Climbers Paradise: Best Climbing Areas in Europe
Much like other extreme sports, climbing takes skill. However, unlike these sports, its differing activities can be optimum for beginners and learners. More experienced climbers can take on mountaineering in hazardous places and climbing steeper obstacles. With summer in effect in Europe, most climbing areas are clear of snow and hence, attract a lot of climbers. Some of the locations popular for climbing are known for their dazzling views and once in a lifetime experience.
It is best to take some prior training and have proper gear before any climbing trip for safety. Knowing the best place to go for climbing activities beforehand can also help determine safety issues and necessary prepping. Europe’s landscape offers some of the best climbing locations with picturesque views and make for an amazing adventure.
Here we gather some of the most popular climbing locations so climbers can get your gear out and have a great experience.
One of the most popular climbing locations in Germany, Frankenjura is located in northern Bavaria. The entire range extends between the cities of Bayreuth, Bamberg and Nuremberg. Consisted mainly of steep limestone crags and some boulders, you also get picturesque views of surrounding villages. With around 10,000 routes, Frankenjura hosts climbers of all difficulty levels from around the world.
The Frankenjura is located in northern Bavaria.
The area is primarily a forest terrain and the cliffs have a number of holes and pockets for easier maneuvering. There are numerous spots for campsites and the nearby villages have bed and breakfasts for climbers looking to stay overnight.
Located in Spain, in the heart of the Alicante province, is the coastline known as Costa Blanca. The location attracts tourists all year, but for climbers it is an altogether different story. Popular as a winter sun spot, the limestone crags of Costa Blanca offer one of a kind climbing experience.
Costa Blanca is a tourist attraction for climbers
Ranging from a variety multi-pitch crags and ridges along the mountains on the coastline, Costa Blanca is great for mountain walking too.
The tower of Peñón de Ifach are the area’s standout feature and the premiere climbing area for most people. Its summit offers a spectacular view of the entire coastline and nearby settlements.
Isle of Portland
A land-tied island, the isle of Portland is a World Heritage Site, located in Dorset, England. It is part of the much larger Jurassic coast in the English Channel, and is composed chiefly of limestone. The destination is popular for climbers with cost effective lodging areas for staying.
The destination is popular for climbers with cost effective lodging areas for staying.
The cliffs and quarries offer around 4000 routes for climbers, especially sports climbing. The climbing routes look both east and west, and higher routes can be found more west. Due to their height of a meager up to 50m, climbers find the cliffs easier for single pitch climbs. The location is optimum for climbers looking for a less daring climbing experience and scenic views including that of the Portland Harbor.
The Fontainebleau forest is located in France, some 60 kilometers from Paris. The forest is famous for its large amount of boulders, which gave rise to the concept of bouldering as a climbing sport. The sport is particular of interest to those who look for a climbing experience without the scary heights.
The forest is a traveler’s paradise also with its beautiful flora and fauna. It has over 30,000 boulders and attract climbers from all over the world for this one of a kind experience. The extensive routes system consists of boulders graded according to their difficulty levels for climbers of all kinds.
Located at a four hour drive from Stockholm, is the area of Vastervik on the Baltic coast region in Sweden. The location attracts tourists because of its forestation and surrounding islands. However, for climbers there is an altogether different reason for visiting this place. Strewn across the beautiful vistas are boulders of granite that make an ideal spot for adventurous climbers.
Bouldering at the Vastervik
The East Coast area allows it an oceanic weather, and suits for climbers who like to visit more vigorously.
No list of “best places for climbing” is complete without the mention of Dolomites. Located in Northeastern Italy, the iconic Dolomites are a mountain range that form a part of the great Alps. They are a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site with national parks and passes. While the location attracts skiers in winter, rock and mountain climbers flock here during the summer and late spring/early autumn.
Traditionally, people have been doing free climbing here since 1887. However aid climbing is also done at slightly difficult routes. The routes are multi pitch due to their heights up to 80 meters at the least. However, they are of different grades and difficulty levels and some are suited for beginners too. Interestingly, many of the mountain ranges have been summited by climbers in a single day.
Each spot, however, offers beautifully scenic views of the Alps stretching afar. Characteristically of the Alps, you will surely run into many Via Ferattas, which are protected climbing routes. Some of these via ferattas have been in the Dolomites since World War I. Swinging bridges are also seen throughout the Dolomites and give an epic 360° of the entire mountain range.
A popular spot for stay over is the Cortina d’Ampezzo, which lies in the heart of the Dolomites. The town is incredibly scenic and has a number of historic landmarks for sightseeing. All in all, the Dolomites make for an adventurous location for both climbing and tourism.
The Greek island of Kalymnos is a climber’s paradise, as it hosts tourists for rock climbing throughout the year. The congregation of small islands and islets make for an amazing package. Climbers can have a different experience in a different island each day. The islands boast some limestone crags as well as volcanic tuff, and bouldering is also done in the area.
Steep cliffs and overhangs are a common feature along with limestone slabs. Climbers experience the true Greek culture along with stunning views of the Aegean Sea. Collectively, the ordeal is truly adventurous, which is why Kalymnos is one of the best locations for climbing in Europe.
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