The huge limestone gorge of El Chorro, located in the hills 50km inland from Andalucia’s coastal city of Malaga, is one of Spain’s foremost sport climbing destinations. El Chorro’s huge quantity of brilliant climbs, combined with a pleasant winter climate, easy access and wide range of accommodation has kept it high on the list of the winter-sun venues in Europe for the last two decades.
El Chorro is a world class climbing destination with over 2000 routes in walking distance and many more only a short drive away. The rock here is amazingly varied. It provides everything from easy angled slabs to steep overhanging tufas, and ranging from short single pitches to 300m multi-pitch adventures. Whatever grade you climb or style you prefer, you are guaranteed to find many routes you will love.
Climbing season in El Chorro is nearly all year round. December to March is the busiest time here for climbers, with the many south facing walls making the best of the winter sun, but Spring and Autumn can provide the nicest conditions, with warmer weather and long hours of sunlight. It is only the very hottest months of July and August that can make climbing difficult, but even then a little local knowledge can keep you in the shade and enjoying your day. We would advise hiring a car during the warmer months as the best of the shady crags are a short drive away, but we can also try to introduce you to others who are driving or provide a taxi service. A huge quantity of world class climbs, combined with a pleasant winter climate and easy access has kept it high on the list of the winter-sun venues in Europe for the last two decades.
We work in conjunction with Silvia Fitzpatrick who is a local resident and full member of the British Association of Mountaineering Instructors and is able to offer rock climbing and mountaineering instruction in El Chorro
For more information, please visit Silvia's website: www.rockclimbingcompany.co.uk We also have resident guides available, please contact us for more information.
Since it started in 2012, the El Chorro Bolt Fund has been raising money for re-bolting old routes and supporting the many dedicated new routers in the area. Though donations come from a number of sources, it is the many generous donations from the guests at the Olive Branch that have provided the bulk of the funding so far.... Thanks to everyone who has helped!!!
Most of the staff at the Olive Branch are climbers, and can give you all the information you need on the many new developments in the area, with single and multi-pitch routes on fresh rock from F4 to F9a, some of which are only 5 minutes walk away from our accommodation.
Our guesthouse is in a prime location just 200 metres from the Las Encantadas crag and within easy walking distance of Frontales, Escalara Arabe and The Gorge itself
The development of the cliffs in and around El Chorro village has continued at an impressive rate since the publication of the last Rockfax guide to the area in 2001. This coupled with the expansion of the outlying areas, and the development of new cliffs, has kept the area well furnished with new routes throughout the grade range and offers both the first-timer and the seasoned El Chorro visitor something new to go at. The latest Rockfax guidebook to El Chorro is the first in the Rockfax series to be solely dedicated to El Chorro and its surrounding crags. The guidebook is illustrated with plenty of action photographs and is presented in the latest Rockfax style with over 1000 routes illustrated on full-colour photo-topos to all of the crags. Comprehensive information on approaches, accommodation, eating and drinking, transportation and other activities, so important to the easy planning and enjoyment of a visit, is also included.