Albarracin 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.
SeasonAlbarracin 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 BoulderingIn many aspects, Albarracin 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.