Cueva de los Murciélagos (Zuheros)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Zuheros 985m 519m 8.7 km 6.0% 784 ****

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Climb Description

Cueva de los Murciélagos, which translates as the Bat Caves, is one of the the best climbs in the Cordoba region of Andalucia. Starting amongst the olive groves that are so common in this part of Spain, the route passes through Zuheros - one of the picture post-card white villages that are emblematic of southern Spain.

Climbing out of Zuheros, you quickly enter the Subbética Natural Park. While the Subbética 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. The gradients are steep in places - particularly the section immediately after Zuheros - which makes the climb more challenging than the average gradient suggests.

Cueva de los Murciélagos is open throughout the year.

Cueva de los Murciélagos (Zuheros) -  Cycling Climb in Andalucia

The village of Zuheros is one of the most beautiful in Spain

Roads & Traffic

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

Cueva de los Murciélagos Steep Road

The road climbs steeply out of Zuheros

Alternative Routes

This is the only way to climb to Cueva de los Murciélagos.

Nearby Climbs

Alto de Montefrío

La Parapanda


La Pandera

Cycling Holidays

Cueva de los Murciélagos can be climbed as an optional route extension on our Seville to Granada and Historic Andalucia cycling holidays.

Below you can find links to these and other tours that we run in Andalucia.

We can also arrange customized tours in the Sierra Nevada and Subbéticas mountains. If you would be interested in this, please contact us to discuss the options.

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

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

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