Cumbres Verdes (La Zubia)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
La Zubia 1,195m 449m 5.0 km 9.0% 674 ***








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Climb Description

Cumbres Verdes (also known as La Zubia) is a short climb but is popular for its challenging gradients and because it is easily accessible from Granada. The climb has also been used a stage finish in the Vuelta a España, as an alternative to the much longer ascents in the nearby Sierra Nevada mountains.

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 in places. The gradients are quite steep, but are fairly consistent and so strong riders will be able to settle into a rhythm.

Cumbres Verdes is open all year.




Roads & Traffic

The road is in fairly good condition. There are no holes or large cracks, but it is a bit rough and bumpy - which you notice more when descending than when climbing.

There is some traffic at the start of the climb, but once you leave La Zubia it becomes much quieter.




Alternative Routes

This is the only way to climb to Cumbres Verdes by road.




Nearby Climbs


El Purche

Pico Veleta

Alto de Haza Llanas

El Alguacil

Collado de Quentar

Puerto Lobo





Cycling Holidays

Our Seville to Granada cycling holiday can be extended to include the climb to Cumbres Verdes 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 and the surrounding region. 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
Tramuntana Mountains - Mallorca
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,110 EUR