Basque Country Climbs

Climb Town Altitude (m) Length (km) Gradient (%) Difficulty Rating
Arrate Eibar 606 7.2 6.2 442 ****
Azurki Zestoa 673 14.7 3.7 995 ****
Azurki Azkoitia 673 7.5 7.2 515 ****
Puerto de Urkiola Mañaria 713 5.7 9.2 675 ***
Puerto de Urkiola Otxandio 713 3.3 3.7 95 **
Monte Oiz Gernika 1019 20.2 5.0 1340 ****
Castillo del Ingles Irun 497 9.2 5.2 377 ***
Jaizkibel Lezo 455 8.2 5.4 302 ****
Jaizkibel Hondarribia 455 9.6 4.7 290 ****
Arantzazu Oñati 718 7.8 6 388 ***
Aritxulegi Oiartzun 452 5.3 6.4 144 ***
Arrate Azitain 583 5 9.6 721 **
Azurki Elgoibar 675 9.3 6.6 455 ***
Bordako Tontorra Camino de Igarra 255 2.5 9 372 ***
Castillo del Inglés Oiartzun 497 12 4 290 ***
Elosua Azkoitia (GI-631) 683 9.7 5.6 435 ***
Elosua Bergara 683 7 7.7 522 ***
Gontzegaraigane Iruzubieta 365 5.2 4.8 94 ***
Iturburu Azpeitia 550 14 3.4 242 ***
Iturburu Iturburu 550 9.6 4.8 382 ***
Jata Bakio 270 4.6 5.5 121 ***
Jata Erbera 280 7.6 3.6 104 ***
Monte Igueldo Orio 369 7.4 4.9 274 ****
Monte Igueldo San Sebastían 369 6.6 4.8 224 ****
Monte Oiz Iurreta 1019 14.7 6.1 1241 ***
Monte Oiz Munitibar 1019 8.8 9.4 1422 ****
Orduña Orduña 900 7.9 7.6 622 ***
Osma Osma 1090 4.1 12.8 927 **
Sollube Bermeo 686 8.5 8.3 744 ****
Sollube Larrauri 686 11.6 5.1 454 **
Urdaneta Zarautz 378 5.1 7.2 475 ***
Herrera Leza 1110 5.6 8.2 341 ***
Herrera Peñacerrada 1110 7.3 4.8 144 ***
La Aldea El Campillar 1000 18 3.4 178 ****
Aia Orio 328 4.5 7.0 385 ***
Aia Andatza 315 1.4 14.7 665 ***
Asentzio Bergara 547 7.9 5.1 242 ***
Kanpazar Elorrio 457 5.6 4.4 105 *
Urkarregi Elgoibar 346 6 5 134 ***
Karabieta Eibar 565 6.7 6.5 241 ***
Urkarregi Etxebarria 346 5.4 4.5 117 ***
Santa Eufemia Markina-Xemein 353 3.4 7.7 199 ***
Santa Eufemia Aulesti 353 4.4 5.8 151 ***
Gontzegaraigane Munitibar 365 2.6 6.5 85 ***
Ixua Etxebarria 545 8.9 4.9 240 ***
Itziar Deba 224 5 4.1 68 **
Itziar Zumaia 224 6.4 3 47 **
Garate Getaria 245 2.9 7.5 145 ****
Kalbario Astigarribia 225 3 6.1 122 ***
Kalbario Mutriku 233 2.3 7.6 105 ***
Garrastatxu Baranbio 560 2.8 10.6 411 ***
Mendeika Izoria 488 5 4.4 148 ****
Mendeika Orduña 459 5.5 2.9 155 ****
Kurtzeta Arrasate 702 7.8 5.4 215 ***
Untzella Ibarra (Aramaio) 475 2.4 8.5 197 ***
Untzella Aretxabaleta 475 3.8 6.5 221 ***


Mountains

The Basque Country is not home to a single range of high mountains as is the case in many provinces throughout Spain; however, the whole region is hilly or mountainous with a great range of medium length climbs to choose from.

On the coast the climbs are often gentle, but as you head further inland you will come across more of the short, steep ascents that characterize the regions professional cycle tour - the Vuelta a Pais Vasco.

Scenery

The Basque Country, like much of northern Spain, offers a vibrant green landscape. Most climbs are in the trees until the top, which prevents the fantastic long views that you get from high mountains. However, the coast is spectacular and on a sunny day the views from climbs near to the coast are stunning.

Roads

The road surfaces are of a consistently excellent quality throughout the Basque Country and are a pleasure to ride on a road bike.

The traffic varies depending on the climb. Some are completely empty, while others can carry a lot of heavy goods traffic. Local knowledge of the area is essential.

Getting There

The Basque Country is easy to reach. Bilbao is the main airport, but it is also possible to fly into San Sebastian (the airport is actually in the nearby town of Irun).

Both major cities, as well as the regional capital Vitoria Gasteiz, are well connected with trains from Madrid. It is also quite easy to get to the border with France from Paris.

Weather

The Basque Country sees more rain than most regions in Spain. However, it is all relative, and it still is dry and sunny more often than not; and is generally warm enough to cycle all of the climbs throughout the year.

Tours

We run two tours to the region. Our Basque Coast tour is a self-guided holiday along the coast. There are two route options; one which is gently rolling and quite easy, and another which tackles more of the climbs.

The other tour is guided, with an emphasis on enjoying the fantastic food and drink in the region. The routes are generally easy, but there are optional extensions if you would wish to do some of the climbs in the area.