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Living Life in Siurana Catalonia – Spain’s Rock Climbing Destination

Dear little Siurana – A tiny picturesque village perched at the top of a small cliff in Cornudella de Montsant with a stunning 360 view of the surrounding Prades mountains/ countryside, located right in the heart of Catalonia, Spain.

View of Siurana's picturesque village while driving up the little cliff, enjoying the amazing and incredible views surrounding Tarragona

View of Siurana’s picturesque village while driving up the little cliff, enjoying the amazing and incredible views surrounding Tarragona

Where and what’s the allure of Siurana?

Need a break from the bustling city energy of Barcelona and get a nature fix? Escape into the amazing vast outdoors of the Monstant region, that houses 30 over world renown rock climbing crags with 5,000 rock climbing routes of varying degrees of difficulty.

Plenty of world class routes to choose from, from Grade 5a to 9+s. Can you spot tiny Cez on the rock face?! | Tarragona rock climbing

Plenty of world class routes to choose from, from Grade 5a to 9+s. Can you spot tiny Cez on the rock face?!

A world class destination for outdoor climbing in Europe.

This area attracts the best climbers from Catalunya and beyond to do some premiere sport climbing. Admire the colourful limestone cliffs surrounding the idyllic hilltop town of Siurana. After a good day of climb, always squeeze a lovely drive up to this picturesque village with its shiny cobblestone streets, narrow winding passageways and grey stone buildings, all perched high above the rolling hills and autumn countryside below.

Clean beautiful routes all ready for some lead climbing in Siurana - Tarragona

Clean beautiful routes all ready for some lead climbing in Siurana, Cornudella de Montsant

Burst of light rays at sunset at Siurana. Breathtaking view as you climb and scale higher | Cornudella de Montsant

Burst of light rays at sunset at Siurana. Breathtaking view as you climb and scale higher | Cornudella de Montsant

Some little facts about Siurana:

The world class climber – Adam Ondra was seen on TV to have completed a famous route called Golpe De Estado here.

Pretty and old rustic town of Siurana -in multi hules of brown

Pretty and old rustic town of Siurana -in multi hules of brown

A Day of Adventure with Climbing Siurana

We were honoured to join Marten and Dicha, founders and avid climbers of Climbing Siurana for a day of amazing natural outdoor  rock climbing. Siurana was one of our a pitstop in our Europe Epic Road Trip from France to Portugal by car, with the great company of Cez from etramping.

We were warmly and graciously hosted by them in their little cabin home for a warm home cook dinner, located in a beautiful 5 hectre private land, which they are currently doing a permaculture project and creating a self sustainable home for themselves. Really inspiring stories shared over meals and their love for the environment and lifestyle choice is really admirable.

Group shot for our home cooked dinner - such a joy to eat in the home of these lovely hosts. The food was absolutely delicious

Group shot for our home cooked dinner – such a joy to eat in the home of these lovely hosts. The food was absolutely delicious

 

We slept soundly in the little cosy campervan just a few metres from the cabin, and it felt so nice to be one with nature and hear the wind howl in the night. There is a nearby dry toilet where you can go and take a dump and then pile it with soil after, its been a while since I experience this 🙂

Campervaning overnight in Siurana Wilderness with Climbing Siurana | Cornudella de Montsant

Campervaning overnight in Siurana Wilderness with Climbing Siurana

Cosy Wooden Cabin in the heart of Siurana with the mountains behind

Cosy Wooden Cabin in the heart of Siurana with the mountains behind

We started the next day with a simple breakfast, packed some fruit/ crackers and drinks before heading out to our first climbing spot! The morning was a bit chilly but it got really nice and toasty when we reached our first climbing spot, and we could see the golden sunlight reflecting off the walls.

Lead climbing - Siurana outdoor rock climbing courses | Cornudella de Montsant

Lead climbing – Siurana outdoor rock climbing courses

We finally got to our first climbing spot and warmed up with easy routes like 4a+s. Really loved how nice the weather was with a little cool breeze even as the sun shone. Had to do little recaps of safety rules with Dicha befor I lead my first route. Such a treat!

 

Cez from etramping was an amazing belayer, and before long I was up on the wall with the amazing view of the surrounding mountains. It was truly breathtaking. Even in winter, there is a lot of greenery spotted, and a little river running through right at the base. Generally all year round is great to climb, but try to avoide Jul and Aug which are the hot seasons.

Cez completed a few routes at this crag easily. As you can see, he is very pleased with himself ;)

Cez completed a few routes at this crag easily. As you can see, he is very pleased with himself 😉

Its always good to know where are the best spots to start your day of climb, to get some sunlight, or avoid the strong winds. Dicha certainly knew where to bring us to get the best views and not make us feel too daunted by the routes or chills.

Top of the world in siurana - challenging 5C route with a big move - Siurana outdoor rock climbing courses

Top of the world in Siurana

Recommendations:

Start the day nice and bright at 9am so as to maximise the daylight. Bring along your lunch like we did and have a little picnic in between. If you want to climb till late and cut it close to sunset ( which was incredible by the way), just make sure you have your headlamps with you to walk back to the entrance.

How to get to Siurana Climbing Area?

Most inbound climbers/ travelers will fly in from Barcelona airport, which makes it easier to communicate if you don’t speak Spanish. Rented cars and campervans (popular choice) are available in the terminal. If you are traveling from another part of Europe, fly into Reus airport, which saves you more time as it is cut short to an hour. If this is your first trip to Spain, spend at least 2-3 days to explore Barcelona, cycle around, see the Sagrada Familia, have some tapas/ churros and check out the shopping belt.

Little Tip: Expect to pay around 13 -15 Euros  for the one hour drive from Reus (or take one of the free but much slower/ tedious free highways).  We drove down from Barcelona and checked out Montserrat on the way.

 

Stunning sunset view in Siurana after completing my last route of the day| Cornudella de Montsant

Stunning sunset view in Siurana Catalonia after completing my last route of the day | Cornudella de Montsant

Where to Stay in Siurana Catalonia?

There aren’t that many accommodation options in Siurana ever since the Refugi at Siurana village has been closed to climbers, so you are advise to book your accomodation early. You can sleep in at the campsite 5 minutes from the village, where it is also possible to rent a private bungalow with a private shower. Warning, the camping grounds do run out of hot water after a certain time, so try to shower early instead of risking a freezing cold shower in winter period. Alternatively, rent a room at Cornudella di Montsant. The guys from Climb Siurana would be most helpful to give you more information and advise you where you can stay and be picked up to go for your day of climbing.

The last light in Siurana Catalonia

The last light in Siurana Catalonia

If Siurana is too intense a climbing spot for leisure climbing in your opinion, you can always check out the surrounding climbing spots at Margalef, Montsant and Arboli. But base on what we experienced, this area is great for beginner, intermediate to advance climbers, so everyone will find something fun and enjoyable for them.

Other things to do in Siurana and around Cornudella de Montsant : Trekking, kayaking, wine tasting

So hence concludes my post about our lovely rock climbing day trip in Siurana with Climbing Siurana. If you would like to find out about their Siurana outdoor rock climbing courses, trips and availability, feel free to reach out to them anytime at Climbing Siurana.

Group shot of our climbing trip group - Cornudella de Montsant rock climbing

Group shot with Climbing Siurana and Cez. Couldn’t have asked for better company.

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