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Basque rock climbing

There numerous rock climbing areas in the Basque Country as shown on the map opposite.  However the largest crag in the Basque area is called Etxauri with around 800 routes.

Rock climbing at Etxauri

Etxauri is a classic Basque crag that dominates the hillside in a beautiful location. The climbing is on good quality limestone rock and offers single pitch sport routes, many 2-pitch routes of around 50m long, and some multi-pitch routes up to 120m long.  With around 800 routes from F3 to F9a there is something for everyone across a wide range of styles. Most of the routes are very technical utilising little crimps and requiring good footwork on steep slabs, vertical walls and slightly overhanging faces. However you will also find routes that have cracks and corners as well.

Etxauri is located only 13km from Pampiona with the various sectors reached with a 10 to 20 minute walk from the car park.  The crag mainly faces south so the best time to climb at Etxauri is in the autumn and spring, along with sunny winter days.  The summer is just too hot.  Access to the Basque country from abroad is easy with airports at Bilbao, Vitoria or San Sebastian providing many options.

Euskalarria - Sport climbing guidebook for The Basque CountryEuskalarria is the name of the guidebook that covers all the sport climbing in the Basque Country.  Buy this guidebook from our shop.

Other rock climbing areas in the Basque Country

The map shows the main rock climbing areas in the Basque Country with San Fausto, Lezaia, Araotz, Baltzola, and Putreen behatokia being some of the largest and best crags after Etxauri.  Many of the crags have sectors that face numerous directions that mean it is always possible to find the sun or shade depending upon the time of year.  All of these crags are also covered in the Sport Climbing in The Basque Country guidebook, called Euskalarria.

Map of the various rock climbing areas in The Basque Country

Map of the various rock climbing areas in The Basque Country

Rock climbing in The Basque Country

No Crag Aspect Grade Range Maximum Height
1 Apellaniz Various F4c to F8c+ 25m
2 Araotz Various F4c to F8c+ 35m
3 Atauri S F5c to F8a 30m
4 Atxarte Various F4b to F8b 120m
5 Baltzola SE, S, SW F6a+ to F9a 30m
6 Etxauri Mainly S F3a to F9a 120m
7 Galdames Various F4c to F8b+ 30m
8 Itoitz S F4c to 8b+ 32m
9 Larraona S, SW F6c to F9a 45m
10 Lezaia SW F7b to F8c+ 20m
11 Mugarra S, SW F5b to F8c+ 45m
12 Penartea Various F4a to F6b+ 50m
13 Putreen Behatokia S F5c to F7c 50m
14 Salvatierra de Esca
(not shown on map)
Various F4c to F8a 30m
15 San Fausto S, SW, W F4c to F8a+ 35m
16 Sarabe W, S F5c to F8a 30m
17 Valdegovia Various F4c to F9a 25m
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Euskalarria - Sport climbing guidebook for The Basque Country

The sport climbing guidebook for The Basque Country is called Euskalarria, and is available to buy from our shop.