Cortegana (Gil Márquez)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Gil Márquez 696m 433m 13.4 km 3.2% 315 **








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Climb Description

Cortegana is one of the most challenging cycling limbs in the province of Huelva - one of the flattest parts of Andalucia. The ascent is characterized by quite inconsistent gradients and pleasant, but unspectacular arable scenery.

The main negative point is the poor road surface, which detracts from the enjoyment. However, if you are in the area then there are not too many options, so Cortegana should still be a climb you consider riding - at least once!

Cortegana is open throughout the year.




Roads & Traffic

The road surface is generally in poor condition. It is frequently broken, with potholes and even areas where the road has cracked completely, exposing the earth below. It is passable on a road bike, but is not the most comfortable of rides.

Traffic is very light throughout.




Alternative Routes

Cortegana can be climbed to from the west, beginning near the town of Aroche. This route follows the N-433 road and climbs for just over 10km at an average gradient of 4%.

Again, the road is not in great condition and it can also carry some fast moving traffic, so we don't recommend riding it very highly.

From the east Cortegana can also be reached by several roads, but these are rolling more than sustained climbs.




Nearby Climbs


San Cristóbal

Puerto de Alájar

Puerto Padrona





Cycling Holidays

We can arrange customized cycling holidays to the mountains of Andalucia; including the climb to Cortegana. If you would be interested in this, please contact us to discuss the options and to put together an itinerary.

You may also be interested in the links below to some of the other tours that we currently run in Spain.






Andalucia Sunflower Fields
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,470 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

Lagos de Covadonga
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: from €1,130 EUR
Tramuntana Mountains - Mallorca
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,110 EUR