With these mountains, you just have to get to the top: Climbing in Gran Canaria is one of the most beautiful outdoor activities and a wonderful adventure for your holidays! As varied as the landscape is, the challenges of mountain sports in Gran Canaria are as varied and attractive.
Vertical cliffs, narrow gorges, bizarre rock formations, spectacular overhangs and unique volcanic craters are characteristic for this region. In addition, there are many climbing zones with solid basalt rock.
With sea view or mountain view, with sun or shadow? You have the choice. There is a good reason why Gran Canaria has become a popular climbing area for beginners and experts. The number of well-maintained routes and sectors is constantly growing with the fan community, which finds optimal conditions for climbing on the volcanic island: whether for sporty climbs, alpine or classic climbing, bouldering or even tours over fixed rope routes (Via Ferrata).
Climbing in Gran Canaria is a sport for the whole year. Depending on the climate zone, season and nature conservation regulations, visitors can find a mountain that suits them both summer and winter. Especially in the high season and on particularly hot days, in some areas you should concentrate on the morning or evening.
The climbing routes are generally rated according to the French scale, which uses Arabic numerals from 1 (low level) to 9 (very demanding). Fine details are additionally marked by letters (a,b,c).
Climbing can basically be done anywhere on the island. In the north as well as in the south and in the centre of the island you can find tried and tested as well as safe tours. Especially for beginners, but also for those who are not familiar with the area, it is nevertheless helpful to go up the mountain with experienced guides. The signpostings or also the route descriptions to some spots are sometimes still a little incomplete. On the other hand there are always new routes that not everybody knows yet, but which can be discovered on a guided climbing tour.
Gran Canaria - climbing for beginners and advanced climbers
Those who spend their holidays in Gran Canaria and plan their first ascent will find good conditions on the rock, professional guides and climbing schools on the island. In almost all regions there are suitable routes for beginners on which you can work your way up step by step.
If you want to get closer to the sport, the best thing is to take a climbing course in Gran Canaria. The routes are adapted to your level of experience. Before working on the rock, there will also be an introduction to climbing and the teaching of technical knowledge. Finally, under professional guidance, you will experience the first steps on the rock.
Climbing enthusiasts who are already more experienced can learn new things, familiarise themselves with the rock of the island or refine their technique during a climbing course in Gran Canaria. In addition, for professionals in this field, demanding guided tours through the mountain world are offered.
From long and steep to short and crisp - the variety of cliffs and rocks demands a lot from even the most experienced climbers in Gran Canaria. Thrills included.
Climbing can basically be learned by anyone who is free from fear of heights and has a certain basic fitness or would like to improve it. Climbing trains just about every muscle in your body and has been proven to be an addictive sport. Anyone who has ever put his hand on the mountain usually does it again and again.
Climbing in Gran Canaria for families
It is a special experience for children and adults alike to work their way up safe rock faces together and to cheer when everyone has mastered their ascent. This is why there are climbing offers in Gran Canaria especially for families. Children from the age of 7 can gain their first experience on simple walls. Just like the adults, they are supported and secured by coaches.
If the children are sure-footed enough, they can choose more demanding climbing routes together.
Gran Canaria - Climbing on the Via Ferrata
One of the highlights of mountain sports in Gran Canaria is climbing on the Via Ferrata. This involves climbing over or through the mountain using firmly anchored iron stairs, ropes, grips and steps. Gran Canaria now has several of these secured climbing routes, which were created for one thing in particular: to have fun. This also applies to beginners, who can book a tour based on their level of experience, accompanied by a professional mountain guide.
One of the most unusual and longest tours is the Via Ferrata La Gua Gua near Agaete. In the south, Primera Luna is one of the shorter variants. Those who want to climb close to the Roque Noble take the Via Ferrata Baviera.
Climbing areas in Gran Canaria - a selection:
1st Climbing in Moja (north)
From Las Palmas the climbing area Moja can be reached within half an hour by car. The cliffs offer short and not too high, but challenging climbs, especially those of the 6th French level of difficulty. Scenically, Moja as well as the north of the island is very attractive, the ascent through the dense vegetation on the ground is quite adventurous. An area especially for sport climbers.
2nd Climbing in Tamadaba (northwest)
The Tamadaba Natural Park is considered by many to be the most beautiful and versatile climbing area in Gran Canaria. This is also due to the impressive natural landscape with extensive forests and the legendary canyons. The mountain massif offers more than ten sectors with enough steep rocks for advanced climbers. With around 400 different routes, even beginners will find the right start.
3rd climbing on the Roque Noble (centre of the island)
The first and still one of the most popular climbing areas in Gran Canaria is the Roque Noble. And this is not only due to the reason that this 80 metres rising, wondrous rock needle made of basalt is the emblem of the island. An hour drive away from Maspalomas, the area offers 12 routes of different degrees of difficulty and maybe the most beautiful view at all.
4th Climbing in Ayacata (centre of the island)
With approximately 200 different ascents and heights up to 200 metres, the rock circus of Ayacata does not only offer the biggest variety at the volcanic rock. Climbers and those who would like to become climbers will find here perhaps the most compact area and some of the most traditional routes in wonderful scenery. Starting point is the village of the same name Ayacata.
5th Climbing in Fataga (island centre)
If you are looking for difficult routes and want to look at palm trees and a reservoir while climbing, Fataga is a good recommendation. The area at the valley of 1000 palm trees is very popular with sport climbers because of its challenging spots on flat rocks. Here, most of the routes with the French difficulty level 8 are located, but there are also routes for beginners.
6th Climbing in Ayagaures (south)
With its partly long and demanding routes Ayagaures is a real El Dorado for enduring climbers. Through a beautiful, unspoilt valley and with a view of the reservoir, one reaches the rock faces, which can be climbed on about 40 different routes. The structure of the rock is considered to be well adhering.
7th Climbing in La Sorrueda (south)
In the gorge of Tirajana lies the beautiful climbing area Sorrueda with more than 100 different routes for professional climbers as well as beginners. Here you can easily spend a few days with more and more climbs. Also with children you can discover this second largest area in Gran Canaria. Palm trees and lava rocks dominate the terrain. Moreover, in Sorrueda you can climb all year round.