RockFax's Costa Blanca
is the most comprehensive book ever published to sport and trad climbing on Spain's 'white coast'. It's 368 pages cover a host of superb cliffs between Leyva in the far south to Gandia in the north, with well over 2300 routes described in detail.
As well as covering the clip-ups on the ever-popular cliffs around Benidorm and Calpe, the book details big outings on the Puig Campana, The Penon, and the Echo Valley area. The guide also has many areas never covered before by Rockfax.
A set of high resolution digital photographs
has been assembled if impossible, or detailed full-colour topos
have been used. Includes 50+ dramatic action photographs.
By Chris Craggs and Alan James.
worth every penny, 01 June 2011
I usually don't like purchasing guides and prefer to use the free pdfs/topos/etc available online. Going to Spain meant that I couldn't use my free mobile 3G, so used the price-match to get this for about £12 - and very happy that I did. Very detailed and generally accurate information; particularly about how to approach the crags. We would have had a very hard time finding Olta otherwise. The pictures are motivating. Also has information about climbing shops in the region (with telephone numbers and email addresses) which was useful as I had to scramble for a couple more quickdraws in the end. Takes a bit of getting used to, to remember what all the symbols mean; but one can always refer back to the legend in the beginning of the book for help there. And if you're used to the rockfax website, then that's not a problem anyways. Once you do remember what all the symbols mean, the descriptions are suddenly very much more concise.