Granada & El Chorro, Spain

I just spent 7 days travelling and climbing in Spain’s Andalusia region recently. A lot of my friends have been wondering why I have been travelling so much this year and honestly it’s because I am feeling slightly burned out from working the same job for 4 years but not really able to leave it either. So I decided to use up all my yearly vacation days in the first quarter of the year to take my mind off the monotamy of life. Having come back from this final long vacation, I think it has helped quite a bit as I am a bit travelled out now.

Anyways, before my desire to take a break took hold earlier this year prompting the Smith Rocks trip, I had already planned this holiday with several friends. We decided since we wanted to do a bit of Kiteboarding in Tarifa as well, it would be best to not plan or book accomodations and just go with the flow since wind is a fickle thing. I did however, book accomodations for  Granada and El Chorro as a friend had told us that if I was to see only 1 sight in Andalusia, it was to see the Alhambra; so a few months beforehand, I had managed to acquire tickets to the Alhambra and Nasarid Palace (they sell out very quickly).

The Alhambra, according to Wikipedia was “completed towards the end of Muslim rule of Spain by Yusuf I (1333–1353) and Muhammed V, Sultan of Granada (1353–1391), the Alhambra is a reflection of the culture of the last centuries of the Moorish rule…”. It is very big, and you are given either the morning time slot or afternoon time slot to appreciate such a large fortress. The highlight of the Alhambra is the Nasarid Palaces which you have to choose the specific 30min timeslot to enter, we chose 7-7:30pm.

In the end, we barely saw the Alhambra as we didn’t manage to get to the Alhambra unti 7pm (it closes at 8pm). We did manage to see the Nasarid Palaces when it was quite empty though as the majority of the tourists had already left.

Nasarid Palace


Details of the carvings

Early next morning, we left for El Chorro, a climbing destintion with 1000s of routes. There we spent 2 happy days climbing on limestone rock, releaxing in our cottage, and eating spanish food and drinking delicious wine.

El Caminito del Rey is a walkway, pinned along the steep walls of a narrow gorge in El Chorro. It used to be free acess and ‘dangerous’, now it is renovated, safe and requires tickets to get in.

I lost my phone so I have few climbing photos. But I really do enjoy long 30m routes. The sectors grading are all over the place. This 7a below felt like a 7a, but I also did a 7a that felt more like a 6a+.

On a cave route on Frontales

Hong Kong. Travel. Climb. In that order.

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