Cumbres Verdes (Andalucía)

Start Town Altitude (m) Elevation Gain (m) Length (km) Gradient (%) Difficulty Rating
La Zubia 1195 449 5 9 674 ***

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Cumbres Verdes (also known as La Zubia) is a short, sharp climb that is best ridden hard, at or around threshold pace. The gradient, although steep, is reasonably consistent, allowing you to find some kind of a rhythm as long as your gears are low enough!

Roads & Traffic

he road is in very good condition throughout the climb, and is good for both climbing and descending on a road bike.

There is some traffic at the start of the climb, but once you leave La Zubia it is significantly less busy. In winter, when the ski resort is operational, there is an increase in the number of cars, but not enough to be a nuissance.

Climb Description

Cumbres Verdes is a short climb but is popular for its challenging gradients and because it is easily accessible from Granada.

The climb was used as a stage finish in the 2014 edition of the Vuelta a España, in a stage won by Alejandro Valverde thanks to a late attack inside the final kilometre. It is not an especially scenic climb, with trees obscuring the view for much of the way; however, if you look over your shoulder you can get a nice snapshot of Granada.

The climb is open throughout the year. The top is a ski resort and so there is usually snow; the road is cleared but it can make for a cold descent.

Nearby Climbs

Collado de Quentar
Pico del Veleta - Haza Llanas
Pico del Veleta - Guejar Sierra
Pico del Veleta - Monachil
Alto de Haza Llanas


You can extend our Seville to Granada cycling holiday to include this climb. Or please contact us if you would like to arrange a custom tour in the area.