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Loja

By: Roberto Casanova
Country: Spain, Region: Andalusia, Town: Loja

Although clearly visible from the road down below, at first glance the crag fails to impress. It is only when standing beneath the walls does one realise the importance of this area is and that this really is the place to be.

The crag is divided into various small sectors, all of which are on excellent overhanging limestone: over 70 routes abound here, the majority of which are over 15m high.

GETTING THERE

Loja is situated 52km from Granada and 70km from Malaga and can be reached via the N-342 highway, which connects the two cities. Drive to the town square and bar "El Pino", about 200m from the Guardia Civile. A dirt track starts from here and leads after a few kilometers to the crag.

THE CLIMBING

The climbing tends to be more technical than at the Cueva di Archidona, but the many tufas can make these routes extremely pumpy, too.

FOOD AND ACCOMODATION

Archidona and Loja are located near Granada and are not as developed as the many nearby seaside tourist resorts. Accommodation is therefore harder to find: Archidona's recently restructured hotel Escua is recommended, and should it prove necessary, then hotels can be found in nearby Antequera. Granada is 50 min away from Loja.

NOTES

BIBLIOGRAPHY

To our knowledge, Archidona and Loja are not covered by any guidebooks; articles have appeared in the Spanish Escalar, and the climbing shop in nearby Antequera can be relied on for information.

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20 metri

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70m

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5a - 8a

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Overhanging limestone

ORIENTATION

NE, NW

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