Puerto de Escúllar - Abla

Start Town Altitude (m) Elevation Gain (m) Length (km) Gradient (%) Difficulty Rating
Abla 2036 1221 27 4.5 597 ****

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Puerto de Escúllar shares some similarites to many Alpine climbs. It is long and with a steady gradient and allows you to either really push hard and go for a good time, or to take it easy and enjoy the scenery.

It is not a steep climb and is not particularly challenging for experienced cyclists.

Roads & Traffic

The road surface is in excellent condition throughout. There is little traffic on the climb, with just the occasional car passing by.


Puerto de Escúllar is situated in Almería on the southern edge of the Sierra de Baza mountains and to the north of the Sierra Nevada National Park.

The climb from the south begins at a roundabout close to the village of Abla, at the junction of the A-92 motorway and the ALP-510. It heads north before joining the ALP-508, following that until Escúllar, before continuing on the ALP-800 to the top of the climb, on the southern border of the Sierra de Baza Natural Park.

Puerto de Escúllar is another of the excellent climbs in Andalucía which reaches over 2,000m altitude. It is a peaceful relaxing climb, with enjoyable views of the Sierra Nevada and Sierra de Baza mountain ranges.

This is one of the best climbs in the region, with the road surface, pleasant scenery and length making it a great choice for any keen cyclist. The only eyesores are the numerous wind turbines that are dotted around the mountain.

Puerto de Escúllar is open on most days throughout the year, although it does close occasionally in winter depending on local weather conditions. In winter the descent can also be very cold, as the top is quite exposed to strong winds.

Alternative Routes

Puerto de Escúllar can also be climbed from the North.


This climb can be included as an extension on our Cabo de Gata cycling holiday. Or please contact us if you would like to arrange a custom tour in the area.