The fascination of scaling the heights
Undertaken in complete harmony with nature, this is a sport that challenges both body and mind.
Climbing is an increasingly popular activity and the Algarve is attracting more and more climbers leading to an increase in the range of options on offer. The region has pledged itself to providing a variety of experiences, adapted to the wishes and physical capabilities of all climbers.
The rocks of the Algarve are ideal for sport climbing, being small yet difficult cliff faces, on which the climber has to use all his power, determination and flexibility to make uninterrupted progress.
The most well-known site for climbing in the region is, without doubt, at Rocha da Pena, near Salir, a site classified in the Rede Natura 2000 network. Apart from the necessary technical sections that make it a good climb, this rock formation is located in a protected area and has one of the best viewing points in the Algarve.
Cape St. Vicent, in the Costa Vicentina National Park, also offers good conditions for climbing. Here the climbing is largely natural, with few permanent anchor points in the rockface, making it necessary to use bolts and friends. Choosing exactly where to climb can be a complicated task, with more than 150 routes on the Fortaleza cliffs alone, each one providing an inspirational challenge.