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18 agosto 2022

Morata de Jalón, a privileged place to practice climbing.

Morata de Jalón is a Spanish town and municipality in the province of Zaragoza, Aragon, located in the region of Valdejalón. It is known for the limestone walls that the Jalón has cut through the municipalities of Morata de Jalón and Chodes. The climbing activity began more than half a century ago. It has more than 600 itineraries, distributed among 29 sectors.

As we saw in the article Where to Climb in Spain? 5 places in Aragon where to go climbing” there are many areas in Aragon where climbers can enjoy their sport in the middle of nature.

Among these places are: Mallos de Riglos, Rodellar in the Sierra de Guara, Ordesa or the rodeno de Albarracín. And of course we must also mention Morata de Jalón, in the province of Zaragoza, a place where there are countless routes for all tastes and levels.

The Morata City Council and the Aragonese Mountaineering Federation (FAM) rebuilt the old schools, located in the town of Morata de Jalón, between the health center and the sports center, and fitted them out as a shelter for mountaineers.

This facility is established as a base for climbing, hiking, cycling, kayaking, etc… providing accommodation and dining service to athletes who come there. In addition, the town of Morata hides some very outstanding architectural elements, as well as the towns that populate the entire valley of the Isuela.

The famous specialized media UKC considers Morata to be: “the number one venue in the province of Zaragoza. There are about 300 routes in the area spread across a number of different Sectors. It is a perfect place for beginners since most routes are in the lower-mid range grades”.

Foto: UKC

In the area between Morata de Jalón and Torcas de Chodes there are more than 600 different routes distributed in almost thirty sectors.
The great majority of routes have a low or medium level of difficulty. All this has made it possible for Morata de Jalón to become a reference point for Aragonese climbers.

You can download two routes that you can do there.

How to get there

On the N-II highway about 60 km from Zaragoza in the direction of Madrid there is a well signposted turnoff to Morata de Jalón. From the village the track that starts from the cemetery leads to some of the sectors.
To access through the town of Chodes, follow the A-2302 road for another kilometer from Morata and take another track, in better condition, that goes off to the right before entering the town, just in front of the fountain.

Nearest town or city

Chodes

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