There are a number of people offering guiding services or running climbing courses in the Costa Blanca. This page will hopefully give you all the details that you need.
David advertises himself as a climbing and mountaineering instructor. He is based in Elche, not far south of Alicante but works principally in Finestrat and around (Ponoch, Peñon de Ifach, etc) climbing and walking guiding. He is a member of the Spanish mountaineering school and the Valencian mountaineering school.
I have climbed with David and he seems extremely knowledgeable of the local area as well as being very friendly. He also speaks very good English. He can also supply helmets, harnesses or karabiner if you require them. He even has Via Ferrata lanyards should you be interested in doing the Costa Blanca's Via Ferrata.
This well established climbing school is based in Finestrat just at the base of Puig de Campana. It is run by Rowland Edwards and his son Mark whose names you will see crop up against many a route as you get to know the Costa Blanca. The school primarily runs week long residential courses under the categories of 'General Rock', 'Multi-Pitch', 'Mountain Rock Bivi' and 'Big Wall and Aid Climbing'. Check out their website for further details of what these courses entail.
Compass West have a new course, 'Wild Adventure Climbing'. This course appears to promise wild mountain climbing away from the usual haunts. The Edwards have been based in the Costa Blanca for a long time now and this course is designed to take you to some of the more remote and wilder mountains that they know about.
Week-end courses. They are now also offering week-end course for those who wish to take a short break from work, or just cannot manage a weeks course. There are a number of airlines who are now offering flights at such low prices that going out to Alicante for a long week-end makes real sense. Check out the Getting There section of the General Information page.
'Been twice, had a great time both times. You climb for 5 days in a different crag each day, including multi-pitch. both sport climbing and traditional. the guide is Mark Edwards, an E10 climber from Devon. he's quite a nice bloke considering how good a climber he is. The trip will cost you £300 for self catering accommodation and 5 days guiding/tuition. you have to get your own flights as well. If you've got the money go for it!'
I'm afraid I have lost details of who sent me this but thanks anyway.
A friend who has been on two different courses with Compass West has written a feedback article. It gives a good idea of the content of the courses and makes them sound very exciting.
Thanks to Colin Eccles for this article
A Costa Blanca based company offering guided trips to the Costa Blanca as well as other areas in Spain and Europe. They offer week long and long weekend guided climbing holidays.
The two chaps that Chris was instructing that week had already done several days sport climbing, an adventure route on Penon d'Ifach and were off to do another adventure route on Puig de Campana for their last day. Sounded like an excellent week!
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Rock & Sun Ltd operates Rock Climbing Courses and Holidays in the UK and all over Europe.
'Climbed with Rock & Sun twice last year. Both holidays were excellent. Instructors, tuition, venues were fab. Give them a call and chat about what climbing/instruction you'd like - they're very helpful.'>
Thanks to Gary for these comments.
A UK based company offering guided trips around the world. They have a permanent base in Calpe and offer week long and long weekend guided climbing holidays.
I have had no feedback on this company so if there is anyone out there who has been on one of their trips then I would love to hear from you - firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are however a number of good feedback entries on their own website.