Siurana

Siurana is the “Queen of the Prades” and an early contender for “world’s best crag” in the infancy of the development of sports climbing in the ’80s. With well over 1000 routes spread out over numerous sectors around this tiny cliff-top village with its ruined castle and amazingly positioned refugio, there’s plenty to go at.

Sunday might not have been the best choice, as the place was rammed! Happily we found a fairly quiet sector – L’Herbologie, and enjoyed some good company from some locals and a visiting yank. I managed an awesome flaky crack up a steep orange tower, for one of the routes of the trip so far.

The village car park, perched on a promontory of rock, plays host to campervans from across Europe, with spectacular views down to the valleys on both sides. It’s also handy for a beer at the refugio, built into the rock and using a natural overhang to form half of the roof.

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