~ Climbing in Mallorca –

Climbing in Mallorca, Las Perxes, Caimari

The purpose of this post is to enlighten the climbing tribe with some general information about rock climbing in Mallorca.

Unlike places like Kalymnos & Leonidio, Mallorca is hardly featured as a popular rock climbing area on 8a.nu. This is not a concern as climbers prefer to do their thing in peace and not queue for routes in crowded crags with polished footholds. The cool thing about Mallorca as a climbing destination is the fact that you can frequently find yourself in an area with very few other climbers – whether that is an advantage or disadvantage it is for you to decide.

Rock Climbing, Cala Magraner, Mallorca

Cala Magraner, Mallorca

In terms of conditions, apart from the high humidity, the fact that we enjoy an average of 300 days of sunshine is enough to make the island (in my humble opinion) one of the best places for sports climbing in the world. The quality of the rock has been acknowledged by a number of prominent climbers. The variety of scenery and styles is mind-blowing. It is literally packed with good crags and infinite potential for new development within wise boundaries. Besides dipping into the sea after a climbing day is pretty hard to beat.

A good example of the epicness of the rock is the incredible Rigor Mortis & To Pa Ti walls at Puig de Garaffa climbing area. A high quality of red crimpy limestone, this piece of natural artwork is so unique, one feels like never leaving until sending all of the routes that have been created there. It’s truly obsessive.

Rock Climbing, To Pa Ti, Puig de Garaffa, Mallorca

To Pa Ti, Puig de Garaffa, Mallorca

When we say variety we mean it. Limestone goodness in all shapes and forms. It is incredible how many different styles are concentrated on the surface of this Balearic wonder rock.

Route Types:

  • Technical slabs
  • Juggy overhangs
  • 60m long sustained routes
  • Combination of vertical/slab and overhanging routes
  • Plenty of caves for roof climbing with stunning views
  • Crimpy overhangs without rests
  • Tufa climbs with plenty of rests

Rock types:

  • Indecipherable white limestone
  • Classical Gray limestone
  • Orange tufa “elevators”
  • Yellow and red coastal limestone shelves

Climbing styles:

  • Sports
  • Multi-pitch
  • DWS (Psicobloc)
  • Bouldering
  • Trad (not so popular but available) …

Most of this just 40 min away from any given location on the island. This I call top conditions for getting into the high end of the all-round climbing game.

Rock Climbing, Cova del Diablo, DWS, Mallorca

Cova de Diablo, Mallorca

Yes, you read right – Bouldering. There are a bunch of super psyched boulderers that have developed several areas. Crashpad rentals and guides are available via our website. If you are a big group tired of 7 days of sports climbing or DWS you might appreciate a night camping in the mountain forest, trying the local boulder problems.

Rock Climbing, Bouldering, Pixarells, Mallorca

Pixarells, Serra de Tramuntana, Mallorca

~ Bolting ~

There are enough bolting fanatics here to keep us always excited and busy with new projects. A fair amount of routes are not featured in the official guidebook, usually being above 7a. The old crags get re-bolted and maintained by the community but clearly, everyone should use his/her own discretion when it comes to trusting bolts. The quality of the routes is quite high. The grading in Mallorca is kind of hard which is not a bad thing at all! The setup in terms of bolts – mostly expansion and some glue-ins is the way around here.

Rock Climbing, Mon Port, Mallorca

Mon Port, Dragonera, Mallorca

~ Climbing Gyms & Shops ~

There are a number of bouldering only gyms on the island. EsCau located in Palma and the one in Inca is called EsRocodrom. Probably the best way to get to know local climbers and ask for beta, that’s if you speak Spanish, would be visiting one of those two gyms.

EsRocodrom, Inca, Mallorca, Rock Climbing

EsRocodrom, Inca

EsCau, Palma, Mallorca, Climbing

EsCau, Palma

If not, you can also post on Escalada Mallorca / Climbing Mallorca facebook group to ask a climbing related question or find a climbing partner. Many use this group and it helps them team up and get the most out of their trip.

Gyms in other locations on the island: Palma – Manacor, Pollensa, Esporles, and Valldemossa.

~ Shops ~

When it comes to buying gear there are few options – Foracorda, the shop in the gym in Inca (EsRocodrom), Decathlon and Intersport Kenia.

~ Accommodation and transport ~

The logistical part of coming to the island on a climbing trip is what keeps it a low key destination. It is quite a mission to find affordable accommodation or campsites. Going around the island requires car hire and those can be pretty pricey especially in the high season. If you are coming with your own vehicle taking the ferry hits your pocket too. It just seems like more costly and hassaley to come here instead of mainland Spain in places like Siurana and Chulilla where you have a big carpark gypsy communities, affordable food, and hostels and often you don’t need to drive to the crag.

That is one of the reasons why Mallorca will never be a crowded climbing destination.  There are simply no facilities dedicated to the rock climbing tribe. The tribe that would never go into 4-star hotels in beach resorts and drink mojitos in Arenal and Magaluf but rather buy from the local shop and hang out in the village bar.

Of course, nothing can stop a determined climber and anyways, having it easy is not what defines the rock climbing community. Harder just means more rewarding.

~ Summer and winter crags ~

The high diversity of the climbing crags and climate creates a natural division of winter and summer crags. In the hot season, the local community moves to the high places on the island. The chilly Tramuntana welcomes its need for lower temps. There are a few shady places around Palma too. In winter people move to the coastal crags with breathtaking views and caves. It’s just an infinite amount of climbing bliss. Every season we get psyched on a different crag.

~ Climbing Celebrities ~

The island is the birthplace of Psicobloc aka Deep Water Soloing developed by Miguel Riera.

The style truly grabbed the attention of the climbing community after the sendage and release of the climbing film “King Lines” (BigUp Productions, 2007) where Chris Sharma broke through another level of climbing radness and essentially showed what the island has in store. By the way, only Jernej Kruder has repeated the Es Pontas route so far.

The biggest among the Balearic Islands attracts a fair amount of rock climbing celebrities, in 2018 Paige Klaassen, Margo Hayes and Emily Harrington visited and had some girl power rock climbing fun.

Mallorca is also home of the prominent Basque climbers Eneko and Iker Pou who are also developing lines and contributing to the positive vibes in the community.

~ Authors’ personal note ~

I’ve been diving deeper into the rock climbing lifestyle of Mallorca for more than 4 years now. Every month I discover something new and exciting not only about the rock but also about my inner journey and the people I share it with. I have a lot of friends local and foreign who have merged with the scene and can’t imagine living outside of this paradise for rock junkies who refuse to live away from the sea. Every day is made special by the unique gifts the island has in store for us. This article was inspired by the need to share this knowledge and experience.

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~ A tope bichos! ~