Climbing in Gran Canaria


If clambering up vertical walls in a pair of shorts and tiny ballet shoes is your thing then you are in the right place. The tough volcanic rock and 360 days a year without rain make it an ideal destination to don your flourescent lycra trousers and hang upside down using only your fingernails.

Gran Canaria is a fantastic sports climbing destination, with quite a few clubs and climbers on the island. There are also a few classic routes and a number of places to do bouldering. If you really want to get into climbing here, go to your local climbing wall where the instructors will point you in the right direction. There are climbing walls in Las Palmas, Telde and in Maspalomas. The website for climbing in Gran Canaria is, here you’ll find latest news, topos and how to get in contact with the climbing clubs. If you are interested in classic climbing you will need to go to Ayacata. In the centre of the village, next to the road is a climbing cafe/bar, they have a book with all the routes in the centre of the island. You will need to speak Spanish or be very good at gesturing with your hands as it is unlikely they will speak the Queen’s English!

Buying stuff

The two places with the biggest selection are of course Decathlon and El Corte Inglés. Decathlon is probably a bit cheaper and the staff a bit more knowledgeable.


Sports Climbing routes

Bouldering Routes

Classic routes

Sports climbing routes

La Sorrueda Beautiful gorge with running water all year round, a waterfall and rockpools big enough to swim in, with routes from 5 to 7a there is plenty of choice. Although it is not strictly allowed there is camping here with fresh water from a spring next to the place where most people pitch their tents.
To get there: head towards Arinaga and then head inland to Santa Lucia. Just before you get to Santa Lucia you will pass La Presa de Sorrueda (Lake) on your left, take the next turning to La Sorrueda. After the cemetery on your right take the sharp next turning right. Keep going through the tiny village, past the hostel with balconies and onto the dirt track. If you have a 4×4 you can keep going to the bottom of the path, if not I would recommend that you stop about 200m after the hostel and walk 1km down to the bottom. When you get to the end of the path head right and you’ll find all the routes. For a detailed map of the routes see here.

Fataga Presa Another good climbing destination with over 50 climbs from level 4 to 8.
To get there: From Maspalomas / Playa del Inglés take the GC40 to the centre of the island. At Km11 take a road to the left signposted to Presa de Ayagaures and Travasur. When you get to a bridge take the road to the right and continue until you get to a small hut. There you can park the car, it is a short two minute walk to the crag.
For a detailed map of the routes see here.

Fataga Piconera A smaller climbing location with only 24 routes, not as good as La Sorrueda or Fataga Presa but a bit closer to the south and the motorway.
To get there: from Maspalomas take the road to Fatiga. Once you have passed the restaurant La Casa Vieja take the left turning at the next roundabout. Continue down the road and keep going after the tarmac stops for a bout 1km. You will see the routes on your left.
For a detailed map of the routes see here.

Ayagaures Picturesque location with 25 routes of varying difficulty, some up to 30m in height.
To get there: From San Fernando de Maspalomas, head towards the Centro de Salud. Once you have passed Aquasur take the turning to the right (GC504) towards Ayagaures. After 11km you will arrive at the village of Ayagaures. At the dam wall take the road to the left and after 1.3km you will arrive at the presa de Gambuesa. Leave your car next to the quarry, next to a small hut (with agua writtn on the side).Walk for about 15mins to the end of the reservoir (presa), keep going for a bit and you’llsee the routes on the left and right.
For a detailed map of the routes see here.

Tamadaba Massive climbing destination with over 350 routes. It is set in the beautiful pine forests of the north of the island. The only disadvantage is that it will probably take you 2 hours to get there from wherever you leave from. However it is well worth the trip. In winter, it can get quite cold so always bring trousers and a jumper.
To get there: head towards Artenara and then follow the signs to Tamadaba. Once in the forest you will see all the barbeques and camping areas. Use the map on the link below to work out where you want to park, however for most of the routes you will have to descend a little bit.
For a detailed map of the routes see here.

Moya Small climbing location with a few short routes, not worth the trip up from the south but nice and close to Las Palmas if you want a quick climb after work one evening.
To get there: on the northern highway which goes from Las Palmas to Agaete at Km15, after Bañaderos and before the Silva bridge there is a road off to the right to “Barranco de Moya”. After about 1km after going past the huge supports of the bridge, you park on the left on a flat bit of ground on a corner which bends round to the right. Walk about 5 mins up the valley until you reach the climbs. At points you will be walking along a thin water channel with a unnerving 3m drop.
For a detailed map of the routes see here.

Bouldering Routes

There are two places to go bouldering:

El Berriel A beautiful little valley with running water, waterfalls and huge rock pools in the winter. In the summer it tends to be very dry and dusty. Over 200 boulders to keep you busy.
To get there: from GC1 take the turning to Tarajalillo (Aeroclub y karting), just north of Playa Del Inglés and take the GC 500 towards Maspalomas/ Mogán. At the first bus stop on the right, opposite Bahia Feliz take the dirt track which goes underneath the motorway. Continue 1300m until you pass a small hut where you bear off to the left passing in front of the dam wall. After 1400m you pass a water station . Continue another 800m until the end of the track where you can park. Walk for 3.8km along the broken road to the boulders.
For a detailed map of the routes see here.

Chira A beautiful lake, however I haven’t yet found out how to get to the boulders. If anyone knows please email us. Beware it is quite a long drive to get there and apparently quite a long hike to the boulders.

Classic routes

Ayacata This is a beautiful part of the island and worth a trip just for the views. I personally haven’t climbed there so can’t comment on it.
For a detailed map of the routes see here.

Roque Nublo The most emblematic landmark on the island and a must for any climber. There are classic and sports routes with breath taking views. To get there just head towards the centre of the island and follow the signs to Roque Nublo.
For a detailed map of the routes see here.


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