"This is the point where me and Sarah get really excited, "look at the rock!"
Sometimes I wonder who would find this blog useful. We have written about a lot of beautiful places here in Spain all of which we were drawn to because of the climbing. Most climbers however probably know about these places anyway so there is nothing new there. So I started to think if I was not here to climb stuff would this place still interest me? Well I think the answer is yes to all the places I have been and Siurana is next up.
So maybe this blog written by us is interesting to climbers but also great for non climbers who want to see some of the most idyllic places in Spain. Much more than this they are mostly off the beaten track submerged in nature, beauty and history.
Siurana is situated in the Tarragona province. It's a small place with only a few buildings nestled on top of a mountain side. The drive to get there is a Top Gear special. Curve after curve twist into the hills whilst banked by rocks peering down watching you approach. This is the point where me and Sarah get really excited, "look at the rock!" We both say. Me rubbing my hands like I'm in a sweet shop! Forgetting I'm supposed to be steering! "Maybe you look for now Sarah, I'll drive". We camped in a small campsite called Camping Siurana perfect for everything we needed and ideally located for all the climbing, walking, biking and whatever else you may want to do. As well as camping motorhomes are welcome and they have bungalows that you can rent.
The climbing is world class here and famous for its super hard routes. However due to my injury we were just checking out various sectors looking for nothing harder than 6b. It's good to know if you're not cranking super hard you can still have a great time here.
Siurana is also located near some other beautiful places, so if you're thinking of coming here and are not coming for climbing you could easily spend five days here. Close by is Cornudella, Abalar and Prades. All are quite beautiful in different ways the latter famous due to paintings of its street by Juan Miro. Also for the climbers Maraglef is wishing driving distance along with a few other areas.
Climbers if this place isn't on your list then get it added because it is amazing! The style is technical no tufas in site here delicate feet movements on small holds are what it's all about. There's not a lot in Siurana for getting supplies but there are some shops and a bakery in Cornadella. There is also a climbing shop which has a shoe resoling service which I imagine is very good given the quality of the climbers that pass through here. Unfortunately by the time we realised it was Sunday and Monday and it appeared to be closed.
There are a few little restaurants in the village and a couple of other places to stay. We even saw a Michelin Star restaurant there, so if you are feeling flush you could head there!