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What is the Big 5?


The Big 5 is the best of the Costa Blanca BIG itineraries, the cream of the crop, all in one week's adventure multi-pitch rock climbing holiday. We've tried and tested these BIG days and compiled what is probably the best fun packed mountaineering week in the Costa Blanca.

Read more about climbing in the Costa Blanca in this article: Ten reasons for a Costa Blanca Climbing Holiday.


The Big 5 tends to be run on demand because they are multi pitch routes, which require a ratio of one guide to a maximum of 2 clients. The holiday includes 7 nights self-catering accommodation, free transfers from/to the airport and five days guided multi-pitch climbing. Trips are usually run from Saturday to Saturday with the first day of climbing on the Sunday. Course dates on request.


The Big 5 will include some of these great multi-pitch routes


Sierra de Toix West

Day 1 is usually taken up with technical skills for multi-pitch climbing, abseiling and protected movement on steep ground - including a 5 pitch ascent of Sierra de Toix West with ridge traverse and 50m abseil finish. Sierra de Toix is an impressive ridge that juts out into the sea between Calp and Altea. Historically this was one of the first areas to be developed for sport climbing back in the 1980s. More recently the larger faces have been developed with a series of multi-pitch routes.


Penon de Ifach 1,100 feet /332m

The most striking landmark in the whole of the Costa Blanca is the 332m high rock of the Penon de Ifach that towers over Calpe. It attracts every climber's eye, and those who have attempted routes here will know that the climbing does not disappoint. The huge orange South Face of the Penon is riddled with caves, overhangs and groove systems. It offers a variety of lower-grade challenges between 7 and 10 pitches in length.


The Bernia Ridge

The Bernia Ridge is visible from nearly all points on the Costa Blanca. The most impressive section of this ridge is the gently undulating 2km section that extends seaward from the summit of the Bernia (1126m) and has become a beacon for climbers and serious scramblers. The Bernia Ridge offers a classic alpine day with scrambling, technical climbing, abseiling and traversing from the East to West summits with stunning views.


The Mascarat Gorge

The towering walls of the Mascarat Gorge provide some fine, long routes in a weird and exciting setting. It is an impressive gash that slices through the coastal road routes between Benidorm and Calpe. From the the old bridge one can ascend the classic Llobert/Bertomeu route climbed in 7 or 8 pitches, followed by an airy traverse to reach the descent path back to the start.


The Puig Campana

Puig Campana is the impressive mountain which rises 4,639 feet/1,406m above the town of Finestrat. Along with the Penon de Ifach, this mountain has been a focus of climbing in the Costa Blanca since the 1960s. Puig Campana is home to some superb and important routes which will provide memorable days of climbing for those into long, traditionally protected climbs. It offers the climber and mountaineer everything except snow and ice routes. The Espolon Central is a beautiful 14 pitch alpine day. While not technically difficult, it calls for good route finding skills, slick rope work and quick smooth climbing for a long period. The traverse off is an adventure in itself!


The Barranco del Infierno Gorge

Located in the beautiful Vall de Laguart. This dry gorge offers a descent of endless excitement. Normally dry, no running water, there are many large pots scoured out by the raging flash floods which power through during periods of heavy rain. If these pots are full of water, your guide will amaze you with his rope tricks to keep you dry.

Note. This trip is not undertaken immediately after or during periods of rain (fortunately something not too often experienced on the Costa Blanca).


Montana Benicadell

This mountain has a magnificent ridge that curves its way from the lowest point of the mountain to the very summit. Known locally as La Cresta del Benicadell, this alpine ridge is a classic. Easy scrambling section blocked by technical climbing pitches all the way to the summit. From the summit, a pathway leads you back to your car in just over an hour. A wonderful day out!


How the Big 5 rock climbing holiday works


We keep the ratio to 1:2 so you have the best value of service available and this ratio also allows the holiday to be tailored to individual requirements and aspirations.


We will team you up with an MIA qualified (or equivalent) instructor who has extensive experience in the area and specific knowledge of these routes, giving a safe, enjoyable and unforgettable experience.


You will also be learning skills throughout the week that will progress your personal development and ability at whatever pace you like.


Accommodation in the Costa Blanca


During the Multi-Pitch Climbing Holiday you will be staying in a beautiful, fully equipped villa with swimming pool just a five minute walk from the typical Spanish village Parcent, in the Xalon Valley. The Xalon Valley is just inland from Benissa and the villa is about 30 minutes from the town and coast of Calpe. The Xalon valley is famous for its high quality wines - you will be surrounded by vineyards, as well as olive trees, orange groves and almond groves. Parcent has a range of bars and restaurants (among which the best Paella restaurant in the area!), a minimarket, bakery and pharmacy, all within walking distance of the villa.


The villa has a total of four bedrooms and three bathrooms, a beautiful garden with different seating areas and an outside BBQ. Its fully fitted kitchen, lounge and dining area have the character of an original Spanish farmhouse. There is WiFi in the villa. For photos, click on the Accommodation tab above.


Flights and Transfers


Fly into Alicante Airport, Costa Blanca, Spain.

We offer one free transfer to your accommodation (which will be the start date of your holiday – normally a Saturday) which departs from Alicante Airport at 2.00pm latest. To take advantage of this service, and in order to minimize waiting times, please aim for midday arrivals.

On departure day (the end date of your holiday - normally a Saturday) we offer one free transfer to Alicante Airport which departs the villa around 9.00am. We therefore suggest to aim for midday departures.

If you wish to travel to the accommodation independently, or if you can't buy a flight within these hours, transfers may be arranged, subject to availability, on alternative days/times. Contact us for more information.

The transfer time from Alicante to Parcent is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.


Rock Climbing Kit List


For this multi-pitch climbing holiday we recommend that you have your own:

Climbing Shoes

Dick's Climbing is a dedicated climbing shop that offers a large range of climbing equipment and shoes at good prices.


Rock Climbing Travel Insurance


We recommend:


Rock Climbing Travel Insurance



Get in Touch with the dates you want!!


If booking online with less than 2 weeks before the holiday dates, then please speak to a member of the team first to check flight details. Many thanks the Rock and Sun team.

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    The BIG 5

    Costa Blanca 08th Sep - 15th Sep

    This is the best of the Costa Blanca BIG itineraries, the cream of the crop, all in one week's adventure holiday. Bespoke dates on request.

    Includes 5 days instructed multi-pitch climbing | 7 nights shared accommodation (Rooms 2:1 max) | Airport transfers (Conditions apply) | Transport to crags | All equipment

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