Puerto de la Joya (Villanueva)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Villanueva de la Concepción 899m 300m 10.7 km 2.8% 328 ***








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Climb Description

Puerto de la Joya is a short and pleasant climb in the Málaga province of Andalucía. It passes through open countryside, with nice views of the medium mountains that surround Antequera and can be combined with several other climbs in the area.

The climb is named after the village of La Joya (the Jewel) near to the top and is ideally situated between Antequera and the city of Málaga, making it a popular choice with cyclists who are in the area to check out the historic sites in the two cities. These include the Dolmenes and Alcazaba in Antequera, and the Roman remains in Málaga, which is one of Spain's oldest settlements.

The climb from Villanueva is most notable for a very challenging 2nd kilometre, where the gradient is inconsistent and briefly rises to a brutal 20%. Apart from that, however, it is a fairly gentle climb, with long downhill sections, allowing you to take in the picturesque olive groves and open scenery of the region.

Puerto de la Joya is open throughout the year.




Roads & Traffic

The road surface is in good condition throughout and there is little traffic on the climb.




Alternative Routes

Puerto de la Joya can also be climbed from Antequera and from Casablanquilla.




Nearby Climbs


Torcal de Antequera

Puerto del León

Puerto del Viento

Puerto de las Abejas

Cerro del Moro

Cerro Becerrero

El Madroño





Cycling Holidays

We can arrange customized cycling holidays to the mountains of Malaga and the Sierra Grazalema; including the climb to Puerto de la Joya. 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