Rock Climbing on the Costa Blanca

Rock Climbing on the Costa Blanca

Rock Climbers on the Costa Blanca We were very happy to welcome a group of five climbers last week from England who had booked to stay with us for some climbing in the beautiful warm weather we are still enjoying here on the Costa Blanca.  Petar, Dave, Conrad, and Mark stayed with us for a full seven days, and Andy was only able to take a break of 4 days, but they all took full advantage of the great climbing that can be done in the surrounding area. They were keen to make as much of their time here as […]

Costa Blanca Climbing 2013

Costa Blanca Climbing 2013

Costa Blanca Climbing 2013 Recently, we were very glad to welcome a group of three friends who were visiting us in order to spend a few days rock climbing some of the famous crags to be found along the Costa Blanca. John, Jan and Marek arrived last Saturday for a week’s stay, and had done a fair amount of research before their arrival about which crags they wanted to scale. They had undertaken several similar rock climbing trips together as a group in the past, but this was the first time they had visited our part of the country. After […]

Marek's site

Marek’s site

Mareks site Costa Blanca 5th-12th Feb 2011 All pictures by MP except those marked JH (John) or CP (Chris). Base Camp Having established base camp, we went for a short acclimatisation climb (well OK, walk) up the Penon. As ever, the Youth shot to the front, but then had to wait for the “slow and steady” team. With determination, pluck and a total disregard for bar opening times, the top was conquered. But sanity prevailed and we raced the sun back down to the cold beer, free wifi and ludicrously cheap seafood. Although The Local Guide did take the opportunity […]

Canadian Rock Climbers on Honeymoon!

Canadian Rock Climbers on Honeymoon!

A few days ago we received a phone call from Eva and Jeff, who were heading in our direction from the north of the country, where they were fleeing bad weather. They wanted to know if we could accommodate them at short notice as they are keen climbers and thought they would make an unplanned visit to our part of the Costa Blanca to sample the delights of rock climbing in our area. They decided that our self-catering apartment would suit their requirements perfectly and were delighted that we are situated in such close proximity to the famous Gandia Crag. […]

Winter Climbing in Spain 2012/2013

Winter Climbing in Spain 2012/2013

One of the great things about the Costa Blanca in Spain is the ability to do outdoor sports – pretty much throughout the year. For anyone living here this is a tremendous luxury and this is particularly true of sports that require dry weather. Certainly,  the Costa Blanca tends to bathe in the luxury of over 300 clear days a year and this is a boon whether you are a walker, golfer, cyclist, sailor or, like myself, a rock climber. All of a sudden you can find that the frustrations of living in Northern Europe and battling the weather largely […]

La Safor Region of Spain

La Safor Region of Spain

The Gandia area is known as La Safor and is a gorgeous area located on the mid-eastern seaboard of Spain, almost adjacent to the Balearic Islands and just below Valencia (Spain’s third largest city).  La Safor is on the cusp of the northern Costa Blanca and the southern part of the Costa del Azahar.  The capital of the area is Gandia (pop. 80,000) a busy and cosmopolitan town surrounded by a number of delightful smaller towns, villages and estates that extend inland and along a stunning coast of golden, Blue Flagged beaches. GANDIA HAS SOME OF THE FINEST BEACHES IN […]

Climbing Holidays in Spain

Climbing Holidays in Spain

Penya Roja Climbing Lodge provided the perfect accommodation for a group of accomplished climbers from Romania who visited us for ten days immediately after Christmas. The group consisted of five couples, accompanied also by two young children, who all stayed in the house – some of them in the main house on a bed and breakfast basis, and two of the couples in our self-catering apartment. In this way they were all able to stay at the same location within easy reach of the famous Gandia Crag (known locally as Penya Roja), but to have the level of accommodation and […]

Romanian Climbers on Gandia Crag

Romanian Climbers on Gandia Crag

Owners of the HappyPub in Bucharest, Ioni Manzatu & Daniel Dumitrascu, spending the last day of their Spanish Climbing holiday on Gandia Crag. Along with their partners, they decided to make the most of their last full day, rock-climbing on the Gandía Crag – locally known as Penya Roja. They had spent practically every day of their 8 day stay climbing the impressive outcrop and had been pleasantly surprised at the variety of climbs and levels of skill required, depending on which route they were attempting that day. They have been on many climbing trips in various parts of Europe, […]

Gandia Crag

Gandia Crag

The first impression of this crag as you approach is that it is significantly less impressive than most of the bits of rock you have just driven past. However first impressions can be deceptive and when you get involved with the routes you will find some immaculate climbs on near-perfect rock formations. There is a good grade range and, although it isn’t one of the better areas for people leading below 6a, there are still plenty of easier routes dotted around the crag. Most of the best climbing is on steep bulging tufas in the harder grades and the crag […]