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 […]

Climbing in Spain

Climbing in Spain

One of the great things about 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.  Indeed, it is one of the very good reasons for moving to Spain. Certainly, Mediterranean Spain 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 […]

Rock Climbing in Spain

Rock Climbing in Spain

The immediate area surrounding the lodge boasts one of the finest crags on the Costa Blanca. Gandia is a world class crag, with over 300 routes. Other local crags include El Bovedon, Salem, Aventador, Bellus and Montesa, all of which offer superb routes of all grades. Within 1 hour drive of Gandia, there are at least a further 20 crags, all fully developed and offering excellent Rock climbing. The climate allows for climbing throughout the year. Rock Climbing Areas Alzira – Tallat Roig Bellús – Barranco Fondo Bovedón Calpe – Sierra de Toix Corbera Bloc Cullera – Cova del Dragut […]

Activity Holidays in Spain

Many people are seeking alternatives to the seaside resort holiday that is centred around lots of sunshine and doing as little as possible except maybe reading a book on the beach or around a swimming pool.  Pleasant as that prospect may be, spending two weeks with nothing else on the agenda can become a little monotonous.  More and more holidaymakers are looking to combine some of the lazy sunshine holiday concept with a certain amount of activity, and it is here that the area around Gandía and the whole area along the Costa Blanca can really come into its own. […]