Castilla y León Climbs
|Climb||Town||Altitude (m)||Length (km)||Gradient (%)||Difficulty||Rating|
|Llano de las Ovejas||Ponferrada||1946||33||4.4||1157||****|
|Llano de las Ovejas||Nogar||1945||18.6||6.1||781||****|
|Lagunas de Neila||Villavelayo (La Rioja)||1872||19.7||4.8||799||*****|
|Lagunas de Neila||Quintanar de la Sierra||1872||14.8||5.3||767||*****|
|Cruz de Hierro||Molinaseca||1510||19.8||4.6||675||****|
|Cruz de Hierro||Santa Colomba de Somoza (Astorga)||1510||13.2||3.9||271||****|
|Piedrafita||Villafranca del Bierzo||1107||13.8||3.5||190||****|
|Laguna de los Peces||Sanabria||1725||16.8||4.2||327||****|
|Alto del León||San Rafael||1511||5.7||4.9||124||*|
|Puerto de Ancares||Tejedo||1670||8||8.8||1445||*****|
|Collada Trevinca||La Baña||1837||10.7||7.3||624||****|
|El Peñon||Doney de la Requejada||1840||10.7||7.4||1024||**|
|Picón del Fraile||Las Machorras||1614||14.7||5.4||644||****|
|Puerto de la Sía||Espinosa (Las Machorras)||1250||7.2||6||170||***|
|Puerto de las Señales||Cofiñal||1625||10.1||4.5||179||***|
|Puerto de Lumeras||Candín||1048||4.3||5.3||115||***|
|Puerto de Lumeras||Sésamo||1048||6.9||5.7||145||***|
|Puerto de Montenegro||Montenegro de Cameros||1583||6.2||5.9||141||***|
|Puerto de Piqueras||Póveda de Soria||1710||9.6||4.5||167||***|
|Puerto de Pontón||Punete Vidosa||1288||24.8||4.6||340||****|
|Puerto de Somiedo||Meroy||1486||7.9||3.1||97||****|
|Puerto de Ventana||Torrebarrio||1587||10.1||3.6||147||***|
|Puerto de San Glorio||Portilla de la Reina||1609||9.5||4.1||244||***|
MountainsThe Castilla-y-León region covers a vast area in central Spain, including several high mountain ranges. The most spectacular and enjoyable mountains for cycling are in the Le&aocute;n region in north-western Spain. Here in the Montes del Leon the mountains are higher and with little traffic.
Elsewhere, Burgos is home to a professional cycle race and also the stunning climb to Lagunas de Neila. In the south of the region the Guadarrama mountains border Madrid province and offer some high altitude climbs, though often on busy roads.
SceneryThe scenery varies considerably throughout the region. On the edge of the region it tends to be more spectacular, whereas in the central part of the province it is flatter and drier, making for less vibrant backdrops.
The most spectacular scenery, without a doubt, is where the region borders the Picos de Europa National Park near the village of Riaño.
RoadsThe quality of the roads also varies considerably throughout the region. In the province of León they are generally in good condition; however, in other regions (notably Zamora and Valladolid), many mountain roads are in poor condition with cracks and holes common.
Most climbs have very little traffic on them. As you get closer to larger towns or cities it increases slightly (it is worst in the very south as you get closer to Madrid), but generally traffic is not an issue here at all.
Getting ThereThe region borders Madrid, which is by far the largest airport nearby. It is also possible to fly into Leon or Burgos, but these are mostly only domestic flights.
There are excellent fast train connections throughout the region from Madrid.
WeatherCastilla-y-León is generally dry and can become hot in summer. Winters are cool in the north and much milder in the south. Snow is common at high altitde in the winter, but is almost non-existant by the middle of Spring.
ToursOur Picos de Europa cycling holiday spends two nights in Castilla-y-León, centered on the spectacular town of Riaño.
Our tour to the Ancares National Reserve also climbs some of the toughest climbs in the region - including Llano de los Ovejas, Cruz de Hierro and Ancares.
Our Camino de Santiago holiday also crosses the northern part of the region. This does not include any of the most difficult climbs - although it is possible to do them as an extension.
Finally, our unique guided tour tackling the great climbs of the Vuelta a España also includes several climbs from the northern part of the region.
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