Got a London wedding in Sept. Still a beginner climber, grovelling leads around the 11 mark on gear, scratching up 20s on top-rope if I'm lucky, only recently dabbling in some indoor sport. Keen to practice the portuguese & spanish again, & thought a week or two on some intermediate sport might be a nice aside. Will be leaving the crew in London so looking for places where hooking up with random gumbies / intermediates would be likely. Guessing there's not much low-grade trad in Portugal & Spain? Scanned previous posts but couldn't find much on mid-grade spanish/portuguese stuff.
I would go with Spain over Portugal since the climbing and food is better. If you want to meet up with others then maybe Costa Blanca or Siurana would be the best bet as they both have climber bunkhouses (El Chorro does (La Finca & Olive House) but September might be a bit too hot). Both would probably be easier if you had a rental car.
The only place to stay in Costa Blanca if you want to meet others is here:
On 14/05/2012 maxdacat wrote:
>The only place to stay in Costa Blanca if you want to meet others is here:
>they are very friendly and as it's a bunk house i found it possible to
>hook up with randoms there (who are more likely to be English speakers
>There is a refuge and campsite with bungalows:
>Costa Blanca would probably offer more from a low-mid grade point of view.
Seconded...the camping at the refugio is better than the bungalows IMHO and there are loaded almond trees (well, there were when I was there) which offer a fantastic and tasty diversion to the brilliant limestone :-) Rent a car at Alicante airport..jump off plane, jump in car, drive to orangehouse or refugio, climb hard, drive back to airport, jump in plane...too easy!