Top three reasons to go rock climbing in La Pedriza
Upgrade your skills in Spain’s granite climbing paradise
Over 1,200 excellent granite routes at your disposal
An abundance of climbs appropriate for climbers of all skill levels
A short hour’s drive north of Madrid lies the hidden gem of Spanish climbing. La Pedriza National Park, the most prominent granite outcropping in Europe, houses dozens of picturesque meadows and rivers to explore and, of course, hundreds of cliffs and rock walls to conquer. The variety of sports climbing, trad climbing, and boulder climbing for beginners and experts is huge, and it’s practically guaranteed that you’ll find your ideal route here. Furthermore, the mind-blowing quantity of hard friction climbs and some of the most challenging slab routes in the country, anyone looking for a climb to push their limits won’t leave La Pedriza’s granite disappointed. Also, the scenery here is almost as good as the geology, and the backdrops will make your climbs even more engaging. Word is spreading about La Pedriza’s quality climbs, so it’s best you get there before the inevitable crowds do!
March through November
Madrid is an hour away from La Pedriza
Beginner to advanced
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A Customized Day of Rock Climbing in La Pedriza
Head to the outskirts of the Spanish capital and discover European climbing’s best-hidden secret on this fully customizable rock climbing tour of La Pedriza, Spain! There are hundreds of five-star bouldering, single pitch, sport climbing, and multi-pitch trad climbing routes of varying degrees of difficulty — all climbers will find a route to fall in love with! Let a certified local guide show you the best outdoor locations for climbing and keep you safe while you dominate the granite.
Meet your guide
We were in Madrid for only a week and wanted to go climbing. Our trip far exceeded our expectations. We couldn’t have asked for better weather (in February!!) or a better guide. Edu was very knowledgeable of the place and took us to a wall that was perfect for all four of us (two adults, two kids ages 8 & 9), not far from El Yelmo. All we brought were our shoes; Dreampeaks provided all the gear. The granite was beautiful to touch, and the views were fabulous. Deampeaks also arranged our ride to the park, which was awesome. Thanks, Gabriel, for making this possible!
Thank you to Gabriel’s expertise in organizing our first climbing weekend in Madrid to be spectacular. Luis was our guide in the multi-pitch route at La Pedriza. Edu was our guide to the sport climbing spot in Patones. Luis and Edu were excellent guides with incredible knowledge in climbing and a love for nature. I highly recommend Dreampeaks.
We were looking for a little outdoor adventure for our kids near Madrid. We are a family who just moved here from Colorado. Gabriel was great to communicate with and the booking process was very easy and fast. We were picked up at our apartment on time and had a short drive to the climbing area where we met up with another family and 2 guides. The guides were great and set up 4 different top rope climbs of varying levels, so there was something for everyone! We will definitely be booking another adventure with Dreampeaks and I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a fun outdoor experience!
Things to know
Covid measures in La Pedriza, Spain
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in La Pedriza, Spain, please refer to Madrid’s official tourism website.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
- An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- Transportation from your hotel or accommodation in Madrid
- Full day of rock climbing
- All technical climbing gear
- Accident Insurance and Civil Liability Insurance
What’s not included:
- Food and snacks (optional picnic pack available for added fee)
- Tips and gratuities
How fit do I need to be?
If you can climb a ladder, you’re good to go. Being in good shape is always a plus but far from necessary. Rock climbing is all about using good movement technique rather than muscling up a cliff using brute strength. To ensure you have a fun day, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level.
What if I’ve never climbed before?
La Pedriza has plenty of options for beginner climbers. Whether you’ve never climbed before or are transitioning from the gym to outdoor climbing, your guide will customize the day to suit your skill level and objectives. With a guide by your side, you’ll learn something new, stay safe on the rocks, and most importantly, have fun!
For intermediate to advanced climbers, La Pedriza has loads of routes to spend the day on. Your guide will discuss your objectives and customize the day to your goals. Let your guide plan the day so you can focus on developing your skills while climbing the classic routes or best hidden gems the area has to offer.
What about required equipment?
All technical climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:
- Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device, and chalk bag
- Rock shoes
- Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)
Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:
- Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
- Mountain/hiking boots or trail shoes, sports shoes
- Waterproof jacket
- Water bottle with 1,5L of water
- Food you can eat on-the-go
- Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Lip balm
- Sun hat
- Sport sunglasses
- Mobile phone
- Passport/identification documents
- Camera — optional
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- The group size for these private climbs is usually between 1–4 people with one guide.
- Costs per person decrease as the group grows for private tours, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.
Climbing days in La Pedriza can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Minors as young as 6 may be permitted to climb on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to La Pedriza, most people fly into Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas International Airport 1 hour away from La Pedriza. From there, you can rent a car or take a taxi to your accommodation or the meeting point.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at your hotel or accommodation in Madrid, Madrid’s Hotel Abba, or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.