated in summer.
Other areas of Arbolí are El Halcón, El Dardo and the Sector de la Ermita.
The Mussara is also home to an important climbing area, in fact one of the oldest in the Baix Camp, with routes between 20 and 30 metres high. In addition, the quality of the rock is good, with limestone, full of fissures and with a wide variety of levels.
One of the areas that we highlight the Mussara is Los Riscos del Mas Nebot. There we find sectors such as El Sótano, a climbing area mostly technical and sports, but also classic climbing. The basement sector offers limestone rock and good views of the coast of Tarragona. The approach to the foot of the track is about 15 minutes, although it is not a long journey, this makes it less traveled.
The Isabel Sector is characterised by continuity roads, vertical limestone walls with fissures and collapses. Although it does not have routes of high difficulty, up to 7a +, as most are grade V and up to 6b. The main style is sport climbing although it also offers classic climbing itineraries.
Other sectors are El Raval, with routes that dominate grade 7 and facing south or Sector La Covallonga, ideal for initiation and practice.
The Brugent River Valley, the area between La Riba and Farena, is characterized by a limestone rock, full of fissures, regletas and block areas. This is a historically known climbing area, with a wide variety of routes, where we can find heights from 10 to 70 meters.
One of the best-known climbing areas on the blog is the Sector El Clot d’en Goda, with a wide variety of routes, generally long and under a forest, in the shade. The approach is about 20 minutes from the nearest car park, without much unevenness. The disadvantage of this area is that the rock is a little worn.
This is the wildest and most isolated area of the Sierra de Prades, one more difficult to find than the other sectors we mentioned. However, it is worth it.
The Sector of the Cogullons is an area of sport climbing and endurance. The rock is limestone and conglomerate and has a wide variety of routes for all levels. It has about twenty routes up to grade V, about 100 medium difficulty routes and about thirty more technical routes up to grade 8.
Mont-Ral is an area with many routes of initiation, mainly in bulder, and with shaded routes, ideal for the hot summer months. Although there is a lot of block climbing activity going on, there are also sport, classical and technical climbing routes.
In Mont-Ral we find what is known as the “easiest sector in the world”, an area suitable for everyone. An alternative that does not have much difficulty is the sector Hay Loco, quiet and in good condition. We also find the El Río sector, with views of the Glorieta river.
Visit our climbing shop Goma II in Cornudella del Montsant for more information on sectors, routes and reviews.