Cueva de los Murcielagos
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This is a deceptively tough climb. The main challenge is in the couple of kilometres heading out of Zuheros, where the gradient is above 15% for long stretches. Once you have got past that, then it is a fairly steady and comfortable ride to the top of the climb.
Roads & TrafficThe road is in good condition throughout the climb. There is generally very little traffic on the climb. In the main tourist season expect to see more cars - mostly full of people visiting the caves or doing hiking in the area. In any case, the road is comfortably wide enough that they are not bothersome for cyclists.
Cueva de los Murcielagos, which translates as the Bat Caves, is probably the best climb in the Cordoba region. Starting amongst the olive groves that are so common in this part of Andalcía, the route passes through the pretty village of Zuheros - one of the picture post-card white villages that are emblematic of southern Spain.
Climbing out of Zuheros, you quickly enter the Subbetica Natural Park. While the Subbetica is not as famous as the Sierra Nevada or Grazalema Mountains, it is similarly beautiful and provides a very nice backdrop for the final part of the climb.