Sintra is a continous surprise, even for the locals, as it never stops to amaze us with the fabulous spots for bouldering and climbing.
A nature place to explore, a must do!
Thinking about Sintra bouldering & climbing – a fascinating activity with more than 20 crags around, divided into 30 bouldering sectors.
From the inner heart of Sintra – like Penedo da Amizade ( granitic wall about 40m higher, located under the Moorish Castle, facing northwest), to the amazing sea cliffs such as Baia do Mexilhoeiro, bouldering lovers can test their skills at crags of limestone, granite, basalt and sandstone.
Head to Janas village and you’ll find incredible inland crags.
Crags are well spotted, since bouldering community keeps tracks and climbing routes preserved.
Authorized places for bouldering at Sintra municipality are:
Pedra do Cavalo ( Horses Rock) located North of Cabo da Roca, between two beaches, Praia da Aroeira and Praia da Ursa, with about six traditional rock climbing routes of about 45 m
Praia da Ursa (Ursa Beach)— includes about 10 traditional rock climbing routes, distributed throughout the granitic cliff face (Rosas, Negras, Cascata/Roses, Black, Waterfall) and the Gaivota limestone crag. The extension of the routes varies from 20 to 30 m. The routes on the granite plaques (sienite) are of medium difficulty, except for the Waterfall sector, which has routes of extreme difficulty.
Restrictions: at the Rosas site from June 1st to September 30th rock climbing is forbidden
Pedra da Noiva (The Bride’s Rock) — a crag almost completely surrounded by sea, located north of Praia da Ursa. It has a traditional climbing route of limestone, with a low level of difficulty and several pitches. On windy days, rappel can be complicated by the wind tunnel that is formed between the rock and land.
Praia do Cavalo (the Horse’s Beach) — small limestone cove located south of Praia da Adraga, with about five traditional climbing routes.
Praia Grande do Rodízio — limestone cliff by the sea, located SW of Praia Grande do Rodízio. With a NE exposure, still being equipped, it will have about 16 routes, from 10 to 35 m.
Casal dos Pianos — a basalt cliff located by the sea and near the quarry situated south of Praia da Samarra. Still being equipped.
Encosta dos Bêbados (Drunkard’s Hill)— limestone ridge in the Ribeira das Vinhas valley, with a pronounced negative incline (overhang), with 14 fully equipped routes, ranging from 8 to 12 m and with a high difficulty rating, between 6 and 8.
Lagoa Azul (Blue Lagoon) — a 15m granite crag, with about six routes, situated on private property. With difficult access, through brambles and shrubs, without a well-defined path, the crag is located over and to the West of Lagoa Azul, visible from the road.
Pedras Irmãs (Sister Stones) — granite boulders situated around the Peninha Church and the fountain of the Pedras Irmãs, with an average height of 5 m, which are climbed without a rope, safety measures entailing the use of special portable mats.
Pedra Amarela (Yellow Stone) — sport climbing area with five initiation routes on private property, consisting of a small granite boulder with about 20 m maximum height.
Capuchos/Boulders — granite boulders situated near the Convento dos Capuchos, in the pine woods by the Alto das Três Cruzes. With an average height of 3 m they can be climbed without ropes, safety measures entailing the use of special portable mats.
Cruz Alta — granite crag, West facing, located within the Pena Park, slightly below the stretch of road that surrounds the Cruz Alta, of about 25 m with five traditional climbing routes.
Penedo do Monge (Monk’s Boulder) — situated between the Capuchos and the Monge geodesic point. A 15 m granite boulder with a vertical gradient, used for rappel descents, it is equipped with three anchors for protection on the descent.
Penedo da Amizade (Friend’s Boulder) — granite wall with about 40 m high, located under the Moorish Castle and facing northwest . Has about 52 routes , with a length ranging between 15 m and 60 m . This climbing school is divided into three sections (1 – Central Sector, 2 – North Boulder, 3 – Moira Damn).
Penedo do Túmulo do Rei (King’s Tomb Boulder) — consists of two rocks located below the Moorish Castle, facing the north and the east, with 15 m to 50 m high, with about 12 climbing routes.
A special thanks to our guests that kindly authorised us to publish their photos, bouldering last month of March 2017 at Sintra region. Fantastic pics!