It is not just the good weather that allows climbing almost all year long. It is, above all, the quality and variety of the climbing routes that have made Cataloniaa favourite destination for measuring oneself against the mountains at close quarters. Montsec, Prades, Montserrat, Els Ports and the entire length of the Pyrenees are today internationally renowned climbing areas.
Located in the south of Catalonia, astride the counties of Baix Ebre, Montsià and Terra Alta, the Els Ports mountain system is one of Catalonia's highest coastal mountain ranges. On the northern side of this massif, are the rocks of Benet, with about twenty climbing routes opened, and the areas of Estrets and las Valls.
In the provinceof Tarragona, there is the Sierra de Prades and Montsant, which offer climbing areas of the calibre of Mussara, Riba or, particularly, Siurana, which, because of the immense variety and quality of the routes they offer, have become the favourites of many world-renowned climbers.
Pyrenees and Pre-Pyrenees
From Alta Ribagorça, Pallars and Val d'Aran to the sea, and including the Sierra del Cadí and Pedraforca, the Catalan Pyrenees are a good destination for climbing and mountaineering in both summer and winter. Its high peaks, the multitude of ridges and rock faces and the enormous range of accommodation options enable climbers to dedicate themselves wholeheartedly to their passion and for beginners to take their first steps in this noble sport guided by the best specialists. On the southern slopes of the East Pyrenees is the Valley of Camprodon, a relatively unknown climbing destination where enthusiasts will find locations such as Ulldeter and Rocabruna which have an extensive variety of little-used routes.
In addition to the exceptional faces of Montrebei, Terradets and Vilanova de Meià, all of them in the Sierra del Montsec, another good place for routes covering all levels is the magnificent Collegats gorge. Over a period of one or several days, you can practice guided ascents on different faces and achieve proficiency - without danger - in the different climbing techniques.
In the heart of Catalonia, between the Pla del Bages and the coast, the massif of Montserrat rises in all its majesty, a true symbol of the love for mountains thatCatalonia has always professed. More than two hundred needles crown the walls ofMontserrat and draw a multitude of climbers, who have even created their own festival: the Cavall Bernat day, where for twenty-four hours continuously, enthusiasts climb and share their experiences with the mountain.
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