Calar Alto (Las Menas)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Serón 2,152m 1,420m 25.8 km 5.5% 1,245 *****

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Climb Description

This route is one of five ways to climb to the astronomical observatories at Calar Alto, and it is one of the most enjoyable. Beginning from the picturesque village of Serón, it follows the old road through the largely deserted village of Las Menas.

This first part of the climb is incredibly scenic, as the narrow road winds through pleasant forests and past impressive rock formations. Despite being the 'old road' it is in good condition and very enjoy to ride on a road bike. But this part is also challenging, with inconsistent gradients and some short, steeper sections.

Shortly after passing Las Menas, the route joins up with the main road from Serón and follows that towards the top of the climb. This section is much easier with more gentle and consistent gradients.

Calar Alto is usually open throughout the year. However, snow is possible in the winter and it can get cold at the top in January and February. The heat can also be a problem in July and August, with temperatures in excess of 35°C and very little shade to be found.

Calar Alto (Las Menas) -  Cycling Climb in Andalucia

The climb begins from near the castle in Serón

Roads & Traffic

The surface is in very good condition and there is very little traffic on the road throughout the climb.

Alternative Routes

There is another, easier route beginning in the village of Serón. Or, if you prefer, a few kilometres to the east there is an even harder route to Calar Alto starting from Tíjola.

On the southern side of the mountain, there are routes the top beginning near to Gérgal and Aulago.

Nearby Climbs

Puerto de Velefique

Tetica de Bacares

Puerto de Escullar

Cycling Holidays

Our Cabo de Gata cycling holiday can be adapted to include the climb to Calar Alto. We can also arrange customized tours in the region. Please contact us to discuss the options.

You may also be interested in the links below to some of the other tours that we run in Andalucia. All of these can be modified to be made more challenging if you want to tackle some of the excellent climbs nearby.

Playa de Monsul - Cabo de Gata
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 6 Days
Level: Difficulty Easy to Medium
Price: from €1190 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

Alhambra Palace - Granada
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Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Easy to Medium
Price: €1,880 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

Andalucia Sunflower Fields
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,590 EUR
*Bike Hire Included