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Albarracín is one of the most famous boulder crags, every climber should visit once in a life and experience the unique vibe there. Besides Fontainebleau, this is the other of the two biggest bouldering crags in Europe. Beautiful landscape, red sandstone and the overhanging boulders make this place so fascinating. Not only the surroundings, but the size of the crag is also amazing, just in the most famous sector (Arrastradero) you can find more than over a hundred blocks with hundreds of boulders. Not everyone knows, in ancient times indigenous people lived at those rocky-cavernosa places (a nature trail crosses the crag to exhibit those traces).

The crag is absolutely family friendly, popular sectors are reachable by few-minutes easy walking on comfortable paths, families are enjoying weekends there. The area is flat, provides open and grassy playtime zones for children while the parents are climbing. In many ways, the crag is familiar to Fontainebleau, the other very famous and huge sandstone boulder area in Europe.

Season

Albarracín is in Spain, 1200 metres above sea level, the season lasts all year (except hot summer months). The best friction/weather conditions last from February – May and October – December. Summer months are mostly hot, but if you are looking for an easy and family friendly vacation, you can climb at many shady sectors. Winter is often snowy and cold (sometimes cooler than -5 degrees at nights). Hard grades worth a try from November to February (because of good friction).

Albarracin Bouldering

In many aspects, Albarracín is a typically sandstone boulder area with so many open grips, slopers and precise foot technique. But the place has its own specialty, the famous local overhangs (no other sandstone boulder crags in Europe has this type of blocks). There are a lot of strongly overhanging and roof climbing athletic routes from easy 6As to 8A and harder. The landing is easy most at of the boulders, so it is possible to climb alone with 2 crashpads.

First time visitors usually start with Arrastradero and Parking sectors. Arrastradero is the most famous sector with some of best known routes such as El Varrano (7C). The sector is an 8-minute walking from parking place on a paved walkway (which is used by the ancient-cave visitor tourists as well). Parking sector got its name because it is easy accessible from the main car park, the first boulders are next to the cars. Here you can also find some really nice classical boulders like Zooruyo (7a), Aeroline (7b) or Zarzamora (7c). You can easily find all these boulders with Topoguru Albarracin climbing guide in the app.

Two other and highly recommended sectors are: La Fuente and Techos. La Fuente is reachable by 3-minute walking from main parking lot and there are some beautiful boulders: Guillotina holes (5a), Primer Mantel (6a), Sale Huevos (7a+) or the block of El Plus del Autobus (7b). Techos is approachable by 15-minute walking but well worth it, the sector is beautiful with so many overhanging and roof boulders.

Getting there

Albarracín is 4,5 hours from Barcelona and around 2 hours from Valencia by car. The crag is 10 minutes from the town so its recommended to rent a car (at the airport for example). You can rent crash pads in several places at around 7-12 EUR/day (Sandstone guesthouse, Camping Albarracín, Sofa Boulder). Public transport is not recommended. At the crag, there are two huge parking places (free of charge) for climbers and hikers. If you need any climbing equipment, you can get it in the local climbing shop called Sofa Boulder.

Where to stay

One of the most popular climbing accommodation is Sandstone Guesthouse run by Hugo, who is a very kind host and speaks english. Here you can rent a room in one of his three shared houses. Other shared house a few km away is Don Pepo Guest House. Camping is also possible in Camping Albarracín, where you can also hire a bungalow for 4/6 person. The other accommodations on booking.com or AirBnB can be a bit pricy, but it depends on the season. There is also a caravan parking lot, where it’s allowed to stay overnight. This parking is a bit closer to the village from the main parking lots. Note, that overnight camping/caravan sleeping is allowed only in this designated area.

Restday

On the day off, you should take a walk to an observation point, with a beautiful sight to the surrounding plateau. We highly recommend to keep on walking at the end of Techos sector around 15 minutes, North-East direction. When you reach the the first boulders of the closed sectors, you’ll have a beautiful view. You can check the newly opened and cleaned sectors towards Bezas, ask Hugo for more information. The small local grocery stores are usually a bit pricy, we recommend to visit Teruel to find the big supermarkets. If you are hungry, check La Zahora Bar and taste their exciting hamburgers with climbing videos in the background. Typically this is the place where you can meet other climbers in the evening.