Puerto de Escúllar (Caniles)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Caniles 2,036m 1,171m 30.5 km 3.8% 549 ****








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Climb Description

This route to Puerto de Escúllar passes through the heart of the Sierra de Baza Natural Park. It begins from the junction of the A-334 and the GR-8101 near the town of Caniles. The climb follows the GR-8101 all the way to the Puerto de Escúllar, situated on the border between the Almería and Granada regions of Andalucía.

Puerto de Escúllar is an excellent climb and one of the most under-rated in Andaluci´a, probably because it is quite inaccessible and not so well known outside Spain. Althoug it has featured in the Vuelta a España, with Spanish rider Daniel Moreno winning an exciting stage in 2011.

It is a really enjoyable climb, with gentle gradients, an excellent road surfaces, little traffic and pleasant views throughout. It is also one of the few places in Europe where you climb to over 2,000m altitude throughout most of the winter.




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 Abla.





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 €1,470 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

Beniarres Reservoir & Benicaldell
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging to Hard
Price: from €620 EUR
Lagos de Covadonga
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: from €1,130 EUR