Climbing areas » Montanejos
Sport climbing in Montanejos
Montanejos, in addition to its water, is also well known for its rugged relief. The town is located deep in the Alto Mijares region, an area surrounded by huge and steep walls of a magnificent limestone rock. The rivers Mijares, Maimona and Montán are the main reasons of the creation of these rock formations that climbers love. You can find many different sectors, from short and bouldery routes, to long overhangs and endless technical vertical routes. In addition there are a lot of multi-pitch routes, both sport and trad climbing. Montanejos is a place with a long tradition of climbing. It has taken 30 years to bolt more than 1,500 routes with more than 1,800 climbing pitches, all into just 3 km of radius. The first hard roads in Spain were climbed here between the 80s and 90s.
The walls of the Estrecho de Mijares (or Chillapájaros) 2 km from the town are altogether the most beautiful, vertical and impressive of all Montanejos. With high quality crack routes of up to 100 meters high of trad protection and sports equipment, they are the most representative of climbing in this area. Tourists often stop at the lookouts on the side of the road to enjoy the privileged views of these walls.
The Maimona canyon, away from civilization is very beautiful and peaceful place. With a short and easy approach and with a large number of routes distributed in initiation sectors, large and small overhangs, short and bouldery routes and multi-pitch routes, this snaky canyon is the most popular area of Montanejos. Most climbers stay in the first sectors of the canyon, in the sector Iniciación, the cave of Pilas Alcalinas or Xulo Panderas wall. The final section, after the containment dam, hides the highest and wildest walls of this area.
To the south of the village, scattered by the Montán river we will find more modest climbing walls of great interest such as the Laberinto de los Dragones or Mazmorras.
You can climbed here all year round, although you must pay attention to the orientation of the walls so you won’t be cold in winter or too hot in summer. Probably the best season for climbing here are autumn and spring, where temperatures are milder.
We can combine climbing with swimming in the Fuente de los Baños. It is a crystalline thermal waters in the river Mijares at a temperature of 25º throughout the year. The hot springs are the main tourist attraction of the town and are visited every summer by a large number of people. Montanejos has also 2 via ferrata close to Puebla de Arenoso (Fantasma and Pirata) that need a rope and some climbing techniques since they do not have a safety line. In addition there are a lot of beautiful hiking trails such as the Ruta de los Estrechos and a wide range of multi-adventure activities such as rafting, kayaking, canyoning and caving.
The best option to sleep is in the El Refugio family hostel, located at the end of the village and at the beginning of the La Maimona canyon. The location is spectacular and the service is unbeatable. In addition the culinary specialties will not disappoint you at all.
Photo gallery Montanejos
There is a climbing refuge in the village, at the beginning of the canyon. You should find it immediately, as you have to walk trough to get to the walls. It is a very good option to spend the night. There are also alternatives, like the parking in front of the refuge, at the other side of the canyon. This is the option which most of the climbers choose… If you also do, we ask you to be clean and aware.
The village of Montanejos is very small, but it is very touristic. So, you should no have problem on finding some places to buy some food. But there is not supermarket or something like this. There is also no possibility to buy any gear. Maybe you can ask at the refuge for some little stuff like chalk or tape. So, better you manage all the thing you need before to come.
Montanejos is a very famous place to do some hiking or swimming in the thermal natural pools. It is normally crowed at weekends and specially during the summer. There are also many spas you can visit on your resting day (if you have the money).