Puerto de Las Palomas (Zahara)
|Start Town||Altitude (m)||Elevation Gain (m)||Length (km)||Gradient (%)||Difficulty||Rating|
|Zahara de la Sierra||1189||826||13.8||6.0||558||*****|
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This is not a very challenging climb. It is gentle for the first half before becoming slightly steeper as you get closer to the top. However, the numerous hairpin bends ensure that the gradient is never too steep.
Roads & TrafficThe road is in good condition throughout the climb. There is little traffic on the road.
This route to Puerto de Las Palomas begins in the village of Zahara de la Sierra, in the north of the Sierra de Grazalema mountains.
The climb begins at the junction of the A-2300 and the CA-531, and follows the CA-531 all of the way to the top of the climb.
This is our favourite of the three ascents to Puerto de Las Palomas. The climb is really enjoyable, with many hairpin bends with provide fantastic views looking down towards the Zahara-El Gastor Reservoir.
Towards the foot of the climb Zahara also makes a fantastic backdrop, with the castle sitting impressively on a hilltop overlooking the village. The climb is normally open throughout the year, although sporadic closures in winter are possible. In July and August it can be very hot.