EL TORCAL


The small National Park of El Torcal sits at an elevation of 1300m and forms the summit and slopes of a large limestone peak, around 10km to the south of the town of Antequera. The summit area of the peak is a broad plateau that has been heavily eroded to form some fantastic limestone ‘karst’ scenery - a geological curiosity. The karst formations present an amazing climbers' playground, set amidst a myriad of spectacular pinnacles and spires. The shallow grassy valleys and hollows between the pinnacles make lovely picnic and sunbathing spots making El Torcal a very pleasant place to visit. A good deal of the plateau has been climbed on over the years but a ban on some of the areas adjacent to the Visitor Centre has been imposed, however, the areas described in this chapter are all without restrictions and are well worth seeking out. Much of the climbing is highly technical and, although often less than 15m in height, the pitches are sustained and in magnificent surroundings.

Routes

57 sport routes (5a...8c)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
or shade
Approach walk Other
Sector La Carretera
A compact wall of excellent rock that provides some intense pitches which are easily found but not...
5
Sport
Lots of sun!
Roadside

0 mins

Sector El Fraile
A beautifully situated crag with a reasonable spread of grades but nothing particularly easy. The...
25
Sport
Lots of sun!
Up and down

10 mins

Sector La Bodega
A good little area with lots of short routes on great rock and with a stunning view down to the...
27
Sport
Lots of sun!
Level

10 mins

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