Puerto de Escúllar (Abla)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Abla 2,036m 1,221m 27.0 km 4.5% 597 ****

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Climb Description

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 one of several 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. The good road surface, pleasant scenery and decent length all make it a great choice for cyclists who like to go uphill. 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.

Roads & Traffic

The road surface is in excellent condition throughout.

There is little traffic on the climb, with just the occasional car passing by.

Alternative Routes

Puerto de Escúllar can also be climbed from the north, beginning in Caniles.

Nearby Climbs

Calar Alto

Puerto de Velefique

Puerto de la Ragua

Cycling Holidays

We can arrange customized cycling holidays to the mountains of Andalucia; including the climb to Puerto de Escúllar and other great ascents nearby. 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

Beniarres Reservoir & Benicaldell
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,470 EUR
Lagos de Covadonga
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: from €1,490 EUR