A crag for enjoying high quality routes
La Candelilla is located in the village of Ayacata that belongs to the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana. This village is oriented to the south west, but the wall of the sector has a northwestern orientation.
For years, until the opening of los Lomillos, this was the most popular climbing area, both for its rock, the height of its routes (far superior to mythical areas such as Tamadaba or Sorrueda), as for the type of climbing, especially when we talk about endurance and resistance climbing. In addition, this area has a wall with a high concentration of 8th grade routes, with a lot of projects from the local climbers. This wall often contains many fanatical climbers from Gran Canaria who dedicate themselves to the sport; although, since the opening of los Lomillos, curiosity about the new area has made this classic wall somewhat less occupied.
The rock type that we find here is Basaltic, known for its good grip and for prevailing throughout the Canary archipelago. In addition, the basaltic rock in this area has an orange/red color that attracts people to the wall.
The area is very easy to access, around 15 minutes of ascent on easy terrain, evident, and with a path between the almond trees.
CLIMBING IN CANDELILLA
The Climbing combines the techniques that characterizes many areas on the island, with a climbing of resistance and continuity. This means that a lot of the tracks leave the grades behind in a few meters or very demanding boulder steps, except in some cases, such as “Chocolate Sexy” route, an 8a + / 8b, great route that divides the grade into 5 difficulties.
Another quality of the sector is the variety of grips, without one that stands out above the rest, as it can happen in other areas where “the strips” are not separated from us.
3 STARS ROUTES
The routes that we will find are bounded by the French graduation system and range from 6a to 8b. We advise you to take the climbing guide of Gran Canaria CLIMBO that has extensive and detailed information about the climb in La Candelilla and in the other sectors of the island.
Here a recommendation of some of the most popular routes:
6b: the way G
6c: Leagues so much and you fuck so little
7a: Dark crystal extension
7b / +: The band is drunk / Petichose
7c: Chakras known in the place as the Titanic Spur
7c +: Almond light
8a / + and 8b: Vitamin potency, Fumanchú, Sexy chocolate
KNOW BEFORE TO GO
Note that the sector is prohibited from the beginning of August until almost the end of November. This is because the land surrounding the wall is private. The owner is a shepherd from the area who has a large herd of sheep that graze in that area during these months, our presence would alter the natural habits of the animals.
In the rest of the months we can find sun or shade depending on the time we decide to climb, here is a small reference of dates, times and incidence of the sun.
MAY, JUNE AND JULY: Shade until 2:00 PM
The parking is wide and easy to enter by all kind of vehicles. It is located about 50 meters from the Restaurant La Candelilla; It is necessary to emphasize that we will avoid parking on the wide part of the road in front of the restaurant, since this space is for those who wish to enter it. This space belongs to our friends of La Candelilla Restaurant, it’s a place where we can find good food and refreshments before and after our climbing session so we want to respect their property.