El Alguacil

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Pinos Genil 1,891m 1,126m 17.2 km 6.6% 1,274 ***








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Climb Description

El Alguacil is one of the most challenging climbs in Andalucia, with steep gradients throughout its final 8km. It is situated in the Sierra Nevada National Park, and can easily be reached by bike from the city of Granada.

The climb begins gently, following the same initial road as Pico del Veleta. However, just after Guejar Sierra, you turn onto a less well trodden road and begin climbing with gradients at around 10-11%. These barely relent for the next 8km, giving El Alguacil a similar feel to more famous tough climbs like Gamoniteiro or Mortirolo. This is not one for the faint hearted, but the views are picturesque and the descent back into Guejar Sierra is certainly memorable.

El Alguacil is open from around April until November. During the winter it is also open up to around 1,500m altitude, and usually higher. Only closing occasionally during periods of heavier snowfall.


El Alguacil (Pinos Genil) -  Cycling Climb in Andalucia

The climbs is a dead end, the road turns into a dirt track at the top






Roads & Traffic

The road surface is in very good condition.

There is considerable traffic from Pinos Genil until Guejar Sierra at certain times of the year (weekends and holidays in particular). From Guejar Sierra, where the real climbing begins, the road is practically empty.




Alternative Routes

This is the only way to climb to El Alguacil by road.




Nearby Climbs


Pico del Veleta - Guejar Sierra

Pico del Veleta - Haza Llanas

Collado de Quentar

El Purche

La Zubia

Puerto Lobo





Cycling Holidays

Our Seville to Granada cycling holiday can be extended to include the climb to El Alguacil and other ascents nearby.

Below you can find links to this and some of the other mountainous tours that we run.

We can also arrange customized tours in the Sierra Nevada 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 €1,470 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
Mount Teide
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,090 EUR