Puerto de las Palomas (El Bosque)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
El Bosque 1,189m 917m 19.6 km 4.7% 734 ****

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Climb Description

The climb to Puerto de Las Palomas is situated in the Sierra de Grazalema close to where the provinces of Cadíz and Málaga meet. From this side you first pass over Puerto El Boyar, before then climbing up to Las Palomas.

This route to Las Palomas begins in the town of El Bosque, at the junction of the A-373 and A-372. It follows the A-372 all the way to the Puerto del Boyar (although be careful not to miss the sharp left hand turn just as you are leaving El Bosque).

After climbing over the Puerto El Boyar there is a short descent, before you turn left onto the CA-531 to climb the final few kilometres to Puerto de Las Palomas.

Las Palomas from El Bosque is a really enjoyable climb. On the lower slopes there are some pleasant views occasionally, although much of the scenery is hidden by trees. As you get higher; however, the views become more and more spectacular, with the approach to the Puerto del Boyar particularly impressive.

The climb has featured many times in the Vuelta a España race, and Las Palomas is undoubtedly one of the best cycling climbs in the area, whichever side you choose to go up.

Puerto de las Palomas is usually open throughout the year.

Puerto de las Palomas - El Bosque -  Cycling Climb in Andalucia

Heading towards Puerto del Boyar on the way to Las Palomas

Roads & Traffic

The road is in very good condition throughout the climb.

There are generally not many cars, but it is also not empty, so normal traffic precautions should be taken, especially on the descent.

Top of Puerto de las Palomas

The top of the climb is right in the heart of the Grazalema mountains

Alternative Routes

There are several other ways to climb to Las Palomas. Two of the best are routes through the villages of Grazalema and Zahara.

Nearby Climbs

Pedro Ruiz

Sierra de Lijar

Puerto del Viento

Puerto del Espino

Puerto del Zamorano

Cycling Holidays

We can arrange customized cycling holidays to the mountains of Malaga and the Sierra Grazalema; including the climb to Puerto de las Palomas. If you would be interested in this, please contact us to discuss the options and to put together an itinerary.

You may also be interested in the links below to some of the other tours that we currently run in Spain.

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

Lagos de Covadonga
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: from €1,490 EUR
Tramuntana Mountains - Mallorca
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,420 EUR