Though climbing in Asturias is relatively unknown internationally the mountainous nature of the landscape here lends itself perfectly to rock climbing and is an excellent choice for serious climbers from all over the world. The local Spanish climbers have been very busy over the past few decades bolting and developing many of the crags and now there are hundreds of routes to choose from. Climbers have it all in Asturias, from easy learning-grade climbs to the hair-raising multi-pitch routes of Naranjo De Bulnes (Picu Urriellu) in the Picos de Europa, one of the most difficult climbs in Europe. Every type of climbing is catered for and there are plenty of facilities on offer for climbers visiting the region.
Asturias also has a good network of “refugios,” mountain hostels that are normally situated at or close to most of the best climbing areas. These hostels are very reasonably priced. If you are looking for posher accommodation, there are many places where tourism is well developed.
The local climbers are easy going and welcoming and happy to share information about routes, weather etc. You will seldom be competing with others for access to the routes. There are now so many bolted routes that guarantee full days of uninterrupted climbing. The weather here is also more climber friendly than farther south where you sometimes feel baked onto the rock.
You’ll also be well fed and watered. The food is wonderful and inexpensive. A three-course lunch called “Menu del dia” (including wine) will start from about €10. After a day’s climbing the local cider is refreshing and doesn’t leave much of a hangover.
Getting to Asturias is easy with regular flights from London Stansted to Oviedo and ferry services from the UK to Santander, only two hours away from the Picos de Europa. There are also many internal flights from Madrid and Barcelona servicing the region. The motorway network is good and well signposted but if you are travelling by car then bring a GPS as signposts on secondary roads are scarce.
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Video courtesy of Where is Asturias?