Albarracín, also known as the «Spanish Fontainebleau», is situated at an altitude of over 1000m above sea level, offering fantastic bouldering on sandstone blocks. There are such a variety of problems to climb on the whole grade range, from quality slabs, overhanging walls on crimps, to huge roofs.
The village is not far from Madrid and Valencia, so most people coming from abroad rent a car from one of these airports. If you’re in a van or caravan like us, we would strongly recommend Camping Ciudad de Albarracín. It’s a very nice campsite and we appreciated having all the facilities after a long day in the forest. You’ll definitely meet other climbers here too.
Remember, it gets really cold in this hight so bring warm clothes!
We had a few days with heavy rain and wet bouldering problems. There are some sectors, such as Techos (with lots of roofs), which is possible to climb in wet conditions, but the friction is not good, so we tried to make the best out of it and do shopping, resting and Super Mario in stead.
You can’t go to Albarracín to boulder without visit the one and only climbing shop in the village, Sofa Boulder. A very nice shop, with friendly staff. Here you can also rent crash pads if you need to, and of course buy the guidebook for the bouldering. Be aware of siesta opening hours, and opening hours during low season. It seems to vary a bit.
There is two different guidebooks for the bouldering in Albarracin. We found out that the black one, the newest is the best (the pictures are a bit easier to read and understand). You have also the application 27 crags, which is up to date and easy to use. Pro Tip: Remember to put the area you’re heading at offline, due to bad connection in the forest.
Good to know: Sometimes it’s actually different grades on a problem in the guidebooks and 27 crags.
Techos – Lancelot, 6C (Foto: Nicolai Antonsen)
Arrastradero – Sandstorm, 7a
Arrastradero – La Làgrima, 6c (a real classic, always a lot of people at it).
Arrastradero – Rammstein, 7b (Miriam’s future project).
La Fuente – Los cachas no suben, 7b
(Foto: Nicolai Antonsen)
(Foto: Nicolai Antonsen)
Cabrerizo – Travesia de Don Pepo , 7a (Foto: Alex Asensi)
This picture is also to be seen on 27Crags for the sector Cabrerizo (Foto: Alex Asensi)
Arrastradero – Manzanilla, 6b+ (don’t know the name of the picture to the right)
Arrastradero – Techo de menos (6c)
Arrastradero – El Jacuzzi (6a+)
Ansku and Eero from Finland
(Foto: Ola Roalkvam)
Cabrerizo – El cocodrilo, 6b+ (so funny little problem)