Catalonia Cycling Climbs

Climb Town Altitude (m) Length (km) Gradient (%) Difficulty Rating
Coll de Pal Baga 2080 19 6.5 884 ****
La Bonaigua Vielha 2072 23 4.8 577 ****
Coll de Pradell Guardiola de Bergueda 1728 15.3 6.7 898 ****
Port del Compte Solsona 1699 28.5 3.5 455 ***
Turo de l'Home Sant Celoni 1652 25.6 5.9 964 ****
Coll d'Ares Alsamora 1534 16.9 6.4 736 ***
Coll d'Ares Áger 1534 14.1 6.6 682 ***
Mont Caro Tortosa 1434 23.2 6.1 981 ****
Portilhon Bossost 1293 8.5 6.9 467 ***
Montserrat Monistrol 735 8.5 6.9 477 ***
Bonaigua Esterri d'Aneu 2072 20.5 5.4 698 ***
Collada de Toses Ribes de Freser 1800 20.4 4.4 742 ***
Collada de Toses Urtx 1800 21.7 3.3 281 ***
Coll de Canes Olot 1120 12.7 5.4 452 ***
Coll de Canes Ripoll 1120 15.4 2.8 192 ***
Coll de Pradell Sant Corneli (C-16) 1728 17.1 6.3 1726 ****
Els Angels Girona (La Creueta) 485 11 3.8 221 ***
Els Angels Madremanya 485 6 5.2 244 ***
La Creueta Alp 1925 20.5 3.8 620 ****
La Creueta La Pobla de Lillet 1925 21.4 5.1 644 *****
La Vansa Sant Llorenc de Morunys 1930 22.4 5 694 ***
La Vansa Tuixent 1930 13.2 6.1 680 ****
Mare de Deu del Mont Besalú 1120 21 4.8 754 ****
Mare de Deu del Mont Cabanelles (N-260) 1120 18.8 5 624 ****
Pla de Beret Vielha 1904 21.7 4.1 444 ****
Port Aine Rialp (C-13) 1947 18.9 6.3 894 ***
Rasos de Peguera Berga 1892 16.5 7.4 1124 ****
Rocacorba Banyoles 980 14 5.6 787 ***
Santa Fe de Montseny Masvidal 1302 17.9 3.6 315 ***
Santa Fe de Montseny Sant Celoni 1300 23.8 4.8 605 ***
Sant Pere de Rodes El Port de la Selva 517 8.4 6.1 424 ****
Sant Pere de Rodes Vilajuiga 517 8.8 5.5 378 ****
Vallter 2000 Setcases 2144 12.2 7.2 844 ****
Coll Formic Montseny 1145 15.4 5.3 483 ***
Coll Formic Seva 1145 9.5 5.1 283 ***
Alt de la Musara Vilaplana 963 10.5 5.7 391 ***


Mountains

The Pyrenees dominate any discussion about mountains in Catalonia. While they are not as high or quite as dramatic as the French Pyrenees, they still provide some excellent climb. The Pyrenees in Catalonia are mostly quite long, gentle climbs, but there are several opportunities to go above 2,000m altitude.

Elsewhere in the region, the whole inland part of Catalonia is a series of mountains and plateaus, and you can find climbing in almost any part (even within the city of Barcelona there are some climbs!). Aside from the Pyrenees, the southern part of Catalonia, in Tarragona province offers some long, challenging climbs.

Scenery

The scenery is varied throughout Catalonia. In the north it is spectacular high mountains in the form of The Pyrenees. As you head further south it becomes dried and increasingly rocky; as vibrant greens are increasingly replaced with sandy brown colors.

Roads

The road surfaces are of a consistently excellent quality throughout Catalonia 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

Catalonia is probably the best connected region in Spain. Barcelona and Girona both have busy international airports, and both cities are also very well connected by train throughout Spain and Europe.

Weather

The weather is more unpredictable in the north, where rain is not uncommon in the high mountains. The south and towards the coast are much drier and have much milder year round climates. The climbs in these areas are open throughout most of the year and are pleasant for riding even in winter (a time when many professional cyclists are based in the region).

Tours

Our cycling holiday to Catalonia is centered on the flat plains, visiting the Medieval villages around Girona. However, it is possible to extend this tour into the mountains; something that we would be happy to arrange for you.

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