Costa Blanca Rock Climbing
Here on the Costa Blanca, the onset of spring brings with it the arrival of the first of the outdoor activity holidaymakers of the year. Far from being a part of the coast that is only good for summer holidays on the beautiful beaches, this area has an abundance of climbing crags and a huge number of biking, walking and hiking routes for those more interested in something a bit more demanding than just soaking up the sun.
We were therefore very pleased to welcome Jon and Jen from England, who booked to stay in our self-catering apartment for 3 nights whilst climbing in the area. They had been to this part of Spain before (although had not stayed with us) and so were familiar with many of the rock faces in the northern Costa Blanca. They arrived late afternoon on Saturday, having arrived at Alicante earlier in the day and gone straight to a crag en route from the airport. They soon settled in to the apartment and had a good night’s rest in preparation for the following day.
The weather during their stay was sunny and bright but not too hot – ideal climbing weather in fact – and so on both Sunday and Monday they spent nearly all their time grappling with the challenges of the Gandia Crag, or Penya Roja as it is known locally. The self-catering apartment suited them perfectly as they could come and go whenever they pleased and they were able to prepare all their meals there in the well-equipped kitchen. Their short stay with us was all that they had hoped for and more. They were pleasantly surprised with the facilities available to them in their accommodation with us, and our proximity to their favourite climbing crag was a huge plus – less than five minutes’ drive away at the most! It was a pleasure to have them say with us – and the feeling was truly mutual as within only a very few days of leaving, they had already made another booking for a week’s stay in October, and with plans to bring two friends along too!
No sooner had Jon and Jen left us than we were visited by another two climbers – Gilberto and his colleague Andy. Gilberto is Spanish but currently works in England as a veterinary surgeon and had brought his friend to Spain to do some climbing. They had intended to spend their time in the Madrid area, but the weather there was so bad that they decided to drive to the Costa Blanca, where the weather was so much better. They found our contact details in the latest Rockfax climbing book – a book that gives details of all the best climbs on the Costa Blanca – and in fact phoned us from the crag nearby to enquire if we had availability for that one night. They arrived as dusk fell and stayed with us on a Bed and Breakfast basis, and went into Gandia in the evening for the local Thursday night tapas event that many of the bars and restaurants participate in. They then left the next morning to do some more climbing, before returning to Madrid during the afternoon in order to collect Andy’s wife at the airport there. Although their stay with us was a very brief one, they loved the fact that we are so near to several excellent climbing crags as well as Gandia town with all of its attractions. They were already formulating a plan to return to us in the future with their wives – the intention being for them to climb whilst their wives could either relax by our pool in good weather, go to the beach or enjoy the retail delights of the town!
No doubt many more activity holidaymakers will visit us in the next few weeks before the heat of summer finally kicks in, and we look forward to welcoming them to our home and seeing them enjoy all that this beautiful part of the Costa Blanca has to offer in the cooler months of the year.