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There is only one name for the south of Spain – Andalusia. Over the centuries ancient cultures have left their mark here: cities such as Cordoba and Granada show how, in some places, time does not seem to go by. A balance seems to have been reached which is respected by man and nature alike.

The strong bond between this land and its people is reflected in their warmth and friendliness: making conversation is delightfully easy, and helpful advice is always at hand.

The typical landscape, characterised by rolling hills and dense olive groves, represent this region’s main wealth, for 90% of the country’s olive oil production stems from here.

Andalusia is a sea of mountains, a treasure of culture and art, a gastronomic delight and…
a fantastic place to go climbing!

Information and guidebooks

El Chorro is covered by the excellent "Costa Blanca - Mallorca - El Chorro", published by Rockfax. It can easily be bought in El Chorro or ordered directly via
New routes are constantly being added, so be sure to ask the locals for updates or at the "Refugio" station bar.

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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Accommodation is not a problem in El Chorro. Visitors can choose from a campsite, the characteristic climbers' "refugio", the hotel next to the station and many welcoming "fincas".
Finca la Campana, run by John and Christine, is friendly and highly recommended. e-mail

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.

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