Puerto de Las Palomas (Zahara)

Start Town Altitude (m) Elevation Gain (m) Length (km) Gradient (%) Difficulty Rating
Zahara de la Sierra 1189 826 13.8 6.0 558 *****

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This is not a very challenging climb. It is gentle for the first half before becoming slightly steeper as you get closer to the top. However, the numerous hairpin bends ensure that the gradient is never too steep.

Roads & Traffic

The road is in good condition throughout the climb. There is little traffic on the road.

Climb Description

Las Palomas - Zahara

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 three ascents to Puerto de Las Palomas. The climb is really enjoyable, with many hairpin bends with provide fantastic views looking down towards the Zahara-El Gastor Reservoir.

Towards the foot of the climb Zahara also makes a fantastic backdrop, with the castle sitting impressively on a hilltop overlooking the village. The climb is normally open throughout the year, although sporadic closures in winter are possible. In July and August it can be very hot.

Alternative Routes

There are two other great routes to Puerto de Las Palomas. From El Bosque in the east and passing through the town of Grazalema to the south of the puerto.


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.