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Boulder in Albarracin

Albarracin is one of the best and well known places to do bouldering in Spain and also in Europe. Many people around the world come every year to climb there. It is a vast wooded area full of boulders everywhere you look. Albarracin is consider one of the most beautiful villages in Spain and the forest will take your breath. It is a paradise for boulder’s fanatic people and this is the reason why many people just stay there for month or even longer!

Usually the climbing season starts in October and finishes around March/April, but the best time to climb through the slopers of the countless boulders of Albarracin is the harsh winter. Albarracin is around 1000 meters above sea level and it is often cold. In winter it even snows, but it doesn’t stop climbers to try their best.

You can find some water in the village of Albarracin, 5 minutes by car from the climbing area.

Photo gallery Albarracin

Climbing

Uncountable sandstone boulders everywhere you look at and a magic atmosphere is what you will find in Albarracin every time you go. There are always people setting up new boulders everywhere. From easy boulders to warm up, to projects that will be very hard to send. You should be very careful with your skin because after a couple of days (sometimes also in two hours) you will have no more finger skin.

The climbing style is sloppers and hard mantles. Although you will not miss crimpy boulder problems.

Guidebooks
There are some guidebooks from Albarracin, but the one we recommend is the one from norop.es. Here you find the link to get the Albarracin guidebook. It is also very interesting the norop.es website, where you have all the information online.
Restricted areas
Prohibited sectors: Sol, Masia, Mirador, high area of Valle de la Madera, Penísula, Psicokiller and Acantilados.
Prohibited sectors form 15.th January to 15.th August: Península.

Getting there

Sleeping

Albarracin has many different hotels as well as house rentals. One of the best accommodation for climbers is Sandstone Guesthouse with breakfast included, crash pads rental, single / double rooms and house rental. If you have a van, there are only two parkings available for overnight: Mirador de la escombrera and Dornaque. In the camping Ciudad de Albarracin you can sleep in a tent or in a bungalow and rent crash pads. Since Albarracin is a protected natural area, free camping is forbidden.

Other activities

Although Albarracin is a small city, it is very touristic and therefore there are grocery stores as well as restaurants and bars. On rest days, you can visit the beautiful village of Albarracin where there is a guided tour (only in Spanish) that walks you through the city through a typical house of the Middle Age and some local food tasting. You can also do some hiking while visiting the cave paintings throughout the forest.

Restrictions

The Pinares de Rodeno is a protected natural area and has many restrictions. You have to be very careful and make sure to respect all of them for the good of the environment and the climbing community. Note that some climbing sectors are prohibited such as Sol, Masia, Mirador, Valle de la Madera (higher area), Península, Psicokiller and Acantilados. The use of chalk is forbidden and do not use chalk for tick marks (use instead pine bark or tape). Free camping is totally forbidden.

Links

Respect Albarracin
norop.es
enlavertical.com
8a.nu – Tick list