Andalucia Climbs

Climb Town Altitude (m) Length (km) Gradient (%) Difficulty Rating
Pico Veleta Haza Llanas 3392 40.7 6.4 2341 *****
Pico Veleta Monachil 3392 46.6 5.7 2012 *****
Pico Veleta Pinos Genil 3392 44.6 5.8 1954 *****
Calar Alto Tijola 2155 36.6 4 761 ****
Calar Alto Gergal 2155 22.5 6.3 1245 ****
Calar Alto Aulago 2155 30.5 4.7 836 *****
Tetica de Bacares Velefique 2078 23.8 5.9 1341 ****
Puerto de La Ragua Cherín 2041 25.1 6 970 ****
Puerto de La Ragua La Calahorra 2041 14.7 6.1 610 ****
Sierra de Lújar Los Tablones 1873 20.8 7.5 1291 ***
Sierra de Lújar Rubite 1873 17.1 6.4 945 ***
Puerto de Velefique Velefique 1820 13 8.8 1129 *****
Alto de Haza Llanas Guejar Sierra 1675 7.2 9.7 1054 ***
La Zubia La Zubia 1195 5 9 674 ***
Collado de Quentar Pinos Genil 1134 11 3.3 134 ***
Alfaguara Chaparral 1438 16.7 4.6 451 **
Cañar Orgiva 1048 11.2 6.48 541 ***
Capileira Pampaneira 1832 9.9 6.7 505 ***
Collado de Canseco Torvizcón 1358 19.2 4.1 640 ****
Cueva de los Murcielagos Zuheros 985 8.7 6.0 721 ****
Haza del Lino Polopos 1299 18.4 7.0 989 ****
Haza del Lino Rubite 1302 22.2 5.8 861 ****
La Cabra Montes Jete 1002 17.1 5.2 510 ***
Las Palomas El Bosque 1189 19.6 4.7 734 ****
Las Palomas Grazalema 1189 14.0 5.9 535 ****
Las Palomas Zahara 1189 13.8 6.0 558 *****
Pedro Ruiz Ubrique 903 14.5 4.0 334 ***
Pedña Escrita Torrecuevas 1190 14.1 8.2 1209 ***
Pico Colativi Turrilas 1387 19.1 4.9 594 ***
Puerto de el Caballon Piedras del Aire 726 17.5 2.9 250 ***
Puerto de el Caballon Rio Cuzna 726 6.4 7.1 391 ***
Puerto de Escullar Abla 2036 27 4.5 597 ****
Puerto de Escullar Caniles 2036 30.5 3.9 492 ****
Puerto Lobo Fargue 1230 9.4 5.5 365 **
Puerto Lobo Viznar 1386 11.8 4.3 259 **
Sierra Cabrera La Carrasca 831 12.4 6.1 764 ***
Sierra Cabrera Turre 831 12.2 6.3 1090 ****


Mountains

Andalucia is home to the highest climbs on the Iberian Peninsula. These are found in the Sierra Nevada National Park, a vast area to the east of Granada which is home to many great climbs.

Other popular ranges include the Sierra de Grazalema in the west - situated close to the historic town of Ronda - and the Sierra de los Filabres, which is home to Calar Alto and Puerto de Velefique - two climbs used often in recent editions of the Vuelta.

Scenery

As you would expect of a region as large as Andalucia, the scenery here is diverse. In the east you will find deserts and a largely rocky landscape, while the north and west are greener, with olive trees particularly common.

Roads

Most of the big climbs in Andalucia are in excellent condition. The smaller climbs are more hit and miss, largely depending on how recently they have been re-paved. You can find full details of the road surface in the profile section for each climb.

Away from the coast and the big cities there is very little traffic in Andalucia. However, there are some busy link roads that it is worth avoiding - find more details in the route descriptions.

Getting There

Andalucia is easily accessible by air. Malaga is the main airport for the region, but you can also get flights to Seville, Almeria and Granada from a variety of European destinations.

Weather

Andalucia's climate is excellent for cycling throughout most of the year. July and August are usually very hot though, so only come during this time if you are used to cycling in very high temperatures. Some of the highest climbs in Andalucia close at times in winter because of snow.

Tours

Our Seville to Granada cycling holiday is a great chance to combine cycling with visiting some of the most interesting towns and cities in the area.

Our Cabo de Gata holiday is in the east of the region and is an excellent choice for a winter break. Both holidays can be customised to include more of the climbs in the region.