Puerto de las Palomas (Zahara)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Zahara de la Sierra 1,189m 826m 13.8 km 6.0% 558 *****








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Climb Description

This route to Puerto de Las Palomas begins in the village of Zahara de la Sierra, in the north of the Sierra de Grazalema mountains. The climb begins at the junction of the A-2300 and the CA-531, and follows the CA-531 all of the way to the top of the climb.

This is our favourite of the various ascents to Puerto de Las Palomas. The riding is really enjoyable, with steady gradients, many hairpin bends and a great road surface. There are also stunning views throughout the ascent, beginning from the very start, next to the impressive Zahara-El Gastor Reservoir. The village of Zahara is also well worth visiting; it is one of the finest examples of a traditional Andalucian 'white village'.

The upper part of the climb is in the heart of the Grazalema mountains, one of the finest Natural Parks in southern Spain. If you look up you will see many vultures and eagles soaring high in the sky, but don't worry, there are no accounts yet of them targetting struggling cyclists!

Puerto de las Palomas is usually open throughout the year.


Puerto de las Palomas - Zahara -  Cycling Climb in Andalucia

The climb begins in the village of Zahara






Roads & Traffic

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


Reservoir Zahara

There are some fantastic views looking down at the reservoir






Alternative Routes

There are several other ways to climb to Las Palomas. Two of the best start in the towns od El Bosque and Grazalema.




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 Zahara; 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 €1,470 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