Hands up who has never heard of Siurana? For almost all climbers Siurana represents much more than just a small village lost in time perched on a cliff's edge in the Tarragona mountains. It embodies a true vertical eldorado, a series of steep yellow and grey limestone walls, slabs and overhangs which together form one of the most famous crags in Spain.
This high esteem never comes about by chance: Siurana has attracted climbers non-stop to its 200+ routes for decades. The style of climbing varies considerably, and although most routes are pocketed stamina climbs, there are plenty of short and intense lines to get to grips with. The grades vary from 5a to 9a+. Talking about 9a+: Siurana is home to the famous "La Rambla", the extraordinary reference route first climbed to 3/4 height by German Alexander Huber in 1994, then extended by Ramón Julián Puigblanque in 2003.
But Siurana is not all about top-end climbing, with more than 100 routes up to French 7a. The beautiful and wild landscape, the proximity to Barcellona (and low-cost flights) and the vast choice of other world-class crags (Margalef, Montsant and Arboli to name but three) render Siurana an ideal holiday destination.
From Barcellona take the motorway E15 for Taragona. Exit for Reus and continue along the T11 for Les Borges del Camp, then turn off right onto the C242 for Cornudella di Montsant. From here begin the climb up to Siurana village (circa 150 km).
Top quality pocketed limestone, few tufas. Stamina climbing on vertical walls, slabs and steep overhangs.
Total number of routes up to:4: 05: 196a: 146b: 226c: 327a: 237b: 357c: 218a: 168b+ +: 13Total: 195
FOOD AND ACCOMODATION
We recommend sleeping in Siurana, either in the spartan Rifugio di Siurana or at the campsite 5 minutes from the village, where it is also possible to rent a bungalow (+34 977821383). Check out the link below. Alternatively, rent a room at Cornudella di Montsant.
Guidebook and other information at the Rifugio or the campsite, both owned and run by local top-climber Toni Arbones. Alternatively, check out"Costa Daurada" by Mark Glaiser and Emma Williams
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