Our list of top climbing locations has a wide variety of styles, abilities and environments for you to choose from for your next climbing trip. From French forests, to Spanish medieval towns and German cliffs; where will your next big climb be?
1. Fontainebleau, France
Situated 50km south of Paris, the hilly and forested Fontainbleu (AKA Font) is a fantastic bouldering location for all levels of ability.
The sandstone boulders scattered throughout the forest have been used since the 1870s and have become one of the most famous, multi-grade and varied set of problems in the world.
While beautiful surroundings, great camping locations and relatively soft landings make this an attractive climbing location, be prepared to train slopers and mantles ahead of your trip.
2. Frankenjura, Germany
Widely accepted as the best climbing location in Germany, Frankenjura is a limestone area situated in Northern Bavaria. Offering grades of all levels, this sport climbing location has a challenge for everyone.
The forested area contains a spread of cliffs that allow for climbing in a multitude of conditions. There is a good range of classic and modern routes with new routes being bolted every year.
3. Dolomites, Italy
Situated south of the Austrian/ Italian border lies the Dolomites. These towering slabs of limestone at times scrape the sky at 3000m and present one of the most varied climbing destinations in Europe.
From scrambling, to single pitch, to extensive trad routes; there is something to excite every level of climber. This paired with the stunning scenery makes for a must visit climbing location.
4. Siurana, Spain
Siurana is situated in Catalonia, west of Barcelona. The crags and ravines surround a beautiful medieval village of the same name.
With plenty of classic test-pieces, and regular visits from the world’s best climbers, this is definitely a location to tick off the list.
5. Dorset, United Kingdom
The Dorset coast sits in the south of England overlooking the English Channel. Rolling green fields meet towering coastal cliffs and provide some incredibly varied climbing locations.
In Lulworth Cove there is a fantastic location for deep water soloing, while cliffs along the coast offer opportunities for challenging sport climbing. There is also a quirky bouldering location called Agglestone Rock (AKA Devil’s Anvil) in Studland. Strikingly alone on Black Heath, legend has it that the 400 tonne sandstone boulder was thrown by the Devil from the Isle of Wight needles out at sea.