Bouldering Guidebooks for bouldering in Portugal

Bouldering Guidebook – Portugal – Sport Onsight bouldering

This Bouldering Guidebook contains the following bouldering areas:

    • Faro region
    • Rocha da Pena
    • Setúbal – region
    • Fenda
    • Outão
    • Sintra
    • Farol da Guia
    • Baía do Mexiolhoeiro
    • Sintra
    • Capuchos
    • Peninha
    • Malveira
    • Praia do Cavalo
    • Alenquer/Santarem – region
    • Montejunto
    • Leiria – region
    • Reguengo do Fétal
    • Coimbra – region
    • Redinha
    • Poios
    • Buracas do Cagimil
    • Guarda/Covilhã – region
    • Pedra do Urso
    • Penha Garcia

Keyfacts of this boulder area according to the Bouldering Guidebook

Prime bouldering seasonInformation about how to get to the areasPlaces to rent bouldering material (for ex. crashpad)Where to sleepRange of bouldering grades
Autmn and Springdescription of closest airports, car rentals, trains, bussesindication of nearby climbing shops in the mapinformation about camping sites, hotelsBLEAU: 3 to 8a and more

Not sure about the grades? Find here more information about the bouldering grading system.


How many problems are described? – over 370
In which language? – mostly English, introduction in English, Portuguese, Spanish, German and French
How many pages? – 288 pages
How havy? 660g
In color or just black & white? – Color

More information about this Bouldering Guidebook

The Boulderguide “Portugal – sport onsight boulerding” offers a detailed description about the portuguese landscape and bouldering areas. Typical for this bouldering guidebook edition (Jingo Wobbly): it goes with a lot of handy symbols and icons. The book cover offers an overview about the used symbols like:

  • the divils face, the Jingo, for power climbing
  • blue or red parking symbols to indicate free or paid parking
  • a “T” to indicate if there exists an explicite guidebook for a mentioned topo
  • the smiley face for technical bouldering routes
  • symbols about the climbing angle, the constitution of the bouldering stones, superb views
    Nice pictures give an impression about bouldering on this sites. The boulder topos description goes on grafics with icons. There is also a helpful map marking about how to climb a boulder problem

The guidebook is structured as the following: the first 30 pages are informative content about the bouldering region of Portugal in English, Portuguese, German, French and Spanish. Here you can read more about the landscape and climate, the cliffs and the climbing, how to travel there, about beaches and surfing and about how to read this guidebook.

Then come descriptions and information about the different bouldering sectors, like Rocha Da Pena. The sectors are introduced with pictures and a page of informative content telling more about them. The content is only in English and Portuguese. A colored roadmap – close to the style of Google maps or real maps – is following, showing where the Hotel and campsites are lying respectively to the bouldering sector. Under the map you can also find exact directions of the campsites, supermarkets, petrol stations  or climbing shops. Then comes another map containing the whereabouts of the boulder stones.

Finally, almost 30 pages of photos and topos description of the bouldering sector are following. The topos indication goes on colored graphics. Boulderers can find the typical symbols and icons on the graphics and can so get a very good idea of how to boulder a bouldering problem. Also the guidebooks gives a short written description of every problem. Here you can read something like “a very difficult boulder problem start, long clip stick essential; gets easier but still no doddle”. The hight of the problem is indicated to and shows by this, if the problem is a bouldering problem or should be climbed top rope.

Quality of maps in this Bouldering Guidebook


Over all: very good maps. There are three different types of maps:
1. Maps showing how to get to the bouldering area by car. Also hotels, campsites, bars, supermarkets, petrol stations or climbing shops can be found on these maps.
2. Maps helping to orientate in a bouldering sector by showing the different bouldering stones in it and explaining how to get there from the closest parking.
3. Bouldering topos showing the bouldering routes on a bouldering stone.
The guidebook contains all in all more maps and pictures than descriptions. 

Special features of this Bouldering Guidebook

  • A lot of handy icons which help to use the right boulder technic for each boulder topos.
  • A handy overview table at the end of the guidebook showing an overview of the bouldering difficulties in a sector as well as its features like “good to be there with children” or to do a picnic.
  • It also contains a lot of climbing routes.

Book overall rating


Very good description of how to boulder in this area and very detailed information about bouldering in the mentioned sectors. Someone who is interested in bouldering in this area will for sure not feel lost with this guidebook.
As it contains a lot of pictures the guidebook is overall quite heavy. 

Similar Bouldering Guidebooks in other languages

  • Bouldern in Portugal – Boulderführer Portugal auf Deutsch

Impressions of bouldering in Portugal

About bouldering in Portugal

From the largest area at Pedra do Urso to the beach locations in Cascais and Sagres, incredible crags can be found throughout Portugal. Sintra may be known for its palaces, parks and gardens, but it is also close to some incredible bouldering spots. Nearly 1,000 boulder problems, accessible year-round, are located in the Magical Forest of Sintra. For a change of scenery just kilometers away, Baía do Mexilhoeiro in Cascais offers another cluster of boulder problems right on the beach. Southern Portugal offers incredible beaches, cliffs, views and year-round climbing.

How to get to the bouldering areas in Portugal?

Northern sector (Pedra do Urso)
closest airports: Salamanca, Spain (247 km)
closest bigger towns / cities: Covilha (11 km)

Central sector (Sintra)
closest airports: Lisbon (30 km)
closest bigger towns / cities: Sintra

Southern sector (Sagres)
closest airports: Seville, Spain (302 km)
closest bigger towns / cities: Lagos (33 km)

What people say about bouldering in Portugal

Pedra do Urso
– likes: Quality problems across grades
– dislikes: Rural

– likes: Year-round climbing, granite, palaces of Sintra
– dislikes: Sharp sandstone

– likes: The beach is a great alternative to climbing!
– dislikes: Changes in wind

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