We have companies offering rock climbing courses and
holidays with trained instructors to suit all levels of
The delightful climate and an
exceptional volcanic terrain with magnificent high peaks,
are providing Gran Canaria with ideal conditions for
practicing non-winter mountain sports. One of the most
popular of these is rock climbing, which has an unexpected
paradise of rocks and vertical cliffs waiting to be
discovered in the island that by the way has generated some
important school sites.
Volcanic eruptions and erosion created a paradise for all
lovers of this sport, with rugged rock formations, rock
needles, vertical cliffs, cracks, chimneys, gullies, crests,
cauldrons, wedges, etc. – everything a serious climber
could wish for.
There are presently climbing sites all over the island. The
most popular areas and climbing schools are found at the
sites having good access possibilities and the best rock
compositions such as Roque Nublo, which was the first
climbing site to be developed on the island with 12
excellent routes and endless difficulties, El Palmés, El
Toscón de Tejeda, Betancuria in Ayacata or Narices at the
north face of Roque Bentayga. Climbing is restricted on this
latter rock, because of its archaeological value.
Close to El Nublo there is also the
rock circus of Ayacata, a sanctuary of traditional climbing
with the largest number of classical routes of different
lengths and degrees, scattered in the area or Tamada an
ancient mountain massif with vertical cliffs in the
northwest rising over the sea to an altitude of over 1000 m.
On its upper lave flows, you can find the sites of Lomo
Caraballo, Supernova, la Perfumería and El Gulich, with its
famous Emiliano Zapata route, which made this area the
sports climbing capital of Gran Canaria. Other areas known
as La Librería, La Candelilla, El Frontón del GEC and
El Montañón. Somewhat further away, El Pino and El Aserrador,
offer the highest routes on basalt conglomerate walls on the
Other fascinating climbing sites such
as a former climbing school, Costa Ayala, Bañaderos,
sea cliffs located few kilometres from Las Palmas, along
the northern motorway GC2, and Las Meleguinas, next to the
bridge of the same name, in the borough of Santa Brígida.
The leading site for sports and
boulder climbing in the south, La Sorrueda very near Santa
Lucia in the Tirajana gulley, together with the southern
gullies of Ayagaures and Berriel Fatagonia are the
sites most attracted to climbers.
With the exception of a few publicly
owned places, sites of special ecological sensitivity or
military terrains, climbing is allowed everywhere. This
makes it important for all climbers to respect, preserve and
in no way disturb the natural environment and habitats of
those areas, where they practice their sport.
Sports climbing requires certain
regulative documents for your own security such as
federation licence, insurance policy covering civil
liability, accidents, etc.
We recommend you acquire more detailed and more up to date
information about climbing sites, regulations, equipment,
etc, from the Canary Island Federation of Mountaineering and
Climbing before your departure to find all the details, or
that you go with local climbers.