Rock climbing on real rock around Lisbon is easy enough, especially if you have a car (read our guides Part 1 and Part 2), but in recent years several dedicated climbing gyms have popped up as well, including two that have roped routes for sport climbing, both opening within weeks of each other in June 2022. In addition to training, these rock climbing centers typically offer equipment rentals and sales, instruction, outdoor excursions, and, at the good ones, a community.
In alphabetical order, here they are (or scroll down for a map overview):
Note: Climbing gym opening hours and prices occasionally change, verify them with the gym to avoid surprises.
Belavista Retail Park, Estr. de Paço de Arcos 39, 2735-308 Agualva-Cacém
Indoor Roped and Bouldering. “14 meter high, 600m² floor & 1000m² of climbing surface. We have set today more than 60 routes and boulder problems and 50 more should be created by September.”
Mon-Fri 14h – 22h, Sat 10h – 18h; Sun and holidays 10h – 18h
12€ day pass, 59€ per month, 480€ per year, with discounts available
Transport: Train to Estação Agualva-Cacém (Linha de Sintra); Bus (Vimeca lines) 22, 23, 112, 140, 170, 170B
Rua Nossa Senhora da Conceição, 3, 2790 – 111 Carnaxide
Mon-Fri 10h-22h; Sat, Sun and holidays 09h-19h
Prices: 8€ day pass
Transport: Bus 714, 751, 748, 750, 751
R. António Bravo 4B, 2785-543 São Domingos de Rana
Indoor Bouldering, with 250 m2
Mon-Fri 12h-22h, Sat, Sun and holidays 10h-18h
7€ day pass, 55€ per month, with discounts available
Transport: Cascais train line to Carcavelos, then bus M21 or 463 bus, or Cascais train line to Oeiras and bus 467; other train/bus combos
Avenida da Índia, Pilar 7 da Ponte 25 de Abril, 1349-028, Lisboa
Outdoor Roped and Bouldering, 12m height, dozens of top-rope and lead routes, including on Portugal’s first artificial climbing arch, auto-belays (for solo visitors)
12€ day pass with re-entry, 65€ per month, 585€ per year, with discounts available
Transport: Trains: Alcántara-Mar (Cascais-Cais do Sodré line), Alcântara-Terra; Lisbon Buses 713, 714, 724, 727, 728, 760, 773, others; TST (Transtejo) Buses 153, 159, 160, 176, 207, others; Gira bike-sharing (with 10-15 minute bike rides to ferry and train terminals at Belem and Cais do Sodré, which for now is also the closest metro). More transport details, on a map, here.
Full disclosure: Atlas founders are also co-founders of Escala 25. Which means that we’re naturally biased – but also that, until September 1, 2022, Atlas newsletter readers get a discount. Subscribe to the newsletter, if you haven’t already, and send us a note with “Escala 25” in the message, and we’ll put you on the list that gets you a 10% discount on one monthly pass, which you can use yourself or offer as a gift.
Rocódromo do Areeiro (Federação de Campismo e Montanhismo de Portugal)
Rua João da Silva 1900-271 Lisbon, Portugal
For information about pricing, hours, wall features, and more, the FCMP requests that you send an email from their FB page with your questions.
Transport: Train: Roma-Areeiro; Lisbon Metro: Areeiro; Lisbon Bus: 720, 756; TST (Transtejo) Bus 161
Rua de Angola, Edifício Lobo, 1º Frente 2620-493 Olival do Basto, Portugal
Indoor Bouldering, walls up to 4.5 m high
Mon-Fri, 14h-22h, Sat 11h-19h, Sun 14h-19h
7€ day pass, 60€ monthly
Transport: Metro: Senhor Roubado Metro Station, Bus 736
Avenida Infante D. Henrique, Edíficio Beira Rio, Fracção S, 1950-408 Lisbon
Indoor Bouldering, 420m2
10h-11h, Sat 10h-20h, Sun and holidays 10h-18h
9€ for 2h session, 58€ monthly, 522€ annual, with discounts available
Transport: Train: Estação Braço de Prata; Bus 728, 755, 781