Rock climbing is a great sport for a variety of reasons: it builds confidence, it’s mentally challenging, and most of all – it gives you a full body workout.
For a large part of the year, Barcelona boasts the perfect climate for outdoor rock climbing, but is also home to plenty of indoor climbing centers, meaning you can enjoy the sport all year round. If you’re already a fan of climbing and want to keep up your hobby, or just simply fancy starting a new one, look no further.
These are our Top Picks for Climbing in Barcelona
Situated near to Plaça d’Espanya, Climbat is an indoor gym dedicated to all things climbing. Perfect for beginners and advanced climbers alike, this center offers plenty of facilities to practice the unusual sport. Climbat defines itself as offering ‘more than just a climbing wall’, and this is most certainly true. Facilities include a boulder wall, top-rope courses, climbing routes, as well as climbing classes for all different skill levels. Additionally, there is something they call a ‘Monkey Space’, which is a plywood-based training structure that can be modified according to the user’s skills – a great piece of equipment for body strength training.
Address: Camí de la Foixarda 14-18, 08038 Barcelona
If indoor climbing isn’t for you then Bosc Urbà could be the perfect spot to practice your skills out in the open. Located in the Diagonal Mar-Forum area of Barcelona, this urban forest (the literal translation from the Catalan name) offers a range of outdoor activities such as bungee jumping, climbing and zip-wiring – perfect for the thrill seekers amongst you. The friendly staff will be happy to assist you with choosing the right course or activity for your skill level, so you don’t have to panic about being clueless on arrival. This adventure park is perfect for beginners, professionals and families and what’s more, it also hosts teambuilding events, birthday parties and other group activities… what are you waiting for?
Address: Parc del Fòrum, 08019 Barcelona
Another impressive indoor climbing gym, the eponymously named center was founded by the famous American climber Chris Sharma. The gym offers regularly changing climbing and bouldering routes, as well as a ‘colour level’ grading system to classify the beginner through to advanced climbing walls. Additionally, this gym offers yoga and fitness classes for those who fancy an extra push before, after or simply instead of climbing. There are different classes and courses for all skill levels and even kids, or you can get private climbing lessons, if you want that extra boost. The best part about Sharma is that once you’ve finished your climbing session and are in need of some relaxation and refuelling, or simply if you’re looking for a little pick-me-up in between sessions, then you can visit the on-site bar/restaurant and enjoy a refreshing drink or delicious pizza…yum.
Address: Carrer del Marroc, 206, 08019, Barcelona
BarcelonaClimb offers a unique and luxury service of guided climbing tours with total experts. You can choose to climb in different areas such as Girona, Lleida, Prades or simply in Barcelona. The experienced and friendly guides will be sure to share their passion with you as you discover the most diverse climbing spots in and around Barcelona. What’s more, they go the extra mile by offering a pick up service from the city centre for their customers! The instructors are UIAGM certified (the most highly regarded mountain guide association) and speak Spanish, English, Italian or French. They will help you to find a route that suits your skill level, which they will then point out or climb with you.
Contact: Jordi (Toti) Vales: email@example.com
If you fancy a change in style, abseiling offers an exciting alternative to regular rock climbing. Abseiling requires you to descend the rock face, using a doubled rope coiled round the body and fixed at a higher point, and although it requires a lot less body strength, make sure you bring plenty of courage with you. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Catalonian countryside as you embark on your adrenaline rush. And, if you’re looking for an extra thrill, why not try abseiling at night? As long as you are two people or more you can book this activity with Lifestyle Barcelona. They are easily accessible by train, located only 30 minutes from Barcelona the Catalan capital.
Lifestyle Barcelona Office address: Carrer Mallorca, 260 – 262, 08008, Barcelona
Via Ferrata Routes
A via ferrata is a mountain route equipped with fixed ladders, cables, and bridges to make it accessible to climbers and walkers. If you’re looking for a bit of adventure, this might be the type of climbing for you, whether you’ve done it before or are simply looking for something new to try. Via ferrata is popular in Spain, and there are plenty of routes to try just outside Barcelona. The difficulty level varies so you can find one to suit you best before you head out onto the rocks. However, for some of the routes you need proper hiking and safety equipment so make sure you do your research and kit yourself out properly first.
Free Climbing and Bouldering at Rocòdrom La Foixarda
Perfectly situated on the top of Montjuïc, Rocòdrom La Foixarda is the perfect spot for those who already know the basics of climbing and want to meet like-minded people. Its history dates back to the 1980s, when climbers that were keen to use the area worked to equip it, despite not having the necessary licenses to do so. The space was officially refurbished for the Barcelona Olympic Games of 1992. After that, the climbing wall became an open-air training area for climbing enthusiasts. Users can choose from a variety of routes, which cover the whole range of difficulty levels. Climbat, the first place on our list, even offers courses here, but the area itself is free to use for anyone and it’s easily reachable from the city centre. As well as this, the climbing zone is available to use 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – so we’re sure you will be able to fit it in your schedule some time.
Now you know some of Barcelona’s climbing hotspots, the next step is to gear up, hit the rocks and become a climbing expert!
Travel tip shared by Lauren Regan at AB Apartment Barcelona